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Join the new Fourth Fridays social hour

Local chefs support Girl Scouts


Neighborhood spotlight: Horseshoe Canyon

Weekend scapes! E Some of the country’s best wine is a short drive away

Page Springs Vineyards

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Making connections 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

Like us on Facebook A division of Republic Media 200 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Christie Ludwick Office: 602.444.7911 Mid Market Sales Manager Michael Mellstead Account Executive Lisa Schubert Advertising Coordinator Judi VanDyck Editor Jim Williams

A sense of community … it’s one of the DC Ranch values. And it is part of what makes DC Ranch such a special place. In talking to DC Ranch residents, a common theme is a desire for that sense of community, a feeling of connectedness. Perhaps it is a part-time resident wanting to reconnect with others who converge upon DC Ranch each fall, or a new family with children wanting to meet up with other families, or a single retiree looking for a group of friends to play cards or Mahjong.

DC Ranch Community Council can help make those connections. Clubs for men and women provide structured outings where residents can connect while visiting a local restaurant or attending an event. Scheduled Neighborhood Conversations connect residents with each other and their representatives on the Ranch Association and Community Council boards. A new social hour offered each month is designed to create a casual environment where people can meet neighbors and learn their stories. Speaking of stories, the story of DC Ranch’s history was shared and celebrated at the Pioneer Panel in December as the culmination of the community’s 20th anniversary. For those who missed it, the video is on DCRanch.com. The welcome segment by first DC Ranch resident, Mr. Don Ruff, captures the magic of being a pioneer and watching the community grow and develop over the years.

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

Ranch Association Board of Directors election kick-off


t’s time to start thinking about the Ranch Association Board of Directors election. Candidate applications are available Feb. 1 and can be found on DCRanch.com or at The Ranch Offices on Market Street.

The annual members’ meeting is just two months away, at which time the incoming 2019 board members will be announced. This year, there are three seats open as the two-year terms expire for Vice President Elizabeth Kepuraitis, and Directors Dr. Phil Geiger and Fred Green. As candidate profiles are submitted, they will be posted on the website under “Community Management.” A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for Monday, March 18 at The Homestead Community Center beginning at 6 p.m. Candidate applications must be received before Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Ranch Offices either in-person or by mail, fax to 480.513.1505 or email to terri.raimondi@dcranchinc.com.

Be sure to connect with your Neighborhood Voting Member about the candidate choices, as NVMs are responsible for casting votes on behalf of the neighborhood area they represent and serve. If you haven’t met your NVM, call The Ranch Offices at 480.513.1500 and we will make an introduction. In neighborhoods without an NVM, one ballot will be cast for each lot owned. Ballots will be sent by mail. Please confirm that your correct address is on file by calling The Ranch Offices. This year’s annual meeting is Monday, April 1. The event will feature an informative presentation and results of the 2019 election. Open to all DC Ranch residents.

Election Timeline February 1 February 4 March 4 March 18 March 19

Candidate Forms posted on DC Ranch.com Election Kickoff at Board of Directors meeting Deadline for candidate applications Meet the Candidates Night | 6 p.m. at The Homestead Ballots mailed to Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs) and residents as needed April 1 Board members elected at the Ranch Association Annual Meeting | 6 p.m. at The Homestead

New Security services offered 4

ith Anderson Security Agency as the new security services provider, residents will benefit from added services. The security manager, all supervisors and patrol personnel are trained in snake removal procedures. Residents can call

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Board review 2018

s we turn to the future with the upcoming election, here is a look back at the many accomplishments of the 2018 Ranch Association Board of Directors. In one of its first tasks, the Board reviewed and revised the Standards for Conduct, adding regulations regarding the use of drones and the holding of garage sales, among other items. In February 2018, the board approved a speed enforcement program that includes a $300 fine on the first offense for drivers going more than 20 mph over the posted limit on private DC Ranch roadways. In addition to approving the 2019 community

the Command Center Dispatch at 480.397.9659 for help. The 38-member security team has also completed CPR/AED training and the patrol staff will be certified as first responders for emergency medical response starting April 1, 2019.

budget, the directors also approved spending for road repair and sealcoating that included Market Street Villas, various areas in the Upper Canyon, parts of Country Club and almost all residential roads behind Horseshoe Gate. In September, the board approved a new security services provider by signing Anderson Security Agency to a new three-year contract that commenced Dec. 28, 2018. Several new policies were also approved: governing financial operations, audits, financial reporting, fines and penalties, security services and standing committee appointments.

