November | December 2013 Ranch News

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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

Photo: Pat Simpson

November/December 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 10

You can’t miss the ladies wearing the bright pink shirts around The Country Club at DC Ranch. This group of dedicated women has been meeting for months to plan a two-day fundraiser, complete with golf and tennis tournaments, and an open-air reception dinner to support the fight against breast cancer. | Page 7

In This Issue

Get your family ready for an exciting holiday season with new community events sure to create lasting memories.

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

“Annie, Jr.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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

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

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

By the Numbers. . . . . . . . . . . . 16

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 8

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

Monthly Planner Monday, Nov. 4

Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Thursday, Nov. 7

Community Council Board of Directors Meeting 4:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Saturday, Nov. 9

DC Ranch Turkey Trot

9 a.m. | Desert Camp Community Center Thursday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 24

“Annie, Jr.”

6:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Community Calendar Pg. 13

New community events offer fresh variation for the holidays The Community Council unveils a new set of signature events sure to become

family traditions. The first ever DC Ranch Turkey Trot is a chance to experience the community paths and trails then catch up with neighbors at a festive breakfast. In December, Santa returns to greet children young and old with a glittering

“Miracle on Market Street” featuring carolers, hot cocoa, and a classic Christmas film. | Pages 9-12 Marketplace

Neighborhood Series

Baby boutique arrives just in time for the holidays

Desert Camp living proves twice as nice for one family

Find something extra special for the little ones by heading to BabyLux—the newest retailer to open on Market Street. From brand-name outfits to unique baby games, shoppers are sure to find a memorable gift for that bundle of joy. | Page 5

Kris James and his family called Desert Camp village home for several years after moving from Colorado. They enjoyed the community so much, that when it came time for the family to move, they decided to stay in the same village. | Page 6

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Residents tee up for cancer research in hopes to raise $60,000


November | December 2013 Community Council Board Report

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November | December 2013 • Vol. 5, No. 10

As we approach the busy holidays, I’d like to reflect on the wonderful environment the residents of DC Ranch share as members of this great community. In 2007, I joined the Community Council Advisory Panel to provide guidance for the succession of the DC Ranch Community Council to resident leadership. About nine months later, we made the transition to resident leadership with recommendations regarding the process for the Community Council board transition from DMB Associates Rich Puricelli to our community members. We also made recommendations for future Community Council boards to consider for responsible financial management and ongoing community-building measures. As a result of the advisory panel recommendations, the Community Council board has been able to successfully implement its mission to facilitate a connected community that instills a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident. In January 2011, I was invited to join the Community Council Board of Directors and was elected to the office of secretary/treasurer where I held that position for two years. The Community Council, like many community organizations throughout our country, was carefully managing its way through recovery from the recession. Cash management, careful budgeting, and thoughtful investments of community resources were all implemented successfully. Three years later, the Community Council is in healthy financial condition. In January 2013, I was elected president of the Community Council. One of the most important responsibilities was to seek a successor for Suzanne Walden-Wells, our former executive director. Suzanne was an outstanding initial executive director for the Community Council and moved onto a position with DMB at its Eastmark development. We were pleased to have Chris Irish join us in March as the Community Council executive director. Chris has been an effective leader in her past assignments and has done a great job picking up the reins of leadership for the Community Council team. The Community Council, Ranch Association, and Covenant Commission staffs and directors all have worked in 2013 to continue to improve our Ranch with numerous actions to benefit our community and its infrastructure. As I complete my term this December, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve during the past three years with an outstanding Community Council team of associates and fellow board members along with outstanding colleagues in the Ranch Association and the Covenant Commission. —Rich Puricelli, Community Council board president

Wishing a Warm Holiday Season to You & Your Family

Photo: Jeremy Stevens

Season of thankfulness resonates through achievements of resident leaders

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: Web site: Published by

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Spotlight on Ranch Association

Ranch Association operating budget remains positive going into 2014

Each fall, the Ranch Association prepares annual Administration accounts for approximately 16 budgets for the upcoming year. As we move forward percent of the total budget. This covers administrainto 2014, rest assured that DC Ranch continues to tion costs such as accounting, human resources, and be financially stable. management of the association. The process of formulating operating budgets Utilities—which makes up nine percent of for 16 different neighborhoods is detailed and time the total budget—is spent on electric and water intensive, with the process starting in late August. throughout the community. Water is the majority The Ranch Association is fortunate to have committed of this expense and is used for irrigation of plants, residents—that serve on the budget and finance com- trees, and turf areas. mittee and board of directors—guiding financial disFacilities maintenance is responsible for maincussions for the community’s success into the future. taining all association assets and completing major The operating budgets for the Ranch Association repairs and renovations, which are funded through total more than $6.6 million, which include seven the reserve funds. Facilities maintenance spends major areas: reserve funding, administration, land- approximately eight percent of the total budget. scaping, maintenance, utilities, taxes/insurance, Taxes and insurance is the lowest expense and security. category at two percent. It covers minimal tax expense The Ranch Association receives inquiries from and insurance requirements for the association. residents as to how their monthly assessments are The 2014 final budget will be presented to the dispersed. Below is a breakdown of the expendi- Ranch Association Board of Directors for their tures, beginning with the largest costs. approval at the Nov. 4 meeting. Residents will receive Security—which is 33 percent of the total 2014 assessment prior to Dec. 1. budget—covers all costs related to operation of manned and unmanned gates, Ranch Association Operating Budget security personnel, and expenses associated with neighborhood patrols. Landscaping is responsible for main2% 8% taining all common grounds throughout DC Ranch. These areas include medians and right-of-ways on roadways, plantings 9% 33% and turf in all neighborhood parks, maintaining common areas, along with path and trail systems in and around most neighborhoods. Landscaping makes up approximately 17 percent of the total budget. 16% Reserve/replacement funding—which consumes 16 percent of total budget—maintains the reserve funds needed for major repairs and renovations within each neighborhood. The actual reserve funds available for all neighborhoods total approximately 16% 17% $6 million. These funds are calculated separately for each area, with larger neighborhoods having greater expenses. The largest expense within the reserve fund is road Security Landscaping Reserve Funding Administration Utilities Facilities Maintenance Taxes/Insurance maintenance and repair.

