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DC Ranch.com

September 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 8

A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

As summer winds down, the Community Council is gearing up to offer more than a dozen programs and activities that cater to residents of all ages. Whether it’s a stroller-friendly workout or a lively discussion about the latest film, learn how you can get active in the community this fall. | Page 8

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

Arts & Culture. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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

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

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

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

Community Connections. . . . . . .


Michelle and Paul Bukoskey (left) hit the dance floor with their friends, Desert Camp residents Gina and Lenny Stabile (right), at last year’s Neighborhood Day at DC Ranch. The annual celebration brings together friends and neighbors for a fun evening of good food, live music, and festive activities.

Month-long activities culminate in annual event that celebrates community For 16 years, DC Ranch has had a commitment to the values that form a strong foun-

Monthly Planner Monday, Sept. 9

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center

dation for a vibrant and sustainable community. Neighborhood Day at DC Ranch

celebrates this legacy each September during Neighborhood Month. From a variety

show to a community-wide treasure hunt, see what plans are in store to bring friends and neighbors closer together. | Page 9

Thursday, Sept. 12

Passport to Art: Artist Expo

Neighborhood Series

5:30 p.m. | Market Street Plaza Saturday, Sept. 21

Neighborhood Day at DC Ranch

4 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Thursday, Sept. 26

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

Community Calendar Pg. 7


Desert Parks neighborhood Demographic survey provides gets social with annual parties solid data for future planning Residents in one Desert Parks neighborhood are creating ties through fun annual traditions with chili cookouts and Halloween costume contests. Meet one long-time resident who has helped bring a spirit of friendship to the festive get-togethers. | Page 12

The results are in from a demographic survey commissioned earlier this year by the DC Ranch Community Council. The purpose of the study was to better understand the demographic makeup of DC Ranch, along with residents’ use of community amenities. | Page 13

Photo: G Man Studios

New and returning programs offer abundance of activities this fall


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Ranch News

September 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 7

Community Council Board Report

Community Council board seeks new member

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 Communications Manager | Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators | Brighid Tomasik & Elizabeth Dankert Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: communications.team@dcranchinc.com Web site: www.dcranch.com Photo: Community Council

Every fall, the Community Council Board of Directors begins its search for passionate volunteers who would like to serve as a director. This year, Rich Puricelli is stepping down from the board after serving two years as treasurer and one as president. We thank him for his service and leadership over the past three years. The board is now searching for a resident to fill this vacancy on the seven-member board, beginning January 2014. The Community Councilʼs mission is to facilitate a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident. The Community Council also sponsors and promotes programs and events that enable civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic, and recreational opportunities. It also operates the Desert Camp Community Center and The Homestead Community Center, publishes Ranch News, and manages DCRanch.com. Maintenance of DC Ranchʼs path and trail system also falls under the Community Council umbrella. The Community Council board members set and uphold the vision that guides all Community Council decisions, monitors the financial performance, adopts an annual budget, and hires and monitors performance of an executive director. The board holds six regular meetings a year and provides opportunities for additional subcommittee work. Each board member is asked to serve a three-year term. Interested candidates are invited to submit an application to Community Council Executive Director Chris Irish. Applications can be found on DCRanch. com. Interviews will be held with members of the selection committee. —Debbie McKeighan, Community Council board member

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Community Council board nomination timeline Sept. 30 – Applications due October – Interviews with interested candidates November – Candidate selection Jan. 1, 2014 – Term begins; ends Dec. 31, 2016


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September 2013

Fiber optics lines installed in several neighborhoods

Spotlight on Ranch Association

Century Link is replacing underground copper lines with fiber optics throughout DC Ranch. This project will provide residents with greater Internet and entertainment capabilities. The first stage of the project began in the northern sections of County Club village along Desert Camp Drive. The construction will take place in the rightof-ways so crews can dig around existing junction boxes. Once the fiber is connected in these locations, Century Link representatives will reach out to individual residents to explain fiber optic solutions that are now available. The Ranch Association will provide more information about the project to all residents within the construction areas as it becomes available.

