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Ranch News

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Healthy brain equals healthy body


National Volunteer Month celebrates resident generosity


Meet DC Ranch pioneer Jan Baratta

Coming together to build lives

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Earth Day at the Conservancy

DC Ranch partners with Habitat for Humanity

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Building memories through volunteerism April is National Volunteer Month and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

DC Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published by the DC Ranch Community Council to promote the DC Ranch lifestyle. The publication strives to build community by connecting current and future residents along with DC Ranch stakeholders through interesting stories and pictures. Ranch News offers value to its advertisers and perpetuates DC Ranch’s community values. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert, Terri Raimondi and Nia Hughes 480.585.1641 communications.team@dcranchinc.com dcranch.com

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Around the Ranch, residents and local business owners are still abuzz about last month’s home build project— one of DC Ranch’s largest ever volunteer initiatives. Hundreds of residents participated in Habitat at the Ranch, where volunteers erected the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house in the parking lot of The Homestead Community Center. They painted, sawed, drilled, and hammered, all in the spirit of volunteerism.

When finished, neighbors gathered together for a ceremonial “wall raising,” before the frame was moved to its permanent location in the Valley. Residents wrote messages of hope and goodwill for the deserving family who will someday call this structure home.

In this month’s cover story, we’ll tell you more about this unique event and hear from a variety of residents who participated. In my mind, Habitat at the Ranch was the embodiment of the DC Ranch community values. Also this month, DC Ranch will honor residents who are active volunteers yearround. Award categories include: leadership, good neighbor, philanthropic, youth, and community partner volunteer of the year.

As I continue to settle into my new role here at DC Ranch—meeting residents, business owners, and fellow team members—I am excited to be a part of a community who cares.



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Ranch Updates

Help prevent fire danger

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ealthy, live plants are important when creating a defensible space around your home in preparation for fire season. Scottsdale Fire Department officials are anticipating a significant potential for wildland fires this year, which are fed by dried grasses and dead plants. Guidelines provided by the fire department recommend a 15-foot “defensible space” be maintained around homes. Homeowners are encouraged to create defensible space within private yards, but should not make any changes outside of perimeter walls, as that common area is generally maintained by the Ranch Association. Landscape crews have been working in common areas to remove fallen vegetation, perennial grasses, overgrown bushes and dead branches that touch the ground. Additionally, work is being performed to thin an extra

15 feet outside the perimeter wall to provide maximum fire protection. Defensible space serves as a fire break, and should contain only small brush, cacti and trees to provide an effective fire safe zone. Throughout DC Ranch there is also an extensive amount of native desert, or Natural Area Open Space (NAOS). These areas are protected, as are various cacti and desert trees. These areas should not be disturbed. Scottsdale Fire representatives conducted a fire fuel management presentation at the recent Landscape Training workshop held Monday, March 19. Those who attended the workshop learned about a variety of topics including lighting, desert pavement, chemical applications and water management. Homeowners who completed the workshop received a $200 modification request fee credit in honor of the community’s 20th anniversary. Landscapers received a certificate of completion and are listed on DCRanch.com.

How many times have you discarded a dead plant or two into the wash or common area behind your home? The debris often blends in with the desert landscape. The concern, however, becomes compounded when you have multiple residents discarding a variety of material outside their private yards. As DC Ranch landscape crews have been working to create fire safe zones in common areas, they have discovered that many homeowners, or their contractors, are dumping a variety of construction, landscape or pool debris. This creates unsightly messes and adds fuel to potential fires. According to the DC Ranch Standards for Conduct, “Disposal of any yard waste, debris, petroleum products, fertilizers, or other potentially hazardous or toxic substances in any drainage ditch, stream, pond, lake, or any other area within the Ranch is prohibited.” Help DC Ranch keep common areas free of debris, and properly dispose of items using the city’s monthly brush removal service. For more information, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “bulk trash.”

