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Ranch News

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Making your yard Javelina-proof


Volunteers recognized for contributions

Cold nose, warm heart!

DC Ranch making the ‘dog days’ of summer safe for furry friends

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Food takes flight at PNPK


Pioneers: Meet Terry McDonnell

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Dog days of summer If you are a dog owner like I am, it’s probably safe to say you treat your four-legged pet almost like another member of the family.

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This month’s cover story is going to the dogs. DC Ranch recently launched a PUP (Pick Up Poop) program, which is a fun and educational way to help keep the community safe and clean for all residents and their pets. Learn more about it on page 10.

As we reach the peak of summer, we have some helpful tips on keeping your pet safe in the heat. If you like dogs and cats but aren’t able to make a long-term commitment to care for one, a local animal shelter may have the perfect solution on page 10. Also in this issue you'll find that just because it’s summer doesn’t mean the fun slows down at DC Ranch. Comedy Night at The Homestead is back by popular demand. This summer comedy series for adults brings some of the Valley’s top comedians right here to the cool indoors of The Homestead Community Center. For families, we have Dive-In Movies at the Desert Camp pool. You can find all the information you need on pages 6 and 7.

Enjoy the dog days of summer!

Jenna Kohl Community Council Executive Director




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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.

Pets can bring great companionship to adults and kids alike. They can even be good for your health! According to a study by the American Heart Association, people who own dogs are more likely to exercise, have lower blood pressure, and are less vulnerable to the physical effects of stress.

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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Ranch Updates Ranch Association officer positions and committee appointees announced


he newly-elected Ranch Association Board of Directors conducted its first regularly-scheduled meeting May 7. The first item of business was to elect officers for the term commencing May 2018 through the Annual Meeting in 2019, which is usually in early April. Incumbent

Susan Grace will serve as president, Elizabeth Kepuraitis as vice president, Mike Esparza will again serve as treasurer, Dr. Phil Geiger as secretary. Fred Green, Vince Durocher and Stephen Koven round out the Board and will serve as directors at-large. The Modification Committee Charter and appointees were also reapproved at the May meeting. The charter is voted upon annually by the Board.

Monsoon and summer landscape tips

Monsoon season officially begins in early July when heavy rains, lighting and flash flooding can occur as humidity levels rise. Many homeowners tend to overwater this time of year, thinking more is better in the triple-digit heat, but the extra humid weather actually means homeowners can water less frequently. Reduce turf watering from every other day to every three days. Drip systems, used to water desert-friendly plants, can extend to every seven to ten days in between watering. Pots and annual blooms should be saturated daily. Do not allow water to collect; keep


gutters and drains clear and remove standing water from saucers as these can be breeding grounds for mosquitos. DC Ranch Landscape crews will stay atop of storm cleanup, clearing paths and trails, and removing downed trees in common area and streetscapes where the Ranch Association is responsible. There are two wet crossings that should be avoided during monsoons where water crosses the road carrying with it rock and debris. They are located at Gilded Perch and 102nd Street, and between Siesta Lane and Clubhouse Drive, both in the Silverleaf Village.

Javelina proof your yard

esidents share the desert with many species of amazing wildlife, but the omnivorous javelina can be a pest by ravaging gardens, plants and flowers. Many times, they dig up plants for no apparent reason and they tend to forage on whatever is available. If you’re tired of replanting your beautiful blooms and cleaning up the mess left behind, try picking a javelina-resistant plant species. The DC Ranch Community Standards team has assembled a list of DC Ranch permitted plants that javelina are less likely to eat, however the only true guarantee is through an approved wall or fence. Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street for additional information at 480.513.1500. Landscape and maintenance crews are hard at work this summer. Exterior wood trim and shutters, garage doors and front courtyard iron fencing will be getting a fresh coat of paint in Market Street Villas. Trees are being replaced in various neighborhoods including Arcadia at Silverleaf, Camelot, the Haciendas, Desert Haciendas, The Estates, Horseshoe Canyon, Park and Manor, Terrace Homes East, and in parks and streetscape areas off of Windgate Pass. New irrigation controllers are being installed in park and common areas

of Horseshoe Canyon and in the Haciendas. Turf reduction and irrigation system improvements are also planned for Market Street Villas while the irrigation system in the main park of Park and Manor will be redesigned and sod areas improved. Additional landscape improvements are also scheduled for Ethel’s Garden, in Terrace Homes West, and in Rosewood. Crews will continue to monitor for any monsoon damage as the season kicks in the first week of July.