Several residents were elected as NVMs last fall. Some positions will need to be filled as their one-year term comes up for renewal.

Neighborhood month lauds a successful year of resident involvement The Ranch Association is grateful for the dozens of residents throughout DC Ranch who serve as Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs). For the first time in DC Ranch history, all 43 neighborhoods were represented this year by residents who stepped up to give their time on behalf of their neighborhood. What’s more, the 2013-2014 Ranch Association Board of Directors was elected with 100 percent participation by the NVMs. As the fall season approaches, the Ranch Association is preparing for the annual NVM elections. This group of well-informed residents serves a one-year term and provides feedback to the Ranch Association on behalf of the neighborhood in which they live. NVMs are vital to the success of DC Ranch. The Ranch Association wants to ensure it maintains a high standard of living and provides quality customer service for each resident. NVMs help accomplish that goal by informing the board and staff about issues or concerns that pertain to their specific neighborhood. These leaders also serve as resident delegates to elect the board of directors and decide other community

matters requiring a vote of resident membership. NVMs receive training from the Ranch Association to effectively execute their roles and responsibilities throughout their term. Residents who are interested in serving as an NVM, or who would like to nominate a fellow resident, may contact Ranch Association Executive Director Andy Andrews at 480.419.5308 or andy.andrews@dcranchinc.com.

NVM Election Timeline

Oct. 14: Information session at Desert Camp Community Center Oct. 25: Deadline for candidate statements submitted to the Ranch Association Nov. 8: NVM ballots mailed to residents Nov. 22: Ballots are due by 5 p.m. to Ranch Association Nov. 29: NVMs announced on DCRanch.com Dec. 9: NVMs introduced and welcomed at board of directors meeting

Staff anniversaries

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

Gabi Enriquez, 5 years, Event and Program Manager

Ranch Association Julio G. Saenz, 7 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team Doug Ulmer, 4 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team  Bradley Brungard, 2 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team 

The Ranch Association welcomed Tom Wright to the position of community inspector. Wright will work directly with residents and vendors on the modification process and be responsible for transfer and Tom Wright, disclosure inspections. Wright Community Inspector previously worked with the Covenant Commission in a similar capacity. The community inspector’s goals are to maintain DC Ranch’s esteemed architectural lineage and preserve the unique desert surroundings.

Labor Day office hours for DC Ranch facilities

In observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed. Desert Camp Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Residents will have key-fob access to the restrooms at The Homestead. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Overseeding planned for September, October

The lawns at Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers will be overseeded Sept. The Homestead Community Center 23-Oct. 25. Residents are asked to keep off the grass during these dates to allow for successful germination.

Yard maintenance tips from Landscape Manager Gary Whitener, II

Though the weather is still very warm in September, it is a good time to start preparing your yard for the fall growing season. Reduce mowing heights and watering days for the lawn as you get closer to the end of the month to prepare for overseeding. Refrain from fertilizing the grass except in areas that summer grass has not grown. August rains are likely to promote weed growth which should be pulled when they are small to prevent spreading. Finally, begin planting trees and shrubs at the end of September.

Photo: Community Council

Photo: Jeremy Stevens

DC Ranch welcomes new staff

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After opening several McDonald’s restaurants around the Valley, north Scottsdale residents Dorothy Stingley and husband Wayne are excited to showcase their newest location. With architectural elements matching the style of DC Ranch Crossing, the new restaurant will blend nicely into the community. Dorothy tells Ranch News about her plans for the eatery that’s expected to open on Oct. 31.

