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July | August 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 7

A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Digital education, behavior standards, even financial literacy—all terms parents must learn about in an evolving educational landscape. What do they mean for families and how will they impact a child’s road to success? As students head back to the classroom this fall, prepare for the changes and innovations in store for the year ahead. | Page 9-12

In This Issue

“Board Report”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Summer Films. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Community Connections. . . . . . . . 5

Around Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . . 15

The Homestead Playhouse. . . . . . 6

By the Numbers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 8

Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . 18

“I don’t want children to get hurt in order for something to be done about this excessive speeding,” said Marta Malloy. While the intersection on Thompson Peak Parkway near Copper Ridge School may not look dangerous, add children and a few impatient drivers to the mix , and it’s a recipe for disaster.

Children crossing: Mother campaigns to curb speeding near Copper Ridge School

Thompson Peak Parkway—the main thoroughfare in DC Ranch—is a major crossing

area for children walking or riding their bikes to and from Copper Ridge School.

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That makes for a dangerous combination, says Marta Malloy, a Silverleaf resident

Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 & Aug. 2

Dive-In Movies

7 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Thursday, July 25

Community Council Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Friday, Aug. 9

Back-to-School Bash

5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Tuesday, Aug. 13

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

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and mother who walks her children to school. As a Neighborhood Voting Member, Malloy is working with the Ranch Association and City of Scottsdale to persuade drivers to slow down and make the crossing area safer for children. | Page 3 Neighborhood Series


Refinement meets outdoor splendor in Silverleaf

Specialized bike shop rides onto Market Street

Set along the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Silverleaf provides residents with unparalleled proximity and access to some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the Valley. At the same time, the tailored gardens in The Parks neighborhood of Silverleaf create a sophisticated retreat to give residents the best of both worlds. | Page 16

Whether it’s a new mountain bike for a trip into the Preserve or a fast-paced road bike to cruise north Scotts­ dale, Airpark Bikes brings a wide variety of top-notch cycles to DC Ranch. With more than 20 years as one of the premiere cycling stores in Arizona, the retailer is changing gears and designing a whole new concept for Market Street. | Page 4

Photo: Rachelle Pierce

Learning your ABCs: Local education topics prepare parents for a new school year


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July | August 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 7

Ranch Association Board Report

New board members set priorities for 2013-2014 terms

John Henrickson and Stephen Koven are the newest members elected to the Ranch Association Board of Directors. Each outlines the goals they hope to achieve as directors in order to maintain the quality of life in DC Ranch.

Photos: Jeremy Stevens

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Thank you for the privilege of serving our DC Ranch community as a member of the Ranch Association board. My wife, Robbi, and I have been active participants in the governance of DC Ranch since the responsiJohn Henrickson, Ranch bility for management of Association board member the community was transferred to the residents. The key area that I would like to focus on as a new board member is engagement of more Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) and residents in the decision making process of the Ranch Association. The board has the primary responsibility for managing the operation of the community, but the ultimate authority rests with the residents. Finding ways to keep residents better informed and more engaged is a challenge I would like to bring to my tenure on the board. —John Henrickson, Ranch Association board member

I sincerely appreciate the confidence in your vote. I fully accept the responsibility to preserve what DC Ranch has become as a community and will look for ways to make it even better. To do this, I seek the Stephen Koven, Ranch continued guidance and Association board member involvement from residents. So, please participate in the decision-making process—talk with your neighbors, reach out to the Ranch Association team, and participate in a board meeting. Where we go from here is not what I think, but what our community thinks. I encourage my fellow neighbors to keep the feedback coming because it gives the board a better understanding of ways to maintain and improve the community. It is a truly inspiring goal to make DC Ranch even better—I know we can. —Stephen Koven, Ranch Association board member

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DC Ranch welcomes new team member

Spotlight on Ranch Association

Kenneth Sieloff joined the Ranch Association as the security technician coordinator. Sieloff brings an extensive background in security services, hospitality, and advanced database and Kenneth Sieloff IT support. He also has reserve police academy experience. Sieloff previously worked for Trident Security and Safeguard and is knowledgeable with community access systems. Photo: Rachelle Pierce

Invasive plant removal underway

Concerned mother, Marta Malloy, wants drivers to pay attention to student pedestrians while driving along Thompson Peak Parkway.

Resident seeks to put a ‘stop’ to speeding near Copper Ridge School intersection The average cost of a ticket while speeding in a school zone is $241. In the past year, the Scottsdale Police Department has pulled over more than a dozen speeding drivers on Thompson Peak Parkway near Copper Ridge School, yet drivers aren’t getting the message: slow down. After several parents in the community expressed concern about the safety of their children around speeding vehicles, one mother decided that something had to change. Marta Malloy, a Silverleaf Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM), walks her children to school daily. After she and her husband Terry, a Ranch Association board member, were nearly hit by a speeding vehicle at the school’s crosswalk, Malloy took action. She worked with the Ranch Association to spread awareness to get drivers to slow down. “There have been too many close calls near the Windgate and Horseshoe gate intersections where children cross the parkway,” said Malloy. “Change is needed to alleviate these close calls.” Malloy then took her concern to the next level. Along with the support of representatives of the Ranch Association and Scottsdale Unified School District, the City of Scottsdale agreed to implement five new safety measures before the upcoming school year; which are outlined on the right. “The City of Scottsdale’s goal is to have these actions installed during summer,” said Phillip Kercher, Scottsdale traffic engineer and operations manager. “We met with our photo enforcement

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Arizona has a “zero tolerance” policy, which means that a driver will get a ticket, even if a few miles over the posted speed limit. Speeding in a school zone takes two to three points off an Arizona license, depending how fast the driver is going.

