A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council
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June 2012 • Vol. 4, No.6
While rains from monsoon season are welcomed throughout the Valley, torrential wind and lightning can severely damage the Preserve’s natural landscape. Learn how Conservancy stewards help protect the Preserve from summer rains and fires that can be caused by electrical storms from June through September. | Page 6
In This Issue Approximately 40 guests attended the inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 21.
“From the desk of”. . . . . . . . . . . 2
Theatre Camps. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Community Updates. . . . . . . . . . . 3
Around Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . 11
Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Family Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 14
Benevolent spirit honored at inaugural volunteer recognition event
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: com-
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passionate, caring, and committed. These individuals are the heartbeat of a vibrant community. On April 21, DC Ranch residents were recognized for their contributions to the community at the inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, which coincided with National Volunteer Week. At the event, the spotlight was shone on
seven volunteers who were honored for service in six categories. Meet the 2012 Volunteer-of-the-Year honorees. | Page 12 History Series
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Commercial land use changes with time
Mother and daughter bring international flair to pageantry
Arizona’s early economic drivers were crops and cattle. Learn how commercial land use has transformed over the state’s 100 years and how it helps drive local and regional economies. | Page 5
In honor of DC Ranch’s 15-year anniversary, Ranch News is spotlighting the variety of families that make our community their home. Laetitia Hua and her mother, Miya Lee, are an international family that sticks together around the world. | Page 8
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From the desk of Andy Andrews: New Ranch Association leadership brings forth new solutions
June 2012 • Vol. 4, No. 6
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 Photo: Julie Andrews
I have enjoyed working with the Ranch Association for six months. As you can probably imagine, new leadership within any organization brings change in personalities and management styles. My goal in the first six months was to enhance communication with all Ranch Association staff, the Community Council, and residents, which I believe has begun to improve. As we move down this new path together, the Ranch Association will continue to communicate openly with residents. I encourage Andy Andrews is executive director of the Ranch Association. all residents with questions or concerns to contact me directly. As management styles change, priorities also change within an organization. My challenge was to understand the style of a previous manager and how that direction brought guidance to this organization. New managers also bring different qualities and guidance to their team, which are sometimes greeted with apprehension by existing staff, but I have found the team very welcoming, knowledgeable and committed to the community of DC Ranch. During my first six months on the Ranch, my team was successful in moving large projects forward including the pavement overlay on the north Desert Camp Drive Loop and the refreshing project within Market St. Villas. Administratively, the Ranch Association team has re-examined large contracts which will save the organization close to $175,000 within the next year. This month, Community Patrol staff will begin driving fuel efficient vehicles on their neighborhood routes, which will help reduce our fuel expense. Working with the board of directors has also been a rewarding experience. In the short time that I have been here, board members have been very supportive and open to suggestions. I was delighted to see DC Ranch stakeholders re-elect both Shawn Seaton and Joe McGarr to the board. Their knowledge and expertise is crucial to continued success for the Ranch Association and the community. What I enjoy most as executive director is listening to resident concerns and working with them toward a solution. My satisfaction comes when a resident thanks me for listening and for helping them get something accomplished. The past six months have been a pleasure. I thank all residents and staff for the opportunity and I look forward to much continued success on the Ranch.
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Community Center renovations slated for summer
Plans are in motion to enhance the Desert Camp pool setting with additional furnishings and shade. Umbrellas will be added along the south side of the lap pool, drapes will enclose the west cabanas, and additional furniture will be added around the pools. Plans have also been developed to create a second multi-purpose space with direct access to the pool. The second multipurpose room will re-purpose the kitchen area and a portion of the men’s locker room. The space will better accommodate pool parties and youth and teen programming. The Community Council also has plans to renovate the lobby and kitchen areas at The Homestead Community Center. Construction is scheduled to begin in August.
Community Patrol goes green with Toyota Prius
In June, a Toyota Prius will be added to the patrol fleet. Community Patrol will monitor the vehicle’s fuel economy, battery life, and wear and tear of front-end components for 90 days. If the test is successful, an additional Prius will be added to the fleet in January 2013.
Ranch Offices and The Homestead will be closed July 4; Desert Camp open
In observance of Independence day on Wednesday, July 4, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed. Residents will have key-fob access to restrooms at The Homestead. Desert Camp Community Center will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Fourth of July event. Residents will have key-fob access to Desert Camp’s restrooms, fitness center and pool during non-business hours. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5.