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, 4 years, Community Center Director

Brandon Curtis, 2 years, Recreation Programs Manager

Ranch Association

Andy Andrews, 2 years, Executive Director

Jeffrey Ortagus, 2 years, Community Center Manager

Brighid Tomasik, 1 year, Communications Coordinator

Seasonal decorations allowed until mid-January 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 Director of Compliance and Security Services Sandee Breiling at 480.419.5301.

Leaving for the holidays? Fill out a vacation watch form

“If you are planning to travel out of town for the holidays, please fill out a vacation watch form found in the Resident Services section on This will notify Security Services to keep an extra eye on your home while you’re away. Residents are also encouraged to monitor one another’s homes and accept deliveries during absences.

Community Council budget to be approved Nov. 7

The DC Ranch Community Council oversees our community centers, paths and trails, wildflower program, website, and community newspaper; and produce events and activities aimed at connecting residents. The 2014 budget will be presented for review and approval at the Nov. 7 board meeting. Residents and commercial property owners will receive Ranch Association and Community Council budget and assessment details via mail by Dec. 1.

Bulk trash pick-up is Dec. 2 and 30

Residents may start putting out their bulk trash on Monday, Dec. 2, and Monday, Dec. 30. Items must be placed outside by 5 a.m. on the day of pick-up. The city will not pick up items which are placed on the street, landscaped medians, or common areas. Please call Solid Waste Management at 480.312.5600 for more information.

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. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22. Desert Camp Community Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 21, and reopen on Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Normal business hours for all facilities will resume on Monday, Nov. 25. 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 on Thursday, Jan. 2. Office closures are posted on the community calendar.

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Owner Dave Phelps (right) says The Breakfast Joynt has a loyal following from years of serving quality food with excellent customer service. He’s excited to bring that reputation and experience to DC Ranch.

Start your day sunny side up at The Breakfast Joynt

One of north Scottsdale’s most popular breakfast eateries has found a new home on Market Street. The Breakfast Joynt—known for its fluffy pancakes and decadent chocolate chip crepes—recently opened across from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. According to husband-and-wife restaurant partners Becky Mazzocco and Dave Phelps, there’s much more to look forward to. Lunch, anyone?

In your expert opinion, why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Dave: It’s like starting your day with an empty tank or a full tank. You’re simply going to run better with a full tank. And the better the fuel, the better your performance.

What’s on your menu that our readers won’t find anywhere else?

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Dave: I make our sausage gravy fresh every day, ham off the bone. We also have a brisket-blended hamburger that’s so flavorful you’ll freak.

Becky: We’re the only place I’ve visited that doesn’t charge to substitute egg whites. You can also build your own omelet with one ingredient or twenty.

What inspired you to open The Breakfast Joynt on Market Street?

Becky: We really think Market Street is about to have a pretty big moment and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. Dave: Becky is right. I have to say that Market Street’s management team has been absolutely wonderful to work with. We want to give a big kudos to them.

As husband-and-wife partners in this venture, do you both spend time in the kitchen, or do you divide and conquer?

Becky: Unfortunately, I am not allowed in any kitchen. I act as the consumer which really works for us. I simply look for taste and consistency while Dave obsesses on the details. Both our home and commercial kitchens are Dave’s version of a man cave.

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Dave: I’ve been into breakfast my entire life. I learned to cook from my mom and my grandma. My fondest memories are family meals together.

We’ve heard that breakfast aficionados can also visit The Breakfast Joynt for lunch. Is this true?

Dave: You can order from our breakfast and lunch menu from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week. You’ll see a lot of down home, all-American items on our menu. I like to think we “do the basics better.” I’ll never let you leave the restaurant hungry.

If you each had to choose your favorite dish on the menu, what would it be?

Becky: Let’s see, may I pick two? The B.A. salad (which stands for Becky and Alanna, who is my sister), is a dish we grew up with back in Chicago. If I get to pick a second, it’d be the The Breakfast Joynt cheddar avocado grilled chicken sandwich with Monday to Sunday crinkle-cut fries, and added jalapenos. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dave: I’d have to go with the country-fried 20775 N. Pima Rd. chicken with eggs over medium and sour dough 480.443.5324 toast. Breakfast of champions! —Ruth Rosenquist

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BabyLux offers a variety of outfits that little ones can wear for the holidays this year. These selections were recently featured on Channel 12’s Arizona Midday.

