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Volunteers make the Ranch go ‘round

Summer ofdiscovery

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Hot destinations for DC Ranch travelers

Find out what you’re missing: take the ‘Summer Museum Challenge’ SMOCA, Squidsoup, Submergence, 2016

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Explore the great indoors 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 Content Specialist Cami Kaiser Office: 602-444-4993 Mobile: 602-653-6812 Territory Sales Manager Ronald Bauer Advertising Coordinator Olivia Hall Creative Development Director Isaac Moya Project Editor Jim Williams Project Manager Nick Kostenko

When the temps heat up, head inside.

There are so many cool places (pardon the pun) to visit during the summertime at wonderful indoor venues. From museums • to a new aquarium to the Arizona Science Center, you could spend the whole summer visiting indoor attractions close to home. In our cover story, we highlight some of the best spots to stay cool and learn something new. What’s more, we have identified the “must see” attraction that you won’t want to miss at each location.

In this month’s issue we also get the opportunity to recognize the DC Ranch Volunteers of the Year. This year’s six worthy award recipients each contribute their time and talents for a variety of reasons. But their commitment to making the community a better place is a common bond they all share. Read about their accomplishments on page 8 and 9. We are grateful for their contributions.

With the launch of our DC Ranch Gives program, the level of resident involvement in community service and philanthropic endeavors is increasing. This fall, why not join in? We will offer a variety of new opportunities for residents to participate in DC Ranch Gives initiatives. Look for more information in the coming months. Don’t let the heat slow you down! Make plans to enjoy a summer that is enriching, exciting . . . and cool.


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 DC Ranch Park/ Great Hearts field approved for preliminary discussion

shared use development of the park and will include outreach by the city to residents.

Scottsdale City Council voted 6-1 to initiate the Municipal Use Master Site Plan for the DC Ranch Park near Trailside View and 91st Street. This first-step action simply allows for city staff to participate in conversations with Great Hearts Academies and DC Ranch concerning the possible

In June and July, the city will draft a site plan for public review and presentation to the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Commission.

In May, the city of Scottsdale held an open house at The Homestead Community Center to answer questions and gather input from residents.

Ranch Association board elects new officers

A webpage concerning the park has been created on Please check it often for updates.

DC Ranch merchant water drive Help Operation Code Red and Phoenix Rescue Mission by donating cases of bottled water to DC Ranch merchants. Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale, The Village Health Club & Spa, and AZ Smiles Dental are collecting cases of water from July 9 to 22. AZ Smiles has a special promotion: donate 5+ cases of water and receive a free in-office teeth whitening.

Snakes alive!

Living next to a nature preserve means snakes may sometimes wander onto your property. Should you encounter one, stay clear by at least six feet and keep pets and children inside. You may call DC Ranch Security to assist with removal. Security will respond and remain on-site to help contain the snake and will notify Scottsdale Fire Department for removal. In the case of a bite or imminent danger, call 911 immediately.

Summer pool pointers at Desert Camp


ool off and enjoy long summer days at the Desert Camp pool. Residents can splash in the zero depth toddler pool, swim in the recreation pool, with three 25-yard lap lanes, or relax poolside in a comfy lounge chair or one of the shaded cabanas. Don’t forget to bring your grill essentials and fire up the built-in gas grills. The Toddler and West Cabanas are available for rent, perfect for a summer birthday party or special event with a maximum size of 40 people. Cabana rentals are available daily from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m. Pricing depends on the size

Landscape workshop top takeaways BY PAMELA KACIR | RESIDENT CONTRIBUTOR, ALHM.NET


any visitors are quick to notice how integrated our DC Ranch landscape is with the Sonoran Desert. To achieve this result, landscape design in our community is carefully crafted to preserve the unique character of the natural desert that existed long before we arrived.