The city’s plans to expand WestWorld may increase traffic and noise patterns within DC Ranch. City of Scottsdale transportation representatives Reed Kempton and Gregory Davies listened to resident concerns and provided feedback during the May 7 Ranch Association board meeting.
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Residents navigating DCRanch.com for information related to living within DC Ranch will enjoy an enhanced “For Residents” landing page. Some items the new page includes are quick links to community forms, Ranch Association and Community Council board meeting agendas and minutes, QuickPass login, and community center and event information. The new layout aims to help residents more quickly access information that is frequently needed.
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 2011 in a solid position both financially and programmatically. In summary, the Community Council hosted almost 400 events, activities, and programs which engaged about 9,400 participants. Total revenue was nearly $3.4 million and expenses totaled less than $2.8 million. The annual report is available on DCRanch.com in its entirety. Questions related to the report may be directed to Community Council Executive Director Suzanne Walden-Wells at 480.419.5303.
Spotlight On: WestWorld Expansion During the May 7 Ranch Association board meeting, Scottsdale’s Principal Transportation Planner Reed Kempton and Senior Transportation Planner Gregory Davies led a discussion relating to roadways within DC Ranch. The conversation focused specifically on the proposed bridges along Thompson Peak Parkway and Legacy Boulevard and concerns about increased traffic along 91st and 94th Streets after the WestWorld renovation project is complete. Recently, the city approved a $48 million expansion that will enable the venue to accommodate events year-round. WestWorld, which neighbors DC Ranch to the south, hosts the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction and other large-scale events that attract regional and national audiences. The project will be constructed in phases and is expected to be completed in late 2013. The Ranch Association board of directors are supportive of the expansion because it enhances WestWorld’s status as a world-class exhibition facility that will ensure Scottsdale continues to attract prominent events. Unfortunately, along with expansion comes increased traffic on neighborhood streets, and residents living closer to the site along 91st and 94th Streets are less supportive of the project. Some residents within Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon and Arcadia neighborhoods are more in favor of the addition because the tent structure that currently houses the main event space will be removed, and replaced by a 40,000 square foot enclosed structure. No matter what your stance is on the expansion, residents are encouraged to share their concerns and contribute to the vision of the project before the Ranch Association presents a plan for accommodating increased traffic patterns within DC Ranch to the city council. You can express your opinion to your Neighborhood Voting Member and at Ranch Association board meetings. You may also share your input with the city by contacting Reed Kempton at 480.312.7630 or email@example.com.
The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in June. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council Tempe Ligett, 3 years, Event and Programs Manager Genna Barela-Robinson, 2 years, Executive Assistant
Ranch Association Mike Harjung, 6 years, Facilities & Maintenance Manager Flor Trevizo, 5 years, Maintenance Team Jose A. Lopez, 1 year, Landscape Team
New signage along Pima Road makes Market Street more visible
Market Street has a new monument sign on Pima Road featuring Safeway and Fleming’s, the property’s two longest retail anchor tenants. The sign is part of DMB’s efforts to enhance Market Street’s visibility and accessibility. A revised strategic merchandising plan is being implemented and additional branding and graphic improvements are planned to enhance the overall Market Street experience. Office-space leases are approaching 100 percent, and the primary focus is on retail.
Market Street Villas to get fresh face
Sixty-six units in Market St. Villas will have a fresh look by the end of the year. The refreshing project includes repairing and re-painting exterior walls. These are the only units in the community that the Ranch Association maintains. Roof repairs were completed on all structures earlier this spring.
