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May 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 5

A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

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

“Da Vinci-The Genius”. . . . . . . 10

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

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

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

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

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 6

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

Summer Programs . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Workshops for Youth and Families founder Dr. Frances “Franny” Mills-Yerger, Ph.D. (center left) leads a workshop planning session with peer leaders. The red string on their wrists symbolizes a personal commitment to be the best mentor they can be for the youth who attend the summer programs at The Homestead Community Center.

Summer workshops instill life-changing habits in youths and foster leadership skills

It’s not easy to make learning during summer engaging for kids, but that’s exactly

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what Workshops for Youth and Families (WYF) is all about. Now in its sixth year

Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5

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6:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center

in partnership with DC Ranch, WYF continues to foster enduring values in young

people to build character, confidence, and positive relationships. Discover what insightful skills youths develop at WYF summer programs to use as tools on their life journeys. | Page 9

Thursday, May 9

Passport to Art: Artist Expo

Neighborhood Series

5:30 p.m. | Market Street Plaza Sunday, May 19

Criterium at DC Ranch

8 a.m. | Canyon Village Thursday, May 23

Community Council Board of Directors Meeting 4:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

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Arcadia at Silverleaf shaped by deep resident involvement

Mathnasium on Market Street equals success

The grandeur of Silverleaf meets the warmth of a close-knit community in the Arcadia at Silverleaf neighborhood. With less than half of the community developed, learn how one couple is taking the lead to ensure high quality-of-life standards while also creating a welcoming legacy for new families. | Page 12

What happens when Market Street “adds” a math learning center to the community? The answer is Mathnasium. Learn how Lynette Groves, owner and director, plans to offer fun and educational programs for summer and beyond. | Page 4

Photo: Workshops for Youth and Families

Desert Camp resident Bryce Lloyd has a penchant for supporting youth in Scottsdale. The philanthropic banker has raised funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and, as co-chair of the Celebrate Youth gala, shined the spotlight on some of the Valley’s brightest young leaders. On top of his service to youth, Lloyd and Bryce Lloyd, DC Ranch his fellow bankers pledged to bring resident and philanthropist in thousands of dollars to support hundreds of charities during the inaugural Arizona Gives Day. See how they surpassed expectations and helped raise $1 million in just one day. | Page 5

Photo: First Bank

Resident gives back by raising money for several charities


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May 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 5

Community Council Board Report

New executive director brings parks and recreation experience to enhance Community Council mission

Many of the participants were non-residents which emphasized DC Ranch’s commitment to being a welcoming community. This year’s Candy Land Eggstravaganza also drew a record number of residents and their families. Smaller programs like Bark Chris Irish, Community in the Park and Passport to Council executive director Art have developed a strong following which the Community Council continues to enhance thanks to resident feedback. Increased attendance at these events indicates the Community Council is succeeding in fulfilling its mission. Chris’ leadership experience will help guide the team as our events, programs, and sense of community continue to grow. Her unique set of experiences in parks and recreation management, as well as visual and performing arts, will bring a fresh perspective in developing new and ongoing programs. With Chris’ insight and energy, I believe we will achieve even more success in 2013. —Rich Puricelli, Community Council board president

Community Engagement Director | Kimberly Crowther Miller Communications Manager | Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators | Brighid Tomasik & Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Photo: Jeremy Stevens

On behalf of the board of directors, it is a pleasure to welcome Chris Irish as the new executive director of the DC Ranch Community Council. Chris brings more than 17 years of non-profit management experience to her new role along with superb organizational leadership capabilities. Before joining the DC Ranch team, Chris served as executive director of Scottsdale Leadership where she established extensive community partnerships and strengthened their leadership development program. Finding a new executive director to replace Suzanne Walden-Wells was the board’s top priority in the first few months of the year. This is very likely the most important activity during my term as president in 2013, and the board and I believe Chris will seamlessly transition into the role. Chris’ main priority is to drive the Community Council’s mission to facilitate a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident. That mission is accomplished in great part with the many programs and events sponsored by the Community Council that continue to grow. In March, Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch attracted more than 2,000 athletes and spectators to Market Street.

