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Q&A with DC Ranch resident and co-founder of Scottsdale Philharmonic

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Exciting changes and a bright future! Ranch News is a not-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 Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert Terri Raimondi Catha Smith 480.585.1641 A division of Republic Media 200 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 General Manager/Advertising Cami Kaiser Office: 602.444.6899 Mobile: 602.653.6812 Creative Development Director Isaac Moya Editor Jim Williams Project Manager Nick Kostenko

DCR 2020, our strategic planning process, continues. Residents will receive a survey by email later this month to weigh in on key initiatives that were formulated during 10 resident and stakeholder feedback sessions. The strategic plan will then be drafted using survey results. We are excited to announce the launch of DC Ranch’s new website in April. It will be easier to navigate and will require only one login to access every area of the site. In order for us to create your login, please make sure your email address is updated in Resident Services, which can be accessed on, or call Monika Truax at 480.419.5313. The email address we have on file is the one we will use to create your new login. Our feature article this month showcases one of the many DC Ranch residents—painters, photographers, musicians, singers and actors—who enrich our community with their artistic passions. Country Club resident Joy Partridge is a fixture in Scottsdale’s classical music scene. As a music aficionado, Partridge is so dedicated to sharing the classics with others that she co-founded the Scottsdale Philharmonic. Now in its sixth year, the symphony orchestra is made up of professional musicians who perform classical concerts free of charge. Partridge’s story—which bridges her professional life with her passion for music—is both inspiring and motivating. Perhaps it will inspire you to try something new artistically!


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Ranch Updates

Explore leadership opportunities around the Ranch Ranch Association board seeks candidates


Board of Directors Application Timeline

andidate recruitment is underway for residents interested in advising the Ranch Association. This year, three board positions currently held by Fred Green, Stephen Koven and John Henrickson are up for re-election. These elected positions help to formulate and oversee policies governing security, maintenance, landscaping and compliance with DC Ranch Standards.

March 1

Candidate applications ask for prior committee experience or civic involvement. Board candidates must be DC Ranch homeowners in good standing, and current with fees and assessments. Applications are available online at or at The Ranch Offices on Market Street during regular business hours. Elected board members serve a two-year term.

April 2017

Deadline for Community Council Board | 5 p.m.

March 3 Deadline for Ranch Association Board | 5 p.m.

March 15 (Tentative date) Ranch Association Candidate Forum | 6 p.m. New board terms begin

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Want to ensure DC Ranch remains a premier community? If so, you may want to consider taking on a leadership role by serving on the Community Council Board of Directors. One seat is open for a three-year term starting in April; the current board member in this position is eligible for re-nomination, but interested residents may also apply. Applications are due March 1 to Community Council Executive Director Chris Irish. All applicants will be interviewed by the board’s Nominating Committee. Applications can be found on or by calling Erin May at 480.419.5326. The Community Council is responsible for visioning and facilitating initiatives that enhance residents’ quality of life, promoting the DC Ranch brand and serving as liaison to the greater-Scottsdale community.

Interested residents are invited to join in an election kick-off rally during DC Ranch Day Feb. 11 at The Homestead Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.

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Annually, Council board members approve the budget, monitor financial performance, and evaluate its executive director. The board holds six board meetings and six work sessions per year. Additional committee work is often required.

Landscape Training planned to assist with standards compliance


he DC Ranch Standards for Homes, Conduct and Landscape rolled out late last year with summary booklets mailed to owners and renters. The complete versions are also posted on The Ranch Association will offer quarterly sessions for homeowners and their landscape providers to assist with compliance. The brief training will provide an overview of the community’s landscape philosophy and maintenance guidelines, with time for Q&A included. Homeowners are encouraged to ask their landscapers to attend these free educational sessions; the first one is set for March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Topics will include plant lists, prohibited plants, pruning or shearing guidelines, tree maintenance, desert pavement, arroyos and much more. Come prepared with questions for the Landscape and Community Standards staff, who will conduct the sessions.

Jan. 16 to Feb. 28 Show some love for homeless cats and dogs by donating much needed supplies! All proceeds go to Foothills Animal Rescue, which finds adoptive homes for more than 650 dogs and cats annually. Please help us reach our goal of 200 items to support animals waiting for their forever homes. "Paw Grams" are also available for purchase in lieu of an in-kind donation. Suggested amount is $20, which will assist with lodging, feeding, and health needs. Drop off all donations at The Homestead or Desert Camp Community Centers between Monday, Jan. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 28.


