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Check out these Halloween events …if you dare!


Arizona Outback Adventures opens in DC Ranch

Pedaling in pink Tour de Scottsdale’s youngest rider set for this year’s event


Pioneers: Meet Debbie McKeigan

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Autumn Fun 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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October’s cooler temperatures are a great incentive to get outside and enjoy fall in DC Ranch! Whether your journey takes you to the coffee shop for a pumpkin spice latte or down a trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, DC Ranch is your place for adventure and exploration this October.

The month kicks off with the ultimate challenge, the 15th Annual Tour de Scottsdale. Come on out and cheer on the cyclists as they depart Market Street and pedal through the beautiful desert scenery of the community on October 7. Proceeds from the Tour benefit our neighbor, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. October is Preserve Month, and the Conservancy offers numerous opportunities to learn more about the desert landscape, wildlife and climate. Later this month, the whole family can enjoy Halloween week events, with special activities for all ages, including Spooky Carnival: Hotel Ranchsylvania on Oct. 27. Read all about it on page 7 and be prepared for haunting family fun.

DC Ranch is a vibrant, dynamic place to be for many reasons, one of which is engaged residents. If you want to get more involved, now is your chance! Apply to be part of the new DC Ranch Community Council Resident Group; learn more on page 9. Enjoy the journey!

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 Unpack those holiday decorations


alloween through New Years is the time to add those special touches that make home where everyone wants to be for the holidays. Get creative and light up your home with seasonal décor and displays, which are permitted October 1 through January 15. Please be considerate of your neighbors and sensitive about light and noise levels when installing decorative lights or seasonal displays. A member of the DC Ranch Community Standards team is

happy to help with any additional questions or guidelines by calling 480.513.1500.

Community Safety Forum All residents are invited to attend DC Ranch’s first annual Community Safety Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center.

See a demonstration of the new DC Ranch Emergency Notification System. Ensure your family’s mobile numbers are current to receive important crisis management instructions and information.

Consider becoming a Neighborhood Voting Member


Ranch is managed by a unique governance structure that offers the highest quality of services to residents, a major factor in helping to sustain strong home and property values. It starts with a grass-roots effort of neighbors helping neighbors. The community is divided into 43 different voting sub-sections headed by volunteers called Neighborhood Voting Members (NVMs). These volunteers are just like you: They embrace their neighborhoods. They form lasting friendships. NVM positions are perfect for both newcomers wanting to get involved or for long-term residents who want to share knowledge and historical perspectives. All neighborhoods of DC Ranch are represented by an NVM as the designated voice on matters requirOct. 1, 2018 Candidate Statement Forms posted on DCRanch.com

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Nov. 5, 2018 Deadline for Candidate Statements to be received at The Ranch Offices on Market Street by 5 p.m. Candidate statements may be mailed, faxed to 480.513.1505, or emailed to Terri.Raimondi@dcranchinc.com

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn more about the safety of DC Ranch residents and guests. Event is free and open to all DC Ranch residents. Please RSVP on DCRanch.com.

Oct. 1, 2018 Agenda item for Ranch Association Board of Directors Meeting

Desert Camp playground gets makeover The playground at Desert Camp is getting a new look in October. The new playground features a solid rubberized surface with play zones for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12. Existing play equipment in the wash will be removed with the exception of DC Ranch’s signature John Deere tractor. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October, in time for the annual Spooky Carnival. A playground is more than a place to jump, climb and swing. Outdoor play areas help children develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. This new playground will provide DC Ranch children with a place to grow, play and thrive together.


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The NVM election kicks off this month. Candidate forms are posted online at DCRanch.com.

Candidates must own property in the neighborhood that they wish to represent and may only serve one neighborhood during the one-year term. New NVMs receive training and tools to make them effective and efficient volunteers; almost any schedule can be accommodated for serving as an NVM. Several special NVM-only events are held throughout the year that make volunteering all the more fun! If you are a people person who likes connecting with others, think about becoming an NVM and sign up today! Call Terri Raimondi, Ranch Association Communications Manager, at 480.419.5308 to talk about this special way to give back to your community.

Neighborhood Voting Member (NVM) Election Timeline:

Listen to the feature presentation on home safety from the Scottsdale Police Department, presented by Community Engagement Officer Jason Glenn. Plus, meet the new Scottsdale Foothills District Police Commander. Meet representatives from Allied Universal (current security provider) and Safeguard (gate maintenance company).

ing a vote, such as election of the Ranch Association Board of Directors. But NVM participation starts with getting involved at the neighborhood level. Typical tasks include greeting new neighbors with a welcoming smile and special gift provided by the Ranch, to surveying neighbors on proposed new policies or changes.

