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Help homeless pets during the holidays


DC Ranch teens launch new bike shop

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Celebrate the season with family, friends & neighbors

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The holidays are here! DC Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published by the DC Ranch Community Council to promote the DC Ranch lifestyle. The publication strives to build community by connecting current and future residents along with DC Ranch stakeholders through interesting stories and pictures. Ranch News offers value to its advertisers and perpetuates DC Ranch’s community values. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert, Terri Raimondi and Nia Hughes 480.585.1641

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Whether you are hosting family or heading to see loved ones, December is a bustling and exciting time of the year. In this issue we have compiled some helpful tips for travelling during the holidays, as well as a full list of local festivities to enjoy if you are staying in Scottsdale. As we look back on 2017, one of DC Ranch’s proudest accomplishments is completing a Strategic Plan, DCR 2020. In order to maintain the high quality of life our residents have come to appreciate—and which future residents will want to be a part of—DC Ranch needs a strong plan to not only maintain, but enhance our brand and amenities.

DC Ranch collaborated with residents, board members, stakeholders and Scottsdale community leaders to develop a roadmap which will keep DC Ranch at the top of the list for great places to live. Highlights of the strategic plan are detailed on pages 8 and 9. Speaking of looking toward the future, in 2018 DC Ranch will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Many exciting events are planned throughout the year. Be sure to read next month’s Ranch News for details. Until then, enjoy the holidays!



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Ranch Updates Speed camera under evaluation to enhance safety


he Ranch Association is piloting a test program for new equipment designed to record images of vehicles (and license plates) that are speeding in the community. For the past three years, the Ranch Association Board of Directors has researched and evaluated how best to address speeding. Data collected by electronic speed signs from 2014 to 2016 showed nearly 4,000 instances where drivers exceeded posted limits by more than 20 mph. After much discussion, resident surveys and traffic studies, the Board opted to focus on addressing the speeders rather than installing speed calming devices that impact all drivers.

Over the past 30 days, the speed camera has been used to gather more data to confirm speeding frequencies and actual speeds. The workflow processes required to issue speed infractions is also under evaluation. After more than two months of testing, a final report will be presented to the Board at its Jan. 8, 2018 meeting. Based on the

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findings, the Board may vote to go “live” with this speed deterrent program shortly thereafter. This means that residents who speed in excess of 20 mph over the posted limit would be issued a citation letter— the associated fine has already been set by the Board at $300. The DC Ranch speed enforcement program is available in its entirety on If approved, the speed camera will be positioned in the Country Club and Silverleaf villages. While speeding is an obvious concern for everyone, from a safety standpoint, adherence to stop signs presents another equally important matter. The Ranch Association does not currently maintain an active driving infraction program (meaning pulling over drivers and issuing a citation). As a result, security patrols often observe drivers failing to stop. The DC Ranch Standards for Conduct, which addresses speeding and stop signs, relies on resident to do the right thing and drive safely.

Jill Hegardt joined the Community Council Board of Directors in November. Hegardt was appointed by the DC Ranch Declarant to fill the joint position shared with the Covenant Commission Hegardt lives in DC Ranch and is Vice President of Entitlements, Public Affairs and Compliance at DMB Associates, Inc.


he Christmas holiday falls on Monday this year which will affect services from the city of Scottsdale. Non-recyclable trash (black cans) will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 28, and recyclables (pink cans) will be serviced on Saturday, Dec. 30. After the start of the New Year, city crews will again offer collection of non-artificial holiday trees and decorations. Please have trees, wreathes, and holiday garland curbside by 5 a.m. at your normal bulk pick up location. Lights and all decorations must be removed. For additional details, please visit

Christmas tree roundup and holiday trash collection

Guest parking during the holidays It’s time to celebrate and that means parties, additional guests and visits with family. If you need parking to accommodate a special event or family get-together, please remember to submit a Parking Exemption form that allows additional street parking for up to three days, if approved. Forms can be submitted on DC under Gate Access and Security. Call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500 for additional information.

Neighborhood Voting Member deadlines

The Oasis Water Feature at The Homestead Community Center will be turned off December through February due to the colder temperatures. Daily operations will resume in March.


