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A closer look at 2019 Initiatives

Shining a light on four-legged ranchers

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Country Club Village

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shape of water How the Reata Wash Floodplain affects DC Ranch

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Spring in Scottsdale 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. DC Ranch Community Council spotlights local businesses as a service to the community and for information purposes only. DC Ranch does not recommend or endorse any described products or services. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Mike Gertzman Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert, Alexandra Duemer and Terri Raimondi 480.585.1641 communications.team@dcranchinc.com dcranch.com

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Artistic and cultural opportunities abound this time of year and are an important part part of the DC Ranch community values. The Council’s focus on providing these opportunities for residents is just one of the many things that sets DC Ranch apart from other master planned communities. These events and programs engage and connect neighbors. “The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we’re a part.” —Ronald Reagan

Have you attended one of DC Ranch’s many arts and theater programs, such as Sunday Shakespeare? What are your favorites? The recent photography classes were full—understandable, given the unique and serene canvas that is DC Ranch. There is nothing like hitting the trails, camera in hand, to capture the beauty of our community. A recent hike took me to Reata Wash, which runs right through DC Ranch. The Reata is getting attention from the City of Scottsdale, who has commissioned an engineering study to make improvements to this important natural stormwater management system. See the feature on page 10 for more details.

What artistic, cultural, or other programming opportunities would you like to see offered here in DC Ranch? You can learn more about all of DC Ranch’s many programs and weigh in on what you would like to see at our second annual programming open house, scheduled for March 20 at Desert Camp Community Center. Hope to see you there.

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.

Jenna Kohl Community Council Executive Director

DC Ranch: Community values • SENSE OF COMMUNITY • ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP • FAMILY

• HEALTHY LIFESTYLES • DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS • LIFELONG LEARNING

• ARTISTIC & CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES • RELATIONSHIP WITH LARGER COMMUNITY

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Ranch Updates

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BY DARREN SHAW | RANCH ASSOCIATION

ach year, the Association Board of Directors sets goals and objectives for the Executive Director, providing high level direction for the year ahead. In 2019, the DCR2020 Strategic Plan sets the stage. These are some of the initiatives where the Association will focus its efforts this year:

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE

Primary projects for 2019 are renovating and updating the common area irrigation system and developing a storm water management plan.

Other 2019 efforts include roadway repair, replacement and sealing scheduled to begin late May. The effected neighborhoods will be notified in advance. Also, the road connecting North Desert Camp to the Country Club at DC Ranch (Trail’s End) will be completely replaced. The exterior of the Windgate and Arcadia gate houses are scheduled to be repaired and painted by the end of March. Also, playground area upgrades and various landscape enhancement projects are scheduled throughout the community.

Many of these initiatives are part of the DCR2020 Strategic Plan, which will be presented in greater detail in a future edition of Ranch News. The formulation of DCR2020 was a joint venture with Community Council, Ranch Association, Covenant Commission, members and stakeholder participation.

Work on the irrigation system project started in September 2018. Consultants were brought on board to assist in transitioning from an older antiquated system (Maxicom) to a new system (ET Water) that allows us to have complete control and operate the system with enhanced efficiencies. We are also in the process of completing a system audit to identify the extent of improvements needed to achieve a better, more efficient operation. Water is a precious resource in Arizona and that awareness was heightened over the last year. Efforts during the last quarter of 2018 reduced irrigating water use by about 25 million gallons. These savings will help offset renovation costs. The 2019 annual water budget for the Ranch Association is $470,000. This project should be complete in roughly a two-year period. The development of a storm water management plan became a priority after the storm on Oct. 23, 2018. Refer to the article on page 10 for details on how the Association is taking action.

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OPEN AND TRANSPARENT COMMUNICATION During the last quarter of 2018, a new communication program referred to as Conversations in the Park was introduced. Since then, three such events have been held. The Board presidents from the Council and Association attend, as do the two executive directors. It’s a great opportunity to stay informed about community events and operations, ask questions and interact with neighbors. Look for these events in your neighborhood in 2019.

