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“Shrek the Musical Jr.� comes to The Homestead Playhouse


Global beauty at home on the Ranch


Ring in a healthy New Year

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Discovery Getaway: Camping with the Conservancy

Focus on the future Quality of life at the forefront of DC Ranch initiatives

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Charting a path for the 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

Happy New Year! Most of us start the New Year by making resolutions that will impact our future for the better. DC Ranch is no different. While our community has a lot to be proud of with world-class golf courses, top-of-the-line amenities, and a robust standards and maintenance program, it’s important to know what’s next. DC Ranch currently commands some of the highest home appreciation values of any community in Arizona. To maintain a superior quality of life and keep home values high, DC Ranch must invest in its future. That includes technology, infrastructure, capital projects, and lifestyle experiences. Our strategic plan initiative—DCR 2020—will prioritize what residents and stakeholders feel are the most important aspects to focus on for the next three to five years. Thank you to all the residents, DC Ranch businesses, and other stakeholders who participated in the input sessions in November and December. The project consultant is analyzing responses and compiling a list of the top suggested priorities. All residents will have another chance to weigh in on where DC Ranch is headed with an online survey to be emailed in the next month or so. A comprehensive plan to guide DC Ranch leadership will be written and shared in early summer. This year you can also look forward to the launch of a new DC Ranch website in the spring, several new events, and a new executive director of the Ranch Association.

Planning for the future is a great way to start off the New Year. I wish you and your family great success in 2017 as well!


The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in each DC Ranch resident.

The Community Council is responsible for visioning and facilitating initiatives that enhance residents’ quality of life, serve collective interests and promote the DC Ranch brand. The Council provides recreational, educational, cultural and volunteer opportunities that reflect community values; operates and programs DC Ranch amenities; creates outlets for communication; and defines DC Ranch Standards.

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Ranch Updates Resident satisfaction with DC Ranch Security ranks high


he results of the 2016 Security Satisfaction Survey show that most residents are satisfied with the community’s current security provider, Allied Universal, formerly Allied Barton. Residents were polled on satisfaction of service, professionalism, response rate, visibility of patrol vehicles and customer service. Most of the respondents say they use security to report a concern, followed by snake removal assistance and home-monitoring while out of town or on vacation. Improvements will continue to be made to increase community engagement of security staff while on patrol in neighborhoods. Patrol rounds are conducted a minimum of once per shift, or three times daily. Residents should feel welcomed by their presence from a quick hello or friendly smile. Patrol 1 and Patrol 2 service the community round-the-clock. Patrol 3—the electronic golf cart—is used to monitor paths, trails and neighborhood parks during daylight hours, and is usually more visible during the summer months. While professionalism of the staff ranked high in the survey, training on proper greetings, call-back procedures and checking identification will be on-going. Residents can assist with improving gate management by routinely updating their guest lists and submitting a photo I.D. and a verbal validation code, all of which can be completed at The survey also identified that many residents are not familiar with the variety of security services offered. A handy Quick Guide is provided in this article that outlines the various forms and Important Numbers procedures used by DC Ranch Security. Emergencies: Dial 911 Management has made some changes within Patrol:


Security Manager:

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the Security team to streamline operations and eliminate duplication of responsibilities. Evan Drew, Security Manager for the past two

2017 Neighborhood Voting Members The new year means many new residents serving our community as NVMs. New NVMs are listed in bold; all others are returning incumbents.

Desert Parks Village

Desert Camp Village

• Desert Haciendas | Sam Hawkins • The Villas | Don Maxson • Terraces West | Kumash Patel • Terraces East | Ernest Milner • Villas at Desert Park | Stuart Wolkoff • Ashton Woods Park | Chris Kirkpatrick • Ashton Woods Manor | Marla Walberg • The Estates | Vacant • Courtyards at Desert Parks | Vince Durocher

• Market Street Villas | MJ Hall • Courtyards at Market Street | Maria McWalters • Village at Market Street | Edwin Swanson • Desert Camp Villas | Lucy Peterson • Pioneer | Tom Grace | Don Ruff, alt. • Montelena | Phil Geiger • Camelot 93rd Place | Bob Goebel • Camelot 94th Way | Bob Nathan


