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Get fit in the New Year


2018 brings plenty to celebrate in DC Ranch

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Join the “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge”

Don and Barbara Ruff help kick off DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary

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Celebrating 20 years! 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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2018 marks DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary as a community. It speaks volumes to know that the very first family to move in still lives here!

There will be a lineup of special events and activities planned to commemorate 20 years including: the "20 for 20: Hiking Challenge," a 20 tree planting initiative, and “20-year Trivia” on Facebook on the 20th of every month. To kick off the celebration, DC Ranch is going for a big bang—literally!

We will honor our cowboy heritage with an actionpacked DC Ranch Day festival on Jan. 27 on Market Street. The festivities will include a Wild West stunt show, panning for gold, vintage pictures, and plenty of food and drinks. This celebration is free and open to the public, so make sure to invite your friends and family for a day of Western fun. In this year of celebration, Ranch News is also launching a Pioneer Series. Each month will feature a resident, architect, builder, or other stakeholder who played an integral part in shaping the foundation for DC Ranch. You will be amazed by how many still engage with the community 20 years later. While everyday of living in DC Ranch is cause to celebrate, I hope you’ll join us in making the 20th anniversary year extra special. Let’s celebrate!

Living Connected DC Ranch seamlessly connects people to the beauty of both the created environment and the natural Sonoran Desert. Residents feel a sense of community, connecting with each other in friendship and common interest. It is a thoughtfully crafted community designed with unprecedented attention to detail. DC Ranch has a distinctive governance structure with ample resources that exist to ensure a legacy of an amenity-rich and active way of life. The highest standards and a convenient north Scottsdale location establish DC Ranch as a nationally desirable place to live with an exceptional quality of life and premium home values.

Christine Irish Community Council Executive Director




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Ranch Updates

Welcome new NVMs


he New Year brings about change with fresh ideas, new opportunities and goals to reach. It’s also a time to greet residents who have volunteered to serve as Neighborhood Voting Members in 2018 and to thank those that have served, many of them for multiple years, as liaisons for the Ranch Association.

DC Ranch would like to recognize: Tony Calvis, Kris James, Don Ruff, Ray Barton and Francesca Werz. These dedicated members will pass the torch to new NVMs to represent their respective neighborhoods in the ensuing year. The Ranch Association welcomes new and returning 2018 NVMs (new volunteers are listed in bold).

Desert Parks Village

Desert Camp Village

Country Club Village

Desert Haciendas | Sam Hawkins

Market Street Villas | MJ Hall

Country Club Longhorn | Frank Tranisi

The Villas | Chris Sloffer

Courtyards at Market Street | Maria McWalters

Columbia Community | Mark Shultz

Terraces West | Sarah Tablak

Village at Market Street | Edwin Swanson | Linda DeBella, Alt.

Terraces East | Ernest Milner

Monterey | Jan Caldwell | Alice Spack, Alt.

Saguaro Canyon | Ron Jones Whistling Wind | Bud Kern | Howard Sobelman, Alt. Wingspan | Vacant Acacia Court | Cindy Romano

Happy Hollow | Vacant

Veranda Place | Andrew McGraw

Villas at Desert Camp | Lucy Peterson

Cross Canyon | Sharon Devine

Crescent Park | Michele Lowe

Pioneer | Tom Grace

Tapadero | Arthur Landau, Bill Rau

Canyon Villas at Silverleaf | Vacant

Montelena | Ned Dobak

Iron Springs | Jim Sullivan

Canyon Villas | Charles Hu

The Estates | Todd Singer

Camelot 93rd Place | Bob Goebel

Craggy Spur | Vacant

The Sterling Estates | John Henrickson

Courtyards at Desert Parks | Vince Durocher

Camelot 94th Way | Bob Nathan

Silverleaf Village

Villas at Desert Park | Stuart Wolkoff Park & Manor | Chris Kirkpatrick Park & Manor | Marla Walberg | Pam Kacir, Alt.