Q: Welcome to the neighborhood, Dorothy. We understand that you and your husband have a legacy with McDonald’s that spans decades. Can you elaborate? A: We opened our first McDonald’s restaurant in Wayne’s hometown of Chicago in 1981, and operated restaurants there until our move to the Valley in 1993. We’ve grown our business from four to 12 restaurants in the past 20 years. Most of all, we are extremely proud of our work with the Ronald McDonald House and its Scholarship Programs.   Q: What inspired you to open your next McDonald’s location in DC Ranch? A: Opening this new restaurant right in our neighborhood is a dream come true. We have lived in Pinnacle Peak since 1994. We live, shop, eat, worship, and have raised our children in north Scottsdale. Now I’ll be able to meet my friends for a bite in less than five minutes from my home and office. Q:  Can you share the amenities you have planned for DC Ranch Crossing? A: We’ve designed a modern, bistro-style setting, featuring a double drive-through (two lanes for faster service), with a dining room, patio seating, and state-of-the-art food prep and service areas. Q: Where will the new location fit in DC Ranch Crossing? How will this affect drive thru traffic? A: The new location will face the south side of the shopping center with a separate pad, across from Pulse Fitness and Luster Nail & Spa. Drive-thru traffic will exit on Pima Road or Trailside View.

Q: What’s new at McDonald’s? A: If you haven’t been in a while, there are several new healthy options. For starters, the Egg White Delight is made with freshly grilled egg whites and extra lean Canadian bacon. Another healthy indulgence is the McCafe Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie made with fresh berries and low-fat yogurt. Q: What is your all-time favorite item on the menu? A: Wayne loves hotcakes and sausage or a spicy McChicken sandwich with fries or side salad (must have croutons). I prefer an Egg White Delight McMuffin and coffee, or a cheeseburger, fries and Diet Coke. Q: Dorothy, can you share plans for your grand opening celebration? A: It’s going to be a lot of fun. You’ll want to bring the whole family to spin a prize wheel, enter to win a BMX bike and helmet, and enjoy a Ronald McDonald show. —Ruth Rosenquist


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Photo: Salcito Custom Homes

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Salcito Custom Homes has constructed several houses in Silverleaf.

Building history is a 16-year ‘custom’ in DC Ranch

Photo: Salcito Custom Homes

In 1996, DMB Associates, Inc. broke ground with the vision of DC Ranch as a “living community.” What makes the community “alive” is the thoughtful planning and careful consideration of how the elements of design merge to create a neighborhood that fits together. As Vernon Swaback, apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and master planner of the community noted, “A living community is never finished.” One home builder has taken that vision to heart. Anthony Salcito, co-owner of Salcito Custom Homes, has literally watched the concept of DC Ranch take shape to become the thriving community that it is today.

Anthony Salcito oversees construction of his company’s design at a new home in Silverleaf’s Horseshoe Canyon.

“The neighborhood gets better with the inclusion and addition of marquee buildings and businesses, mature landscaping and trees, and the community’s commitment to maintaining the path and trail system,” said Salcito, whose father began the architectural company in 1978. Salcito has built houses in DC Ranch since the community broke ground. He and his family have also called it their home for the past 15 years. “It’s a safe, practical, and enjoyable place to raise my family and run my business,” said Salcito. Sixteen years ago, however, Salcito remembers DC Ranch as a dusty landscape where the budding community was substantially different than today. “Back when DC Ranch was first being built, the area was less populated and felt more spread out,” Salcito recalled. “As more neighborhoods were developed, the sense of connectivity grew. Now DC Ranch feels fully integrated between the homes, community centers, and commercial districts.” It is evident that Swaback and Salcito have a common architectural philosophy: to maintain history after creating it. “There isn’t much more to develop in DC Ranch,” Salcito said. “At this stage, I think the focus of the community is the comradery and connectivity to what is here. And that will become stronger with the addition of more residents. I’m sure it will endure over the next 16 years.” —Brighid Tomasik

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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 visit DCRanch.com for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities

Fitness Activities

DC Ranch Women

Stroller Barre

Lunch at The Country Club at DC Ranch Tuesday, Sept. 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RSVP on DCRanch.com by Wednesday, Sept. 4 480.342.7178

