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DC Ranch Women’s Club gets social


A second act for DC Ranch resident


Learning the ABCs of water safety

Creating the

next generation of leaders Summer workshops teach youth valuable life skills

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Camp DC Ranch 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

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May is a month full of exciting transition. For many, it means the end of the school year, graduation parties, vacations, and summer camps.

This month’s cover story features a variety of summer camps for DC Ranch residents, including the awardwinning Workshops for Youth and Families. Developed by Dr. Francis Mills-Yerger more than 30 years ago, Workshops day camps combine fun, friends, creativity and learning.

Workshops camps are conveniently located at The Homestead Community Center. Through a unique, peer mentorship model, participants thrive on the connection of older teens mentoring them through their own experiences. Each session includes a highly personalized, hands-on approach to teach Workshop participants essential life skills. What’s more, DC Ranch residents receive 50 percent off enrollment! DC Ranch and its partners offer a variety of other summer camps, too, including swim camps and sports camps. There are plenty of engaging adult activities planned for the summer as well. Comedy Nights at The Homestead are back by popular demand starting in June. Some of the Valley’s top comedians bring their acts to the cool and convenient Homestead Community Center for an evening full of laughs.

This month’s issue also includes a wonderful profile on page 9 of a resident living out what she likes to call, her “second act.” It’s both heart-warming and inspirational. For all those vacationers and seasonal residents, safe travels. Here’s to a great May!

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Ranch Updates


he Ranch Association Annual Meeting held April 2 commemorated 20 years of life at DC Ranch. A presentation by DMB Founding Partner Drew Brown highlighted the event with a crowd of about 120 residents. The presentation entertained and educated attendees through vintage photographs, newspaper clippings and early development renderings. He shared fond memories of DC Ranch’s growth that is rooted in creating a great sense of community, which still flourishes today.

built-out, while Arcadia, Horseshoe Canyon and the Upper Canyon in Silverleaf were in the early stages of construction. Throughout the community, about 30-percent of the planned 732 custom lots had been completed. The southern part of DC Ranch was just getting underway with roadways and utility connections being laid in the Desert Parks Village; now home to Desert Haciendas, The Estates, Terrace Homes East and West, Park and Manor, The Villas and the two apartment complexes-Camden Foothills and Desert Parks Vista.

2018 Annual Meeting celebrates 20 years

The primary focus of the meeting was to announce the Ranch Association Board election results. Quorum was achieved through votes from 31 Neighborhood Voting Members representing 76-percent of the community’s 2,650 lots.

The first resident-president was elected in 2007 when Robbi Henrickson took the helm. At that time, custom homes in Country Club Village were about 70 percent

DC Ranch Design Review Manager Jan Baratta provided an overview of custom building in 2017. Today, 164 vacant land lots remain. In 2018, sales in DC Ranch broke Arizona records twice for the most expensive homes sold in the state. In February, a custom mansion sold for $17.5 million and in March, another closed at $18.8 million, both in Silverleaf Village.

Summer fun at Desert Camp pool Temperatures are rising and the Desert Camp Community Center is the perfect place to cool off and enjoy those long hot summer days. Desert Camp offers residents a variety of amenities including a zero depth toddler pool and a 25-yard main pool with three dedicated lap lanes. Residents can relax poolside in the Toddler or West Cabana or lounge under one of 12 extralarge shade umbrellas.

The Toddler Cabana and West Cabana are available for rent and perfect for your summer birthday party or special event. Pricing varies and depends on the size of the group.

To ensure the poolside experience is enjoyable for all DC Ranch residents, please adhere to the rules posted throughout the facility. Here are a few important rules to remember:


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• No lifeguards; swim at your own risk. • Children under 14 must be accompanied by parent. • No glass allowed in or on the pool deck. • Desert Camp staff have the right to deny use to anyone for infraction of the rules. • Guests must be accompanied by a resident and are restricted to 2 per resident with a maximum of 4 per family. Please arrange a cabana rental for groups larger than 10 no later than a minimum of one week prior to requested date. • Residents may bring private swim instructors for lessons. Please contact the front desk for the most current swim instructor policies and times. For more information, contact Rental Specialist Jessica Ruemler at jessica.