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Quick Guide to DC Ranch Security Services Adding/Removing Guests Call the

gatehouse, visit or download the GateAccess app. Garage Door Alert Security will call

or email to close a garage door left open; after 10 p.m- email only. Grant an Authorized Person Permits

temporary access for realtors, contractors etc. Online Form Lost & Found Items are collected

nightly. Contact the Windgate Gatehouse at 480.342.9095 Packages Deliveries of most packages

may be accepted; check with the gatehouse for exceptions. Parking Exemption Form Grants up

to three days of street parking for guests. Online Form

Pets Patrol services provide com-

plimentary doggie waste bags and leashes. Photo ID Submit photo for identifi-

cation purposes at the gatehouses. Online Form Snake Removal Security will assist and

remain on-site and alert Scottsdale Fire Dept. for removal. Selling your Home Authorize realtor

for access; Security will confirm showings with the listing agent. Vacation Notification Form Security

conducts perimeter checks while residents are away. Online Form Verbal Validation Code Submit four-

digit code in lieu of photo I.D. Online Form Vehicle Transponders Submit form at; issued at West Gate. Online Form Uber/Car Service Pick-up appointments,

Security will confirm with resident. Drop-offs, Security will ask for the Verbal Validation Code or photo identification.

years, will oversee the 37-member security staff and assume several of the duties formerly shared with Director of Security Sandee Breiling, who left DC Ranch last year. The Community Standards team will handle security compliance and information technology functions. A fairly equal number of responses were received among new, medium- and long-term residents with a total of 557 responses. The 2014 survey, which was used to identify and address security and safety concerns of residents, drew 620 responses. Following the 2014 research, DC Ranch switched providers to Allied Universal and has renewed for a third year. The high level of satisfaction confirms that residents are pleased with the change. • Camelot 96th Way | John “Jack” Daugherty • Rosewood | Kris James • The Haciendas | Write-in Brian Rosener Country Club Village

• Country Club Longhorn | C. Frank Tranisi • Columbia Community | Vacant • Monterey | Write-in Jan Caldwell • Happy Hollow | Write-in Ed Parker • Cross Canyon | Sharon Devine • Tapadero | Arthur Landau | Bill Rau, alt. • Iron Rings | Jim Sullivan | Janie Specketer, alt. • Craggy Spur | Ken Danseglio

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• Rob’s Camp | Write-in Douglas Whitaker • Silverleaf Village 5.1-5.7 | Patty Green • Silverleaf Village 102nd St. | Write-in Susan B. Greenberg or Lynn Carlson • Saguaro Canyon | Vacant • Whistling Wind | Bud Kern | Howard Sobelman, alt. • Wingspan | Ray Barton • Acacia Court | Cindy Romano • Veranda Place | Tony Calvis • Crescent Park | Vacant • Canyon Villas at Silverleaf | Vacant • Canyon Villas | Charles Hu • The Sterling Estates | Larry Day • North Arcadia | Vacant • East Arcadia | Lauren Emig • West Arcadia | Francesca Werz

Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in January; some of these have admission fees. For more information and the most up-todate calendar of activities, please see, or call 480.342.7178. ADULT SOCIAL CLUBS AND 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 The Art of Blind Tasting Wednesday, Jan. 11 | 7 to 9 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

TGIF: Tweens Epic Escape Game

YOUTH ACTIVITIES Kids Corral Jan. 12 & 26 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Friday, Jan. 6 6:30 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Tweens, ages 8 to 13, will split into two groups to participate in a fun interactive adventure game. They’ll have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and escape the room they are held in before the time is up. A pizza dinner is included. $30 per person.

Shrek the Musical Jr. Audition Workshop Friday, Jan. 20 4 to 5 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Auditions Tues. Jan. 24 and Thurs. Jan. 26 | 4 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Trailblazer Breakfast 1st Saturday of each month | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Off the Ranch: Chocolate Tour Friday, Jan. 20 | 2:30 to 5 p.m. Meet on 3rd Ave., Scottsdale Stroll through the streets of downtown Scottsdale during a delicious two-mile guided walking tour that stops at seven local chocolatiers, including Chocolade van Brugge, Caketini, and Godiva. Learn fun facts about chocolate and sample truffles, cupcakes, baked goods, hot chocolate and more! $45 per person.

