DC Ranch News-January 2015

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New Year, new you! Commit to a healthier lifestyle in 2015


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A new year, a new look Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with residents. The publications seeks to build community by connecting neighbors through stories and pictures and to offer a product valuable to advertisers. Ranch News celebrates and perpetuates the values of the DC Ranch community. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert Terri Raimondi Beatrice Shelton 480.585.1641 communications.team@dcranchinc.com dcranch.com

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DC RANCH COMMUNITY COUNCIL is proud to present a new design for Ranch News. While the look may be different, Ranch News contains the same useful information on community activities, governance updates, and special stories. We hope you find it more attractive, easier to navigate, and just as interesting to read. Not only does Ranch News have a new look, a new series of articles titled “Community Amenities� will highlight DC Ranch features that you may have not yet discovered. What else will be new in the Ranch this year? DC Ranch Day, an event focusing on our community’s history and uniqueness, will be held for the first time in February. We will have a new security company manning our entrance gates and patrol. The New Resident Welcome program will be expanded. Construction will begin on the Sterling condo project at Canyon Village. And when the weather turns warm again, residents c an enjoy a poolside BBQ at the new built-in grills at Desert Camp Community Center. To continue DC Ranch’s commitment to high quality and enviable property values, community-wide standards will be reviewed, updated and shared with residents in 2015. It’s exciting to start a new year. We look forward to doing so with all the wonderful people in DC Ranch.

Mission: The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in each DC Ranch resident. The Community Council programs and operates Desert Camp Community Center and The Homestead Community Center, hosts a variety of community events, publishes Ranch News and provides the community website.

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Ranch Updates New security provider to focus on customer service BY TERRI RAIMONDI | RANCH ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

DC Ranch welcomes a new security provider. Allied Barton, a highly regarded company with a national presence, assumed security operations from Trident in mid-December. The selection of Allied Barton followed an extensive vetting process involving multiple vendors. The selection process— which was managed by the Ranch Association’s Safety and Security subcommittee—concluded with detailed presentations from four finalists to board members, senior Association staff and residents. Each finalist was asked to address the Association’s key goals of improving customer service and reducing guard turnover. Allied Barton received the contract based on its professionalism, reputation, job-retention incentive program and competitive pricing. In addition to retaining many of our current guards, Allied

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Barton plans to move some of its more tenured security professionals to DC Ranch and attract other qualified personnel through higher pay, improved benefits and a rewards system. New uniforms and an additional patrol vehicle are also included in the agreement. With an expected staff of 37, including a security manager and three shift supervisors, Allied Barton will provide neighborhood patrols and round-the-clock security for the five manned gates.

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his new year residents will see familiar faces return as NVMs for many neighborhoods. The Ranch Association is also pleased to welcome several new volunteers. These residents are your direct liaisons to the Ranch Association board and management. They are responsible for selecting board members in the annual election to be held this April. They assist with community operations and help develop ways to improve the quality of life for the neighbors and friends they represent.Be sure to reach out and say hello. NVMs are still needed for Saguaro Canyon/Wingspan and Market Street Villas. Please call Terri Raimondi if you can help at 480.419.5308. Sam Hawkins • Desert Haciendas

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Chris Kirkpatrick • Ashton Woods Park

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Bob Marcin • Rob’s Camp

Asia Colling • The Estates

Ray Barton • Wingspan

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Bob Goebel • Camelot 93rd Place

Don Callaghan • Camelot 94th Way

Tony Calvis • Crescent Park

Jack Daugherty • Camelot 96th Way

Cindy Romano • Canyon Villas at Silverleaf

Kris James • Rosewood

Charles Hu • Canyon Villas

Gabe Victor • The Haciendas

Larry Day • Sterling Estates

Colleen Maruster • East Arcadia

Francesca Werz • West Arcadia

Kirk Kaprelian • North Arcadia Ashlyn Pohl • Veranda Place | Francine Wojatsek Alternate Mercedes Borzyskowski • Courtyards at Market St. |Maria McWalters Alternate Jim Eisenhower • Village at Market St |Edwin Swanson Alternate Lucy Peterson • Desert Camp Villas | Lynne McDougall Alternate Tom Grace • Pioneer Village | Don Ruff Alternate Scott Horsley • Monterey | Janet Pennewell Alternate Art Landau • Tapadero | Bill Rau Alternate Janie Specketer • Iron Rings | Joe Beckwith Alternate Bud Kern • Whistling Wind | Howard Sobelman Alternate Ann Richards • Acacia Court | Julie Wendt Alternate

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Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have admission. Please see DCRanch.com for more information and an up-todate calendar of activities.