Traffic Safety Improvements • N  ew action stop bars will be installed on Windgate Pass and Thompson Peak Parkway five feet behind the crosswalk. Stop bars are large white lines at intersections to help slow the flow of traffic. • P  edestrian crossing signs will be relocated to the safer, southeast corner of the intersection. The direction of the crossing sign will be moved to the area where most drivers are currently entering the intersection. • P  edestrian jump programming, or “light programming,” will change to a delayed green. The delayed green means that one side of the intersection is given an opportunity for a left turn with no opposing traffic. This will help when traffic from both directions is allowed. • T  he electronic sign that currently displays a driver’s speed will be replaced with a sign that states “Speed Limit 35 MPH When Flashing.” This will be more visible to drivers and remind them to slow down. • M  ore police presence will enforce the speed limit on the Windgate Pass and Thompson Peak Parkway intersection. program manager and plan to install a new tool at the intersection which will catch speeders.” For Malloy, the work isn’t finished. She would like to see similar safety improvements at other crosswalks near the school and by the Horseshoe gate. Residents living behind that gate are encouraged to get involved by contacting Malloy at With the new safety measures, Malloy hopes drivers near Copper Ridge School will get the message to slow down and help make the area safer for students. —Rachelle Pierce

The Covenant Commission and Ranch Association are working to identify and remove all invasive plants from the community such as Desert Broom (Baccharis Sarothroides), Fountain Grass (Pennisetum Setaceum), and Tamarisk (Salt Cedar). Brittlebush (Encelia Farinose) is also prohibited in most neighborhoods. Residents are asked to remove these species of invasive plants from their property. Please contact Community Inspector Kenny Martin at or 480.419.5301 for a free CC&R yard audit.

Motorized vehicles prohibited on sidewalks and paths

Because DC Ranch is a community that cares about safety, the Ranch Association reminds residents that City of Scottsdale Ordinance A.R.S. 28-904 prohibits riding motorized vehicles on the sidewalks, path and trails, or wash systems except for emergency and DC Ranch facility vehicles. Please contact Security Services Patrol at 480.338.8477 or 480.338.8478 to report concerns. All licensed vehicles must drive on the roadway and have a licensed driver operating the vehicle.

Realtor® Access Program in development

The Ranch Association is working to automate and simplify its Realtor Access Program. This will allow listing agents to register all resale properties and tenants online. Real estate agents will receive further instructions via email. For more information about the program or to become a Realtor Advisor to the Ranch Association, please contact Community Liaison Rachelle Pierce at 480.419.5308.

Staff anniversaries

The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in July/August. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council

Kimberly Crowther Miller, 7 years,

Community Engagement Director

Ranch Association Ramiro Rodriguez, 9 years, Landscape Team Magdalena Salvidar, 7 years, Maintenance Team Guillermo Hernandez, 5 years, Landscape Team Peter Cruz, 3 years, Maintenance Team Jesus Rayo, 3 years, Landscape Team Jaime Ortega Ortiz, 2 years, Landscape Team Francisco Fierros, 1 year, Maintenance Team

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Steve Driscoll (center) is gearing up with his staff for the soft opening of Airpark Bikes in mid-August— just in time for the Tour de Scottsdale on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Airpark Bikes to coast into the neighborhood

A new hub for cycling is expected to open in mid-August on Market Street. Ranch News recently caught up with Steve Driscoll, owner and “spokes” person for Airpark Bikes, to learn more about the project.

Q: Steve, tell us about your concept, and what sets you apart from other bike shops? A: Airpark Bikes has been in business for 20 years and we pride ourselves on a great reputation and fabulous staff. Creating connections with our customers is most important to us. We have high-end bicycles all the way to classic cruisers. Every customer who walks in the store is our number one priority. We are so thankful for all of our clients and friends, who are the reason we have enjoyed such a successful business for so long. We can’t wait to open our new location and meet everyone in the area. Q: Why did you choose to relocate to Market Street? A: I live nearby and have always loved the Market Street area. I especially enjoy having dinner at all the fabulous restaurants. Last year during the Tour de Scottsdale I realized Market Street was the perfect new location for our store.

Q: How will your new store interior be unique? A: For more than two decades, we’ve had a reputation as the “Ferrari dealership” of bicycle stores. People come from around the world to see our current location. We are excited to unveil our new plans for the Market Street shop. It will combine an old-world look with a touch of modern. Q: What advice would you give readers who are thinking about riding in the DC Ranch Community Council’s Tour de Scottsdale for the first time? A: It’s so much fun for all ages and riding levels. We have a team riding in the Oct. 13 event. The greatest thing about bicycle riding is it doesn’t matter if you come in first or last. It’s all about getting outdoors, being healthy, and having fun.

Q: Do you have ongoing training rides for cycling enthusiasts? A: Absolutely. We will have group rides for novice to expert cyclists every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. from our Market Street store. Everyone is welcome to join any of our rides. We look forward to meeting you. Q: Do you have special plans in motion for your grand opening on Market Street? A: Currently, we are looking to hold the grand opening at the beginning of November, after Tour de Scottsdale. Check back for exciting details at —Ruth Rosenquist

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Photo: Scottsdale Chamber

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Mark Eberle, Scottsdale History Hall of Fame honoree.