(Left to right) Candidates Vince Durocher, Mike Esparza, Susan Grace, Stephen Koven and Don Matheson took questions from attendees at a Meet the Candidates Night on March 14 moderated by outgoingBoard Secretary Tom Headley. Not pictured: Candidate Sheryl Lowenhar.

New Ranch Association board announced

The 2018 Ranch Association Board of Directors election is in the books. The newly-seated board includes incumbents Susan Grace and Mike Esparza, and newcomers Vince Durocher and Stephen Koven who will each serve a two-year term. Officer positions for the 2018 year will be voted upon at the May 7 Ranch Association board meeting set for 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Six candidates competed for four open positions. The Ranch Association Board is elected by residents of the community who are represented by Neighborhood Voting Members, who formally cast votes on behalf of their neighbor constituents. In areas not represented by a NVM, residents receive an individual ballot per lot owned. To be counted, ballots were due by 10 a.m. on April 2, at which time the results were tabulated at The Ranch Offices. The election results were announced at the Annual Meeting later that evening at The Homestead Community Center.

Scottsdale Fire headlines Landscape Workshop


Scottsdale Fire Deputy Marshal Jim Ford educates homeowners on the importance of fire fuel management. For more information, contact the fire department at 480.312.1855.

ire Deputy Marshal Jim Ford engaged residents with his presentation on creating and maintaining defensible space between houses and certain landscape vegetation to help protect homes in the event of a wildfire. Removing weeds, brush, and dried or dead vegetation (fire fuels) can keep a fire at distance and reduce risk of flying embers. Defensible space should extend outwards about 30 feet from the home. Nearly 40 homeowners and contractors attended the March 19 presentation that also covered the use of lighting, desert pavement, chemical applications and water management. In honor of the 20th anniversary, residents who completed the course received a $200 credit towards an exterior modification fee. The landscapers who attended received a certificate of completion and are listed on the DC Ranch certified provider list at Another presentation focused on Safety and Security is planned for October, and will feature a presentation from the Scottsdale Police department.

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

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


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



Grapenuts: To Aerate or not to Aerate? 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


DC Ranch Women’s Club: Spring Social 5 to 7 p.m. Camden Foothills Social Lounge


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

Save the Date Comedy Night at The Homestead Saturday, June 9 | Doors open at 6:30; Event starts at 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

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DC Ranch Gives Group Service Project: United Way 7 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at The Homestead


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


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 All Levels Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 3 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. See page 12 for more information Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Aqua Yoga Tues | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp

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Mark your calendar for Comedy Night! You don’t have to drive to Old Town Scottsdale or Phoenix to hear some of the funniest stand-up comedians in the business—DC Ranch will bring them to you. Spend an entertaining evening at The Homestead laughing out loud with friends and neighbors! For more information, please visit

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DC Ranch Women’s Club: Spring Social Thursday, May 10 | 5 to 7 p.m. Camden Foothills Social Lounge




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The DC Ranch Women’s Club invites you to their annual Spring Social to enjoy wine, appetizers and great conversation with a welcoming group of women. Take in the gorgeous mountain views from the beautifully appointed Camden Foothills Clubhouse Social Lounge.

Starlight Concert Series: Rock Lobster Friday, May 11 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Park Join your neighbors and friends for the final concert in the Starlight Concert Series. Jam to popular 80's hits with rock band Rock Lobster. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs, and dinner for a spring picnic under the stars. Mauna Kea will serve refreshing shaved ice treats. Due to noise levels and safety concerns, please leave your canine friends at home.