Lazy, hazy days of summer are busy for DC Ranch

would you rate the security services provided at DC Ranch? Look for an email survey later this 2018 Security Survey How summer that will help gauge resident opinion to let us know what’s working, and what can be improved.

This data will also assist with the security services contract which will be competitively bid this fall. But you don’t need to wait for the survey, email Communitysafety@dcranchinc.com, to let us know your thoughts. On October 24, residents are encouraged to attend a Safety and Security Forum that will include DC Ranch’s current safety partners Allied Universal and Safeguard (the gate maintenance provider). The program will also include a special presentation on home safety tips from Scottsdale Police Community Engagement Officer Jason Glenn. Look for more information and details in the coming months.


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






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The DC Ranch Women’s Club invites you to join them for the following summer events: Thursdays | 5 to 7 p.m. June 14 | Happy Hour at All American Modern Sports Grill June 28 | Bourbon Tasting at All American Modern Sports Grill July 12 | Happy Hour at Market Street Kitchen


JULY 2018

JUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Dive-In Movie: “Coco” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Bourbon Tasting The Women’s Club is hosting a private, facilitated whiskey tasting at All American Modern Sports Grill. Participants will taste three carefully selected bourbons from Kentucky-based Willett Distillery featuring Rowan’s Creek, Noah’s Mill and Pot Still. Small bites are also included. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, make new friends and experience fine whiskey. The cost is $40 per person and includes the tasting, small bites and gratuity. There are only 20 spots available. For more information, please visit DCRanch.com or call 480.585.1641.


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

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Comedy Night at The Homestead: Eric O’ Shea 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Homestead

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ranch Offices on Market Street


DC Ranch Women’s Club: Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. All American Modern Sports Grill


Dive-In Movie: “Paddington 2” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

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DC Ranch Men’s Club 6 to 8 p.m. | Cedar Room Fine Cigars

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Dive-In Movies Friday nights | 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Desert Camp Pool Free

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What better way to spend a summer night than poolside at an outdoor movie? Bring food, beach towels, pool toys, and summer spirit to add to the fun! Light snacks provided. June 1 | “Coco” June 15 | “Paddington 2”

DC Ranch Women’s Club: Bourbon Tasting 5 to 7 p.m. All American Modern Sports Grill


TUESDAY, JULY 10 Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ranch Offices on Market Street Cooking Class: Taste of Summer 5:30 p.m. | The Homestead

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Comedy Night at The Homestead Doors open: 6:30; Event starts: 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center $20 per person. Open to DC Ranch residents and their guests; limit four tickets per household. Light snacks and beverages included.

(Above, from left to right) Eric O'Shea, Cory McCloskey, Ron Morey and Mark Cordes Betty White, Seth MacFarlane, and Ted Danson.

Cory McCloskey and Ron Morey Saturday, July 14

Some of the Valley's funniest stand-up comedians are bringing their hilarious performances direct to The Homestead for a refreshingly cool and convenient summer comedy series.

Ron's energetic performance earned him a nomination to the list of the top five comics in the country by The Entertainment Business Journal. His show includes characters, music and impressions, and it keeps people laughing from coast to coast. Cory McCloskey will MC this fun event.

Eric O’Shea | Saturday, June 9

Mark Cordes | Saturday, Aug. 11

Must be 21 or older Register on DCRanch.com

Known for his “Songs for Commercials” bit, Eric O’Shea has made a name for himself with more than 4 million fans on YouTube. He’s performed his “Commercials” at the Creative Emmy Awards and collaborated with Carol Burnett,


Affectionately called the Spouse Whisperer, Cordes has been performing in comedy clubs, corporate events and charitable venues for more than 30 years.


Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 3 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Comedy Night at The Homestead: Cory McCloskey and Ron Morey 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Yoga Basics Flow Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp

DC Ranch Women’s Club: Happy Hour 5 to 7 p.m. | Market Street Kitchen


Budget & Finance Committee Meeting 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ranch Offices on Market Street


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


Community Council Board of Directors Meeting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


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

AquaSafe Swim Team Mon and Wed | April 30 to July 25 6 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool Please call 480.538.3585 to register.

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DC Ranch Book Club Every fourth Wed | 7 p.m. Desert Camp Email pzfitzgerald@comcast.net Cooking Class: Taste of Summer July 10 | 5:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 21+ $30 per person Experience fine food and drink with this fun, hands-on cooking class that focuses on seasonal foods. Participants will prepare a delicious, health-conscious meal while learning different cooking techniques. The program includes a demonstration and discussion by the Chef Instructor. Once the menu is complete, participants will sit down together to enjoy the meal with specially selected wines and beverages. Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “The Pied Piper” June 18 to 22 | Noon to 4:30 p.m. Ages 6 and older $100 residents; $200 nonresidents Children will have the opportunity to perform in this production complete with exciting costumes and dramatic stage sets full of heroic adventures in this original adaptation of the classic children’s tale. For more information, please call Lindsay Vanegas at 480.538.3542.

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t DC Ranch’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in April, four residents and a DC Ranch business were recognized for their volunteerism and service to neighbors and the community.


Tom Headley received the Leadership Award for his service on both the Community Council and Ranch Association Board of Directors. His many noteworthy achievements throughout his tenure include reviewing and revising Ranch Association policies, helping establish a policy committee, and providing guidance on the DCR2020 Strategic Plan.


Sheryl Lowenhar received the Good Neighbor Award for spearheading the effort to grow the sport of Pickleball for her neighbors in DC Ranch. She worked with DC Ranch staff to establish drop-in times to encourage residents to play Pickleball at Desert Camp Community Center together.


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Much Appreciated! Volunteers acknowledged for their contributions to the community

Foundation for Children. For the past two years, 12-year-old Prutting has hosted the annual Zachary’s Zebra Fun Fest in the Desert Hacienda’s park. He helps plan and promote this carnival-like event that has become an annual tradition for neighbors and friends, with all of the funds going to charity.

MERCHANT AWARD Her passion and enthusiasm have inspired residents to try the sport and become regular participants and friends.


Paul Staker received the Philanthropy Award for his significant contribution as Interim Executive Director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and for collaborating on DC Ranch’s 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge. Not only has he volunteered to help route and lead the community hikes, but he also educates and spreads awareness about protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


Zachary Prutting received the Youth Award for raising more than $20,000 for Arizona Cancer

AZ Smiles Dental received the Merchant Award for its continued support and involvement in DC Ranch events. The team participated in DC Ranch Day and Habitat at the Ranch. In the past, AZ Smiles Dental has sponsored the playbill for The Homestead Playhouse and it also contributes items to the New Resident Welcome program.

Newsworthy Path and Trail lovers get ready for upgrades As part of DC Ranch’s 20th Anniversary celebration, the Community Council is making significant path and trail improvements. Survey work, which is currently underway, will result in improved way-finding measures, documentation of routes with mileage, installation of emergency markers and identification of areas for future trail expansion. Work set to begin in early 2019.

DC Ranch breaks sales record

Did you hear that DC Ranch broke the record for the highest individual home sale in the Valley in March? Well, it happened again with an $18.8 milliondollar sale now on the books. All this attention begs one to stop and wonder … why is DC Ranch more desirable than other Scottsdale communities? While you may have a favorite reason, here are the most popular reasons:

• DC Ranch has a fabulous location. It’s in the heart of what makes Scottsdale special—fine dining, world class events such as the WM Phoenix Open and Barrett Jackson, and a plethora of hiking opportunities right in your own backyard. DC Ranch’s proximity to the 101 freeway allows residents to head in any direction within minutes. • DC Ranch has a wide-range of housing options. From apartment living that appeals to young professionals, to empty nesters wanting to downsize into a condominium within walking distance of dining and shopping, to families who desire front porches for visiting with neighbors or living near their child’s school. There are homes surrounding lush golf courses as well as massive estate homes—all can be found within the boundaries of DC Ranch.