Numbers man’s legacy of service added to Scottsdale Hall of Fame Small business owners in Scottsdale have more economic room to grow thanks to DC Ranch resident Mark Eberle. The well-known accountant and former president of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce helped navigate the city’s enterprise network to become one of the country’s best locations to set up shop. “What makes Scottsdale such a great place for business is that people and businesses get involved with their community,” said Eberle. “It’s refreshing when people ‘pay it back as well as pay it forward’ for what Scottsdale has done for them. Scottsdale—and the businesses that thrive here—do things the right way and for the right reason.” As a trailblazer who incubated the idea of keeping local business local, Eberle was recognized as a 2013 Scotts­ dale History Hall of Fame honoree. In appreciation of Eberle’s many years of service to the community, the Chamber also renamed its annual “Rising Star Award” to be hereafter called the “Mark F. Eberle Rising Star Award.” “Being inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame is both an honor and a humbling experience. Prior inductees have done so many wonderful and notable things for this great city,” said Eberle. “Obviously, to now be included in their company is very special.” Eberle is a partner at Arizona’s largest accounting firm, Henry & Horne. He served as the company’s managing partner from 2002 to 2010, during

which time the company was continually voted one of the best places to work in the Valley. Throughout his four decades with the firm, Eberle’s career goals have been to help businesses—especially small businesses and entrepreneurs— prosper throughout Arizona. As a natural “people person,” Eberle has developed relationships with Scottsdale businesses that continue to help the city’s economy stay strong. He encouraged countless business owners to get involved with organizations like the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Partners Council. Eberle graduated from Scottsdale Leadership in 1992, was the 2011 recipient of Leadership’s Frank Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, and continued to serve as an advisor in its Pay It Forward program. “I was brought up to work hard and always do my share,” said Eberle. “I feel comfortable that I have accomplished this for Henry & Horne, Scottsdale, and the community. However, my true legacy is that I have also been extremely involved with my family, and I am blessed to have an on-going incredible relationship with my wife and all of our children.” Not only is Eberle a mentor to commerce, a community leader, and a family man—he’s also a hugger. In fact, if you ask him how he is on any given day, he’s likely to reply, “I’m just one hug short of perfect.” —Jeremy Stevens

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The Homestead Playhouse presented two plays this spring. Enjoy these highlights from “Bird Brain: A Comedy by Richard Vetere,” and the spring musical revue, “Jordan and Taylor’s Jukebox Journey,” written by members of the cast. “Bird Brain” images courtesy of Dan Rosenberg of Showbiz Photo; musical revue pictures courtesy of the Community Council.

Bird Brain: A Comedy by Richard Vetere

Jordan and Taylor’s Jukebox Journey

The hero of the play, Sparrow, played by Kethan Sareen, with his friend, Pretty, played by Chloe Rozalsky, live together in peace with many birds. They are challenged to work together to save their home after a group of birds called the Starlings threatens to kick them out.

The cast of the spring musical revue warmed up with musical director Satyam Patel before a performance for Copper Ridge School.

Sparrow and Starling Corrine, played by Rachel McKeighan, work together to get the king to see that all the birds can live together in harmony.

Jordan and Taylor visit their grandparents’ home and come across an unexpected surprise. As Jordan, played by Serena Rago, pulls out her iPod, her grandfather, played by Iris Negru, introduces them to their classic jukebox.

The King of the Starlings, played by Ryan O’Hara, and his followers, played by Jenna Mazel and Gracie Doan, plan how they will take over the other birds’ homes. Sparrow and his bird friends challenge the king to a battle of the mind.

The cast of 23 young actors, ages 8 to 14, flew across the stage in “Bird Brain.”

The jukebox guides Jordan and Taylor through generations of classic theatre music including “Grease,” inspired from the 1950s.

The journey wraps up with Jordan and Taylor singing and dancing to a favorite tune of today’s generation from “High School Musical.”

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The Homestead Playhouse announces fall production

Auditions for fall play slated for mid-August The Homestead Playhouse steering committee is pleased to announce the DC Ranch community theatre program opens its 2013-2014 season with “Annie, Jr.” In addition, a dance ensemble opportunity is available, which does not require auditions. Please visit for details about the fall play and dance ensemble information session, rehearsal schedules, and participation fees. Actors may sign up online for fall play auditions and the dance ensemble beginning Thursday, Aug. 1. For more information, contact Arts & Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542.

Fall production: “Annie, Jr.”

Director: Robin Hastings Musical Director: Jennifer Whiting Choreographer: Erin Nielson

Performance dates: Nov. 21–24 Ages: 7 & older

The famous Broadway musical, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, comes to life at The Homestead Playhouse. The production’s songs “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers. The story is about an 11-year-old orphan girl named Annie who dreams of a life outside the Municipal Girls Orphanage. Through her journey, Annie learns to find family in the most unfamiliar place with billionaire tycoon Daddy Warbucks and his loving household staff. The guest director for the fall play is Robin Hastings who was a drama teacher at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa for eight years. She directed nearly 30 shows which include: “Annie,” “Grease,” “Back to the 80s,” and “Anything Goes.” She also directed “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” at The Homestead Playhouse and conducted two of the acting summer camp workshops. About Auditions: Auditions will be held at The Homestead Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Aug. 13 — DC Ranch residents Wednesday, Aug. 14 — Actors from greater community Friday, Aug. 16 — Callbacks

DC Ranch Dance Ensemble Dance Instructor: Erin Nielson

Ages: 6 & older

Children who enjoy the song and dance elements of performance theatre or those who wish to develop their confidence on stage are invited to participate in the DC Ranch Dance Ensemble. Dancers will learn two to three dances from “Annie, Jr.” and promote the fall production at DC Ranch community events and at their own recital. The Dance Ensemble is perfect for young or inexperienced performers who are looking to gain experience without a significant time commitment. Please visit for upcoming information about the spring production.

