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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Photo: Workshops for Youth and Families

May 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 5

Need to find a way to keep the kids busy and entertained this summer? From multi-sports camps to developmental workshops, DC Ranch is host to a wide array of youth summer camps. In this issue, get details on all the offerings to find the best fit for a entertaining, educational, and memorable summer experience for children and teens. | Page 8-9

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

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

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

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

Professional Profile. . . . . . . . . . . 5

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

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . . 6

(From left) Maggie O’Keeffe, George Plescia, Tom Headley, Michelle Otstot, Leslie Gilchrist, Nanette Hubbell, Michele Burgad, and Christine Irish cut the ribbon to officially open the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School.

Growing a legacy: Community Garden celebrates grand opening With dozens of residents and community supporters joining in the festivities, the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School was officially dedicated. Offering a place for horticulture, education, and social interaction, the garden serves as a

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hub for neighbors to nurture these values as a community. As DC Ranch’s newest


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

amenity, the Community Garden allows residents to exercise their green thumbs by leasing a plot or getting involved with various garden groups. | Page 12 MARKETPLACE


Ranch Association Board of Directors

6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center FRIDAY, MAY 9

Starlight Concert Series: Rock Lobster 6 p.m. | Market Street Park SATURDAY, MAY 10

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5 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Community Calendar Pg. 7


Interior design studio adds style to Market Street

Families honor marvelous moms with letters

Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to think about freshening up the home with some fashionable furnishings and decor. PavoReal Interiors recently opened on Market Street and offers a full range of design services and merchandise. Learn how their team of experts can bring a sophisticated sense of warmth and whimsy to any home. | Page 4

From packing lunches and helping with homework to planning for their children’s college education, moms have their work cut out for them. This Mother’s Day, some resident families are saying, “I love you, Mom” through very thoughtful messages to express how much they care and appreciate her hard work and love. | Page 13

Photo: Jeremy Stevens

DC Ranch summer camps offer a variety of programs for youths

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May 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 5

Ranch News Highlights

Around 1999, early DC Ranch residents developed eight structured community values, including family, environmental stewardship, education, which are continually modelled today by residents, partners, and staff alike. One of these core values that struck a particular cord with me is a sense of community. This value states that, “DC Ranch is a dynamic community in which the residents feel a sense of connection, shared commitment, and mutual responsibility.” As the Community Council’s new facilities and recreation director, it is my responsibility to ensure the community centers and Community Council partnerships accentuate and uphold this value. I strive to help make our community more connected—especially during the summertime when we share these philosophies to create opportunities for residents. DC Ranch is proud to partner with organizations that not only help our community, but the greater Valley as well. Workshops for Youth and Families is a partner of DC Ranch that offers week-long summer workshops for children and teens at The Homestead Community Center. These workshops focus on everything from personal accountability and attitudes to shaping patterns of successful behavior. What’s best about these workshops is that residents receive half off tuition when registering their children for the summer

programs. Turn to page 8 to learn more about our summer programming including our own theatre camps hosted by The Homestead Playhouse. The DC Ranch ComBrad Bishop munity Garden at Copper Ridge School also brings a wide range of community members together. Dozens of residents and community partners came out for the official dedication on March 30. At the event, several residents leased garden plots to cultivate nutritious produce throughout the year. The Community Garden fosters social interaction, encourages self-reliance, and creates opportunities for exercise, education, and fun. Read more about the grand opening of the Community Garden and how you can get involved on page 12. The value of having a sense of community has permeated throughout every program and service offered at DC Ranch. I know that future programs and partnerships at and around the community centers will continue to enhance with the belief and traditions of our community values. Enjoy your start to a great summer around the Ranch as you feel our sense of community. —Brad Bishop, Facilities and Recreation Director

Photo: Brighid Constable

Access your ‘sense of community’ this summer through neighborhood programs and partnerships

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 | Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager | Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators | Brighid Constable & Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Published by

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Spotlight on Ranch Association

3 Community Updates

Photos: Brighid Constable

Take a plunge with summer hours at community water feature and pool

The water feature near the playground at The Homestead Community Center is a perfect way for families to cool off from the warmer temperatures. The water feature will be turned on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the late fall. Summer hours for the pool at Desert Camp Community Center are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (From left) Susan Grace, Don Matheson, and incumbent Joe McGarr were elected to the Ranch Association Board of Directors on April 7. They join the current directors Frederick Green, John Henrickson, Stephen Koven, and Norm Schuminsky to make up the 2014-15 board.