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Leaving for summer? Notify Security Services and turn off water

In order to provide DC Ranch with the best service possible, Security Services asks residents to complete a vacation/extended absence notification form, to notify Security Services of any extended absences. This notification will help the Security Services team to better accommodate any visitors (e.g., delivery drivers, vendors, tenants) that may need access into the community while residents are away, and to also be alert to suspicious activity around the house. A vacation watch form can be found on in the “For Residents” section. In addition, the Ranch Association recommends shutting down the water supply to a house before an extended absence. This will avert flood damage in the event that pipes or other plumbing equipment leak or burst. If landscape irrigation comes from the same line, arrange for a bypass valve to be installed.

(From left) John Hendrickson, Stephen Koven, incumbent Fred Green, and incumbent Norman Schuminsky were elected to the Ranch Association Board of Directors on April 9. They join current directors Shawn Seaton, Terry Malloy, and Joe McGarr to make up the 2013-2014 board.

Ranch Association announces four newly elected board members On Tuesday, April 9, the Ranch Association held its 2013 annual meeting at The Homestead Community Center to review its accomplishments and approve last year’s meeting minutes. The most imperative part of the meeting involved resident leaders coming together to elect new board members. Each of DC Ranch’s 2,623 homeowners and 43 neighborhoods was represented by their respective Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs). These volunteers cast the necessary votes to make quorum and elect the candidates that best fit the needs of the Ranch Association. NVMs have an important role to assist the association in simplifying the voting process and make certain it maintains a productive, efficient, and effective organization. Fred Green (incumbent), Norm Schuminsky (incumbent), Stephen Koven, and John Henrickson were elected to the board, bringing a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion to the resident leadership. These newly elected members join Shawn Seaton, Joe McGarr, and Terry Malloy to complete the 2013-2014 board. Officer titles will be chosen and announced at the next board meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Each board member takes on a fiduciary duty to protect, preserve, and enhance the value of the community while enforcing the CC&Rs and bylaws. Board members provide vision and direction to the

Contact information

Community Council: 480.513.1500 Community Centers: Desert Camp: 480.342.7178 The Homestead: 480.585.1641

Ranch Association: 480.513.1500

Landscape & Maintenance: 480.585.8654 Community Patrol Country Club & Desert Camp Villages: 480.338.8477 Silverleaf & Desert Parks Villages: 480.338.8478 Covenant Commission: 480.563.3284

Donate unwanted food items before heading off for vacation

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted nonperishable food items or household goods to Desert Camp Community Center to donate to the DC Ranch Food Circle before leaving for summer. Resident Karen Ginsburg will then donate the items to the Foothills Food Bank on behalf of DC Ranch. For more information, call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 or contact Ginsburg at

Ranch Association staff to ensure the vitality, growth, and success of the DC Ranch community. Seven residents ran for the four open seats which included Kevin Kudlo, Sheldon Rubin, and Susan Grace. The Ranch Association encourages residents wanting to make a difference within DC Ranch to participate in these leadership programs. The association depends on great resident leaders waiting in the wings to step forward and uphold the excellent quality of life within the community. Residents interested in serving on a board, committee, or resident leadership program may contact the Ranch Association at 480.419.5308.

Memorial Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed. Desert Camp Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.

Blue seeds mark summer grass growth transition

All 43 NVMs cast their ballots for the Ranch Association annual election on April 9.

Staff anniversaries The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in May. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Covenant Commission

Jan Baratta, Senior Design Manager, 12 years

Ranch Association

Sergio Soto, Landscaping, 12 years

Roberto Soto, Landscaping, 6 years

Juan Luis Lopez, Landscaping, 1 year

Photo: Ranch News

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Spotlight on Ranch Association

The winter grass season begins at the end of September and is completed by the end of May. As May transitions into June, the temperatures drastically increase, which marks the turf transition process. The transition is accomplished by reducing mowing heights, reducing watering frequencies, and increasing irrigation run times. As a result, the turf at the community centers and parks will develop blue spots of seeds around the medians for the summer Bermuda grass to grow. For questions about the turf transition, please contact Facilities and Grounds Manager Gary Whitener at

DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa tennis courts to open this fall

The Village Health Club & Spa has invested $2.5 million on a new tennis facility near Copper Ridge School in a joint agreement with the Scottsdale Unified School District. The new tennis courts are expected to open in August or September 2013 in anticipation for the fall season. The tennis courts include an on-site private facility with locker rooms, showers, and childcare services. Users of the court must be Village Health Club & Spa members to gain access. DC Ranch residents can join the Club and receive a special discount before the prices increase when the facilities open. For more information, call the Village Club & Spa’s membership office at 480.502.8844.

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Mathnasium owner and director Lynette Groves (right) celebrates in front of her new store.

Mathnasium makes the grade with a new location on Market Street

DC Ranch could soon be turning out some little geniuses with its newest merchant, Mathnasium. The learning center’s owner and director, Lynette Groves, tells Ranch News how she plans to create the next generation of “Mathletes” at her new location.

Q: Tell us about Mathnasium and how it differs from other math tutoring programs in the Valley? A: Mathnasium is a math learning center dedicated to teaching math in a way that makes sense to students. We only tutor in the subject of math, zeroing in on grades 2 to 12, using the time-tested, proprietary Mathnasium Method™. Students receive personalized instruction based on their unique needs and goals. We can create custom learning plans, help only with homework, or a combination of both. Q: What inspired you to open a location at Market Street? A: We were looking to open our second Mathnasium in north Scottsdale. After considering a number of locations, we liked the community feel of Market Street and the family-friendly environment at DC Ranch.

Q: How can Mathnasium help children improve their math skills during the summer? A: At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. For some students, that means a solid review of previous material. Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts. Most students will get some of both. We also offer game hour during the summer, free of charge, to enrolled Mathnasium members. The games help develop logic, spatial sense, strategy, geometry, and number sense. The game hour is in addition to the one hour of instruction students receive.

Q: Do you offer programs for adults as well? A: Yes, many times adults need help with math in order to pass an occupational exam or help with a college class. We have a curriculum to help them achieve their goals.

Q: Can you share some of your ‘trade secrets’ for success? A: Many times, students have had a bad experience with math. As a result, they develop a mindset that they are not good at math. When students come into Mathnasium, they receive help from specially-trained instructors and receive lots of encourageMathnasium ment. In addition to helping boost confidence, Mathnasium uses a unique combination of 20945 N. Pima Road, Suite 105 mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written Next to Safeway techniques to help children learn math. 480.767.6284 Q: When will you start taking reservations, and when do you anticipate opening your doors at Market Street? A: We are enrolling now, with plans to open by mid-May. Prospective clients can call us or visit our website. —Ruth Rosenquist mathnasiumofnorthscottsdale

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Photo: Jeremy Stevens


Photo: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

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Bryce Lloyd (right) with the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youths of the Year, fellow board members (left) and Club president and CEO Steve Davidson (center).

Desert Camp resident doubling up on service to local charities This year, spring more than sprung for DC Ranch resident Bryce Lloyd, Arizona market president of First Bank. The busy banker kicked off spring as the co-chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Celebrate Youth gala and auction, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. “The Youth of the Year program has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 60 years and is the highest honor given to members of the organization,” said Lloyd. “This annual program begins in January when each of the Scottsdale Clubs’ nine branches–including the DC Ranch-area’s Thunderbirds branch–crowns a Youth of the Year honoree. Youths are selected based on dedication to the Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, leadership, poise, and public speaking ability.” From there, each of the nine honorees undergoes a two-month judging process, which culminates with the recognition ceremony at the Celebrate Youth gala. Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual event, which

took place in March at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, included a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members. “More than 600 of our community’s most respected leaders came out this year, making it one of the most successful galas to date,” said Lloyd. But Lloyd’s spring of service was not done there. “The Arizona market of First Bank was eager to do more to help the community, so we committed $150,000 in incentive funding to the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Lloyd. Arizona Gives Day, which took place on March 20, was a 24-hour online initiative that encouraged Arizonans to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits from all over the state. Donors participated by visiting and selected from a list of nearly 850 organizations. “We raised nearly $1 million for Arizona nonprofits by the time the clock struck midnight,” said Lloyd. “Not bad for a day’s work.” —Alison Bailin Batz

