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Take a glance at upcoming events


Relax at The Spa at DC Ranch Village Health Club

Bon appĂŠtit!

Meet the new executive chef at Silverleaf Club, enjoy fresh new garden offerings at DC Ranch Country Club

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Neighborhood spotlight: The Parks


Fountain grass can be a wildfire danger

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Relationship with the larger community 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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DC Ranch truly has everything you need, from grocery stores to fine dining, to parks and trails, to services. Just as our paths and trails are, in many places, connected with those of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, so too is our community intertwined with that of Scottsdale and the Valley as a whole. As a matter of fact, one of our community values is relationship with the larger community.

We strengthen relationships that bring value to the great community, city, region and state that we call home in several ways:

• Partnering with and sponsoring programs and organizations that benefit the community at large, such as the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, notMYkid and others through the DC Ranch Gives program • Representing the community on regional issues such as land development, bond referendums and more • Hosting community meetings, programs and events at DC Ranch. For example, The Homestead Community Center recently hosted the Arizona Republic’s Storyteller Project • Engaging with the City of Scottsdale (see article on page 13) • Sharing information with residents on issues, events and opportunities in the Valley and beyond, such as new restaurants (see the feature on page 10), road projects and others Happy reading,

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




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Ranch Updates

2019 Annual Members’ Meeting


he Ranch Association hosted its Annual Members’ Meeting April 1 at The Homestead Community Center where 120 residents attended. Delectable small plates of favorites were provided by Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar, recently named Community Partner of the Year by the DC Ranch Community Council. DC Ranch Association Executive Director Darren Shaw highlighted Ranch Association achievements from the prior year and talked about the focus for 2019 which is heavily influenced by DCR2020. Initiatives include sustaining financial stewardship, maintaining the highest level of landscape and appearance, attracting, training and retaining the highest quality of staff and leadership, preserving

Residents and attendees at

the annual meeting said their goodbyes to outgoing member Fred Green who served DC Ranch for nine years on the Board of Directors. Green held the secretary, vice-president and president positions over his tenure. His contributions were instrumental in guiding the development of the Community Standards and starting community discussions regarding airplane noise when Sky Harbor flights were rerouted over DC Ranch. Please join the Ranch Association in thanking him for his outstanding dedication and volunteerism.

Farewell to long-term board member 4

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DC Ranch hosts state-wide event a safe environment, fostering open and transparent communications, optimizing governance structure, investing in infrastructure and technology and positioning DC Ranch as environmentally sustainable for the future. The 2019 election results capped off the evening. Three members were elected to serve a two-year term on the Ranch Association Board of Directors. Incumbents Elizabeth Kepuraitis, Phil Geiger and newcomer Geoff Wilner received the greatest number of votes with terms that commenced April 1 until April of 2021. The newlyelected board members will join Susan Grace, Mike Esparza, Stephen Koven and Vince Durocher in serving the community. Officers will be elected at the Board’s May 6 regularly-scheduled meeting at The Homestead Community Center.

Road work to begin mid-month

The Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA) recently held its Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) program at The Homestead Community Center to provide SLM certification. Fourteen DC Ranch landscape staff attended and earned certificates which are valid for two years. The goal of SLM certification is to learn how to implement practices that preserve limited and valuable natural resources such as water, reduce waste generation and strive for longevity and maturity of plant materials. Certified landscapers earn a spot on ALCA’s website so that prospective clients may view those that promote sustainable practices. For more information, visit alca.org. These efforts support the DCR2020 Strategic Initiative to position DC Ranch as sustainable for the future.

Roadway improvement projects are slated to start later this month in a handful of neighborhoods. The work will mostly consist of crack-sealing, patching and seal coating. The work will take place in the Camelot neighborhoods along the south loop of Desert Camp, parts of the Country Club Village, Wingspan Way in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf and at the Desert Camp Community Center parking lot. Final schedules and timelines for the road improvement work are in the process of being finalized. Please ensure that your email is on file in order to receive notifications of the road repairs. Call the Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500 or email communitysafety@dcranchinc.com.