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


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Friday, Feb. 8 6 to 8 p.m. | Market Street Park Join your neighbors for the first concert of the spring with R&B cover band Reminisce. Bring your blankets, chairs and dinner for a picnic in the park because you won’t want to miss this musical treat! Due to noise levels and safety concerns, please leave your canine friends at home.


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DC Ranch Women’s Club: Cupcake Decorating 101 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

March 8 Instant Classics | Top 40 hits


Reminisce | R&B

April 12 High Tide | Beach Boys tribute May 10 Rock Lobster | 80’s covers

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


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


Passport to Art 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. | Desert Camp

WEDNESDAY | FEB. 13 Grapenuts: Blind tasting 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp



Starlight Concert Series: Reminisce

An evening of jazz 6:30 to 8 p.m. | The Homestead

An evening of jazz

WEDNESDAY | FEB. 20 Spotlight Speakers Series: Asteroid, Comets and Near-Earth Objects 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead


Game night: Trivia 6 to 9 p.m. | The Homestead

Sunday, Feb. 17 6:30 to 8 p.m. | The Homestead Get ready for a rhythmic evening of live jazz music with Jazzona Duo. Hailed as America’s original art form, these talented musicians will perform jazz standards and smooth jazz as well as pop and classical favorites for the first ever jazz performance at DC Ranch! Wine and snacks will be served. Cost $7.

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Fourth Fridays social hour Friday, Feb. 22 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Mix and mingle during a fun, relaxing happy hour the fourth Friday of every month! With background music, these monthly gatherings provide a nice way to end the week and chat with friends or get to know new neighbors. Light snacks, beer and wine provided. Ages 21+

FRIDAY | FEB. 22 Fourth Fridays social hour 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Mahjong for beginners Mondays | 10 a.m. to noon Desert Camp

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Drop-in Pickleball Fridays | 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays | 4 to 6 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

Game night: Trivia Saturday, Feb. 23 6 to 9 p.m. | The Homestead Life isn’t all fun and games, but the DC Ranch series of adult game nights will make it feel that way! In February, your knowledge of pop culture, current affairs, entertainment and more will be tested. Win prizes and get to know neighbors at this evening of fun. Appetizers, desserts, beer and wine will be served. Cost $23.

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“Let me introduce Harper, a 1½ year old Cavapoochon puppy. Harper LOVES living in DC Ranch. She can be seen walking in different neighborhoods around the ranch, but her favorite is The Homestead. She loves to play in the grass, socialize with the kids at the playground and come inside to get a treat and say hello to the staff. On weekends, when The Homestead building is closed, she often just sits in front of the doors as if she is waiting for someone to come.â€? – Linda

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

“Meet Milo, our 5-month old poodle puppy! He has brought so much joy to our family as we never thought we would be able to have a dog because of my allergies. He truly completes our household and brings so much love into our lives.� – Tina


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






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Newsworthy What programs interest you?

behalf of your household. The survey should only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and each household will be entered in a random drawing to win prizes. Your input is greatly appreciated and makes a difference!

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

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month: Nominate a Neighbor for Volunteer of the Year

Every April, the Community Council celebrates residents who are actively making a difference. Do you know a neighbor who is consistently Volunteer of the Year Recipients for giving back to DC Ranch or the 2019 Resident survey 2018 (left to right): Tom Headley, greater community? The Community Council would like to Every three years, the Community Council conducts a Sheryl Lowenhar, Zack Prutting, recognize them for their service. Celebrate this individual by demographic and interest survey to gather resident feedCori Harper and Paul Staker. completing the short nomination form on DCRanch.com for back and help plan for the future. WestGroup Research will a 2019 Volunteer Award in the following categories; Leaderbe conducting the confidential online questionnaire includship, Philanthropy, Good Neighbor, Youth and Community Partner. Recipients ing hosting the survey, managing all data collection, processing the results will be honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, and reporting the findings on behalf of DC Ranch. When you see information April 6. Nominations are due Friday, March 15. about the survey in mid-March, please take a few minutes to fill it out on

