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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Photo: Jeremy Stevens

November/December 2012 • Vol. 4, No. 10

Construction begins this winter on a tennis complex at the Copper Ridge School campus. The project includes ten courts, locker rooms, and a pro shop. Tennis staff will facilitate lessons and interleague tournaments. Find out how the partnership between Scottsdale Public Schools and the Village Health Club & Spa finally came to fruition. | Page 2

In This Issue “From the desk of”. . . . . . . . . . . 2

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 8

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

Arts & Culture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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

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

Community Connections. . . . . . . . 5

Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . 17

From the holiday tree lighting with Santa to a decadent breakfast in your pajamas, there’s an event for everyone to cherish the spirit of the season.

Holiday festivities bring abundance of cheer for celebrating the season

Autumn signals the return of holiday celebrations around DC Ranch and the

Valley. This year is sure to be merry with special surprises planned for some of DC Ranch’s signature events and traditions. And this season isn’t just about

Monthly Planner Thursday, Nov. 1

Community Council Board of Directors Meeting 4:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Saturday, Nov. 3

the festive gatherings and family outings. There are several ways residents are

giving back to people in need. See how you can get involved to make this holiday season a little brighter for others. | Pages 9-12 Family Series

Community Campout

5 p.m. |Desert Camp Community Center Monday, Nov. 5

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 5:30 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Thursday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 2

The Homestead Playhouse: “The Phantom Tollbooth” 6:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center

Community Calendar Pg. 7

Desert Camp couple proves it’s never too late to find love In honor of DC Ranch’s 15th anniversary, the DC Ranch Community Council has highlighted the variety of families that make our community their home. The final installment of the series is about an unexpected friendship that turned into a true love story for two people who lost their spouses. The newlyweds share their insights on what it takes to keep the friendship and romance alive. | Page 7

History Series

The Valley’s canals literally brought life to the desert Arizona’s year-long celebration of its centennial is about to come to a close. Ranch News concludes its history series with a story on the Valley’s canal system and how it has adapted over the years to keep up with demand. | Page 6

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Match point—tennis courts approved after years of planning

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From the desk of Rick Erdenberger: Plans approved for tennis courts on Copper Ridge campus

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November/December 2012 • Vol. 4, No. 10

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In early October, the City of Scottsdale approved plans for a new tennis complex southeast of Copper Ridge School off Thompson Peak Parkway. This is a significant milestone that involves four years of surveying and planning for an ideal location. The project was developed through a joint partnership between Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) and DMB Sports Clubs which operates the Village Health Club & Spa at DC Ranch. This successful collaboration is expected to be used as a model in the City of Scottsdale’s on-going endeavor to create more private-public partnerships around the city. The new tennis facility will feature ten post-tension concrete courts with a parking lot for nearly 50 vehicles. A 2,000 squarefoot clubhouse will include men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and changing areas. The courts are lighted and hours will be from sunrise until 10 p.m. during the week and sunrise until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Village Health Club & Spa plans to hire up to three tennis professionals to coordinate lessons and inter-club leagues and Rick Erdenberger is vice president and general manager tournaments. SUSD will also use the facility for tournaments and the Village Health Clubs & Spas. educational clinics. Unless pre-approved, access to the courts will require membership with the Village Health Club & Spa. The facility will function as a satellite location, and members can simply show their cards at the tennis complex to gain admittance. Building permits are expected to be distributed in the next two months with grading planned to begin in December. If all goes according to plan, the tennis court facility will be completed in May 2013. For more information call the membership office at the Village Health Club & Spa at 480.502.8844.

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.

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Overseeding to be completed Nov. 19

The Ranch Association will overseed grass areas at The Homestead Community Center through Nov. 19. Outdoor areas at the community center will not be available for rental during overseeding. Residents are asked to keep off the grass during these dates to allow successful germination.

Political signs allowed during election season

Political signs may go up 55 days before the election and must be taken down no later than 15 days after the election. Signs should not exceed nine square feet in total dimension.

Seasonal decorations allowed until mid-January

Spotlight On: 2013 Ranch Association Budget The Ranch Association Board of Directors is close to finalizing both operating budget and reserve budget projections for 2013 based on recommendations from the budget and finance committee. The Board is pleased to report that overall impact to resident assessments is expected to be minimal. This fall, the Ranch Association updated the reserve studies for all 16 neighborhoods managed by the Ranch Association (as opposed to neighborhoods managed by sub-associations), to better reflect true replacement costs for assets such as roadways, irrigation controllers, common-area walls, mailboxes, signs, sidewalks, and playground equipment. The data illuminated the opportunity to reduce reserve contributions within most neighborhoods. In addition, the study offered a more detailed repair timeline which will help staff better prepare for major expenditures in advance.

Contracts for major services are key components that affect the operating budget. Several contracts were renegotiated this year securing better rates for some of the Ranch Association’s largest expenses such as insurance and securityrelated expenses. The final budget will be presented for review and approval at the Nov. 5 Ranch Association Board of Directors meeting. Residents will receive budget and assessment details via mail by Dec. 1. Special thanks to the resident volunteers of the board of directors and budget and finance committee who lend their time and expertise to ensure the highest level of financial responsibility for the Ranch Association. Questions or concerns about the 2013 Ranch Association budget may be directed to Executive Director Andy Andrews at 480.419.5304 or

Keep your home safe for the holidays

If you are planning to travel out of town during the holidays, please fill out a vacation watch form on This will help notify community patrol to keep an extra eye on your home while you’re away. Avoid posting vacation plans on social media sites because it lets potential intruders know when you’ll be away. It is a good idea to notify neighbors and work out an arrangement to watch each other’s houses. Tell them when you will be away and whether any deliveries are expected during your absence.