Residents elect new board members

Photo: Brighid Constable

The Ranch Association 2014 Annual Meeting overwhelmingly returned one board incumbent and added two new residents to the Board of Directors. Election results retained the seat held by Joesph McGarr, board Treasurer, and will add Susan Grace of Desert Camp village and Don Matheson of Country Club village. Board members serve a two-year term overseeing policies and bylaws protecting the DC Ranch community standards. These board members fulfill the needs and security of residents. Grace is a former Deputy Director for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission Phoenix branch; she is also an award recipient for volunteer work with the Ranch Association and Community Council. Grace has served numerous past appointments to board committees and pioneered the DC Ranch Film Club. Matheson is founder and team leader for the Matheson Team at RE/MAX Fine Properties and is a Neighborhood Voting Member alternate and volunteer member of the Community Standards Committee. He is a 10-year veteran of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce board; Matheson also co-authored the Realtor Education Program at DC Ranch to create standards for industry professionals marketing community properties. Two-term incumbent Joesph McGarr won re-election and will remain on the board for a third time. McGarr brings 30 years of corporate and senior financial experience, and holds a MBA in finance and economics along with a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering. McGarr also resides in Country Club village. Highlights from the April 7 meeting held at The Homestead Community Center included a thank you to exiting board members Terry Malloy and Shawn Seaton. The annual meeting also reported on two new sub-committees charged with developing exterior maintenance standards, and reviewing security and safety. Positive progress in both areas is being made and recommendations to the board are expected soon. The next regular board meeting is Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center.

Donate non-perishables to DC Ranch Food Circle if leaving for the summer

Since the beginning of January, the DC Ranch Food Circle has donated 719 pounds of food to the Foothills Food Bank on behalf of the community. Many residents may be leaving for the summer, therefore please bring non-perishable items to Desert Camp Community Center instead of throwing them away. Items can include canned and boxed goods, diapers, and baby formula. For more information, contact Desert Camp Community Center at 480.342.7178.

Seasonal construction hours change

From now through Oct. 31, construction hours are permitted between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturday, work hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Director of Compliance & Security Sandee Breiling at 480.419.5301.

Ranch Association honors landscape and maintenance staff

Every year, the Ranch Association celebrates team members who exemplify leadership qualities, dedication to quality service and team work. The 2013 Employees of the Year are Jose Cadenas from the landscaping team and Jose Barcenas from the facilities & maintenance team. The Ranch Association, Community Council, and Covenant Commission appreciates the enthusiasm and commitment that each team member contributes to DC Ranch.

2013 Community Council annual report released

The DC Ranch Community Council builds a connected, welcoming community and provides exceptional programs at DC Ranch. The Board of Directors is pleased to report that the organization ended 2013 in a solid position both financially and programmatically. In summary, the Community Council hosted almost 700 events, activities, and programs which engaged more than 18,000 participants. Total revenue was nearly $3.3 million and expenses totaled less than $3.1 million. The annual report will be mailed to all residents and is also available on Questions related to the report may be directed to Community Council Executive Director Chris Irish at 480.419.5326.

Exit cameras installed at all gates

The Ranch Association is in the process of re-installing exit cameras at all manned and unmanned gates. The new cameras will provide both license plate images and an overview of vehicles exiting each neighborhood. The installation process should be complete within the next month.

Basketball hoops on property need prior approval Ranch Association Executive Director Andy Andrews spoke on the recent traffic study and announced increased law enforcement in problem areas, specifically at the south loop of Desert Camp Drive.

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 Review Manager, 13 years Ranch Association Roberto Soto, Maintenance Team, 7 years Juan Luis Soto Lopez, Maintenance Team, 3 years Juan Cruz, Maintenance Team, 2 years

Desert Camp Community Center and The Homestead Community Center have a variety of sport courts including basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Residents wanting to install permanent basketball hoops need to gain pre-approval from the Covenant Commission. Non-permanent basketball hoops must meet specific criteria and be pre-approved by the Ranch Association.

Memorial Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, 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 27.

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Market Street at DC Ranch is proud to announce the opening of DC Ranch’s newest interior design studio, PavoReal Interiors. Ranch News caught up with their Director Wendy Black Rodgers, to learn more about DC Ranch’s most anticipated new store opening.

