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Ranch News

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DC Ranch Pioneers: Getting better with time

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A dinner from the heart for your Valentine


Preserve’s quest for sustainability

More luxury. More lifestyle. Better health. The Country Club at DC Ranch approves $8.5 million expansion PHX Architecture

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SOLD - $2,325,000


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SOLD - $2,575,000

10 CLOSED | 54 ACTIVE | 12 UNDER CONTRACT _____________________________________________________ COUNTRY CLUB 9820 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy, 659................. $3,450,000 DESERT CAMP 20801 N. 90th Place, 217 .................................. $202,500 8881 E. Flathorn Drive ....................................... $665,000 20391 N. 93rd Place .......................................... $925,000 9159 E. Mountain Spring Road ...................... $1,270,000

SOLD - $2,900,000

SOLD - $1,295,000

DESERT PARKS VILLAGE 18478 N. 92nd Street ......................................... $540,000 18500 N. 95th Street .......................................... $631,000 9370 E. Horseshoe Bend Dr ............................... $675,000 9244 E. Via De Vaquero Dr................................. $707,000 9455 E. Ironwood Bend...................................... $940,000

SILVERLEAF 3 CLOSED | 80 ACTIVE | 10 UNDER CONTRACT _____________________________________________________

SOLD - $1,212,500

SOLD - $2,095,000

WINDGATE PASS 10126 E. Havasupai Drive ............................... $1,200,000 20696 N. 101st Way ........................................ $2,165,000 HORSESHOE CANYON ............ (no closings this month) ARCADIA 9757 E. Kemper Way....................................... $2,712,000 *Info provided from ARMLS

SOLD - $1,300,000

SOLD - $1,350,000


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For the love of golf 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 communications.team@dcranchinc.com dcranch.com

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As an avid golfer, this is one of my favorite times of year to live in Scottsdale. The courses are bustling with visitors from across the country—not to mention all of the fans who descend upon the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Scottsdale truly shines as a golf mecca and we are lucky to have two of the nation’s top golf courses right here at DC Ranch. In this month’s cover story, The Country Club at DC Ranch unveils its plans for an $8.5 million expansion. At the Silverleaf Club, PGA golf pro Edith Wessel shares tips for developing your swing. I’ll be taking Wessel’s advice to heart as more time for golf is in my immediate future. This is the last letter I will write as Executive Director of the Community Council. By next month, I will be serving DC Ranch in the part-time position of Director of Public Affairs. I’m excited to continue to contribute to DC Ranch while having more time to spend with my family—all of whom play golf!

I owe a debt of gratitude to the residents who have served on the Community Council Board of Directors over the last five years. They have provided me with invaluable guidance and support. In addition, I’ve been blessed to lead a top-performing team that works diligently to enhance the DC Ranch brand. I am so proud of all they have accomplished! New Executive Director, Jenna Kohl, begins on February 22. You will read more about her in the March issue of Ranch News. Here’s to new beginnings!

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.

Christine Irish Community Council Executive Director





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Ranch Updates Community Council has two board positions open Want to ensure DC Ranch remains a premier community? If so, you may want to consider taking on a leadership role by serving on the Community Council Board of Directors. Two seats are open for a three-year term starting April 1.

Beat the heat and paint now

The Community Council is responsible for visioning and facilitating initiatives that enhance residents’ quality of life, promoting the DC Ranch brand and serving as liaison to the greater-Scottsdale community. Annually, Council board members approve the budget, monitor financial performance, and evaluate its executive director. Currently, the board holds six board meetings and six work sessions per year. Additional committee work is often required. Applications are due March 1 to Community Council Executive Director Chris Irish. All applicants will be interviewed by the board’s Nominating Committee. Applications can be found on DCRanch.com or by calling Erin May at 480.419.5326.

ith the cooler weather here, think about refreshing the exterior paint of your home. Keeping your home properly painted not only protects your investment, it also helps preserve the community’s home values. The Ranch Association can provide residents with their existing paint palette, or assist with new color options. Booklets from both Dunn Edwards and Sherwin Williams are available at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. Please remember that any change in color does require Ranch Association approval—a modification form can be submitted on DCRanch.com prior to any work taking place. Fees may apply, so it’s best to contact a member of the Community Standards team at 480.513.1500 for assistance.