Staff anniversaries The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in November or December. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch.

Community Council Jon Carlson, 3 years, Community Center Director Brandon Curtis, 1 year, Recreation Programs Manager Victoria Margolis, 7 years, Accounting Director Jeffery Ortagus, 1 year, Community Center Manager Ranch Association Andy Andrews, 1 year, Executive Director

Update your information The Ranch Association is updating residents’ phone numbers and e-mails to make sure everyone is informed of important community projects and operations. Please contact The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500 to update your information.

Realtor Training Stay informed about DC Ranch real estate trends and regulations by attending a realtor training/leasing program on Monday, Jan. 14. Contact Rachelle Pierce at 480.419.5308 for more information.

Seasonal decorations are permitted between Oct. 15 and Jan. 15. Sensitivity to light levels should be applied when installing any decorative lighting. For more information, please contact Compliance Coordinator Sandee Breiling at 480.419.5301.

Community Council budget to be approved Nov. 1

The DC Ranch Community Council is tasked with carrying out a full complement of events, programs and activities aimed at strengthening our connection to the community and to others. The final budget will be presented for review and ultimate approval at the Nov. 1 board meeting. Residents and commercial property owners will receive Ranch Association and Community Council budget and assessment details via mail by Dec. 1.

Please note holiday facility and office closures

The DC Ranch teams wish residents and their families a happy and safe holiday season. In observance of Thanksgiving, The Ranch Offices on Market Street and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. Desert Camp Community Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and reopen on Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Normal business hours for all facilities will resume Monday, Nov. 26. In observance of Christmas and the New Year, The Ranch Offices on Market Street, Desert Camp Community Center, and The Homestead Community Center will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1. Normal business hours for all facilities will resume Tuesday, Jan. 2. Office closures are posted on the community calendar.

Ranch Association Neighborhood Voting Members to be welcomed at Nov. 5 board meeting

The Ranch Association is pleased to announce that 38 of the 43 NVM positions were filled. Elected residents and alternates were announced Oct. 31. An official NVM training session is Monday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. For more information, contact Community Liaison Rachelle Pierce at or 480.419.5308.

Contact information

Community Council: 480.513.1500 Community Centers: Desert Camp: 480.342.7178 The Homestead: 480.585.1641 Ranch Association: 4  80.513.1500 Landscape & Maintenance: 480.585.8654 Community Patrol  Country Club & Desert Camp Villages: 480.338.8477 Silverleaf & Desert Parks Villages: 480.338.8478 Covenant Commission: 480.563.3284


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All the touches that make a house a “home for the holidays” are waiting to be discovered at Casa Paloma, DC Ranch’s newest retailer. Located next to The Quintessential Bride, interior designer Diane Maier is relocating her retail shop to DC Ranch Crossing in early November from a former location in north Scottsdale. “We have been fortunate to draw from all parts of the Valley, but we especially enjoy our clients from the DC Ranch area,” Maier said. “Beyond that, we were drawn to the beauty of this center and the convenience of being located near Loop 101.” Casa Paloma celebrates every aspect of “the sweet life” with a collection of

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Tuscan-inspired home décor and furniture, bedding, upholstery, window treatments, and gifts artfully arranged in a peaceful and relaxed setting. Just in time for the gift-giving season, shoppers can browse through eclectic collections from purses to wallets, scarves, necklaces, and an exceptional collection of baby gifts and picture frames in every price range. What’s more, every purchase includes complimentary custom gift wrapping.   “As part of our extensive interior design services, one of our favorite pastimes is to create unique holiday wreaths, garlands and centerpieces,” Maier added. “We love to take treasured holiday arrangements and spruce them up with fresh new elements.” The homespun charm of Casa Paloma doesn’t end with exceptional customer service. On any given day, you will find Lulu the Maltese poodle living up to her title as “shop dog.” Casa Paloma even features an aptly named Lulu’s Corner, with a fetching selection of canine accoutrements for dog lovers.   Maier sums up her passion for her business by concluding, “Living your best life always begins at home.”

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Estate planning helps families focus on the big picture Photography is a passion and former profession for Desert Camp resident Paul Loven and his resume includes projects for some of the world’s most renowned publications. He spent several years as a contract photographer for National Geographic and Arizona Highways and captured images all over the planet. Even with a world of photo opportunities at his fingertips, his family has always been his favorite subject to capture. “There is a photo of my son and daughter holding hands that is one of my favorites,” said Loven. “It is so simple yet resonates with just about everyone who sees it.” What also resonates with Loven is the importance of family. In fact, he eventually switched his career focus from commercial photography to estate planning so he could spend more time at home. He now helps other families put their retirement picture into focus. “One of the main reasons I was interested in this field was to help people develop a legacy and give peace-of-mind that their spouses and children would be secure in the future,” said Loven. “I believe creating a proper estate plan is about the most important gift you can give.” For many people, just the thought of retirement planning is intimidating especially given the volatility of the country’s economy over the past five years. But that’s where experts like Loven come in. He says the first step is always the most difficult. “Families spend more time planning their family vacations than they do on a retirement plan,” said Loven. “Procrastination is the worst enemy when it comes to saving for retirement. Once you take the time to just sit down and go over your numbers, the process almost figures itself out.” Unlike saving for a new car or a trip, retirement savings depends on one factor to be a success – time. Planting a seed of savings early on will eventually grow into a comfortable cushion for the future. When Loven and business partner, David Bramwell, started their own estate planning company eight years ago, several clients were interested in finding accounts that offered greater security. More and more people are hoping to save for retirement but also access that savings in case of emergency. “I learned very quickly that 62 percent of bankruptcies were caused by medical expenses,” said Bramwell.