Camelot 96th Way | Jack Daugherty Rosewood | Geoff Wilner The Haciendas | Lauren Mackin

Rob's Camp | Vacant Silverleaf Village 5.1-5.7 | Patty Green

North Arcadia | Amy Lihvarchik East Arcadia | Lauren Emig West Arcadia | Stephen Koven

Silverleaf Village 102nd St. | Sue Greenberg

Community Center Gate improvements and services key fob changes To enhance residents’ experience at our busy community enters, new key fob guidelines will be in place on Jan. 1, 2018. All homeowners and tenants will need to renew their key fobs by completing a Facility Usage Agreement at Desert Camp Community Center. Key fobs will be renewed on a two-year basis for homeowners and per lease for tenants. Each residence in DC Ranch is eligible for one complimentary key fob. Qualifying residences may purchase two additional key fobs depending on occupancy. Homeowners who lease their properties have the option to surrender their community center privileges to their tenants. Tenants must be properly registered through The Ranch Offices on Market Street and must sign a Facility Usage Agreement. To ensure uninterrupted usage, homeowners and tenants must sign the agreement to renew their key fobs at the Desert Camp Community Center front desk between Jan. 1 and April 5, 2018. After that period, all key fobs that have not been renewed will be deactivated.

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At its Jan. 8 meeting, The Ranch Association Board of Directors could vote on enforcing fines for drivers exceeding 20 mph or more over the posted limit. Ranch Association staff has spent the last 90 days testing a camera device and will present its report. Based on the Board’s decision, the camera system could go “live” thereafter. In November 2017, the Board also conditionally approved revisions to the Standards for

ll gatehouses and unmanned gates throughout DC Ranch received technology upgrades late last year. The five manned gates added new Wi-Fi equipment to improve internet speeds and ranges. The improvements now enable guards to check-in guests faster. Unmanned gates received new equipment to

broaden and improve image clarity with updated network video recorders and new license plate cameras. In November 2017, the Ranch Association switched gate maintenance providers from Park Pro to Safeguard for substantial savings and better service. In 2018, license plate cameras at all manned gates will be converted to digital operating units.

Community Council Executive Director search

The Community Council is conducting a search for a new Executive Director. Once hired, Council’s current Executive Director Chris Irish will transition to a part-time role as Director of Public Affairs. In this position, Irish will engage in public policy advocacy to provide early identification of external matters that may impact DC Ranch. The search is expected to take two to three months. Conduct that went into effect in March 2016. The provisions were published on the DC Ranch website for a 30-day member comment period. Depending upon the input received, the proposed changes could be formally accepted. Neighborhood Voting Members and residents are encouraged to attend the meeting set for 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center.

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

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Ranch Association Board of Directors 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead


Modification Committee 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | The Ranch Offices on Market Street

WEDNESDAY | JAN. 10 Grapenuts Wine Club: Wine from Down Under 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp



Kids Corral 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Desert Camp


Food Truck Night: Aioli Burger & Waffle Love 5 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


Policy Committee Meeting 7:30 to 9 a.m. | The Ranch Offices on Market Street

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TGIF Little Wranglers: Star Wars Jedi Night 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Return to the “cowboy days” at DC Ranch Day: 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 | 1 to 4 p.m. Market Street Plaza Throw on your cowboy boots and hat and mosey on down to Market Street to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of DC Ranch! Bring the whole family out for live country music by The Herndon Brothers, gold panning, fun games, and western-style entertainment. There will also be a stunt

TGIF Tween Night: Topgolf Scottsdale 6 to 9 p.m. | Meet at Desert Camp


DC Ranch Men’s Club: Barrett Jackson 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Westworld

THURSDAY | JAN. 18 DC Ranch Women’s Club: Party Food, Wine and Recipes 5 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp


Playhouse Audition Workshop 4 to 5 p.m. | The Homestead


“Seussical the Musical Jr.” Auditions Ages: 8 to 15 4 to 7 p.m. | The Homestead

Modification Committee 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street


“Seussical the Musical Jr.” Auditions Ages: 5 to 7 4 to 7 p.m. | The Homestead

Community Council Board of Directors 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp


Policy Committee Meeting 7:30 to 9 a.m. | The Ranch Offices on Market Street Mobile Assistance Workshop 9 to 10 a.m. (beginners) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (advanced) Desert Camp


DC Ranch Day 1 to 4 p.m. | Market Street

See below for more information

show and mock gunfight at 1:45 and 3 p.m. Grub on complimentary delicious bites from DC Ranch restaurants. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to attend this complimentary event. Some activities may require fees. For more information, please visit DCRanch. com.


