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Passport to Art features Fused Glass


Magical evening for dads and daughters


DC Ranch sets bar high for home design

Living the dream

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Hike among history on Brown’s Mountain

Silverleaf couple builds award-winning home

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DC RANCH 13 CLOSED | 55 ACTIVE | 18 UNDER CONTRACT _____________________________________________________ COUNTRY CLUB 9270 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy, 317.................... $635,000 9290 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy, 417................. $1,765,000 DESERT CAMP 20801 N. 90th Place, 164 ................................... $250,000 20801 N. 90th Place, 250 ................................... $300,000 20704 N. 90th Place, 1033 ................................. $400,000


DESERT PARKS VILLAGE 18650 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, 2047 ............... $412,000 18518 N. 94th Street .......................................... $489,900 18650 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy, 1020 ............... $520,000 9248 E. Canyon View Road ................................ $539,500 9185 E. Canyon View Road ................................ $610,000 18249 N. 95th Street .......................................... $705,000 18464 N. 95th Street .......................................... $717,500 18465 N. 95th Street .......................................... $770,000

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Completed in August 2017 by GS Fries Construction, this sophisticated soft contemporary ranch offers a

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well-planned design and alluring interiors throughout. Impressive double insulated glass/iron entry doors lead

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you inside to a striking open family room with abundant         ceilings lined with tongue and groove, a grand custom

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Extraordinary kitchen with

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Designing a dream 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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Walk into any home in DC Ranch and you know you are in a special place.

It looks different. It feels different. In DC Ranch, there is an added attention to detail that isn’t always tangible. But you know it’s there. Much of that is a testament to great architects and builders who have refined their craft and created masterpieces within the community.

Homes in DC Ranch are full of character and innovation. When you ask yourself, “What will they think of next?” Most likely, they’ve thought of it somewhere in DC Ranch. Residents are always on the look-out for innovative living, and it is exciting to see how they incorporated it into their homes.

This month we have the pleasure of going inside an award-winning DC Ranch home in the Arcadia at Silverleaf neighborhood. You’ll hear from the residents about their initial vision and see how their architect and building team made their dream a reality. Also in this issue—learn about new trends in home design that you can easily incorporate into your own space. Considering new flooring to make your entry way stand out? Or maybe you need a change in your kitchen counter tops? There are some beautiful new products highlighted on page 13. Whether you are in the market to build a new home, or just want to freshen up your existing residence, I hope you’ll find this issue informative and enlightening.

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.

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Ranch Updates

Improved Recycling Program DC Ranch is committed to sound, long-term stewardship of the natural environment by promoting sustainability and eco-consciousness. The Homestead and Desert Camp Community Centers are making strides in these areas by converting receptacles to models that offer both trash and recycling on the same bin. DC Ranch wants to

Brush and bulk trash changes announced

make recycling easier for residents when visiting the community centers. All of the new recycling receptacles are single-stream, which means recyclables are combined together in one collection bin. The trash receptacles are expected to be in place by September.

The city of Scottsdale is implementing a new guideline for bulk waste collection. The new cost-cutting method extends the life span of landfills. Effective immediately, residents are asked to separate items into two piles, one for green waste and one for everything else. There will be separate pickups during the designated collection week. Yard clippings, branches and trimmings are considered green waste and


will be composted. All other items will be transported to the landfill. Place items in your normal collection location with at least three feet between the green waste and landfill piles.

eal estate sales for the first half of the year are impressive in DC Ranch. Sales from January to June 2017 totaled 161, and all but five were resales. Comparatively, sales for the first half of 2015 reached 142, and 138 at the midway point in 2016. The average price of a home in the community has remained consistent with past years at about $1.4 million. Resale activity was most frequent in the Desert Parks and Desert Camp villages with 47 transactions in those communities through June 2017. Custom home activity is also strong. At the end of June, 59 custom homes were under construction totaling 489,950 square feet with an estimated value of $280 million dollars. These new homes range in size from 4,300 to over 18,000 square feet. Preferences for design firms and custom builders reflect a wide array of choices. In total, 27 different architectural designers and 33 custom builders have contributed to the new builds.


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DC Ranch real estate heats up

September’s bulk trash pickup is scheduled for the week of Sept. 25. Visit ScottsdaleAZ. gov and search “bulk trash” for additional details.