Grapenuts Wine Club Bring your favorite California Pinot Noir Wednesday, Jan. 14 | 7 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center RSVP on DCRanch.com




TGIF: Little Wranglers Kidtastics Party Friday, Jan. 9 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Mahjong Mondays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178 Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Please call Gerrie Hinson at 480.585.4699 to RSVP Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.513.6296

Yoga Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.818.3232 Zumba Tues and Thurs | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641 Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Wed and Sat | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool 480.342.7178


DC Ranch Women’s Club Happy Hour at The Living Room Thursday, Jan. 8 | 5 to 7 p.m.

Pickleball Open Play Tues and Thurs | 3 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Youth Art Ensemble Creating in 3D: Sculpture and Art in the Environment

TGIF: Tween Night Trip to Make Meaning Friday, Jan. 9 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Ages: 8 to 14 Jan. 13, 15, 20, & 22 The Homestead Community Center Register on DCRanch.com In this four-part class, artist Kristine Kollasch teaches kids about sculpture and public art. Each student will have the opportunity to create two different sculptures. The class will cover topics like scale, and how small sculptures might be used as models for larger scale installations. Learn how sculpture can be used for place making, branding, play spaces and contemplation. Supplies will be provided.


The Homestead Playhouse Auditions for Musical Revue: Sing Your Own Adventure Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 29 | 4 to 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641





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DC Ranch Film Club The Imitation Game Thurs, Jan. 15 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Trailblazer Breakfast Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Desert Camp Community Center, RSVP on DCRanch.com Join the DC Ranch Film Club to discuss the nail-biting film, The Imitation Game. The film is based on a true story of English mathematician Alan Turing and his team as they work in Britain’s top-secret Bletchley Park during World War II to crack the German’s Enigma code.

*New residents invited to a special breakfast reception on Jan. 8

Recreation Manager Brandon Curtis will facilitate discussion around the spy-games aspects of the film and the potential Oscar buzz for Benedict Cumberpatch’s performance.

Garden Hours with Tyler Storey Saturdays, Jan. 10 & 24 | 2 to 4 p.m. The Community Garden 480.538.3582 Garden Workshop Spring Vegetable Planting Saturday, Jan. 24 | 1 to 2 p.m. The Community Garden 480.538.3582 COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Modification Committee Tuesdays, Jan. 6 & 20 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.513.1500


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fter losing her daughter, Ava, at the age of five to Stage Four Neuroblastoma, DC Ranch resident Chrisie Funari, with the help of her husband founded Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children (ACFC) 501(c) (3). The non-profit is devoted to helping children and their families suffering from pediatric cancer. The new organization is committed to supporting clinical research, funding new treatment options for children, and assisting patients and their families whom have been affected by pediatric cancer. “After seeing Ava go through three-and-a-half years of very toxic treatments and realizing how greatly underfunded pediatric cancer is, we want to spotlight the need for clinical research,” said Chrisie Funari, president and founder of Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children. “Shockingly, in the past 20 years, only one new drug has been developed specifically for pediatric cancer. We are working to increase funding and research to expand treatment options for children.”

Enduring loss At just 18 months old, Ava was diagnosed with Stage Four Neuroblastoma. She endured more toxic treatments than most adult cancer patients. Procedures included major abdominal surgery to remove her initial tumor, three brain surgeries, port and dialysis catheter placement, major dental work, high-dose chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. Due to the extreme nature of her treatments, her teeth slowly disintegrated and her kidneys eventually failed, shutting down her body.

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“After what our family endured from Ava’s loss, we started this organization to help Arizona families fight the battle of pediatric cancer,” added Funari. “Our efforts will create hope for other families and ultimately bring life-saving treatments.” ACFC is working to partner with local and national corporations, and doctors and researchers to grow support for cutting-edge cancer research. Part of the funds raised by ACFC will assist families with unforeseen travel expenses. Through the organization’s Travel Assistance Program, available beginning this month, ACFC will help support Arizona families that need to travel for out-of-state treatments. People can make donations to the Travel Assistance Program which covers a variety of expenses including airfare, ground transportation, lodging and food. Supporters can also sponsor a child in different ways ranging from $250 to $1,000. Individuals, who have a passion to support pediatric cancer research, can donate or volunteer for the cause through the organization’s website. To learn more about ACFC or to become a corporate partner, sponsor a child or make a tax-deductible donation, visit AZCancerFoundation.org or call 480.350.7055.