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Audition signups begin Tuesday, Jan. 2 Audition workshop Friday, Jan. 19

4 to 5 p.m.

Audition dates

Tuesday, Jan. 23 4:30 to 7 p.m. (8 to 15 years old)

Playhouse Auditions: Seussical the Musical Jr.

Thursday, Jan. 25 4 to 4:45 p.m. (5 to 7 years old)

The Homestead

5 to 7 p.m. (8 to 15 years old)


Friday, Jan. 26 4 to 6 p.m. Only a select few of actors will be asked to return for callbacks.

Playhouse Audition Workshop The Homestead

The Homestead Playhouse’s spring production is “Seussical the Musical Jr.” Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to audition for this unique musical as Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life. 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 who doesn’t believe they exist.

Performance dates April 26-28 at 6:30 p.m.

April 29 at 3 p.m.

To sign up for auditions, please contact Lindsay Vanegas at 480.342.7178.



Men’s Club Breakfast Mondays | 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Place on Market Street 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. The Homestead Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp

Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead

Body Tone Tues and Thurs | 11 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp

TGIF Little Wranglers: Star Wars Jedi Night

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“It̕s important to remember that healthy eating is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Jamie Miller, Registered Dietician at the Village Health Club & Spa. “To establish healthy habits that will last longer than a couple of months, make gradual changes to your lifestyle instead of focusing on too many things at once.” Each week, conquer one new challenge such as drinking eight glasses of water a day or eating at least one cup of produce per meal. Small and steady changes will add up over time without resulting in burnout from too much change too quickly.

Start the New Year off right with good nutrition

Does your afternoon snack consist of chips, ice cream, or soda? These items are high in sugar which won’t get you closer to your goal. To feel satisfied, find smarter snacks to fill your cravings.

“Replace old favorites with similar items. Nosh on air-popped popcorn instead of chips, swap the ice cream for yogurt and berries, or sip on herbal tea or sparkling water instead of soda,” said Miller.

The most common misconception about healthy eating is that it’s not satisfying. By focusing on protein and produce, you will feel more fulfilled. At each meal, ensure that you have a good source of lean protein and fiber-rich produce. Preparation breeds success. Meal planning and preparing meals and snacks in advance will eliminate last minute unhealthy food choices.

“Having smart snacks packed in your bag or at work is the way to go. Plan for success by looking at nutritional information before heading to a restaurant,” said Miller. “The key is to be on the “offensive” by setting yourself up for success despite busy schedules and long days.” Consider tracking your meals, drinks and snacks for a short period of time. Tracking food intake can be tedious, but rewarding. Commit for one to two weeks with an app like My Fitness Pal. This can be a great tool to discover what balanced eating looks like and can also highlight sources of extra calories that are sneaking their way into your diet.

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he New Year typically brings with it resolutions to eat healthier. Here are some helpful nutritional tips to get you on the right track.

“Don’t think of healthy eating as ‘all or nothing.’ Seek balance with your treats. Enjoy them in moderation without the guilt, then get right back to another healthy choice,” said Miller. “This is the key for a longterm successful healthy regimen.”

If you need additional assistance, consult a nutritionist for more specific guidance centered on your lifestyle.

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ith the New Year comes a renewed hope to reach your health and fitness goals. The gyms will be packed, treadmills will be taken and weights won’t be available. Most people will eat more lettuce, drink more water and head to a gym almost every day for the first few months. But then the inevitable happens: They just stop. There are several reasons why people give up. •

They didn’t pace themselves. • They didn’t see results. • They didn’t know what to do. • They were trying to do it alone.

When it comes to fitness and health, there are some things needed to increase your odds of success: Patience, a plan, a team, and self-compassion.


Despite what you may see on "The Biggest Loser," results take time. An unfortunate truth is that the faster the results take place, the easier they are to lose. This happens quite often in the New Year as people begin extreme diet and exercise

programs. However, if you want results you should commit to a program and have a three to six month goal. This allows for real results to take shape; it just takes patience.

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Just heading to the gym and getting a good workout isn’t enough. You need strength, cardio and flexibility for the best results. You’ll also need higher intensity training as well. When looking at a program, try to find one that delivers all of those things.