The DC Ranch Community Standards Team presented a thorough workshop in March for residents and landscapers to learn how to maintain this seamless transition from designed landscape to natural desert. As a resident, I learned a lot! Here are my top three takeaways:

1. Each community has a “base” shrub to support the transition from the street to our front yards. To find yours visit Landscape


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he Ranch Association Board of Directors has elected officers for 2017-2018: Susan Grace, president; Fred Green, vice president; Tom Headley, secretary; and Mike Esparza, treasurer. Dr. Phil Geiger, Elizabeth Kepuraitis and Don Matheson also serve on the board.

zone maps have been created with plant lists for each of the seven plant zones. Just click on your community name to view.

2. DC Ranch’s sustainability standard is to do the least amount of work that negatively impacts your plants; shrubs on your property should match shrubs in our common areas.

3. Maintain shrubs and other plants from intruding onto walkways and sidewalks, but limit hedging and shearing to promote a more natural look.

The Community Standards Team will hold another landscape workshop this fall. It’s a good idea for residents and landscapers to attend and learn how to preserve our special landscape look.

of the group. For more information, please contact the Front Desk at Desert Camp Community Center at 480.342.7178.

A few important pool rules to remember to ensure the poolside experience is safe and enjoyable for all DC Ranch residents: • There is no lifeguard on duty and parents must directly supervise their children and guests • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian • No glass is allowed in the pool area

Summer landscaping notes

Monsoon season begins June 15, bringing wet and windy weather to the area. The DC Ranch landscape team will be ready this summer for storm clean ups when bad weather hits. Crews will also be busy pruning trees in Desert Parks neighborhoods and in areas of Silverleaf including The Parks, Horseshoe Canyon, and Arcadia. Summertime’s hybrid Bermuda grass doesn’t grow well in the shade, so turf in these areas will be re-sodded to keep the grass looking uniform and green. The maintenance team will stay busy with painting projects and refurbishing outdoor furniture in many neighborhood parks community-wide.

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

ADULT ACTIVITIES Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Please call Gerrie Hinson at 480.585.4699 to RSVP

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Comedy Night at The Homestead Three Saturday nights | 7 to 9 p.m. The Homestead Community Center $20 per person; must be 21 or older (See article on pg. 12)

DC Ranch Women’s Club Summer Happy Hours Catch up with your neighbors during happy hours on Market Street. New to the Ranch? This is a great way to meet a welcoming group of DC Ranch women. Small bites will be provided; please purchase your own drinks. Jalapeno Inferno Thursday, June 8 | 5 to 7 p.m. Market Street Kitchen Thursday, July 13 | 5 to 7 p.m.

June 3 | Ritch Shydner July 8 | Mike James Aug. 12 | Flip Orley

FITNESS ACTIVITIES All Levels Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m.

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

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Dive-In Movies Friday nights in June | 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Free What better way to spend a summer night than poolside with an outdoor movie? Bring food, blankets, towels,

pool toys, and summer spirit to add to the fun! Light snacks provided. • • • •

June 2 | “Moana” June 9 | “Sing” June 16 | “Finding Dory” June 23 | “The Lego Batman Movie”

Zumba Tues and Thurs | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Class meets in June, not in July

COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, June 5 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Trailblazer Breakfast Saturday, June 3, July 1 | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Community Council Board of Directors Thursday, July 27 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

Garden Hours Saturday, June 10, July 1 | 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden

Modification Committee Tuesdays, June 13 and 27; July 11 and 25 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street

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DC RANCH SUMMER CAMPS One-day Science Camps Fridays in June | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center June 2 | Totally Toyriffic June 9 | Kitchen Chemistry June 16 | Under the Sea June 23 | Way Out Water

Arts and Education Camp A Summer of STEM

Swim Meets Tuesday or Thursday evenings, 2.5 hours. Home meets at Desert Camp June 13 and 20

July 10 to 14 9 a.m. to 12 noon (ages 5 to 8) 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ages 8 and older) The Homestead Community Center