Community support Two years ago, Ranch News highlighted the Funari’s neighbors who banded together to show their support for the family after Ava passed away. “We couldn’t have found a better community than our cul-de-sac,” said Chrisie Funari. “Our neighbors gave us so much strength. That’s part of the reason why we want to help other children— as a way to pay it forward.” Over the years several people have visited a bench and garden near the Funari’s home that were dedicated in Ava’s memory. It’s a quiet place to sit and reflect on a beautiful life.

A family inspired “Total strangers will see the memorial plaque in the garden and ask if I know the significance,” said Funari. “I love to share Ava’s story because she was so brave and full of joy.” The Funari’s have a new member of their family, two-year-old Eve, who also likes to hear about Ava—the sister she never had a chance to meet. “Our son always tells Eve how special Ava was,” said Funari. “She is still very much a part of this family. Her room is just as it was, and we always leave the door open.”

49,000 Shoes by Super Bowl XLIX Never throw away a shoe.

Whether it is a single or a pair, worn-out or just out-of-style, every shoe can be reused or recycled.

Keep Scottsdale Beautiful is spearheading the Super Scottsdale Shoe Drive and hopes to collect 49,000 shoes by Super Bowl XLIX. Shoe collection bins will be placed at Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers, and DC Ranch Village Health Club by Jan. 12. Residents are encouraged to donate their shoes for this fun community project which will culminate with Keep Scottsdale Beautiful resurfacing the basketball court at Family Promise Homeless Shelter. When you throw a shoe away, it goes to the landfill. Leather shoes can take up to 40 years to decompose. Shoes with a heavy rubber sole, like hiking boots, can take up to 80 years. Worn-out shoes can be ground up into rubberized surfaces for playgrounds. Shoes that are still wearable can be worn by people in need. Learn more ways you can help at KeepScottsdaleBeautiful.com.

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New Year, new you

Making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle in 2015



very year, as the clock strikes midnight, we find ourselves with a clean slate and a new year’s worth of opportunities. If you are like most people who make resolutions, some of the coming year’s goals include fitness and lifestyle changes.

did, be able to keep up with your kids, or be more productive at work. Maybe you can feel time ticking away and your bucket list keeps growing. Or maybe you just want to not have to suck it in when you’re in front of your wife. Whatever the reason, identifying the “why” will help you to buy in to your goal. When times get rough, as they sometimes do, reminding yourself the reasons why you started the journey in the first place can often help you stay focused.

Maybe 2015 is the year to finally run that half marathon. Or maybe 2015 is the year that you’ll get into the “best shape of your life.” We start out resolved and determined to reach Tim Lyons and Linda Des Groseilliers each own businesses in our goals. But usually about a month in, life’s DC Ranch Crossing geared toward maintaining healthy lifestyles other priorities get in the way and our health The next gets displaced to the backburner once again. Why step is to set a S.M.A.R.T goal for your health. A SMART goal is Specific, do we allow ourselves to be deterred from our fitness goals? Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Declaring that you’d like to Is there any way to ensure that this year will be “your year?” get into better shape is not an example of a SMART goal. Stating that you’d The first step to sticking to a health related like to complete a 5K in under 40 minutes while utilizing a six day training initiative is to identify the reason “why” you want to achieve this goal. This is the program over the next 12 weeks is a SMART goal. With that particular goal, time to be reflective regarding your past and to acknowledge that it’s quite alright making sure you sign up for a 5K that is 12 weeks from the start of your to be selfish with your goal. Maybe you want to live longer than your parents program will help you remain accountable.



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Once you are able to uncover the “why” and then set the SMART goal, it’s time to announce your intentions to your friends and family. This adds another layer of accountability to your plan. But beware—once you involve your friends and family, you may find yourself facing a game of mental toughness.


There are people close to you who will be happy for you and supportive of your goal. Unfortunately, there will be others who won’t be supportive; in fact they may even try to sabotage your efforts. It’s a sad side to human nature; that someone close to you may see your efforts to improve as an indictment of their own unhealthy habits. If your spouse is pushing “just one little slice of chocolate cake” at you when you’ve declared yourself “sugar free for 12 weeks,” you will have to find the mental toughness to “just say no” and remind yourself of the reason why you started the journey in the first place.

In running and in working out, we often say it’s not “you against the road” or “you against the weight rack,” it’s “you against yourself.” In order to be successful, you have to quiet that little voice inside your head that sometimes urges you to give in or give up. It’s part of the mental game to go one more mile or to say “no” to that chocolate cake when the inner voice is telling you different.