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andidate ballots were mailed with the 2018 assessments in late November to all residential property owners. Ballots are due back by Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. to The Ranch Offices on Market Street. They may be faxed to 480.513.1505, emailed to or dropped off in person. New and returning NVMs will be announced on the week of Dec. 18. New terms begin Jan. 1. Expect an introductory “hello” from your NVM shortly after the New Year begins.

Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in December; some have admission fees. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of activities, please see, or call 480.342.7178. ADULT ACTIVITIES Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 1 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Please call Marc Braslow at 480.242.3317 to RVSP

Social Club Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Holiday Entertaining Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center DC Ranch Women’s Club: Holiday Coffee Thursday, Dec. 7 | 10 a.m. to noon Desert Camp Community Center

Free to attend, UMOM donation requested

Grapenuts Wine Club: Sparkling Wine Wednesday, Dec. 13 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Join your neighbors and fellow wine enthusiasts for a sparkling wine tasting facilitated by Sommelier Inga Varney. Bring your favorite bottle of bubbly and an appetizer to share with the group. Cheers!

Off the Ranch: Stonegrill Holiday Dinner Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. JW Marriott at Desert Ridge See pg. 10

DC Ranch Men’s Club: Whiskey Tasting Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6 to 8 p.m. All American Modern Sports Grill

FITNESS ACTIVITIES All Levels Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center

9 a.m. and 10 a.m. classes held at Desert Camp Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13

Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center

9 a.m. and 10 a.m. classes held at Desert Camp Community Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12

Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

YOUTH ACTIVITIES Kids Corral Thursday, Dec. 14 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center

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Food Truck Night Thursday, Dec. 14 | 5 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

The Maine Lobster Lady heads back to The Ranch by popular demand! Is lobster not your thing? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with delicious Mexican fare from United Lunchadores.

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Hot Cocoa Stroll Thursday, Nov. 30 | 5:30 to 8 p.m. Market Street Plaza PJ's in the Park Friday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Market Street Park See pg. 10

Trailblazer Breakfast Saturday, Dec. 2 | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Garden Hours Saturday, Dec. 2 and 16 | 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden Garden Workshop: Planting, Growing and Harvesting Lettuce Saturday, Dec. 2 | 10 to 11 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Dec. 4 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Modification Committee Tuesdays, Dec. 12 and 26 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street

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Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Adults 21+ only

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For a list of holiday activities at DC Ranch, please see pages 10 and 11

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endeavors. Standing Principles guide how business is conducted in all circumstances, at all times. Aligned with values, they are the approach to core foundational and operational activities.

The DC Ranch Strategic Plan, DCR2020, was developed based on the collective input received from numerous focus groups, a Ranch-wide resident Equally important to the strategic survey, the designated task force, plan are the Strategic Initiatives which and both the Community Council identify areas of focus for the next and Ranch Assothree years. They ciation Board are consistent Standing Principles of Directors. with DC Ranch’s (listed in no particular order) community valThrough this col• Fully support the DC Ranch ues and work to laborative work brand enhance the DC and the engage• Sustain financial stewardship Ranch brand. ment of key inter• Maintain the highest level nal and external Both the DC landscape and appearance stakeholders, Ranch Commu• Attract, train and retain eight Standing nity Council and the highest quality staff and leadership Principles and Ranch Associ• Preserve a safe environment six Strategic ation Board of Initiatives were Directors have • Bean active and engaged voice in regional Scottsdale issues developed. made a strong • Foster open and transparent and consistent To ensure that an communication commitment to ambitious but at• Optimize governance structure the implementainable strategy tation of the Strategic Initiatives is launched and strategic plan. (listed in no particular order) realized over the The Communinext three years, • Further develop an amenityty Council and rich community and level of it is important Ranch Associaprogramming that the stratetion will take the • Continue to invest in health, gic framework leadership role wellness and active lifestyle is grounded in in activating the • Identify and position Standing Principles plan through the DC Ranch for the target that will serve as buyers of the future following three the foundation steps: • Invest in infrastructure and provide conand future technology tinuity for future 1. Communicafor DC Ranch growth tion to residents • Assist with the success of the and boards: three commercial properties Throughout the • Position DC Ranch as environmentally sustainable for the future

implementation process updates and will be provided to residents and the boards to share progress, maintain transparency and provide accountability. 2. Launch teams to develop strategies, tactics and measurements for the Principles and Initiatives: In order to track progress, key performance indicators are needed. This step also creates an ongoing platform for resident engagement though a variety of avenues to include but not limited to a small focus groups, committee work and surveying. 3. Monitor trends, risks or opportunities that might influence the strategic plan: A strategic plan cannot be stagnant. By maintaining strong two-way interaction with the residents, business owners and the community at large, DC Ranch will be able to identify and stay ahead of emerging trends and issues that could impact the strategic plan.