Garden Hours Saturday, Jan. 7 and 21 | 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden

Garden Workshop Irrigation Tips and Tricks Saturday, Jan. 21 | 10 to 11 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Wednesday, Jan. 11 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Community Council Board of Directors Thursday, Jan. 26 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center



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Coming in February DC Ranch Day–Save the Date! Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 to 6 p.m.

Food Truck Night

Gather with neighbors to celebrate what makes DC Ranch special—all of you! Enjoy country dancing with a live band, a delicious Tex-Mex BBQ, and a cornhole contest. Start working on your recipe for the Salsa Challenge. This free event at The Homestead Community Center will be a fun-filled afternoon—join us!

No time for cooking! Grab some grub on the go with two of the Valley’s favorite food trucks: Sons of BBQ–Can’t Stop Smokin’ has house smoked pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage, ribs, and more.

Thursday, Jan. 12 | 4 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

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Foodie Fusion heads to Bourbon Street for a Cajun feast with New Orleans favorites like gumbo, seafood, muffalettas, and beignets. Special drinks and live jazz music round out this trip to the Big Easy! $30 per person.

Little Wranglers, ages 4 to 7, bring Minecraft to life, building engineerdesigned projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart using tens of thousands of LEGO! Both novices and veterans of Minecraft and LEGO will find this a fun activity. A pizza dinner is included. $20 per person.

DC Ranch Women’s Club: Bits and Bites Appetizer Demo

Modification Committee Tuesdays, Jan. 10 and 24 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street

The Country Club at DC Ranch’s award-winning Executive Chef Leonard Rubin will demonstrate how to create dishes that are bold in flavor, yet uncomplicated. He’ll prepare samples of two appetizers and a mini dessert; beverages and wine included. $25/person.

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“Shrek the Musical Jr.”

comes to The Homestead Playhouse


he Homestead Playhouse kicks off its 11th year with a production of “Shrek the Musical Jr.” Based on the Dreamworks movie, this musical is a hilarious tale of magic, acceptance and perseverance as Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, with many fairytale twists and turns along the way. Young residents and friends are invited to audition for a role in this unique play. Theatre newcomers are especially encouraged to participate— here are five reasons why being in a play is great: 1. Build confidence and leadership skills 2. Hone public speaking and improvisation skills 3. Practice teamwork and collaboration 4. Explore creative outlets 5. Have a whole lot of fun! ABOUT AUDITIONS Audition signups begin Jan. 6 on An audition workshop on Jan. 20 will help actors learn how to prepare for the audition process.


Open auditions for residents and community members ages 8 and older will be held at The Homestead Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 26. Some actors will be asked to return on Friday, Jan. 27 for callbacks. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and some Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Jr. Company Auditions: New this year, performers ages 5-7 will audition on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. We will cast a small selection of younger performers to have minor roles in the production. Jr. Company members will only rehearse once per week. For more information, visit DCRanch. com or contact Arts and Education Coordinator Lindsay Vanegas at 480.538.3542.

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Godfrey was recently selected to perform in Lyrics for Life at Symphony Space in NYC. This annual event

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DC Ranch Gives Program Volunteer and donation opportunities


Ranch residents understand the importance of cultivating and maintaining quality relationships within the larger community. To provide residents with meaningful opportunities to engage with each other and give back to the broader community, the Community Council

Two opportunities will be provided in the spring and two in the fall. Transportation to the selected location and snacks will be provided, along with a DC Ranch volunteer shirt. Look for more details in upcoming issues of Ranch News and on the calendar.

to help coordinate and support the DC Ranch Gives Program and to act as an organized volunteer force to facilitate volunteer opportunities. The VAC meets monthly to support planned donation opportunities and

service projects. If you are interested in participating or have project ideas please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Devin Haggerty at or 480.538.3544.

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QUALITY DENTAL CARE, E, PERSONALIZED FOR YOUR is launching the DC Ranch Gives program. It provides one point of contact for residents, partners, stakeholders, and merchants seeking to assist those in need. The program has two primary components: Volunteer Opportunities and Donation Opportunities. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DC Ranch Gives identifies opportunities for residents to volunteer both on and off the Ranch throughout the year. Residents can volunteer at a variety of activities around the Ranch, acting as ticket takers and game/candy booth attendants at events; concession sales or cast meal planning for The Homestead Playhouse; and planting, harvesting and clean-up days at The Community Garden. Service projects will be organized that make it easy for residents to engage off-site with local nonprofits, with a preference for projects that encourage individuals and families of all ages to participate together, such as building Bags of Hope at Kitchen on the Street and serving dinner at Andre House.