Back-to-School Bash Friday, Aug. 9 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

Kick-off a great start to the school year with a foam party at the annual Back-to-School Bash! Meet up with your friends and neighbors for a night of fun featuring a live DJ, games and prizes, and a foam pit full of suds. The Community Council will provide sandwiches, pizza, and popsicles. Bring swimsuits and towels to splash around in the pool. Registration opens Monday, July 15. Ages 5-18. Kids only event. All guests must know how to swim. Lifeguards will be on duty for the duration of the event. Admission is complimentary, however a donation of school supplies will be accepted. Volunteers Needed Parents, please contact the Community Council if you are able to assist with check-in. Register at Call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 for more information.

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One of the goals of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) is to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the Preserve the same way we do today. One way that we hope to meet that goal is to engage younger members of our community. My 15-year-old son recently completed MSC’s New Steward Orientation class and is now one of our younger stewards. While he is earning volunteer hours for his school, he is also connecting with the natural environment around him in ways that he would likely not experience. This opportunity is open to all teens—and adults—with new classes beginning in September on the second Saturday of each month. Stewardship, however, is not the limit of MSC’s focus for youth. The Conservancy’s education programs, delivered in the living classrooms of the Preserve, help youth gain a better understanding of history and science. They become inspired through their connection with the Preserve. Nearly 2,500 elementary school children visited the Preserve last year and learned about science and Arizona heritage in the natural environment. At a time when children are centered more and more indoors, reconnecting youth with the outdoors has become a critical issue. In response to this need to get kids outside and moving around, the Conservancy offers a number of youth education and fitness programs in the Preserve as part of the “Healthy Kids for a Healthy Community Initiative.” Some of the offerings include: Youth Tours Expanded field trip hikes with charter schools, youth groups, and school districts to bring students to the Preserve so they can experience nature first-hand. Family Friday Sunset Series Conservancy experts and non-profit partners provide the opportunity to experience nature through the five senses at programs held the first Friday of each month.

Family Passport Interactive game booklet distributed at Preserve trailheads. Kids search for items in the passport as they hike with their family. When they have a stamp from each trailhead, they receive a prize. Fitness Challenges Fitness experts encourage wellness through activities in the Preserve.

Brown’s Ranch Place-Based Environmental Education Visitors engage in educational activities at the new Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. According to research from the Placebased Education Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC), people retain more information when it’s presented to them in nature. Holiday Hikes Stewards guide visitors along Preserve trails on Saturdays and Sundays during the holidays. Hike leaders interpret sights along the trails and families learn about the desert and people who lived here. You and your children can learn more about these and other activities at Until next time, I’ll see you on the trails.

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access.

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Back to School

A new school year brings exciting changes in education

Scottsdale Unified School District 2013-14 Schedule August 2013 First Day of Classes

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September 2013 Labor Day Holiday District Recess Early Release — Professional Development

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It seems appropriate that “The Trailblazers” are Copper Ridge School’s official mascots. Educators and students are proving to be pioneers in local education within the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). In the upcoming school year, new technological practices will go into place, a district-wide grading scale will be introduced, and fresh standards for behavior expectations will be implemented. Copper Ridge Principal Michelle Otstot’s passion in teaching technology within the classroom is evident. Since transitioning as interim principal in February, she’s concurrently worked on her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University. “My area of study is the utilization of mobile technology as an instructional tool,” said Otstot. “My studies are directly related to the technology goals of SUSD’s Strategic Plan. Together, our efforts in digital citizenship and the teaching of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) have increased student access to technology.” Otstot led the first educational seminar last year to demonstrate how educators can incorporate everyday technology such as iPods, mobile phones, and tablets, into

the classroom. Students are encouraged to BYOT, “Bring Your Own Technology,” to school in an effort to show the positive applications of today’s ever-changing digital lessons. Several teachers at Copper Ridge receive professional development in educational technology. The school’s community partner, Immedia Education Solutions, provides support, planning time, and a model to use mobile technology. This in turn enhances the curriculum so teachers can explore education tools beyond the text book. Aside from technology, SUSD students will be introduced to a new researchbased grading scale for the next year. Copper Ridge administration and staff anticipate the grading scale will help students develop a solid foundation of skills and knowledge. “The new guidelines reflect the most effective, research-based ways to accurately measure and report academic achievement,” said Otstot. “The assessment focuses on our students’ proficiency of academic standards and is designed to increase academic rigor.” Perhaps the most important implementation for Copper Ridge has been the CRS Way—a behavioral program to keep

In the last year, the news has been teeming with traumatic national headlines. From school shootings to city bombings, these disturbing experiences pose a challenge to parents: How do you speak to your child about these events? Avoiding discussions to shield children might seem like a tempting approach, but John Balles, Ph.D., clinical support director for the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), suggests otherwise. “It is healthy to expose children to a certain level of stress because it builds resiliency,” said Balles. “Often the news builds sensationalism from a tragedy. Therefore, it’s important to discuss news events in limited doses with your children. This will help avoid intensifying the trauma.” Parents are encouraged to engage children in an open discussion of their fears and worries—instigated from news headlines or otherwise. Dr. Frances “Franny” Mills-Yerger,

Ph.D., a psychologist who founded DC Ranch Community Council partner Workshops for Youth and Families, believes discussions should be fostered by parents’ understanding of what seems important to the child. For example, younger children view reality in black or white. “Younger elementary-aged children can only handle so much,” said MillsYerger. “They tend to not understand the severity or permanence of danger; those a little older insulate themselves with a ‘not me’ mentality.” While there are no hard and fast rules, it’s best to have discussions with your children when there are not a lot of external distractions. “Pick an appropriate time and place,” advised Mills-Yerger. “If your child brings up a concern while you’re in the supermarket, for instance, you can say, ‘This is really important and I want to talk to you about it. When we get home, we’ll talk.’”