Skyline Athletes Sports Camps Fridays in July 9 to 10 a.m. (ages 3 to 6) 10 to 11 a.m. (ages 7 to 10) Desert Camp Community Center

Workshops for Youth and Families June 11-16 (ages 9 to 12) June 25-30 (ages 13 to 15) July 16-21 (ages 9 to 12) July 23-28 (ages 15 to 19)

AquaSafe’s Recreational Swim Team at DC Ranch Practices: May 1 – July 26 Mondays and Wednesdays | 6 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

July 7 | Soccer July 14 | Obstacle Course July 21 | T-Ball (ages 3 to 6) July 21 | Dodgeball (ages 7 to 10) July 28 | Basketball

Summer Theatre Camp Heroes and Villains June 5 to 9 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Save the Date Back to School Bash Friday, Aug. 4 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center $5/person, plus school supply donation Be sure to mark your calendars for this super fun end-of-summer celebration. Exclusive use of all facilities including the lazy river, diving boards and pools, plus special games, music and dinner.

Summer Theatre Experience Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ June 19 to 23 | Noon to 4:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

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Every year, DC Ranch acknowledges the generous volunteer support of residents and local businesses at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in April. Here are some highlights about the six supporters who have gone above and beyond to provide their time and talent to the community over the past year. DON RUFF | GOOD NEIGHBOR Honors a resident who helps a fellow neighbor or volunteers at a community event or program Don Ruff is a Neighborhood Voting Member alternate in the Desert Camp/Pioneer neighborhood and served tirelessly on the Modification Committee board for several years, all with a smile and pleasant attitude. “Don is the epitome of the perfect neighbor,” said Community Standards Specialist Aaron Largo, who nominated Don. “His pleasant yet serious personality is wonderful to work with.”

Don always leads by example and his awareness throughout the community has helped provide the Community Standards department with information and insight.


Honors a dedicated board member, subcommittee participant, or Neighborhood Voting Member

As the Vice President of the Ranch Association Board, Susan stepped in to cover during the absence of the Ranch Association Executive Director, beginning in July 2016. She became the primary contact for Ranch Association employees and many outside vendors. Although she didn’t officially accept the title of acting ED, she certainly functioned as one, putting in many hours at the Ranch Offices to help resolve issues as they arose.

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Susan exemplifies volunteer leadership. In addition to covering the ED position, Susan also serves on the Spotlight Speakers Series committee and was a long-time member of the Film Club committee.

STUART WOLKOFF | PHILANTHROPY Honors a resident who volunteers for a community service project or creates a resident-led giving project


We encourage children to explore their natural curiosity about the world.

Stuart Wolkoff serves his community in multiple ways—as a Neighborhood Voting Member, a founding member of the DC Ranch Gives Committee, and a Tour de Scottsdale volunteer.

Stuart also spends a lot of time with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy as a Master Steward—the highest level—which requires at least five years of service and more than 1,000 reported service hours. Stuart chaired the Nature Guide program for two years and coordinates afterschool hikes for Title I and private schools, senior centers, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. He also plans Family Sonoran Sunday events and Trailside Stations on Saturday mornings at the Gateway Trailhead.


Honors a young resident who volunteers for a DC Ranch event or program

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Honors a commercial partner for supporting DC Ranch Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale donates to DC Ranch in many ways. In 2016, it was the official timer for the annual Turkey Hope Totes tradition continues For the third year, honorees, guests, Trot. Staff and DC Ranch staff worked together attended all to create more than 500 Hope merchant Totes for Phoenix Rescue Mission. meetings, joined the DC Ranch ComThe care packages contain personal mercial Committee, and offered hygiene items and will be given to deals at the DC Ranch Day Drive homeless individuals throughout the Valley. Around. Fleet Feet held the Run for Ryan House kickoff party at its store, In all, nearly 7,750 items were donated. donated items to the raffle, and lined Special thanks to these local businesses and individuals for providing the up staff support for packet pick-up, supplies: as well as put together a training • AZ Smiles plan for runners and donated GU • Fitwall Energy Gels for the Run. “Linda des Groseilliers and her team at Fleet Feet have always gone above and beyond for DC Ranch,” said Event and Program Coordinator Lynette Whitener, who nominated Fleet Feet. “I know I can always count on Fleet Feet to help!”