Photo: Melissa Teegarden

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BabyLux adds new life to Market Street with luxurious offerings

Just in time for the holidays, BabyLux, an inspired boutique concept devoted to infants, has opened on Market Street. Founded by close friends and self-described “shopaholics,” Melissa Teegarden and Lindsey Genenbacher seek to fill a void that currently exists in the north Valley for retail catering specifically to newborns. “Lindsey and I share a love for all things fashion and babies,” Teegarden said. “It was a natural decision for us to follow our instincts and create a new luxury experience for families seeking distinctive infant merchandise that can’t be found elsewhere.” Teegarden considers motherhood and her three children her most important role, but she is also tapping her expertise in marketing and distribution for this new endeavor. Genenbacher served as an extended resource teacher at Desert Canyon Elementary School for three years, where she worked with students with special needs. She also worked at the Scottsdale Education Center and has strong ties to the DC Ranch community. “As if I needed more inspiration for our venture, I’m expecting my first child this March and can’t wait to experience the joys of parenthood,” Genenbacher added. Inhabiting a prime location with floor-to-ceiling windows in the heart of Market Street, BabyLux features unique holiday gifts such as the Mixie bottle, a must-have for every diaper bag. The StorkSak luxury changing bag line offers elegant design for the mother who doesn’t compromise fashion for function. Rockabye musical CDs make great stocking stuffers, featuring classic and contemporary lullabies. BabyLux has also conceived its own custom line of delivery gowns, nursing covers, car seat covers, bedding, bibs, and burpees made locally. They can even be customized to the occasion. Exclusive furnishings will run the gamut, including a coveted silver crib made in Italy. Another tug on the heartstrings, BabyLux showcases vendors who give back. For example, The Bump Nest is an innovative manufacturer of body pillows and an acid reflux relief system for pregnancy that established a charitable campaign called SCRAPS2CAPS. This manufacturer uses fabric scraps from the production of body pillows to create soft baby beanies that are donated to charitable partners. The company aids newborns and infants throughout the United States, India, and Africa. Beyond the boutique, BabyLux offers a myriad of amenities including a baby registry and informative classes like daddy boot camp, nursing, and sibling preparation. They will also offer infant CPR certification and car seat seminars. “We’ve set aside an elegant space to host one-of-a-kind events from gender reveal parties to memorable showers. At BabyLux, we understand that expecting a child is the most exciting time in your life and we want to be involved in every step. We also offer photography and nursery design services,” Teegarden said. “Our goal is to be an invaluable resource to all of our BabyLux moms.” —Ruth Rosenquist


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Like so many Arizonans, Desert Camp residents Kris James and his family look forward to the fall and winter seasons after a scorching summer. Not only are the temperatures cooler, but the autumn also brings an abundance of festivities and celebrations. “Fall and winter signal the beginning of many fun traditions which we’ve participated in each year at DC Ranch,” said Kris James. Kris, his wife, Lisa, and their son, Dale, moved to DC Ranch from Colorado in 2007. In that time, they’ve had a unique experience of living in different neighborhoods within Desert Camp village. “We own two homes in two distinctly different neighborhoods—the Pioneer parcel, which is the oldest neighborhood in DC Ranch, and our new home which we built at Rosewood, the newest completed neighborhood in DC Ranch,“ said Kris, who served on the Ranch Association Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011. As a former Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) for Pioneer neighborhood and current NVM in the Rosewood neighborhood, Kris says each community offers a special characteristic and feeling. “The Pioneer neighborhood has beautiful mature desert landscaping. It includes many great residents who are among the first families that moved into DC Ranch before most of the infrastructure was even completed. These neighbors are true ‘pioneers’ as they were brought in on the vision of what DC Ranch would become back in 1998,” said Kris. “The Rosewood neigh-

borhood has a unique blend of new neighbors who we have met and quickly become good friends with. It’s a great family neighborhood, with newer energy efficient homes and just a short walk to the school which is important to us.” The James’ made it a priority to live and work in the community as a matter of convenience. Both of the houses are located near Desert Camp Community Center where the active James family can easily access amenities such as the swimming pool, weight room, and tennis courts. Kris is a professional tennis player and founder/owner of Students in the community simply know him as “Coach KJ.” His wife, Lisa, is a teacher’s assistant at Copper Ridge where their son also attends fourth grade. The family was drawn to DC Ranch due to its architectural beauty, broad amenities, and extensive networks of trails and parks throughout the community. Their love for the neighborhood came from kind gestures by fellow residents. “We had just moved into our new Rosewood home back in May 2012. We got home from a fun afternoon of swimming at Desert Camp and found a welcome gift on our doorstep, but without a note,” said Lisa. “We checked with the builder and our immediate neighbors, but none indicated they had left it. To this day we are not sure who left us the gift. So thank you to our mystery neighbor whoever you are.” That mystery neighbor may come forward after

To enhance the park-like setting of Desert Camp village, several neighborhoods feature expanded cul-de-sacs (above) which include lawn space and trail access.

(From left) Dale, Lisa, and Kris James are avid tennis players and take advantage of their home’s close proximity to the tennis courts at Desert Camp Community Center.

reading that Lisa loves to bake for family and friends. Last July, she won the pie contest at Patriotic Picnic with her famous caramel apple pie. One can only imagine what she’ll have baking in the oven for the holidays. —Jeremy Stevens

At a glance: Desert Camp village Desert Camp and Country Club are DC Ranch’s original villages. These are communities with deep architectural roots that celebrate and preserve the natural character of the Sonoran Desert. This is a mixed community of custom lots and non-custom single family homes, attached patio homes, condominiums, and townhomes. The architectural styles in these communities range from the Western Regional Farm House and Ranch House to traditional Spanish Eclectic styles. Other regionally relevant styles such as Pueblo, Prairie, and contemporary interpretations of Western Regional, Prairie, and Pueblo styles can also be found in Desert Camp village.