Ranch Association Board seeks candidates


he Ranch Association Annual Meeting is just two months away on April 2. This year, four board member seats are up for re-election. The current two-year terms are expiring for Board President Susan Grace, Secretary Tom Headley, Treasurer Mike Esparza and Director Don Matheson. Candidate profiles will be posted at DCRanch.com, and a Meet the Candidates night is planned for March 14 at 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. Residents interested in running can submit a candidate application form online, or to The Ranch Offices. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 5, at 5 p.m. Be sure to contact your Neighborhood Voting Member with your candidate selection as NVMs are responsible for casting votes on behalf of the neighborhood area they serve. Contact information for NVMs is listed in the Community Management section of DCRanch.com, or call The Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500. More details on the Annual Meeting agenda and planned activities will be forthcoming.

Speeding fines to be enforced

Election Timeline February 1 Candidate Forms posted on DCRanch.com

February 5 Election Kickoff at Board of Directors meeting March 5

March 14

Deadline for candidate applications | 5 p.m.

Meet the Candidates Night | 6 p.m. at The Homestead

March 16 Ballots mailed to Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) and residents as needed April 2

Board members elected at the Ranch Association Annual Meeting | 6 p.m. at The Homestead

At its January 8 meeting, the Ranch Association Board gave a green light to the implementation of a speed camera initiative. The decision to activate a speed deterrent program was based on years of resident input, consultations with traffic engineers and studies, along with data captured by five electronic speed signs used throughout the community to monitor vehicle speeds.

The speed camera, situated in various areas of the community, will become active in February. Owners, whose vehicles are captured by the speed camera driving more than 20 mph over the limit, will receive a $300 fine upon the first offense. Fines will be issued in accordance with the community’s Standards for Conduct outlined at DCRanch.com/Standards. In accordance with the Ranch Association’s CC&Rs, all owners will be responsible for their invitees. The objective of this program is to improve safety for all DC Ranch residents and guests.

Landscape Training Workshop March 19 4

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DC Ranch is thoughtfully-crafted to blend with the Sonoran desert. The landscaping within the community is integral to maintaining a balance between undisturbed, natural terrain and enhanced areas of homeowners’ yards. In order to help residents and landscape providers better understand the unique landscape nuances, the Ranch Association is hosting a complimentary educational seminar on Monday, March 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. An in-depth look at the landscape modification

submittal process will be reviewed as well as various design concepts such as use of artificial turf, desert pavement, granite applications and prohibited plants. In honor of DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary, residents who complete the training will get a $200 credit on modification fees. Landscape providers who complete the course will be added to the DC Ranch Certified Landscape Provider List posted on DCRanch.com and will receive a certificate of completion. To maintain certification, providers must attend a DC Ranch landscape workshop annually.


Perfect Smile

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

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THURSDAY | FEB. 1 DC Ranch Women’s Club: Coffee Talk 10 a.m. to noon | Desert Camp


TGIF Little Wranglers: Christopher the Magician 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

TGIF Tween Night: Octane Raceway 6 to 9 p.m. | (Meet at Desert Camp)


20 for 20: Hiking Challenge Desert Parks Village 9 a.m. | Meet at The Homestead

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DC Ranch Gives Group Service Project: St. Vincent de Paul 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at The Homestead Volunteers ages 5+

MONDAY | FEB. 5 Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead


Kids Corral 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Desert Camp

Food Truck Night: Left Coast Burrito and Mustache Pretzel 5 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


Starlight Concert: Young Country 6 to 8 p.m. | Market Street Park


Wisdom + Wit 6:30 to 9 p.m. | The Homestead


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

Creative Arts Workshop: Grow with Love 5:30 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp


Grapenuts Wine Club: Reds and Rosé 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


DC Ranch Men’s Club: Happy Hour at The Vig 5 to 6 p.m. | The Vig McDowell Mountain


Spotlight Speaker Series: Arizona’s Original Cowboy Artist 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Starlight Concert Series: Young Country Feb. 9 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Park