DONATION OPPORTUNITIES Collection drives are another way residents can make a meaningful contribution. DC Ranch selects local agencies or nonprofit organizations with established collection drives as beneficiaries, with a goal of four drives annually. The first two drives for 2017 are Furry Friends Food Drive (dog and cat food) benefitting the Foothills Animal Rescue and a diaper/baby items drive benefitting Maggie’s Place. Two more drives will be scheduled in conjunction with existing DC Ranch events such as the Back to School Bash and Turkey Trot. VOLUNTEER ADVISORY COMMITTEE In 2016 a survey titled “4 questions-4 days to answer-4 the benefit of others!” was emailed to residents to gauge interest in volunteerism and guide the volunteer program. Thirty four percent of respondents indicated an interest in helping coordinate volunteer efforts. As a result, a Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) is now being formed

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New Year kicks off with a focus on the future



Ranch is widely known as one of the country’s premiere places to live. How did it achieve this status? With a vision: to build the finest master-planned community of its time. Today DC Ranch has a real estate value of $3.8 billion and garners a premium over nearby properties. The economic valuation of homes typically reflects the underlying quality of life those properties enable. As the community nears its 20th anniversary, residents, stakeholders, and DC Ranch leadership are embarking on a strategic planning initiative to chart the community’s course for the next three to five years. This is important for maintaining DC Ranch’s desirability and premium home values. The DCR 2020 initiative will be a road map for how to protect that value by laying the groundwork for multi-year priorities to guide future operations decisions and improvements. The goal is for DC Ranch to remain on the forefront of technology,


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services, capital projects and community life initiatives that create value for homeowners and stakeholders.

More than 100 residents participated in a series of professionally-facilitated feedback sessions at The Homestead in late November. Information gathered from the meetings will guide the development of the strategic plan, which is expected to be completed by early summer.

Developing a strategic plan takes collaboration. Since the beginning, residents have had an active role at DC Ranch. The first and most significant opportunity for resident involvement was offered through the Community Visioning Collaborative in 1999. Residents and stakeholders developed a set of DC Ranch Community Values that still guide the community today.

More than 15 years later, residents continue to play an active role in charting the community’s future. The process began with a brand management study in 2016 to assess the current reputation and perception of DC Ranch among residents, stakeholders, and the public at large. Then, a resident survey in October helped give a snapshot of the community’s evolving demographics and interests. DCR 2020 is the final phase of the project that will help the community determine where it wants to go and how.

The strategic plan launched last November with a series of 10 interactive resident focus groups, plus input from other community stakeholders. According to Douglas Griffen, founder of Advanced Strategy Center and project consultant, resident feedback is crucial to the process. He led the sessions using an innovative technological approach. He set up a mobile laptop lab at The Homestead Community Center where participants were asked to consider a series of topics including what they value at DC Ranch and what they would like the community to focus on in the future. Look for a short, Ranch-wide survey to give input on key initiatives that have surfaced. This information will guide the development of the DCR 2020 plan to identify priorities and address future challenges over the next three to five years. A final draft of the plan is expected to be completed in early summer. Residents will be notified when the plan is complete.

2016 Resident Survey summary

Number of People in Household

The DCR 2020 Strategic Plan will use the 2016 Resident Survey results to take stock of where the community stands today. It will build on this foundation to help determine where the community wants to go in the next several years and how it wants to achieve those goals.


2 people

The top three reasons residents chose to live in DC Ranch • Proximity to shopping/dining options, golf courses, etc. • Architecture of homes and buildings • Amenities (community centers, fitness centers, parks, etc.) The most important activities and amenities • Paths and trails • Fitness classes • Welcome program for new residents • Adult activities, clubs and programs • Community service opportunities

4 people

13% 57%

5 people

69% No children in the household, up from 63% in 2013 51% female 49% male

Adults Ages

timeliness and accuracy of billing and landscaping of common areas. Security management, administrative support staff and community center staff scored high marks for satisfaction.