An unusually wet winter and spring greened up the desert. That vegetation will become dry this summer and increase the risk of wildfires. Scottsdale Fire recommends 30 feet of defensible space outwards from homes. This means removing weeds, branches, brush and dried or dead vegetation (fire fuels), to help keep fire at a distance and reduce the risk of flying embers.


Javelinas are herd animals and are classified as big-game animals in Arizona. They are protected


by state law. From time to time they may visit DC Ranch properties causing damage. To avoid having to replant, try using javelina-resistant species. A list is available from the Arizona Cooperative Extension, and check with our Community Standards

helpful seasonal tips

department to make sure the species is permitted in DC Ranch. Although javelina can be scared off by loud noises, they will defend themselves against dogs, so don’t leave pets outside unattended.


Proceed with caution around pool equipment, covered outdoor furniture and thick landscaping where rattlesnakes may hide. DC Ranch Security provides snake removal, but in the case of a bite, please dial 911.

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Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in May; some have fees. For more information and to register, please visit DCRanch. com or call 480.342.7178.


DC Ranch Women’s Club: Spring Social 5:30 to 7 p.m. Camden Foothills Clubhouse

Perfect Smile


DC Ranch Hiking Group 9 a.m. to noon | Market Street Park


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

WEDNESDAY | MAY 8 Grapenuts: Sonoma Whites 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


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


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

The Little Mermaid Jr. Production

TUESDAY | MAY 28 Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street


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


All Levels Yoga Mondays and Wednesdays 8 to 9 a.m. and 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Yoga Basics Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 to 9 a.m. and 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp

Pilates Yoga Fusion Wednesdays (May 15, 22, 29) 6 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

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

May 9-11 | 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 12 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Homestead

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Residents, neighbors, family and friends are invited to go under the sea with Ariel and her friends as The Homestead Playhouse presents The Little Mermaid Jr. With a cast of 35 young people from DC Ranch and greater Scottsdale, this colorful production is certain to delight audience members of all ages with its upbeat music, beautiful costumes and daring journey into the story originally created by Hans Christian Anderson. Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $12 for youth.

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DC Ranch Hiking Group Saturday, May 4 9 a.m. to noon Depart Market Street Park Back by popular demand, DC Ranch is offering four guided hikes throughout 2019. The hikes will showcase recent improvements to the paths and trails system. Hikers are welcome to go at their own pace.

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DC Ranch Book Club Every fourth Wednesday | 7 p.m. Desert Camp Drop-in Pickleball Fridays | 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays | 4 to 6 p.m. Desert Camp Canasta Club Fridays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Fourth Friday Social Hour Every fourth Friday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

DC Ranch Women’s Club: Liking Hiking Every second Tuesday | 6:30 a.m. Every fourth Saturday | 6:30 a.m. Email slowenhar@gmail.com for details.

DC Ranch Gives: Fresh Start Toiletry Drive April 29—May 31 Fresh Start Women’s Foundation provides women with education, resources and support to positively transform their lives. It’s helping women to create stronger communities and families.

Most needed items are new and unopened: hair conditioner, hair shampoo, hair styling products, skincare creams and moisturizers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, travel size detergent, deodorant, wet wipes, tissues, travel size hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, soap and body wash.

Please drop-off donations to Desert Camp Community Center or The Homestead Community Center during business hours. Monetary donations also accepted; checks must be made out to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Tax receipts available.

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Shining a light on four-legged ranchers!


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


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 bandanna, leash and doggie bags.

“Meet Grapes, our 7-month-old Brussels Griffon. Grapes can be seen trotting around the paths near the community center. He loves to play with other dogs and thinks he’s 60 lbs. when he’s really only 6 lbs. He loves to cuddle and just wants attention 24/7. He’s been a great addition to our family and is a little lover! How about that beard?" —Jen




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“Hi, my name is Hunter and I am a medium size labradoodle and will turn three in July. We live in DC Ranch and always go on morning walks and play with some of my fur friends in the community. I was the witness for my parents’ special day and love making people smile!"—Scarlett “This is Chrystal. She is a 6-year-old Shih Tzu and my best friend. She is on 10-20 flights a year with me and is the love of the flight every time! She enjoys walking with her friends in The Parks at Silverleaf.� — Frances


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Summertime means more residents at the Desert Camp pool. To ensure the poolside experience is enjoyable for all DC Ranch residents please adhere to the posted rules throughout the facility.