Be mindful of snakes

The desert is alive this time of year, and so are snakes as they begin to resurface in early April looking for sources of water. Take steps to snake-proof your home by clearing out large bushes, wood piles and any waste around your yard. Snakes are hungry, thirsty and tend to hide in garages, pool equipment or under rocks. They are more active at sunrise and sundown, so keep that in mind when hiking or walking the family pet. DC Ranch Security provides assistance with snake removal. Patrol will respond to a call, remain on-site and contact the fire department for removal. If you perceive imminent danger, or have been bitten by a snake, call 911 immediately.

Time is running out


ffective January 1, new Community Center key fob guidelines were implemented for the Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers. Prior to receiving key fobs for access, all homeowners and tenants must present a photo ID and complete a Facility Usage Agreement.

Key fobs will be renewed on a two-year basis for homeowners, and per lease for tenants. Each residence in DC Ranch will be issued one complimentary key fob. Residents may

purchase two additional key fobs depending on occupancy.

Homeowners that lease their properties have the option to hand over their privileges to the community centers to their tenants. Tenants must be properly registered and must sign a Facility Usage Agreement. To ensure uninterrupted usage, current homeowners and tenants must sign the agreement and update their key fobs at Desert Camp Community Center by April 5, 2018.

Celebrate 20 years with the Ranch Association The Ranch Association’s Annual Meeting is set for Monday, April 2, be-

ginning at 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. This meeting is for all homeowners of DC Ranch. The annual event is more of a festive atmosphere, and this year there is a lot to celebrate as the community turns 20 years old! The community is very honored to have DMB Founding Partner Drew Brown as the featured guest speaker at this year's event. The event will also feature a special commemorative look back at 20 years and what's happening now at DC Ranch. Enjoy happy hour with delectable fare from Fleming's at Market Street and Market Street Kitchen. Capping off the event will be the results of the 2018 Board of Directors election. See you there!


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Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in April; some have admission and processing fees. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of activities, please see DCRanch.com, or call 480.342.7178. APRIL 2018

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SATURDAY | APRIL 7 Outdoor Flow Yoga 9 to 10 a.m. | Desert Camp (East event lawn) Garden Workshop: Growing Pumpkins 11 a.m. to noon | Community Garden at Copper Ridge School


WEDNESDAY | APRIL 11 Spotlight Speakers Series: Exploring the Masters of Jazz 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead Grapenuts: Local Wine & Food 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

THURSDAY | APRIL 12 DC Ranch Women’s Club: Boat Tour and Lunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at The Homestead


Starlight Concert Series: One of These Nights 6 to 8 p.m. | Market Street Park


20 for 20: Hiking Challenge 9 a.m. | Desert Camp Village Meet at Market Street Park


Garden Workshop: Harvesting and Seed Planting 11 a.m. to noon | Community Garden at Copper Ridge School


DC Ranch Men’s Club: Ping Factory Tour 8 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at The Homestead “Seussical The Musical, Jr.” 6:30 p.m. | The Homestead


“Seussical The Musical, Jr.” 6:30 p.m. | The Homestead

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Learn about legendary jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and more. Listen to the smooth sounds of jazz as ASU Professor of Jazz Studies, Dr. Jeffrey Libman, guides you through a discussion of the bebop revolution of the 1940s with active listening to recordings. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

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Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Please call Marc Braslow at 480.242.3317 to RVSP

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp All Levels Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 3 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Starlight Concert Series: One of These Nights Friday, April 13 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Market Street Park Join your neighbors and friends for an Eagles tribute by the classic rock cover band One of These Nights. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs, and dinner for a spring picnic under the stars! Mauna Kea will serve refreshing cool treats. Due to noise levels and safety concerns, please leave your canine friends at home.

April 13 One of These Nights—Eagles tribute May 11 Rock Lobster—80’s covers

DC Ranch residents receive a 10% discount. Plus a one-time fee of $100 for team suit, cap, t-shirt, entry fees, season end party. Tai Chi for Stress Relief Tues | 6 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp

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“Seussical The Musical, Jr.” April 26 to 28 | 6:30 p.m. and April 29 | 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to this musical featuring Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters! A delightful medley of Dr. Seuss stories will transport audiences alongside Horton the elephant as he tries to save the Whos from the evil clutches of Vlad Vladikoff.

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the teams had to identify the company name represented by each logo. It sounds easy, but not under time pressure!