Creating a healthy dialogue helps kids understand tough issues

“From day one to day 180, it never ceases to amaze me how our families are engaged in the education of our students,” said Copper Ridge School Principal Michelle Otstot.

parents, children, and educators on the same page. “‘Character, Responsibility, and Safety’ are the three key words in CRS Way,” said Otstot. “They teach behavior expectations that all students, Pre-K through 8th grade, can understand. In addition, Copper Ridge staff has developed consistent procedures for intervention on disciplinary issues.” With these enhancements in education, it’s evident that Otstot’s first year as principal has been extremely positive. Improving education with the school’s community is her main priority as she continues providing leadership to the school. —Brighid Tomasik

Parents are encouraged to have discussions that are focused on facts with limited distractions.

If it’s an event reported in the news, try to be present when the child is watching or listening to coverage. That is likely a time for them to raise questions and concerns. Since a distorted image may be more frightening than reality, keep discussion focused on the facts. Traumatic events shake up children’s natural optimism, so it’s important to let them know the situation is temporary. “Give them hope,” said Mills-Yerger. “Share with them that our history contains many more positive times than negative times.” —RaeAnne Marsh

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Engaging after-school programs promote active learning

Many education experts agree that children and young adults need ongoing opportunities outside the classroom to learn and practice essential skills. Several programs throughout the Valley offer enriching after-school programs to expand the mind through fun and educational activities.

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Mathnasium This tutoring center at Market Street provides specific math focused curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Using the time-tested, proprietary Mathnasium Method™, tutors are committed to helping children catch up, keep up, and move forward in math. 480.767.6284 • Scipreneur This program gets children involved with the latest tech gadgets to help recognize how technology affects the world around them. 480.201.6649 •


Young Rembrandts This national organization teaches drawing and exploration of all areas of fine art. 602.955.3729 • NRG Dance Children will feel safe and supported no matter what their dancing ability at NRG Dance. The program is committed to building children’s selfesteem and self-expression to help them build healthy lifelong habits. 480.484.8614 •

Scottsdale Education Center Tutors at SEC mentor students to reach their full scholastic potential in math, language arts, science, foreign language, social studies, study habits, and homework. 480.538.0828 •

Kumon Math & Reading Center For more than 50 years, Kumon’s afterschool academic enrichment program has helped children worldwide achieve success. Kumon instructors instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own. 480.391.9379 • Drama Kids International From early education to high school, Drama Kids’ acting camps promote selfconfidence in children to help them learn improvisational skills at their own pace. 623.209.8972 • Elements Music Beginners or those who have already begun playing piano will enjoy fun, quality after-school piano-keyboard enrichment programs at Valley schools. 480.325.2684 •

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Athletes In Training Kids can investigate and participate in multiple sporting activities in a safe environment at Copper Ridge School, including basketball, baseball, flag football, field hockey, and soccer. 480.786.9454 •

Yippee Yoga Children learn a variety of stretching positions along with journaling and creative art. The summer youth yoga program teaches selfawareness, kindness, and patience. 480.612.5799 •

Arizona Junior Golf Club Created by PGA golf professionals, classes teach proper stroke fundamentals, pitching, chipping and strategic basics to improve each child’s game. 480.329.2769 •

AZ on the Rocks This rock-climbing center offers climbing classes throughout the school year to help build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge and safety. 480.502.9777 •

Bricks 4 Kidz This LEGO center believes that children learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. 480.717.7573 •

Metz Tennis This Scottsdale-based tennis group offers beginner through advanced tennis programs and private lessons. 480.656.3346 •

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SUSD Governing Board member hopeful voters will support proposed override in November

Each new school year brings a certain amount of apprehension for students and parents. Children might be wondering whether they will know anyone in their classes. Parents are anxious to meet the teachers. For SUSD administrators, anxiety about how $9.8 million in budget cuts will affect their schools, teachers and students weighs heavy on their minds. “Each teacher will have on average two more students per class. For middle and high school teachers this could be up to 16 more students, since many have eight class periods per day,” said SUSD Governing Board member Bonnie Sneed about how the district is managing the budget cuts. In addition, the top five district leaders took a 7.5 percent pay reduction. Two high school assistant principal positions were reduced, five elementary assistant principal positions were eliminated and ten schools will share assistant principals. “Most programs like full-day kindergarten, band, orchestra, and sports will be offered this year,” said Sneed. “But we will face another $4.5 million hit for the 2014/2015 school year if a 15 percent maintenance and operations override proposed for November is not passed.” Sneed is optimistic the override could pass if voters have a better understanding of how they differ from bonds. S US D | Page 12

Financial concerns abound for the college bound

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Where does money come from? Turns out, money neither grows on trees nor does it magically appear in parents’ wallets. But how do you get a kid to understand this? Try talking about the concept of a “money in, money out” budget with them and then put it into action through the summer. For example, if a child gets a $40 allowance each month, have them develop a budget to make that money last for an entire month. This means saying “no” to spending all the “fun” money at once. It is a great way to ensure that not all money coming in automatically goes right back out on a whim. It also helps children understand how to prioritize. How do you use a credit card? Believe it or not, we actually recommend working with children on building credit at a young age, but only if they can do so without maxing out on their available balance, straining to make payments, or worse, defaulting. This is an especially important lesson to instill before college. Many credit card companies simply place applications on college desks and in dorms like flyers. Freshmen apply by the thousands often not realizing that every penny spent on that credit card is owed back. This is a dangerous cycle that gets a lot of young adults into financial trouble. By working with teens on their credit now, parents can help them grow to understand the impact of good or bad credit on one’s life. Teens need to learn how to budget to pay off the card in full each month rather than on the first day of college. Overall, having the financial “talk” helps children—especially those making firsttime financial decisions in the real world—develop good spending and saving habits. In turn, it will save “empty nesters” headaches down the road.