2019 Initiatives SAFETY License plate camera installations on the resident side of the manned gates were recently completed, providing enhanced awareness at all entry points to the community. At its March 4, 2019 meeting, the Board formally considered revising DCR-24 of the Community Standards for Conduct. This section of the Standards addresses speeding in the community. It currently defines excessive speed at 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit. A pilot program designed to collect speed data around park areas was conducted during the last quarter of 2018. The data collected gave the Board reason for concern as there are 44 parks throughout DC Ranch. In response, a proposed revision to DCR-24 was conditionally approved by the Board pending member comment (a 30-day period). The new rule would also define excessive speeding as driving a vehicle more than 11 mph over the posted speed limit on streets adjacent to park areas which could also be subject to a $300 fine.

On April 1, Ranch Association will hold its annual meeting at The Homestead Community Center at 6 p.m. This is where new Board members are announced. For this year’s election, there are three spots on the ballot. We encourage everyone to attend.

Save the date!

This year, DC Ranch will introduce a resident Home Improvement Expo on Wednesday, April 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. The program expands the annual landscape seminar by adding information on exterior paint color choices, modification procedures and trends in home upgrades. The workshop will feature brief presentations and expo-style information booths to give residents a chance to learn and explore. For more information, call The Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500.


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QUALITY DENTAL CARE, PERSONALIZED FOR YOUR

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

MONDAY | MARCH 4

Perfect Smile

Ranch Association Board of Directors meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Food Truck Night 5 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

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

Storyteller Project Monday, March 11 7 to 8:30 p.m. | The Homestead Home is where the heart is, or is it? Enjoy a night of live storytelling about finding home, leaving home and the meaning of home. The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com bring this nationwide series of curated events full of authentic, illuminating stories right to your backyard. Bring a blanket or folding chair to enjoy this event on the lawn. Cost $12.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Habitat at the Ranch 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Homestead

MONDAY, MARCH 11

Storyteller Project 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Homestead

Adoption & Donation Event

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 4-6 pm

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Start planning for summer!

as well as brand new characters and scenes inspired by the wizarding world, campers can sharpen their singing, dancing and acting skills.

DC Ranch is pleased to offer a variety of summer camp opportunities at The Homestead Community Center for children in the community. Registration opens March 1 on DCRanch.com/calendar

Summer Arts Camp: Under the Big Top

Summer Arts Camp: Journey to Atlantis

Ages 8-13 June 3-7 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ever wanted to discover the wonders of the lost city of Atlantis? This camp combines visual arts, storytelling, theatre, history and tons of fun for a fantastic exploration of this city lost deep in the ocean.

Summer Theatre Camp: Harry Potter Musical Ages 8-13 June 17-21 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Does your young person love singing? Dancing? Harry Potter? With an original script that includes songs from musicals and pop culture

Ages 4-7 July 8-12 | 9 a.m. to noon The Homestead Community Center Come one, come all and join the folks at DC Ranch for a week of imagination and fun. Your young person will learn some fun circus-themed skills, play games, participate in arts and crafts, pretend to be animals and create their own circus.

Summer Arts Camp: The Greatest Show! Ages 4-7 July 8-12 | 9 a.m. to noon Inspired by the hit movie “The Greatest Showman,� this week-long arts camp will have your kids discovering various circus skills and talents they never knew were possible. Participants will explore clowning, comedic timing, juggling and performance skills, among others.


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Programs and Events Open House Wednesday, March 20 5 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Residents are invited to participate in a Programs and Events Open House. Staff will share information on the more than 45 programs currently offered and seek input on what residents would like to see for future programming. Every year, the Community Council evaluates programming and makes several changes accordingly. The Open House and survey will influence 2020 programming. Come learn about what’s offered and share your ideas!