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By Jace McKeighan | Volunteer Steward and DC Ranch resident

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May 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

DC Ranch Film Club

Yoga (led by Elizabeth Gillenwater)

Swim Lessons (led by Simply Sports)

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’42:’ Jackie Robinson biopic Thursday, May 16 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center RSVP on 480.342.7178

Tuesdays | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 602.882.8184

Mondays and Wednesdays | 4 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684


DC Ranch Swim Team (led by Simply Sports)

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

Mondays and Wednesdays | 6 to 7:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684


TGIF: Little Wranglers

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

LEGO® Engineers Friday, May 10 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Lunch at The Country Club at DC Ranch Thursday, May 9 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RSVP on 480.342.7178

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The Homestead Playhouse presents ‘Jordan and Taylor’s Jukebox Journey’ Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 | 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641 When Jordan and Taylor discover a jukebox in their grandparents’ basement, their otherwise boring afternoon starts spinning in a fun new direction. As it turns out, Jordan and Taylor’s grandma and grandpa are pretty hip. Come along on a musical adventure that spans the 1950s through today. Purchase tickets on

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Passport to Art: Artist Expo Thursday, May 9 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Market Street Plaza 480.342.7178 Artists from Xico, a Chicano and Native American arts organization, will host interactive demonstrations and create original works inspired by the rich cultural heritage of the Southwest. Guests will also enjoy live music from Mosaico and a wine cash bar with proceeds benefitting the Xico – Arte y Cultura. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has partnered with the Community Council to provide discounted service during the event. Please RSVP on

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

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

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Mondays with Mommy Mondays | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. No gathering Memorial Day to Labor Day The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

Children’s Gymnastics Tuesdays | 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No class on May 28 The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881


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Starlight Concert Series: Rock Lobster Friday, May 10 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Park 480.538.3540 Crowd favorite Rock Lobster finishes the Starlight Concert Series with 80s cover hits. Bring blankets and a picnic dinner, and enjoy free popcorn presented by the RH Nathan Team at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

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

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

TGIF: Tweens End of the School Year Pool Party Friday, May 10 | 6 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Teen Night Out Wet’n’Wild Summer Explosion Saturday, May 25 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Community Events & Activities Criterium at DC Ranch Sunday, May 19 | 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Canyon Village 480.342.7178

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

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

Ranch Association Modification Meeting Tuesday, May 14 & May 28 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

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Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. No gathering Memorial Day to Labor Day The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

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Summer camp involvement ignites plenty of fun around the Ranch From sports camps to acting workshops, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to get active during the summer. Little Fins To register, contact Simply Sports at May 6 to Aug. 7 480.585.7684 or visit for Ages 12 months and older a registration form. Programs are held at Mondays and Wednesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (June only); Desert Camp Community Center. 5 to 5:30 p.m. Multi-Sports Activity Camp $110 for May classes; $125 for June June 3 to Aug. 2 (no camp July 1 to 5) classes; $145 for July/August classes Ages 5-12 Junior Fins Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 to Aug. 7 Desert Camp Community Center Ages 7 years and older $135 half day/$180 for a full day; $45 half-day drop in; $55 full day drop in Mondays and Wednesdays | 5:30 to 6 p.m. The multi-sports activities camp is $110 for May classes; $125 for June designed to teach youth the skills to play classes; $145 for July/August traditional sports, work together as a team, The Country Club at DC Ranch and become leaders amongst their peers. Summer Camps Session 1: June 3 to 28 DC Ranch Swim Team Session 1: July 8 to 19 May 6 to Aug. 7 Ages 4-12 Team I (Ages 5-7) | 6 to 6:45 p.m. Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Team II (Ages 8-14) | 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Weekly Rate until May 10: $300 for Mondays and Wednesdays members, $350 for member sponsored $95 for May classes; $105 for June guests; Weekly Rate after May 10: $325 session; $125 for July/August session The focus is on the development of for members, $375 for member sponsored each swimmer’s four strokes including guests; Daily Rate: $70 for members, $90 front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, for member sponsored guests Kids can enjoy tennis, golf, art, cooking, and butterfly. The goal of each training and swimming. Contact Cheri Farias at session is to maintain technique through 480.342.7201 or 25 yards of the pool. Silverleaf Club Summer Camps Classes are offered in various age levels June to August | Ages 4-12 Members can choose from activiand offer an array of fun and challenging ties in tennis, golf, and swimming. To lessons that help children develop strong register, please contact Jennifer Redman fundamental swimming skills. at for more information. Toddler Fins May 6 to Aug. 7 DC Ranch Village Health Club & Ages 12-36 months Spa Fitness Camps Mondays and Wednesdays May 28 to Aug.2 | Ages 5-12 10 to 10:30 a.m. (June only); Enjoy active games, sports, field trips 4 to 4:30 p.m. and more. To register, please contact $110 for May classes; $125 for June Sabrena Oviatt at 480.502.8844 or classes; $145 for July/August classes