New trivia night event scores big with residents


isdom + Wit trivia night in February was a hit! That evening, teams of two and four players checked in and immediately were tasked with coming up with a team name. One of the best of the night was “We thought this was speed dating!” Some teams knew each other; other residents met and connected that evening for the first time. Anticipation mounted as the teams listened to instructions from the emcee of the evening, Kira Peters from City Cable 11 fame. Then the fast-paced trivia rounds began! Teams’ knowledge of pop culture, current affairs, entertainment, and more was tested. In one round called “logo-a-go-a-go”

In honor of DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary, there was also a DC Ranch round to challenge residents’ knowledge of the community. Here is one question from the round—do you know the answer? Q: How many gallons per minute does the spring within DC Ranch produce? A: 3 gallons? 5 gallons? 15 gallons? We have a spring? Team “If You Ain’t First, You’re Last” (pictured) made up of Jill Resnick, Debbie and Jace McKeighan and Paul Ward knew the answer was 3 gallons. They also posted the highest score of the evening and won free entry into the October trivia night to defend their title, a bottle of wine and $25 gift certificates to The Vig at McDowell Mountain to celebrate.

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The “Tawkers” collected the lowest score of the evening but also won free entry to redeem themselves at the October event. After the event Brian Novota exclaimed, “Can’t wait for the next trivia night!”

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Newsworthy Residents provided input at Programs and Events Open House On March 7, residents shared ideas for activities they would like to see at DC Ranch in the future. These ideas will be drafted into a short Ranch-wide Survey to measure interest on a wider scale. Please watch for the survey to arrive by email during the last week of April. Once the survey results are reviewed, Community Council staff will be able

incorporate changes into their 2019 budget preparations, allowing new activities to begin in January 2019.

If you need to update your email address, please email communications: team@dcranchinc.com. A special thank you to the many residents who attended the Open House!

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of Appeals issued an amendment to its original opinion in the Sky Harbor NextGen flight path case. This amendment is in response to a joint request filed November 2017 from the City of Phoenix, Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement an agreement by all parties. As part of the new agreement, the FAA has devised a two-step plan. The new plan will revise some Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport flight paths following a recent District Court of Appeals decision and subsequent agreement between the City of Phoenix and the FAA. Step one of the plan will begin the process of revising westbound flight paths per the FAA’s agreement with Phoenix. In Step two, the FAA may propose other procedures based on comments and suggestions from the public regarding other routes. This could include east-

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The Community Council’s Director of Public Affairs, Chris Irish, attended a FAA workshop to put on record concerns regarding the NextGen flight paths and their impact on DC Ranch. More information and updates can be found on DCRanch.com.

The Community Council engages in public policy advocacy to provide DC Ranch with early identification of matters that may positively or negatively impact the community. The Council’s goal is to be a positive and contributing member of the Scottsdale community-at-large that supports the city’s vitality while enhancing DC Ranch’s desirability. For the most up-to-date information, visit DCRanch.com and click on News and Events.

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bound routes that impact DC Ranch. The step two process will include further public outreach opportunities in the coming months. When dates are publicized, residents will be notified and are encouraged to attend to learn more and provide feedback.

A healthy brain equals a healthy body



he DC Ranch Women’s Club gathered at Desert Camp Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 1, for a seminar to learn about the importance of brain health.

Wendy Bader, a nutrition, health and wellness expert, visited DC Ranch to discuss the importance of a healthy brain for the body’s optimal health.

“Building a brain bank is vital to reinforce connections in your brain. Every time you learn something new, it reinforces those nerve endings. Learning a new skill or activity is a great way to keep your entire body healthy and fully functioning,” said Bader.

Physical fitness plays a significant role in brain health and lack of exercise can affect the entire body including the brain—the command center of the body. “Physical activity keeps blood flowing to the brain,” said Bader. “And a healthy brain equals a healthy life.”

According to Bader, a good exercise regimen can prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. Exercise with a social component—like Zumba or cycling—also helps with anxiety and mental health issues. Being socially connected has been proven to fight depression and help build a strong immune system. A close support system of family, friends and community can do wonders for the brain. If there’s one thing people can do to jumpstart their brain, it's physical activity and exercise. “The power of consistent movement can adequately build brain health and help combat hereditary illnesses,” said Bader.