The strategic plan is published on including the full description of each of the Principles and Initiatives.


his spring’s redesign and upgrades to included the transition to a more secure, user-friendly system for activity registration called Eventbrite. Resident feedback has been very positive, stating that Eventbrite is simple and easy-to-use. Like most all software systems, Eventbrite charges a processing fee for each transaction. You have probably paid similar fees when purchasing concert or movie tickets. They are sometimes called a service charge, handling fees, etc.

with a credit card, at the community center front desk using a personal check or by paying cash at the door prior to the event—every paid registration goes through the Eventbrite system and will have a processing fee. The only exception are free events for which you simply RSVP.

DC Ranch activity and event prices will not increase next year. Processing fees for programs and events beginning in January 2018 are listed below.

If you have questions please contact Community Engagement Director Jona Davis at 480.538.3582 or

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Holiday fun on the Ranch PJ’S IN THE PARK Friday, Dec. 1 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Market Street Park

What could be better on a cool winter evening than watching a holiday movie in your PJ’s with family and friends? On Friday, Dec. 1, head over to Market Street Park where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland in the desert! Enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa and treats from the snack bar. There will also be a very special visit from Santa Claus.


Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs to watch the movie. Special treats will be provided by Whitestone REIT and Marnie Rosenthal with Team Marnie. Please RSVP in advance on

Kid’s Night Out: Arctic Freeze Friday, Dec. 1 | 6 to 10 p.m.

The Gingerbread Ball Sunday, Dec. 3 | 1 to 4 p.m.

Kid’s Cooking Decorating Thursday, Dec. 4 to 8 p.m.

BBQ Night Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 5 to 9 p.m.

Menorah Lighting Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Soiree Friday, Dec. 15 | 7 to 11 p.m.

Kid’s Night Out: Cocoa Creations Saturday, Dec. 16 | 6 to 10 p.m.

Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday, Dec. 17 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Creating Holiday Treats Monday, Dec. 18 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve Dinner Sunday, Dec. 24 | 4 to 8 p.m. Events for Silverleaf Club members only. Please call 480.515.3200 for more information.

THE COUNTRY CLUB AT DC RANCH Member Holiday Party Friday, Dec. 8 | 6 to 9 p.m.

Family Holiday Dinner with Santa Sunday, Dec. 10 | 4:30 p.m.

O’Shaugnessy Wine Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 13 | 6 p.m.

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OFF THE RANCH: STONEGRILL Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. JW Marriott at Desert Ridge

Delight your senses with the sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays as residents venture Off The Ranch for a delicious dinner at Stonegrill at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The hotel will feature a fabulous gingerbread display that is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Meet at Stonegrill at 5:30 p.m. for light appetizers and drinks. Dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. Residents are responsible for their own food and beverage purchases. Please RSVP in advance at Space is limited to 30 residents.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING WORKSHOP Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Join neighbors and friends at this workshop where you’ll create the perfect centerpiece to display while entertaining family and guests this holiday season!

Learn tips and tricks to create an amazing faux succulent arrangement with step by step instructions from Corrine Carr, owner of Creative Succulents and Creative Occasions. Participants will create a beautiful masterpiece to take home.

Sunday, Dec. 31 | 7:30 p.m. Events for Country Club members only. Please call 480.342.7200 for more information.


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All materials are provided. Wine and appetizers included. Please RSVP in advance at



is the season of giving and many people are looking for ways to give back to the local community.

Did you know there is an animal welfare agency in the neighborhood that is eager to receive support? Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on the community to help sustain its lifesaving work and programs.

In December, FAR will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and Adoption Center, which is located at Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Road. The Adoption Center has the capacity to house more than 80 animals and is a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats. There are a variety of ways that you and your family can support the pets at FAR.