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DC Ranch Gives Service Project: Valley of the Sun United Way Saturday, May 12 | 7 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at The Homestead Join your neighbors to assemble WeekEND Hunger Backpacks for United Way. The packs are filled with non-perishable meals and snacks to be distributed weekly to local Phoenix schools. Transportation, water, and a DC Ranch Gives volunteer shirt are provided. All funds collected will be donated to Valley of the Sun United Way. This opportunity is limited to 20 volunteers ages 5+.


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Newsworthy Did you take the Program and Events Survey? In April, residents were emailed a short online survey about the Programs and Events offerings at DC Ranch. This is an opportunity to share opinions regarding the current programs, and give suggestions for new or improved activities. The online survey is open until May 12. If you did not receive an email link to the survey please contact the Communications Team at or 480.585.1641.

$18.8 million home sale in DC Ranch

A home located in Silverleaf’s Upper Canyon neighborhood shattered the record for the priciest home sale in Arizona. Another home sold in Silverleaf in February for $17.5 million. The highest selling home prior to these was in Paradise Valley. It sold in December of 2017 for $15.65 million. According to the Arizona Republic, the number of homes selling for over $3 million this year has doubled compared to the same time frame last year.

New Chase Bank branch coming to the neighborhood

APMI has submitted plans to the City of Scottsdale to develop a one-story Chase Bank building on the northwest corner of Legacy and Pima. The bank will have two entrances, one on Legacy Boulevard and one from southbound Pima and will include two drive through ATMs. A site plan with building elevations is available on

New Community Council board members

Residents Natalie Ingram and Jim Patterson have been elected to serve on the DC Ranch Community Council Board of Directors. Ingram has been an executive recruiter in the technology field for more than 25 years and recently started her own firm, Ingram Recruiting. Ingram has lived in DC Ranch for more


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than three years, is married and has two children that attend Copper Ridge School.

Patterson and his wife have lived in DC Ranch since 1999. Patterson has been in the banking industry for more Jim Patterson than 40 years, currently serving as CEO Natalie Ingram of UMB Bank for the region. He has served as chairman of the Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees and been recognized four times as an AZ Business Magazine Most Admired Leader. From 2008-2009, Patterson served as treasurer on the Ranch Association Board.

Ingram and Patterson replace Pat Simpson and Marc Blonstein who each served six years on the Council board. Simpson and Blonstein were instrumental in the oversight of many positive changes for the community to include increasing the Council’s reserve fund, conducting a brand study and strategic plan initiative, and completing improvements at the two community centers and Market Street Park. The Community Council Board of Directors also selected new officers whose 1-year term began in April: Ron Belmont, President; Mark Eberle, Vice President; and Jim Patterson, Secretary/Treasurer. Additional directors include Jill Edwards Resnick, Bud Kern, and Jill Hegardt.

The Community Council engages in public policy advocacy to provide DC Ranch with early identification of matters that may positively or negatively impact the community. The Council’s goal is to be a positive and contributing member of the Scottsdale community-at-large that supports the city’s vitality while enhancing DC Ranch’s desirability. For the most up-to-date information, visit and click on News and Events.



ancy Rossman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, settled in Arizona 25 years ago and hasn’t looked back—she doesn’t miss the snow one bit. The silverhaired beauty retired from a 29 year career as a commercial real estate broker, but has found a second career as an author, model and actress. She’s since authored two books: Nothing for Tomorrow: A Memoir, and First Love, Last Dance, a love story about her mother’s second chance at love. However, the new titles of “model” and “actress” are still taking some getting used to.

“Someone suggested that I get into modeling and acting. Honestly, it wasn’t something that I ever considered. There was an open call so I decided to go to see what would happen. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going,” said Rossman. A few weeks later, Rossman received a call back to meet with the owner of Ford/Robert Black Agency. She went for a quick interview and, soon after, she was embarking on a new journey.

According to Rossman, there’s a high demand for seniors in modeling and acting. Seniors now make up for 25 percent of work in the industry. Rossman and her husband, Sheldon Epstein, live in the Courtyards at Desert Parks community in

A Second Act for DC Ranch resident (Left) Rossman competed in the 26th annual The Spice of Life talent show in April.