You need a team because trying to get fit alone simply doesn’t work for most people. This could be a workout buddy or group to hold each other accountable, or, it could be finding a facility where the coaches get to know you and become integral to your progress.


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DC Ranch

marks 20th Anniversary with a year of celebrations


Ranch honors its 20th anniversary in 2018 with events, activities, and momentos to commemorate this milestone occasion. This year, the community will look back at just how far DC Ranch has come from its cowboy days as a working cattle ranch to one of the most exclusive and sought after communities in Scottsdale. There are plenty of amazing celebrations planned in honor of the occasion!

You may notice the newly-designed logo to honor the 20th anniversary also pictured at the top of this page. Look for it on the cover of Ranch News, on swag, and at events throughout the year.

Help DC Ranch kick off its 20th anniversary with a ramped-up DC Ranch Day—a celebration so big it’s taking over Market Street! This annual family friendly, western-themed event on Jan. 27 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Bring the whole family out for live country music by The Herndon Brothers, vintage photos, gold panning, calf-roping, a mechanical bull, and more fun family activities. Watch a Wild West stunt show and mock gunfight right before your very eyes inspired by real DC Ranch history at 1:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. In 2018, residents will see some of their favorite events enhanced with special surprises and experience exciting new events. For instance, your knowledge will be tested at Wisdom + Wit, a new trivia game debuting at The Homestead in February. Gather a team of friends for this fast-paced, Jeopardy-style game show!

years. Purchase a “family legacy box” to enclose photos and other items to remember some of your most treasured moments with the ones you love. “The time capsule allows residents to participate in a very personal way. There are children that have grown up here and, when we open it in 20 years, they can look back with their own families and enjoy those memories,” said Gabi Enriquez, Senior Manager of Events and Programs. Be on the lookout for 20th anniversary celebration tables at events, beginning in January and throughout the year, where you can order a family legacy box.



In a recent survey, residents voted the path and trail system as the #1 amenity at DC Ranch! With that in mind, some of the most exciting 20th anniversary enhancements residents can expect to see are improvements along the many paths and trails in the community.

DC Ranch is working closely with residents, merchants and the larger community to ensure a memorable 20th anniversary for years to come. A commemorative time capsule will be buried on property for the entire community to revisit in 20

“Residents love our paths and trails and how they traverse through the neighborhoods of DC Ranch,”


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As part of these upgrades, markers and wayfinders will be added to improve navigation. They will provide a safer experience for residents and their guests. These updates will be complete in fall 2018.

said Brad Bishop, Facilities and Recreation Director. “I think residents will be inspired to try new routes with more confidence once the improvements are made.”

In 2018, DC Ranch and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will partner for the “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge.” It will consist of five moderate level hikes along the paths and trails and onto the Preserve for a total 20 miles. Join your neighbors and friends for the first hike in February. For more information on the “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge,” please see page 18.


DC Ranch residents have identified Sense of Community and Relationship with the Larger Community as two important community values. DC Ranch will kick off a year of giving with the 20 Acts of Kindness program in 2018.

“Our goal with 20 Acts of Kindness is to do good deeds, both big and small. That could mean picking up your neighbor’s newspaper or volunteering with a DC Ranch Gives service project,” said Devin Haggerty, Community Engagement Coordinator. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved.

Habitat at the Ranch

In honor of its 20th anniversary, DC Ranch is about to embark on its largest service project ever. Habitat at the Ranch is a two-day build project where DC Ranch residents will help erect the frame of a house in the parking lot of The Homestead Community Center. This is the first of its kind build project in Arizona— Habitat is literally bringing its operation away from the build-site and to the Ranch so that volunteers can participate! The frame will then be transported to its permanent location and become a new family home. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, DC Ranch invites residents to roll up their sleeves and show their community spirit in a way that will last for generations to come. No prior construction experience is needed, and tasks include everything from painting to more skilled work like drilling. Habitat construction crew leaders will teach and assist residents with each job. Volunteers ages 8 and older are welcome. Habitat at the Ranch is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. Immediately following the morning build on Saturday, all participants will be treated to a special “wall-raising” for a chance to sign the wall and celebrate their hard work and dedication. Special thanks to Cullum Homes, PHX Architecture, and Salcito Custom Homes who, as long-time DC Ranch partners, are helping to underwrite the event. Together, DC Ranch will have a lasting impact on a family in need as it celebrates a milestone anniversary!