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Young performers learn the basics of acting and singing at The Homestead Playhouse’s theatre camps

The Homestead Playhouse Summer Programs To register, contact Arts and Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542 or visit Programs are held at The Homestead Community Center.

Session 1: The Actor’s Toolbox June 3 to 7 | Ages 9-15 Track 1: Voice, Imagination, and Character (9 a.m. to noon) Track 2: Movement and Stage Presence (1 to 4 p.m.) The Actor’s Toolbox is about the fundamental skillsets of acting. The first half of the session will focus on voice projection and variation; cultivating imagination; and character development. The second half of the session will concentrate on body movement, including the basics of stage presence and how to use the body as a tool in conveying emotion and telling a story.

Session 2: Musical Theatre Fundamentals June 17 to 21 | Ages 9-15 Track 1: Singing (9 a.m. to noon) Track 2: Dancing (1 to 4 p.m.) Song and dance are a magic combination in musical theatre. But first, performers need to master techniques of each skill before the two can be put together. The singing portion of the session will explore voice range, tone, pitch, and volume;

and putting it all together by learning a few fun songs. In the dance sessions, participants will learn basic dance technique and steps commonly used in musical productions. Session 3: The Actor’s Toolbox, Jr. July 15 to 19 | Ages 6-9 Track 1: Voice, Imagination, and Character (9 a.m. to noon) Track 2: Movement and Stage Presence (1 to 4 p.m.) This acting camp will be a variation of session 1, but geared toward younger actors. The first half of the session will focus on voice projection and variation; cultivating imagination; and character development. The second half of the session will concentrate on body movement, including the basics of stage presence and how to use the body as a tool in conveying emotion and telling a story. Pricing – Residents: $75 for half/day (Track 1 or 2) $125 for full day (Track 1 and 2) Pricing – Guests: $150 for half/day (Track 1 or 2) $250 for full day (Track 1 and 2)

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Workshops for Youth and Families engage young adults with life-changing summer programs



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Teens dress up and get funky for the Trailblazer summer program offered at The Homestead Community Center.



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CANYON VILLAGE (Thompson Peak Pkwy. and Legacy Blvd.) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Kids rides start at 1:35 p.m. Challenge your bike handling skills by competing on a technical closed course in DC Ranch. The Crit is a full day of bike races, including family activities, and offers special Tour de Scottsdale registration pricing. Come watch the action and check out the expo zone.

Ranch residents for summer program tuition fees. To register, please call 480.245.9724 or visit Be sure to enter the promotion code “dcmem50ptr” to receive the discount for registration. Programs are held at The Homestead Community Center. —Brandon Curtis




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The Journey July 21-26 | Ages 15-19 Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Journey is the most advanced education program and features in-depth personal development designed to nurture and educate teens while they experience open communication, honest conversation, and deep interactions with one another.




Pathfinder July 7-12 | Ages 9-12 Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pathfinder is a continuation of the lessons discovered at Footprints; no previous experience in Footprints is necessary to continue this workshop.