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Creative Arts Workshop: Wire Jewelry 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

TGIF Tween Night: Indoor kart racing 5:30 to 9 p.m. | Desert Camp

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Grapenuts: French wine, Burgundy and Rhone region 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 DC Ranch Women’s Club: Boyce Thompson Arboretum 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet at Desert Camp

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Programs and Events Open House 5 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Tennis social 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Lifelong Learning: The Geology of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Wildflower Walk 9 to 10 a.m. | Desert Camp

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices

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TGIF Little Wranglers: Mad Science 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

RECURRING EVENTS

All Levels Yoga Mondays and Wednesdays 9 to 10 a.m. | The Homestead Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp DC Ranch Book Club Every fourth Wednesday 7 p.m. | Desert Camp

Fourth Fridays Social Hour Every fourth Friday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Pickleball Every Friday | 9 to 11 a.m. Every Sunday | 4 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp

DC Ranch Women’s Club: Liking Hiking Every second Tuesday at 8 a.m. Every fourth Friday at 8 a.m. Email slowenhar@gmail.com for details.

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“Mila was purchased from a puppy mill where she’d had 4 litters of puppies. We bought her when she was shaved of all her hair and didn’t even look like a Yorkshire Terrier. She was terribly afraid of other dogs and very skinny. We’ve had her for 5 years now and she is loved on ALL day long because she is so sweet. She loves people and is always —Kimberly wanting someone to pet her.” —

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nter your dog for a chance to be featured in the next issue of Ranch News. Please email a photo of your dog, their name, age and a few lines about what makes them special to communications.team@dcranchinc.com

HAVE YOU TAKEN THE PUP PLEDGE?

DC Ranch is a community that loves its residents and their pets—offering an abundance of paths, trails and parks to enjoy together. Show your pride in being a PUP-friendly owner in DC Ranch, committed to picking up after pets to keep the community clean and inviting for all. Visit the ‘My Home’ tab on DCRanch.com to complete your pledge and receive an official PUP bandana, leash and doggie bags.

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“This is Cola, my 9-year-old Standard Poodle at one of her favorite green spaces in the Country Club neighborhood. We live in Desert Camp and walk or run to this park 3-4 times a week. Winter is her favorite time in Arizona. She loves bunnies, catching balls and rolling in the grass!” —Pauline

Meet Tilly, my very special 3-legged rescue dog from Foothills Animal Rescue. She has recently been certified as a Therapy Dog and visits patients at nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. She loves walking around DC Ranch and is a great example of how a dog’s life can be turned around if given a second chance! —Kim


Newsworthy

Location DC Ranch Corporate Center N. 91st Street and E. Palo Brea Bend

Numbers

Construction of new buildings expected to begin soon

• Property purchase price: $2.2 million • Combined size of lots: 3.35 acres • Size of buildings: 10,676 to 15,449 square feet • Number of floors: 2

BY MIKE GERTZMAN | COMMUNIT Y COUNCIL

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Ranch residents will likely see new buildings rising in the Corporate Center this year.

Three lots, formerly owned by Great Hearts Academy and previously proposed as a site for an athletic field, were purchased by Capital Industrial Holdings, LLC.

The developers have submitted plans to the City of Scottsdale and the DC Ranch Covenant Commission for a project that consists of four, two-story buildings with a total size of 53,000 square feet. One building is just for office space; the other three are a combination of office and warehouse space.

Randy Shell with Shell Commercial Investment Real Estate is working on the project. He said the buildings are versatile and designed to have aesthetic appeal while blending in the with the look of DC Ranch and Market Street.

The buildings will feature split-face masonry, stone accents, metal roofs and insulated glass windows. Gabions, cages filled with rocks indigenous to the site, will also be used to give the property a look that matches its surroundings.

“There are very few free-standing buildings of this size locally,” said Shell. “A business owner living in DC Ranch might be very interested in this space.”

The City of Scottsdale and the DC Ranch Covenant Commission must approve the project. Changes to a project like this often occur during the approval process. Construction is expected to take six months.

Architectural design renderings for new buildings proposed for the DC Ranch Corporate Center.

2019 Resident survey DC Ranch conducts a resident survey every three years to better understand the demographics, interests and preferences of community members.

Please keep an eye out for your email invitation, or visit dcranch.com for a link to fill out the anonymous online questionnaire on behalf of your household. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact the Community Council at 480.585.1641. Your input is greatly appreciated!