Registration opens January 1, 2018 Jan. 1 to 15 | $25* – Exclusive resident early-bird rate Jan. 16 to March 3 | $35* *All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona

Blueprints and Blue Jeans Gala Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona invites you to its annual Blueprints & Blue Jeans gala which will be hosted Saturday evening, March 3 at The Homestead.

PLANTING A LEGACY DC Ranch is committed to environmental stewardship, which goes hand in hand with the exclusive desert landscape residents have come to know and love. To honor this milestone anniversary, 20 trees will be planted throughout the common areas in the community. “We believe in sustainability. That’s one reason why DC Ranch has landscaping that’s native to the land—it conserves water which is a precious resource. Planting additional trees will help with noise pollution and a host of other environmental issues,” said Darren Shaw, DC Ranch Association Executive Director.

HONORING THE FOUNDERS The “DC Ranch Pioneer” series is an anniversary feature in Ranch News highlighting people who had a major impact on the development or history of DC Ranch. Learn about the architect who created the vision for this illustrious community and the first town manager who brought it all together.

To kick off the series, meet the first residents to move into DC Ranch, Don and Barbara Ruff, on page 12.

This fall, the Spotlight Speakers Series will host a Pioneer Panel where residents can meet the “pioneers” of DC Ranch and hear their stories first-hand.

The Ranch Association will also offer incentives. Are you working on a big or small project in your home? Every 20th modification submittal will have its fee waived to honor the 20th anniversary. Also, every 20th new resident will receive a $20 gift card in their welcome basket! Count on an exciting year in 2018—this will be one for the record books!

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DC Ranch Pioneers

The First Residents of DC Ranch



on and Barbara Ruff were DC Ranch̕s very first residents. It was fitting to sit down with them, for the first article in the “Pioneer Series” to talk about how DC Ranch has changed over the last 20 years.

“DC Ranch is one of the most successful planned communities in the country, and it has delivered on exactly what it promised,” said Don. In fact, Don keeps an old advertisement from 1997 in Scottsdale Magazine that marketed DC Ranch as the first “Connected Community” offering prewiring fiber optics

available in every home. The Ruff home was known as the first to be wired for fiber in the state of Arizona.

Before moving to DC Ranch, The Ruffs lived in McCormick Ranch and Scottsdale Ranch where non-native plants like palm, pine, and citrus trees were commonplace.

“We loved the fact that DC Ranch felt like it was here all along. It blended in to the natural desert,” said Don.

He fondly remembers moving into his home on Nov. 25, 1997, the same day as his second granddaughter was born. They were the only residents in the community for three months.

“I remember it being very scary driving in at night. It was pitch dark so we’d immediately pull into the garage and shut the door,” said Don.

Don, a retired banker, and his wife Barbara, are well-known for their service and leadership in the greater Scottsdale community. He has been actively involved with DC Ranch for 20 years and most

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“I would say the biggest difference for me is that there’s less noticeable wildlife in the neighborhood, as DC Ranch continues to develop,” said Don.

The Ruffs will celebrate 60 years of marriage this June. Barbara was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago and Don is currently her primary caretaker. He enjoys the added convenience that DC Ranch provides with nearby shopping and retail on Market Street. When asked what the most notable difference was in the last 20 years, the answer was surprising.

(Top left) The Ruff home today. (Middle) The Ruff home in 1998. (Top right) Arizona Republic circa 1997. (Bottom right) Scottsdale Magazine circa 1997. (Bottom left) Watering hole for birds and animals in the Ruff’s backyard.

They still remember picking their lot which was originally just bare dirt in the Pioneer neighborhood of Desert Camp village. They chose it because it would eventually back up to a lush common area. Barbara has an affinity for wildlife particularly birds, and she made their backyard a Certified Wildlife Habitat complete with a rock waterfall and small pond. “I can remember seeing javelina and coyotes all the time back then. Now I only see the occasional bobcat that comes by for a drink, not that I’m complaining,” laughed Don. “The community is essentially built out now with the exception of 160 or so custom homes. We’re very proud to live in DC Ranch,” said Don with a smile.