• Life in DC Ranch is interesting and enjoyable. Its unique governance structure provides for the Community Council to foster connectivity between residents by hosting events, activities and programs where shared interests and friendships grow. • DC Ranch was designed to stand the test of time. The community has remained relevant throughout its 20-year history. It is well maintained, financially stable, and committed to quality. It supports the delicate synergy between residential living and its natural desert environment.

School Supply Drive benefitting United Way

Help children get prepared for a bright school year with new school supplies. Last year, residents donated more than 600 school supplies for the drive. This year, the goal is to collect 1,000 items. All donations will benefit Valley of the Sun United Way which assists students attending Title I schools in the Phoenix Metro area. Donations can be dropped off during business hours to Desert Camp Community Center and The Homestead Community Center from July 2 to Aug. 3. Monetary donations are accepted; checks must be made out to Valley of the Sun United Way. Tax receipts available. For more information, call Devin Haggerty at 480.538.3544.

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Ready for their close up!

When you take the DC Ranch PUP Pledge, you can upload a photo of your dog to share with the community.

Take the PUP pledge

DC Ranch PUP program launches with new doggy swag


he DC Ranch PUP (Pick Up Poop) program was started to target cleaning up dog waste. Residents who take the PUP Pledge are rewarded with DC Ranch-branded PUP gear including a dog bandana, bag dispenser and leash to identify them as responsible pet owners that clean up after their pet and keep them leashed when at large. The PUP Pledge can be accessed online at DCRanch.com and PUP gear can be picked up at either Desert Camp Community Center or The Ranch Offices on Market Street.

DC Ranch also hosted “Yappy Hours” to launch the initiative. Neighbors and their pets were invited to enjoy treats and sweets while they learned about the program. Make sure your pet is stylish in their DC Ranch gear and take the PUP Pledge today!

Local animal shelter offers residents a chance to foster pets


Spring and summer months are typically referred to as “kitten season” because of the vast number of homeless kittens arriving at Valley shelters. Many of those felines are too small to be put up for adoption and require a temporary home where they can remain until they're big enough for spay or neuter surgery.

While the kittens are growing, their foster family is responsible for providing socialization, cuddling and TLC. Foothills Animal Rescue provides medical care (vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery) and


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(Left) Tangerine is a former foster kitten who has since found a loving home. (Right) Fostering is a family affair for the Verhamme’s of Scottsdale.


f your family has been looking for a way to help out in the community, consider becoming a volunteer foster family for Foothills Animal Rescue. The nonprofit agency is seeking foster families to provide temporary care for homeless pets.


whenever possible, the agency also sends foster families home with supplies such as pet food. Fostering is a great activity for the entire family. Just ask Foothills Animal Rescue foster, Ginny Verhamme. Ginny and her family have fostered more than 50 dogs for Foothills over the past few years. “We love animals, so fostering made perfect sense. It also helps our children learn from a young age why it is so important to be involved in community service,” said Verhamme.

While kitten fosters may be the most immediate need, Foothills Animal Rescue is looking for fosters for a variety of pets. This could include adult dogs and cats that are recovering from an illness, or pets that need temporary homes until space becomes available at the shelter.

Many potential foster families fear that it will be too difficult to surrender their foster pet back to the shelter. Verhamme offers a bit of advice, “Although it is hard to let each foster pet go back to the shelter, it is comforting to know they are going to good homes. The love and joy that each animal uniquely provides is incredible.” To become a foster family for Foothills Animal Rescue, simply complete a volunteer application online at foothillsanimal.org. From there you'll attend an orientation and learn the next steps.

If you are unable to foster but still want to help, consider purchasing an item or two off of the Wish List that Foothills Animal Rescue has through Amazon. The Wish List is also available at foothillsanimal.org and contains items that can be used by foster families when caring for Foothills̕ pets.

(Left to right and down) KarmaBella (Chuckie Stockett), Chewy (Mary Beth Mindlin), Remington and Stella (Jenny Johnson), Wrigley (Kelly Wright), Maddie (Merle Klebanoff) and Allie (Robyn Linker).