Paul Loven’s photography work featuring his family inspired a new venture into estate planning. He wanted to help other people secure funds for their next-generation family members.

“There is nothing harder than seeing families lose their retirement savings because of unexpected health issues.” True to his photography background, Loven advises people to think about their estate planning from a helicopter snapshot perspective. Think about the big picture and ask: When do I want to retire? What do I want to be able to do in my retirement? Do I plan on creating a trust for the next generation? Questions like these can put a person’s retirement snapshot into focus. Some people use a savings plan that allows them to leverage assets and access their funds if a health issue arises or they need to pay for a major expense like a wedding. Financial situations vary, which is why estate planners must tailor advice to each person they’re helping. But overall, Loven’s best advice comes from one of his childhood idols. “George Burns knew the secret to ageless living was to keep planning your future,” said Loven.

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The Arizona Canal was spearheaded by William J. Murphy and completed in 1885. It led to the founding of several communities in the northern region of Maricopa County. The canal spans nearly 50 miles and is the northern-most canal in the Salt River Project’s water distribution system. Flood irrigation of residential yards is still common in several neighborhoods lining the canal.

Valley’s canals drew farms and eventually major cities to the Sonoran Desert

An engaging and inspiring weekend you won’t want to miss, Canal Convergence brings high-caliber local and international artists making exciting work you can’t see anywhere else to Scottsdale’s Waterfront along with music, food, and local vendors for an exciting two-day event. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone with day and night-time installations floating, hovering, releasing, revealing, and emerging in and around the water of the Arizona Canal between the Soleri Bridge and Plaza and the Marshall Way Bridge. The free two-day festival also includes a Sunday morning community canal bike ride and entertainment for the nightlife crowd after dark. Be a part of the artwork and spectacle—a new community tradition in celebration of the Valley’s unique canal culture and history. Canal Convergence is part of a series of events presented by SRP and Scottsdale Public Art to celebrate the uniqueness of the canal system by merging art and conservation education with public events. Other events will include the Arizona Canal dry-up in January and an event celebrating the equinox later in Spring 2013. For more information about Canal Convergence or SRP’s canals, visit

Canal Convergence Nov. 10 | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 | Noon to 6 p.m. Scottsdale Waterfront

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Most Valley residents drive by irrigation canals several times a day, so often that you probably don’t even think about them. The closest canal to DC Ranch is the Central Arizona Project aqueduct that brings Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson. You’ll also see Salt River Project canals and laterals spider across the metro region, the closest being the Arizona Canal winding through downtown Scottsdale. This canal brought water to Scottsdale and other parts of the Valley since the 1880’s and initially spanned 42 miles. The alignment of the canal remains basically the same today, but a rise in population has changed its impact due to so much urban growth. There is one time of the year when residents see more activity around SRP’s 131-mile canal system, which delivers about 326-billion gallons of water Kyko ad


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annually from the reservoirs on the Salt and Verde rivers to SRP shareholders and municipalities. That’s during the annual dry-up, which allows SRP and other utilities and cities to get into the canals and perform construction and maintenance activities. The dry-up of portions of the Arizona Canal through Scottsdale and in the other canals north of the Salt River takes place in early January 2013. The present system of canals was developed by three groups: The ancient Hohokam Indians, the pioneers, and the federal government. The nine canals that make up today’s SRP canal system were developed over the past 100 years, the first being the Grand Canal, constructed in 1878 and the oldest remaining pioneer canal on the north side of the Salt River, and the Arizona Canal, started in 1883 and rebuilt in 1887.

Several resorts including The Phoenician, Royal Palms, Biltmore, Pointe Hilton, and The Ritz-Carlton were all built close to the Arizona Canal between 1929 and 1988. These projects lead to the foundation of the area’s vital tourism economy.

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‘Canal Convergence’ celebrates history of Valley’s canals

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November | December 2012

‘It would be my pleasure’