DDC meeting planned for residents The project proposal for the Desert Discovery Center, now called Desert EDGE, was presented to the city of Scottsdale on July 31. In response to the plan, DC Ranch released this statement: “DC Ranch will contribute to the Desert Edge planning process as it relates to factors that could impact our residents in a positive or negative way. After appropriate consideration of the key factors important to DC Ranch, the Community Council may take an official public position on behalf of the DC Ranch community.”

Representatives from Desert EDGE will make a presentation on the proposal to DC Ranch residents on Monday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center. The meeting is for DC Ranch residents only, and registration is required. Please visit the DCRanch.com calendar to sign up in advance.

DC Ranch has also established a Desert EDGE information page on DCRanch.com under the “News and Happenings” section. The page outlines the key factors of the project that are of importance to DC Ranch.

One of the advantages of living in DC Ranch is the community’s commitment to quality and aesthetic beauty. Architectural styles are closely reviewed by the Covenant Commission, the governing entity that oversees new construction in DC Ranch.

“European influence continues to dominate. Of the new custom builds, Formal Mediterranean is a clear favorite, followed by Spanish Colonial and Rural Mediterranean. Some other architectural styles favored by new residents are Ranch Haciendas, Contemporary Western Regionalism, Craftsman, Western Farmhouse and Prairie,” said Jan Baratta, Covenant Commission Senior Manager. The following table reflects the breakdown of sales for the first half of the year in each of the four DC Ranch villages: Desert Parks, Desert Camp, Country Club and Silverleaf.


Number of Sales

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Upon completion, DC Ranch will have an estimated 2,900 residences, including the 72 new luxury condos yet to be built called Icon at Silverleaf adjacent to The Sterling at Silverleaf neighborhood, which is a joint venture by The New Home Company and Silverleaf Land LLC (DMB). Construction is set to begin this fall on the project that will be located in close proximity to the corner of Legacy Blvd. and Thompson Peak Parkway.

Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in September; some have admission fees. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of activities, please visit DCRanch.com, 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 Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Grapenuts Spanish wines Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

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

TGIF Little Wranglers Friday, Sept. 8 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center $20; ages 4-7 Your little wrangler will have fun decorating a keepsake backpack and 12-month calendar for the new school year. With the help of Rachel’s Young At Art Studio, your child will create beautiful, functional pieces of art. Pizza dinner included. Space is limited to 25 Little Wranglers.

Zumba Tues and Thurs | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Yoga Basics Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center

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

Garden Hours Saturday, Sept. 2 and 16 | 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden Garden Workshop: Making Good Soil Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 to 11 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden

Kids Corral

Alternate Thursdays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 14| 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 6 sessions for $18 or $5 drop in fee

YOUTH ACTIVITIES Teen Theatre Intensive Thursdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26 5 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center (See page 12 for details)

This hour long playtime series combines interactive games, storytelling and fun characters for a lively morning get-together. Your child will enjoy seeing their favorite characters come to life, including Mother Goose, Wendy Witch, Cowboy Jan and Jedi Trainers. The series runs from September through December for children ages 1 to 5 and parents/caregivers. A kid-friendly snack will be provided.

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Father Daughter Dance Friday, Sept. 22 | 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Homestead Community Center (See page 12 for details) Trailblazer Breakfast Saturday, Sept. 2 | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center


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Passport to Art CarrieAnn Therese: Fused Glass Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

DC Ranch Women’s Club Luncheon Thursday, Sept. 14 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Country Club at DC Ranch $25/person Join your neighbors and friends for an elegant luncheon at The Country Club at DC Ranch, hosted by the DC Ranch Women’s Club. This buffet-style luncheon includes delicious assorted salads, meats, quiches and desserts prepared by The Club’s award-winning Chef Lenard Rubin. Includes lunch, non-alcoholic beverages and a brief guided tour. Valet is complimentary.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Sept. 11 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

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

Passport to Art gives residents the opportunity to meet local artists and craftsmen and learn about their work through an art showcase or demonstration. This month, view the delicate and colorful fusedglass works of artist CarrieAnn Therese. Learn about her unique artistic process then peruse a beautiful display of one-of-a-kind pieces. Complimentary wine, beer, and light appetizers are provided.

Budget & Finance Committee Monday, Sept. 18 | 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street DDC (Desert Edge) Meeting DC Ranch Residents Only Monday, Sept. 18 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Ranch Association Policy Committee Fridays, Sept. 1 and 15 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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DC Ranch strategic plan nears completion



o maintain DC Ranch’s desirability and premium home values, a strategic planning initiative, DCR2020, was launched last November. The goal of DCR2020 is to guide operational decisions and improvements over the course of the next three to five years.