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Q: Welcome to the neighborhood! Tell us about PavoReal Interiors. A: Iowa native Chuck Skaugstad and I crafted PavoReal Interiors one year ago. Chuck currently Chuck Skaugstad and Wendy resides in Iowa, where he owns two interior Black Rodgers partnered to create design and furniture showrooms. He has been PavoReal Interiors on Market Street. spending more time in north Scottsdale since his time as a student at Arizona State University, and I am a native of Scottsdale. PavoReal means peacock in Spanish, and we felt the name really fit into the Southwestern, Spanish and contemporary styles of the DC Ranch aesthetic. PavoReal Interiors focuses on providing the residents of DC Ranch and north Scottsdale with high-end residential interior design services. Our specialty is focusing on our clients, and providing them with a unique and comfortable environment that truly caters to their lifestyles and personalities. Our design team has decades of experience. It’s imperative that each client has their interior design needs tailored to fit their lifestyle. The PavoReal Interiors team provides dedicated expertise on each of our projects.

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Q: Why did you choose DC Ranch and Market Street as your storefront home? A: After looking extensively for a location, we decided on the beautiful development on Market Street at DC Ranch. We are excited to foster new relationships with our clients and become the premier design store for the residents.

Q: What has been your favorite project thus far? A: Under Wendy Black Rodgers Interiors, the breadth of my experience expands from designing a custom 30,000 square foot home to refurbishing antique train cars that will be leased during the U.S. Open Championship this June. My design team and I have had many small and large projects. We look forward to bringing more design dreams to life in the future.

Q: What is one item that you are most excited to display upon opening? A: In addition to furnishings, PavoReal will be showcasing hand-chosen antiques and original, exclusive artwork from galleries in Arizona. We are thrilled to have these showstopping pieces integrated into the showroom.

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Photo: Jeremy Stevens

Professional Profile

AJ’s butcher Brandon Abstender helps his customers find the best cuts of meat for grilling.

Grill delicious meats with tips from Brandon the butcher

When you think of Memorial Day, what smell comes to mind? How about steaks and burgers sizzling on the grill? Whether in the backyard, at the neighborhood block party, or even at the cabin, BBQs go hand-in-hand with summertime festivities. And if there’s a person to give advice on selecting the perfect meats for the grill, it would be Brandon Abstender, the Butcher’s Corner Meat Manager at AJ’s in DC Ranch Crossing. With years of experience working with an assortment of meat selections, Brandon has sliced, carved, and prepared a variety of options for his discerning customers to use on the grill. “My number one go-to choice for grilling is a USDA Prime Ribeye steak,” said Abstender. “There is marbelling throughout the entire cut of meat that makes every bite as delicious as the last.” Bacon-wrapped fillets and USDA Choice steaks Brandon’s are also great options. When it comes to burgers BBQ tips on the grill, Brandon recommends using chuck or American Kobe beef to get the best flavor. • Bring meat to room “When you use this kind of ground beef, there is temperature before no need to add a lot of seasoning or marinades,” said grilling. Abstender. “Just sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the patties, and the excellent flavors of the • Use the two-second meat will do the rest.” rule. If you can’t hold For poultry, Brandon suggests using chicken your hand over the breasts then applying a dry rub like Santa Maria’s or grill for more than two Renee’s Desert Rub. seconds, then the grill “Have your butcher pound out the chicken is hot enough. breasts for you,” said Abstender. “This breaks down • Try not to cut into the the muscle tissue and makes the chicken more meat while it’s grilling. tender. It also helps the poultry cook more evenly If the meat is firm on the grill.” when you press on it, No matter what kind of meat you use for a BBQ, it’s done. Brandon says it’s best to sear each side for two or three minutes on direct high heat. Then move the meat to • After grilling, cover the an indirect medium heat and finish cooking until the meat with foil and let it desired doneness. This ensures the meat stays tender rest a few minutes so and juicy for a successful summertime feast. the juices properly set. —Jeremy Stevens