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Last year, two Arizona wines won best in class in the largest U.S. wine competition. It may be counterintuitive given our desert climate, but Arizona has several burgeoning wine regions. Most of the actual grapes are grown in Southern Arizona (primarily in Willcox and Sonoita) while some of the best places to taste locally crafted wines are a 90-minute drive from DC Ranch and worthy of a daytrip. Grapes at Carlson Creek Vineyards BY ALEXANDRA DUEMER | COMMUNIT Y COUNCIL

PAGE SPRINGS Cornville and Page Springs, located just south of Sedona, boast four tasting rooms within driving distance of each other. Javalina Leap is known for reds, Alcanterra for organic wines and Oak Creek Winery for their party atmosphere. If you’re a firsttime visitor, make sure to start or end at Page Springs Cellars, the crown jewel of this region. A family-owned winery and vineyard tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek Canyon, Page Springs Cellars produces primarily Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Eric Glomski, the owner who is


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Weekend wine esc in northern Arizona always happy to share his winegrowing passion with visitors says, “At an average of 3,450 feet, the soils here are sandy, clay loams overlaying chunks of extrusive volcanic rock that is cemented by calcareous (chalky, alkaline, limestone-like) sediments. The subsoils are alkaline, much like the limestone of the Southern Rhône and Burgundy, France. These special soil conditions, along with the coolness of

the site, tend to produce wines with a rustic and savory character.” Like other wineries, the tasting room offers tours and several wine flights for tastings, as well Javalina Leap

as varietals by the bottle and glass. Where they excel is in their picnics and “pinxto” options. In the Basque region of Spain, bar snacks are called pinxto rather than tapas.

served with warm fresh bread, pickles, dried apricot mustard and Page Springs homemade jams.


Once known as a bootlegging town, Cottonwood sits on the beautiful Verde River. The Verde Canyon Railroad has become a popular way for visitors to take in the scenery and abundant wildlife. The quaint Old Town Cottonwood—featuring Arizona Stronghold, Pillsbury Wine Company, Burning Tree Cellars, Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria, Small Batch Wine & Spirits and Carlson Creek all littered along Main Street—is one of the most convenient and safest (as everything is walking distance from each other) ways to sample the best in Arizona wine. Tastings range from $10-15, and some even offer chocolates, games and other treats to enjoy during your visit.

The Sedona Rouge, the Asylum and Los Abrigados in Sedona before joining Merkin in 2016. His gnocchi, Merkin mac & cheese and cavatelli pesto pastas are an indulgence not to be missed.

capes a In the tradition of Spain, Page Springs offers eye popping pinxtos for every palate, including more traditional cheese boards, salads, dips and flatbread options and unique mason jar rillettes, spreadable treats including smoked salmon, duck and roasted vegetable options that are perfect for sharing and

Located just “up the hill” from Old Town Cottonwood, this was once a booming copper mining town and also known as the largest ghost town in America. In more recent years, it’s become a refuge for artists with a population of about 450. Creativity bred creativity, and today Jerome boasts some of the finest tasting options in Arizona, along with a view. The top tasting room is Caduceus Cellars, which is

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If seeking somewhere to stay, look no further than the Tavern Hotel. Nestled along the picturesque main street of Old Town Cottonwood, the historic building has been refurbished into one of Northern Arizona’s top hotel destinations with only deluxe rooms. The 2,300-squarefoot Tavern Hotel Penthouse is quite possibly the most fabulous accommodations in all of Verde Valley with three outdoor patios, master bedroom with eye-popping bathroom, two additional bedrooms, oversized kitchen, formal dining room and cozy family room. Last but not least, Merkin Osteria is a tasting room with award-winning wine from Merkin Vineyards out of 110 acres in Verde Valley and Willcox. They’ve completely redefined the northern Arizona culinary scene with the introduction of this full-service Italian restaurant and tasting room led by executive chef Chris Smith, praised for leading the kitchens at Robert's Creekside,

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a small production family-owned and operated winery known for its Grammy-winning owner, Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool (who also owns Merkin Vineyards). Cellar 433 and Passion Cellars are both just a short walk from Caduceus. Though there are certainly enough things to do to warrant an overnight stay, most guests find coupling a trip in Jerome with a visit to Cottonwood the perfect combination.