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BY ALEXANDRA DUEMER | COMMUNIT Y COUNCIL

he Reata Wash Floodplain is a 7.5 square mile area north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard that impacts North Scottsdale. In October of last year, heavy rains caused flash flooding in parts of the community bringing some attention back to the natural flood hazards that exist in our area. Delineated by FEMA in 1993, the Reata Wash Floodplain has needed improvements for years. In early 2018, the Scottsdale City Council authorized moving forward with design of a flood control project to reduce flood hazards in this area. “We believe we can greatly reduce flood hazards within this area by generally confining flows to Reata Wash, from Pinnacle Peak Road to existing retention basins within WestWorld,” says Ashley Couch, the Drainage and Flood Control Program Manager and Floodplain Administrator with the City of Scottsdale. He is now overseeing an ongoing project to improve the floodplain, primarily by constructing or improving levees along Reata Wash, that could protect 4,600 residential, commercial and public structures by creating a channel for most of the water to flow as it heads downstream.

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“It could be extensive, we’re talking hundreds or maybe even thousands of structures that could be damaged by flooding,” Couch said. In addition to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, it would greatly reduce flood insurance costs which cost policy holders $1.8 million in annual premiums (data from 2016). The project comes with an estimated price tag of $43 million. The City of Scottsdale and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County will split the cost. Couch says the City’s share of necessary funding to complete the project is not yet available, but the City Council has appropriated funds for preliminary design. Should the anticipated project schedule go as planned, construction would begin in 2021 and be completed in 2023.

Couch says, “It hinges on two things ... getting city funding for the city’s share of the project and public support for the project.” The project is broadly supported by city staff, the general public in the vicinity, certain stakeholders such as the DC Ranch Association, Grayhawk Master HOA and Pima Acres HOA, and appears to be supported by a majority of City Council members. One of the project objectives is to design the flood control channel to look as natural as possible by utilizing context-sensitive design elements, such as covering revetments with native desert soil and revegetating disturbed areas.

Go with the flow:

How Reata Wash affects DC Ranch The project would provide substantial economic benefits to property owners within the Reata Wash Floodplain in terms of future flood hazards mitigated, estimated at $370 million over the 100-year life cycle of the project. This is a conservative estimate, since flood damage is likely in events smaller than a 100-year flood.

Additional information can be found at scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/ project-list/reata-wash.

STORM MANAGEMENT IN DC RANCH

Darren Shaw, Ranch Association Executive Director reports: “The flash flood event on Oct. 23, 2018 was significant in the community. There were actually two storms that day; one dropped more than two inches of rain in the Upper Canyon, the other dropped almost five inches north of DC Ranch. When all of that water flowed downhill, it exposed areas of the storm water drainage

system that could be improved. A few homes were damaged as a result.

Since then, we have consulted with civil engineers, the City of Scottsdale and contractors in this line of work. System repairs in the Upper Canyon began in February. Work on other areas in the Country Club Village began in December. We are working closely with the Country Club at DC Ranch on some of these repairs, where there is a joint responsibility.

The redesign of a few washes are being considered. There are also more than 180 culverts in DC Ranch that facilitate the flow of storm water. These culverts are part of a comprehensive inspection and maintenance plan. Staff is working to establish a formalized Stormwater Management Plan to minimize the effects of flash floods in the future.”


1 New floodwall to prevent water from breaking out to the Southwest. New 1,000-foot hard lined U-channel with a grouted rock bottom. 2N New 1,350-foot concrete U-channel and a concrete channel transition structure. New diversion wall to direct a portion of the stormwater from the Reata Wash corridor to Dobson Wash. 2S New grouted rock trapezoidal channel. New culvert at Foothills Drive. 3N New grouted rock trapezoidal channel. New culvert at Cross Canyon Way. 3S Enhanced buried bank protection on the east bank. New buried bank protection and surface protection along portions of the west bank. 4 Enhanced buried bank protection and surface bank protection along portions of the east and west banks with levee enhancements along portions of the west bank. 5 New earthen channel with buried bank protection with a drop structure and sediment basin.