During exercise, blood pumps to the heart, then to the brain, and benefits every part of your body including: • Heart and cardiovascular system • Muscle and bones • Digestion • Your “numbers”—blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol • Brain and mental health

Nutritionist Wendy Bader speaks to the “Let food be thy medicine” is a faDC Ranch Women’s Club about brain health. mous quote by Socrates signifying that a good diet is the foundation for a healthy body and a natural way to ward off disease. An improper diet can negatively affect the brain’s functionality.

“A healthy diet decreases the likelihood that you’ll develop many chronic inflammatory diseases,” said Bader.

A plant-based lifestyle or Mediterranean diet consisting of nuts, seeds, fish, yogurt and hard cheeses is ideal to ward off disease. Viruses feed off of sugar, so limiting white sugar helps with overall health.

According to Bader, an unhealthy craving can last for an hour. To get over the craving, try to distract yourself or reach for a nutritional snack like nuts instead.

Water and sleep are also vital for the brain. Staying hydrated and well-rested aids in digestion and long-term memory. Sleep is a self-cleaning process clearing toxins from the day—eight to ten hours of sleep per night is ideal. The brain is one of the most important parts of the body so make sure you’re doing your part to keep active. Your body will thank you for it.

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his year marks the 20th Anniversary of DC Ranch and to honor this banner year, DC Ranch partnered with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona for the biggest community service project to date!

More than 130 residents volunteered to build a home for a deserving family at Habitat at the Ranch.

“Habitat is happy to help DC Ranch celebrate 20 years by building affordable housing for a family right in their own backyard,” said Dusty Parsons, Director of Marketing and Communications for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. The build took place on March 2 and 3 at The Homestead Community Center. Residents helped


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erect the frame of a house, build sheds, shelves, benches, birdhouses and other construction projects. Children, ages 8 and older, rolled up their sleeves to help build and paint birdhouses and other minor projects. PHX Architecture, Salcito Custom Homes and Cullum Homes served as underwriters on the home build and also were on hand to volunteer their time for the worthwhile cause.

“Habitat at The Ranch was the perfect opportunity for us to partner with DC Ranch because we work with Habitat for Humanity every year. We also build a lot of custom homes in DC Ranch and we enjoy being on the other side to see it from a different perspective,” said Erik Peterson, owner of PHX Architecture. “It’s a great teambuilding exercise for a good cause.” Following the build, participants took a part in a special “wall-raising” ceremony where they signed the wall frames with messages of hope.

“We came to this event to sign the wall and share the spirit of goodwill for the future homeowners,” said Notre Dame Preparatory high school student and DC Ranch resident, Trevor Johnson. When offered

a clean shirt after the build, Johnson politely declined stating that the shirt showed the fruits of his hard labor.

Volunteer leaders play an integral role in Habitat for Humanity’s success. Volunteers are typically Habitat veterans with over 20 years of service with the organization. Their hard work lowers labor costs making homes affordable.

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona serves Pinal and Maricopa counties by helping residents realize their dream of affordable home ownership.

at the Ranch “Each family is required to contribute 400 hours of sweat equity in the home. It was hard for me to get out of work to put in the hours, so as soon as my son and daughter turned 16, they started working on the house. It was a real family effort,” said previous Habitat homebuyer Julia Campos. “Going through the home build process was very emotional because we were working alongside volunteers who didn’t know us, but they cared enough to help build our home,” said Campos.

Last year, approximately 37 homes were built and revitalized for families—over 250 families in total since the program’s inception.

Residents are selected based on average median income. There are three criteria each homeowner has to meet to be eligible for the program: willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity, a need for housing, and the ability to pay back a no interest loan. Families must also volunteer 400 hours on their home. Each home takes around 16 weeks to build.

DC Ranch is proud to have a sense of community filled with residents and partners who value environmental stewardship and giving back. DC Ranch would like to acknowledge everyone who volunteered their time, efforts and resources. It will have a lasting impact for generations to come!