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One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Even more startling, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in America. With these staggering statistics, it’s not surprising that residents Pat Simpson and Janet Pennewell came together to organize the 12th annual Rally for the Cure event at The Country Club at DC Ranch. “We are strong supporters of the goals for Rally for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through education, research, and treatment options,” said Pennewell, who is a resident and Neighborhood Voting Member in Country Club village. “We can hardly think of anyone whose life has not been touched by cancer of some kind, and we want to do our part to help.” This fundraising event at the Club is a personal matter to the two friends. Pennewell’s mother-in-law and sister-inlaw both survived breast cancer, while Simpson lost her mother to lymphoma at an early age as well as her mother-in-law to breast cancer. “Cancer is everywhere we turn and this is one way we think we can help,” said Pat Simpson, a Country Club Village resident and DC Ranch Community Council board member. “Getting involved in this event gives us all an opportunity to fight cancer, and help countless other family members, neighbors, and friends. Many Country Club members are already involved, but we still need more help as the event approaches.” Nearly 150 participants are asked to assist in the weekend’s activities. The fundraiser will include a tennis event on Saturday, Nov. 23, and a golf tournament on Sunday, Nov. 24. “The highlight of the event is the celebration dinner in the courtyard

(From left to right) Maryann and Joe Beckwith with Kitty and Bernie Schaffer supported the Susan G. Komen Foundation at last year’s Rally for the Cure celebration dinner.

on Sunday. It will feature wonderful food stations created by the Club’s new chef, Lenard Rubin, with fabulous wine tastings,” said Simpson. The Sunday festivities will also include a silent auction featuring items such as diamond jewelry, sports memorabilia, dinners and entertainment packages, wine baskets, and more. Simpson and Pennewell hope to raise $60,000 from the weekend’s events. “Our hope is that this event will contribute to research and education that will continue to reduce the number of deaths from cancer,” said Pennewell. “Pat and I enjoy giving back along with the sense of camaraderie that develops when a group of residents work together toward a common goal.” —Brighid Tomasik

Rally for the Cure

All members of The Country Club at DC Ranch are welcome to participate in these activities. To register, please contact the Club at 480.342.7200. Rally Mixed Tennis Event Saturday, Nov. 23 | 3 to 6 p.m. Rally Mixed Golf Event Sunday, Nov. 24 | 12 to 5 p.m. Rally Celebration Dinner Silent Auction and Dinner Sunday, Nov. 24 | 6 to 9 p.m.

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Miracle on Market Street Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6 to 9 p.m. | Market Street Park

Bundle up and become part of the new holiday tradition as Market Street Park transforms into a glittering winter forest. Start by singing along to nostalgic holiday classics performed by The Golden Sparks Quartet. Then, Santa will make a special appearance to pose for pictures and hear Christmas wishes. Bring blankets and get cozy while watching the 1947 black-and-white classic family film, Miracle on 34th Street. To top it all off, scrumptious holiday desserts with warm cocoa will make sure that the sparkling winter memory is even sweeter. Event is complimentary. Visit or call the Community Council at 480.342.7178 for more information.

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The Country Club at DC Ranch prides itself on bringing families and friends together for the best of times. Come celebrate this holiday season at the Club. Making memories for our members is what we do best.

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Jace McKeighan | Conser vancy steward and DC Ranch resident When you think of the holidays, hiking is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has long been mindful of the need for physical activity over the holidays. In 2000, the National Institutes of Health conducted a study of holiday weight gain. Its findings debunked the popular belief that people gain from five to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, the research also discovered that the one pound most people do gain is not lost. Instead, this weight tends to accumulate over the years. According to the report, level of activity was one of just two factors that influenced weight gain. Study participants that were more active were some of the least likely to gain weight over the holidays, while those who reported being less active had some of the greatest holiday weight gain. With that in mind, our public hike program is once again offering a number of hikes in December that will allow you and your out-of-town guests to experience the natural wonder of the Preserve and work of that extra pound that the holidays offer. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Mistletoe and Holly hike starts at 8:45 a.m. at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Discover the hidden, festive connections between desert plants and animals and the holidays. Plan 2 1/2 hours for this three-mile round-trip hike with minimal elevation changes. The hike is appropriate for anyone ages 10 or older. The Tom’s Thumb Trailhead is located on the north side of the McDowell Mountains. On this route, there is no water available, so be sure to bring plenty with you. Christmas day features the popular Gateway Loop hike. The hike begins on Christmas morning at 8:45 a.m. at the Gateway Trailhead. This 3-hour, 4 1/2-mile loop hike has a 700 foot elevation gain and takes you into the heart of the McDowells. Give yourself a holiday present and take in the stunning views from the Gateway Saddle. Finally, on New Year’s Eve we are offering the Gateway to Silver Bell Pass hike. This hike is the ultimate workout and will really help you burn off the pounds. Allow four hours for this nine-mile round-trip hike with about a 1,350-foot elevation gain. This is for hardy hikers only and gets under way at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Gateway Trailhead. Please join us this holiday season in the Preserve. For more information on these or other activities, visit Until next time, I’ll see you on the trails. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access.