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
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Alyssa Spencer and Debbie Downey, co-owners of North Scottsdale KARVE Studio, will open their second Valley location at DC Ranch Crossing in late June. Spencer, who has been a fitness instructor for 27 years, said the KARVE method is unique because it combines isometric interval training with a ballet barre. “This technique yields similar results of a high repetition workout using light weights on each area of the body,” she said. “Clients get an effective workout with minimal impact on their bodies.” The ballet barre technique was created about 60 years ago by Lotte Berk, a German-born dancer who retired because of joint and spine injuries sustained over years of high-impact dance training. In an attempt to keep her dancer’s physique, she worked with her physical therapist to combine proper alignment and orthopedic stretching techniques with ballet-inspired movements that do not impact the joints or spine. The exercise technique creates a lean, firm, sculpted body by combining multiple body-shaping principles. At KARVE, classes combine isometrics — the use of small controlled movements — dance conditioning, physical therapy techniques, and interval training to quickly and safely reshape and elongate muscles. In the KARVE method, isometric training allows the longer, leaner muscle fibers to develop. After each body part is worked to fatigue, the muscles are actively stretched using Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic-inspired positions to keep the muscles flexible. These controlled movements are very focused, effective, and safe because the body and mind are constantly working throughout class. “If you lose mental engagement, results will not be as noticeable,” Downey said. “Proper alignment is the primary focus, no matter what body part is being worked. Every class has a variety of positions that are linked in an interval-based format to keep caloric burn at its highest and impact on the joints to a minimum.” Classes are specifically sequenced to define the body and burn fat, and workouts vary by day. Variety keeps the body challenged and reduces the plateau effect that many workout regimens yield over time. “The secret to any fitness regimen is to do something you enjoy to keep your routine from getting stale,” Spencer added. “The KARVE method isn’t a ‘routine’ as it’s a different combination of strength, stretching, and cardio every time. You’ll find everything you need to develop a strong, healthy, long and lean physique.”
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Arizona’s early economic foundations began with the four “Cs”—cattle, copper, cotton and citrus—and continue to contribute as modern-day economic drivers. Large land holdings have also played a big part in Arizona and the local economy. Land, its ownership, and its usage often cause concerns and controversy and land use is not always understood or appreciated based on facts. Some of DMB’s own projects are great examples that illustrate how a property can evolve and contribute to the local economy over time. In the early 1900s, DC Ranch was a working cattle ranch that generated economic impact serving local and regional markets with jobs and livestock production. With the progression of time, infrastructure technologies, and changing market demands, ranching in north Scottsdale began to fade and the land sat less productively for nearly a generation. Ultimately, the family who owned this property chose DMB to help them create the next economic phase of the ranch as an innovative, new largescale, mixed-used community that integrated business, retail, education, recreation and living—continuing to expand and sustain the economic life of the ranch. As modern day settlers of DC Ranch grow their families and businesses, their economic impact expands to include the region. In 1945, the Caterpillar Tractor Company established their Arizona Proving Grounds at the base of the White Tank Mountains, in the barren desert west of Phoenix. They used the land to test the technology and development
Many land developments in the Valley, like the 4,400 acres that the community of DC Ranch now inhabits, originally contributed to the Arizona economy as cattle ranches.
of equipment that, at the time, created local jobs, but more importantly, contributed to the rapidly growing U.S. and international economy. When the population growth of the Valley began to encroach on the proving grounds, Caterpillar moved its operations and looked for a developer to create the next economic phase—which is now DMB’s Verrado. Built on small town principles, Verrado weaves together living, recreation, education, healthcare, shopping and business—and is in the next cycle of land-use and economic growth. Eastmark, DMB’s newest community in the East Valley, used to be the Desert Proving Grounds for General Motors. These proving grounds were used for testing automotive systems in the hot desert climate. For more than four decades, GM provided high-wage jobs and was a center for innovation in the motor industry. Its impact extended far beyond Mesa and the East Valley. A few years ago, GM began to wind down the testing operations and, like Caterpillar, moved testing to another remote Arizona location. DMB’s planning team took inspiration from the historic use of the site and set a vision to create a hub of commerce, innovation and high-performance living for Eastmark. The community’s 2013 launch is envisioned to include highwage and high-quality employers like the former Proving Grounds, with a focus on business attraction and an active lifestyle in the heart of the East Valley. DMB is committed to creating Eastmark and redeveloping the Proving Grounds as a new standard for community and mixed-use development. Like DC Ranch and Verrado, DMB has another land holding opportunity to create a new place that will bring together jobs and diverse living opportunities near jobs. DMB is incorporating smart planning and design principles to create a sustainable place, and an economic engine— locally, regionally, and beyond – that will thrive as the people who live, work, and play there make their contributions in this phase of economic life. Charley Freericks, was recently named president of DMB Associates, Inc., the developer of DC Ranch. Freericks has been with the Company more than 14 years and has served in many different roles including General Manager of DC Ranch and General Manager of DMB Commercial.