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Nominate a neighbor for annual volunteer awards


very April, DC Ranch celebrates residents who are actively making a difference. Do you know a neighbor who is consistently giving back to DC Ranch or the greater community? We would like to recognize them for their service. Nominate him or her for a 2017 Volunteer Award in the following categories: Leadership, Philanthropy, Good Neighbor, Youth and Merchant. The short recommendation form can be found on; submissions are due by March 17. Nominees and recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, April 29.

Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in February; some have admission fees. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of activities, please see, or call 480.342.7178. ADULT ACTIVITIES Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Please call Gerrie Hinson at 480.585.4699 to RSVP Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Grapenuts Chocolate and Wine Pairing Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center FITNESS ACTIVITIES Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Zumba Tues and Thurs | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

Off the Ranch: Urban Farm Tour Saturday, Feb. 25 Meet at DC Ranch Community Garden 7:45 a.m., bus leaves 8:15 a.m. Tour urban farms in the Phoenix area guided by expert landscape architect Jack Gilcrest. Some farms are not open to the public, so this is a unique opportunity to learn more about farming, growing and harvesting in an urban environment. $40 per person includes tour, box lunch, and transportation. Limited spaces; reserve by Friday, Feb. 17.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES TGIF: Little Wranglers Stuffed by You Friday, Feb. 3 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center TGIF: Tween Night Cookout & Hayride at MacDonald’s Ranch Friday, Feb. 3 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Kids Corral Feb. 9 and 23 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Childsplay Theatre Presents “Interrupting Vanessa” Saturday, Feb. 25 | 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Ages 6+ | Tickets $5

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Trailblazer Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 4 | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center Food Truck Night The Maine Lobster Lady Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes Thursday, Feb. 9 | 4 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

This moving and surprisingly funny play introduces audiences to Vanessa, a young girl struggling to come to terms with the loss of her father. In a world where imaginary friends seem real, and real friends are scarce, Vanessa discovers both. A fun evening for the entire family.

Garden Hours Saturday, Feb. 11 and 25 | 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden

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Starlight Concert Series 6 to 8 p.m. | Market Street Park

DC Ranch Day Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Get ready to rock, roll, and dance during this spring’s Starlight Concert Series, with four public concerts featuring popular local bands. There will be a coffee truck onsite in February and March, and an ice cream truck in April and May for your treat purchases. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or pick up dinner on the way. Due to noise levels and safety concerns, please leave your canine friends at home.

Spotlight Speakers Series April Salomon and MIM: making music in record time Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

DC Ranch Women’s Club Coffee Talk: Anne Wilson

Feb. 10 | Groove Merchants 10-piece show band plays classics, Motown, and top 40 hits March 24 | Smashed high energy party rock music from the 90s to current pop artists April 21 | Three Horse Town country favorites, honky tonk, blues and rock May 12 | Rock Lobster flash back to the 80s sound

COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Feb. 6 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Modification Committee Tuesdays, Feb. 14 and 28 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street

Passport to Art: Joanie and Charlie Wolter

Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 10 a.m. to noon Desert Camp Community Center Gather with neighbors and enjoy an informal talk by Anne A. Wilson, a local novelist (“Hover” and “Clear to Lift”), former Navy helicopter pilot, and triathlon coach. She’ll share stories about her years flying search and rescue missions—specializing in high altitude, technical mountain rescues—and how she found her passion for writing.



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Thursday, Feb. 23 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Come for an evening of Oscar® entertainment and discussion. Play film trivia for a chance to win prizes provided by the Phoenix Film Festival including movie and popcorn passes to Harkins Theaters. The festival’s Executive Director, Jason Carney, hosts the event.

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ach spring, we gather together to celebrate what makes DC Ranch special—all of you! DC Ranch Day takes the community back to its roots with a western-theme bash designed to give neighbors, young and old, a chance to meet, socialize, eat and dance. Enjoy country dancing with lively Georgia Chrome, a delicious Tex-Mex BBQ, cornhole and lawn games for kids of all ages. To whet your appetite, the chuck wagon will be serving street tacos with red chili beef or achiote rubbed pulled chicken, plus slaw, pineapple and spicy salsas, pico de gallo, and guacamole; grilled Mexican street corn; Tejano beans with cheddar; Spanish rice; cheese quesadillas; Mexican cookies; raspberry lemonade and sweet tea.