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For the Holidays Holiday Boutique Shopping Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 2 to 5 p.m.

It’s that time of year again where creating memories come easily when surrounded by the people you cherish the most. The DC Ranch Community Council is taking a fresh spin on holiday traditions to welcome the merry season. From a festive run through the community to a glittering white evening with Santa, there’s a celebration for everyone around the Ranch.

DC Ranch Turkey Trot

Saturday, Nov. 9 | 9 to 11 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center $5 per person

Fall Food and Wine Festival Friday, Nov. 22 | 6 to 9 p.m.

Burn off some calories ahead of Thanksgiving with the inaugural DC Ranch Turkey Trot. Savor the crisp autumn air for a communitywide run around the Desert Camp loop while enjoying stunning mountain and city views. Participants can sign up for the 5K run, or “trot” with kids at the 1-mile family fun loop. After the brisk morning run, connect with neighbors at a Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast. Register on

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Thursday, Nov. 28 | 1 to 4 p.m. Santa Brunch and Dinner Sunday, Dec. 15 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | 4:30 to 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party Tuesday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Miracle on Market Street

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The Silverleaf Club Menorah Lighting Wednesday, Nov. 27 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Monday, Dec. 2 | 6 to 7 p.m. Wine Festival & Spa Trunk Show Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 4 to 7 p.m. The Gingerbread Ball Sunday, Dec. 8 | 1 to 4 p.m. The Holiday Soiree Friday, Dec. 13 | 7 to 11 p.m. Brunch with Santa Sunday, Dec. 15 | 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Holiday Storytelling with Mother Goose Thursday, Dec. 19 | 6 to 7 p.m. Kids’ Cookie Decorating Tuesday, Dec. 24 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 24 | 5 to 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 31 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more Silverleaf Club event information, call 480.515.3220

Holiday Events around the Valley The Polar Express Train Ride with Santa Nov. 4 to Jan. 8 | 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Williams Depot $37 for adults; $23 for children 928.773.1976 Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker Festival Sunday, Nov. 24 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dorrance Theatre $60 per person 602.381.0184 ZooLights Nov. 28 to Jan. 12 Phoenix Zoo Sunday to Thursday | 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday | 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. $20 for adults; $10 for children ages 3 to 12 602.273.1371

Bundle up and become part of a new holiday event as Market Street Park transforms into a glittering winter forest. Start by singing along to nostalgic holiday classics performed by The Golden Sparks Quartet. Then, Santa will make a special appearance to pose for pictures and hear Christmas wishes. Bring blankets and get cozy while watching the 1947 black-and-white classic family film, Miracle on 34th Street. To top it all off, scrumptious holiday desserts with warm cocoa will make sure that the sparkling winter memory is even sweeter. For more information on DC Ranch holiday events, please contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178 or visit

Las Noches de Luminarias Nov. 29 to Dec. 31 | 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden $30 for adults; $12.50 for children ages 3 to 12 480.481.8188 Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Dec. 13 to Jan. 4 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. $3 for train ride; free for children three and under 480.312.2312 Jingle Hike to Santa Saturday, Dec. 14 | 8:45 to 11 a.m. Pinnacle Peak Park 480.312.0990

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Local merchants offer delightful holiday gift selections

DC Ranch retailers have an ideal gift for everyone—yes, including pets—to ensure a big grin on your loved one’s face upon opening the perfect holiday present.

Gucci Frames from Visions Eyewear Boutique Where: DC Ranch Crossing | 480.515.2727 Price: $330

Gift Cards at DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Where: Canyon Village | 480.502.8844 Price: Cards can be loaded to any denomination

Hale Bob Signature Luggage at i Boutique Where: Market Street | 480.656.5616 Price: Large-sized luggage - $178 Medium-sized luggage - $158

Wayne Clark Couture Gown from Quintessential Bride and Formal Wear Where: DC Ranch Crossing | 480.419.7755 Price: $3,000

Floval Flyer BMX Bike at Airpark Bikes Where: Market Street | 480.563.2425 Price: $630

Custom Dangling Earrings at L’Hermitage Jewelry and Couture Where: Market Street | 480.563.2425 Price: $9,500

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Minimalist style meets a modern look with paisley designs on Hale Bob luggage.

BMX bikes are great gifts for children who are active in the community.

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BiCE Ristorante – Come in and Enjoy the BiCE Experience! BiCE Ristorante is celebrating its first year anniversary in North Scottsdale, Arizona, and welcomes its neighbors at DC Ranch to come in and enjoy the great food, fine wine, and fun atmosphere among family and friends. Located at the stylish, two-story space of The Citadel Shopping Center, BiCE knows the meaning of family. BiCE Scottsdale is the newest location of one of the oldest and most well-known familyowned restaurants in the world. It all started in Milan, Italy where Beatrice “Bice” Ruggeri opened her first restaurant in 1926, followed by her sons Remo and Roberto expanding the restaurant portfolio around the world, including the opening of the first US location in Midtown Manhattan in 1987 – a celebrity spot since then for the last 26 years! Today, the group has more than 30 locations in a dozen countries. Our menu is created and executed by Miami trained Chef Rodrigo “Rod” Galera who has been with the group for almost 15 years, and under the supervision of veteran General Manager Erno Kartnik who joined us this summer