Join your neighbors for the first concert of the spring with headliner Young Country—playing the best of current and past country hits. Bring your blankets, chairs, and dinner for a picnic in the park because you won’t want to miss this musical treat! Mauna Kea will have shave ice on hand. Due to noise levels and safety concerns, please leave your canine friends at home. Feb. 9

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Young Country— Country hits

March 9 Stanley Serrano—Latin rock April 13 One of These Nights— Eagles tribute May 11 Rock Lobster—80’s covers

Wisdom + Wit Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. The Homestead Community Center | $20 Adults 21+ are welcome to attend Gather a team of friends and neighbors for a new fast-paced, Jeopardy-style trivia night coming to the Ranch in 2018! Teams will win fun prizes as their knowledge of pop culture, current affairs, entertainment, and more is tested. In honor of DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary, there will also be a DC Ranch round to challenge residents’ knowledge of the community. Residents are encouraged to register in groups of two or four. Each table will be a team of four. This event is limited to 25 teams of four. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team of four, sign up and you’ll be connected with a team! Appetizers, beer, wine and dessert will be served.

SUNDAY | FEB. 25 Childsplay Presents: Maddie’s Fridge 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead


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


DC Ranch Men’s Club: Open Panel Discussion 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Men’s Club Breakfast Mondays | 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The Place on Market Street 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. The Homestead Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp

Body Tone Tues and Thurs | 11 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead

Spotlight Speakers Series: Arizona’s Original Cowboy Artist Thursday, Feb. 21| 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center (Adults 21+) 6 p.m. Mingle with neighbors 6:30 p.m. Program begins Lon Megargee came to Arizona in 1896, and after a decade as a cowboy, decided to give up ranching for painting. At statehood, he executed fifteen murals for the State Capitol, and for nearly half a century he was intertwined with significant events and institutions connected with this state’s history. Join ASU Art History Professor Betsy Fahlman for an in-depth discussion on Megargee’s lasting influence on art in Arizona, and how it shaped Western-style culture for generations to come.

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Scottsdale city council continues to postpone a decision on Desert EDGE, formerly the Desert Discovery Center. The city council is waiting to see whether a local group’s effort to obtain enough signatures for a ballot initiative is successful. The group has until July 2018 to turn in petitions. Current plans for Desert EDGE locate the project off Thompson Peak Parkway just south of the Gateway Trailhead parking lot. The petition language was recently changed from excluding all building in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, allowing for trails and trailheads to be built without a public vote.

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In 2014, the FAA adopted NextGen Flight Patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. While the greatest impact was in Phoenix, this change resulted in new Sky Harbor air traffic over DC Ranch. The city of Phoenix filed a lawsuit in August 2017 that led to a U.S. District Court of Appeals decision in favor of Phoenix. In Nov. 2017, the FAA and Phoenix negotiated an agreement, dependent on the federal court’s approval, which spells out that the FAA will return to the previous flight paths on western departures from Sky Harbor “to the extent practicable,” and new flight paths will be developed during a public process next year. The FAA also committed to hold community meetings in April of 2018 to seek input on flight patterns to the east.


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The owner of the hotel site at DC Ranch Crossing is set to develop. DC Ranch Crossing is the commercial center where AJ’s is located. Plans have been submitted to both the City of Scottsdale and DC Ranch Covenant Commission for a Marriott Fairfield Inn. The 123 room hotel will sit on the land south of Rosati’s. Expected completion date is summer 2019. A luxury Independent Senior Living community is planned on land adjacent to DC Ranch at the northwest corner of Pima and Legacy Blvd. A maximum of 200 units in one, two and three story buildings will be constructed. Available to individuals 55 years of age and older, the project envisions long-term lease opportunities, as well as luxury amenities to include a restaurant, coffee bar, salon, swimming pool, and fitness facilities. The main entrance will be off Legacy. The project is being developed by the Wolf Company. 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 DCRanch.com and click on News and Events.


hen approaching a new design project for your home, think of creating a signature environment. A signature environment is comparable to creating your own personal brand. You’ll want to carry a similar feeling throughout the entire space. While all spaces shouldn’t look exactly the same, they should convey a consistent message to everyone who walks into your home. Take a moment to think of what you would like to share about yourself. What are some of your favorite things? Who or what makes you happy? Are you a world traveler, sports enthusiast, spontaneous or more structured? Pick items or interests that define your style and represent who you are, then include them in various ways in each space. For example, if you are an avid gardener, use the outdoors as inspiration for creating your signature environment. Reflect the serenity and beauty found outside, fabric selections, color palettes, breezy window treatments, books on display, floral arrangements, and furnishings inside your home.