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DC Ranch leadership appreciates the additional comments, suggestions, and feedback submitted by residents. That information has been recorded and submitted to the appropriate departments for further review and implementation.


When are seasonal residents here?

Children Ages

Many residents are particularly interested in adult-oriented events, happy hours, and culinary classes and demonstrations. The next tier of interest is for outdoor events, group community service opportunities, and children’s activities.

0-5 6-11 12-18

Residents’ satisfaction with services on the Ranch was highest for maintenance of roads and paths,

Years Lived in DC Ranch


Months in DC Ranch

75% said DC Ranch is their primary residence, up from 70% in 2013

Responses by Village

12% 2-5 years, 29% 6-10 years, 25%

17+ years, 6%


12 months

16% 55%

11-16 years, 22% Less than 2 years, 17%

1 person 3 people


The survey was distributed to more than 3,000 DC Ranch households in September, and more than 700 residents responded. The resident survey is conducted every three years. Below is a summary of the 2016 survey. Resident Interests and Satisfaction



8-11 months 4-7 months

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Country Club

17% Less than 4 months

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Marketplace The cuisine style at The Herb Box will continue to remain eclectic American, featuring local and thoughtful ingredients, with vegetables playing a major role on the plate.

The Herb Box Appoints Alex Stratta as Director of Culinary


he Herb Box welcomed a new addition to its leadership team when James Beard Award-winning and Michelinstarred Chef, Alex Stratta, assumed a newly created role as director of culinary. Stratta will oversee all culinary aspects of The Herb Box’s three restaurant locations, its catering division, and its grab-and-go market. When this very fortuitous opportunity emerged, the owner of The Herb Box, Susan Wilcox, was not looking to create a new position. Wilcox and Stratta were connected through mutual friends and she soon realized they both shared a commitment to the process of running and growing restaurants. “Alex and I had a meeting of the minds. Our passions and vision for the growth of the company perfectly aligned,” said Wilcox. The cuisine style at The Herb Box will continue to remain eclectic American, featuring local and thoughtful ingredients, with vegetables playing a major role on the plate. Stratta will ensure the menu evolves, including the introduction of seasonal menu changes that are in the same spirit as The Herb Box’s existing style.

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His initial focus is on the dinner menu, elevating the offerings so they are less casual than the lunchtime fare. Tempting new appetizers include Crispy Pork Belly Sliders, Hoisin Glazed Chicken Satay, and Spiced Herb Falafel with Sweet Onion, and entrees Harvest Herb and Veggie Risotto, Braised Short Rib with Wild Mushroom Polenta, and Ribeye Chimichurri. Hungry yet? When asked what drew him to The Herb Box, Stratta expressed, “I have spent my entire career in fine dining establishments. I’m looking forward to getting back to the basics with food, focusing on simple, delicious ingredients that are more accessible. I’m bringing the same intensity and same heart from the fine dining arena to The Herb Box.” In addition to seasonal menu changes, Stratta will be focusing on the business end of the kitchen, an area in which he has excelled throughout his career. He will develop and train the back-of-house, refine procedures, ensure consistency among the locations, and assist with the expansion of the catering division and grab-and-go market. See more at

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aetitia Hua, a 10-year resident of DC Ranch, was recently crowned Miss Scottsdale 2017. The win puts her one step closer to the Miss Arizona contest in June 2017, and then her ultimate goal—the Miss America national competition in July 2017. A recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh Law School, Laetitia defies expectations. She sees her pageant involvement as an opportunity to polish her professional skills, compete for significant scholarship funding, empower young women, and promote a global education agenda that supports multiculturalism. She stopped by The Homestead recently for a candid chat about her past and future. What was it like moving to Scottsdale from Paris? Well, I didn’t speak a word of English when I arrived at age 8—I spoke French and Mandarin. I went to school in Grayhawk in an ESL program. But I learned quickly and everyone was so nice. When my mom (Mei Lin Lee) and I moved to DC Ranch, I went to Copper Ridge School for two years and then four years at Chaparral High School. Tell us more about your platform, “Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Community Engagement.” Growing up in Paris, I was exposed to many people from diverse backgrounds, so it feels natural for me to work with community organizations to promote cultural diversity and secondary language development, especially among young people. I’m a big believer in the benefits of learning multiple languages and opening yourself to other cultures. That’s harder for Americans to do, as the distance between countries is greater. p: 480.405.6500 | 8924 E Pinnacle Peak Road #G-1, Scottsdale,AZ 85255 NE corner of Pinnacle Peak Rd & Pima Rd

How are you putting your platform into action? I volunteered with the Phoenix Sister Cities program for 10 years and recently completed a community and economic development internship there. My focus is the youth ambassador program, working to send U.S. students to Taipei, Taiwan, which is where my family came from originally. In January, I will be co-hosting a gala at Wrigley Mansion with the Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) with proceeds going to the ACEL Asian American Scholarship Fund.