If friends and family are not on your side, you can always enlist the help of a mentor or coach. These folks are always on your side. If they’re good, they’ve helped you to define the “why” and they’ve helped you to set that SMART goal. They’ve outlined a specific plan and they’ve created a system of accountability for you. When that inner voice urges you to quit or go easy, they will encourage you to go on. They are results-driven and can help you get past the point when you’re finding more excuses than reasons to stay on the healthy track. Whether in a group setting or one on one, we’ve found that more people achieve their goals when they are assisted by a knowledgeable, trained coach.

By the Numbers

Take advantage of all the outdoor and fitness activities in the community to start the New Year off right.

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has more than 100 miles of Scottsdale trails stretched across more than 30,000 scenic acres of Sonoran Desert.

The Gateway Loop Trail is 4.5 miles long with an elevation gain of 650 feet.

The Community Council offers residents 7 fitness classes each week.

There are 12 exercise machines at the Desert Camp fitness center.

Desert Camp’s recreational pool is 25 yards long with 2 dedicated swim lanes.

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DC Ranch Day A new tradition begins This year, join us for a county fairthemed event. Much of the success of early fairs reflects the emphasis of providing something for the entire family. Fairs were, and still are, major celebrations—bringing nuggets of knowledge, friendly competition, entertainment and a sense of community to a town in a once-a-year special event!

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this February as neighbors are encouraged to come together to celebrate this spectacular place we call home.

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Just like the home town fair you attended as a kid, the DC Ranch version will replicate the balance between fun and education. Capturing your favorite parts of the fair ground, you will enjoy: • Community stage with various entertainment and acts Original record of the DC Ranch • Sack races and other brand and earmark. ‘old school’ games and contests for all ages • Information booths with give-a-ways, samples and raffle prizes • Old-time treats and an assortment of fair food

BY NICOLE SHERBERT Struggling to come up with a New Year’s resolution you can actually keep? Here are three water-saving ideas that will save you money and help the environment.


Remove your home’s salt-based water softener (and possibly receive up to $250 for doing so)

Why? Because Scottsdale recycles wastewater for irrigation and aquifer recharge. Added salt from water softeners is harmful to the desert ecosystem and expensive to remove. A water softener can also waste up to 30 gallons of water a day (imagine running your shower with no one in it for 15 minutes every day).

Why? Because when pool water, which is already high in salt or chemicals, is discharged to the street, it enters the storm drain system, picking up oil and debris before coming to rest in retention basins and washes.

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e spend a great deal of time around the New Year’s period looking back at what was, and wondering about what will be. Rather than wonder about what 2015 holds in store for you, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy encourages you to take charge of 2015 right at the outset and try something new. We are, of course, here to help you. We cannot think of a better way to start off 2015 than to become an MSC steward. Stewards serve many functions, ranging from trail building; trail patrols on foot, bike and/or horseback; guiding hikes; educating the public; and helping conduct research. MSC offers new steward orientation classes on the second Saturday of each month at the Gateway Trailhead. The first class of 2015 meets on Jan. 10. Please register in advance by contacting kathy@mcdowellsonoran.org or 480.998.7971 x106. You might also consider becoming a Citizen Scientist with the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute. The Field Institute is the research center of MSC. Citizen scientists are trained volunteers who work arm-in-arm with our subject-matter experts—called principal investigators—to collect data that helps guide land-management efforts by the City of Scottsdale. Learn more about these and other events at mcdowellsonoran.org. I hope to see you on the trails in 2015.

MSC Citizen Science Orientation Thursday, Jan. 15 | 4 p.m. Gateway Trailhead Conference Room


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Step right up on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Advanced registration is required on DCRanch.com.

Learn about the Field Institute, the Citizen Science program, current research projects, and how you can get involved. You can also meet people already involved in the program. To sign-up please contact Melanie Tluczek at melanie@mcdowellsonoran.org.

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Backwash the pool either to the sewer cleanout or your own landscape

Why? Because the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaks. That’s equivalent to washing 280 loads of laundry or flushing the toilet 6,250 times! Visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov/water/conservation to learn more.

As part of the community-wide celebration, new residents will be treated to a special gathering where they can mix and mingle with fellow new-comers and long-time residents.



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Fill a bag of popcorn and rest your weary feet as you watch short, historical DC Ranch films shown on the hour.

(Top) Stewards help educate visitors to the Preserve about the many plants and wildlife that lives in the vast land. (Bottom) Principle investigator for the flora portion of research, Steve Jones, presses specimens that will be analyzed for future study.

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Additionally, The Sterling Collection will be the first community on the West Coast to debut a robotic valet, which is an automated parking system. The innovative system uses omni-directional, battery-powered robots and a robotics guidance system to carry vehicles parked on self-supporting steel trays to and from storage spaces. At the touch of a button, homeowners can call-up their vehicle to arrive in minutes.