How to create your signature environment

Focusing on a few senses can help guide and shape the environment.

Scent Find a signature scent you would like people to always relate to you. Using nature as inspiration, choose a scent that reminds you of your favorite flower or earthy notes.

Sound Music and sounds can affect and enhance our environments. Do you enjoy soft, gentle music playing in the background? Or is it something bold, fun and exciting? Is the sound tied to your inspiration or interests? For a signature environment founded on a garden consider bringing in a water feature to replicate nature.

Sight It’s important to stick with a color palette that will help keep you focused. You may want to use soft earth tones, or shades of green with hints of bold or soft hues from your favorite flower, for example.

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The Country Club at DC Ranch approves expansion to enhance member experience

Rendering of future Health & Wellness facility courtesy of PHX Architecture



he Country Club at DC Ranch has announced an $8.5 million expansion to the facility. The expansion will include a new fitness center, group exercise rooms, golf fitness facility, resort-style pool and more. The Club’s goal is to offer a one-stop shop for members.

“The Country Club at DC Ranch has challenged itself to look past the conventional wisdom of Club industry in an effort to create the highest quality lifestyle experience in the market,” said Melanie Halpert, Director of Membership and Marketing at The Country Club. “This expansion will allow The Club to provide more services, programs and activities, designed for every member.”


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The Country Club at DC Ranch has a very modern approach to what a Country Club is. The members are vested in the Club and passionate about helping shape its future. The Country Club Board President, Ron Kruse, noted that the leadership team views the enhancements essential in maintaining and growing member satisfaction, while attracting the next generation of members.

General Manger and COO Kyle Draper said that having the overwhelming support of the members on this enhancement, clearly shows the member’s commitment to remain at the forefront as the premier Southwest Lifestyle Club in Scottsdale. He went on to say that he views this expansion of the facility as a logical step by the Club to enhance its offerings with a greater commitment to meeting

its mission of providing members and guests with an experience centered on fun, family and friendliness. The expansion not only benefits the members, but the community and homeowners within DC Ranch. For the Club, it insures the growing needs of the members and future members will be met. For the residents of DC Ranch, it enhances home values and continues to distinguish DC Ranch from other communities.

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1. Health and Wellness A new 12,000-square-foot new building will include a fitness facility, group exercise rooms, locker rooms, and two children’s clubs.

2. Casual Living A new indoor casual dining room will allow for members to enjoy informal meals while relaxing next to the Club’s remodeled resort-style pool with beach entry and poolside bar. 3. Golf The Club will add a Teaching Center, an enhanced short game area, and an expanded practice area.

4. Main Clubhouse updates Within the Main Clubhouse there will be a new private dining room, and an expanded Ladies’ locker room.

The ultimate goal is to maintain the extraordinary quality and service that members and their guests associate The Country Club at DC Ranch with, while providing facilities unlike anywhere else in the Valley. The new facility will allow The Club to provide more services, programs and activities, designed for every member young or senior. The Club has partnered with the awardwinning team at PHX Architecture who completed the Club’s first Expansion. Studio V, known as a leader in innovative, hospitality projects, has been chosen as the Interior Designer. Greey Picket will oversee the

5. Expanded Kitchen Creating more room for the Club’s talented chefs, 600 square feet will be added to the kitchen to provide more space for banquets, an additional line, and a pastry shop. Over the course of The Club’s history, the members and staff have prided themselves on creating a club culture known for its exceptional hospitality and welcoming atmosphere. “The Club celebrates families and friends coming together to enjoy the best of times,” said Halpert.