from Los Angeles. BiCE Scottsdale pairs timeless Italian classics with contemporary offerings highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients grown within a 100-mile radius. As an added touch, BiCE’s unique Salumi e Formaggi station offers an irresistible selection of the finest artisanal meats and imported cheeses. Pair it all with a well-crafted Happy Hour cocktail or fine wine from BiCE’s expansive on-hand selection. The BiCE 19 Bar & Lounge on the second floor also offers the perfect place to relax after a game of golf while enjoying a beverage and a nice cigar on the outdoor patio while soaking in the sweeping city and mountain views. Come join the many residents who stop in to unwind to enjoy life the way it was meant to be enjoyed… with passion and in style! Bring in your copy of the DC Ranch News and receive a complimentary Limoncello or home-made Gelato, compliments of our management. It’s our simple way of saying “thank you” for welcoming us into this wonderful community of North Scottsdale.

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Military families learn new ways to keep spirits high during the holidays This is the season when families gather close, old memories are shared, and new ones are made. For many members of the military, the holiday season experience is a little different. Thousands of military service members spend their holidays overseas. Many children and spouses live abroad in deployment locations as well. This leaves numerous families miles away from their extended families and holiday traditions back home. “The deployment locations across seas often become like a little America,” said Noreen Watts, armed forces manager at the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. Watts has been with the American Red Cross for several years serving the military stateside, overseas, and in deployment locations. In lieu of having their extended family back home, military families develop their own sense of family and celebrate together. The military families also have the opportunity to celebrate the customs of the country they are in. Watts recalled being on a military base in Japan and attending a Japanese-American Christmas cantata with 300 performers singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Silent Night” in both English and Japanese. She also noted the military hosts events such as Breakfast with Santa–at which kids can get their picture taken with the jolly man–for families both stateside and overseas. “The military tries to make the holidays extra special for service men and women,” Watts said. “Even the

dining facility can get quite extravagant.” At the Red Cross base in Iraq, cooks once made a Yule log cake that was 12 feet long. The USO even puts on traditional shows with big-name performers such as Toby Keith and Granger Smith. New Year’s Eve is also a memorable event with parties full of balloons to mark the festive celebration. “They let the balloons loose at midnight and everyone celebrates,” explained Watts. No alcohol was served, but there was nonalcoholic beer and carbonated grape juice. The aim, Watts explained, is to make the troops feel like they’re home. In the United States, not all families are able to be with the military service members. “This affects the family just as much as the military member because they miss their loved one,” said Watts. If the serviceman or servicewoman is deployed overseas, families may be able to share the holiday together via Skype and open presents over the camera. “I know many military members who would call home on Christmas Eve just to read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to their kids,” said Watts. Families also send special care packages to their loved one in the military, but need to keep a few things in mind: The military shuts off mail two weeks before troops are moved, and military members are allowed only a limited number of bags. —RaeAnne Marsh

Send a letter of gratitude through the holiday letter-writing program To show support for troops stationed away from their family and familiar home traditions, residents are invited to participate in the Red Cross’ longstanding Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season. Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program. Only cards are being accepted, so please do not send or include letters. All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Dec. 6. Learn more at

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Holiday Giving Opportunities

Homeward Bound Giving Tree DC Ranch residents Jane and Sheldon Rubin have helped families in the Valley put presents under their Christmas trees for 13 years through the help of Homeward Bound. The agency offers social services such as temporary housing, debt counseling, employment services, healthcare, and child care. “Giving trees” with tags listing gift items will be located in Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers from Thanksgiving until mid-December. The Rubins then take the gifts to Homeward Bound for distribution to families. Learn more about Homeward Bound at

DC Ranch Food Circle So far this year, generous DC Ranch residents have donated 720 pounds of nonperishable foods, drinks, paper goods, and baby items to the DC Ranch Food Circle which benefits Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek. Resident Karen Ginsburg, who initiated the program, challenges her fellow residents to get involved and reach a goal of 1,000 pounds donated by Dec. 31. This is a great opportunity for residents leaving town for the holidays and needing to clean out their pantries. Just drop off items at Desert Camp or The Homestead Community Centers, or Ginsburg will pick the items up from your home. The Foothills Food Bank especially needs juice, cereal, jello, crackers, peanut butter, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, canned tuna, chicken, and salmon, spam, paper goods, baby food, and diapers. The program emulates the ideals of the DC Ranch Community Council by building community and enabling philanthropy. Contact Ginsburg at or 480.502.9822 for more information or to arrange a pickup. Doggie donation drive Give the gift of warmth to a four-legged friend this winter. The Community Council is hosting a holiday doggie donation drive to collect blankets, towels, and dog beds for pets needing some extra care at local shelters. Residents are invited to drop off donations at Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers from Nov. 9-16. For more information, contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Fire department’s toy drive The Scottsdale Fire Department’s annual toy drive to benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center’s Toy 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. For a toy wish list, visit Vista del Camino holiday food drive Concerned Citizens for Community Health is teaming up with Vista del Camino food bank to ensure all Scottsdale residents have a happy holiday season. The organizations are seeking food donations to provide about 400 food boxes for a Thanksgiving dinner. Visit for a list of items on the meal wish list. Please bring donations to Vista del Camino by Nov. 22. For more information, call 480.312.GIVE (4483).