SALSA CHALLENGE Step up to the Salsa Challenge, judged by City of Scottsdale Fire and Police Chiefs and special guest judge, Miss Scottsdale 2017 Laetitia Hua, a DC Ranch resident. Whether you like your salsa flaming hot, fruity sweet, with avocado, or some other interesting combo, compete for bragging rights and a special Salsa Challenge winner apron. You supply the salsa, Market Street’s Jalapeno Inferno will supply the chips, and everyone can sample the salsas when judging is complete. Email Lynette Whitener at

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Free admission; please RSVP by Feb. 9; limit six (6) people per household. Register on

DC Ranch Day Schedule of Events 1 p.m.

Gates open for all access driving tour

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Country Club at DC Ranch tour

4 p.m.

DC Ranch Day: Casa de Cowboys starts at The Homestead Community Center

Ranch Association Q&A and Garden Coach Tyler Storey with an agave planting table

5 p.m.

Salsa Challenge

6 p.m.

Thanks folks! Head home to your ranch if you are interested in the Salsa Challenge.

ALL ACCESS DRIVE AROUND PASS When you register for DC Ranch Day, you’ll get an All Access Drive Around Pass that makes it easy for you to drive into any gated neighborhood from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore the beautiful parks, breath-taking views, and unique architectural home styles that make our community so special. (Residents can walk into all DC Ranch neighborhoods at any time to take advantage of the 33-mile path and trail system.) DC Ranch shopping centers will also have special promotions valid for the whole weekend. Registered residents may pick up their passes at Desert Camp starting Jan. 30.

April Salomon and MIM: making music in record time like none other, allowing visitors to hear, see, and feel the powerful and uniting force of music in an entirely new way.”

The goal of the Musical Instrument Museum is to illuminate what is unique about cultures, and also what is shared and universal.


usic is a language common to us all. It is a constant source of beauty and comfort, an amplifier of human emotion in times of sorrow and celebration, and a powerful force that brings people together.

has grown to nearly 17,000 artifacts, all carefully selected based on unique craftsmanship, the maker’s reputation, an instrument’s special provenance, or its connection to a famous performer.

April Salomon, Executive Director of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will describe the evolution of the museum from an idea in 2005 to its launch in 2010, and how her personal story of serendipity intertwines with the making of this world-class institution.

MIM creates an exciting musical experience for its 300,000 annual guests, immersing them in the diversity of global cultures and musical traditions. Built at a cost of $250 million, the museum’s exhibits feature advanced wireless technology and high-resolution video screens, enabling guests to see instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original settings—performances that are often as spectacular as the objects themselves.

MIM collects, preserves and makes accessible a distinctive global collection of instruments, artifacts, costumes, and audio and video recordings from every country in the world. Starting with 10,000 objects, the collection

“The goal of the Musical Instrument Museum is to illuminate what is unique about cultures, and also what is shared and universal,” stated Bob Ulrich, MIM founder and board chair. “MIM provides an experience

MIM is ranked among the top 20 museums in the U.S. and has also been rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix three years in a row according to Trip Advisor. Joining the organization in 2007, Ms. Salomon played an integral role in the design, staffing, collection acquisition, and launch of the museum before taking the helm in May 2014. She has worked extensively in both public and private sectors, including key positions at the Smithsonian Institution, Intel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Heard Museum, Institute for Learning Innovation, and Newseum. Salomon will share how she found her life’s work at the museum and insights gained as the leader of a dynamic institution with an intentional focus on becoming “the best museum ever.”

Spotlight Speakers Series April Salomon and MIM: making music in record time Wednesday, Feb. 22 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center


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Scottsdale Philharmonic: a musical gift for the city


Ranch resident Joy Partridge may be known for many things, but for the city’s music lovers, she stands out for her role in co-founding the Scottsdale Philharmonic in 2012. After decades supporting classical music in the Valley, her ultimate gift brings free concerts to thousands of listeners annually. Now in its sixth season, the Scottsdale Philharmonic’s 2017 season includes five concerts at the 2,000 seat Scottsdale Bible Church on Shea Blvd. If you’d like a preferred seat, a $15 donation to the organization will get you one. Otherwise, it’s free to the public. We caught up with Partridge recently to hear more about her passion for music and learn some personal insights about the Scottsdale Philharmonic.