Planning a remodel or renovation in your home or office? Help the environment and the community with free deconstruction services from Habitat for Humanity. They will come to deconstruct items like kitchen cabinets and pick them up free of charge. The Habitat ReStores then sell them tax free in locations throughout the greater Phoenix area. HHCA’s deconstruction services is a win/win for everyone. Their services help by: • Building affordable housing • Improving communities • Revitalizing neighborhoods • Keeping waste out of landfills All sales and proceeds from donated items go to support local families in need of affordable housing. Tax donation letters are available through Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. To schedule the Habitat Deconstruction Team, call 602.739.0265 or visit habitatcaz.org/deconstruct.

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Left to right: Lori Cordova, Clare LeForce and Morgan LeForce


The UPS Store Delivers Service and Convenience



n early April, UPS will expand its presence in north Scottsdale with a 1,500 squarefoot UPS Store in DC Ranch Crossing. This will be the second location for co-owners and operators Lori Cordova and Clare LeForce, who also have a UPS Store in Troon North.

They are excited to expand their footprint along Pima Road to serve DC Ranch small business owners, seasonal residents and local customers in need of packing, shipping, freight delivery, professional printing, office supplies, notary service, passport photos, post office boxes and more.

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“After a long and rewarding career with UPS Corporate, I relocated to Arizona in 2001, where

I jumped at the opportunity to open my first UPS store,” said Cordova.

Cordova fortuitously met the LeForce family upon their relocation to Arizona, after operating their own real estate brokerage firm in California for 30 years. Still maintaining her real estate broker’s license in Arizona, Clare LeForce opened a post office box in Cordova’s store, and was intrigued by Cordova’s fun and caring approach to her service-oriented business.

“All of us bring diverse talents to this new venture. We can’t wait to see where this great ride takes us,” Clare LeForce added. According to The UPS Store’s new store manager Morgan LeForce, “I grew up in a real estate family. Over the years, I’ve realized the profound gratification derived from helping others. I truly believe that customer service is the driving force to any business, and we look forward to serving the DC Ranch community!”

As part of their grand opening celebration, The UPS Store at DC Ranch Crossing is offering two free months of post office box rental with a 12 month signed contract, offer valid April through May 30, 2018.

Book signing with local children’s author at Lush Burger

Bring the whole family out to see north Scottsdale author Hugh K. Tirrell for a book signing and reading of “I Am Arizona”—a children’s picture book highlighting the attributes of the Grand Canyon state. The book is part of Tirrell’s “I Am America” book series and is written as an interactive script to stimulate a discussion with children. Books will be available for purchase.

Family Book Signing Tuesday, April 10 | 5 to 7 p.m. Lush Burger | 18251 N Pima Rd # F120 Kids eat free on Tuesdays

National volunteer month marks successful first year for DC Ranch Gives program pril is National Volunteer Month when organizations and communities across the nation recognize their volunteers for the work they do year-round. At DC Ranch, residents and local partners will be recognized at the annual Volunteer Appreciation event held in late April.

In addition, the community’s volunteer initiative, DC Ranch Gives, marked its first official year as a fully supported Community Council program. 110 total volunteers attended DC Ranch Gives group service projects with local organizations which included: Kitchen on the Street, Feed My Starving Children, Homeward Bound, and GiGi’s Playhouse.

In addition, more than 17,000 items have been donated through DC Ranch Gives collection drives and the Volunteer Appreciation event. To learn more about upcoming DC Ranch Gives events, visit DCRanch.com.

34 volunteers participated in the first ever DC Ranch Gives group service project and bagged 1,600 “Bags of Hope” for Kitchen on the Street to help feed local hungry kids in the Valley. In addition to volunteering their time, $175 was donated from participants.

15 volunteers cooked and served 60 families at Homeward Bound’s Annual Harvest Meal. Volunteers prepared spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad.

45 volunteers prepared packages of food for hungry kids in El Salvador with Feed My Starving Children. As a group, they filled 168 boxes with nutritious MannaPacks equaling 36,288 meals.