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Just because the school year ends this month does not mean that learning stops. In the early summer, before the real desert heat kicks in, is a great time to teach your kids, and yourselves, more about the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve that borders DC Ranch. The City of Scottsdale and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) have made teaching a breeze through the Preserve’s interpretive trails. The Jane Rau Interpretive Trail opened at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. The opening was celebrated on March 22 by Mayor “Jim” Lane, Scottsdale residents, MSC stewards, and Jane Rau herself. Jane is 91 years old and, in 1991, was one of the founders of what is now the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Jane has worked tirelessly to preserve the natural beauty of the McDowell Mountains, leading to the creation of one of the largest urban nature preserves in the country, and is a lifetime charter director of MSC. The Jane Rau Interpretive Trail is a half-mile loop with minor elevation changes. The trail is hard-packed and barrier free, so it is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and other walk-assist devices. The trail includes interpretive signs to teach you about the wonders that surround you. The Brown’s Ranch Trailhead is located at the end of Alma School Road, north of Dynamite. You can access another interpretive trail, the Bajada Trail, from the Gateway Trailhead on Thompson Peak Parkway between East Bell Road and Legacy Boulevard. Like the Jane Rau Interpretive Trail, the Bajada Trail is a half-mile, barrier-free trail that is accessible to everyone. Interpretive signage and interactive displays are located along the trail to engage users. For a longer interpretive hike, the Marcus Landslide Trail is a gentle three-mile hike from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead on the north side of the McDowell Mountains. The hike proceeds through Arizona’s second largest landslide. About 500,000 years ago, a portion of the McDowell Mountains collapsed in a massive rock avalanche. Some 5.5 million cubic meters of debris flowed eastward for about a mile before coming to rest. Interpretive signs along the trail will teach you about the landslide and other geological features. To reach the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, go east on Happy Valley Road past Alma School, turn right onto Ranch Gate and follow the signs to the trailhead. Please note that there is no water at this trailhead. Of course, before taking any hike, be prepared: wear proper footwear, bring plenty of water (in fact, bring more water than you think you’ll need), use sunscreen, and bring a cell phone. I’ll see you on the interpretive trails.

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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 an admission. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

DC Ranch Film Club: The Graduate

Photo: Brighid Constable

© 1967 by Embassy Pictures

Thursday, May 15 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” At the final DC Ranch Film Club of the spring season, view timeless clips just in time for graduation season from the 1967 Academy Award-winning film The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. The club will discuss what elements make a film enduring through generations. For more information, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Starlight Concert Series: Rock Lobster

Summer Sizzles are a ‘blast from the past’ in June

Friday, May 9 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Park Free Admission

Rock out to the final concert of the spring series. Join one of the Valley’s favorite cover bands, Rock Lobster, as they perform top Billboard hits from the 80s through today. For more information, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Get away from the heat and escape to the Desert Camp pool for a complimentary resort-style retreat filled with music and cocktails inspired by past decades. Join us every Saturday in June from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open for residents and their families.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities

Saturday, June 7 | 60s Saturday, June 14 | 70s

DC Ranch Women: Happy Hour Thursday, May 8 | 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

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

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

Pickleball Fridays | Noon to 3 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

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

Child, Youth & Teen Activities TGIF: Little Wranglers Live Performance of “The Poisoned Apple” Friday, May 2 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Tweens End-of-the-Year School Bash Friday, May 2 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Paintball Friday, May 9 | 5 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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

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Community Meetings

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

Ranch Association Board of Directors

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

Monday, May 5 | 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.513.1500

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Tuesday, May 6 & 20 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

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Summertime Fun at the Ranch

Wondering how to get your children engaged during their summer break? Well, there’s no shortage of active amusement—no matter what your child’s interest—right here in your backyard.

Simply Sports Programs

The Country Club at DC Ranch Summer Camps

To register, contact Simply Sports at 480.585.7684 or visit for a registration form. Programs are held at Desert Camp Community Center.

Session 1: June 2 to June 27 Session 2: July 7 to July 25 Ages 5-12 Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Weekly Rate until May 10: $300 for members, $350 for member sponsored guests Weekly Rate after May 10: $325 for members, $375 for member sponsored guests Daily Rate: $70 for members, $90 for member sponsored guests

Multi-Sports Activity Camp

June 2 to Aug. 8 (no camp from June 30 to July 4) • Ages 5-12 Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Choose from a half-day option from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at $135/week; or a full-day option from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at $190/week. For a daily drop-in, children can choose a full day at $55 or a half day at $45. Participants must bring their own lunch. The multi-sports activities camp is designed to teach youth the skills to play traditional sports, work together as a team, and become leaders amongst their peers.