DC Ranch. Together, they stay physically fit by cycling, hiking and swimming. They especially enjoy morning walks with their dog Sadie Rose. When asked what her husband thinks of her newfound career, she beams, “he’s really proud and supportive of me. He enjoys telling neighbors and friends that his wife is a model.” She’s worked with some notable names in the Valley. Rossman’s first modeling job was as a housewife in a Meritage Homes commercial.

“Being on a set with hair, makeup and working with a stylist was a fun experience and outside of my normal life. I wanted to do more,” said Rossman.

She takes her craft seriously and believes it’s important to stay sharp regardless of the industry. She sharpens her skills by taking acting and improv classes. Rossman has also competed in two senior talent shows—Spice of Life Senior Variety Show and Entertainment Extravaganza—as well as a beauty pageant. In 2014, she took home the title of Ms. Senior Arizona in the pageant. Rossman enjoys introducing others who are in the second act of their life to the opportunities that modeling has opened up for her. In fact, Rossman recruited fellow DC Ranch resident and retired military veteran, Mark LeVally.

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Ranch began its partnership with Workshops for Youth and Families (now a program of notMYkid) to strengthen local families and develop emotional, social and leadership skills in tweens and teens.

Workshops for Youth and Families was originally founded by Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, or Dr. Franny, in 1979 as an educational program using trained teens to mentor other youth to develop resiliency and assist them with important relationship skills.

Each summer, over 1,000 tweens and teens, ages 9 to 19, gather at The Homestead Community Center for week-long interactive educational workshops centered on helping participants develop self-expression, empathy and life coping skills. “The workshops are preventative measures for children. It’s a character-enhancing program. They learn their values and principles at home and from their faith-based institutions. Our programs enhance their personalities and embrace their uniqueness. We hope to teach them how to handle issues before they happen or avoid them altogether,” said

Summer Workshops teach youth valuable life skills

Workshops for Youth and Families summer schedule All programs are conducted at The Homestead Community Center Workshops are $100 for DC Ranch residents and $200 for nonresidents

Footprints Ages 9 to 12 Sunday, June 10 (orientation) | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trailblazers Ages 13 to 15 Sunday, June 24 (orientation)| 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29 | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.* *Wednesday, June 27 will end at 9 p.m.

Pathfinder Ages 9 to 12 Sunday, July 15 (orientation) | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Journey Ages 15 to 19 Sunday, July 22 (orientation) | 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 23 to Thursday, July 26 | 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Dr. Franny. “They may be teenagers but they’re still just kids inside. Maturity is built with experience.” Children deal with many of the same societal pressures and influences as previous generations; however, the addition of technology has heightened children’s vulnerability. In fact, Dr. Franny has found social media to be one of the biggest threats affecting children’s self-worth today. According to Dr. Franny, children can be cruel and hurtful to others using something as simple as social media to bully and start rumors. The workshops teach children to stifle negativity and be compassionate to others.

Mentors, called peer leaders, are a significant component of the workshops. Participants are put in groups of six or eight called “families.” Each family is paired with one or two trained peer leaders who were former participants in the workshops. Together, the families offer each other support and guidance to build a foundation of trust. The exercises combine a learning component in an exciting atmosphere which is important for emotional regulation, conflict resolution, under-

standing, tolerance, responsibility and honesty. Many people—adults and children—are afraid to express their emotions. Workshops provide handson age-appropriate exercises that teach children how to express their feelings and as well as how to be a good friend. For instance, on talent day or “creativity afternoon,” each family will put on a talent show that incorporates their unique talents and gifts. Laughter can be heard echoing throughout the halls of The Homestead. Children will also participate in life-changing exercises. For instance in the validation exercise, they must write four validations about themselves to share with a partner. Then, they have to consider who in their home needs to hear validation the most, and what they need to hear. For homework, children will write that person a note of validation from the heart and leave it where that person can find it. The next day, children will share how the exercise went with the group.