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While electrical storms light up the desert sky, lightning, wind, and rain from summer monsoons can cause serious damage within the Preserve. Conservancy stewards are on fire and storm watch to protect the Preserve from July 4 through September 30, when monsoon season ends.
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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 DCRanch.com 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
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Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Half Day until 12:30 p.m.) Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684
Wednesday, July 4 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178
Tuesday, June 12 and 26 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.719.5308
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Acting Camp Tuesday-Friday | May 29-June 1 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178
Child, Youth & Teen Activities Little Kicks Soccer (ages 3-5)
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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
Little Fins Swim Lessons Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684
DC Ranch Swim Team Mondays and Wednesdays | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684
Summer Programs Kindermusik Summer Camp Fridays | June 1-29 9 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.794.0222
Monday, June 4 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308
Tuesday, June 18 | 3 to 5 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5308
Musical Theatre Camp presented by VOICES Studio Monday-Friday | June 4-8 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178
Thursdays | 4 to 4:45 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684
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Monday-Friday | July 16-20 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178
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Monday-Friday | May 29-Aug. 3 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 480.502.8844
Workshops for Youth & Families Summer Programs Sunday-Friday | June 10-15; June 24-29 July 8-13; July 22-27 The Homestead Community Center 480.567.0298
Community Events & Activities Trailblazer Breakfasts Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178
Saturdays | June16, 23; July 7, 21 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178 Free Looking for a place to beat the heat this summer? The pool at Desert Camp is the place to be. Bring your towel, swim suit, and snacks and enjoy the lazy summer Saturdays.
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“I am so proud of her,” resident Miya Lee said of her daughter, Laetitia Hua, who won Miss Arizona Teen America in 2010. Although she cannot attend, Hua was invited to represent Arizona again in the Miss U.S. Ambassador competition in Tampa, Fla. in July.
Each year, thousands of mothers across America help prepare their daughters to compete in beauty pageants, but what distinguishes resident motherdaughter team Miya Lee and Laetitia Hua is their international roots. Unlike most pageant competitors, both Lee and Hua are not American born. Lee a Taiwanese native, moved to France where she attended college and obtained a degree in French Literature from the University of Paris. Lee remained in Paris and worked part time teaching Mandarin. Her daughter, Laetitia Hua was born in Paris where they lived until they moved to Scottsdale in 2002. Neither mom nor daughter knew a word of English when they came to Arizona, but Hua credits her involvement in public school activities and pageants as being key to helping her assimilate. “Competing forced me to come out of my comfort zone and to be more social,” said Hua. “I got to see life differently and relate to people I never thought I would.” Hua, who is interested in a career in public service, entered the 2010 Miss Arizona Teen America competition as a personal challenge and to bolster her resume for such a career. While Hua was excited to realize her
passion for public service, Lee had her initial reservations about her daughter’s involvement in pageant life. “I was very nervous for her,” Lee said. “This was something she had never done. I did not want to see her be disappointed, but when she won I was completely shocked and thrilled.” In April, Hua competed again in another local pageant called the Miss Teen America contest. Although she did not win, she considers it a wonderful learning experience and is grateful for the opportunity to influence and inspire other teens to become world travelers and learn about other cultures. “Competing in pageants has made me a leader and allowed me to speak to my peers and younger kids about social issues,” Hua said. “My primary focus as an ambassador for Miss Teen America has been promoting cultural diversity.” The 18-year-old Chaparral High School graduate is fluent in French, Mandarin, and English and has traveled across Europe to volunteer at various orphanages and to learn more about social justice though various internships. In the fall, Hua plans to study international relations at the University of Edinburg in Scotland where she can pursue her love for working, studying and traveling
abroad. One day Hua would like to attend law school to pursue work with human rights groups. She also is interested in working with non-governmental organizations that promote human and women’s rights. While she is extremely driven by education, Hua believes it is a pageant representative’s duty as a public figure to influence social change. In three years, she anticipates running for Miss America and although she cannot attend, she received a special invitation to represent Arizona in the Miss U.S. Ambassador competition in Tampa, Fla., from July 26-29. Hua looks forward to future competitions, but said she could not have found such success without her mom. “Our love of diversity and different countries connects us as a family,” she said. “I am so grateful to my mom for providing me with unconditional love and support.”