A recurring phrase leads to an unexpected love story

Photo: Courtesy Grant Mills

By Jeremy Stevens | Community Council Finding love at any time is wonderful. Finding it late in life is even more fantastic. DC Ranch residents Grant Mills and Gerrie Hinson-Mills have been given this gift. In 2009, Gerrie was looking forward to attending a Valentine’s Day-eve fundraising gala. A night-time vision problem she had recently developed prevented her from driving and she was worried she’d have to miss the event. Gerrie mentioned her predicament to a good friend, who put her in touch with Grant. “It would be my pleasure to accompany Gerrie for the evening,” Grant had told the mutual friend. “I didn’t know Grant very well at that time, but I was happy he could drive me,” said Gerrie. “It was such a worthwhile event and I really wanted to go.” The evening was filled with conversation, laughter, and lots of dancing. A few days later, Gerrie invited Grant to dinner at The Country Club at DC Ranch to thank him for making the previous outing such a happy and special occasion. From that evening on, they began spending more time together. Gerrie recalled that Grant repeatedly used the phrase “it would be my pleasure” whenever she asked him to do something. “We were so comfortable with each other that it seemed like we had been in each other’s lives for years,” said Grant. “I have never been as happy to be around someone as I am with Gerrie.” Each having lost their previous spouses and being in their so-called “Golden Years,” neither Grant nor Gerrie had expected to be seriously involved with someone again. After several months, the topic of marriage was broached by Grant. Gerrie stated flatly she was not ready to take that step. Several months later, on an evening in early August 2010, they were having dinner at Murphy’s in Prescott, Ariz. “Remember that question you asked me and my answer was ‘no’?” Gerrie had asked Grant. “Would you like to ask it again?” He did and she said yes. On Aug. 13, 2011, Gerrie and Grant were married at The Country Club at DC Ranch. They sealed their vows with matching wedding bands that they designed themselves. “Grant and I have a relationship filled with love, devotion, warmth, and joy,” said Gerrie. The couple celebrates their anniversary on the 13th of each month. It signifies the day they were married and, as it Grant Mills and Gerrie Hinson-Mills married turns out, the day of their first date. They just over a year ago at DC Ranch. They say it’s never too late to find love, and feel blessed to have reached a level of finding personal happiness is the key to a happiness that they have never experisuccessful relationship. enced before.

Holiday Lights Contest Join the fun of the inaugural Holiday Lights Contest to see who has the most festive home on the block. Dress your house in lights, holiday figurines, and maybe even some snow to create a winter wonderland in the desert. Take a photo of your home and submit it between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 to Gabrielle Enriquez at All submissions will be posted on the DC Ranch Facebook page for voting Dec. 3-7. The home that receives the most ‘likes’ will win a festive gift basket full of holiday goodies and seasonal event tickets. The winner will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 8. This is a chance to spread holiday cheer and strike up a friendly competition with your neighbors. Visit or call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 for more information.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy looks back on a year full of hard work and new beginnings By Jace McKeighan | Conser vancy steward and DC Ranch resident

It’s natural for us to take time at the end of the year and look back on recent events and start planning for the future at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC). With all of the improvements taking place in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and all the changes to come, there is a great sense of accomplishment and anticipation. 2012 brought a large addition to the Preserve’s land holdings. The 21,400-acre Preserve has grown to include 60 miles of trails, and the City of Scottsdale will add 6,400 acres of land by the end of the year. 2012 also marked the grand opening of the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Access to the north slopes of the McDowell’s is more convenient than it’s ever been. If you have not visited the new trailhead yet, please do so. The address is 23015 N. 128th St., which can be accessed from Dynamite Boulevard east of Pima Road. While you’re there, you may want to explore the Preserve’s newest trail: The Marcus Landslide Trail. The trail is 3.7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 300 feet. It presents a gentle out-and-back hike with an option loop at the end, and includes a few moderate sections. The trail offers impressive views of the Verde River Valley and Four Peaks. It also provides insight into a unique geological feature-- Arizona’s second largest landslide. The trail provides views of interesting rock formations and, during spring, excellent wildflowers. Hikers are invited to join us at the trailhead at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 11, 15, or 29 for our Mistletoe and Holly Hike. If you have guests in town for the holidays, please join us at any of the following public hikes in December: • Dec. 16: Silver Bells at Bell Pass at the Gateway Trailhead • Dec. 18: Medicinal Plants at Lost Dog Wash • Dec. 25: Christmas Day Hike at the Gateway Trailhead • Dec. 26: Taliesin Overlook at Lost Dog Wash • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Day Hike to Sunrise Peak from Lost Dog Wash

You can learn more about these and other public hikes at our newly-formatted website, The New Year will bring the opening of another new trailhead at the end of Alma School Road, approximately 1.25 miles north of Dynamite Boulevard. The trailhead will offer access to the newly-acquired Brown’s Ranch area. Brown’s Ranch trail itself is a short hike away and many of the ranching structures are still visible. The area was used for ranching from the late 1800s until the mid-1950s. The terrain is generally more gentle than what you will find near the Gateway Trailhead. It has been a fantastic year and we are looking forward to another. We hope to see you on the trails, new and old, and in the coming year. 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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For the Holidays The Country Club at DC Ranch Holiday Boutique Shopping Tuesday, Nov. 13 | 4 to 7 p.m. Fall Food and Wine Friday, Nov. 16 | 5 to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Dinner Nov. 22 | 1 to 4 p.m. Cowboy Cookout Saturday, Nov. 24 | 4 to 7 p.m.

From sharing family dishes to reconnecting with neighbors in the plaza, the DC Ranch Community Council is here to help you prepare for a magical time of year.

This time of year is bustling with friends and family coming together to celebrate. The DC Ranch Community Council invites residents to take part in several special events that are sure to bring out the holiday cheer in everyone.

Community Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 11 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & 2 to 3:30 p.m The Homestead Community Center

Candlelight Holiday Dinner Friday, Dec. 7 | 6 to 9 p.m. Amuse Bouche Wine Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 12 | 6 p.m. Santa Brunch and Dinner Sunday, Dec. 16 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. New Years Eve Party Monday, Dec. 31 | 6:30 p.m. to midnight For more Country Club event information, call 480.342.7210.

The Silverleaf Club Tree Lighting Friday, Nov. 30 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Gingerbread Ball Sunday, Dec.2 | 2 to 5 p.m.