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According to Douglas Griffen, founder of ASC and session facilitator, the participants indicated that the bar is set high at DC Ranch.

Throughout the sessions strong planning themes emerged. ASC then conducted an online, ranch-wide survey to gain feedback on the key preliminary elements that were developed during the focus groups.


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To begin the process, a series of 10 interactive focus group sessions were conducted with residents and various stakeholders (businesses, realtors and at-large community leaders). Advanced Strategy Center (ASC) asked participants a series of questions including what they value at DC Ranch currently and what they would like the community to focus on in the future. A total of 150 people participated in the focus groups.

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The survey rankings and openresponses obtained from 182 residents were consistent with the information gathered in the focus groups. Residents indicated that DC Ranch should continue to focus strategic

principles to include providing a safe environment, effective financial practices, open communication, and high quality maintenance and appearance.

The preliminary strategic initiatives that were provided for review all ranked very positively. Residents gave highest ratings to investing in health, wellness and active lifestyle; further developing an amenity-rich community and level of programming; and positioning DC Ranch for the target buyers of the future. When asked what DC Ranch should look like in 2020, residents shared thoughts such as: • The perfect companion to the desert environment • Friendly and engaging; a welcoming community

• A premier place to live with strong home values

• Commercial centers that are successful and integrated within the area


DC Ranch is finalizing the set of strategic initiatives based on the collective input received from the resident survey and focus groups. These initiatives will serve as the road map to guide the community to the end of the decade. Both the Ranch Association and Community Council Boards support DCR2020. Residents will be notified when the full plan is published this fall.

Making the most of your community Every three years, DC Ranch conducts a community survey to assess the demographics, interests, and levels of satisfaction of Ranch residents. This series of articles will dig deeper into most survey results from January to provide information about services and amenities.

Residents requested a more streamlined registration process for activities and also asked for more programs targeted to a mature adult demographic. The following articles will provide more details about how DC Ranch has addressed these suggestions.

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Residents requested an online registration program that was easily accessible and mobile friendly that would allow them to register for events from anywhere.

The DC Ranch events team evaluated several programs and determined Eventbrite was the best choice to serve residents’ needs. Eventbrite, the popular online event registration program, was rolled out in May 2017. Since that time, an overwhelming majority of residents have responded positively to the switch.

Eventbrite allows residents to easily register from their smartphones. It also integrates into the DC Ranch website improving efficiency in tracking and management.

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If you would like more information on the registration process or Eventbrite, please call the DC Ranch events team at 480.585.1641 or visit DCRanch.com.

What programs are offered for the adult demographic? DC Ranch has a large base of residents 50 and older who have requested more adult programs and events. The events team evaluates programs on an ongoing basis and is actively working to add more adult-based events in 2018.

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“Events and programs are mirrored to reflect the demographics of DC Ranch residents. In 2017, more than 60% of programming is adult focused. However, the events team is always analyzing and considering the needs of the residents. There are a lot of exciting things we’re working on for 2018,” said Gabrielle Enriquez, Community Council Senior Event and Program Manager.

Residents 65 and older have given rave reviews to Grapenuts Wine Club, Passport to Arts and Film Club, all of which are returning in the fall. Studies have shown that yoga is also effective for all ages. A multigenerational Father Daughter Dance is also planned for Sept. 22. Fathers, daughters and also grandfathers are welcome to attend. You will also find that Social Bridge and the DC Ranch Women’s and Men’s Club meet monthly as a way to socialize with neighbors and friends. If you have an idea for a program or event that you would like to see at DC Ranch, please contact Gabrielle Enriquez at 480.538.3540.

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hen Daniel and Nancy Grob began designing their spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home they knew it would be beautiful. But they never imagined that its one-of-akind architectural design would be award-winning.

The Grobs, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lived in Tucson for several years where Dan built a successful orthodontic practice. Their ultimate goal was to move to Scottsdale and, in 2014, Dan sold the practice and the couple moved north to be closer to their grown children. The couple could have chosen anywhere in the Valley to build their dream home but when asked why they decided to settle in DC Ranch, the answer was simple for the fitness, golf and tennis enthusiasts.