Back to the basics of the swing



hose who play the great game of golf know how analytical the golf swing can be. The more you delve into the intricacies of the swing, the more complicated it gets. This is the case regardless if you play competitive or recreational golf.

Let’s get back to the basics using the acronym P.G.A.—Posture, Grip and Alignment. These foundations of the golf swing are like the foundation of a house. If the concrete is poured incorrectly and the foundation is uneven, there will be complications in the structure and integrity of the house. The golf swing is no different. Posture is extremely important, as in any sport. The correct “address” position creates the ability to turn the body and swing the club. While some have physical limitations that can make golf difficult, most are able to set up to the golf ball in an athletic position. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, tilt at the hips and gently flex the knees. Arms should hang down loosely. The spine should remain relatively straight; not too arched or rounded. Grip the club loosely. For the right-handed golfer, the left hand should be placed so the “V” formed between the thumb and the index finger points toward the right shoulder. The right hand should gently fit below the left hand with the “V” also pointing to the right shoulder. For the left-handed golfer, the “V’s” should point toward the left shoulder.

Alignment is one of the more challenging parts of golf especially since every shot angle can be different. If you keep your alignment consistent on your full shots, you will be more successful. Visualize railroad tracks; one track being the target line where you want the ball to travel. The other line, parallel to the target line, is the line in which your body aligns itself. Make sure your feet, hips and shoulders are all in line with each other and parallel to your target line.

The beauty of golf is that it’s a lifetime sport. Whether you have been playing for 50 years or just starting, keep it simple and remember the acronym P.G.A.—Posture, Grip and Alignment.

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While DC Ranch has evolved over the past 20 years, one thing is for certain—it just gets better with age. And for good reason, too. Architect, Dale Gardon, who was a Principal with Vernon Swaback Associates at the time and the Lead Planner for DC Ranch, was charged with designing the finest master-planned community of its time.

It’s all in the details

“This was DMB Associates’ first entre into master-planned communities,” said Gardon. “It was a chance to influence something they hadn’t done before, but that meant it had to be the best in every possible way.”

Lead Planner of DC Ranch reflects on original vision for community

Having previously designed large scale master-planned communities in the West Valley and Fountain Hills, Gardon was well-versed in creating successful residential developments.

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“What we have learned from DC Ranch is there are three aspects to development that are equally important—architecture, planning, and creating a sense of place. Without one, the community has a much harder time thriving long-term.” But for DC Ranch, he needed to think outside of the box. “Conventional wisdom stated that repetition and sameness were keys to maintaining home values,” said Gardon. “If everything looked the same, the community would appreciate as a whole.” Having grown up in neighborhoods on the East Coast, however, Gardon believed diversity in architectural character could bring more value to a master-planned community— so long as it was done right. “We partnered with more than a dozen builders to create homes of varying styles, sizes, and scope so

that residents of different economic and life stages could live in tandem,” said Gardon.

Though a more streamlined approach would have been easier for the developer, the builders, and the City of Scottsdale, Gardon believes the unique neighborhood design created a greater sense of community. Along with diverse architectural styles also came a focus on “front-porch” living—a throwback to an important aspect of community life that, for some reason, faded away in the post-World War II era. “I remember people sitting on their front porches when I was growing

up. The neighbors would wave as my friends and I rode by on our bikes. Everyone knew one another,” said Gardon. “But since that time, so many developments focused on moving people to their walled backyards— that really prohibited neighbor interaction.”

With DC Ranch, Gardon took a chance and flipped conventional wisdom on its side. He designed neighborhoods which focused on front-porch living surrounding a central park or gathering space, placed pocket parks at the end of cul-de-sacs for leisure activities, and created places like Market Street where the community could gather.

“What we have learned from DC Ranch is there are three aspects to development that are equally important—architecture, planning, and creating a sense of place,” said Gardon. “Without one, the community has a much harder time thriving long-term.”

Speaking of long-term, how has DC Ranch stood the test of time after 20 years?