Volunteer Are you at least 16 years of age or older? Want to be a kitty cuddler or dog wagger? FAR has several volunteer opportunities that allow for hands-on work with the Adoption Center’s dogs DC RANCH WOMEN’S CLUB HELPS WOMEN IN NEED The DC Ranch Women’s Club warmly invites you to join them for their annual Holiday Coffee on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at Desert Camp Community Center. Celebrate the season with delectable bites in a relaxed atmosphere, all for a good cause. This year, the DC Ranch Women’s Club is partnering with United Methodist Outreach Ministries or UMOM, the largest shelter for homeless families in Arizona, to help women get back on their feet.

and cats. Whether you want to walk dogs, socialize kitties or bathe and brush pets during weekly “spa days,” there is a job for everyone. FAR also needs help with administrative tasks for those who prefer to help without directly interacting with the rescued pets.

Wish List If you’d like to send the dogs and cats at FAR a holiday gift, you can have items from the agency's wish list shipped directly from Amazon. Visit and click on “Supplies.” As an added bonus, if you sign up for the Amazon Smiles program and select Foothills Animal Rescue as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of any eligible Amazon Smile purchases to FAR.

Donate Financial contributions are an obvious, but much-needed way to support FAR. Monies raised go directly to assist the nearly 1,500 dogs and cats

DC Ranch offers help for the holidays

The DC Ranch Women’s Club is asking each participant to bring a donation to the event such as $20 gift cards to stores like Target, Walmart or a local grocery store, new twin size bedding or new towels. A suggested list of items can be found at

DC RANCH GIVES: GROUP SERVICE PROJECT WITH GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE DC Ranch residents celebrate the holidays with GiGi’s Playhouse at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park by helping to make crafts, decorating cookies, and more. GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi’s offers free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with DC Racnch Gives: Group Service Down syndrome and their families. Project with GiGi’s Playhouse Sunday, Dec. 10 | 12:15 to 5 p.m. Volunteers, ages 13 and older, are needed to help with check-in and Meet at The Homestead Community Center assist with activity stations. Trans(bus leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m.) portation, water and a DC Ranch $5 fee | All funds collected will be Gives shirt will be provided. Please donated to Gigi’s Playhouse.

How to help homeless pets that FAR cares for each year. FAR offers personalized celebration tags, engraved bricks and stepping stones at the Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and Adoption Center. These items make great gifts and are a unique and meaningful way to honor or memorialize loved ones. Take some time to visit Foothills Animal Rescue and see first-hand the impact that the agency is having on homeless pets in the community. For more information on how you can help or to see the adoptable pets at FAR, visit foothills

wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. This event is limited to 20 volunteers.


To benefit Childhelp, select merchants on Market Street at DC Ranch will hold a toy and clothing donation drive. Select merchants on Market Street at DC Ranch will hold a toy and clothing donation drive from Friday, Nov. 25, through Wednesday, Dec. 20, to benefit Childhelp. Please bring an unwrapped item of clothing or toy to help children have a wonderful holiday season. There will also be donation bins at Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers. Childhelp is an organization that helps victims of child abuse through treatment and prevention programs. For more information on any of these giving opportunities, please call 480.585.1641.

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2017 year in review

It was another successful year on the Ranch with each of the community’s three governing entities marking major milestones and completing new initiatives to enhance the quality of life for residents. Below is a report from each DC Ranch entity. COMMUNITY COUNCIL It was a busy year for the Community Council. Work on the DC Ranch 2020 Strategic Plan continued. Strategies for implemented will begin next year.

The new and improved went live in April. The photo-heavy design has generated a 16% increase in usage. The residentonly section has been described as very user friendly. Year-round pro-

Chris Irish, grams generated Community Council Executive over 13,500 attendees. Comedy Night Director

at The Homestead had sell-out crowds in June, July and

August! DC Ranch Gives, a new philanthropic program, was initiated.

More than 20 reserve project were completed reflecting $250,000 in reinvestment. Market Street Park had playground improvements and The Homestead received an updated look with full exterior and interior paint. Who says everyone’s gone in the summer? The Council’s highly anticipated premier of Comedy Night at The Homestead had sell-out crowds in June, July and August!