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Kevin and Max have volunteered at Eggstravaganza and Spooky Carnival for several years. Even more important than their time commitment is their decision to volunteer consistently. As high school students there are many other things they could be doing and it is impressive they choose to donate time back to their community. “Kevin and Max are a perfect team at our events. I can always rely on them to help out and bring a great attitude!” commented Senior Event and Program Manager Gabi Enriquez.

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TALIESIN WEST Built in 1937 by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is his breathtaking winter residence and studio, now home to The School of Architecture at Taliesin. A variety of tours are offered that provide insight into Wright’s innovative style, his passion for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces, and his favorite furniture, art, and drawings.

Night Lights Tour The romance of Taliesin West comes to life during this special tour on Friday evenings, an excellent date night activity. Taliesin West’s fire-breathing dragon makes a guest appearance while Wright’s desert masterpiece glows like a jewel under Arizona’s starry skies. Advance reservations required.

can see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves.

You can also play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery, and see instruments from music icons such as John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, Carlos Santana, and many more in the Artist Gallery. Take the time to wander and experience the magic of music from your own, and different, cultures at this amazing museum. Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 480.478.6000

Special Event: Tour Taliesin West for $1.50 for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday On June 8, join Taliesin West in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth! Celebrate with a tour of the grounds and a piece of birthday cake for $1.50 in honor of the 150th.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM—MIM MIM showcases the artistry, diversity, and movement of musical instruments from around the world. It displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from 200 countries and territories. Wearing wireless headsets, guests


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Summer Muse


The first destinations that come to mind for many people: shopping, movie theaters, or the pool. But just like youngsters often participate in a “Summer Reading Program” at the local library, we’d like to suggest a “Summer Museum Challenge” for Ranch residents of all ages.

Whether you are new to the area or have lived here a long time, there is probably a sizable list of museums on your “should visit” list. You’ve heard of them, you’d like to check them out, but you never quite seem to find the time to get there.

There’s just one thing to say about that: you are really missing out! The Scottsdale/ Phoenix metro area is blessed with an astounding group of world class cultural institutions. 602.252.8840 Free admission from 6 – 10 p.m. every First Friday


HEARD MUSEUM A showcase of American Indian art, the Heard Museum is committed to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, and is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. This summer, the Heard provides a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century—Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists are on view through Aug. 20, including Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys and Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor, as well as more than 50 photographs and Kahlo-style clothing and jewelry. (This is a special ticketed exhibition of $7 in addition to general museum admission for non-members.) Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

we all know it’s hot in June and July (and August!) in Scottsdale. Some of you may head out of town to escape the 100+ degree heat. But others need to fill their days with cool entertainment.

Phoenix Art Museum has more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design. Explore the vast collections, but make sure to see two amazing displays this summer.

Samurai: Armor takes visitors on a journey back in time to discover the life, culture, and pageantry of Japanese samurai warriors. The exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets, masks, and weapons that trace the evolution of the distinctive appearance, design and craftsmanship of samurai equipment

through the centuries. Through July 16.