Nov. 19, 2018 NVM ballots are mailed to residents with the 2018 Monthly Assessments

Dec. 14, 2018 Ballots are due by 5 p.m. at The Ranch Offices on Market Street. Ballots may be dropped off, mailed, faxed to 480.513.1505 or emailed to Terri.Raimondi@dcranchinc.com Dec. 21, 2018 2018 NVMs announced on DCRanch.com Jan. 1, 2019 New NVM one-year term begins

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


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


DC Ranch Women’s Club: Fall Social 5 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp


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TGIF Tweens: Laser Quest 5:30 p.m. | Depart from Desert Camp; return at 9:30 p.m.

TGIF Little Wranglers: Little Sunshine Playhouse & Bubble Fun Show 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


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Finance Committee Meeting 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Ranch Offices

Grapenuts Wine Club: Wines from Portugal 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


Food Truck Night: Rockabelly and Sugar Plum Froyo 5 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


Photography in the Desert and Beyond, Part 1 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. | Desert Camp


Photography in the Desert and Beyond, Part 2 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. | Departs from Desert Camp to location TBD


Ranch Association Budget Working Session 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Ranch Offices


Spotlight Speakers Series: Genomics and the Future of Medicine 6 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead


Community Council Budget Presentation 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Garden Workshop: Fall Harvest 11:00 a.m. to noon | Community Garden at Copper Ridge School Wisdom + Wit Trivia Night 6:30 to 9 p.m. | The Homestead

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Saturday, Oct. 20 | doors open at 6:30; game begins at 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center $20/person Wisdom + Wit is back by popular demand this fall! Get ready to rack your brain at this fun, fast-paced night of trivia. Teams will win fun prizes as their knowledge of pop culture, current affairs, entertainment, and more is tested. Each table will be a team of four. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team of four, sign up and you’ll be connected with a team! Appetizers, beer, wine and dessert will be served. For more information, visit DCRanch. com or call 480.342.7178.

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Finance Committee Meeting 3 to 4:30 p.m. | Ranch Offices



Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Ranch Offices


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Tour de Scottsdale 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Market Street Plaza


Modification Committee Meeting 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Ranch Offices


Community Safety Forum 5 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Outdoor Flow Yoga 6 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp North Patio


Prickly Pumpkin Patch 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp


Spooky Carnival: Hotel Ranchsylvania 5 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp


Halloween week events for all ages on the Ranch

Prickly Pumpkin Patch

Thursday, Oct. 25 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Desert Camp $5 per child Ages 8 and under Head to Desert Camp for an afternoon of pumpkin picking, creative crafting and fall fun. Children will get to pick a pumpkin of their very own to take home, carve and decorate! The Prickly Pumpkin Patch will make the perfect backdrop for festive family photos. Cookies and apple cider will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fee for adults.


If you hang around for a spell, test your wits in the Witches Lair Escape The Room, which will offer enough chills and thrills to work up an appetite for Werewolf Bones pork ribs, Monster Mac ’n Cheese and Death by Chocolate.

Parking Parking is available at both community centers, with a complimentary shuttle from The Homestead to Desert Camp beginning at 4:45 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 27 | 5 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Monday, Oct. 29 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Adults ages 21+ | $20

Legends of the Lost Dutchman

Join neighbors and friends for an entertaining presentation from Arizona State Park Ranger Jackie Vallejos. Hear about the legends and lore of the haunted gold-mines and many other stories of the Lost Dutchman State Park, located near the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, AZ. Bites and adult beverages will be served.


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DC Ranch Men’s Club: Monday Night Football 6 to 8 p.m. | All American Modern Sports Grill

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Mon and Wed | 3 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Pool


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

Legends of the Lost Dutchman 6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp Aqua Yoga Tuesdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Pool

Duplicate Bridge Tuesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp DC Ranch Book Club Every fourth Wed | 7 p.m. Desert Camp All Levels Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead

Strength and Balance Mon and Wed | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead

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Registration Spooky Carnival: Hotel Ranchsylvania allows six (6) tickets per household. Children ages 0-3 are free, 4-12 are $7 each, and 13 and older are $15. Register online at DCRanch.com.

Spooky Carnival: Hotel Ranchsylvania

Check into Hotel Ranchsylvania for a frighteningly good time! DC Ranch will be transformed into a haunted hotel complete with monstrous guests. The entire family of ghouls, ghosts and goblins will enjoy the fang-tastic wit of Dracula and his mischievous crew while dancing the night away with a live DJ. With carnival games, a haunted house maze and wicked prizes, all ages are guaranteed to be scared spook-less!

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

Spotlight Speakers Series: Genomics and the Future of Medicine Wednesday, Oct. 17 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Dr. Aleksander Sekulic, Associate Director for the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic Arizona, will lead a lively discussion about how the study of genomic changes and molecular drivers in skin cancers could help develop more effective detection and treatment options, including individualized, patientspecific therapies. Complimentary wine and appetizers provided. Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.