Kids can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, cooking, entertainment, art, and lunch. Weekly Rate until May 10: $300 for members, $350 for member sponsored guests. Contact Cheri Farias at 480.342.7201 or

Swim Lessons

Classes are two times per week for 30 minutes each for four week sessions. To register, please contact Nancy Brown at Simply Sports at 480.585.7684.

Toddler Fins

Junior Fins

May 5 to Aug. 27 Mondays and Wednesdays 4 to 4:30 p.m. Age 12-36 months $129 per month

May 5 to Aug. 27 Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 to 6 p.m. Prepares children for the DC Ranch Swim Team. $129 per month

May 5 to Aug. 27 Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 to 5 p.m. Child has no swimming experiences $129 per month

Little Fins

May 5 to Aug. 27 Mondays and Wednesdays 5 to 5:30 p.m. Child must be competent at skills taught at the Mini Fins level. $129 per month

June 9 to 13 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Highlights include an animal exhibit, water inflatables, arts and crafts, team building, theme days, pool time, nutritious meals, and much more. Participants must be club members or accompanied by a member to attend. Please call 480.515.3200 to register.

DC Ranch Swim Team

May 5 to Aug. 27 Mondays and Wednesdays Team I (Ages 5 to 7) 6 to 6:45 p.m. Team II (Ages 7-14) 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. $129 per month Designed for advanced swimmers, the goal of each training session is to build endurance and speed while working on the individual development and stroke technique of each swimmer. Participants will compete in community swim meets.

DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Fitness Camps

May 27 to Aug. 1

Photo: Kim Miller

Mini Fins

Silverleaf Club’s Splash Adventure Camp

Ages 5-12

Enjoy active games, sports, field trips, and more. To register, please contact Kim Miller at 480.515.4050 or

Photo: Cierra Walling

Activity camps help kids and teens get the most out of summer

Workshops for Youth and Families Children of all ages are invited to week-long summer workshops located at The Homestead Community Center. DC Ranch residents receive half off admission prices; mention your residency within the community to receive the discount. To register for the following classes, please call Workshops for Youth and Families at 480.245.9724. Learn more at

Footprints June 8-13 | Ages 9-12 Sun. | 3 to 6 p.m. • Mon.-Fri. | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $175 for DC Ranch residents; $350 for non-residents Footprints is designed to shape enduring patterns of behavior to make children successful for life.

Trailblazer June 22-28 | Ages 13-15 Sun. | 3 to 6 p.m. • Mon.-Thurs. | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri. | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $188 for DC Ranch residents; $375 for non-residents 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.

Pathfinder July 6-11 | Ages 9-12 Sun. | 3 to 6 p.m. • Mon.-Fri. | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $175 for DC Ranch residents; $350 for non-residents Pathfinder is a continuation of the lessons discovered at Footprints; no previous experience in Footprints is necessary to continue this workshop.

The Journey July 20-25 | Ages 15-19 Sun. | 3 to 6 p.m. • Mon.-Thurs. | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri. | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $188 for DC Ranch residents; $350 for non-residents The Journey is the most advanced education program and features in-depth personal development lessons designed to nurture and educate teens while they experience open communication and honest conversation.

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Summertime Fun at the Ranch

A summer of acting, writing, and puppetry… oh my! This year, The Homestead Playhouse will host three variations of a week-long theatre workshop at The Homestead Community Center. “Once Upon a Time” is all about writing and performing in a production; “Puppets in Motion” features a master puppeteer teaching the craft of puppetry; and the Missoula

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Children’s Theatre will bring a classic tale to life. The Missoula Children’s Theatre will will produce the musical ‘Robin Hood’ in one week!” said Arts & Program Coordinator Molly Kurtz. “It’s a great opportunity to experience being in a play without the huge time commitment.”

No theatre experience is necessary to attend the camps. To register, contact Arts & Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542.