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Keep your pets safe in the heat


alley of the Sun temperatures are heating up and, while summer is a fun time for the entire family, don’t forget to keep your four-legged friends out of harm’s way.

Hyperthermia is a rising elevation in body temperatures above the normal range and dogs are equally at risk as humans. Pets need extra care in the hot summer months due to their fur coats. The Arizona Humane Society receives 40 to 50 calls per day for rescue services and suspected animal cruelty. Nearly half of these calls are related to heat.

Make sure your best friend stays cool with the following summer safety tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): • • • • •

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Visit the veterinarian to get tested for heartworm Never leave your pet in a hot parked car Avoid direct contact with hot pavement Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool Give your pet plenty of fresh, clean, cool water throughout the day Make sure your pet has a shady spot to escape the sun Know the symptoms of overheating which include heavy breathing, drooling, increased heart rate and even collapse Never use fireworks around pets Trim long-haired dogs; but don’t shave them as the coat is a layer of protection Be mindful when hiking with your dog. Bring canine-friendly snacks, plenty of water and a bowl Don't assume a tree or bush provides enough shade, or that a metal bowl left in the sun will hold a day’s worth of water. Do keep your dog inside as much as possible during the day. Too much time outdoors can lead to everything from sunburn to dehydration, if not heat exhaustion.

Your pet will be around to love you for years to come with the help of these simple tips.

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Food takes flight at new hotspot

New north Scottsdale restaurant PNPK is flying high. BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ


he venue, named in homage to nearby Pinnacle Peak Mountain, is now open on the Southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Pinnacle Peak and focused on offering flights of nearly everything. “The menu is meant to offer a little something for everyone—and we encourage sharing,” said owner Kellie Pruitt.

A stand-out on the menu is the option to mix and match more than a dozen craft sliders, each available on brioche bread, gluten-free bread or in lettuce wraps. Just some of the mouth-watering munchies include a short rib French dip, bangers + mash with Schreiner’s locally made sausage and garlic mashed potatoes, and a crispy hot fried chicken with a house made spicy aioli sauce. PNPK also offers a full bruschetta flight menu, where guests can choose any three options from a list of 11 choices that run the gamut from garlic hummus with cucumber and tomatoes to sautéed mushrooms with melted brie to smoked salmon with herbed goat cheese, red onion and capers. During happy hour, you can order the bruschetta —or mix and match it—for just $3 each. But PNPK doesn’t stop there.

There are also a bevy of salads, side dishes, charcuterie and signature entrees available. During happy hour, many of their shareable plates are offered at just $6.


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“On the drink side, we kept the idea of flights in mind, developing both craft beer and wine flights—and yes, we even have a bubbles flight,” said Pruitt. Happy hour deals include wine flights and craft beer flights from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

“My husband and I loved Rock & Vine Bar & Grill, which back in the day was tucked into a cozy enclave in La Mirada shopping center in north Scottsdale. When I heard the owners wanted to sell in 2014, I just went for it,” said Pruitt.

In July 2016, Pruitt’s daughter Harleigh passed away unexpectedly at just 17 years-old. Understandably this took her away from the day-today duties of running a restaurant. “Earlier this year, I knew I either needed to close or do something new, in part to throw myself into something creative to help myself heal,” said Pruitt. “PNPK has been transformational for me.”

PNPK is more than 2,600-squarefeet, has a dog-friendly patio, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


states at DC Ranch resident Tanaha Hairston is a successful business owner and consultant. Hairston holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering as well as an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Management. But her journey to higher education and entrepreneurship wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.

After marriage at a young age, she obtained her MBA while raising young children and facing a new transition—life as a single parent. This was not an easy task; the college admission requirements were stringent and there were many obstacles, but she never gave up. She’s traveled the world a few times over to destinations such as London, Budapest, Ireland, Austria and Italy. But, she credits her international MBA with broadening her horizons about the world at large.

“It was amazing how the global MBA program unlocked my awareness of how people live around the globe, so different—yet also so similar. I have such an enlightened mind and spirit now—and I’m truly thankful,” commented Tanaha. After obtaining her MBA, and while the children were adjusting to living in dual households, she launched her first business, Derivations Skin Care, from her home. This turning point in her life was driven by her desire to re-enter the business world while enjoying as much time as possible with her children.