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The Safari schoolhouse at Roadrunner Elementary, serving grades K-5, has a jungle theme to stimulate and inspire younger students.

The Green Schoolhouse Series is a unique collaboration bringing together corporations, foundations, school districts, and volunteers to replace the trailers and build high-performance, environmentally sustainable, LEED-Platinum designed facilities. “I think all parents can relate to wanting to make the school experience better for our children and grandchildren,” said Wolf. The long-term financial savings projected as a result of investing in a green school are estimated to be 20 times the initial cost of going green, while simultaneously using 33 percent less energy and 30 percent less water. Learn more about the school and watch a video of the building progress at greenschoolhouseseries. org. The grand opening and ribbon cutting at Roadrunner Elementary is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25. —Alison Bailin Batz

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Green schoolhouse springs to life with resident’s help Opportunity is always calling for DC Ranch resident Jeffrey Wolf, an attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady LLP’s Franchise and Distribution Group. When he’s not advising some of the largest hotel and real estate franchises in the country, Wolf has another great interest—quality education for children. So when his firm was offered a chance to support an innovative education project, he didn’t think twice. “At my firm, we have an initiative called Quarles Cares, where our office gives back time and money to critical community causes,” said Wolf. “For more than two years, we’ve been working on something very personal making a positive change to the educational landscape in the Valley that is finally coming to fruition.” The project is the inaugural Green Schoolhouse, which will open at Phoenix’s Roadrunner Elementary at the on-set of the school year. The innovative space is the first LEED-Platinum designed school built, not only in Arizona, but the world. “The facility includes solar water heaters, regionally sourced sustainable materials, and natural ventilation among other features,” said Wolf. “What’s more, it will replace the school’s portable classrooms that are not ideal for learning.” With many trailers 30 to 40 years old, they are fraught with mold, poor ventilation, and additional unsafe hazards that are dangerous to children with asthma and allergies.

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“Simply put, bonds are for buildings and overrides are for operations,” said Sneed. “Overrides provide the only opportunity for the local community to offer more support, through property taxes, for their local public school district. The last voter-approved override added an annual increase of $25 for the average Scottsdale property owner. But it has since expired, which is part of the current deficit situation.” Federal and state regulations cap per-student spending. In Arizona, that amount is about $7,600 and does not come close to covering the costs for educating a child. SUSD’s administrative costs last year stood at 9.1 percent, which was below state and national averages, despite increasing mandates from state and federal governments that required unfunded administrative tasks. Furthermore, SUSD has been proactive in taking advantage of grants and zero percent financing programs for solar panels to save energy and offset operational costs. “Voters might be under the impression that local schools request overrides because they have gone over budgets when in fact it’s a request to override the basic revenue control limit provided by the state to public school districts,” explained Sneed. “I think the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley communities expect to have the best schools in their communities, and historically, they have supported that effort. Our override request is a renewal effort, not new funding.” —Kimberly Crowther Miller SUSD is currently accepting “for” or “against” statements from voters for the proposed 15 percent maintenance and operations override election set for Nov. 5. Anyone wishing to submit a statement may do so by mail or hand delivery of statement by 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 to the Maricopa County Schools Superintendent’s office at 4041 N. Central Ave., Suite 1100, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Learn more at

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July | August 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.

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Child, Youth & Teen Activities

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Thursday, July 11 | Market Street Kitchen Thursday, Aug. 8 | Armitage 5 to 7 p.m. RSVP on

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

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Toddler Fins Swim Lessons

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

Mondays and Wednesdays 10 to 10:30 a.m.; 4 to 4:30 p.m. Last day Aug. 7 Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

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

Summer Programs Little Fins Swim Lessons Mondays and Wednesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m.; 5 to 5:30 p.m. Last day Aug. 7 Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Junior Fins Swim Lessons Mondays and Wednesdays | 5:30 to 6 p.m. Last day Aug. 7 Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

Workshops for Youth and Families Sunday to Friday | July 7-12; July 21-26 The Homestead Community Center 480.245.9724

Multi-Sports Activity Camp (led by Simply Sports) Monday to Friday | Through Aug. 2 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No classes from July 1-5 Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.7684

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Dive-In Movies Fridays, July 12, 19, 26 & Aug. 2 | 7 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Cool off from the warm summer nights with a poolside movie at Desert Camp Community Center. The Community Council provides popular family-friendly flicks to play on the inflatable big-screen. Bring picnics, blankets, towels, and summer spirit for a night of fun. Icecold treats and movie munchies will be provided. Canned food donations suggested for entry.


Monday to Friday | July 8-19 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 480.342.7201

DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Summer Camps Monday to Friday | Through Aug. 2 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 480.502.8844

Community Events & Activities

“Megamind” | July 19

Back-to-School Bash

“Brave” | July 26

Friday, Aug. 9 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Tour de Scottsdale Kick-Off Party

Community Meetings

Thursday, Aug. 1 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. FASTER Performance Center 480.342.7178

Community Council Board of Directors

Join the Community Council at the 4th Annual Tour de Scottsdale Kick-Off Party. Cyclists will receive 30- and 70-mile Tour registration discounts and in-store specials.