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Once Upon a Time… June 2 to 6 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 9 and older If you’ve ever wanted to compose and produce your own play, join trained theatre artists to create a performance straight from your imagination. Children will learn acting and playwriting skills while also directing peers in their original performance during this week-long theatre camp. Children are asked to bring their own lunch each day. Pricing for the class is $125 for residents and $250 for non-residents. Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Robin Hood” June 16 to 20 | Noon to 4:30 p.m. Ages 6 and older Learn a musical within a week! This includes a public performance with exciting costumes and a dramatic set. Auditions are held on the first day and there is no experience necessary to be cast. All kids who sign up will be cast; space is limited. The final performance will be Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. Pricing for the class is $100 for residents and $150 for non-residents. Puppets in Motion July 14 to 18 9 a.m. to Noon | Ages 5 to 8 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Ages 8 and older Did you know there are more than 20 different types of puppets? From box mouth to shadow puppets, learn how to build and animate a variety of puppets during this week-long theatre camp. Then, create stories and characters working with a trained theatre artist who specializes in puppetry. At the end of the week, a short puppet show will conclude each session. Pricing for the class is $75 for residents and $150 for non-residents.

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Tequila and Tacos Continue the celebration of Cinco de Mayo with an exploration of Mexican cuisine through an interactive food-and-beverage pairing. A tequila expert from Upwards Projects (who represents mixology for award-winning restaurants such as Postino and Windsor) will offer guests a guided tour of four styles of tequila (Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Extra Anejo), in addition to a Mezcal. These flavorful journeys of tequila will be complimented by a variety of savory and zesty taco choices within an intimate setting. Registration $20 per person. Space is limited to 75 guests. Adults 21 and over welcome. Visit or call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 to register or for more information.

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Every year, The Homestead Playhouse invites residents to view a production from a traveling theatre company.

Visiting children’s theatre company takes families to the ‘moon and back’ Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre company for young audiences and families, will bring to life the breathtaking risks and unforgettable heroism of the American Space program in its production of “Apollo: To the Moon.” Performing at DC Ranch on Sunday, May 18, the story is told through the lens of a young man’s dream to become an astronaut. The show takes audiences on the journey that gripped the nation with the use of multimedia effects that breathe new life into this vital and exciting story. “The show sends a powerful message to kids that you should never give up on your dreams,” said director Jon Gentry. The Homestead Playhouse is just one stop in an eight-month tour for the cast of “Apollo: To the Moon.” The show is a part of Childsplay’s touring program, which presents nearly 300 performances on the road annually. This program brings professional theatre productions to schools, libraries, and theaters across the state that may not otherwise have the opportunity to see professional theatre. A touring show’s set, costumes, props, and actors all fit into one Childsplay van. The actors are in charge of setting up and running the show themselves.

“Once we arrive at a location, we build the set, put the speakers and projector in place, run our media cables, and set up our computer. Once everything is ready, we do a quick sound check before getting into costume,” said cast member Stephen Hersack when describing a typical day for the touring actors. “From unloading to costume change, the entire process usually takes 45 minutes.” “Apollo: To the Moon” has been on tour since October 2013. The cast will have 124 performances under their belt before their Homestead Playhouse debut. “Some of my favorite experiences of touring are adapting the show in new spaces, seeing all of Arizona, and performing for wonderful children every day,” said cast member Thomas Strawser. “Finding new moments to create on stage with new audiences is something I consistently enjoy.” Doing a show so many times creates a unique challenge for the actors as well. “The challenges of a tour are also what make it great,” said Hersack. “As an actor, doing the same show so many times runs the risk of growing stale, and it’s up to us to find ways to keep it interesting.” —Samantha Johnstone

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Summer concert series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park begins May 4

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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 4 through July 6. 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 be available for purchase. For more information, call 480.312.2312, or visit

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Make a difference this summer through city’s Youth Corps

Scottsdale’s Youth Corps is a summer volunteer program for middle and high school students. Volunteers can explore career opportunities, give back to the community and receive school credit (with prior school approval). The seven-week program offers volunteers 10-15 hours per week at a variety of city of Scottsdale locations. Find more information and an application online at Volunteer/YouthCorps.

Beat the Heat program seeks donations

The Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide “Beat the Heat” care packages for isolated, frail and homebound seniors each June. Donations are currently being accepted for these items: new reusable water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, bottled water, small healthy snack items (pretzels, raisins, protein bars), unused personal hygiene items, stamps, and grocery store gift cards for a minimum of $35. Drop off your donations at the Via Linda Senior Center by Friday, June 6. For more information, contact Human Services Specialist Leslie Lory at 480.312.8465.