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Fun things to do in June Music in the Garden June 8, 15, 22, 29 Desert Botanical Garden Enjoy live music by a variety of artists every Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Must be 21 and older to attend. Tickets are $15 for Garden members and $21 for the public. Call 480.481.8141 or visit dbg.org.
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Families will enjoy a variety of activities and events around the Valley in June. Plan ahead for Independence Day.
Classic Car Auction June 8, 9 | Scottsdale International Auto Museum Shop or show off your classic car. More than 100 classic, collector and muscle cars will be featured. For more information, call 480.302.6460 or visit scottsdaleinternationalautomuseum.com.
Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus June 27-July 2 | US Airways Center Bring the entire family to enjoy this circus spectacular. The 137-year tradition features animal performances, clown escapades and high-wire acts. Tickets range from $15-90. Call 1.800.745.3000.
Independence Day Music Festival July 3 | Salt River Fields Country music stars Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker will take the stage during this Fourth of July festival. Doors open at 5 p.m. Concert goers will also enjoy the largest fireworks show in the Valley. Tickets range from $26-$96. Call 480.270.5000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
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Mighty Mud Mania June 9 | Chaparral Park What began in 1976 as the Shout It Out Decathlon, as a promotion for Johnson’s Wax Shout Spray pre-wash, is now the Mighty Mud Mania. Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer programs culminate with a muddy race for ages 7-17. Children 6 and younger can partake in the fun with a mini-mud course and puddle pools. For more information, call Parks and Recreation Manager Terry Erickson at 480.312.2771 or visit recreation.scottsdaleaz.gov.
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The Homestead Playhouse is pleased to offer expanded theatre programming this summer. In addition to a musical theatre camp, which the Playhouse has traditionally offered, the Playhouse has added non-musical acting and improvisational, or “improv,” classes to its theatre camp repertoire. While popular TV shows like “GLEE” and “Smash” shine the spotlight on musical theatre, Arts and Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz said it is important for actors to learn a variety of performing styles. “The Homestead Playhouse is committed to offering both musical and non-musical plays for the community,” she said. “This allows more diversity in young actors’ performances, and gives options for children who may not be interested in singing and dancing.” Kurtz will co-teach acting and improv theatre camps with “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” director Robin Hastings, which are geared for kids eight and older new to the performing arts, or for those interested in exploring other aspects of acting. “Acting and improv camps are great introductory acting courses,” Hastings said. “Thinking on your toes and knowing how to feel comfortable on stage are vital aspects of performing.
Students will learn both in these camps.” Acting Camp is May 29 to June 1 and will focus on basic acting and performing skills. Improvisational Theatre Camp is July 16 to 20, and uses tools like collaborative games to create characters, enhance listening and communication skills, and develop awareness of other actors. “It is important for young actors to learn all theatre styles,” Hastings said. “By having a variety of skills, actors become more versatile which makes them more marketable if they decide to pursue acting professionally.” For young performers interested in musical theatre, VOICES Studio will lead a camp June 4 to 8. Students will learn audition skills, character development, body movement, and aspects of live performance. Kurtz knows that all aspects of performing are critical to molding a well rounded actor, but what is more important is that young actors are given options to explore their creative freedom. “Producing musical and non-musical shows allows for the kids to choose what appeals to them,” she said. “Participating in theatre allows kids to build interpersonal skills, develop their imaginations, and examine their world.”
All theatre camps are hosted at The Homestead Community Center. Register at DCRanch.com or call Arts and Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542.
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Weigh-in on Scottsdale’s proposed budget Opportunities continue for residents to comment on the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. The City Council will consider adopting the final budget during the meeting on Tuesday, June 5. General fund revenues are projected to increase by about $15 million in the next fiscal year – a 7 percent increase, while general fund expenditures will go up about $6 million, or 3 percent. Some of the additional revenue will be needed to cover rising costs over which the city has limited control: utilities, fuel, and state retirement plan contributions are all going up. The additional revenue will be for capital improvements, facilities repairs, and computer server maintenance.