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• 2 ripe pears, cored and sliced • 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted

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• Creamy Balsamic Dressing:

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Local chefs line up to support Girl Scouts 6th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge BY ALISON BAILIN BATZ | HMA PUBLIC REL ATIONS

Nearly a 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 6th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge! Through the program, each chef has been assigned one flavor of Girl Scout cookies to use as inspiration for a dessert.


Now through February 28, each chef’s restaurant will feature their unique take on their assigned Girl Scout cookie on their menu, with a portion of proceeds benefiting local Girl Scouting.


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 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. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, locations of cookie booths can be found by downloading the app Cookie Finder or by visiting girlscoutcookies.org.

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Neighborhood Spotlight

Sterling Villas and Estate Villas

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.



orseshoe Canyon is an intimate place of distinctive aura and beauty set in the Silverleaf Village nestled in the majestic McDowell Mountains. It is named for the natural horseshoe-shape of the canyon as it wraps around the end of Horseshoe Canyon Drive offering a natural sanctuary of high desert and mountain grandeur, a place of quiet solitude and visual engagement. Horseshoe Canyon is also the gateway to the Silverleaf Club and the new 19 casitas of The Village at Silverleaf located close to the club’s entryway. Residents and their guests can catch glimpses of golfers teeing up for holes 1 and 2, the driving range and the final six holes of the back nine of the Tom Weiskopf crafted course. To the north, there are two cozy neighborhoods called The Bungalows and The Parks. The Parks


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feature a collection of custom and semi-custom homes around Horseshoe Park (with a real horseshoe game) and Prospect Park. The area also has 37 Edmunds casitas mixed with custom estate homes. The upper portion of Horseshoe Canyon features elegant estate homes with stunning panoramic views. Horseshoe Canyon is also home to the Sterling Villas and Sterling Estate Villas which back to the new ICON project currently under construction.



riginally from Minnesota, my husband and I were first exposed to the Silverleaf area of DC Ranch in 2003. We joined The Silverleaf Club in 2004 and started construction on a Park Villa. In 2015, the Villa sold and we relocated to the Casitas in Horseshoe Canyon.

What I love about the Casitas is the neighborhood feel. It reminds me so much of the neighborhood that I left in Minneapolis, where neighbors look out for one another. I volunteered to be the NVM in order to stay up to date with the happenings in DC Ranch. It has also given me the

Sue Greenberg

opportunity to meet so many of the residents in my area.


y wife Robbi and I have been residents of DC Ranch since 2001. Since we had moved around quite a bit before retiring, we never had a chance to really engage in the local communities that we found ourselves in. We wanted to get involved through volunteer work and did that with the American Red Cross, Thunderbird School of Management, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and, of course, DC Ranch. Although

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we have a second home in the Carolinas, where we spend time with our grandchildren, DC Ranch is where we consider home.

Serving as the Neighborhood Voting Member in the Sterling Neighborhood, and previously at our home in Country Club, I know how important it is to have good communication among residents and with the Ranch Association. Volunteering has been a great way to meet our neighbors, understand the history and operation of the Ranch, and be a part of something from its early stages to the maturity of the Ranch today. It keeps us busy and, for the most part, out of trouble!

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Ranch Living Food Truck Night

TGIF Tweens


Sunset Tour TGIF Little Wranglers


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MIKE DOM ER Gets DC Ranch & Silverleaf Homes SOLD at Top Dollar

SOLD • SILVERLEAF • $17,500,000

SOLD • SILVERLEAF • $4,500,000

SOLD • DC RANCH CC • $3,050,000

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ver the last 9 years, Mike Domer sold 50% of all Scottsdale homes selling at $8 million* and above. All but one took place in DC Ranch and Silverleaf. One of his Silverleaf sales set the record for the highest priced home ever sold in Arizona at $17,500,000.* Before joining Walt Danley Christie’s in 2018, Mike was ranked as the #1 RE/MAX agent in the entire United States. Whether your luxury home is valued at $500,000 or over $20M, give Mike a call to learn how he can help you. Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide Highest Price Sale Ever in Arizona Highest Price Sale Ever DCR/Silverleaf Highest Price Sold per/sf @ $1,064/sf Over $50 Million in Annual Sales DC Ranch/Silverleaf Property Owner

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Predicting wildflower season


here are a wide variety of seeds that are in the soil waiting for the right environmental conditions to trigger the germinating process. These dainty, beautiful wildflower seeds can remain viable in the soil for years and are well adapted to surviving the extreme heat and dry conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Only after all their needs are met will they germinate and grow. The extravagant and dazzling displays that we hope for every spring, the ones that are captured in postcards and photographic magazines, occur only about once a decade in any given place.