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

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

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

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

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

Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178


TGIF: Teen Night Out

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

Octane Raceway Friday, Sept. 27 | 6 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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

TGIF: Little Wranglers Fantastic Fire Department Friday, Sept. 13 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Tweens AZ Air Time Friday, Sept. 13 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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

Neighborhood Day at DC Ranch Saturday, Sept. 21 | 4 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Passport to Art: Artist Expo

Film Club: “Blue Jasmine”

Thursday, Sept. 12 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Market Street Plaza 480.342.7178

Thursday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.1641

Join the Community Council for a free event that will feature original pieces by Scottsdale Artists’ School instructors along with interactive art demonstrations, raffles, and live music from guitarist Colin Barley. Artwork will also be available for purchase. Please RSVP on DCRanch.com.

Discuss the latest Woody Allen film “Blue Jasmine” with guest speaker Fred Linch. The film follows elegant New York socialite Jasmine— played by Cate Blanchett—who moves to San Francisco when her life falls to pieces. Linch has lectured at international film festivals from Palm Springs to Bangkok. He’s taught more than 40 different film classes on Mel Brooks to Alfred Hitchcock. Please RSVP on DCRanch.com.

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Ranch Association Modification Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10 & 24 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

Community Council Board of Directors Thursday, Sept. 26 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Interactive fall activities create neighborly opportunities

Have you introduced yourself to the folks in your neighborhood? With roughly 7,000 residents in DC Ranch, there are plenty of neighbors to meet. This fall, the Community Council is pleased to offer a variety of new and returning programs to facilitate a connected community. Learn more about these events and programs on the DCRanch.com Community Calendar or contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Adult Social Activities

Passport to Art Thursday, Oct. 3 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Meet popular local artists and view displays of their work at evening gatherings. Wine, beer, and light appetizers will be served and the event is complimentary for residents. Please RSVP on DCRanch.com

Trailblazer Breakfast Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers

Meet up with friends and neighbors at this complimentary breakfast every Thursday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. at Desert Camp and The Homestead community centers. Breakfast includes seasonal fruits, bagels, donuts, yogurt, along with a selection of juice and coffee.

For the team card player, this weekly group promises a challenge. Gatherings are organized by DC Ranch residents; cards and tables provided.

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

The complex Chinese-based game is played in groups with a set of 144 tiles. Intermediate players and walk-ins are welcome to join; cards and tiles are provided.

DC Ranch Women Meets monthly Visit DCRanch.com for dates and times DC Ranch Women is a welcoming and active group that facilitates social connections among neighbors to enhance the experience of living in DC Ranch. Women from all backgrounds and life stages are invited to participate in DC Ranch Women’s monthly activities, which are organized by members of the group in collaboration with the DC Ranch Community Council. The yearround activities include luncheons, happy hours, facilitated discussions, and occasional interactive outings.

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

DC Ranch Film Club Third Thursday of the month 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

The Film Club’s format is similar to that of a book club. A film is selected several weeks in advance of each monthly gathering and attendees see the film on their own. At the Film Club gathering, attendees share insights, impressions and themes during a facilitated discussion. Residents 21 & older welcome; light appetizers and beverages will be served.

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

Residents with knowledge of the game are invited to join neighbors for a fun afternoon of friendly competition. Cards and tables provided.

Children, Youth, and Teen Activities

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

Nurture your young child’s developing mind and body and help them establish a life-long love for music. Participants sing, dance, read, and make music.

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

Pets and their People Wednesday, Sept. 11 | 4 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Pet enthusiasts have a chance to connect with other animal lovers. From discussions about the latest pet-related topics to “yappy hour” socials for dogs, this is a great opportunity for pets and their people to interact.

Ignite your child’s imagination and inspire a lifelong love of reading. Join your neighbors every Thursday morning. Each storytime features a theme and related activities. Recommended for children ages birth to 5 years; all children welcome.