Tanaha sold Derivations Skin Care and started a second business, Blended Pure, a natural haircare product line for women with curly hair—all through online sales and while working from home between countless commitments with the kids. However, it’s her newest role as a business consultant that she’s really passionate about—because she’s helping business owners to optimize their positive contribution to society while growing their top and bottom lines through exciting new technologies. It’s the perfect combination of her computer engineering background and business training. “I love adding value to businesses through consulting on new product development, analyzing data, enhancing their digital interface, driving digital ads and leveraging technology to increase reach, growth and impact.“

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The fourth of July will mark the 20th anniversary of the day Terry McDonnell moved to DC Ranch—and he is as grateful to live in the community today as he was back in 1998.

As the owner and publisher of Business Real Estate Weekly, or BREW, a newsletter that covers business and real estate activity in Arizona, McDonnell could have chosen to live anywhere in the Valley. “I was familiar with DMB Associates and their standards of excellence and DC Ranch seemed like a natural fit for me at the time. In addition to the Camelot home that I have owned for 20 years, I have invested in five other residences in DC Ranch, including a custom home in Arcadia at Silverleaf,” said McDonnell.

Terry McDonnell people in all stages of life, from traditional single family homes to condos. There are also amazing path and trail systems for active families. He picked a barren plot of land when there were no models, designs or elevations to choose from. He had faith in DMB’s vision.

According to McDonnell, DC Ranch has something to offer

The Chicago native initially moved to Arizona in the early 1970’s and made his home in Scottsdale. The city has grown leaps and bounds since that time—and so has DC Ranch. McDonnell feels grateful to have raised his son Connor, who will be 12 this month, in the safety and security of the community. “I grew up in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park where we’d have these fun block parties. The way that DC Ranch is designed with the grass parks, it reminds me of being back home in Oak Park,” said McDonnell.

“My son can play outside and ride his bike and feel completely safe. It gives me such peace of mind to have that security. Where can I go that’s better?” he said.

Similar to previous Pioneers, McDonnell has served the community in different capacities over the years. He was on the original committee that helped write the community’s mission statement. Nearly 20 years ago, a team DC Ranch Mission Statement: of eight residents gathered to discuss why Architectural integrity and they wanted to live in DC Ranch and what design, maintenance of roads they deemed important for the community. and security, and developing a sense of connectedness The mission statement still represents among residents are integral what DC Ranch stands for today. components of the DC Ranch experience. And though these three operational areas are certainly interconnected, they are distinct services that require a range of expertise. As a result, three governance entities oversee the delivery of the three separate services.

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All three entities work toward the same goal: to serve residents and create a community that is beautiful, functions well, and creates a deep sense of belonging.

In the past, he’s also represented his neighborhood village as an NVM, helping to provide a voice for his fellow residents. “DMB and DC Ranch have absolutely delivered on what they promised in the original mission statement. We can see the vision realized and it’s more than we could’ve hoped for,” smiled McDonnell.

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6 Bedrooms | 6.5 Bathrooms | 6,630 SF | $3,300,000 Incredibly private European Tuscan Estate situated in a romantic setting with opulent finishes and rich attention to detail. Enter the private courtyard through custom hand carved wood doors into this authentic Villa. A pool side cabana is adjacent to the two bedroom flexible guest house with one private entry room perfect for a home office. The interior details are exquisite with groin and barrel vault ceilings with brick and stone treatments and the finest selection of finishes including hand crafted vigas, custom herringbone patterned tile work throughout. An incredible floor-plan of function and flow. Master suite on the main level along with a private junior master. The upstairs features two bedrooms and a game room loft area with wrap around outdoor patios overlooking the Venetian tiled pool. The rear yard features a private meditation garden. Located just a few blocks from hiking, shopping, dining, and all the lifestyle benefits of Silverleaf. Andrew Bloom REALTOR®, Senior Partner Andrew@BVOLuxury.com Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated



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

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

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



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he Conservancy is grateful to the collective group of more than 650 volunteer stewards who protect and maintain the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Stewards provide the community opportunities to learn about the value, significance, and wonders of the Preserve through interactive tours and trailside learning.