“The amenities are wonderful here in DC Ranch. We can walk or bike to the Village Health Club or play golf and tennis at The Country Club at DC Ranch,” said Dan, an avid golfer. The Scottsdale-based orthodontist also lists the location as another reason for choosing the elegant, tree-lined neighborhood of Arcadia at Silverleaf.

“This is the perfect location because, within minutes, I can be on the loop 101 whether I’m headed to work or to the airport for a quick flight. It’s also close to many of the restaurants and shops we frequent,” said Dan.

Arcadia is an enclave consisting of 123 homes intertwined amongst three beautiful grassy parks. The village of Arcadia has the most diverse architecture in Silverleaf with nine different styles including Spanish style, Western Ranch and Farmhouses, Craftsman and Formal Mediterranean.


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A modern Silverleaf home with streamlined style

The six-foot roof overhang complete with metal fins is a unique feature for the Grob residence. While the overhang limits direct sunlight from coming into the home, it doesn’t obstruct views or natural light.

“The windows are pushed up to the ceiling which allows for natural light to permeate the space. This further enhances the indoor-outdoor effect the residents wanted,” said Tsontakis.

Arcadia is the only custom neighborhood in DC Ranch that does not have native desert areas. Instead, the enclave is urban with tree lined streets. There are currently 14 homes under construction and 27 remaining lots in Arcadia. Homes range in size from approximately 3,800 to 10,000 square feet. The stunning 5,023 square foot modern contemporary home in Arcadia is a clear stand-out amongst the various styles of architecture in DC Ranch.

As more Scottsdale residents rediscover the contemporary aesthetic for new home builds, designers are noticing fewer requests for traditional Tuscan style homes. The Grob’s steered away from the Tuscan look and instead opted for a design that was a complete departure from their lake house in their native hometown of Milwaukee.

“We were really going for a minimalistic, contemporary design aesthetic with this home. Very clean lines. Our architect designed the home and really captured what we had envisioned,” said Nancy.

Architect Nick Tsontakis of Tsontakis Architecture designed and developed the Desert Prairie style home which is the first of its kind. In fact, the design was so innovative that Tsontakis had to obtain a design variance from the DC Ranch Covenant Commission, which oversees architecture and design.

“We developed the home using Canterra stone laid horizontally to mimic the appearance of bricks. The stone extends from the home itself into the landscape with lower level walls. It’s a very unique design,” said Tsontakis. The groundbreaking home won Tsontakis the 2014 Citation Award in Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards from the Arizona Masonry Guild for his development and execution on the Grob project.

The home’s design became an inspiration. Currently, another home in the Arcadia neighborhood is under construction with a similar aesthetic. The six-foot roof overhang complete with metal fins is another feature that is unique to the Grob residence. While the overhang limits direct sunlight from coming into the home, it doesn’t obstruct views or natural light.

The architect also took his cues from Frank Lloyd Wright by building the exterior lights directly into the columns giving it the minimalistic appeal that Dan and Nancy desired.

If you look even closer, you will notice the thoughtful design of the horizontally-shaped elevated windows which are the same shape as the Canterra stone on the exterior. As you enter the home, you are greeted by a plethora of natural light and views pouring in from all areas of the home.

The interior of the home is equally as contemporary with clean lines and modern furnishings. Nancy worked with Interior Designer Jane Dugan on the selection of materials. The couple chose dark gray tones for their flooring and countertops that contrast the white walls, cabinets and backsplash in the kitchen. The 12 inch by 24 inch wide charcoal gray porcelain tile is a popular material for new homes due to its high-durability. The shiny polished Caesarstone quartz countertops catch your eye without distracting you from other elements of the kitchen. When asked about their favorite features of the home, Dan and Nancy stated that the espresso machine gets the most use. The showstopper of the kitchen and what Nancy is most proud of is the crystal vase chandelier over the island that she hand-picked herself.

It took the Grob’s nearly two years to design and build their remarkable home from start to finish. But it’s clear that they couldn’t be happier with their decision. “This is definitely our forever home! It’s all on one-level so that we can grow old here. At least, that’s the plan,” laughed Nancy.

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n Sept. 22, your girl will feel like a real princess as she dances the night away with the first man she ever cherished—her father. Enjoy games and entertainment, as well as a light dinner, while awaiting the grand

Father Daughter Dance

Friday, Sept. 22 | 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Homestead Community Center $7 per person (ages 4 to 12) $15 per person (ages 13 and older)

arrival of special guests. A photo booth will capture all of those moments as you dance to your favorite songs.