Reata Wash Flood Control Improvement Study

Legend  Reach 1  Reach 2  Reach 3  Reach 4  Reach 5 Reata Wash FEMA Floodplain  Zone AD  Zone A

SCOTTSDALE FLOOD HISTORY Flooding is nothing new for Scottsdale. The Indian Bend Wash, or 11-mile “Greenbelt” which extends from Shea Boulevard to McKellips Road along Hayden, is one of many examples on how innovative thinking and citizen involvement transformed a nuisance to a civic treasure. Long subject to weeds, mosquitoes and devastating flash floods that periodically engulfed neighborhoods, the Indian Bend Wash drains Scottsdale toward the Salt River in Tempe. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County initiated a plan in 1959 to line the wash with a 170foot wide, 23-foot deep concrete channel. Concerned citizens banded together with the City Council in 1964 to change that plan to something more attractive and useable. It took until 1973 to begin the 1,100acre project in earnest. On June 22, 1972 the City’s worst flood on record devastated the community, providing motivation for a $10 million city bond issue to be combined with federal funding for one of the first projects of its kind. Today, the Greenbelt is touted as a worldrenowned flood control project and rated among the top urban “green spaces” in Arizona.

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BY CHELSEA HAMILTON | SIMPLE JANE

annabidiol (CBD) is a hot topic in the health and wellness space. You may have seen everything from cocktails to beauty products touting the amazing health benefits of CBD. But what exactly is it?

Health Club & Spas is now offering massages with CBD oil.

The best part about enjoying the benefits of cannabis wellness with CBD products is the convenience. Hemp-derived CBD products are legal to buy, sell, consume and ship within the United States, without a medical card. It’s only the beginning for American consumers. With the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the CBD market is slated to grow 700 percent by 2020.

High-quality CBD is derived from industrial hemp plants but eliminates the intoxicating effects of THC. The pain-relievCBD’s pain-relieving With a flush of new ing qualities make it products on the a natural resource for qualities make it a market, it is essential people looking for renatural resource for for consumers to be lief from chronic pain, people looking for conscious of what injuries or long-term they are buying. illness. In fact, the largrelief from chronic When choosing CBD est market for CBD has products to incorpopain, injuries or been Baby Boomers long-term illness. rate into a wellness who are looking for routine, check to be alternative solutions outside sure that they are triple tested for of pharmaceutical treatments, pesticides/herbicides, non-GMO according to Forbes magazine. and quality-assured to deliver the best and most effective results. Thanks to the increasing availability of products, there are a variety A recent addition to the DC Ranch of ways to experience the benefits Marketplace in the CUBE Executive of CBD. For people looking to take Suites, CBD wellness company CBD internally, there are capsules Simple Jane creates a line of luxury or oils that can be ingested as a topical products including massage part of a health and wellness regioils (found in various local spas), men. For people who want to treat balms and more as an introduction specific localized ailments such as to those who are curious about the skin irritations, muscle soreness benefits of CBD products. or joint pain, a topical product such Interested in learning more? as a massage oil or balm might be Visit simplejane.co for more details the best bet. It’s becoming more and local event experiences. common for professional massage therapists to use CBD oil. Village


Planning your day of adventure BY ANNEMARIE KRUSE | ARIZONA OUTBACK ADVENTURES

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here are many reasons that Scottsdale has been called the “most livable city,” and one of them is the incredible outdoor adventure opportunities that abound in and around town. The Sonoran Desert is the most tropical desert in North America, which makes it the perfect home for unique plants and animals from giant saguaro cactus, to abundant spring wildflowers, more than a dozen species of hummingbirds and a wide range of other wildlife. When heading out into the desert on an adventure, it’s important that you plan adequately for all of the potential risks and hazards in the desert. Here are some tips:

Step 1 | What’s your goal for the day? Ask yourself, are you looking to go

on an epic hike or are you more in search of fresh air, scenic views and good photo ops? There are opportunities for both in the desert around Scottsdale. Setting out with a goal in mind can make your planning easier and your adventure more rewarding.