AURA: SMoCA’s 2nd annual fundraiser features sensory experiences Get ready to enlighten your senses with the unexpected at “AURA,” on Saturday, May 10. Last year’s fundraiser for SMoCA was an so spectacular that SMoCA has invited the multidisciplinary team from Circus School Arizona (CSA) and San Francisco-based Gregangelo & Velocity Arts/Entertainment to return for more magic. The entire museum will be transformed for one spectacular night of layered sensory experiences. Individual tickets start at $175. Please inquire by email at

Adjust sprinklers to prepare for summer heat

Remember to adjust your landscape sprinkler/irrigation system to reflect the summer months. Use the “off” or “rain” setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without changing the programs. Also, remember to check the controller settings after every power outage.  Find more water conservation tips at

Prepare for safe summer hiking

Play it safe when hiking in the Preserve or other natural areas this summer. Stewards suggest residents take a buddy and hydrate the day before. Bring plenty of water and a cell phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading and when you plan on returning. If you are thinking of bringing your dog, remember that they, too, can suffer from heat stress and need plenty of water. To learn the signs of heat stress, go to


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Community Garden

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Using gardening sheers for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, stakeholders of the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School declared it officially open for planting. Dozens of residents, community partners, board members and staff celebrated the official dedication on March 30. The project is a shared vision between DC Ranch and the Scottsdale Unified School District which uses about a third of the garden space for Copper Ridge School classes and activities. “Our students are excited for this new place to learn about plants and nature,” said Copper Ridge School principal Michelle Otstot. “We’ve already planted a bee

Copper Ridge School principal Michelle Otstot (left) and teacher Nanette Hubbell emphasized that the Community Garden would enhance the school’s designation as a STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering) School of the Future.

and butterfly garden, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Several of the 40-plus garden plots have already been leased by residents who are growing everything from tomatoes to Swiss chard. “By leasing this garden plot, I can actually get my daughter to eat her vegetables,” said resident George Plescia. “Tessa is so proud to watch the tomatoes grow and she can’t wait to pick and eat them.” The half-acre garden features several rows of garden beds, a tool shed, solar-powered water station, and composting bins. The intent is for the garden to serve as a catalyst for social interaction, encourage self-reliance, produce nutritious food, and create opportunities for exercise, education, and fun. “Part of the Community Council’s mission is to facilitate a connected community that instills pride in its residents. I can’t think of a better example of a connected community than with this garden,” said Community Council Executive Director Christine Irish. “From running irrigation lines to constructing compost bin, residents, school staff, and DC Ranch team members have worked together to make this garden a reality. That is the true embodiment of our mission.” The grand opening celebration included a master gardener demonstration, garden displays, and live

Community Council Board President Tom Headley (far right) gave remarks on the history of the garden’s design plan and community partnerships.

music to showcase the potential of the new community hub. Kids made their own Mr. Potato Heads from produce donated by Green Bee Farmer’s Market. “Many of the people who helped develop, design, and construct the garden came out to join us for this milestone celebration,” said Community Engagement Director Jona Davis. “It was a great honor for us to see their vision come to fruition.” With its completion, the community garden symbolizes a true culmination of our community’s joint efforts and a place to continue the legacy of community building for future generations of residents and students. —Jeremy Stevens


To get involved, contact Community Engagement Director Jona Davis at or 480.538.3582. Interested in leasing a plot? Visit for an application or call the Community Council at 480.342.7178.




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

Belle from Beauty and the Beast stopped by Storytime to tell her tale to young children at The Homestead Community Center. Storytime is every Thursday at 9 a.m. Photo: Brighid Constable

Tennis enthusiasts travelled back to the 1970s with a disco-themed tennis tournament at The Country Club at DC Ranch on March 9. Photo: Cheri Ferias

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Silverleaf Club members enjoyed an afternoon of painting portraits of their pets with artist Carrie Curran. Photo: Dara Cercone

Adults and little ones enjoyed roasting marshmallows at the Silverleaf Cowboy Cookout. Attendees also experienced a live blacksmith demonstration, stargazing with an astronomer, and songs from a singing cowboy. Photo: Dara Cercone

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Landscape Manager Gary Whitener honored Jose Cadenas as the 2013 Employee of the Year for his detailed work and consistent willingness to learn. Photo: Brighid Constable

Copper Ridge School students planted a few blossoms at the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School just in time for spring. Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

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