To make the night even more magical, watch specially frozen ice cream made right before your eyes. It will be a night to remember for father and daughter alike. DC Ranch knows the father daughter bond lasts a lifetime, so all ages and father figures—including grandpas and uncles—are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit DCRanch.com.

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o you know a teenager with a flair for the dramatic? If so, a new six-week Teen Theatre Intensive is just the class for them! Your teen’s creativity will run free as they join neighbors and friends for a theatrical immersion.

The best part is students get to hone their craft by customizing their experience! This intensive class is the perfect opportunity to prepare teens for high school or college theatre.

With the guidance of two local actors, teens will train in various areas of theatre. They’ll have a chance to work together behind the scenes

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and in front of the camera. Students can choose to perform their favorite scenes from musicals like "13" or "Hamilton." Teens may also try their hand at writing their own scene or directing a group of their peers. All levels of experience and interest are welcome. For more information, please contact Lindsay Vanegas at lindsay.vanegas@dcranchinc.com or 480.538.3542.

Teen Theatre Intensive

Thursdays | Sept. 21 to Oct. 26 5 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Admission: $100 for residents, $200 for non-residents

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Clean, modern elements set latest homebuilding trends DC Ranch is privileged to have exclusive access to some of the best interior designers and custom homebuilders who are on the cutting edge of trends in home design, building and décor.

DC Ranch spoke with John Smieszek of Aspect Fine Homes about some of the most popular design elements making the rounds in Scottsdale. “The trend for new homes is contemporary, modern design elements. Some homeowners opt to keep the traditional Tuscan DNA of their home but make upgrades to include cleaner, simpler lines,” said Smieszek.

Tell us your trend Whether it’s home design, fashion, landscaping or cooking, let us know about trends you’re seeing. Email communications.team@dcranchinc. com with the subject “Ranch News trend section.” We may feature your suggestion in an upcoming issue.


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Scottsdale residents are also requesting natural materials including stone, rock and brick for the interior and exterior of their homes to frame fireplaces and water features.

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The most popular material for new homes is porcelain. This high-end material is highly sought after for kitchens and bathrooms, but can easily work in any room of the house due to its durability. With porcelain tile, the bigger the better. You’ll find 16 foot or larger tiles installed in custom homes as flooring, and even as accent walls in powder rooms and meditation rooms.

Minimalism and simplified, open spaces are on trend, but color choices are experiencing a shakeup. According to Smieszek, gray has been the “it” color for years and, although still very popular, warmer tones like beige are making a resurgence.


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Back to School Bash collects hundreds of supplies for local children The Back to School Bash on Aug. 4 provided plenty of cool fun for DC Ranch families, with more than 160 people swimming, sliding, dancing, and eating to their hearts content. Residents outdid themselves with contributions to the DC Ranch Gives School Supply Drive benefiting Scottsdale Title I schools. Overall, 639 items—markers, pencils, crayons, notebooks, and more—were collected in the drive, bringing much needed supplies to students.

Students at 10 Title I schools were thrilled to receive the items and sent a big “Thank you!” to the whole DC Ranch community.

A number of residents made contributions to the drive in advance of the event to help exceed the goal of 500 supplies.

The Back to School Bash School Supply Drive is just one element of DC Ranch Gives, a Community Council initiative to provide residents with meaningful opportunities to engage with and give back to the broader community. The next DC Ranch Gives opportunity coincides with the Turkey Trot on Nov. 18. In addition to pursuing fitness goals (and fun) by running or walking in the Family Fun 1-mile or 5K, residents can bring nonperishable food items to donate to United Food Bank. Unable to attend Turkey Trot and would like to donate? Drop off donations to Desert Camp Community Center or The Homestead Community Center from Monday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Nov. 17.

Cyclists gear up for DC Ranch’s Tour de Scottsdale he fourteenth annual Tour de Scottsdale kicks off Oct. 8 on Market Street at DC Ranch and features a 70-mile and 30-mile citizen’s ride that circumnavigates the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Funds raised from the ride benefit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy which helps manage the Preserve along with the City of Scottsdale.

“This year the Tour de Scottsdale is excited to partner with USA Cycling for the first time. This partnership will bring more Western regional exposure to the event and provide support for more than 1700 cyclists,” said Gabrielle Enriquez, Senior Event and Program Manager.