Priced starting in the $1 million range, the condominiums will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans, from 1,600 to 3,400 square-feet, with options for an added den. The exclusive collection of four-story private buildings will feature sustainable silver-level LEED new construction, state-ofthe-art automated valet parking and private elevators that open directly into each home. Several exclusive penthouses averaging 2,500 square-feet will grace the top floors. Homeowners have access to a 7,000 square-foot Resident Lounge with a demonstration kitchen, private dining room, library, fireplace, flat screen TV’s and a conference room.

Topping the list of amenities at The Sterling Collection, owners are extended a private invitation to one of the Southwest’s most elite, members-only country clubs, The Silverleaf Club. A 50,000-square-foot rural Mediterranean-style clubhouse and spa, The Silverleaf Club offers year-round events for club members and their guests, along with a full menu of spa services, resort and lap pools, fully outfitted locker rooms and the best in fine and casual dining. And framing it all is the Tom Weiskopf-designed, 18-hole championship golf course.A priority interest list is currently underway. A Sales Gallery in DC Ranch’s Canyon Village commercial offices and a model are open daily for viewing.

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Country Club GM selected for 2014 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Paul K. Skelton, general manager of The Country Club at DC Ranch, has distinguished himself as one the leading professionals in golf and country club management. He has earned a reputation for the quality of the clubs managed, teams assembled, and performance on behalf of developers and club members alike.


During his club management career, Paul spent 13 years with Desert Troon Companies (Troon Country Club, Hassayampa Golf Club), seven years with Troon Golf (Quintero), GM at Seven Canyons, and currently The Country Club at DC Ranch (since 2010). Paul took these clubs to profitable and successful operations in the face of a challenging economic time in the golf business.


Ranch News | January 2015

Clubhouse debuts stunning renovation The Country Club at DC Ranch’s new clubhouse features a return to its roots, a western ranch home accentuated by a rustic, yet casual elegance. Inspired by immaculate and spectacular city lights, the dining areas now capture the full essence of a magnificent setting. A complete re-design of the dining and lounge areas provides more appealing food and beverage options and enhanced flexibility to create special events and other social occasions. The showpiece of the redesigned Club is a stunning u-shaped bar lounge.


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(Clockwise from top left) Families set up their tents at Desert Camp Community Center for an overnight excursion at the Community Campout; Mary Ann and Martin Simonetti and other new residents were treated to a champagne toast on the ‘Round the Ranch Sunset Tour;’ Kids learned about caring for pets, including iguanas, at the November TGIF; Customers at the new Jalapeno Inferno on Market Street got a taste of authentic Sonoran cuisine; Artist Priscilla Nelson showcased her canvas paintings at the November Passport to Art; Students from Copper Ridge School took a field trip to see The Homestead Playhouse’s production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.; Desert Parks Vista hosted a casino night for its residents on Nov. 14 to benefit UMOM New Day Centers; Nearly 180 residents ran and walked with their families in the post-Thanksgiving DC Ranch Turkey Trot on Nov. 29.

n the summer of 1965, Joel Pritchard, a congressman from the state of Washington, and Bill Bell, a successful entrepreneur, came up with a game that their families could enjoy playing together. They called it “Pickleball.” Pritchard’s wife said it reminded her of the Pickle Boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats. Fifty years later, it has become one of the most popular new sports worldwide. By 1990, the same was being played in all 50 states. DC Ranch resident Don “Scrappy” Skorupski describes it as, “A racquet sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is a lively game fit for all ages and abilities.” A game of Pickleball is played on a modified tennis court using wooden or graphite composite paddles and a perforated plastic ball. “Pickleball is easy to learn and is suited

for all kinds of ability levels,” said resident Jim Eisenhower who was instantly hooked after a few games. “It is fast moving, fun, and has the benefit of personal interaction.” According to the United States Pickleball Association (USAPA), located in Surprise, Ariz., the sport has seen a rapid growth in both players and courts. Since 2010, there has been a 300 percent growth in places to play across the nation. There are more than 2,000 locations to play to date. The DC Ranch Community Council recently debuted two newly converted Pickleball courts at Desert Camp Community Center. They feature a permanent regulation-height net and court markings. Equipment is available to check-out during community center hours. “I just started playing Pickleball this year and have found it addictively fun,” said resident George Vanderheiden. “Playing doubles is a full body workout and more fun than I can stand!”

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This free overview and training session is hosted by an ambassador from the USAPA. Participants will get an overview of Pickleball and then break into beginner and intermediate groups for the clinic on the court. Contact Recreation Manager Brandon Curtis at 480.538.3585 to register.

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