Perhaps the best benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community. The intangible benefits alone— such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents, we: • • • • •

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Newly trained Stewards at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Solve problems Strengthen communities Improve lives Connect to others Transform our own lives

The past two decades have seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, presented by Corporation for National Community Service, has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health.

Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

If you would like to join the team and serve the community via a variety of steward programs, visit McDowellSonoran.org or call the Conservancy office at 480.998.7971 to learn about the application process and reserve your spot at an upcoming New Steward Orientation. Cheers to sharing your time, talent and treasure with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Summer Lecture Series Desert Hacks and Facts

June 5 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street How do I know what type of animal track I am looking at? What is a glochid? How does a saguaro thrive? This 60minute stomp through unusual desert trivia will prepare you to fake being a desert denizen and impress your family when they visit from out of town.

Biotic Bonanza Aug. 7 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street Tropical plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert? Really! From rain and cold to hot and dry. From Juniper trees to Saguaro cactus. Why is life in the Sonoran Desert the most diverse of the world’s deserts? Find out more as we explore the relationships and interactions of desert organisms.

Around Scottsdale Summer Reading Programs offered for the whole family

Cool down at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival

Sign up for the free Summer Reading program at any Scottsdale Library location starting June 1. Programs for babies, youth, teens and adults! ScottsdaleLibrary.org

Attend three big events under one roof. This festival features an arm wrestling contest, a Beat the Heat run and the Ale and Cocktail event. The fun takes place Saturday, June 16, at WestWorld. ScottsdaleFahrenheitFestival.com

Keep your kids active and engaged at summer camp, June 4-July 27

Camps are available for those in first through eighth grades. Kids will participate in sports, fitness competitions, science experiments, craft projects, arts, special events, excursions and more. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “summer camp”

Be part of the muddy tradition at Mighty Mud Mania Come sling mud at this year’s Mighty Mud Mania from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This free

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Get wise about water usage Landscape watering requirements change throughout the year. June is typically the Valley’s driest month, which means plants may need more water. Get watering reminders once a month from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association by texting “WhenToWater” to 33222. Amwua.org

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld event offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and ability levels. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Mighty Mud Mania”

Plant Care in the Desert workshop Learn proper watering, fertilizing, pruning and other landscape maintenance techniques to help your landscape thrive. The program takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Civic Center Library. Register at ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search "workshops"

It's a COOL family friendly patriotic wonderland indoors at WestWorld’s 300,000 square-foot fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. Enjoy family events including: Bull riding, pony rides, a BMX stunt show, kids’ zone, stunt dogs, and of course a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Scottsdale4th.com

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Distinctive Listings


Exquisite Silverleaf Estate in the Upper Canyon at Silverleaf

Contemporary Craftsman Style in Arcadia at Silverleaf

Stunning Formal Mediterranean in the Upper Canyon at Silverleaf

11125 East Feathersong Lane – 1703 6 Bed / 7.5 Bath / 10,634 Sq. Ft. – $8,500,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

10448 East Robs Camp Road – 1480 5 Bed / 5.5 Bath / 9,300 Sq. Ft. – $6,495,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

19008 North 98th Way – 3698 4 Bed / 4.5 Bath / 5,876 Sq. Ft. – $3,295,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

Italian Farmhouse Estate in Arcadia at Silverleaf

Charming Spanish Colonial in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

Privacy and Dramatic Views in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

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

18683 North 101st Place – Casita 24 3 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 3,337 Sq. Ft. – $2,595,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

Unique Charm and Authenticity in DC Ranch

Beautifully Appointed Hacienda in DC Ranch

Privacy and Mountain Views in La Reggia

18730 North 97th Place – 3601 5 Bed / 6.5 Bath / 6,178 Sq. Ft. – $2,995,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

9290 East Thompson Peak Parkway – 411 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 3,648 Sq. Ft. – $1,950,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

9840 East Buteo Drive 5 Bed / 4 Bath / 5,203 Sq. Ft. – $1,849,000 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

19055 North 95th Way 5 Bed / 4.5 Bath / 4,677 Sq. Ft. – $1,699,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

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

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


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