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A new collection of luxury residences debuts at ICON Silverleaf



he New Home Company and DMB Associates have announced that sales will commence in early 2018 at ICON Silverleaf. The new luxury collection of 72 contemporary condominiums lies within Silverleaf on the west side of Canyon Village commercial center.

ICON Silverleaf offers modern one-story designs— in multi-level buildings—with open floorplans of up to 3,200 square feet of living space. Residences include two to three bedrooms plus den, and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. The floor plans are view oriented with extensive outdoor living spaces and large patios. The interior design includes generous master bedrooms, baths and closets, expansive great rooms and kitchens. Each unit will be appointed with the finest luxury amenities and served by semi-



f you're looking to head off the Ranch for a more winter-like experience, make an easy trek up north to Flagstaff.

With an average of 100-plus inches of snowfall each year, Flagstaff is Arizona’s premier winter wonderland—and a quick two hour drive from north Scottsdale. The scene is also bursting with award-winning chefs, mixologists and even sommeliers. Haven’t been in a while? Here are some best bets for the perfect Northern Arizona escape in 2018.


The Little America Hotel Set amongst 500 acres of pristine Flagstaff forest and just miles from Downtown Flagstaff, The Little America Hotel has been making headlines for the past several months for more than just its location. Recently, the award-winning hotel completed a more than 14,000-square-foot interior and partial exterior renovation to update the property. flagstaff.littleamerica.com


Root Public House Chef David Smith’s reputation preceded him even before he opened Root Public House two years ago. Having already proven himself by launching the successful Criollo Latin Kitchen, Proper Meats + Provisions and Brix Wine Bar concepts in Northern Arizona—each to its own acclaim—the bar was set pretty high. Smith nailed it in every single way. Part meeting house, part


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Northern Exposure Exploring Northern Arizona in the New Year mixology bar you would see in Chicago or New York (without the pretense) and part love letter to the farm-to-table movement, Root Public House and its Southern approach to American classics is a celebration of food and people. “Root is an extension of the Flagstaff community offering carefully crafted food and drink,” said Smith. “Everything created here is made with principled intent and genuine inspiration.” rootpublichouse.com Southside Tavern Just two years old, this welcoming bar—not focused on the college crowd, in a good way—always gets rave reviews on both its food and drinks, and its style. The owners took great care in the development of the space, gutting a 1930s-era building to expose the historic space’s original brick and a pressed-copper ceiling. Por-

private elevators for added privacy and convenient access from the ICON parking garage. “DC Ranch’s Silverleaf village is one of the premiere locations in the western United States and we are so pleased that DMB selected us to carry out the vision for ICON,” said New Home Chief Marketing Officer, Joan Marcus-Colvin. “These homes are ideal for buyers looking for a luxurious, turn-key residence, surrounded by the world-class golf and architecture that defines Silverleaf.” Pre-sales will launch in early 2018 along with an on-site ICON Silverleaf sales gallery.

Pricing for the luxury residences is expected to start in the high $1 million range. A model home grand opening is anticipated for the fall of 2018. Those interested in a residence at ICON are encouraged to visit IconSilverleaf.com to join the Interest Registry and receive updates on the progress of the project. tions of old bowling alleys serve as tables and the bar. There is a relaxed back room for those looking for a quieter experience with cozy couches and dim lighting. The happy hour is also not to be missed. facebook.com/SouthSideTavernAZ FLG Terroir Wine Bar & Bistro Perched on the second story of a prominent building right on San Francisco Street in Downtown Flagstaff is one of the best wine bars in Arizona—FLG Terroir. Formerly The Wine Loft, this dark, dreamy bar specializes in small boutique wines from throughout the world in all price categories, and its list is fast approaching 500 labels by the bottle. With more than 30 wines by the glass and a great selection of bottled beers with a focus in Belgian Ales, it’s perfect for after dinner (or after date) drinks. flgterroir.com


Arizona Snowbowl Billed as Arizona’s winter playground, Arizona Snowbowl is the optimal place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the state. Snowbowl accumulates an average of 260 inches of snow each winter and is perfect for expert skiers as well as novices and children. The venue boasts fantastic private and group ski lessons too. snowbowl.com Arizona Nordic Village Not a downhill skiing star? Then opt for the Arizona Nordic Village, which offers not only cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails, but also recently expended to offer camping in yurts and cabins. arizonanordicvillage.com