Trailblazer June 23-28 | Ages 13-15 Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trailblazer is designed for teens to begin pioneering their own growth and change by taking accountability for their decisions, attitudes, communication, friendships, and family relationships.



Footprints June 9-14 | Ages 9-12 Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Footprints is designed to shape enduring patterns of behavior to make children successful for life.


Since 2007, DC Ranch has partnered with with Workshops for Youth and Families (WYF), a grassroots non-profit organization that has been building character and inspiring confidence in Arizona youth and teens for over 34 years. Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, founder of Workshops for Youth and Families, understood how youth and teens often struggled during these major transitional periods of their lives. Mills-Yerger was inspired to develop a values-based curriculum to give young adults real-life tools during those stages. “Whether it is managing different peer relationships, adjusting to a new school, or balancing increasing academic demands, youths who have strong social and relationship skills can adjust to these transitional periods and succeed,” said Mills-Yerger. Workshops for Youth and Families is offering a half-price discount to DC



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Comprehensive exhibit showcases Leonardo Da Vinci’s exceptional genius

Created over a 10-year span, Arizona Science Center’s “Da Vinci–The Genius” exhibition immerses visitors in Leonardo Da Vinci’s scientific studies, machine inventions, and renowned artworks. This display introduces Arizonans to the mastermind behind the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as countless scientific inventions and artistic principles that have deeply influenced everyday technology. Intended to delight patrons of all ages, the works on display explore a variety of themed areas: Physics and Mechanical Principles, Civil Machines, Flight Studies, Military Machines, Hydraulic and Aquatic Machines, Anatomical Studies, Optics and Musical Instruments, and Renaissance Art. “‘Da Vinci–The Genius’ is a comprehensive presentation of Leonardo’s full breadth of work which is incredibly “Da Vinci–The Genius” explores the scientific inspiring to us all,” said Chevy Humphrey, discoveries of Leonardo Da Vinci. president and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “This exhibition provides a platform of in-depth exploration into Da Vinci’s genius allowing the imagination to soar, and encourages visitors to discover their own conclusions on Da Vinci’s works.” Utilizing a myriad of Da Vinci’s sketches, the exhibition spotlights life-sized machine models of his visions created by modern-day artisans in Rome, such as the “Ornitottero Verticale” (a precursor to the modern helicopter), the glider, the parachute, the bicycle, the military tank, the automobile, and the submarine. Additionally, “Secrets of Mona Lisa” showcases the lifelong work of esteemed French engineer Pascal Cotte, whose passion for the study and preservation of the Mona Lisa led him to invent the cutting edge 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, which uses patented infrared technology and intense illumination to scan the masterpiece and virtually peel away layers of varnish applied over centuries. With his camera, Cotte was able to uncover how the Mona Lisa looked as she was originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation, even identifying the individual pigments that Da Vinci used. Onlookers will be presented with the most accurate re-creation that uncovers dozens of secrets about the painting. Cotte’s amazing revelations are displayed in gallery-style, high-resolution prints, with the largest being the 14 feet by 10 feet giant re-creation of Mona Lisa. “This exhibition was created to celebrate the scope of Leonardo Da Vinci’s great works and place them together in a single location where people can marvel at the brilliance of this mind,” said Bruce Peterson, founder and managing director of Grande Exhibitions. “Leonardo Da Vinci is arguably the greatest genius the world has ever known and this show makes it abundantly clear why that proposition is virtually irrefutable.” Visitors can also feast their eyes on reproductions of Virgin of the Rocks and The Annunciation, as well as three-dimensional interactive presentations of The “Da Vinci–The Genius” at Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the Sforza Horse sculpture. Arizona Science Center For more information about the May 1 to June 9 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. exhibit, please call Arizona Science Center at 602.716.2000 or visit Adults: $26.95 Seniors (62+): $22.95 —Shannon Sowby Children (3 to 17): $20 Members: $10 for adults; $8 for children

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Celebrate scenic drive’s 50th anniversary on May 2

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Residents established the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive in 1963 to protect roadside vistas and vegetation. Learn more about this splendid six-mile stretch – running along Scottsdale Road, between Happy Valley Rd. and the Carefree Highway – at the May 2 anniversary celebration. The free event starts with a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast followed by an 8 a.m. program at McDonald’s Ranch, 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd. Speakers will share the history of the scenic drive and what its future holds. For more information, call 480.312.7977.