RANCH ASSOCIATION The Ranch Association Board of Directors approved hiring a new Executive Director in January, who officially started in April.

Landscape Training in March attract-

ed more than 60 landscapers and homeowners for the two-hour informative session. Attendees received certification and are listed as DC Ranch certified on

In August, the Ranch Association conducted an extensive security performance survey and received good marks. Also this summer, new training focusing Darren Shaw, on tools for realtors Ranch Associdrew nearly 80 area ation Executive agents. Easier and Director simplified procedures for conducting showings and open houses were introduced as a result of the recent DC Ranch brand study. The Ranch Association Board of Directors took another step toward speed enforcement with approval to purchase and begin field testing a camera to capture speeders along the main thoroughfares in DC Ranch. Finally, the finance department completed a 2018 reserve study for the Ranch Association.

COVENANT COMMISSION In 2017, Camelot Homes completed its last production home in DC Ranch. They have built 568 Production Homes in the community, more than twice as many as any of the other 12 production builders. Camelot had been the only builder continuously active from 1997 through 2017—20 years. They have played a significant role in the creation of the community and realization of the design vision for production homes in DC Ranch. On the custom home side, 77 percent of all custom lots in DC Ranch (557 lots) are either completed homes or currently under construction.

Jan Baratta, Covenant Commission Senior Design Review Manager

Finally, The Icon at Silverleaf condominium project at Canyon Village, formerly called The Sterling, broke ground this fall and is performing site work. The project includes 72 condominium units, a pool facility and guard house.

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he holidays are fast approaching and soon people will be traveling all over the country to visit friends and family. With the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, wrapping, and shipping, it’s easy to forget to properly plan for travel. Here are a few tips to help make your travel experience more enjoyable and ease your travel concerns.

Everyone knows that packing can be daunting, so packing light is recommended. If possible, carry on your luggage to avoid the hassle of lost luggage. One common mistake is over-packing which could cost you if your suitcase weighs more than the luggage allowance.

Many people are transporting gifts during the holiday season, but remember gifts must remain unwrapped. TSA has the right to unwrap your gifts if they need to inspect your luggage. Use TSA approved locks on your luggage. Should the

Holiday travel tips

Make your travel plans as early as possible to get the best deals and more flexible schedules.

Normally, domestic check-in is 90 minutes prior to departure and international check-in 3 hours prior to departure. During the holiday season, be sure to add an additional 30 minutes to ensure a smooth check-in process. Once you have cleared the TSA, go directly to your gate. Airline and airport regulations are constantly changing but, generally speaking, gate staff can refuse to let you onboard if you are not in the gate area 15 minutes before departure for domestic flights and 30 minutes before departure for international flights.


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If you can, avoid traveling on the busiest travel days. The day before Thanksgiving and the two days before Christmas are typically the busiest of the holiday season.

Although it may be more expensive, pick nonstop flights whenever possible. Also, choose early morning flights as they are delayed much less frequently than flights later in the day. Always plan to arrive early.

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mutual love of riding bicycles sparked a business idea for two young DC Ranch residents.

Tej Sareen, 15, and Trevor Swearingen, 16, have enjoyed cycling for as long as they can remember. A bike repair business was the perfect opportunity for the budding entrepreneurs to combine their skill with their passion.

Sareen and Swearingen founded TS Bike Repair in September 2017 after working on a friend’s bike. “We just realized we had the knowledge and talent to turn our hobby into a business and earn some extra money,” said Swearingen.

has a reputation for great customer service and attention to detail.

At the age of 16, Swearingen has owned two businesses, but TS Bike Repair has been more profitable than either of his past ventures. While Sareen and Swearingen are essentially self-taught and learning as they go, both of their grandfathers owned businesses in the past. “Recently, when I visited my grandfather I found out that he also owned a bike shop when he was around my age,” said Sareen excitedly.

TS Bike Repair is run from home and offers repairs, tune-ups and builds custom bikes. “We will even pick up and deliver your bike to you for added convenience,” said Sareen.

It didn’t take long for the small business to take off around DC Ranch and north Scottsdale. In fact, it already

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They have already built up a loyal clientele via word of mouth. In addition, a professional website and business cards are the tools that have helped to further their business.