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LISA WESTCOTT-WADEY 480.229.3455 Lisa@theWgroupAZ.com

9375 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 7272 E. Indian School Road Suite 103 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Estate Planning Probate Trust Administration Business Planning QDROS Elder Law Bankruptcy Tax Controversies

Jan Baratta

Jan Baratta: Engineering and executing the vision BY NIA HUGHES | DC RANCH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Shad M. Brown JD,LLM Former IRS Attorney

Attorney Scott Jensen, JD

Call today for a Free Consultation 480.447.7107 www.BNCJLAW.com


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Jan Baratta began her career with DC Ranch in 2001—four years after the development broke ground. Baratta knew DC Ranch was special from the very beginning. Prior to joining DC Ranch, she was a civil engineer and Project Manager in real estate development designing roads, bridges and highways. She was looking to make a shift in her career and DC Ranch represented the change she was looking for.

Baratta heard rumblings about a fantastic property coming to north Scottsdale from Vernon Swaback in the 1980’s and followed its development over the years.

“By that time in my career, I was looking for something different but within my skillset. A design position at DC Ranch seemed like a good fit,” said Baratta. An opportunity for a Design Review Manager within the DC Ranch Covenant Commission became available and Baratta submitted her resume. She was soon hired and her career with DC Ranch was off and running. She works alongside notable architects, homebuilders and homeowners

“It was exciting to integrate architecture into the pristine landscaping here at DC Ranch. It was a great fit for my engineering background. I found the land to be the real asset.” to shape the overall aesthetic of the growing community.

In 2001, the first phase of building was reaching completion and construction on Market Street was just beginning.

“It was exciting to integrate architecture into the pristine landscaping here at DC Ranch. It was a great fit for my engineering background. I found the land to be the real asset,” said Baratta. When asked what set DC Ranch apart from other communities, Baratta echoed a sentiment from former boss, and Ranch News’ March Pioneer, Charley Freericks.


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“Everything was thoughtfully planned from the design guidelines. The level of quality and execution is unlike anything I’ve seen,” said Baratta.

She also explains that one major difference is how involved the original developer, DMB Associates, has been from day one. DC Ranch is a flagship development for DMB. “The developer is highly committed to the community and the vision. The relationship between DC Ranch and DMB is a great one. In fact, a couple of the Covenant Commissioners are also residents,” said Baratta.

Baratta is just as thrilled today, as she was then, to work at DC Ranch. She’s excited to see what’s in store for the community and to watch the vison continue to take shape. Top left: Proposed drawing of the manned gate at Arcadia at Silverleaf Bottom: The gate as it looks today.

Please join us for our event to talk directly to the doctors!





HEALTHY, Beautiful TEETH and a nice confident smile make for a great first impression and do wonders for self-esteem. At North Scottsdale Dental Studio, we offer every convenience to make your visit as comfortable as it can be. Sedation dentistry and dental laser technology are among many of our advanced treatments that help alleviate dental anxiety and ensure first-class dental care.

TODD MABRY, DDS (480) 582-1358 NorthScottsdaleDentalStudio.com 8595 E BELL RD #100, SCOTTSDALE, AZ AR-0008747116-04

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Ranch Living Starlight Concert Series

We understand that your hard-earned legacy is important to you. At Quarles & Brady, we want to help you preserve your hard work for those you love. Estate Planning • Trusts • Wills • Probate Elder Law • Trust Administration • Trust & Estate Litigation • Asset Protection Planning

Todd Smith 480.455.3808 todd.smith@quarles.com 8585 E. Hartford Drive, #108 Scottsdale, Arizona 85255


Food Truck Night



Try Tennis Today $




Includes racquet to keep Four 1-hour group lessons Four ball machine passes

Little Wranglers *New clients only. Open to nonmembers. DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85255




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DC Ranch Men’s Club: Discussion Panel


One of Silverleaf’s finest residences, this custom home is perched above the 8th fairway with exceptional views, interiors, wine cellar, guest house, and more.







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Earth Day at the Conservancy



A vision for change Our custom home construction financing is the perfect foundation for building your dream home.

Rob Bland US Bank Home Mortgage 17851 N. 85th Street | Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 office: 480.538.5579 cell: 602.616.1651 robert.bland1@usbank.com NMLS #502365 Call today to learn more.