Step 2 | Do your research and map your route. Choose your trail carefully with your goal in mind. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has detailed trail maps with mileage and elevation change noted. Online resources like the Hiking Project app, trails.com, or AllTrails.com offer reviews where you can read what others have said about their experience on that trail. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards are another great resource; these volunteers set up stations at the Preserve trailheads and love talking with curious hikers and bikers about where to go in the area.

Step 3 | Don’t get caught unprepared. The biggest dangers

you will likely encounter on your desert adventure are the sun and the plants. Experts recommend always wearing or bringing a hat and sunscreen, plenty of water and food. How much water? When temperatures are above 70 degrees, plan to drink 1 liter of water for every hour you are outside. Most hikers travel at a speed of 1.5-3 miles/hour. This can help you calculate the amount of water you should carry. It’s also important to carry a salty snack. When you sweat, your body depletes itself of salts vital to helping your body function properly. Salty snacks and electrolytes will replenish those reserves. A basic first aid kit with tweezers can be your best friend after an encounter with a cactus.

Step 4 | Tell a friend where you’re going. This is important anytime you head out on an adventure, however big or small. There are a lot of places where cell phone service is unreliable, so it is important that someone knows where you’ve gone in case you fall, twist an ankle or get stuck on the trail. Have fun! There is so much to see and discover in the Sonoran Desert. You could plan a different adventure for every day and continue to encounter new wildlife and explore new trails for seemingly forever! For guided, all-inclusive adventures, visit aoa-adventures.com for departures out of DC Ranch. AOA is located in the DC Ranch Corporate Center.

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Neighborhood Spotlight

Country Club Village

MEET NEIGHBORHOOD VOTING MEMBERS: MICHELLE CROSS

In 2019, a different neighborhood within DC Ranch will be showcased each month. Learn about who and what makes these areas a special place to call home.

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his month we will explore some of the original neighborhoods of DC Ranch located in the Country Club Village. This residential village is situated between the Reata Wash and Pima Road stretching from Thompson Peak Parkway to the community’s northern boundary. What is most strikingly noticeable is how well the terrain of Country Club blends with the natural Sonoran Desert, more so than any other area of DC Ranch. It offers breathtaking views of the Valley and the McDowell Mountains looking across the 18-hole, DC Ranch Country Club par-71 golf course designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought.

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Michelle Cross

This community is a mix of custom and non-custom single-family homes and attached patio and townhomes. The architectural style ranges from Western Regional Farm and Ranch House to traditional Spanish eclectic and contemporary versions of Prairie, Pueblo and Western Regional. There are also two condominium subassociations; Columbia Community borders Pima Road and Tapadero is nestled next to the lakes near the

Don Matheson

West Gate entrance. Mention must also be made of the Country Club at DC Ranch which plans to unveil its $8.5 million expansion this spring. Renovations include a new fitness center, group exercise rooms, resort-style pool, casual indoor dining room, poolside bar, tween room, expanded kid’s playroom, ladies’ lounge and a larger clubhouse kitchen.

e love the walkability here and enjoy the ‘hood parties’ with neighbors, who we can always count on to watch out for each other. Becoming an NVM is a great opportunity to learn where the community is heading and be sure neighbors understand. It’s also a way to learn about who to talk with in DC Ranch when things need to be evaluated.”

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have served as a Neighborhood Voting Member and Alternate for five years now and I’m excited to serve again in 2019. I was also on the Ranch Association Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. I really enjoy working with my neighbors to make DC Ranch the best it can be and have some great ideas that I’ll be sharing with neighbors.”


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The purpose of stress is not to harm us, but to warn and protect us. It alerts us when something is wrong, and it would be dangerous for us not to have it. But we are the only species that speeds up when we are anxious, rather than slow down. So, let’s teach our kids to slow down for a minute and be aware of their feelings.

Third, let’s help our kids learn what to do in response to their feelings rather than avoid them. Unfortunately, I have witnessed many parents try to distract their child when emotions run high. This just teaches them to avoid their feelings. Addictions thrive on distractions and really only make anxiety worse. Kids will find much more dangerous methods to avoid their emotions as they get older if we do not teach them how to resolve them.