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The 10th annual Tour de Scottsdale is Sunday, Oct. 13. Register on

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“Despicable Me” | July 12

“How to Train Your Dragon” | Aug. 2


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Thursday, July 25 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178 Tuesday, Aug. 13 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. No meeting in July Desert Camp Community Center 480.419.5308

Ranch Association Modification Committee Tuesday, July 9 & 23; Aug. 13. & 27 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307


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DC Ranch Film Club recommends ‘Top 10’ must-see flicks

Summer kicks off the blockbuster season for some of the most anticipated movies of 2013, but it’s also a chance to enjoy some unforgettable cinema classics. “As we look forward to the fall film season, we’re reminded that the summer is a good time to catch up on movies you missed or just want to see again,” said Susan Grace, resident and coordinator of the DC Ranch Film Club. Grab some popcorn and get ready for hours of entertainment as Grace shares the club’s Top 10 picks for summer enjoyment.

1. “E.T.” | PG - Directed by Stephen Spielberg This is one of Spielberg’s first movies and certainly one of the best. It is fun for kids to watch a great film with antiquated special effects in today’s “Iron Man” world.

2. “Lincoln” | PG-13 - Directed by Stephen Spielberg Spielberg’s most recent film is one that so many people, me included, said they needed to see again to fully appreciate. What better time than this summer to see it again.

3. “12 Angry Men” | PG - Directed by Sydney Lement This 1957 film is a true classic. With all the media coverage of high profile trials, see a production that depicts the challenges of a jury to get to the truth and discover the power of facts.

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4. “A League of Their Own” | PG - Directed by Penny Marshall In the hey-day of World War II, women kept sports entertainment at its height with ladies’ baseball. This movie reminds me of a time when women fought to play sports. And who doesn’t love the line, “There’s no crying in baseball!” 5. “Forrest Gump” | PG-13 – Directed by Robert Zemeckis Not only is the film one of the best performances by Tom Hanks, but the storyline is an incredible exploration of American history from the 1950s to 1980s.

6. “Dirty Dancing” | PG-13 - Directed by Emile Ardolino A classic 1980s romantic comedy never hurt anyone. Patrick Swayze is the one reason to watch this film. Why? Two words: guilty pleasure.

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7. “The Descendants” | R - Directed by Alexander Payne Living in Hawaii doesn’t mean that life is always a paradise. Over the years, George Clooney has grown into a fine actor. This film is his best performance as he is surrounded with young unknown actors.

8. “Winter’s Bone” | R - Directed by Debra Granik Originally a novel by Daniel Woodrell, the story maps the struggles of a young woman in the Ozarks. This is a dark and moving film with an extraordinary performance by Jennifer Lawrence. It’s hard to believe she’s the same woman we saw in “Silver Linings Playbook.” 9. “Hugo” | G - Directed by Martin Scorsese This is an extraordinary feat in digital animation with a light-hearted family take that is adventurous at the same time. I still can’t believe Martin Scorsese directed this wonderful family film.

10. “Unforgiven” | R - Directed by Clint Eastwood Although my husband is more the fan of westerns, we agree this is Eastwood’s best film as director and actor. What a compelling story.

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City of Scottsdale hires new city manager

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The Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously to hire Pinal County Manager Fritz Behring as Scottsdale’s next city manager. Behring began his duties on Monday, July 1. He brings more than 20 years of experience in government administration. Behring previously served as city manager of Central City, Nebr., Fort Meade, Fla. and Deltona, Fla.; and county manager of Clay County, Fla. Behring holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of South Dakota. Behring was one of three finalists interviewed for the position. The others were former Tempe City Manager Charlie Meyer and Palm Springs Assistant City Manager Tom Wilson.

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The forecast calls for nearly 60 tons of snow to fall on the Phoenix Zoo on July 20. That means kids can throw snowballs and stomp around in mountains of chilly snowflakes. Watch as elephants, giraffes, warty pigs, otters, and other animals join in the winter fun as they beat the heat with fruit-sickles and ice blocks. The winter activities are included in the general admission price. Children under two are free. Visit for more information.

Cool off from the July heat at the Phoenix’s Zoo’s “Winter in July” celebration.

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Hiking boots and rose gardens mix harmoniously in Silverleaf neighborhood

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Mary Staker enjoys views of Ethel’s Garden from her front patio which borders the park.


Not only do the paths and trails serve as recreational opportunities, they lend themselves as natural ways to connect with neighbors along the way. “Most of the friends we have in the neighborhood we met on the trails,” said Staker. “There is something about connecting with nature that puts you at ease and makes you more sociable.” Nature and community also mix off the mountain and right out the Staker’s front door. Their home is located in The Parks neighborhood and borders one of Silverleaf’s most renowned gardens— Ethel’s Garden. “We spend a great deal of time on our veranda overlooking the beautiful roses and fountains in Ethel’s Garden. It feels like an extension of our outdoor living area,” said Staker. The design of the Stakers’ home, with a rear-entry garage, encourages the couple to enjoy the space in the front of the home. “Paul and I have met several neighbors who walk by while we’re eating dinner on the patio,” said Staker. “They’ll stop and compliment my roses and before you know it, we’ve invited them to join us for lunch sometime.” The Stakers originally purchased a

home in the Courtyards at Desert Parks. After a couple years, they decided it was time to look for a larger house so they could have additional room for guests who visit from out of town. But they had one requirement—to stay in DC Ranch. “We love living here because of all the welcoming residents, community activities, and of course, the proximity to the Preserve,” said Staker. While living in the Courtyards at Desert Parks, Staker served as the Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM). She continued her involvement with community leadership by becoming the NVM alternate for her new neighborhood at Veranda Place. Pamela and John Ball are now the NVM and NVM alternate for the Courtyards at Desert Parks. “Just recently we went to an outdoor movie night at another nearby park and it was a lot of fun,” said Staker. “It’s exciting

to meet new friends but also build on the relationships we have from our previous neighborhood.” Now they have it all. From the peaceful elegance of Ethel’s Garden to the rugged trails of the Preserve, the Stakers found the perfect combination of what brings them joy in life—all in one Silverleaf neighborhood. —Jeremy Stevens

Ethel’s Garden in Silverleaf is a tribute to Ethel Marley’s love of roses.