Desert Camp Community Center Pool

A general obligation bond election looks to be on the horizon for Scottsdale voters in November. The City Council has identified a financing structure that will repay the bond without raising property taxes.


Scottsdale residents last approved a bond in 2000, almost 20 years ago. Passage of a bond would allow the City of Scottsdale to build, repair, expand or maintain infrastructure projects to effectively and efficiently serve its citizens. The projects are geographically-diverse and cover a wide-range of issues to include public safety, infrastructure, parks, public buildings and technology.

Based on voter input, collected at bond open houses and online, Scottsdale City Council will determine what projects will be included in the bond. For the latest information, visit scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/unfunded-cip-projects

Stay cool at the pool

Temperatures are rising, and the Desert Camp Community Center is the perfect place to cool off and enjoy those long summer days. Desert Camp Community Center offers residents a variety of

• Residents may have 2 guests per person up to a maximum of 4 per family. Guests must remain with residents at all times amenities including a partially shaded, zero-depth toddler pool and a 25-yard pool with 3 dedicated lap lanes. Residents can relax poolside in the Toddler or West Cabana or lounge under one of 16 extra-large shade umbrellas. Cabana rentals are available daily from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pricing varies and depends on the size of the group. For more information contact rentals@dcranchinc.com.

• No lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk

• Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

• No glass allowed on the pool deck

• Desert Camp staff have the right to deny use to anyone for infraction of the rules

• Residents may bring private swim instructors for lessons. Please contact the front desk for the most current swim instructor policies and times

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Silverleaf dining room

What’s Cooking in DC Ranch With a new Executive Chef at Silverleaf Club and fresh from the garden offerings at DC Ranch Country Club, this is a perfect time to get a taste of inspired dining.


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Chef Rene Lenger

Cabbage and lettuce growing in the garden

what I’d seen on CSI, but Mr. Wynn had a focus on food and beverage that was new at the time and I wanted to be part of it,” Lenger says.

Ben Herman, purchased Silverleaf Club last March and was on a quest for more innovative dining. Lenger was tapped to visit Silverleaf and says, “I never thought I’d be in Scottsdale, but I immediately fell in love with the property and the owners here.” BY ALEXANDRA DUEMER | COMMUNIT Y COUNCIL

SILVERLEAF CLUB WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF Born in Vienna, Austria, Rene Lenger grew up in a restaurant family. At the age of 15, against his father’s wishes, he began an apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in Austria and eventually graduated at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of Vienna. It was a twist of fate that brought Lenger to Silverleaf. After living and working in New York City for over a decade, in 2006 Lenger got the opportunity to work at The Wynn in Las Vegas, which had opened in 2005. “The only thing I knew about Vegas was

Lenger started in October and has since revamped the whole menu. “I’m still in the honeymoon phase of creating and developing a food culture … to put a stamp on how food and beverage is looked at here. I have built a restaurant within a club,” he says. The new menu includes favorites like Pork Schnitzel (a twist on the chef’s native comfort food), Chicken Parmesan with house-made pasta and fresh tomato sauce, Wagyu filet with wild mushrooms and Branzino with butternut squash. He confidently explains, “My philosophy is to use a few key ingredients and really let the star on the plate shine. When you have a great product, cuisine doesn’t have to be complicated.” With that goal in mind, fresh seafood is flown in same day, lamb is sourced from a small family farm in Australia, and prime beef is hand selected and dry aged to the chef’s specifications on site.