Starting an orchestra seems like a monumental undertaking! How did the idea get launched? I can’t say I was a novice in that regard—I helped found the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra in 1974 and stayed involved, as a musician and board member, for 23 years. I also sat on another symphony board for seven years. I had a good idea of what would make a symphony orchestra thrive.


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At orchestra rehearsal one day, Carl Reiter, a violinist, and I started talking about what it would take to form a new dynamic symphony that would perform the classical masters and be free to the public. The ideas started flowing, and in less than a week, we had formed the Scottsdale Philharmonic and planning was underway. We decided Carl would handle the music side and I would take care of the financial and business side. We were able to launch our first concert after only five months. It was magical.

When did you begin studying music? Music entered my life when I was 12. I followed a fellow student carrying a violin case to music class in elementary school. The teacher said if I wanted to play something, they could use a viola. That started it all. I went on to perform with ASU’s orchestra while majoring in business and history. As a nonmusic major, I wasn’t part of the A-list, though! Now I have the best of both worlds, a successful CPA firm in Scottsdale—Partridge & Associates CPA’s, PLC—and the thrilling opportunity of performing with a fantastic symphony orchestra that brings the beauty of classical music to everyone in our community.

How is the music for each concert selected? Conductor Robert Nichols, co-founder Dr. Carl Reiter, and Associate Conductor Ajay Patel select the music based on many criteria including:

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” —Victor Hugo • Does it involve most of the orchestra’s musicians? Are extra players or instruments needed? • Is the work a mainstream classical piece recognizable to concert-going audiences? • Is the work fun for the orchestra members to perform? Will audiences like it? • Is there a pleasing amount of variety in the program to pique listeners' interest? • Will there be sufficient rehearsal time available to tackle a difficult piece of music? • Have orchestra members requested musical selections they particularly enjoy playing that are appropriate for the symphony?

How often do the musicians meet to rehearse before a concert? We are extremely fortunate to have more than 90 professionally trained volunteer musicians. It is their dedication and talent that makes our symphony great. We meet weekly six weeks before each concert. Most members of the orchestra are highly educated professional musicians, but we also have people with a wide variety of backgrounds including doctors, business owners and teachers.

The concerts are free. How is the Symphony funded? I provided initial funding for the first few years. We now have a strong group of individual and corporate supporters who contribute to the $125,000 annual budget. We have 135+ volunteers who provide musical talent, administrative and operational support, and management teams serving on the

There’s something really magical about watching an orchestra perform in person. You can connect the sounds with the instruments in a much richer way, and the music surrounds and reverberates through you.

This is the sixth year for the orchestra— what do you see happening in the next five years? In the next five years, in addition to performing free concerts, we plan to expand our focus on teaching and appreciation of classical music among the younger generations. We also want to develop youth related programs and build attendance of a younger audience to enhance classical music awareness. And we look forward to increasing our partnership with the City of Scottsdale to serve our community’s cultural interests.

(From left to right) Co-founders Dr. Carl Reiter and Joy Partridge, Mayor Jim Lane, and Concertmaster Vicki Thai.

2017 Spring Concerts Sundays | 4 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) Concerts are free | $15 donation for preferred seating Scottsdale Bible Church 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Scottsdale Learn more at or call 480.951.6077.

Feb. 12 • Wagner | Overture to Tannhauser an 1845 opera that combines historical and mythological elements and explores the theme of redemption through love. • Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G Minor one of only two minor key symphonies by Mozart, who completed it, along with symphonies 39 and 41, in a six week flurry of creative activity in 1788. • Respighi | Pines of Rome a symphonic poem written in 1924, it has four movements that depict pine trees in four Roman locations at different times of the day.

March 26 • Brahms | Tragic Overture a short piece written in 1880 with a turbulent, tormented character. • Schumann | Piano Concerto in A Minor | Walter Cosand, pianist completed in 1845, it is Romantic composer Robert Schumann’s only piano concerto. • Mozart | Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183 written in 1773 when Mozart was only 17 years old, its first movement was used in the opening sequence of the film “Amadeus.”

May 21 • Offenbach | Barcarolle, Tales of Hoffman an opera completed in 1880 shortly before the composer died, tells the story of one man’s quest for unreachable love impeded by multiple villains.

Trustee Board, Executive Board and Advisory Board. It is the dedication and commitment of this entire organization that makes our mission a reality.