A completely different experience will surround you in Yayoi Kusama’s whimsical You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies (2005). Inspired by a Japanese folk tale about a person in a field with 10,000 fireflies, Kusama's work brings the fairy tale to life. The piece is a dark room lined with mirrors on every surface and strands of looping LED lighting suspended from the ceiling. This deceptively small room feels as if it’s a vast, infinite galaxy of lighting and allows the viewer to enter and be surrounded, or obliterated, by Kusama’s fireflies. Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.257.1880

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eum Challenge So here’s the challenge: make a list, on paper or your smartphone, of eight museums you want to visit in June and July and then—this is key—schedule the visits on your calendar. One per week. Pick a time and date, invite a friend to go with you, make it an appointment instead of a “sometime in the future” idea. Plan to have lunch, dinner or a glass of wine after the visit. Or research other interesting attractions nearby and make a day of it. It might help to “pretend” you have visitors in from out of town, or take some real out-of-town guests and introduce them, and yourselves, to curated, inspirational sights and sounds. We’ll get you started with a few great museums, below, that are close to DC Ranch—and we’ve shared info on any special admission days. But don’t stop there. Seek out other museums that feed your interests—there are so many from which to choose.

And no, you don’t have to do a book report when the summer is over. Be sure to tell your friends—maybe they’ll get hooked on the Summer Museum Challenge too! Share your experiences with us on the DC Ranch Facebook page or send an email to Have fun!


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Science with a Twist Put a twist on your Friday night and join Arizona Science Center for the newest adults’ only event happening every third Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening includes music, cash bar, live demos and much more.

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART It will be interesting to compare Kusama’s fireflies with Ocean of Light: Submergence, an LED structure that envelops viewers in light while they explore the idea of interactivity. It is a large, immersive, walkthrough experience that uses up to 12,000 individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. The installation, created by Squidsoup, a UK-based artists collective, responds in real time to the movement and position of visitors. May 6 to Sept. 24.

• This Animation is Not for Kids June 16 • Trek, Wars and Who | July 21 • Food Science | Aug. 18 Arizona Science Center 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix 602.716.2000

WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST A celebration of the art, history, culture and unique stories of the Greater Western region, the museum is a TripAdvisor top-rated attraction and has been named the Best Western Museum in the Nation. The Grand Canyon Grandeur exhibit, which opens June 6, brings together more than 50 oil paintings, watercolors and prints from the 1850s to the 1930s portraying one of the world’s most revered natural wonders. The artworks showcase a range of artistic styles such as naturalism, impressionism, and abstraction, and capture the stunning ecological, sociological and visual diversity of the Grand Canyon. Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale 480.686.9539


A short drive down the 101 freeway, this family-friendly destination includes three live animal attractions and more than 15 dining and shopping establishments. The venue encircles an outdoor courtyard with a center stage that hosts a variety of live entertainment throughout the year. OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the southwest, with two million gallons of water, 60 exhibits, over 30,000 sea creatures and over 500 species in a 200,000 square foot

facility. The aquarium was literally built from the inside out—the animal habitats were placed first, and the structure was built around them. It offers a walk-through Barrier Reef Tunnel, a Deep Ocean Escalator that descends through a 200,000 gallon shark habitat, a touch tank, and numerous special experiences and behind the scenes tours. Dolphinaris Arizona allows visitors to interact with dolphins, learn about this amazing species, and support ocean conservation efforts. You can meet the dolphins and share a handshake, a dolphin kiss and more from dry land or in the water. You can even become a dolphin trainer

for a day, with an exclusive behind-thescenes look at dolphin care.

Step inside Butterfly Wonderland to experience the largest indoor rainforest conservatory in the United States. More than 3,000 butterflies from around the world flutter among lush tropical plants and flowers, landing for just long enough to capture the perfect photograph. The flowers, trees and plants within the atrium have been chosen precisely for the butterfly species within.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251 480.874.4666 Free on Thursdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

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Comedy Night at The Homestead

Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner | Saturday, June 3 Stand-up coComedy Night at median Ritch The Homestead Shydner has 7 to 9 p.m. been entertainThe Homestead ing audiences Community Center with style for $20 per person; must be 21 or older years, including Register at the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, an HBO Special, “One Night Stand,” and as a comic writer for numerous shows. He produced and performed in an award-winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, “I Am Comic,” and recently wrote a book “Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980’s Comedy Explosion.”