Community Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Plaza

Bundle up and become part of a tradition at DC Ranch with the tree lighting on Market Street. Enjoy hot cocoa and festive deserts. Songs of the season will be performed by the Scorpion Handbells, a youth bell choir from the Kyrene School District. Bring your letter for Santa and get a picture with the jolly man himself.

PJs and Pancakes Saturday, Dec. 8 | 8 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center

Wine Festival and Spa Trunk Show Tuesday, Dec. 4 | 6 to 9 p.m. Holiday Storytelling Thursdays, Dec. 6, | 6 to 7 p.m.

Wake up to a magical morning in an enchanted candy cane forest. No need to dress. Just roll out of bed and come down to The Homestead Community Center in your PJs for a hot pancake breakfast and fun activities. Awards presented to residents with the best bedhead, PJs, and slippers.

The Holiday Soirée Friday, Dec. 7 | 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Menorah Lighting Saturday, Dec. 8 | 5 to 6 p.m. Brunch With Santa Sunday, Dec. 9 | 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kids’ Cookie Decorating Monday, Dec. 24 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Dinner Monday, Dec. 24 | 5 to 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Monday, Dec. 31 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more Silverleaf Club event information, call 480.515.3200

Share your favorite family recipes at this potluck-style gathering. The Community Council provides the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy; neighbors bring the side dishes and desserts. Remember to bring along recipe cards for swapping. Enter your homemade desert in a contest – or sign up to be a judge. There will be two seatings this year. Register on to indicate seating time, which dish you’ll bring, and number in your party.

Valley-wide Holiday Events

For more information on DC Ranch’s holiday events, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178 or visit

ZooLights Nov. 22-Jan. 6 | 6 to 10 p.m. Phoenix Zoo $9 member; $10 non-member 602.273.1341

Ballet Arizona’s Holiday Nutcracker Family Festival Dec. 2 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Historic El Chorro Lodge $35 before Nov. 20; $45 at the door 602.381.0189

Las Noches de Luminarias Nov. 30-Dec. 31 Desert Botanical Garden $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 3-12 480.481.8188.

Jingle Hike to Santa Dec. 8 | 9 to 11 a.m. Pinnacle Peak Park $10 Scottsdale resident; $15 non-Scottsdale resident 480.312.0990

Holiday Lights at McCormickStillman Railroad Park Dec. 14-Jan. 5 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park $2 per person; free for children 3 and under 480.312.2312


November | December 2012

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DC Ranch restaurants share their favorite holiday recipes

The holiday season is one of the best times of year for restaurants to create special dishes and drinks with an extra-festive touch. Here are some featured recipes to inspire your next holiday gathering.

Photo: Christian Hanley

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Seared Ahi Tuna with Poke Salad | Market Street Kitchen

7 ounces sushi grade ahi tuna 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds 2 teaspoons dried nori paper (finely ground) 1 teaspoon dried red chili 2 tablespoons roasted pineapple (small dice) 2 cups kale (thinly sliced) 4 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon chives (small dice)

Garlic Shrimp Wontons with Basil Fennel Slaw | Armitage 6 6-inch wonton wrappers 6 large shrimp (peeled, deveined, & chopped) 2 cloves of garlic (minced) 1 cup roasted or sundried tomatoes (chopped) ¼ cup green onion (chopped) ½ cup feta (crumbled) salt & pepper to taste 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed in 1 cup canola oil 2 cups red cabbage (thinly sliced) 1 cup fennel (julienned) 1 cup mayonaise ¼ cup fresh basil (chiffonade) ½ lemon (juiced)


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Seared Ahi Tuna: Rub the ahi tuna down with the oil and rub the seeds and pepper onto it. Sear it off equally on all sides so that it is cooked approximately ¼-inch on all sides. After seared, slice the ahi into three, 2-ounce pieces. The kale poke salad is arranged in between the slices of tuna. Sprinkle pineapple and chili water to finish the plate.

Garlic Shrimp Wontons: In a large sauté pan gently cook the shrimp, garlic, tomatoes and green onions until tender, being careful not to overcook. Let the mixture cool 5 minutes and then mix in the feta. Divide the filling among 6 wontons. Brush the wontons with the cornstarch water and roll the wontons like burritos. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet until a drop of water placed in the oil sizzles. Fry the wontons in the hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Remove to a paper towel on a plate to drain. Cut the wonton in half on the bias and arrange on the plate with the slaw. Drizzle with remaining dressing and garnish with fennel fronds.

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Poke salad: Finely cut kale leaves and toss with the vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, chives, and sesame seeds. Allow it to marinate for no more than 5 minutes. The kale should remain somewhat crunchy.

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Holiday cocktails | Fleming’s Photo: Tin Can Marketing

Both are available at Fleming’s on Market Street from Dec. 1-31.

Haute Holiday ½ ounce Quady Elysium (muscat dessert wine) ½ ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 4 ounce Mionetto Prosecco Serve in a champagne flute garnished with a Luxardo Cherry

Merry Mint Spice 1 ½ ounces Gentleman Jack 2 ounces POM juice

1 ounces Domaine De Canton ½ ounce Simple Syrup 8 fresh mint leaves

In a Boston shaker, muddle 8 fresh mint leaves with the simple syrup to release the mint aromas. Add ice and add Gentlemen Jack, Canton, and POM juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a bucket glass over ice. Garnish with mint sprig.