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Spotlight Speakers Series: Curt Dunham

DC Ranch Gives— Gigi’s Playhouse Holiday Party

Food Truck Night

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DC Ranch and Conservancy launch anniversary “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge” BY PAUL STAKER | MCDOWELL SONORAN CONSERVANCY

s part of DC Ranch’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2018, DC Ranch will partner with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy to offer the “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge”—a series of five walks and hikes throughout DC Ranch and the adjoining McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

There are currently 33 miles of paths and trails that meander throughout the community’s neighborhoods and connect the Ranch’s many parks and community centers. The DC Ranch trail system connects with the much larger trail network of the Preserve.

This hiking challenge will expand on the long relationship between DC Ranch and the Conservancy. The Preserve, which is owned and managed by the City of Scottsdale, now encompasses more than 30,000 acres and 190 miles of trails. The walks and

hikes provided by the Conservancy and DC Ranch will feature 20 miles— to commemorate 20 years—and will be spread over five months in the spring and fall of 2018. Residents will receive a special water bottle when they sign up for the challenge. Those who complete all 20 miles by the end of the year, will receive a special “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge” anniversary hat. In addition to the recreational aspects, each walk will contain short talks during which information will be shared about the natural environment. Dogs are

welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.

The first four walks will highlight the paths and trails in each of the four DC Ranch villages: Country Club, Silverleaf, Desert Camp and Desert Parks. The final trek in December 2018 will start at the Gateway Trailhead and highlight areas in the Preserve and Silverleaf.

If you’ve never been on the paths and trails or want to learn more about them, please consider doing so for DC Ranch’s 20th Anniversary!




Meeting Point

Desert Parks Village

Feb. 3


The Homestead

Desert Camp Villages

Apr. 14


Market Street Park

Country Club/Wildflower Walk Silverleaf

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Mar. 24 Nov. 3 Dec. 1


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Desert Camp

The Homestead

Gateway Trailhead

As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy works closely with the City of Scottsdale to patrol and maintain the Preserve’s trails, and provide information to visitors to make sure they have a safe and enjoyable experience. A team of volunteer stewards educates both adults and young people about the history of the Preserve. In recent years, the Conservancy has also grown its ability to conduct scientific research. It entered into a contract with the City to make management recommendations in areas such as the restoration of degraded areas and the removal of non-native plants. For more information about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, please visit mcdowellsonoran.org. To register, please call Anjelica Giardino at 480.342.7178.

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Around Scottsdale City office closures in January Most City of Scottsdale offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in recognition of the New Year’s Day holiday and again Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash collection for New Year’s takes place one day later than normal for the week. Collection for the MLK holiday will not be affected. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “holiday collection”

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction rolls in January 13-21 Hundreds of the world’s finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators will assemble for this year’s Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction at WestWorld. Barrett-Jackson.com

Drawn to art? Visit the Celebration of Fine Art

Watch art as it’s being created. More than 100 artists set up working studios at Celebration of Fine Art, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Jan. 13 to

March 25. 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. CelebrateArt.com

Sunday A’Fair mini festivals run January 14-April 8

Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley’s top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays Jan. 14-April 8, on the Civic Center Mall. ScottsdalePerformingArts.org

Meet local authors, January 20 Talk with Arizona authors as they showcase their books and share their creative processes. This free event takes

A view of the Waste Management Phoenix Open 18th hole.

place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Civic Center Library. Books will be available for signing and sale. ScottsdaleLibrary.org

food donations will be accepted and will benefit Vista del Camino’s Pet Pantry and rescue agencies. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Fetch some fun at Paws in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Chaparral Park’s off leash area. Talk to experienced pet professionals, visit information booths, learn about dog adoptions, get great giveaways and hear a variety of entertainment. Dog

Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open sports the largest crowds on the PGA Tour. The event runs Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 at TPC Scottsdale. The 16th Hole is one of the most famous and well-known holes on the tour. During tournament week, the hole is completely transformed into a stadium with enough room to entertain 15,000 fans. WMPhoenixopen.com

Bring your favorite four-legged friend to Paws in the Park

Don’t miss the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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