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When asked about their hope for TS Bike Repair, Swearingen said, “Our vision is to increase our presence in the area and help as many people as possible.”

Swearingen and Sareen are balancing the demands of their business with school and extracurricular activities. Currently, they are both

honor students and varsity tennis players at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. Although they are still in high school, they know exactly what they want to do in the future.

Swearingen wants to be a patent attorney and Sareen plans to go to medical school.

One thing is for sure, they can do anything they put their minds to.

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Are you looking to join a dynamic, energized, health-minded team to expand your social connections and share your fitness goals? The Village Health Clubs and Spas® is looking for a select group of positive individuals seeking part-time employment. Careers with the Village offers flexible schedules ideal for stay-at-home parents, college students and retirees. Not only will you enjoy working with a diverse, fit-minded group, but you have access to the most beautiful clubs in the Valley.

Jan. 14 Native Storytelling Meet at Gateway Trailhead at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 11 All About Arizona Meet at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead at 1:45 p.m.

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he Conservancy Women is a group of women interested in learning more about the desert so they may share their knowledge with others. It also features a fundraising component.

The 2018 winter/spring schedule includes several Sunday hikes on different topics:

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There are many opportunities for giving back, having fun and making new friends with Conservancy Women. One of the ways the Conservancy Women do this is by sponsoring the Family Hike program in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. These hikes are intended to be fun, educational, and interactive.

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Apr. 8 Desert Superstore Meet at Gateway Trailhead at 9:15 a.m.

The Conservancy Women group also hosts spring and fall luncheons. The luncheons have featured authors,

artists, historians, and others who talk about the various roles and accomplishments of present-day and historical women in the western desert regions.

For instance, recent events have included a visit to Basha's Gallery of Western Art, a medicinal hike and a tour of the Wrigley Mansion. The Conservancy Women takes advantage of all the natural history the Valley has to offer with special visits to the Hunkapi Horse Therapy Farm, a trip to Liberty Wildlife and a tour of a local gardens. The group offers four hikes each month that provide an opportunity for women to see the beauty of the Preserve, exercise, and hike with new friends.

The Women of the West Book Club also meets monthly for Happy Hour at different locations around the Valley. For more information, please contact Peggy Sharp Chamberlain at or Joy Englehorn at

Around Scottsdale Treat the family to Scottsdazzle Make your holidays shine bright with Scottsdazzle, a month-long celebration of festivals and events in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Throughout the month of December, enjoy signature events in each of the Downtown Districts, plus jaw-dropping art installations at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Ice cream in December How much do you love ice cream? The Art of Ice Cream Experience is coming to downtown Scottsdale Nov. 22 to Dec. 3 and you don’t want

to miss out on this exhibit. The Art of Ice Cream Experience features themed rooms filled with colors, texture and interactive engagements. Themes include a push pop room, banana split room, sundae room, popsicle room, and a cone-or-cup room. As you visit each room you will have an opportunity to interact with the exhibit, enjoy ice cream samples and capture photos.

Holiday Lights at the Railroad Park Opening night is Friday, Dec. 1, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 7, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Festivities take place from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, with just a few exceptions. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. Avoid lines by buying a fast pass.

Dash your way to Pinnacle Peak Park’s Jingle Hike Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trailside visit with the jolly old guy himself. Various times are available Saturday, Dec. 2, at Pinnacle Peak Park: 9 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 10 a.m., or 10 to 10:30 a.m. Children must be

accompanied on the trail by a registered adult. Strollers and bikes are not allowed.

Phoenix Boys Choir performs Dec. 14 Hop on the sleigh with the Phoenix Boys Choir and listen to the most

endearing holiday songs and carols from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum. Audiences will be filled with holiday spirit as the angelic voices of the choir perform a delightful array of songs.

City of Scottsdale Christmas schedule City offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. Please note that trash and recycling collection will take place one day later than normal for the entire week through Saturday. Writers’ workshop Dec. 6 Author Sharon Skinner will host a workshop designed for writers seeking to develop a professional presence and increase their audience through personal appearances, eye catching table displays, a quick reader’s pitch and more. The free program is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Civic Center Library Auditorium.


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At this joyous time of year, we are grateful to be part of this amazing community. We wish you peace, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.

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