Classical music concerts can seem a bit intimidating. Do you have any good advice for young families or people unfamiliar with orchestral music? The Scottsdale Philharmonic is a perfect way to ease into concert going without having to make a huge upfront financial commitment. Our concerts are scheduled for Sunday afternoons, the perfect time for a family event. The dress is casual so everyone can be comfortable and just enjoy the beautiful music. The 2,000 seat auditorium at the Scottsdale Bible Church is newly renovated with stadium type seating; every seat has great visibility.

Can you share a fun fact people may not know about you? I graduated from Cortez High School in Phoenix the same year as rock star, Alice Cooper. At the time, I was a serious classical music student, and when I heard him perform, I wasn’t impressed. He was just beginning his group and didn’t have any makeup or black clothes yet. He wrote in our graduation year book that his goal was to sell a million dollar record. I never believed he would do it. Boy was I wrong! But it is interesting that two different kids from the same class would take their love of music to higher musical levels beyond themselves.

• Mendelssohn | Fingal’s Cave premiered in 1832, is a short, standalone concert overture inspired by the composer’s visit to the Hebrides archipelago off the west coast of Scotland. • Rossini | La Gazza Ladra Overture, “The Thieving Magpie” first performed in 1817, some will recall it being played, to violent effect, in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange.” • Suppe | Poet and Peasant composed in 1846, has been used frequently in soundtracks. It bears a striking similarity to the start of the folk song “I’ve Been Working on a Railroad,” which was published nearly 50 years later. • Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 completed in 1719, is one of the most familiar of the Baroque era compositions. • Bruch | Romanze for Viola and Orchestra a German Romantic piece from 1911.

Special thanks to violinist and Advisory Board member Barbara Moss for her assistance with this article.

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ne of my first assignments as the new Recreation Coordinator is to explore all of the wonderful amenities DC Ranch has to offer. What better way to do that than to step out on a sunny 72-degree December day and walk along Pioneer Path? Being a native Arizonan, hiking is one of my favorite recreational activities, so this hardly felt like work. Luckily, I was in good company since I had my new co-workers to keep me from getting lost. We strategically decided to park at Copper Ridge School so that our final destination would lead us back to our main headquarters and offices at Desert Camp Community Center.

Adventure awaits on the Pioneer Path

and one of the many reasons why I love it so much. The path and trail system is a place to see friends and neighbors whether you’re out walking your dog or taking a leisurely bike ride. There are so many great benefits to having the paved paths that make DC Ranch such a livable, connected community. As we continued walking, I couldn’t help but take in the panoramic views of the mountains, beautiful homes, tall saguaro, and accessible pathways. My coworkers pointed out the Reata Wash Trail that intersects at about the halfway mark. Nearby, we found a hulking desert Ironwood tree, which I later learned are commonly found in washes and hillside drainages in the Sonoran Desert.

Pioneer Path is only a mile and a half long. If you’re new This path happens to be quite to the community like me or popular! I was happy to run haven’t yet walked this great into a few familiar faces that path, it’s a delightful way to I had met already in my short comfortably explore your DC time at my new job including Ranch neighborhood and comone of the Zumba participants munity. I would suggest going and one of our many regulars with someone who is already at Desert Camp Community familiar with the path. My goal Center and her very lovable is to eventually conquer all of dog Sadie. I was quickly getting the paths and trails and share a strong sense of community those experiences with resi(From left) DC Ranch staff members Brad Bishop, from this walk, which is why Beth Overton, and Anjelica Giardino on one of the paths dents. It’s a wonderful asset I feel recreation is so essential to have in the community! in the 33-mile DC Ranch path and trail system.

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ROB BLAND And don’t worry. Dr. Franny isn’t going anywhere. She will continue as a Master Facilitator for the programs at DC Ranch. Her focus is to mentor the Peer Leaders who work one-onone with workshop participants.

In December, founder Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger stepped back from the helm of the organization and gifted this awardwinning and established Valley program to notMYkid, a Phoenixbased non-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of local youth and families.

“Workshops and notMYkid are dedicated to empowering kids and teens to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence,� said Kristen Polin, notMYkid Vice President of Programs. “By aligning our strengths and networks, we can reach more youth and offer a greater service to the community.�

Although Workshops closed its operations, its signature youth programs will continue to be offered at The Homestead under the leadership of notMYkid. The programs will still use the Workshops name and focus on social and emotional learning. The mission remains the same—to help build healthy foundations for youth to deal with peers and develop interpersonal relationships.