“Funny enough, children usually choose to validate a sibling. We’ve found that they don’t tell each other how much they appreciate them enough.


r. Frances Mills-Yerger, or Dr. Franny as she is so affectionately called, is the original Founder and Master Facilitator of Workshops for Youth and Families. Dr. Franny founded the Scottsdale based nonprofit organization when she noticed a need for a social and emotional learning program for own her teens. In January 2017, the program officially gifted the workshops to notMYkid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring positive life choices, however, Dr. Franny has stayed on as a Master Facilitator and is currently training future facilitators.

won several awards for her positive impact on children and families including the Spirit of Community Leadership Award and the Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award among others.

The Jackson, Mississippi native moved to Arizona in the late 1960s and her Southern accent and infectious laugh can be heard a mile away.

Get to know Dr. Franny

The mission is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago—to foster personal leadership and resiliency in youth and families through programs that inspire positive growth and change.

Dr. Franny has her Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and has retired from her private practice of 20 years. She has

Dr. Franny and her partner developed the first workshop in California in 1979 with 20 participants. She later launched the program in Arizona where it has gone on to influence 40,000 children since 1979.

Although now retired, she’s still actively involved and continues to play a significant role with notMYkid as a trainer and facilitator. She feels as though she still has work to do with the youth of today, so don’t be surprised if you find her at a workshop offering children plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.

DC Ranch Summer Art Camps Summer Arts Camp: Harry Potter Monday, June 4 to Friday, June 8 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Ages 8 and older $100 for residents; nonresidents $200 Experience the magic of Hogwarts at The Homestead! Children will explore the deliciousness of Butterbeer, the excitement of magic and potions classes, and the thrill of playing Quidditch.

Can you imagine how a few loving words can strengthen that bond?” said Dr. Franny.

Participants of the program often take their leadership skills off to high school or college and come back as Peer Leaders or on the Leadership Team to work with the next generation of youth. Each peer mentor must complete 350 hours of volunteer work in the Workshop programs and 750 hours on the Leadership Team. The workshops also have a lasting impact on communities around the country. Over 70 percent of children who participate go on to careers with superior leadership abilities. Their love of volunteering in their workplaces and communities becomes a valuable asset in their lives. At the completion of the program, all children receive a certificate.

For more information or to register for workshops, visit or call 602.652.0163. DC Ranch residents receive a special discounted rate of $100 per workshop. Nonresidents are also welcome to attend at a rate of $200.

Participants, ages 8 and older, will delight in making their own wands, creating wizarding world characters, and immersing themselves in total creativity. This camp will combine visual arts, theatre, communication skills, and fun for a fantastic exploration of JK Rowling’s stories. For more information, please call Lindsay Vanegas at 480.538.3542.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “The Pied Piper” Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 | Noon to 4:30 p.m. Performance on Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m. Ages 6 and older $100 for residents; $200 for nonresidents The nationally-renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre is bringing the musical production “The Pied Piper” to The Homestead Playhouse! Children, ages 6 and older, 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.

DC Ranch summer fitness camp at The Village DC Ranch Ages 5 to 12 | Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, Aug. 3 Full day 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | $300 for DC Ranch residents* Half day 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 12 to 3:30 p.m. | $175 for DC Ranch residents* Drop-in $75 per day The DC Ranch Village Health Club offers residents a comprehensive, fun-filled summer camp for children, ages 5 to 12. Children will meet new friends and learn a variety of skills through supervised, age-appropriate instruction and activities. Activities will include tennis, swimming and yoga. For more information, please call the Kids Club at 480.515.5525. *Residents will receive an early bird discount if they register before Friday, May 11

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The ABC’s of water safety



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ummer is fast approaching which means it’s time to revisit the dos and don’ts of pool and water safety. While the pool can be a source of great family fun, it can also pose a significant risk to children if not properly managed. In 2015, the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program identified 67 life threatening injuries resulting from water. The good news is there are basic fundamentals to water and pool safety that, if followed, can drastically reduce the risk of drowning or severe injury.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona promotes a simple and direct approach to water safety, asking adults to simply adhere to the ABC’s of water safety.