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Butterflies on display at Desert Botanical Garden

Take a stroll through the beautiful Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and discover hundreds of fluttering butterflies as they sip nectar and bask in the sun in this lush and colorful habitat. Special outdoor displays showcase plants that attract butterflies, and an exploration station shows more about these delicate winged creatures. The butterfly exhibit runs May 2-12; more information is available at


Concerts at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park begin May 5

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McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning May 5 and running through July 7. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts. Tickets are $2 each and children under the age of three ride free with a paying adult. Food will also be available for purchase. For more information, call 480.312.2312 or visit

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The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) invites residents to its new Night Circus gala on Saturday, May 11. The evening is designed to immerse guests in a wildly colorful arena with intriguing costumes and entertainment by acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, and trapeze and aerialist performers. The Museum Galleries and Sky Space will transform into a magical, dreamlike carnival. Each turn beckons guests as they peruse a variety of chef-prepared food stations, and sample a cocktail or two. This exciting benefit gala raises funds to support the mission and vision of SMoCA. Learn more at

Night Circus performer in the outdoor James Turrell skyspace “Knight Rise” (2001) at SMoCA.

Live bands bring soulful sounds to Scottsdale Promenade Enjoy jazz, R&B, and Latin tunes from a variety of performers every Friday night through June 1 in the amphitheater south of Maggiano’s and the Capital Grille at the Scottsdale Promenade. The sixth annual event offers wine options from Uncorked Wine Bar and specialty food selections from Maggiano’s, Miracle Mile Deli, and others. Promenade merchants offer raffle prizes each week with proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit for a lineup of performances.

Bump, block, and serve with adult sand volleyball leagues

Summer is nearly here and a great way to get out and play is in one of Scottsdale’s adult sand volleyball leagues. Participate in two, four or six-person co-ed or competitive leagues at Scottsdale Ranch Park or Indian School Park. Leagues run Monday through Thursday, in the evening, beginning in June. League fees start at $70 per team. For more information call 480.312.7920 or visit

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For the past two years, Kirk and Zhanet Kaprelian have been building their custom dream home in the Arcadia at Silverleaf neighborhood. A detailed partnership with the builder Fratantoni Luxury Estates and architect Candelaria Design produced a beautiful southern European-style home that offered nearly every feature the family wanted. But even with a stunning design, the home’s equally beautiful location was an unexpected surprise. “We had a contract on a house in a neighboring community to DC Ranch. Then, I happened to drive by the entrance to Arcadia one day and saw all these beautiful trees,” said Kirk. “Just out of curiosity, I asked our realtor to take us for a drive through the neighborhood, and the minute Zhanet and I saw the tree-lined streets, parks, and beautiful homes we knew this was where we wanted to live. Where else can you find the beauty of

the Southwest, the charm of Southern European architecture with the unique luxury and class of the Silverleaf Club?” The location is also very convenient to the freeway and close to Kirk’s wealth advisory firm at the Scottsdale Airpark. In about five months the Kaprelians’s home will be finished, but they are already active in the community. Kirk serves as the Arcadia at Silverleaf Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) and Zhanet is the alternate NVM. Since less than a third of the neighborhood has been built, the Kaprelians want to represent the neighborhood to provide an active voice in the planning and development of the community. “The fact that we are in the initial stages of development, we want to be aware of what’s on the horizon. Since we intend to live here for years to come we have a vested interest to ensure the community is well planned for us and our future neighbors,” said Kirk. With their son at Arizona State University and daughter in high school, the Kaprelians want to live in a place where families interact and work to build a legacy. Kirk and Zhanet especially love the large neighborhood parks that encompass the community.