The first thing I teach kids to do once they identify their feeling is to calm down. Here is a simple exercise you can do together: Put your hand on your belly. Take a deep breath in and watch as it pushes your hand out. Now breathe out and watch your hand go back in. Repeat slowly. For little kids, ask them to cup their hands and pretend they are holding a bowl of soup, have them bring it to their face, smell how good it is, blow on it to cool it. Repeat.

Helping children combat stress

Sit down with your child and ask them to describe their feelings in their own words. Ask them where they are feeling stress in their body and what they think it is trying to tell them. Then LISTEN. We are quick to want to try and save our kids from their feelings and that is not helping them. They will have feelings their whole lives and need to learn how to manage them, not avoid them. Many times, just talking about our feelings allows us to calm down.

Second, let’s stop labeling feelings as good or bad. Kids don’t get to control

when feelings show up any more than you or I do. Let’s acknowledge we feel them and then DECIDE what to do with them. That will never happen if we tell kids they shouldn’t feel the way they do in our words or actions. That will just make our kids stop telling us when they feel them.

Taking the time to do these exercises physiologically calms the body and makes them able to think more clearly (adults too). THEN talk to your kids about the options for response and what they think they should do. Let them come up with ideas to solve their own problem and ask questions about how their ideas might work for them. It’s worth the time it takes to do this, so they will someday be able to handle stress without you. If you need further help, Workshops for Youth and Families is a wonderful resource. They have been teaching kids stress management for forty years and run camps for kids ages 9 to 19 all year long in DC Ranch. Visit workshopsaz.org for more information.


Around Scottsdale Scottsdale’s best seasonal events

Beautiful weather makes this time of year perfect for outdoor events!

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. 13-April 7, on the Civic Center Mall. ScottsdalePerformingArts.org, search “Sunday A’fair”

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk— an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area enjoying dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, year ’round in Old Town. ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Sunday A’Fair minifestivals continue on the Civic Center Mall during March. Sunday A’Fair

features free outdoor concerts by the Valley’s top

Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show runs March 2-10 at WestWorld. Watch more than

1,000 of the country’s best quarter horses and riders compete in reining, ranch riding, versatility, trail, roping, working cow horse and cutting. The action takes place Saturday, March 2, through Sunday, March 10, at WestWorld. SunCircuit.com

Dive into Saturday spring swim lessons, March 2-April 20. Participation in swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children through age 4. Lessons are offered at Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “aquatics”

calf roping, cowgirl’s barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping. ParadaDelSol.net

Library offers “Introduction to Birding.”

Learn the fundamentals of birding and nature study from the Maricopa Audubon Society. Participants in this five-part series will gather from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays arch 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Appaloosa Library. The final class will be a field trip aturday, April 6 time to be determined). Class size limited to 18; register soon! ScottsdaleLibrary.org

Parada del Sol Rodeo runs March 7-10.

This annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo is held at WestWorld. Events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding,

Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place March 8-10. Explore the works of

nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall. Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food and lots of other fun. ScottsdaleArtsFestival.org

Did you know that there is a shortage of homes on the market in Scottsdale? Thinking of listing your home? This may be the right time!

Janet Pennewell | Pat Simpson

Janet: 602.565.5746 | Pat: 480.433.5712 Email: info@WelcomeToScottsdaleHomes.com WelcomeToScottsdaleHomes.com

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The Best Decision in DC R anch • Silverleaf Realty is the #1 brokerage in DC Ranch.* • In 2018, five Silverleaf Realty agents ranked in the top 6 in DC Ranch sales.* • In 2018, homes in Silverleaf sold on average 27% higher per square foot when a Silverleaf Realty agent was involved in the sale. • Silverleaf Realty was involved in three of the top four highest priced home sales in The Country Club at DC Ranch in 2018.

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*Based on 2018 MLS market penetration report. If your property is currently listed, this is not meant as a solicitation. Prices and property availability remain subject to change. © 2019 Silverleaf Realty

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