“So few communities get better with time. At DC Ranch, however, the more that is built the more the community is enriched. The development of DC Ranch is attributed to the collective understanding that even the smallest details matter. And when all the pieces come together, a truly remarkable community can flourish. In honor of DC Ranch’s 20th anniversary in 2018, Ranch News is proud to feature the DC Ranch Pioneer series. It highlights residents, town leaders, and other stakeholders who played an integral part in realizing the vision for DC Ranch over the past two decades.

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ove is in the air at DC Ranch! Plan a date for your Valentine with one of these delicious offers on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Koi Poke 18221 N. Pima Road, Suite 100 koipoke.com

What better place to celebrate love, than Koi Poke? The word “Koi” is a shortened version of the Japanese word “Koibito” which translates not only to love, but can also mean the feeling between new lovers. On the menu for Valentine’s

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dozen local North Valley chefs are stepping up in the most delicious way possible to support the local Girl Scouts this cookie season—by taking part in the 5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. Through the program, each chef has been assigned one flavor of Girl Scout cookies to use as inspiration— including local DC Ranch favorites, Market Street Kitchen and The Thumb. The “Samoas Superstars” • Rita’s Kitchen at the JW • Marriott Camelback Inn • Market Street Kitchen • Super Chunk


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Day—receive a free glass of champagne with a Poke bowl. Lush Burger 18251 N. Pima Road, Suite 120 lushburgeraz.com

When the proprietor’s true love is burgers, what could be better than their Valentine’s Day special —receive a bottle of their House Wine for one penny when you buy two burgers. Ciao Grazie Pizzeria Winebar 18835 N. Thompson Peak Parkway ciaograzie.us

Unwind and savor “la dolce vita” at Ciao Grazie this Valentine’s Day! Indulge in a decadent slice of authentic homemade tiramisu, free with every entrée purchase.

Rita’s Kitchen The “Samoas Superstars”

Chef Tom D'Ambrosio Aioli Burger

Local chefs line up to support scouts 5th annual Girl Scout cookie dessert challenge is on The “Thin Minters” • Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort • Troon North • The Henry • Covenant • Grape Wine Bistro • The Herb Box Southbridge

The “Tagalongs Tacklers” • Olive + Ivy—the 2017 reigning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champion • Rusconi’s American Kitchen • Aioli Burger

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The “Savannah Smilers” • The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s • Ocean Prime The Super “S’mores” • The Thumb The “Towering Trefoils” • Brat Haus


Now through Feb. 28, each chef’s restaurant will feature their unique take on the above assigned Girl Scout

Lush Burger

Fleming’s 20753 N. Pima Road flemingssteakhouse.com

Stop by the bar for an early meal during Fleming’s top notch happy hour. What’s more romantic than a steak dinner for two with a class of delicious Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. Market Street Kitchen 20825 N. Pima Road marketstreetkitchen.com

Treat your Valentine to a special cocktail after dinner with an MSK Manhattan—complete with a smooth and smoky torched orange rose. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Grape Wine Bistro The “Thin Minters”

cookie on their menu, with a portion of proceeds benefiting local Girl Scouts.

“We also hope to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout cookie season to create their own desserts,” said Susan Kolman of The Thumb, a five-year participant in the Challenge. Girl Scout Cookies will be available all month long. As in recent years, the Girl Scouts will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase.

“Given that more than half of Girl Scout alumnae in business fields credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program with developing skills they use today—including money management, goal setting, and public speaking—selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped

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millions of female entrepreneurs over the past 100 years spark their careers,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of the Girl Scout Arizona Cactus Pine Council.

According to Woodbury, all of the net revenue from cookie sales—100 percent of it—stays within a Girl Scout council’s local area to benefit girls. Councils depend on cookie earnings to run their programming, and girls decide how to invest their troop’s portion of the earnings in impactful community projects and personal enrichment opportunities. Your mission, should you choose to accept it—go out and try them all!

Locations of cookie booths can be found by downloading the app Cookie Finder or by visiting girlscoutcookies.org.

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he McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. Stewards connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and respectful access. The quest for sustainability is transforming the competitive landscape, encouraging organizations and citizens to change the way they think about products, technologies, processes and business models. A refillable water station has been added to the Gateway Trailhead, with plans for additional water stations to be installed at other trailheads. As residents, advocates and users of the gorgeous Preserve, you can make an immediate and lasting positive impact on our natural resources.