DC Ranch is hosting a new entertainment series for adults this summer: Comedy Night at The Homestead. You don’t need to drive to Old Town or Phoenix to hear some of the funniest stand-up comedians in the business—they are bringing their eclectic and hilarious comedy routines directly to you. Spend a relaxing, cool night indoors at The Homestead laughing out loud with friends and neighbors!

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Mike James Mike James | Saturday, July 8 Mike James is a nationally recognized comedian with a reputation for giving his audiences an unforgettably funny show with a fresh and hilarious perspective on life. His brand of humor, fueled by his general confusion of being a husband, father, and human being, keeps audiences laughing! Brian Kohatsu will open for James; a gifted performer, improviser and writer, Brian has a playful knowledge of pop culture that makes him an audience favorite.

Flip Orley Flip Orley | Saturday, Aug. 12 A unique comic/hypnotist, Flip Orley has single-handedly reshaped the reputation of hypnosis to a hip and edgy act. His one-man show has set comedy club attendance records from coast to coast. He has appeared on the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. What sets Orley apart is his true comedic ability, delivering a hilarious stand up set before unleashing his volunteers’ subconscious creative imaginations.

Tickets include two beverages and light snacks. Residents may purchase four open seating tickets per show. For more information, please contact Recreation Coordinator Anjelica Giardino at anjelica.giardino@ or 480.538.3585.


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Koi Poke brings fresh island fare to DC Ranch Crossing


Ranch’s natural beauty doesn’t include white sandy beaches or surf breaks, but Hawaii’s food scene officially arrived with the opening of Koi Poke Bar & Bowl in DC Ranch Crossing. Pronounced “POH-kay,” this wildly popular dish is served up fresh with your choice of crosscut slices of raw tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, octopus, lobster or tofu. Pick a base of rice or spring salad mix, then top it with veggies, garnishes, and your choice of eight sauce derivatives that fuse Japanese and Hawaiian influences to create a unique and healthy meal in one delicious bowl. What distinguishes north Scottsdale’s first and only poke bowl concept from others springing up across the

Koi Poke Bar & Bowl

18221 N. Pima Road Suite 100 & 105 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 480.209.1137

Valley? According to Koi Poke partner Ted Constantine, “While the others typically use large restaurant food suppliers, we procure the freshest products available through specialty seafood purveyors that fly our seafood in, from boat to plate.” Other innovations that set locallyowned and operated Koi Poke apart from the rest of the poke chains migrating to Arizona from California include two side-by-side concepts. Koi Poke features an upscale dining side that serves poke bowls with wine, beer, sake and an extensive cocktail menu, and there’s a grab and go side where you can skip the bar and grab a quick bowl or take it to go.


hat’s more, both concepts include a frosty new taste sensation called Hawaiian Snow Ice. “We’re excited to be the first to combine this finely shaved ice concept, which literally melts in your mouth, with a poke restaurant,” Constantine said. “First, we infuse the ice with flavors like coconut, banana and pistachio, then we drizzle in special toppings to create a light and refreshing dessert.”

With a fresh new focus on convenience and deliciousness, it’s hard to imagine what more one could want in a poke bowl establishment. But wait. The word “Koi” happens to be slang for the Japanese word “Koibito,” which translates not only to love, but can also mean the feeling between new lovers. What better place to plan a date night, without the cross-Pacific airfare? Mahalo. p: 480.405.6500 | 8924 E Pinnacle Peak Road #G-1, Scottsdale,AZ 85255 NE corner of Pinnacle Peak Rd & Pima Rd

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hether you are planning a trip this summer or looking ahead to later in 2017 or 2018, there are many exciting travel options to explore. We stopped by All World Travel’s new offices on Market Street to get some recommendations from travel specialist Kristie Burke, a nearly 30-year veteran of the travel business. Her top picks and advice for fun places to go: Cuba! Now that travel restrictions have been relaxed, it’s a golden time to visit Cuba. Americans are still required to travel with a tour group, but those restrictions are expected to ease eventually. Visit in the near future, before it gets crowded and the experience changes.