Ranch House Dill Pickles Recipe

DC Ranch Country Club Conservatory

Silverleaf patio


Since March, Twisted Infusions has planted varieties of heirloom seeds in the garden located behind Copper Ridge Elementary. The seeds get a head start in a hydroponic system and are then transferred and maintained, offering first pick to Chef Rubin. In addition to fresh herbs and seasonal product, Twisted Infusions brings exotic flavors like wasabi arugula, oyster lettuce

When faced with challenging questions about the future of the DC Ranch Community Garden, Community Council reached out to local partners to find a way to continue the garden program. Executive Chef Lenny Rubin and CEO Kyle Draper of the Country Club at DC Ranch recognized this as a great opportunity to create a partnership and grow locally-sourced, organic produce for their new restaurant, Ranch House, opening in May. As an inductee into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, Rubin was also recently voted 2018 Best Country Club Chef in Arizona Foothills magazine. Always on the cusp of innovation, he reached out to Twisted Infusions, a local business run by garden experts Heather and Bryan Syzmura, to successfully support the farm to table experience he wanted to incorporate at the club.

Persian Cucumbers Fresh Dill Apple Cider Vinegar Kosher Salt Granulated Sugar Black Peppercorns Cardamom Seeds Cumin Seeds Turmeric, ground

Procedure 1. Cut off both ends of each cucumber, cut in ¼’s lengthwise 2. Divide cucumbers and dill into four, 1 pint canning jars with lids 3. In a small sauce pot, bring vinegar, salt, sugar, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric and 2 cups of water to a boil and stir until the salt and sugar is dissolved 4. Pour hot liquid into jars, dividing evenly and cover 5. Let cool at room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator 6. Enjoy! Will last months in the refrigerator

DC Ranch Community Garden

Like Vegas, Lenger sees the club as customer driven and catering to what members want, but that’s where the similarity ends. “We get to know the guests here and develop a relationship. This is an extension of their home,” he says. Silverleaf Club offers four dining areas and a recently expanded patio with a beautiful view of the private golf course.

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and white strawberries to the mix. “We’ve been able to evolve the menu and infuse new ideas of food over the years. I’m excited to tailor the menu with healthier, plant-based choices,” Rubin says.

This endeavor will also extend beyond the restaurant. Later this year, Country Club staff will share planting tips and recipes with Copper Ridge educators. Plans include creating and maintaining a demonstration plot with local youth organizations and on-site programs showcasing Chef Rubin’s new menu. “This is an excellent example of the community pulling together to find a solution to continue the DC Ranch Garden experience,” says Beth Overton, Community Council Facilities and Recreation Director. With over 1,600 members, the Country Club is pleased to offer something for everyone. In fact, 99 percent of their menu can accommodate dietary restrictions. “I tell my staff to cook from the heart—like you’re cooking for family. And the members really feel it,” says Rubin. With regular special events and themed dinners, Thursday night remains the busiest with $5 burgers followed by Saturday night with halfprice bottles of wine.

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ealth and beauty are a lifestyle experience at the DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa. Our spa offers personalized spa treatment packages that will exceed expectations every time. With services including massage, body care, facials, waxing, salon services, and nail services, we are sure to have something for everyone. Plus, spa guests are allowed use of the award-winning health club on the day of their service, including access to over 170 group fitness and yoga classes, spacious cardio and weight rooms, lap and leisure pool, basketball, squash and racquetball courts, full-amenity locker rooms, and café.

The Spa at DC Ranch offers a number of different massage types, with everything from their Signature Massage to a selection of Specialty Massages, such as Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue, Salt Stone Massage, Lymphatic Massage and a CBD Unwind Hot Stone Massage. Also offered are Cupping, Hand + Foot Reflexology, and LED Advanced Light Therapy. When it comes to facials, The Spa at DC Ranch has you covered, with

everything from Eminence Organic Facials to Teen Cleans, Intraceuticals Oxygen Facials, Dermaplane, Microdermabrasion, Microneedling and three different peels (PCA Peel, Jan Marini Peel, Skin Medica Peel). Additionally, there are a number of different nail, hair and waxing services, along with lash or brow tints, lash extensions and Microblading. The Spa at DC Ranch also offers spray tans and a seasonal body treatment, along with monthly specials for their various services.