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

Preschool tap and ballet is a class where basics are covered through technique and floor exercises. Dancers learn techniques like shuffling, toes, heels, and flash tricks. The steps are put together into a routine that culminates in a dance recital.

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TGIF Fun Nights for Kids Typically meets monthly during the school year. Visit DCRanch.com for dates and times.

Little Wranglers Children in the community ages 4-7 can meet new friends and build relationships with neighbors in their own age group in a fun and safe atmosphere Tween Nights A safe and entertaining outlet for children in the community ages 8-12. Participants enjoy themed activities, contests, and games. Dinner included.

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

This fresh new workout method blends ballet, Pilates, and barre techniques into one. Stroller Barre effectively strengthens and lengthens the entire body using a variety of equipment. The body and mind are constantly working to enhance posture and burn fat. The class may be taken with children in the stroller. Great for all levels, this one hour session challenges from beginning to end.

Neighborhood Day Saturday, Sept. 21 | 4 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center

Teen Escape All teens in the community ages 13 and older meet at the Desert Camp Community Center to board a party bus that transports them to a local destination for fun entertainment.

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

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

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Neighborly Trends A 2011 survey of 17,000 people, conducted by Harris Interactive, found: • 44 percent would cook meals for a neighbor • 32 percent would assist in babysitting for a neighbor • 15 percent would lend a neighbor money • 45 percent would help a neighbor look for a job • 10 percent would let a neighbor live with them for a short while

Mingle with neighbors and make new friends as Southern-inspired charm and hospitality make their way to the desert. Savor classic Southern foods including mini fried chicken and pulled pork stacks, mac and cheese with cornbread, and sweet peach tartlets and pralines. Cool off with a classically Southern sweet tea or strawberry lemonade. For the more adventurous kind, belly up to the bar and enjoy a refreshing “DC Ranch Moonshine” signature cocktail. Sit back and listen to the cool rhythms of the award-winning bluegrass band The Sonoran Dogs. The DC Ranch Dance Ensemble will also show off their dance moves from the fall production of “Annie, Jr.” The highlight of the evening showcases residents performing in the “Small Town, Big Talent” variety show. Cost is $10; children 12 and under are free. RSVP at DCRanch.com by Sept. 15. Visit DCRanch.com or call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 for more information.


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Artistic Director Ib Andersen announces Ballet Arizona’s 2013-2014 season presenting six remarkable programs, including full-length favorites and Arizona premieres. The season will open in October with the highly anticipated return of the storybook tale of “Cinderella” which premiered to sold-out audiences in 2011. Performed at Symphony Hall with The Phoenix Symphony, “Cinderella” embodies an ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular fairytale. In addition, Ballet Arizona will unveil its new home, Dorrance Theatre, with a celebratory grand opening including a gala and free community day. The $10 million facility, which is more than ten times the size of Ballet Arizona’s former home, is designed to be the center for dance in Phoenix. The holiday season begins in December with the return of Arizona’s biggest holiday event, “The Nutcracker” at Symphony Hall with The Phoenix Symphony for 19 performances. It is a fun-filled, magical adventure for the whole family. The highlight of the performance season is the world premiere of “La Bayadère,” a classic newly-staged by Andersen and set in royal India of the past. “La Bayadère” is a dramatic ballet of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice. Join the celebration as Ballet Arizona ushers in a new generation of excellence in the Valley. The 2013-2014 season will demonstrate the virtuosity and artistry of Andersen and the nationally recognized Ballet Arizona company. —Katrina Olson

Ballet Arizona’s 2013-2014 Season

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“Ballet Under the Stars” Sept. 19-28 | Various locations “Cinderella” Oct. 31-Nov. 3 | Symphony Hall “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6-24 | Symphony Hall

“La Bayadère” Feb. 13-16 | Symphony Hall “All Balanchine” May 1-4 | Symphony Hall “Innovations” May 22-June 1 | Dorrance Theatre

Studio Spotlights

Step inside the studio at Ballet Arizona’s intimate new Dorrance Theatre on Washington Street and experience a behind-thescenes look at upcoming productions. Each one-hour gathering includes a Q & A discussion with the dancers and show producers.