City hosts Racin’ at the Basin June 16
Scottsdale’s 5K Running Series, Racin’ in the Basin, returns June 16 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. Three runs are available at 8:30 p.m. on June 16, July 21, and Aug. 18. Participation is $15 in advance or $20 race day. Register online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/parks/ssc. For more information, contact Jona Davis at 480.312.7529
Construction begins on Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center expansion at WestWorld
Construction is underway on the $42.8 million expansion of the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at WestWorld. When complete, the modernized facility will accommodate horse shows, auto auctions, trade shows and other events year-round in an air-conditioned facility of more than 300,000 square feet. The existing open-air Equidome will be renovated and enclosed. The north hall will nearly double in size, expanding to about 130,000 square feet to host the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, plus equestrian and other events. This project marks the first use of Scottsdale’s “bed tax” dollars dedicated to tourism infrastructure authorized by voters in 2010. Completion is set for late fall of 2012. Phase two, which will expand the north hall, will be opened for events in summer 2013. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2013. For more information, contact Communications and Public Affairs Director Kelly Corsette 480.312.2336.
City offers summer watering tips
For a healthy summer lawn, remember to turn off your home’s sprinkler or irrigation system for about two weeks once temperatures are consistently over 90 degrees. This will allow the winter lawn to die out and the Bermuda grass to revive. Once Bermuda grass is growing, water it only once every three days. Remember to water deeply and evenly for best results. Get more watering tips at scottsdaleaz.gov/ Water/Conservation/Tips.
Scottsdale tourism continues strong national presence
The Robb Report and Condé Nast Traveler featured local hotel properties on their May covers. Scottsdale placed first in hotel occupancy among the top 25 U.S. markets in March, according to Smith Travel Research. Year-to-date, Scottsdale’s occupancy rate is up 1.6 percent to 76.6 percent. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is on the cover of the Rob Report’s “Top 100 Resorts” issue which has a circulation of more than 100,000 affluent readers. The city also made the cover of Condé Nast Traveler, where The Saguaro resort is featured for inclusion in the magazine’s Hot List – editor’s picks of the world’s best new hotels, restaurants and spas. The monthly publication, with a circulation of more than 800,000 readers, is designed for the experienced, discerning, frequent traveler.
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Early registration is available for Scottsdale’s Thrive After Three after-school program. The program resumes on Aug. 8. There are nine locations for the program that run from school release until 6 p.m. Children enjoy sports, fitness, arts and crafts and nutritional education programs. Registration is $55 a month or $544 for the year. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/asp.
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Seven individuals make DC Ranch proud through their service to community By Ranch News
Shawn Seaton — Leadership Award
“Feeling appreciation is not enough. You need to tell people how much you appreciate them,” said Ryan House founder Holly Cottor during the keynote message she delivered at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on April 21. “Unexpressed gratitude is like wrapping a present that you never give. Give the gift away.” DC Ranch is pleased to express gratitude to these extraordinary individuals for their contributions to our community.
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Karen Ginsburg — Philanthropic Award
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The Good Neighbor award recognizes a resident who is known for lending a helping hand — whether it is to a neighbor in need, a worthy cause, or a DC Ranch event. Two residents were recognized in this category. Susan Grace has served on a number of committees over the years, most recently on the Ranch Association executive director selection committee and the Ranch Association modifications committee. This past spring, Grace presented a Film Club concept to the Community Council, which made its successful debut in April. Eileen Miller also has a long history of service to her community from her work on the former Heartstrings committee to her involvement with Ryan House, Family Promise and countless other causes. Miller is a “good neighbor” who brings meals and arranges transportation to appointments for those in need.
The Philanthropic award recognizes a resident who has made a significant contribution of time and talent to a charitable cause within our community or beyond. Ginsburg established the DC Ranch Food Circle in the summer of 2011 as a way to impact people in need. Each week, Ginsburg delivers food and household items donated by DC Ranch Residents to Foothills Food Bank where they are distributed to needy families throughout Karen Ginsburg north Scottsdale and Phoenix communities. The program is responsible for delivery of some 1,200 pounds of food in less than a year and it has been the catalyst for a similar program in Grayhawk.
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Susan Grace & Eileen Miller — Good Neighbor Awards
The Leadership award is in recognition of an individual’s contributions to the management of DC Ranch through service on a board or committee. Seaton has served the community of DC Ranch in many capacities over the years — initially as an NVM, then as a member of the Ranch Association Board—and now as president of the board. His thoughtful approach and calm demeanor have made a positive influence on the work of the Ranch Association and has led to a more effective governing body.