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Miss America has a talent component —what is your specialty? For Miss Scottsdale, I played Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude.” I started playing piano when I was six. I’m very interested in supporting the local classical music community and encouraging young musicians. How much do you practice each day? Not enough! I practice a lot when I’m really feeling it—two or three hours— but other times I’m lucky to log in 20 minutes. Right now I’m spending more time fundraising as an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and studying for the New York state bar exam next summer. p: 480.447.3200 | f:480.447.3201 | 20645 N Pima Rd Suite K-140 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Market Street at DC Ranch

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Ringing in a healthy new year The holidays are done and, for many of us, all the rich food and socializing with family and friends helped pack on a few extra pounds. While most New Year’s resolutions are lucky to last four weeks, there are ways to make it easier to stay on track.

increase mobility and joint flexibility, and rev up your metabolism.

FITWALL: CONQUER YOUR 2017 GOALS WITH YOUR OWN BODYWEIGHT Whatever your fitness goals and aspirations for 2017, from weight loss to sport performance, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that simply training harder and longer will get the results you want. Too often, what you’ll get is burnout, boredom, and less than ideal outcomes. “The good news is that getting fit doesn’t need to be complicated or boring,� commented Fitwall’s head coach Colten Tyler. The Fitwall program emphasizes training smarter, mastering your own bodyweight and movement in a challenging 40-minute interval-style format. Bodyweight training can improve strength,

According to Tyler, “The greatest beauty of using bodyweight training is that anyone can do it without being limited by equipment availability at a gym. A quick tip for incorporating bodyweight training is by spreading out simple exercises at home or at work.� Try this combo spaced 5x throughout your day to get started: 20 push ups | 20 squats or box squats | 3 15-sec. front planks. By the end of the day you will have added 100 pushups, 100 squats and 15 plank sets. For more ideas for your bodyweight training routine, try a session at Fitwall at DC Ranch Crossing. Contact Fitwall at 480.666.8825, scottsdale@fitwallstudios. com, or visit the website at Scottsdale.



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DC RANCH VILLAGE CLUB: FUNCTIONAL INTERVAL TRAINING The latest craze in circuit training, FIT offers progressive training with weights and cardiovascular machines to build a strong metabolic foundation that tones the body and burns fat with the help of MYZONE heart rate training. MYZONE is a fitness heart rate monitoring system that provides real-time feedback on heart rate, calories and effort levels during physical activity to keep you motivated and engaged. Because FIT is oriented for people with similar fitness interests, abilities, and goals, there are two program options: FIT Foundation for beginners and FIT Integration for intermediate circuit trainers, with more challenging, body-sculpting routines. Sessions run approximately 50 minutes and are offered at all four Village Club locations across the Valley. For more information about Functional Interval Training, contact Fitness Director Aaron Maxwell by calling 480.515.4037 or emailing amaxwell@

Registering for events and classes is now easier than ever


fter reviewing feedback in the recent Resident Survey, the Community Council decided to replace its activity registration system with a platform that is more user-friendly for residents. Beginning in February, DC Ranch will use Eventbrite for all its classes, events, and activities like registering for DC Ranch Day or signing up for a fitness class.

Reserve a facility for your next gathering

Need to cancel your registration or request a refund? Just log in to your Eventbrite account and select the event you wish to cancel.

Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers are the heart of the DC Ranch community and a perfect place for residents to host their next event. DC Ranch facilities offer a wide range of rental space options that are perfect for meetings, parties and a variety of other functions. Whether the event is for 10 people or 200+, we have the space for you. For more information go to or Sharon Kirn at Sharon.kirn@dcranchinc. com or 480.342.7178.

may have already used.