A great gift option for members and non-members is the Village Experience, which includes a breakfast or lunch entrée, and choice of soft drink, glass of wine or beer. The experience includes a choice of three or four services (pricing varies). The available services are: 60-minute Village Massage, 60-minute Village Facial, 60-minute Seasonal Body Treatment, Haircut + Blow Dry, and Village Signature Manicure + Pedicure.

The Spa at DC Ranch Village Health Club is your one stop spot for relaxation

The DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa is located at 18501 North Thompson Peak Parkway. More information can be found by calling 480-515-5522 or visiting villageclubs.com.

DC Ranch and the City of Scottsdale:


ne of the DC Ranch values is the “Relationship with the Larger Community.”

DC Ranch works to be a proactive participant in the planning and direction of key projects and initiatives—even if they are outside of DC Ranch’s governance jurisdiction. With interest in maintaining the quality of life to which residents have become accustomed, DC Ranch is committed to being part of the discussion on Scottsdale matters that can impact the community.

Chris Irish is the Director of Public Affairs for DC Ranch; her work in that role is one of the most visible ways DC Ranch honors its promise to residents and maintains a relationship with the community beyond its borders.

“DC Ranch’s reputation and desirability are intricately tied to Scottsdale’s stature as a world-class city that is a great place to do business and raise a family,” said Irish. “It is in the best interest of all involved for DC Ranch and the City of Scottsdale to work together.” In the past year Irish has been at the forefront of the community’s engagement in several important public policy matters: • 2019 City of Scottsdale Bond planning process • Arizona State Land Trust planning process • Private development projects near DC Ranch • Reata Wash Floodplain management

• Scottsdale Unified School District land near Copper Ridge School • Scottsdale ballot initiatives for 2018 election Recently, Irish established engagement plans for state land near DC Ranch and the 2019 City of Scottsdale Bond proposal.

As part of the plans, she will monitor and participate in the planning process and evaluate potential impacts, both positive and negative, on the DC Ranch community-at-large. DC Ranch also works to support Scottsdale in other ways:

• Generate interest in volunteering to serve on the City’s boards and commissions • Promote the celebration of the Scottsdale Airport renovation • Publicize community meetings • Inform residents about special events and activities • Host meeting for public input

Rachel Smetana is the Chief of Staff for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. She said it’s clear the Community Council Board of Directors takes time to study the issues and hold in-depth discussions.

“Scottsdale staff and elected officials know they can work with DC Ranch, even when dealing with difficult circumstances,” Smetana explained. “The City appreciates DC Ranch’s well-organized engagement efforts and the meaningful, wellthought-out input it consistently receives from residents and staff.” Residents can get more information on this topic and follow the progress of the engagement plans at dcranch.com/newsworthy.

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Neighborhood Spotlight

The Parks 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.



ocated off Thompson Peak Parkway on each side of Windgate Pass Drive lie the tree-lined streets, interconnected neighborhoods and eleven parks that comprise The Parks at Silverleaf. The area embraces an elegant, formal character and rich street scenes reminiscent of historic neighborhoods throughout the U.S. The dominant architecture is authentic, classical Spanish eclectic. Garages


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face to the rear into paver alleyways. Homes face the unique parks that feature varying aesthetic design and landscaping. The Parks is home to Ethel’s Garden, a tribute to Ethel Marley, a member of one of the founding families of DC Ranch who loved roses. The park also features an extensive fountain and a variety of flowering blooms. Homestead Park boasts a life-size chess set. Jacaranda Square is named after the purple blossoms of its numerous Jacaranda trees. Desert Springs Park offers a lake for fishing and spectacular views from its veranda atop a fountain. There’s also Arrow Park, Acacia Court, The Grove, Horseshoe Park (with a real horseshoe game), Prospect Park, Veranda and

Crescent Parks. It’s a perfect area to walk and enjoy the lush, green scenery and vibrant colors.