“More tourists are going to discover this magical island and all it has to offer. Part of Cuba’s charm is the lack of giant ritzy hotels, overcrowded beaches and inauthentic restaurants,”

All World Travel

Kristie Burke 20875 N. Pima Road, Suite C-4 480.585.2848

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP The internet makes trip planning accessible, but there are many advantages to using a travel agent.

Hot destinations for DC Ranch travelers

said Burke. “Go soon to get the true experience of an unforgettable country that offers genuine hospitality, breathtaking landscapes, and incredible people.” Best time to visit: December to May for mostly sunny, dry days.

River cruising allows you to experience multiple European cities for an affordable price. On a cruise along the Danube, Rhine, or Seine, you’ll see breathtaking landscapes and castles and visit fantastic museums and a mix of urban and rural destinations at a relaxed pace. Most river cruises include sightseeing trips in each city, local wines and beer on ship, and beautiful accommodations. The cities in Europe were built around access to water, so this is a great way to see them.

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• Training and contacts Travel professionals today are highly trained and well-traveled with extensive contacts in the industry. That level of expertise can’t be found on the internet. Agencies affiliated with Virtuoso, like All World Travel, also have access to a global network of luxury travel advisors representing top hotels, cruise lines, and tour companies. • Take it up a notch Agents have access to special benefits you can’t get on your own, like spa or dining credits, hotel upgrades, and VIP status. They can also steer you to great restaurants, shopping, and offthe-beaten path experiences. • Think outside the box They can think creatively about where to go and what to do, helping you expand your horizons, explore new areas, or find a local guide you can trust. • Handle everything When the unexpected happens, you have a loyal advocate who has connections to ensure the trip is a smooth one.

Eat like you mean it


am a professional chef who loves nothing more than to eat, but I also understand the importance of what I am putting into my body. I recently lost a lot of weight—100 pounds and counting —and on my weight loss journey the single biggest contributor to my success was meal planning and prepping. Here are some nutrition tips that helped me shed the weight and eat healthy, along with a favorite recipe. • Incorporate as many fresh vegetables, fruits and leafy greens into your meals as possible. For example, if you’re craving a breakfast burrito, why not add spinach, onions, peppers, asparagus, potatoes, or anything else besides just meats, eggs and cheese? If you’re having oatmeal, add in berries, nuts, flax or bananas. The idea is to add in the most fiber and nutrients possible. The extra fiber helps keep you fuller longer without a lot of extra calories.

• Limit your sugar intake, even from healthy sources. While juicing has some benefits, you lose the fiber and some of the vitamins from the skins and rinds. And it will spike your sugar: it may take four to six apples just to get an 8 oz. glass of juice. If so, a soda might actually be healthier since just four apples have a whopping 76 g of sugar compared to 39 g in a typical 12 oz. soda. Our bodies turn everything into sugar for energy, and any excess sugar is stored in the form of fat when not used up immediately. • Packing a lunch is all about meal prep. You’ve made a conscious

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Tasty and nutritious tips from Chef Isaac Rios of the Village Health Clubs & Spas

decision about what goes in your body. Pack a light lunch and various healthy snacks, such as carrots, celery, peanut butter, nuts and fruit. You’ll need the constant flow of snacks for both sustained energy and so that when dinner comes around you’re not so ravenously hungry you binge eat. But stay away from trail mixes, granola or even protein bars—it’s easy to overeat them.

Olive oil Sliced red and green peppers Fresh spinach Cooked quinoa Cooked chicken Ponzu sauce Diced tomato Avocado, sliced Fresh lemon—try grilling it for extra flavor!