By using a reusable bottle rather than a disposable one, you can save money. Bottled water costs up to 500 times more than tap water— often for the same product.

Using a clean, BPA-free, lead-free, reusable bottle can reduce toxins and bacteria introduced to your body. Bottled water requires an incredible amount of oil and fuel to produce and transport. In addition, production and transportation of bottled water greatly releases large amounts of air and water pollutants, and toxins. Most would think the better choice is to have a reusable bottle, yet millions of bottles of water are purchased every day. We all have the choice to make a change for the environment, the economy and our personal health.

As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy works closely with the City of Scottsdale to patrol and maintain the Preserve’s trails, and provide information to visitors to make sure they have a safe and enjoyable experience. A team of volunteer Stewards educates both adults and young people about the history of the Preserve.

How water use can benefit the Preserve

Using refillable water bottles in lieu of disposable plastic water bottles is not only easy and inexpensive, it provides significant environmental benefits. Most Americans have access to clean drinking water; however, the United States is the world’s largest consumer of bottled water.

Plastic water bottles are becoming a growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States. The American Chemistry Council estimates the average consumer uses 166 plastic water bottles each year and 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. While plastic water bottles offer convenience, they also create unnecessary waste in landfills.

People often claim the reasons they buy bottled water are because of convenience, supposed health benefits and better taste. Many studies have shown that using a reusable bottle is not only fiscally responsible but it’s beneficial to your health, as well.

In recent years, the Conservancy has also grown its ability to conduct scientific research. It entered into a contract with the City to make management recommendations in areas such as the restoration of degraded areas and the removal of non-native plants.

DC Ranch will partner with the Conservancy for the “20 for 20: Hiking Challenge” to honor the community’s 20th Anniversary. Residents who complete the challenge will receive a special commemorative 24-ounce aluminum bottle. For more information on the 20 for 20: Hiking Challenge, call 480.342.7178. For more information about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, please visit mcdowellsonoran.org.

Around Scottsdale Lifeguard classes start Feb. 6

Destinations, Detours & Dreams

Are you at least 15 and looking for a great summer job? Become a lifeguard with the city of Scottsdale. Certification classes start in February and run through spring. Once you’re certified, you can apply to work for the city. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Scottsdale Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival Peruse the greatest selection of juried fine arts, fine wines, delectable chocolates and musicians in the Southwest at the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival Feb. 9 to 11. Patrons love strolling throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry, while listening to live

musical entertainment and sipping fine wines. Thunderbirdartists.com

Watch Hashknife Pony Express deliver mail Greet more than 25 riders as they deliver the mail to the U.S. Postal Service representatives near the front steps of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The excitement starts at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9. Mingle with riders and enjoy family-friendly activities—including a hands-on “Cowboy Bootcamp” for kids, food trucks, games and more. ScottsdaleMuseumoftheWest.com The Parada del Sol and Trails End Festival returns The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, on Scottsdale Road south of Camelback and weaves through Downtown. The celebration continues at noon with live music, performances,

refreshments, activity booths and multi-cultural entertainment. Road closure information is available on the website closer to the event. ParadadelSolParade-trailsend.com

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show trots to WestWorld Feb. 15 to 25 Since 1955, this annual horse show has set the pace in the Arabian horse world. It has grown from 50 horses to more than 2,000 horses, bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete for a chance to win. ScottsdaleShow.com Motown sound brings celebrations through generations Come out for a free concert featuring the unique and powerful Motown sound from 4 to 8 p.m.

Arizona Musicfest

Saturday, Feb. 17, at McCormickStillman Railroad Park. The George Howard Band will get people of all ages moving to classic Motown hits. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. The group receives support through the city’s Community Event Funding program. ScottsdaleAZ.gov 7th annual Street Eats food truck festival Head to Salt River Fields for this annual food-lovers festival. Sample food from more than 55 different food trucks in the Phoenix valley while listening to live music. Visitors may event participate in one of the many food eating contests. There’s something for everyone! Streeteatsaz.com




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