Inaugural Market Street Jingle and Mingle Sunday, Dec. 9 | 5:30 to 9 p.m. | Market Street Plaza

Bring your friends and family out for an evening of celebration, and experience Market Street filled with lights and decorations. The first ever Jingle and Mingle combines fantastic food, wines, cordials, and spirits all while helping children in need. Take a carriage ride through Market Street while listening to live music by the holiday tree in the plaza. Several DC Ranch restaurants will serve appetizers and entrée samples paired with seasonal cocktails. A raffle and auction will feature extra-special gifts and services from DC Ranch merchants and other specialty stores.

Proceeds from the Jingle and Mingle will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and POSA Outreach’s Christmas Shop with a Cop event. These organizations assist children at all times of the year but especially during the holidays when no child should be without. Price: $125 individuals; $200 for two Purchase tickets and find out more information at

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Holiday Giving Opportunities

During the holiday season, several local programs and non-profit organizations offer a variety of ways for people to give back to their neighbors in need.

Homeward Bound Giving Tree DC Ranch residents Jane and Sheldon Rubin will continue the 12-year tradition that helps make the holidays brighter for families served by the Phoenix-based organization, Homeward Bound. The agency offers social services such as temporary housing, debt counseling, employment services, healthcare, and child care. “Giving trees” with tags listing the most needed items will be located in Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers from Thanksgiving until mid-December. The Rubins take the gifts to Homeward Bound for distribution to families. Learn more about Homeward Bound at

DC Ranch Food Circle Celebrate with your friends and neighbors and bring a donation for families in need. The DC Ranch Community Council will collect non-perishable food items for the DC Ranch Food Circle at Community Thanksgiving, Nov. 11 at The Homestead Community Center. Please bring products appropriate for a holiday meal like boxed stuffing, canned pumpkin pie mix, and dehydrated potatoes. So far this year, the DC Ranch Food Circle has donated 575 pounds of food to the Scottsdale Foothill Food Bank, and 4,806 pounds since inception. Resident Karen Ginsburg implemented the program wherein residents who are moving or going on vacation and would otherwise throw away household and food items can donate the goods instead. Contact Ginsburg at to arrange a pick-up, or bring items to Desert Camp anytime.

Adopt-A-Senior program Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Senior program invites individuals, families, community groups and local businesses to help make the holiday season brighter for isolated, homebound seniors. Use a wish-list to shop for a senior, donate items or gift cards or make a monetary donation. To sign up or for details, contact Zach Matz at 480.312.8455 or Paiute toy program The Paiute Community Center’s toy program is supported by the Fire Department’s Toys for Tots toy drive. However, individual donations are welcome. Paiute especially needs gifts for teenagers such as gift cards, movie passes and DVDs. The program begins in November and continues through Christmas Eve. Citizens are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at one of Scottsdale’s 14 fire stations or the Police & Fire Headquarters Building. Donations can also be dropped off at the center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Call 480.312.2529 for information. A Place to Call Home Several Valley volunteers are needed the week of Dec. 3 to gift wrap and bow-tie donated Christmas gifts to Arizona’s most deserving foster children. Your decorated packages will be presented to licensed foster families at A Place to Call Home’s annual Christmas party on Dec 12. Go to tocallhome. com or call 480.456.0549 for more information.

The Ronald McDonald House In association with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House offers families of sick children a place to sleep while their children undergo treatment. However, those accommodations need hundreds of volunteers to operate. This holiday, help out the families of those in need by cooking, cleaning, coordinating projects, gardening, answering phones, or helping in the office at RMH. Your help allows parents precious time with their children. Visit to learn how to sign up.

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The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have a fee or admission. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities

Child, Youth & Teen Activities

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Mondays with Mommy

Thursday, Nov. 8 | 11:30 a.m. Luncheon at Mia Francesca RSVP on

Mondays | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

DC Ranch Film Club

Kindermusik (ages birth-4)

Thursday, Nov. 15 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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

Yoga (led by Now & Zen Yoga)

Children’s Gymnastics

Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.818.3232

Tuesdays | 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881

Yoga (led by Elizabeth Gillenwater)

Children’s Dance

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

Wednesdays | 10 to 10:45 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.628.0881



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

Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

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

Friday, Nov. 9 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Poker Tuesdays | 1 to 3 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.585.4513

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

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

Friday, Nov. 9 | 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

Community Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 11 | 1 to 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

Community Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Plaza 480.342.7178

PJs & Pancakes Saturday, Dec. 8 | 8:30 to 11 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

Arizona Skin Cancer Foundation’s 1st Annual 5k & Family Fun Run Saturday, Dec. 1 | 8:30 a.m. Market Street Funds will be used to spread awareness about the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, as well as sun safety. Go to to register.

Community Meetings Community Council Board of Directors Thursday, Nov. 1 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Nov. 5 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Modification Committee Tuesday, Nov. 13 & 27; Dec. 11 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5308

Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Dec. 3 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

NVM Training Monday, Dec. 17 | 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Community Campout Nov. 3-Nov. 4 | 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center Grab your camping gear for the inaugural Community Campout. Parents and children, five and over, are invited to spend a night under the stars. The campout features all the traditional favorites like roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, stargazing, and playing outside activities. To register for the Community Campout, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178 or visit

DC Ranch Dance Ensemble Performance Thursday, Dec. 6 | 6 p.m The Homestead Community Center Clap your hands and tap your feet along with this troupe of young DC Ranch dancers at their winter showcase. Free admission.