For more information, contact Jim Patterson, CEO of UMB Bank Arizona and DC Ranch resident for more than 15 years.

“Cinderella” | Oct. 17-18 “La Bayadère” | Jan. 30-31 “Masters of Movement” | March 13-14 “All Balanchine”| April 17-18 “The Nutcracker” is a family favorite that features dancing toys and waltzing flowers.

Tickets: $55

Photos: Ballet Arizona

Count on more.

For ticket information, contact Ballet Arizona at 602.381.0184 or visit BalletAZ.org.

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September 2013

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Around Scottsdale The Scottsdale City Council recently approved a test period, from Sept. 1 to May 31, for motorized tour companies to offer guided jeep rides along a 3.6 mile route near Granite Mountain. No provision exists for these motorized tours to be permitted beyond this nine-month trial period. The city purchased the Granite Mountain land from the state, which allowed motorized vehicles. Scottsdale’s ordinance, however, prohibits motorized vehicles in the Preserve. Learn more at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Preserve.

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This statewide affair gives foodies the chance to explore culinary delights from hidden taco shops and steakhouses to high-end, award-winning white tablecloth eateries. Arizona Restaurant Week runs Sept. 21-29, and includes several Scottsdale locations like Taggia and Cartwright’s. Find a list of participating restaurants at ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com.

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September is National Preparedness Month Help prepare your family for emergency situations by developing a preparedness plan. Outline what each family member needs to do in an emergency in order to avoid stress and confusion. Also helpful is a “Go Kit” which can include food and water, medication, money, contact information, and locations to meet. For more information about building a family emergency plan and a “Go Kit,” visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Emergencies.

Pinnacle Peak Park seeking volunteers Become a volunteer and learn about the flora, fauna, and geology of the area; trail etiquette; birding; and trail maintenance. Training will begin in October. Volunteers are asked to provide at least 50 hours of service each year. For more information, call the park office at 480.312.0990.

Register for fall landscape workshops Now is the perfect time to think about creating a beautiful landscape while conserving water. Registration is under way for the City of Scottsdale’s fall landscape workshops, including plant selection and understanding drip irrigation systems. These free workshops are held throughout October and into November at the Via Linda Senior Center. Advance registration is required and is available online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Water, or call 480.312.5690 for details.

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September 2013

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The annual Halloween party in the Park and Manor Homes neighborhood is full of children who dress up in costumes.


“My favorite memories of the parties are just seeing everyone and their children getting together and reconnecting,” said Walberg. But it’s not just twice a year that the neighbors come together. On any given evening, the Park and Manor Homes neighborhood is alive with families enjoying their parks in the center of the community. “I see many of my neighbors outside at least four to five times per week. We usually meet in the park in our neighborhood and just chat and catch up,” she said. Walberg takes her two Westies on regular walks that often turn into social outings for the dogs, too. “If someone is at the park on a regular basis I have met them,” she said. “And I also know their dogs.” Getting to know her neighbors was one of Walberg’s main priorities when she moved to DC Ranch in 2006. Desert Parks neighborhoods were still under development which made it easy to connect with the first few residents. “A small group of us found ourselves trying to put forth our best efforts as the builder was winding down and the parcel finished completion,” said Walberg. “That’s when I got involved with the NVM program and decided to apply.”


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Since then, the Park and Manor Homes store for the spooky event? The neighneighborhood has become one of DC bors will just have to find out when they Ranch’s most well-connected communi- show up for the festivities. ties. Most of the homes’ outdoor living —Jeremy Stevens areas are on the front of the house facing the tree-lined walkways. “It allows you to get to know your neighbors and enjoy the beautiful amenities that are offered. This area is really unique in the setup of each neighborhood,” said Walberg. Taking advantage of those amenities, Walberg is already making plans for next month’s party in the park. “We really do have a wonderful group “My favorite memory of our neighborhood’s of people in our community,” she said. annual Halloween party is seeing all the children in their costumes,” said Marla Walberg, who is One question remains: What kind of pictured with her two Westies. tricks or treats does Walberg have in

Desert Parks: The spirit of connectedness

Each neighborhood in Desert Parks village has a park, natural wash area and private gated access.