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2017 Workshops programs at The Homestead Register at Feb. 26 | Trailblazer one-day workshop (ages 9-12) Summer Programs June 11-16 | Footprints week-long workshop (ages 9-12)


June 25-30 | Trailblazer week-long workshop (ages 13-15) July 16-21 | Pathfinder week-long workshop (ages 9-12) July 23-28 | The Journey week-long workshops (ages 15-19)



very summer, hundreds of youths from DC Ranch and the greater community converge on The Homestead Community Center for a series of week-long camps hosted by Workshops for Youth and Families.




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he new Cedar Room Cigar Lounge was designed to create an environment that feels like a home away from home, right in the middle of DC Ranch. The vision of Cedar Room started by architecturally redesigning its approximately 4,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor location on Market Street, installing a state-of-the-art ventilation system that continually brings in fresh air, and employing a sophisticated smoke filtration system. The core—and the reason behind the name— is the cedar room, a beautiful sealed glass vault lined with Spanish cedar custom cabinetry, where 500 types of premium cigars are kept at a constant 70 degrees and 70 percent humidity. The cigars, all handmade, come from all over the world, with some of the best hailing from Jamaica, Honduras, The Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and other Central American locales. Patrons will find cozy leather club chairs and deep sofas in conversational groups that coordinate with the room’s upscale color palette and finishes. Traversing doors open wide to the covered outdoor patio area, with heaters in the winter and misters in the summer, and a fire pit provides visitors with a place to watch the world go by.

Cedar Room Cigars offers curated selection of fine cigars– and more Cedar Room has done the work for its customers. Cigars are all hand-picked and curated by the Cedar Room’s experts. Knowledgeable staff can help customers choose cigars that fit their tastes whether they are new to cigars or are seasoned enthusiasts. Cedar Room also offers a select group of vintage ports, fine wines, and craft beers to pair with cigars, a line of accessories for cigar aficionados, and cigar gift packs for easy shopping (think Valentine’s Day or Father’s Day). It plans to offer workshops on cigar pairings and eventually catered cigar dinners.

Patrons can buy an annual membership that lets them store their cigars in the optimal conditions of the cedar vault, available to the first 40 members. The $2,400 membership price gets credited back for purchases throughout the year. The owners of Cedar Room have been thrilled by the warm welcome of local residents, tourists, and curious shoppers stopping by to wish them well. Cedar Room believes in building a spirit of camaraderie among people who realize they can stop by and relax with friends in a comfortable location close to home.

Cedar Room Fine Cigars and Lounge is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located across from Market Street Plaza. For more information, contact 480.292.8546 or

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Sweets for your sweetheart


urprise someone you love on Valentine’s Day with these delectable treats from the Silverleaf Club’s new Pastry Chef, Jenna Leurquin. They are easy enough for a non-master chef to pull off (hint to husbands—these pack a wow factor: beautiful, delicious, and seductively rich!)

at Boise State, where she double majored in business and finance. Chef Lerquin’s golf knowledge and culinary education made her a perfect fit for Silverleaf. To top it all off, she is a certified barista and loves to design coffee and hot chocolate concoctions.

Chocolate Lava Cake Heart • 1 c. butter, plus more for molds • 8 oz. dark chocolate • 1¾ c. powdered sugar • ½ tsp. red food coloring • 4 large whole eggs • 4 large egg yolks • 1 c. flour—minus 1 tablespoon • Raspberries, for batter and garnish

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1. Combine butter and chocolate in a bowl and place over pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until completely melted.

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4. Add in the sifted flour and red food coloring and combine with whisk or spatula.

2. Add powdered sugar and combine with whisk. 3. Add eggs and yolks and combine with whisk.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center If your sweetheart loves wine and chocolate, treat them to Grapenuts this month for an exploration of how wine and chocolate complement each other. Bring a bottle of zinfandel, port, or tempranillo, along with a white, milk, caramel, dark, or salted chocolate to share.

5. Generously butter and flour the inside of two heart-shaped molds or ramekins. Fill molds half way. Place one or two raspberries in the center of each. Complete filling molds to the top. 6. Smooth top with spoon or spatula.

Silverleaf Club Pastry Chef Jenna Leurquin

7. Bake at 350°for 12 minutes.

place the hot lava cake onto the plate and garnish with a few raspberries or other berries. (Note: Cakes may be glazed with seedless raspberry jam). Yield: two cakes, depending on size of molds.