Adult Supervision A sober adult must always be with children around water. The adult must be watching children, without distractions.

AquaSafe Swim League

Monday, April 30 to Wednesday, July 25 $100 fee (DC Ranch residents receive 10% discount) AquaSafe Swim School and DC Ranch formed a partnership in 2015 to provide a recreational youth swim team program to resident families. AquaSafe’s facilities are located within the DC Ranch area. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Swimmers will participate in about 10 swim meets between May and July. Swim meets are normally held on Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings or afternoons, and will run approximately 2.5 hours. The deadline to register is Tuesday, June 12. The one-time fee of $100 will include the team suit, cap, t-shirt, entry fees and end of season party. For more information, please call 480.425.7946.

Avoid chores, phone calls, texting, reading, or conversations.

Barriers Think of a barrier as

anything that keeps you away from danger. Most people associate water safety barriers with those that prevent access to a pool, such as gates, fences, and code compliant doors leading from the house. Less obvious barriers include things such as locked doggie doors, closed toilet lids, and bathroom doors that are closed, preventing a child from getting into a full bathtub.

Classes Everyone should take swimming lessons and learn to swim! Older children and adults should take CPR classes so they know what to do in an emergency situation.

Parents need to be especially vigilant when visiting friends and loved ones who may not have the necessary safeguards in place at their homes. Be aware of doggy doors, unlocked gates, garage access to backyards, and other ways your children could find their way into a pool area unknown to you while you are visiting. And finally, the more people that are in the pool, the higher the risk of an incident, because there can be a false sense of security by parents. According to statistics provided by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the incidence of childhood drowning is twice as likely to happen when more than eight people are in a pool. To prevent this situation, use the tried and true “watch watcher” approach by designating one adult whose sole responsibility is to monitor all activity in the pool.

By taking preventive measures and recognizing potential hazards, you can put your children in the best possible position to be safe in and around pools. Source: AquaSafe Swim School

raduation season is here. It’s an exciting time for new graduates everywhere as they embark on the next step of their journey into adulthood. If you have a child or family member graduating from high school or college, you have a reason to celebrate. You may be asking yourself what is the best gift to help prepare them for their financial future. Consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips to set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.


Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to gift a new graduate some shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services they like—and the very act of ownership can inspire them to learn more about investing and to ask questions: What causes the stock price to go up or down? How long should I hold this stock? Should I own several stocks like this one, or is it better to branch out to find new opportunities? Over time, they will become familiar with investing and how to make the best choices.


A child can open an IRA as long as he or she has some earned income. You might want to suggest a Roth IRA. With a Roth IRA, children can access their contributions at any time, tax- and penalty-free. However, they can’t touch the earnings without incurring both taxes and penalties until they reach the age of 59½. This encourages graduates to keep the money in their IRA intact, giving it the chance to grow.

PROVIDE FINANCIAL EDUCATION Unfortunately, most young people don’t receive much formal financial education. Of course, you can try to provide some of this knowledge, but, as you know, advice from loved ones sometimes goes ignored. You might get better results if you arrange for the recent graduate to meet with a financial professional. As mentioned above, owning stocks, and following their progress, can teach

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children and young adults a great deal about investing, but a financial professional can paint the “big picture.” A professional can explain how all aspects of money management —such as borrowing, budgeting, saving and investing—fit together to help individuals stay in control of their finances and make progress toward their important financial goals, such as buying a house and retiring in comfort. Recent graduates, whether leaving high school or college, are at “turning points” in their lives and can benefit greatly from understanding the importance of developing good, lifelong financial habits. This graduation season, give your new graduate the gift of financial education. It’s the gift that will last a lifetime!