Auditions for ‘Bird Brain’ Youth actors ages 7 and up are invited to audition for The Homestead Playhouse’s winter performance of “Bird Brain” with guest director Teresa Minarsich. Synopsis: Everything is right in the world - the sparrows and other birds live in happiness and friendship. Suddenly things start to change. The birds in town find themselves in a difficult situation when some new birds arrive on the scene. No one knows quite what to do until Sparrow and Gino, along with some of their wild bird friends, stand up to the bullies and use brain power to save the day. Auditions are Wednesday, Dec. 12, for DC Ranch residents, and Thursday, Dec. 13, for actors from the greater community. Actors can sign-up for auditions and pick up audition materials at an info session on Wednesday, Dec. 5. For more information, please contact Arts & Theatre Coordinator Molly Kurtz at 480.538.3542.

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“The Phantom Tollbooth” opens Thursday, Nov. 28 at The Homestead Community Center and runs through Sunday, Dec. 2. Based on the 1961 classic children’s book by Norton Juster, the story was adapted into a theatrical script by Susan Nanus in 1977. The play follows Milo — a young boy bored by the world around him — on an adventure through strange lands where he learns to think about the world in a new way. His mission is to rescue the Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. On his journey, he acquires newfound friends and knowledge that helps him return harmony to the Kingdom of Wisdom. “Even though it’s a fantasy, the play has many deeper meanings,” said Jordan Roberts, 11, who plays the main character, Milo. “After watching the play, I hope the audience has a greater appreciation for how they spend their own time.” Time has been on the side of guest director Leslie Stellwagen and the cast who have had the opportunity to understand and develop the complex characters during the 14-week rehearsal schedule. “She plays ‘good cop, bad cop’ with us during rehearsals,” said Ella McDade, 10, of Stellwagen. “She asks a lot of questions and helps me think about what I would do in the situation that my character is in.” “The Phantom Tollbooth” is Stellwagen’s first play she’s directed for The Homestead Playhouse. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a teaching certification from Beloit College in Wisconsin and has worked internationally as a teaching artist and director in Australia, Hong Kong and throughout the United States. Stellwagen will earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre for Youth from ASU in May 2013. “Children are just learning the craft of acting, so I like to provide structure and direction, but give them the freedom to explore their characters within that framework,” said Stellwagen.

Actors work together to create a prop for “The Phantom Tollbooth” during set and prop building day on Sept. 29. “So much about theatre is about collaboration and partnership,” said play director Leslie Stellwagen.

Also joining The Homestead Playhouse production team for the first time is set designer Kristin Blatchford who recently graduated from ASU with a BA in theatrical design and production. Her solution to the challenge of depicting the journey was to create platforms of varying heights. As the characters travel to the different lands, they move from one platform to the next. Costumes bring the color of the various lands to life. DC Ranch resident Kathleen Kostouros, who outfitted the characters of “Beauty and The Beast, Jr.” last spring, returned to design costumes for the fall play. Cool blue and silver tones represent the characters of Digitopolis; warm red and gold tones depict characters of Dictionopolis. Ultimately, the fantastical world of letters and numbers — whose inhabitants include, among others, a Spelling Bee, The Count of Connotation, a Doctor of Dissonance, and The Dodecahedron — will be brought to life by the audience’s imaginations.

“The Phantom Tollbooth”

Performance Dates: Nov. 29-Dec. 2 The Homestead Community Center Tickets on sale Nov. 2; $10 Visit for information or to purchase tickets

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By Kimberly Crowther Miller | DC Ranch Community Council

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November | December 2012

Old Town Farmers Market continues in November

Spend a Saturday morning experiencing a wonderful selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, organic produce, and baked goods at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market, located on the southwest corner of First Street and Brown Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in November. Call 623.848.1234 for more information or visit

Beaux Arts combines art and music to benefit Scottsdale Artists’ School

Treat yourself to a fabulous and festive evening featuring artists demonstrations, live music, a silent auction, libations, and light fare. This is a rare opportunity to purchase original works of art by internationally-acclaimed artists. Beaux Arts is Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. All proceeds benefit the school’s education programs, Youth Academy, and scholarship program. Tickets are $125. More information at

Save money by using less water

Cooler temperatures mean less water for your lawn. Bermuda grass becomes dormant this time of year and only needs to be watered once every two weeks. Remember to adjust your irrigation or sprinkler controller to water once every two weeks. To save even more, skip planting winter rye grass this year. More water saving tips are available at

Recycling collection schedule will change over Thanksgiving weekend

Please note that the City of Scottsdale will not pick up recycling on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. If Thursday is your typical collection day, collection will take place on Friday, Nov. 25. If you receive recycling collection on Friday, collection will be Saturday, Nov. 24. Visit

Shop and celebrate local businesses at Small Business Saturday Nov. 24

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year join in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 to support the role of small businesses in our economy. Scotts­ dale will celebrate small businesses that day and encourage residents to shop local. American Express will give $100 in free Twitter ads to the first 10,000 eligible American Express® Cardmembers and merchants who enroll. Learn more at

Talk Cinema is Dec. 11 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Audience members are the critics at this sneak-preview film series that screens award-winning independent and foreign films before their theatrical releases. The films are selected from leading festivals by critic Harlan Jacobson. Screenings are introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by distinguished guest speakers. Tickets are $8.50 to $19. Visit for more information.