4 easy steps to register

All you need to do is create your own Eventbrite account by visiting By creating an account, you will be able to keep a credit card on file for fast and convenient processing.

1. Click on the event registration link 2. Log into your Eventbrite account 3. Select how many people you want to attend 4. Input your credit card information

When DC Ranch sends out an email for a new event, simply click on the registration link and log in to your personal Eventbrite account to register.

Eventbrite is a popular and easy-to-use third party system that many residents

Or, you can register as a guest and bypass creating an account.

“Our goal is to streamline the registration process so that it is as easy as possible for residents to sign up for events and activities,” said Community Engagement Director Jona Davis. The Eventbrite system is also mobile optimized, so you can quickly register for events from your phone, tablet, or computer.

As a reminder, DC Ranch events and classes are partially subsidized through residents’ monthly assessments, and are therefore intended for residents and their guests. Events that are open to the public will be clearly noted. To start signing up for events using your Eventbrite account, visit the calendar where you will find registration links on the event listings. For questions, please contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

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Turkey Trot: 214 turkeys donated!

Arizona Golf Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Dick Hyland, Director of Golf at The Country Club at DC Ranch, who was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame on Nov. 22.

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Discovery Getaway: Camping with the Conservancy

Sonoran Silver: Celebrating the First 25 Years of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy at Brown’s Ranch

Experience the Sonoran Desert like you never have before!


he McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is offering a one-of-a-kind adult camping experience in McDowell Mountain Regional Park that includes Steward-

led hikes, presentations by desert experts, food, fun and tent camping with plenty of creature comforts provided by Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA).

Discovery Getaway

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

Feb. 24 to 26 | $1,195 per person For more information, including options to add concierge service for all supplies or a one-year membership in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Society, visit the Conservancy website at

stars while learning first-hand about the Sonoran Desert and its unique flora and fauna.

This ongoing exhibit celebrates the citizens of Scottsdale who had the vision to protect and preserve more than 30,500 acres of Sonoran desert and mountain habitat for future generations. From its humble beginnings as an advocacy group to becoming a world leader in urban land management, the Conservancy is highlighted through historic posters, unique ecosystem features, artifacts, artwork, posters, and photographs. The exhibit features information about the history of the Conservancy Steward program that blossomed from a group of 17 to the 600+ Stewards of today.

The trip includes all meals, trail snacks and water, tent, sleeping pad, private group shower/restroom facilities and shuttles to/from park and all events. The camp site is located in a private and remote section of McDowell Mountain Regional Park that feels far from the city lights! You must be 18 or older to participate.

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Around Scottsdale Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration William “Bill” Norwood will be the keynote speaker at the Scottsdale 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Henkel Corporation. Norwood was the first African-American pilot at United Airlines and is best known for his book, “Cleared for Takeoff: A Pilot’s Story of Challenges and Triumphs.” Experience music and culture at Native Trails This free outdoor festival celebrates the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. It runs from noon to 1 p.m. most Thursdays and Saturdays from Jan. 12 through March 30 on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. American Indian artisans will have

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

jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as light snacks and beverages, for sale. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series runs Jan. 14-15 The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun for all fitness levels: full and half-marathons, 5K, 10K and Kids’ Race. Known for live music and excitement, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is a relatively flat course that runs through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction rolls in Jan. 14-22 Hundreds of the world’s finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators will assemble for this year’s Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, which runs Jan. 14-22, at WestWorld. More information at

Drawn to art? Check out Celebration of Fine Art, Jan. 14-March 26 Watch art being created as more than 100 artists set up working studios from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101, Celebration presents a variety of art in all styles–from traditional to contemporary. Sunday A’Fair minifestivals begin Jan. 15 on the Civic Center Mall Free outdoor concerts by the Valley’s top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market, and fun activities for children and families from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays, Jan. 15 through April 2, on the Civic Center Mall. Enjoy food and drinks, available for purchase, docent-led sculpture tours in the park and free admission

to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Meet local authors, Jan. 21 Meet at the Civic Center Library to talk with local Arizona authors as they showcase their books and share their creative processes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Library hosts LEGO Mindstorm programs, Jan. 22-Feb. 26 Enter the exciting world of robotics as kids 10 to 18 learn to build and program LEGO robots using working motors and sensors. The program takes place at 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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