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get to know our neighbors through community updates and the new resident welcome basket program. We have made wonderful, lifelong friendships with our neighbors and fellow NVM's in DC Ranch.”

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Ornamental fountain grass is a wildfire danger



ountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), a native of North Africa, was imported into Arizona as an ornamental landscape plant. Once introduced, it rapidly escaped yards and common areas to spread across the natural landscape, including into Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Sadly, this greatly increases the danger of a catastrophic wildfire because this grass, as well as another invasive grass known as buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), are highly flammable. Both grasses dramatically increase the fuel load for fire consumption, compared to native plant communities.

In addition to the fire hazard, fountain grass and buffelgrass crowd out our Sonoran desert native plants, reducing biodiversity so critical to wildlife habitat and food supply. These grasses also compete with native species for water, making it harder for them to survive and thrive. For direct evidence of fountain grass invasiveness, hike the Quartz Wash trail. As you trek deeper into the wash, you'll see an increasing prevalence of fountain grass, with some areas so infested that other plants are hard to spot. In fact, recent surveys by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute show that over 60 acres of the Preserve are dominated by these invasive grasses. Today, many groups are working to reduce the presence of fountain grass, including the Scottsdale Fire Department, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management,

The City of Scottsdale, and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a volunteer group that helps manage Scottsdale's Preserve.


Despite the fact that these plants are prohibited by DC Ranch, many have appeared in yards across the community because of their prolific seed production and ease of spreading via wind, tires and sneakers. To help combat this problem, the Conservancy recently completed a program whereby residents could trade in their invasive fountain grass for a native grass plant. Participants dug out the fountain grass (including the root system), took a photo of the removed plant, and safely disposed Buffelgrass

of it. Then they brought the photo to one of three participating Scottsdale libraries where they received an attractive native grass (purple three awn, Aristida purpurea) as a better replacement. This grass is available at many local nurseries, and it would be a great choice for your yard, too.

If you would like more information on removing and replacing your invasive fountain grass and/or buffelgrass, please contact the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy at 480-9987971 or visit mcdowellsonoran.org.

Around Scottsdale Wars. The train-themed twist on the popular Star Wars Day event will feature concessions, photo opportunities with Star Wars characters and lots of intergalactic activities. The free event starts at 5 p.m., with “The Last Jedi” movie starting at 7 p.m. TheRailroadPark.com

Find out what robots are doing on Mars. Planetary Scientist Tanya Harrison will provide an update on what robots are up to on the Red Planet with NASA, the Insight Lander probe landing and more. The free program takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Civic Center Library. ScottsdaleLibrary.org

May the 4th be with “Choo”—attend movie night at the Railroad Park.

The Force will be strong at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as we celebrate all things Star

Stamp out hunger May 11. 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 11, and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to food banks. Facebook.com/ StampOutHunger

Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert May 19. Hear a pro-

fessional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd.

The group receives support through the city’s Community Event Funding Program. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “events”

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. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “Beat the Heat”

City processes passport applications.

Get help on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out what you need and where you need to go. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “passports”

“Water—Use It Wisely” website offers conservation tips. As temps rise, so does your outdoor water use, which can almost double in the summer. In Scottsdale, 65 percent of residential water is used outdoors, so it makes sense to water your landscape efficiently and thoroughly. Bermuda grass should be watered about once every four days. Also, irrigate long enough to reach the roots, about three-quarters of an inch. WaterUseItWisely.com

Just a sample of our recent homes sold

Don’t miss out on the spring selling season! Call us today for a complimentary consultation

Janet Pennewell | Pat Simpson

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

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10731 East Rimrock Drive – 2419 6 Bed / 6 Bath / 8,514 SF – $8,995,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

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19946 North 103rd Street – 1102 4 Bed / 4.5 Bath / 6,700 SF – $2,795,000 Deborah Beardsley 480.250.5828 Andrew Beardsley 602.399.3507

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18927 North 101st Street – 14 4 Bed / 4.5Bath / 3,439 SF – $1,749,000 Mike Sweeney 480.250.3036

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