Raspberry Cappuccino 1. Decorate the rim of the glass by dipping it in water then in pink sugar. 2. Garnish the bottom of the glass with 2 T. condensed milk. Let set in fridge for 30 minutes. 3. Top the layer of condensed milk with 1½ T. raspberry purée or seedless jam. 4. Heat up and froth one cup of milk (depending on size of glass). Delicately pour into the glass. After a minute or two, the foam will be distinct from the milk. 5. Pour an espresso shot right in the center of the glass, allowing the shot to sit between the layer of milk and the layer of foam.

For presentation, melt some dark chocolate and draw an arrow on the plate. Carefully



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Air Force Lt. Col. Kristi Beckman, from the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, awards the Meritorious Service Medal to Maj. Bryan Bouchard during his promotion and retirement ceremony Dec. 30, 2016, at The Country Club at DC Ranch. Maj. Bouchard retired from the Air Force after 21 years on active duty. He is the son-in-law of club member and DC Ranch resident Cynthia Kleerup (the daughter of resident Gerrie Hinson.)

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Discovery Getaway Experience the Sonoran Desert like you never have before—a camping trip in the Preserve!

Calling all inquisitive young minds!


ring your kids for a free, fun and interactive exploration of science and nature at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Junior Citizen Science Festival on March 10, 2017. Held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, this event will introduce kids to the incredible diversity of the Sonoran Desert through the lens of citizen science.

Children will experience the McDowell Sonoran Preserve by interacting with live desert animals, using scientific tools to make discoveries, and learning how they can contribute to science. The event helps to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)education outside the boundaries of classrooms and laboratories. The festival gets kids outdoors and offers a different setting and experience. Information stations and demonstra-

tion booths offered at the festival teach kids to problem solve, learn about and appreciate the Sonoran Desert. The junior citizens always have their favorite activities: surveying birds and nests, researching frogs and snakes, and even examining animal scat. Well, what do you expect from junior scientists? Please contact Melanie at to sign up or for more information.

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The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is offering a unique adult camping experience Feb. 24-26, in McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It includes Steward-led hikes, presentations by desert experts, food, and tent camping with plenty of creature comforts provided by Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA). This 52-hour sunrise to sunset experience will take campers on a journey through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve that reaches to the top of Tom’s Thumb and along the rolling pristine trails of Granite Mountain. Spend time with other nature lovers under the stars, while learning first-hand about the Sonoran Desert and its unique flora and fauna. Learn more at

Around Scottsdale Sunday A’Fair outdoor concerts continue on the Civic Center Mall during February Listen to the Valley’s top musicians and experience an arts-and-crafts market. The free afternoon events take place from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April 2 on the Civic Center Mall. Bring a blanket and picnic basket, or buy food on-site., search “Sunday A’ fair” Lifeguard classes start Feb. 7 Are you at least 15 and looking for a great summer job? Become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Lifeguard and swim instructor certification classes start in February and run through spring. Once you’re certified, you can apply to work for the city., search “lifeguarding”

Contact Cammie Beckert at 602-757-0152 for more information.

Tombstone’s social life. Or what folks did when they weren’t gun fighting Official State Historian Marshall Trimble brings perspective to the social customs, cultural advancement and pastimes of the raucous and rowdy residents of Tombstone, the “Town Too Tough to Die.” The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Watch Hashknife Pony Express complete 200-mile journey to deliver mail The public is invited to greet more than 25 riders as they deliver the mail to U.S. Postal Service representatives near the Scottsdale’s Museum of the West’s front steps. The excitement takes place at high noon, Friday, Feb. 10. Mingle with riders and enjoy family-friendly

activities—including a hands-on “Cowboy Bootcamp” for kids— until 3 p.m.

The Parada del Sol and Trails End Festival take place Saturday, Feb. 11 The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback and weaves through downtown. The party continues at noon with several Old Town locations hosting live music, activity booths, shoot-out re-enactments and multicultural entertainment. Road closures from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the parade route and until 6 p.m. in Old Town Scottsdale for the festival. Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival runs from Jan. 27 to March 10 and features 19 concerts in north Scottsdale, including Chris Botti, Manhattan Transfer, Midori, Mavis Staples, and Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the venues.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld Feb. 16-26 Since 1955, the annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete for a chance to win. Learn about one of the largest economies of the world— Korea View two documentary screenings about Korea’s artistic and cultural history and achievements. Enjoy a Korean dessert following the program. The free presentation is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Civic Center Library.

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