Last year was a strange one in terms of rain, temperatures and flowering observations. Some of the more interesting detections were the number of saguaro flowers seen on each plant. There were more than normal and maybe the saguaro was producing more to maximize its chances of maintaining the species in such dry conditions. Cacti are fairly reliable in producing flowers each spring partly because they are succulents and can store water that will help during flowering season. The tiny Pincushion cactus, with its delicate pink flowers circling the stem, are usually found underneath shrubs that provide protection from the intense sun. Palo Verde and Ironwood trees have also been known to produce more flowers during poor rain years. Spring virtually didn’t happen in 2018 because temperatures rose quickly and rains never fell. There was a spattering of rains in July followed by a stretch of over 100 hot days without a speck of moisture! As we rolled into October the rain started falling and kept coming

down at regular intervals. By the end of the month, we had measured nearly 7 inches of rain at the Brown’s Ranch Trailhead. Seeds that normally germinate in December were fooled by the warmer temperatures and sprouted. Since the day length was wrong many of them did not flower, but there were a few exceptions. Some of the yellow flowering goldeneye, bursage and brittlebush were still blooming late into the year.


Botanist Steve Jones says that December is normally the beginning of a good wildflower season. If the winter rains begin, this will kick off the start of the germination process. Temperatures don’t seem important at this stage of the process. For a good wildflower show, the rains should measure about a quarter inch every couple of weeks throughout the winter and into early spring. Should this delicate and naturally choreographed balance of nature have taken place, we should have a wonderful display of color and a wide variety of flowers throughout the desert landscape.


Mark your calendar for the DC Ranch Wildflower Walk departing from Desert Camp on March 23 at 9 a.m.

If the wildflower season is starting to take shape and you would like to learn more about the beautiful desert flowers, the City of Scottsdale and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting wildflower walks in the Preserve and at Pinnacle Peak Park. For more information about wildflower walk schedules, visit McdowellSonoran.org. or cityofscottsdale.org/preserve.

Around Scottsdale Scottsdale’s best seasonal events

Beautiful weather makes this time of year perfect for outdoor events! Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 | TPC Scottsdale

As the best-attended golf event in the world, rub elbows with fans and celebrities while watching high-profile PGA TOUR players tee it up! Stay for headline acts and evening fun at the Bird’s Nest. Tickets available at the gate. wmphoenixopen.com

Horse Drawn Parade with nearly 150 parade entries marching down Scottsdale Road. After the parade, visit Trail’s End for kid games and pony rides, Old West gunfights, trick roping and more. scottsdaleparade.com

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Feb. 14 to 24 | Westworld

The world's largest Arabian horse show brings top owners, trainers

and breeders from around the world competing for a chance at winning. Experience exciting competitions, educational seminars, gala parties and over 300 vendor booths with everything from jewelry to art. scottsdaleshow.com

Sunday A’Fair Concert Series

Feb. 17 to April 7 Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Parada del Sol

Feb. 9 |10 a.m. to noon Old Town Scottsdale

The 66th annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade has the distinction of being known as the World’s Largest

Enjoy a variety of live music during this free outdoor concert series on Sunday afternoons, noon to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or folding chair and a picnic to sit on the lawn. Delicious food from the grill, gourmet desserts, cocktails, beer,

wine and soft drinks are also available for purchase. scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Spring Training

Feb. 21 to March 6

Spring Training baseball in Arizona has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Scottsdale is home to the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. Watch as they play teams from across the country at Salt River Fields (off the Loop 101) or Scottsdale Stadium (in Old Town)! cactusleague.com

We helped all these clients achieve their dreams in 2018. How can we help you achieve yours?

Janet Pennewell | Pat Simpson

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

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