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 more information, contact Zach Matz at 480.312.8455 or

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A simple gift or donation can go a long way to brighten a family’s holiday this year. Several local programs and non-profit organizations offer a variety of opportunities for people to give back to their neighbors in need. DC Ranch residents are invited to help others throughout the greater Scottsdale area by donating food, clothing, or gifts to the organizations listed below.

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November | December 2013 The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have a fee or admission. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

Adult Social Clubs & Activities 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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Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 10 to 11 a.m. RSVP on 480.342.7178

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

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

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

DC Ranch Film Club: Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus Tuesday, Nov. 26 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center RSVP on Join the DC Ranch Film Club for a private screening before the 2014 release of the HBO documentary film, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus. The film, described as “moving and provocative,” received outstanding reviews at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Following the screening, residents will be treated to the unique opportunity of a Q & A with the film’s editor, Anne Barliant. The film follows a small theater group that has resisted severe state harassment in the post-Soviet Republic of Belarus. Belarus Free Theater actors have been censored, blacklisted, arrested, beaten, fired from other jobs, and threatened with savage punishments. Even so, the troupe develops a growing underground following that speaks out against an oppressive government.

Child, Youth & Teen Activities Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

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

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

TGIF: Little Wranglers “Bounce House Party” Friday, Nov. 8 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Tweens “Games and Hike Night” Friday, Nov. 8 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Teen Night Out “Suns vs. Nets Basketball Game” Friday, Nov. 15 | 5 to 10 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Community Events & Activities Pets and their People: Doggie Drive Nov. 9-13 Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Trailblazer Breakfast Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

DC Ranch Turkey Trot Saturday, Nov. 9 | 9 to 11 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178 RSVP on

Miracle on Market Street Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6 to 9 p.m. Market Street Park 480.342.7178

Community Meetings Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Nov. 4 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.419.5308

Community Council Board of Directors Thursday, Nov. 7 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Ranch Association Modification Committee Tuesday, Nov. 12 & 26; Dec. 9 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

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The cast of “Annie, Jr.” learn dance moves from choreographer Erin Nielson while using props such as buckets and rags during the classic song “Hard Knock Life.” From left to right, front row: Emily Anton, Ginger Roberts, Ella McDade, Allie Angus, Seryna Rago. Back row: Alexis Escobedo, McGowan Marquis, Kate Godfrey, Chloe Rozalsky.

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Get ready to “stick out your chin and grin.” The Homestead Playhouse presents the beloved Broadway hit “Annie, Jr.” that premieres on Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Homestead Community Center and runs through Sunday, Nov. 24. The play is based on the 1930s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” The story follows 10-year-old Annie in New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of an orphanage. With the help of other children in the orphanage, Annie escapes the maniacal head mistress, Miss Hannigan, to the brazen world of the big city. Eventually, Annie finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Guest director Robin Hastings believes that the success of the production is not only from the motivational acting lessons, but also inspired by the theatre’s performance teachers. “This production is different from “Since we actually have to play a others because of the unique artistic family, with Daddy Warbucks and the staff that is committed to educatorphans, the cast is actually acting ing the kids while showcasing their passion for the arts,” said Hastings. like a family during rehearsals.” Since “Annie, Jr.” is comprised Ella McDade of classic Broadway hits such as “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life,” a seasoned music director is always desired. Jennifer Whiting, theatre teacher at Arizona School of Arts, filled that role and was amazed by the quick learning skills and growing talent of the cast. “Youth theatre is always educational and the talent almost always varies from those who have never been on stage to the seasoned actors,” said Whiting. “At The Homestead Playhouse, there are many new faces to the stage, so I’ve enjoyed working with them from the ground level up. It’s clear that the children are learning confidence in their talents and their accomplishments.” To make the musical a sure success, new face and long-time costume designer, Trixie Wilmott, is adding her passion to the production. In fact, Wilmott has been nominated for several National Youth Arts (NYA) and ariZoni awards. She even won an ariZoni for costume design in a previous production of “Annie, Jr.” in 2012. “I’m inspired by the look of every individual actor as well as the historical research,” said Wilmott, who has designed the ideal signature fire-engine red dress for Annie. Ella McDade will don the classic bright-red hair to portray the charismatic and rambunctious lead character Annie. Yet McDade is no stranger to acting; the young talent has performed in several past productions at The Homestead Playhouse including “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” and “The Phantom Tollbooth.” “Working on this musical is different from the rest,” said McDade, 10, who eagerly has been practicing the role with the fellow cast during the 12-week rehearsal “Annie, Jr.” schedule. “Since we actually have to play Nov. 21-23 | 6:30 p.m. a family, with Daddy Warbucks and the Nov. 24 | 3 p.m. orphans, the cast is actually acting like a The Homestead Community Center family during rehearsals. It’s a lot of fun $10 per person; purchase and that shows in the performance.” tickets on —Brighid Tomasik

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ARTrageous gala features Natalie Cole on Dec. 7


The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ annual ARTrageous soiree begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction with local entertainment. Guests will view the latest exhibitions at SMoCA before enjoying a seated gourmet dinner inside the center’s Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium. The evening continues with nine-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole’s performance in the Virginia G. Piper Theater and a post-show dessert reception. For tickets, please contact the box office at 480.499.TKTS or visit


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Set for its 26th annual run on Sunday, Dec. 15, the half marathon takes runners on a point-to-point loop course through Scottsdale. Join nearly 2,000 runners for the picturesque race that ends at Scottsdale Stadium. To register for the run, please visit

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By the numbers The Year in Review 2013 year has been full of great memories. From successful new events to familiar traditions with celebratory milestones, there is plenty to commemorate in the community.