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Christine Iwinski — Youth Leadership Award
As the name implies, this award is offered to an exceptional young DC Ranch resident who has exhibited leadership qualities through volunteer service. In 2011, Iwinski single-handedly implemented a holiday campaign at DC Ranch called “Kid-to-Kid Giving,” the goal of which was to inspire children between the ages of 5 and 13 to volunteer and cultivate a generosity of spirit. She has also been an active volunteer for Community Council programs such as TGIF Fun Nights and The Homestead Playhouse.
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Tim Lyons — Pulse Fitness — Merchant Award This award recognizes merchant neighbors who not only fan the flame of commerce within our community, but also contribute significantly to our sense of place and belonging. Lyons developed a well-deserved reputation as a collaborator when he approached the Community Council in 2010 with an idea of a community-wide Biggest Loser fitness competition. In January 2011, several DC Tim Lyons Ranch residents came together in teams entered the competition. Friendships were formed right alongside healthy habits, both with the potential to last a lifetime. Lyon’s commitment doesn’t stop there. He and his staff have contributed their time and support to The Homestead Playhouse and helped construct the set for a recent production.
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Brian Lemke — Friend of DC Ranch Award
This award recognizes an individual or group who are not residents within DC Ranch, but have provided a service that has benefitted the community in some way. Lemke is a professional cyclist who has lent his expertise and time as a consultant for the annual Tour de Scottsdale event. In addition, Lemke and his team from the White Mountain Road Club organize the annual Criterium at DC Ranch in partnership with the DC Ranch Community Council.
Eighth graders recall favorite Copper Ridge memories By Marisa Cannon I Copper Ridge 8th grade student It’s the end of a wonderful 2011-2012 school year. For many, it is the beginning of a new chapter of their lives. Between tests, finals, midterms, quizzes, and sports, eighth-grade students managed to keep their heads held high. Now is their chance to go to high school and show how much fight they actually have in them. What they do in the next four years defines them. As they graduate — or, in the words of Mr. Johnson, are “promoted” to high school — eighth graders look back at fond Copper Ridge memories. I remember when we made little shells out of clay in kindergarten. It was genuinely fun and I remember it like yesterday. — Nicole Fornabio Even though I broke my finger, the experience of playing baseball with boys was awesome. — Angela Lee The best baseball season was with the team at Copper Ridge School. Going to other schools to play was such a privilege and exciting experience. — John Lee I’ve been at copper ridge school since fourth grade. In fifth grade, I remember always playing kickball on the fields at recess. There was only one other girl, and the rest were guys. I’ll never forget the look on their faces when I got a home run. Leaving for high school is going to be hard. — Emily Belt Now these students look forward to making new memories in high school. It may be hard at times, and it will take a lot of strength but they will make it. Good luck to all of them. They can do anything if they put their minds to it.
Around the Ranch 1. Brandy Penson from Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool on Market Street guest hosted storytime on April 3. Children enjoyed the book “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister and colored their own Rainbow Fish after the story. Credit: Krista Hinz 2. Community Council Program Manager Brandon Curtis joined the Zumba class with instructor Jill Justman on April 3. Zumba classes resume on Sept. 4 at The Homestead Community Center. Credit: Krista Hinz 3. Chris and Crstyal Kiernan enjoyed the Spring Fling event at The Country Club at DC Ranch on April 13. Credit: The Country Club at DC Ranch
4. About 20 residents viewed work by local artist Jack Fischer during the April 3 Passport to Art event at Desert Camp Community Center. Fischer is a MFA candidate at Arizona State University and works primarily with charcoal and oil paints. Credit: Amber Nash
5. As the weather heats up, families begin to enjoy the water feature at The Homestead Community Center. Credit: Elizabeth Dankert
6. Women of DC Ranch and the greater community participated in the Ladies Member-Guest Tennis Tournament on April 20 at The Country Club at DC Ranch. Credit: The Country Club at DC Ranch
7. Mother Goose reads a story and teaches the kids about planting seeds and flowers for Mother’s Day at Mondays with Mommy on May 7. Credit: Amber Nash
8. Caden Becker and Ariella Trost were in patient-doctor mode during the May 11 TGIF Little Wranglers Night presented by Mad Science. Children enjoyed interactive activities with a lifeand physical-sciences theme. Credit: Jeffrey Ortagus 9. Desert Camp Community Center hosted a Brownie graduation ceremony on May 8. Members of Brownie Troop 1294 crossed the bridge to become Girl Scouts of Troop 959. Credit: Jon Carlson
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