At U.S. Bank, we offer One-Time close construction loans with a variety of construction loan periods to ensure that we are providing sufficient time for you to complete the construction of your new home. To help simplify the construction financing process, there is only one closing, one set of fees and the term of the loan is for 30 years. - Interest only payments during the construction period - Down payment as low as 10% of the total acquisition costs - Construction periods up to 24 months - Financing for individuals with title held in a revocable trust - The program is available to renovate your existing home - Vacant lot financing available Apply today for the U.S. Bank, One-Time close construction loan!

Loan approval is subject to credit approval and program guidelines. Not all loan programs are available in all states for all loan amounts. Interest rates and program terms are subject to change without notice. Visit usbank.com to learn more about U.S. Bank products and services. Mortgage and Home Equity Products are offered through U.S. Bank National Association. Deposit products are offered by U.S. Bank National Association. Member FDIC. ©2017 U.S. Bank 170505c 4/17 AR-0008744013-04

The Conservancy appreciates the outpouring of energy, enthusiasm and commitment to create a new environmental paradigm. As residents, advocates and visitors to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, you are invited to participate in our Earth Day Community Service Project on Saturday, April 21. Conservancy crew leaders will train and work with small groups of volunteers on a habitat remediation or restoration project. The Conservancy will provide all the tools needed for the project. Water and snacks will also be provided for the group. Please wear sunscreen, appropriate shoes, long pants and a hat. Please bring work gloves. For more information, please call 480.998.7971. Cheers to going green! “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities Green living each year, making it the largest civic Actions impact the environment and observance in the world. The first Earth can either help or hurt the planet. Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 Pollution prevention (P2) is any million Americans from all walks of life practice that reduces, eliminates or and is widely credited with launching prevents pollution at its source. P2, the modern environmental movement. also known as “source reduction,” is The passage of the landmark Clean Air the preferred alternative to pollution Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species control and waste disposal. Reducing Act and many other groundbreaking the amount of pollution environmental laws soon followed.” produced means —Earth Day Network less waste to control, treat or dispose of. Less pollution means less hazards posed to public health and the environment. Sustainability starts at home, in your household and in your neighborhood. You can help by: • Using reusable water bottles instead of throwaways. • Automatically turning off lights when not in use. • Repairing leaky faucets and hoses. • Switching to “green” cleaners. • Replacing the weather stripping on your doors and windows. • Installing a programmable thermostat. • Replacing your light bulbs with LED lights. • Using both sides of computer paper. • Reducing your consumer footprint and saving resources by checking out books from your library.

LISSA LEE HICKMAN (480) 912-4115



This year, Earth Day will be formally celebrated on April 22, but every day is earth day.

20 for 20: Hiking Challenge at Desert Camp Village Saturday, April 14 | 9 a.m. Meet at Market Street Park Join the DC Ranch 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge! DC Ranch is offering five different hikes throughout the year that equal approximately 20 miles to commemorate the 20th year anniversary. The hikes will traverse DC Ranch’s paths and trails, including the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The third hike is taking place in April and will navigate around Desert Camp Village. In partnership with the Conservancy, this particular hike will be approximately 3.5 miles. Participants will meet at Market Street Park at 9 a.m. Please wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water for the hike. Each walk is rated easy to moderate and can last anywhere from two to three hours depending on the hike. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash and picked up after while strolling the paths and trails. The hikes will be guided. For more information, visit DCRanch.com.


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Around Scottsdale Gold Palette ArtWalk features “A Taste of Scottsdale: Eat, Drink & Art,” April 5 Great art, luscious food and lovely wine are at their best when they are paired. Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to view remarkable original artworks by renowned artists while quenching their palates with wonderful noshes and beverages. ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Run the Runway offers “plane” old fun for a great cause

This one-of-a-kind race takes flight Saturday, April 7, on the Scottsdale Airport runway. A vendor fair with fun-for-the-whole-family activities follows. Use promo code “Playworks” for a 25 percent discount. RunTheRunwayAZ.com

Cycle the Arts pedals off April 8 and 15 Hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art. Two events take place— one April 8 in Old Town Scottsdale; the other April 15 in north Scottsdale. Helmets are required. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

id you know there’s something magical in your neighborhood?

Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert April 15 Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding program. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Scottsdale Stadium hosts Night Out

Here’s a unique and fun way to spend time with friends or your significant other. “Night Out at Scottsdale Stadium” runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 20, for those 21 and older. Enjoy stadium tours, food trucks, wine and beer. Cap the evening off with a movie on the field. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool™ serves as a castle for a “once upon a time” experience that enables children to develop their imagination, grow socially and learn through play.

Reserve your child’s spot today!

Located in Market Street at DC Ranch www.LittleSunshine.com Phone: (480) 585-7000

20977 N Pima RD, Suite 140 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Can you help Scottsdale to be clean and scenic?

Don’t throttle the thrill at Arizona Bike Week, April 11-15 Attend the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest at WestWorld. Highlights include hundreds of world class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions and bike shows. Each night ends with a concert featuring big names in the rock world. AZBikeWeek

Please your palate at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 14 and 15

Expert chefs, scrumptious food creations and enthralling entertainment are all part of the mix, culminating with the Great Arizona Picnic. ScottsdaleFest.org

Celebrate the Keep Scottsdale Beautiful event Saturday, April 21, by organizing a group of friends to clean a road. Registered groups receive free trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Library hosts Italian Film Festival, April 21 and 22

Enjoy a weekend of the newest and most exciting productions of Italian cinema not yet shown in the United States. Meet the movies’ directors and participate in Q&A sessions after the films. The free showings run Saturday and Sunday in the Civic Center Library auditorium. Scottsdale Library.org

Mathnasium helps students excel in Math through individual learning plans, our own curriculum, and expert instructors. Whether for enrichment or to fill in Math ‘gaps’, we can help!

Trial Offer: $59 for a full math assessment, parent review, and two sessions HOURS: Sunday 3pm-6pm | Monday-Thursday 3pm-8pm

480-460-6677 Mathnasium of North Scottsdale Next to Safeway in Market Street at DC Ranch

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Distinctive Listings

Formal Mediterranean Estate in The Parks at Silverleaf

Formal Mediterranean Estate in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

Rural Mediterranean Estate in the Upper Canyon at Silverleaf

10225 East Journey Lane – 1360 6 Bedroom / 7.5 Bath / 8,280 Sq. Ft. – $6,275,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

19486 North 104th Street – 2203 4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath / 7,010 Sq. Ft. – $5,695,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

20842 North 102nd Street – 1420 5 Bedroom / 7 Bath / 7,693 Sq. Ft. – $4,700,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

Spanish Monterey Style Custom in Arcadia at Silverleaf

Custom Estate in DC Ranch Country Club

Italian Farmhouse Estate in Arcadia at Silverleaf

18941 North 99th Street – 3675 5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bath / 6,928 Sq. Ft. – $3,295,000 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

9290 East Thompson Peak Parkway – 493 5 Bedroom / 6.5 Bath / 7,138 Sq. Ft. – $3,295,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

18730 North 97th Place – 3601 5 Bedroom / 6.5 Bath / 6,178 Sq. Ft. – $3,195,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

Spanish Colonial Custom in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

Canyon Villa with Views in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

Dramatic Sunset and City Light Views in The Summit of Silverleaf

10143 East Diamond Rim Drive – 2109 4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath / 5,430 Sq. Ft. – $2,750,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

19459 North 101st Street – 3125 5 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath / 4,421 Sq. Ft. – $1,995,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

21312 North 113th Place – 1884 2.02 Acres / 26,390 Building Envelope – $995,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

The Silverleaf Realty team offers insight and guidance to luxury buyers and sellers in the Valley’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Contact us today to schedule a tour or to receive more information on our premium listing collection.

480.725.4608 • SilverleafRealty.com SILVERLEAF REALTY SALES AND INFORMATION CENTER Located on Market Street at DC Ranch 20789 N. Pima Road, Suite 100 • Scottsdale, AZ 85255 If your property is currently listed, this is not meant as a solicitation. Prices and property availability remain subject to change. © 2018 Silverleaf Realty

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