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The Parks was designed to exhibit the elegant, formal character and rich street scenes found in historic neighborhoods throughout the country. The Parks features a series of interconnected neighborhoods, architecture based on authentic classical Spanish Eclectic styles, more formal landscape compositions and tree-lined streets, paved alleyways, and 11 parks. This neighborhood is situated in close proximity to Copper Ridge School and includes a pedestrian underpass for children walking or bicycling to school.


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What a view. Early morning hikes in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve give Silverleaf resident Mary Staker more inspiration than she ever imagined. It’s a way to wake up that beats any strong cup of coffee. What’s more, Staker’s favorite trails are right in her own backyard. “My husband, Paul, and I moved to DC Ranch so we could live close to the Preserve. We are both stewards with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and Paul spends most of his free time leading hikes or volunteering on the trails,” said Staker. “The breathtaking canyons, washes, and nature that you find in the mountains up here are phenomenal. To be able to just walk out my front door and go for a hike—that is such a treat.”

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Hot tips for summer cycling

In Arizona, extreme temperatures, reaching well past 100 degrees in the summer months, should be taken as seriously as freezing temperatures. Yet many athletes seem to trudge into the intense heat and blazing sun unprepared and indifferent. The consequences can be disastrous and sometimes fatal. If you are preparing for an event, summer training sessions must go on. Heat acclimation, workout schedules, routine discipline, and body awareness—balanced with that perfect water-to-electrolyte consumption—spark heated debates amongst various outdoor enthusiasts. But, there is one thing that we can all agree on: a cavalier disregard to any combination of the above can result in a poor race outcome to a life threatening disaster. With the Tour de Scottsdale celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 13, three-time Tour de Scottsdale winner, professional cyclist, and owner of Endurance Chiropractic—Eric Marcotte lends the following advice to cyclists training in the Arizona heat.

Early Start Get out before the rising temperature and residual heat peak. The key lies in controlling your body’s core temperature to maximize necessary training efforts. An early start is essential when acclimatizing your body to effectively train toward your goals.

Frozen Bottles Freeze water bottles before your ride. This will ensure cooler hydration enabling a lower core temperature through those early miles. Do not fill bottles completely so there is room for ice to expand.

Refills & Routes Gas stations, grocery stores, and parks should encompass your training route. With ice, water, and additional supplies readily available, safety and success in your session are irrefutably increased. Back Up Inform someone of your anticipated time on the road. Keep a cell phone with you just in case you overheat and cannot safely continue. —Andi Felton, CSCS, CPT

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

Members of The Country Club at DC Ranch enjoyed a Memorial Day carnival and pool party on Sunday, May 26. Carnival games, prizes, a DJ, pool competitions, and great food and friends made for a fantastic celebration. Photo: Melanie Halpert

Guest artists from Xico Arte y Cultura created art pieces in a variety of mediums during the May 9 Passport to Art: Artist Expo in Market Street Plaza. Photo: Amber Nash

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Polaroids, anyone? Residents brought their four-legged friends to take pet pictures and mingle with other dog enthusiasts during the May 15 “Yappy Hour” at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Tempe Ligett

Diversity expert Don Logan (top center) spoke about the film, “42,” at the May 16 Film Club gathering. Logan discussed the emotional and cultural hurdles that baseball star Jackie Robinson faced during his rise to fame in the 1940s. Photo: Gabi Enriquez

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Children played with a parachute during the final Storytime program of the spring. Storytime will resume after Labor Day each Thursday at 9 a.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

On May 10, LEGOS® Engineers constructed plenty of fun with the Little Wranglers during TGIF at Desert Camp Community Center. Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

More than 350 music lovers attended the final concert of the Starlight Concert Series while rockin’ to Rock Lobster on May 10. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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(From left) David Bixby, Lionel Space, and Joe Puchi took top honors for the Master Men 55-64 at the 4th annual Criterium at DC Ranch on May 19. The “Crit” also marked the opening of registration for the 10th annual Tour de Scottsdale in October. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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UPPER CANYON HOMESITE 1829 21561 N. 110TH PLACE – 2.89 ACRES – $975,000 Cynthia Kleerup Penwell

CUSTOM HOME 3618 19372 N. 98TH PLACE - 5 BED/ 6.5 BATH - 6,595 SF – $3,150,000 Deborah Beardsley/Andrew Beardsley

THE PARKS VERANDAH 1202 20208 N. 101ST WAY – 3 BED / 3.5 BATH – 4,717 SF – $2,395,000 Laura Lester

UPPER CANYON HOMESITE 1701 11029 E. FEATHERSONG LANE – 5.63 ACRES – $1,650,000 Mike Lehman

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Contact The Silverleaf Group today for our Mid-Year Report or to arrange an exclusive tour of available homes and homesites.

480.502.6902 • SILVERLEAF SALES AND INFORMATION CENTER Located on Market Street in DC Ranch • 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100 • Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Information herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be verified. If your property is currently listed, this is not meant as a solicitation. Data presented can be confirmed with the Multiple Listing Service. Prices and property availability remain subject to change. © 2013 DMB Realty Network, LLC. The DMB Realty® name and logos are registered trademarks of DMB Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

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July/August 2013 Ranch News  

Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with r...

July/August 2013 Ranch News  

Ranch News is a non-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with r...