1. In a large skillet, saute peppers with olive oil until soft 2. Microwave quinoa until hot 3. Add chicken to peppers in skillet 4. Add spinach and stir until softened 5. Add quinoa 6. Mix in ponzu sauce, a Japanese citrus and soy-based sauce 7. Pour in bowl 8. Top with tomatoes; placed fanned avocado in center 9. Garnish with grilled lemon half


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Don’t let your do linger on hot surfaces like asphalt Get your dog a lightweight summer haircut, never shave the skin Provide access to fresh water at all times Restrict exercise when temperatures soar and do not muzzle Encourage swimming, splashing, wading pools and sprinklers Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even the shade Protect your pets like they protect you!

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“This school is the greatest school I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of.” “This is a great school and I recommend it to every parent out there.”

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Lessons you learned from your father

By the numbers– June/July 2017

In honor of Father’s Day, we asked Ranch residents to tell us a story or memory of a funny, profound or emotional bit of wisdom gained from their fathers over the years. Here are some of our favorites:


y dad built a house or two every year after working all day in a factory as a machinist. My brother and I were his laborers, without pay. My buddies who worked for their dads were paid. I relayed this to my father and asked for $1 per hour. On pay day he gave me a check, like the other laborers, but then he handed me an invoice for room, board, laundry, and transportation. I owed $7! I learned there was no free lunch. –Dick Armstrong


azy people work twice. Do it right the first time. –Jaime Aguilera


thers are important and the best way to show respect and love to people is to listen. –James Tutrow


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avorite memory: going with my dad to the beach, spending eight hours boogie boarding, making sand creatures, and having a good time. –Sarah McKeighan

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Around Scottsdale McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Concert Series continues in June.


Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park.

Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration

Musical Instrument Museum

presents a free program at Civic Center Library on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. Museum representatives will highlight its global collection, including artifacts, costumes and objects that convey the diversity of music around the world.

Be part of the muddy tradition at this year’s Mighty Mud Mania

from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This free event offers muddy obstacles for people of all ages and ability levels.

Tuesday, July 4 | 3 to 9:30 p.m.

Be red, white and COOL at the Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration’s 300,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility. Enjoy the All-Star Stunt Dogs Challenge, Stunt Masters BMX Shows, a super kid’s play zone, petting zoo, pony rides, bull riding, princess/ superhero meet & greet, food, fireworks and much more!

Arizona Get Outdoors Expo

Saturday, July 15 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a one-stop exploration of the great outdoors for the whole family! It has exhibitors, vendors, and hands-on activities for outdoor activities—hunting and fishing, camping, hiking, rock climbing, biking, running, yoga, and more.

Brick Fest Live

4th of Zoo-ly

Sat./Sun., July 22-23 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4 | 7 to 10 p.m. Phoenix Zoo

LEGO® lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain.

MORE FUN ON THE 4TH OF JULY Fourth at the Fountain Tuesday, July 4 6 to 10 p.m. Fountain Hills Park events

Celebrate with music, games, prizes, food vendors, and fireworks. This year, the entertainment area is free and open to all event guests. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets.

Family fun for everyone with a classic summer BBQ, live music, free carousel rides, bounce house, special animal encounters. Top off the evening with a very special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the Zoo!

Fourth of July Freedom Fest

Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4 | All day Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Celebrate with concerts, fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes, parachutist jumps, a vintage air show and poolside fun!



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10182 East Gilded Perch Drive – 1338 5 Bed /6 Bath / 4,914 SF $2,495,000 Mike Sweeney / Laura Lester

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Silverleaf Custom in Horseshoe Canyon 10143 East Diamond Rim Drive – 2109 4 Bed / 4.5 Bath / 5,430 SF $2,950,000 Deborah Beardsley / Andrew Beardsley

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20749 North 101st Street – 1303 4 Bed / 4.5 Bath / 4,876 SF $1,995,000 Laura Lester

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9831 East Edgestone Drive 3 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 3,712 SF $1,279,000 Mike Lehman / Mike Sweeney

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