All DC Ranch residents are invited to participate or cheer on the cyclists. There will be a vendor expo and a live performance by


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Rock Lobster from 8 a.m. to noon on Market Street. Merchants will be offering special discounts as well. For more information and to register, please visit tourdescottsdale.net. The Tour de Scottsdale is capped at 2,000 riders and limited to 30 teams.

14th annual Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct. 8 | Market Street at DC Ranch 30-mile and 70-mile rides start at 6:30 a.m. tourdescottsdale.net

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rab breakfast, a hat, and some water for an early morning hike to the summit of Brown’s Mountain in the northern part of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. There you’ll find a view that rivals that of any mountain top restaurant. Start at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead and hike north on the old dirt road leading to Brown's Ranch. Just a few minutes beyond the power lines, you’ll reach the trail marker for Brown’s Mountain Trail. This trail gently rises toward the mountain, slowly revealing more of the surrounding scenery. After reaching the top of the mountain, you will be treated to your first panoramic view of Phoenix.

A few switchbacks later, you’ll reach the saddle just below the summit. A short walk to the east edge of the saddle gives an almost 360-degree scenic view, and a good excuse to take a breather before tackling the steepest part of the trail. The last part of the hike to the summit is a steep incline with loose dirt and stones. A hiking pole is recommended here, especially on the way down.


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The summit, at 3,253 ft., affords a spectacular view! You’ll also find some interesting artifacts—two concrete slabs, one inscribed with names, 1958 and the stub of a wooden utility pole. After inves-

tigating the top of the mountain, take a little time to enjoy breakfast and recover—you’ve just hiked 1.5-miles and gained 533 feet in elevation.

Back at the lookout, you can take the slightly longer 2.5-mile trail for the return hike. It courses around the other side of the mountain. Whichever path you choose, it’s all downhill back to the trailhead.

If you don’t want to hike to the summit of Brown’s Mountain, there's a loop trail around the base of the mountain that takes you by historic Brown’s Ranch. It was a working ranch between 1917 and 1970 that is now the site of many old artifacts. You can see parts of the old homestead and other remnants from ranch life still intact. Back at the trailhead, take some time at the ramada to read about the area's history, watch a video, or view old photographs. The history, accompanied by a timeline, begins with the arrival of the first people in 7000 BC and continues to present-day. So, you better get going. Breakfast will taste better at the top of the mountain or at the old homestead.

Around Scottsdale Most city offices closed for Labor Day, Sept. 4

Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride

Although most city offices will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, trash collection is still scheduled. Place containers where your trash is typically picked up by 5 a.m. or the night before. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Commemorate the signing of the constitution by submitting art/video or an essay. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups. The deadline is Sunday, Sept. 17. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market returns to WestWorld

Mark your calendar for the Valley’s original and best shopping experience Sept. 15 to 17. This weekend event will feature over 200 of the finest vintage and handmade vendors selling all things chipped, rusty, vintage, and handmade. The Market, featuring an array of items, will combine one-of-a-kind vintage shopping with live local music, food trucks, and a special lounge for nursing moms to create an inspiring atmosphere and a fun-filled event. Junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com

8th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival

The largest, most authentic Brazilian Independence Day event in the Valley returns to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 23. The “All Ages” Brazilian festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to come and experience a variety of Brazilian culture including, live Brazilian bands, dancers, performers, DJ’s, Martial Arts, food, drinks and more. This year's event will celebrate 100 years of Samba with two unique

and fun areas both outdoor and indoor. The designated areas will allow attendees an opportunity to experience a variety of Brazilian culture throughout the day and night. Experiencescottsdale.com

Arabian national breeder finals horse show

The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, the most established and successful breed organization in the area, is excited for the return of the National Arabian Breeder Finals this fall. This event will take place at WestWorld of Scottsdale Sept. 27-30. This prestigious show offers the Arabian horse community the opportunity to showcase the very best the breed has to offer in an unparalleled venue. Scottsdale has established itself as not only one of the finest shopping and dining destinations in the world, but as

a World-class Mecca for the Arabian horse. Scottsdaleshow.com

Lifelong learning and leisure classes begin in September

Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation services provide close-to-home, readily available facilities, programs and instruction. Step outside your door and into the city parks that provide diverse and exciting opportunities through fitness, art, music, dance, language and special interest. Classes begin in September. ScottsdaleAZ.gov

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