In January,

26 young actors were cast in the winter production of “Bird Brain”

In April, more than

50 pounds of seeds took root on the Ranch to spring hundreds of blossoming wildflowers

February began the inaugural One Sweet Day where

58 residents

enjoyed Spanish flamenco dancing and special chocolate paired with wine

The demographic survey was conducted in April with

667 residents responding at a

31 percent response rate

The DC Ranch Facebook page reached the milestone of

1000 ‘likes’ in July

1,980 runners

from across the Valley to support the nonprofit in March

110 cyclists

More than raced at the

4th annual

Criterium at DC Ranch at Canyon Village in May

2,000 cyclists rode in the

10th annual Tour de Scottsdale

Desert Camp Community Center received a facelift in August with


1st DC Ranch Turkey Trot

12 orange umbrellas

5K run

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takes place on Saturday, Nov. 9

In September,

The DC Ranch Food Circle has donated

were cast in the fall production of “Annie, Jr.”

of non-perishable goods so far this year

2 tennis courts

9th annual

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

Dog lovers met together at Desert Camp Community Center on Sept. 11 for “yappy hour.” The McKeighan family dog, Sasha, met a new puppy friend, Sophie. The next Pets and their People is on Wednesday, Nov. 9-16, for a Holiday Doggie Drive. Photo: Tempe Ligett

Passport to Art: Artist Expo featured an evening of interactive art demonstrations in Market Street Plaza on Sept. 12. Four instructors from Scottsdale Artists’ School painted and sculpted various pieces to show guests how they bring their creative vision to life. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

Teens raced with go-karts at Octane Raceway on Sept. 27. The next TGIF is on Friday, Nov. 15, “Suns vs. Nets Basketball Game” Photo: Sara Howser

Artists from Circle 6 Studios displayed their blown glass art for residents at the Oct. 3 Passport to Art. They also explained their methods for coloring and shaping the unique glass pieces. Photo Amber Nash


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The fall season of DC Ranch Women began with a kick-off party under the Portofino lights at Desert Camp Community Center on Oct. 10. Photo: Amber Nash

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The Little Wranglers had one rowdy good time on Sept. 13. The Fantastic Firefighters made a visit to Desert Camp Community Center and educated kiddos on the importance of fire safety. The next TGIF is on Friday, Nov. 8; visit page 13 for more information. Photo: Jeffrey Ortegas

Neighbors from all over DC Ranch connected at Neighborhood Day at DC Ranch where residents enjoyed live music from the Sonoran Dogs on Sept. 21. Photo: G Man Studios

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Wendy Witch read scary stories to children dressed in costumes at the Halloween-themed Storytime on Oct. 10. Storytime is offered every Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

(From left) 70-mile Tour de Scottsdale sponsor Oliver Smith, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Executive Director Mike Nolan, 70-mile women’s Tour winner Sally Aston, and Community Council Executive Director Christine Irish celebrated during a recognition ceremony in Market Street Plaza. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

The 10th annual Tour de Scottsdale kicked off from Market Street at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 with the 70- and 30-mile rides. Nearly 1,900 cyclists rode in the event which benefitted the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Photo: Jeremy Stevens

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Conveniently located in DC Ranch Marketplace 480.384.5750


20875 N. Pima Rd. • Suite 105 • Scottsdale, AZ

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The Best Decision in North Scottsdale Upper Canyon Custom Homesite 1715 20879 N 112th Street 1715 1.44 acres / 38,637 SF Building Envelope – $1,295,000 Deborah Beardsley/Andrew Beardsley

DC Ranch Hacienda

Verandah 1202

19973 N 97th Place 4 Bed / 4 Bath / 5,350 SF – $1,695,000 Mike Lehman

20208 N 101st Way 1202 3 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 4,717 SF – $2,395,000 Laura Lester

Upper Canyon Custom 1487 10412 E Robs Camp Road 1487 6 Bed / 7 Bath / 10,975 SF – $5,950,000 Deborah Beardsley/Andrew Beardsley

We continue to r aise the bar in Silverleaf with the highest priced homesite sales. Upper Canyon

In DC R anch, Silverleaf R ealty was responsible for selling the four highest priced homesites in 2013.

Horseshoe Canyon

DC Ranch

1509 – $1,810,000 Closed 9/30

1709 – $2,000,000 Closed 10/16

2301 – $2,500,000 Closed 2/27

815 – $830,000 Closed 8/28

611 – $675,000 Closed 9/12

1476 – $1,925,000 Closed 6/25

1507 – $975,000 Closed 10/10

2915 – $2,600,000 Closed 4/5

729 – $ 900,000 Closed 9/6

657 – $905,000 Closed 3/28

Visit us in the Silverleaf Sales Center on Market Street in DC R anch to discuss your real estate needs or to book a private preview. 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480.502.6902 · Wendy Tippett, Mike Lehman, Cynthia Kleerup Penwell, Mike Sweeney, Deborah Beardsley, Andrew Beardsley, Laura Lester If your property is currently listed, this is not meant as a solicitation. Prices and property availability remain subject to change. © 2013 Silverleaf Realty

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