Zhanet and Kirk Kaprelian are building a custom home in Arcadia at Silverleaf to host more family events.

“I want our future grandchildren to come enjoy this home and neighborhood,” said Zhanet. “That is the first thing I envision when I think about the living here.” “Arcadia at Silverleaf is dynamic and unique right now because the few residents are all relatively new,” added Kirk. “It’s not like coming into an established community where you feel like an outsider for a while. We are excited as NVMs to help foster a welcoming tradition as some of the original members of the neighborhood.” —Jeremy Stevens

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A ramada in the middle of a tree-lined park in Arcadia at Silverleaf serves as an inviting location for community gatherings.

The neighborhood features half acre-sized lots and three parks marked by Spanish Mission architecture. Lots include enclosed rear yards but no surrounding Natural Open Space desert areas, giving this neighborhood a more traditional setting with lush green tree-lined streets. The architectural styles are the most diverse in Silverleaf with Spanish styles, Western Regional Ranch and Farmhouse styles joined by Spanish Hacienda and Craftsman Styles.

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Couple laying roots to build legacy in Arcadia at Silverleaf

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May 2013

Community Garden calls on volunteers this summer As the DC Ranch Community Garden plans to officially open in September, there are several volunteer opportunities to cultivate a green thumb. For more information, contact Gabrielle Enriquez at 480.538.3582, or fill out a volunteer application form on

Plot coordinator These volunteers are responsible for monitoring the garden on a daily basis. Plot coordinators identify problems and report issues that need attention. They help keep operations running smoothly for everyone.

Advisory committee member Members of the advisory committee provide ongoing guidance and direction to the garden’s operations. Key responsibilities of this group include strategic oversight, financial review, project planning, and fundraising.

Summer is brimming with opportunities for adults and kids alike to get active around the Ranch.

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Plots have been dug at the Community Garden and construction will continue through the summer.

Garden mentor Garden mentors are established gardeners who volunteer their time to coach beginners or those less experienced with desert gardens. Mentors answer questions, provide planting advice and support aspiring gardeners. Special events Special events volunteers help coordinate and carry out special events ranging from the grand opening party to the annual Harvest Festival. These volunteers also assist with fundraising and educational events and seminars. —Brighid Tomasik

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Community work day The DC Ranch Community Garden hosts three volunteer-led work days each year. Typically scheduled on a Saturday, these work days are ideal for tackling new projects or getting the garden ready for the next season of planting.

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May 2013

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

Artist Lucky Dickens (right) presented some of her pieces during the March Passport to Art. Dickens is known for her life-like landscape paintings featuring scenes from the Southwest and Europe. Photo: Amber Nash

Young actors auditioned for The Homestead Playhouse’s spring musical revue, “Jordan and Taylor’s Jukebox Journey.” Performances are May 2-5 at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Kimberly Crowther Miller

More than 55 residents showed up for the Happy Hollow Lane Block Party at the home of Larry Weisman and Lori Weil on March 2. They provided food trucks and plenty of music for the festivities. Photo: Jenny Matheson

Children indulged in snow cones and cotton candy while adults enjoy some green beer during West Addison’s St. Patrick’s Day Block party in Market Street Plaza on March 16. Photo: Matt Ronnfeldt

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Members of DC Ranch Women visited the Musical Instrument Museum on March 14. Resident and museum docent Stacey Chulew (right) led the ladies on a tour through the innovative exhibits. Photo: Virginia Shaffer

(From left) Residents Susan Grace, John Henrickson, Stephen Koven, Kevin Kudlo, Fred Green, Sheldon Rubin, and Norman Schuminsky participated in the Ranch Association Board of Directors Candidate Forum on March 18. New board members were elected at the Ranch Association’s annual meeting on April 9. Photo: Rachelle Pierce

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Educator and horticulturist Jano Nightingale (right) taught residents about gardening in small spaces as part of her March 19 workshop, “The Square-Foot Garden.” Photo: Brighid Tomasik

The Upper East Side Big Band energized the crowd in Market Street Park for the first Starlight Concert. Rock Lobster will wrap up the free concert series on Friday, May 10. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

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