Photographers invited to Arizona Sunset Tour & Cowboy Dinner

Arizona is famous for its spectacular sunsets, so climb aboard a custom-rigged 4×4 truck and head into the lushest desert in the world, abundant with plant and wildlife. Discover the splendor of the majestic saguaro indigenous only to this region of the Sonoran Desert. Of course you’ll hear a tall tale or two from your cowboy and Native American guides. But, you’ll also learn the true secrets of its past inhabitants. If you’re a photography buff or just a casual snapper you’ll find amazing photo opportunities with every sunset. After your desert adventure you’ll enjoy some cowboy grub at an authentic Western restaurant. For more information, call 602.569.4889 or visit

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Balloons to illuminate desert night sky at Nov. 10 ‘Light The Night Walk’ In a season of merriment, it’s easy to forget that sometimes people can get really sick. Sometimes it’s a form of blood cancer to blame for causing illness. Currently, an estimated 20,900 Arizonans are battling a form of blood cancer known as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. An additional 2,000 are newly diagnosed with one of these cancers each year. In fact, Blood cancers are the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in young people under the age of 20. On Saturday, Nov. 10, a group of DC Ranch residents will join others from the greater Phoenix area at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk at Tempe Arts Park to raise awareness about blood cancers. During this leisurely walk, participants carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer — bringing light to the dark world of cancer. Among the more than 30 DC Ranch residents participating in the walk is the Cranford family from Desert Camp village. “Last year’s Light The Night Walk was an amazing experience for both me and my family,” said Caroline Cranford, a radiologist and mom of two girls. “The most memorable part of the evening was watching all the illuminated balloons light up the sky as we celebrated with the survivors and remembered those who have lost their battle to the disease.”  LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and has had a presence in Arizona since 1963. In that time, remarkable progress has been made in treating patients with blood cancers, with survival rates for many having doubled or tripled, and in some cases quadrupled. Funds raised from the Light The Night Walk support LLS’s efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide education and services for patients and their families.

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Around the Ranch 1. Featured artists from the Scottsdale Artists’ School presented their works at the inaugural Passport to Art: Artist Expo on Oct. 11 in Market Street Plaza. Photo: Amber Nash

2. Guests at the Passport to Art: Artists Expo enjoyed wine and appetizers from Grimaldi’s as they participated in hands-on art exhibits. Live music and beautiful fall weather made it a great evening to enjoy all the art pieces. Photo: Amber Nash 3. The Silverleaf golf team of Jeff Anderson, Tim Bender, Richard Bayer, Terry Berkley, Ben Herman, Tim Donmoyer, Mike Domer, Mike Wicklund, Josh Johnson, Bob Weissmueller, Jeff Krause and Ted Reisdorf (left to right) took home the Ryder Cup trophy after their annual tournament against The Country Club at DC Ranch. Photo: Dara Cercone 4. Discerning food lovers from around the Valley showed up for opening night of Market Street Kitchen on Sept. 20. The new restaurant on Market Street features the food of James Beard awardwinning chef Robert McGrath and chef Matt Taylor. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

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Around the Ranch 5. Residents interested in running as Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) attended a cheese and wine reception at Desert Camp Community Center Oct. 10. The official training session for the newly-elected NVMs is Dec. 17 at Desert Camp Community Center. Credit: Rachelle Pierce

6. Sophie Melton shows off her craft project after learning about different types of fruit during Storytime Sept. 27. Parents are welcome to bring their children to Storytime on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Credit: Amber Nash 7. Firefighters from the Scottsdale Fire Department gave children a tour of their fire engine during Storytime Oct. 11. Credit: Jeremy Stevens

8. Ariella Trust and other Little Wranglers became firefighters for the night at TGIF Fun Fun Night Sept. 14. The crew from Fantastic Fire Department gave rides on a fire truck and hosted a water-filled extinguisher competition. Be sure to look at the calendar page on for upcoming TGIF Fun Night events. Credit: Brandon Curtis



9. Nearly 2,000 cyclists from all over the country rode in the 9th Annual Tour de Scottsdale. Riders gathered early in the morning Oct. 14 event on Market Street. Credit: Jeremy Stevens

10 The Tour de Scottsdale features a 70- and 30-mile ride encompassing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other parts of northern Scottsdale on Oct. 14. Oliver Smith Jewelers was this year’s presenting sponsor. (left to right) Oliver Smith, Community Council Executive Director Suzanne Walden-Wells, 70-mile Tour winner Eric Marcotte, 2nd place finisher George Cyrus, and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Executive Director Mike Nolan. Credit: Jeremy Stevens 11. The 7th Annual Phoenix Walk for PKD filled Market Street with walkers and supporters on Oct. 7. The event included a one-mile walk and a five-mile walk/run to raise research funds for polycystic kidney disease. Credit: Arizona Imaging



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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS HAPPY HOLIDAYS As the end of 2012 draws near and we look to 2013, The Silverleaf Group is proud to celebrate the milestones in our community, including the 15 year anniversary of DC Ranch and the 10 year anniversary of Silverleaf. Our team represents decades of personal service and dedication to providing real estate services to the residents of DC Ranch and Silverleaf, and at this time of year, we would like to thank you for your continued support and referrals. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season filled with good health and prosperity.

“Thankful for all the great people who are part of this wonderful community.”

“Thankful to live and work in such an amazing community- wishing everyone a blessed holiday season!”

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“I am proud to be a part of this community and wish everyone a healthy and happy 2013.”

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Holiday Donation Drive Please drop off new or gently used clothing, toys or school supplies at our office on Market Street by December 16th.

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