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March marked the 20th anniversary of Brian and Leslie Gilchrist’s move to DC Ranch. In 1998, the couple put down a deposit and entered a lottery for a lot when DC Ranch was nothing more than a vision and a plot of land in north Scottsdale. Brian, a Massachusetts native and former school principal, and Leslie, an Arizonan and retired teacher, live in the Desert Camp Village community of DC Ranch. They originally chose the community to be closer to work but the mountains were the real driving force behind their decision.

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“I love to observe the color of the sunset as it comes over the mountains. This is where I wanted to be and, after all these years, it still hasn’t gotten old,” said Leslie.

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“I love to observe the color of the sunset as it comes over the mountains. This is where I wanted to be and, after all these years, it still hasn’t gotten old.” (Left) Brian and Leslie Gilchrist. (Top) Leslie and Girl Scouts at the Community Garden.

According to the Gilchrists, DC Ranch’s developer, DMB Associates, was always right there to walk them through the building process and even after the dust had settled in the new community some years later.

“The powers that be were always there for us. There were town meetings at cool venues. It was all tastefully done. Whenever we had an issue, we remember the next day there would be a beautiful basket on our doorstep as an apology. It was remarkable,” said Leslie.


DC Ranch has blossomed in those 20 years since they moved in. There are more families, laughs and memories, yet the sense of community remains the same.

The most noticeable difference the Gilchrists’ see is more established homes and landscaping and the beautiful community centers. “It’s like our own resort,” said Brian. Leslie is particularly fond of the lush landscaping. And, she should know since she was on the initial founding committee of the Community Garden at Copper Ridge School when it opened in 2014. Fondly referred to as the “Guardian of the Garden,”

Leslie spent countless hours at the Community Garden to make it what it is today and hopes residents take advantage of such a beneficial amenity in their own backyard.

“It was initially a challenge to get it going, but also a learning experience to grow things in the confines of the desert landscape,” said Leslie.

Brian has also made a significant impact at DC Ranch. He was on the original committee of residents who wrote the Community Values that DC Ranch still uses to fulfill its mission.

“DC Ranch spearheaded a committee of residents to write the values. We started with about 15 to 20 values and narrowed it down to eight,” said Brian. The values are as present today as they were 20 years ago and Brian is happy to see them listed in the front of Ranch News each month.

“Residents may not be able to list them by heart, but we all live it every day through our Sense of Community, Family and Healthy Lifestyles. Those are just a few we think of when we hear DC Ranch,” said Brian.

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Tips to avoid heat emergencies this summer BY JILL PARTRIDGE | MCDOWELL SONORAN CONSERVANCY


he Valley of the Sun is heating up. Avoid heat illnesses by taking the proper precautions for you and your pets while out enjoying the magnificent trails and activities offered in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

There are several symptoms that you may notice symptoms in the event of a heat emergency including:

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Heat Cramps Profuse sweating, fatigue, extreme thirst, muscle cramps Heat Exhaustion Headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea/vomit, cool/ moist skin Heat Stroke Elevated temperature of +103 degrees, confusion/irrational behavior, dry/hot skin, rapid shallow breathing, shock, seizures, unconscious

The Scottsdale Fire Department advises you to do the following in case of a heat emergency:

• Find shade or a cool location • Cool off with a wet cloth on

the neck, armpits and head

• Take a sip of cold water

• For muscle cramps, massage

muscles gently but firmly until relaxed • If symptoms worsen, call 911

What NOT to do:

• If vomiting, do not give anything

by mouth particularly if unconscious or unable to swallow • Do not underestimate the seriousness of a heat emergency

Hiking in the desert is fun when you follow these safety tips:

• Know your limitations. The Pre-

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serve contains 195 miles of trails. Learn trail distances and difficulty, major trail intersections and Preserve access points. It's a great idea to grab a free map available at the trailheads. • Be sure to stay hydrated beginning the day prior to hike/exercise, hour before hike, during and after. Take plenty of water along on the hike. The desert environment is

very dry and hot. Don't let yourself become dehydrated. • Wear proper clothing, lightweight and light color. Protect your head with a hat. Wear appropriate shoes. Many of the mountain area trails are uneven and rocky. • Wear sunblock. The sun is intense in certain times of the day. • Take a working cell phone with a fully charged battery. Cell phone access is available in most of the Preserve, though you may have to walk to a higher elevation to get a signal. • Hike with a buddy. • Always tell someone where you are hiking and when you to plan to return. • While in the Preserve, you will see numbered trail markers that can help rescuers find you in an emergency. Pay attention to them as you hike or bike by.

Enjoy the Conservancy summer lecture series indoors Mustang Library | 6 p.m.

May 28 Just plane business: The Scottsdale Airport— yesterday and today, presented by Steve Zionek June 5 Desert hacks and facts, presented by Dan Gruber June 26 History of the Valley’s canals and dams, presented by Leah Harrison July 3 Geology of the Valley of the Sun, presented by Jack McEnroe Aug 7 Biotic Bonanza—Desert ecology of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, presented by Jack McEnroe Sept 4 Inspired by Nature, presented by Jacques Giard

Around Scottsdale

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Concert Series runs April 29-July 1 Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks— or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

Plug into Electronics Recycling Day May 5

Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment., search “electronics recycling”

Stamp out hunger May 12 Help restock Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Place nonperishable food items near your mailbox Saturday, May 12, and your letter carrier will pick them up and deliver to food banks.

Savor Arizona Restaurant Week May 18-27

Food lovers have the opportunity to enjoy a threecourse, prix-fixe dinner menu. This statewide affair offers foodies


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a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare—it’s all on the table at Arizona Restaurant Week.

Most city offices closed May 28 for Memorial Day

Although most city offices will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day, the city will still pick up your trash. Simply place your container in the usual collection spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “holiday collection schedule”

Donate items for senior centers’ “Beat the Heat” program Contribute new reusable water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, bottled water, small healthy snack items, unused personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery store gift cards. Drop donations to the Via Linda Senior Center by early June., search “Beat the Heat”

HEALTHY, Beautiful TEETH and a nice confident smile make for a great first impression and do wonders for self-esteem. At North Scottsdale Dental Studio, we offer every convenience to make your visit as comfortable as it can be. Sedation dentistry and dental laser technology are among many of our advanced treatments that help alleviate dental anxiety and ensure first-class dental care.

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Distinctive Listings

Spanish Colonial Masterpiece in Silverleaf

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New Construction in Troon Artesano

19625 North 103rd Street – 2102 6 Bedroom / 8 Bath / 9,293 Sq. Ft. – $6,950,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

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

10761 East Buckskin Trail 5 Bedroom / 7 Bath / 8,382 Sq. Ft. – $3,995,000 Mike Lehman 480.734.7271

Spanish Territorial in The Country Club at DC Ranch

Park Side Home with Views in Arcadia at Silverleaf

Sterling Estate Villa in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

9820 East Thompson Peak Parkway – 732 5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bath / 6,385 Sq. Ft. – $3,470,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

18961 North 98th Street – 3703 4 Bedroom / 6 Bath / 6,654 Sq. Ft. – $3,195,000 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

18659 North 101st Street – 24 4 Bedroom /3.5 Bath / 4,045 Sq. Ft. – $2,595,000 Laura Lester 480.734.7273

Former Casita Model in Horseshoe Canyon at Silverleaf

Custom Estate with Charm and Character in DC Ranch

Charming Home in The Parks at Silverleaf

10164 East Desert Sage – Casita 3 3 Bedroom / 3.5 Bath / 3,693 Sq. Ft. – $2,495,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

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

20497 North 100th Place – 1322 4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath / 3,910 Sq. Ft. – $1,445,000 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.

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