By design, Desert Parks village is meant to facilitate community through the use of shade, open areas, play structures, and low-density lighting that invites residents to come out of their homes and connect with other neighbors. The architectural styles for these homes include the Spanish Eclectic styles, along with Western Regional Ranch and Craftsman Bungalow.

Photo: Community Council

Photo: Lisa Trost

Residents in the Park and Manor Homes neighborhood sure know how to throw a party. The family-friendly community within Desert Parks village is known for two great traditions– the chili cookout in the spring and the Halloween party in the fall. “Our neighborhood is very social,” said Marla Walberg, a Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) who has lived in the community for seven years. Like many of the residents, Walberg looks forward to the festive yearly gatherings that fill the main neighborhood park with residents. Everyone brings their favorite dish to the potluck style celebrations that sometimes last all evening.

Photo: Marla Walberg

Desert Parks neighborhood builds traditions with annual parties

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September 2013

Ready, set, treasure hunt! In anticipation of Neighborhood Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Community Council is hosting a community-wide treasure hunt. Each week, from now until Neighborhood Day, a clue will be revealed through “This Week on The Ranch,” the weekly email to residents and mailbox posting that will lead to a specific location in DC Ranch. Residents must take a photo of that spot and show it to the team at Desert Camp Community Center in exchange for a special token. Please limit one token per family for each clue. On Neighborhood Day, residents will bring their tokens in exchange for keys, but only one person will hold the golden key that opens up the grand prize. “We hope residents will discover new and interesting areas of the community that they may have never seen. This includes the commercial districts, too,” said Event and Program Manager Gabi Enriquez. So put those detective caps on and keep an eye out for the four clues. For more information about the treasure hunt, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178. —Nichol Newell

By the numbers In May, the Community Council conducted a demographic survey of DC Ranch. A total of 687 residents completed the survey with a 31 percent response rate. Below are the highlights of the survey.

44% 80%

of residents are ages 50 and older

of households have dogs

70% 64% 35%


of households have children

of residents consider DC Ranch as their primary home residents are employed outside the home

70% of residents read Ranch News regularly

of residents are retired


September 2013

Around the Ranch

Students celebrated the return of school with a foam party at Backto-School Bash on Friday, Aug. 9, at Desert Camp’s pool. Photo: Brighid Tomasik

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

Animated family favorite, “Despicable Me,” kicked off the summer Dive-In Movies on Friday, July 12, at Desert Camp Community Center. Photo: Jeffrey Ortagus

One-hundred and twenty golfers played in 100 degree heat at The Country Club at DC Ranch for the annual Inferno Whiteout tournament on Saturday, July 27. Photo: Melanie Halpert

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Young actors performed before a live audience as part of The Homestead Playhouse’s theatre camp, “The Actor’s Toolbox.” Photo: Molly Kurtz

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September 2013

This photo was submitted by Lainie Greene Angus who travelled to Maui, Hawaii this summer with her children. Angus was the Facebook summer photo contest winner and received a gift card to Market Street Kitchen. Photo: Lainie Greene Angus

Residents cooled off in the Desert Camp pool with live music and refreshments during Summer Sizzle. Photo: Amber Nash

The watermelon eating contest was one of the highlights of this year’s Patriotic Picnic on Thursday, July 4, at Desert Camp Community Center. More than 300 residents came together to celebrate the annual tradition. Photo: Elizabeth Dankert

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“The Journey” gave children practical tools for life during the week-long summer program hosted by Workshops for Youth and Families who is in partnership with the Community Council. Photo: Brandon Curtis

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September 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...