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he Homestead and Desert Camp community centers are hubs of activity for DC Ranch— comfortable gathering spaces that host fitness classes, resident activities, meetings, programs, workout space, rentals, major community events, casual drop-in card games, and more.

DC Ranch is committed to creating a welcoming environment, while ensuring safety and preserving the amenities for homeowners, tenants and guests. As such, new community center access guidelines were introduced in January 2018. Residents and tenants must complete a facility usage and agreement waiver prior to receiving or updating their key fobs. Photo IDs are required and each person must be listed at the property address. Each residence in DC Ranch will be issued one complimentary key fob. Qualifying residences may purchase two additional key fobs depending on occupancy.

Homeowners who lease their property may choose to keep or extend their community access privileges to their tenants. Homeowners must properly register their tenants with the DC Ranch Associ-

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DC Ranch is committed to creating a welcoming environment, while ensuring safety and preserving the amenities for homeowners, tenants and guests.

ation and may do so online on DCRanch. com under “My Home�or by contacting The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.

Residents and guests may bring two guests and a maximum of four per family while visiting the facilities. Guests must be accompanied by a resident. For larger groups, residents may contact Desert Camp Community Center at 480.342.7178 to discuss rental options. Residents and guests may enter the facility through the lobby or directly access the pool, locker room, fitness areas and restrooms with updated key fobs from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Desert Camp Community Center Front Desk Receptionists are available daily to issue and update key fobs. For further information on community center access please contact the Desert Camp Community Center at 480.342.7178.




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Newsworthy November 6 is Election Day

amendment is six pages long and should be read prior to voting. The initiative comes to the ballot through a citizens’ petition.

Many people vote early using the mail-in ballot process but unfortunately, many people do not vote at all. Be someone who votes!

More information on both initiatives, including the six-page Prop 420 Charter Amendment, can be found on the city of Scottsdale’s website at scottsdaleaz.gov/elections.

Why vote? Because the results of every election matter to our community. Vote because the choices you make matter. Vote because elections are about more than who will be the next president; mid-term elections are important, too. In this election, voters will choose who will lead our local and state governments and represent us in Washington. These people will have a significant effect on our daily lives.

The city of Scottsdale will have two local initiatives on the ballot. The first is a .10 percent transportation sales tax increase for a period of ten years (10 cents on every 100 dollars). These tax dollars would be used to fund transportation improvement projects within the city of Scottsdale.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these initiatives and read about the candidates running for office. Every vote counts, so please cast yours!

DC Ranch Community Council Resident Group: Get Involved!

The second initiative, referred to as Prop 420, is a city charter amendment that would prohibit the alteration of the natural state of McDowell Sonoran Preserve lands and limit the use of Preserve tax funds for any purpose other than those specifically outlined in the amendment, unless authorized by Scottsdale registered voters at a general or special election. This charter

Want to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Council? Join the Council’s new DCR Resident Group. Group members will learn about Council events, programs, activities and initiatives, and will have the opportunity to give feedback, ask questions, share ideas, and engage with the Council’s Executive Director and staff.

Ideally, 10-15 residents from all parts of the community will be selected to be part of this group. Apply now on DCRanch.com under “Community Management.” The group will meet four times per year (or more often as needed), with the first meeting slated for late 2018. For more information, email Executive Director Jenna Kohl at jenna.kohl@dcranchinc.com.

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he Tour de Scottsdale is celebrating its 15-year milestone along with the 20-year anniversary of DC Ranch.

The 15th annual Tour de Scottsdale, kicks off on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Market Street in DC Ranch at 6:30 a.m. with 30-mile and 70-mile citizens rides. After the Tour, riders and spectators will get to hear the popular 74th Street Band perform rock and blues hits.


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The Tour de Scottsdale is produced and hosted by DC Ranch Community Council and proceeds from the event benefit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization in Scottsdale that protects and promotes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

“The Tour de Scottsdale is unique in that the 70-mile course circumnavigates the Preserve. In essence, the participants get to ride around what it benefits. The Preserve is a beautiful gem that’s in our own backyard and we love supporting it with the Tour,” said Gabrielle Enriquez, Senior Manager of Events and Programs. This year’s Tour will feature some exciting new additions, along with elements that participants have come to expect.

For the first time, residents and participants can enjoy a beer garden sponsored by Michelob Ultra. There will also be Tour de Scottsdale 15-year commemorative cups for sale with all of the proceeds going to The Conservancy. “The Tour has evolved over the years to include a 30-mile ride. The event has grown from approximately 400 riders the first year to more than 1,700 annually,” said Enriquez. “People come from all over the region, and some from as far as England and Germany, to participate.”

ates 15 years DC Ranch residents are invited to visit Market Street to cheer on friends and neighbors. And hundreds of volunteers help throughout the Tour weekend, providing rider packets, answering questions, passing out water and post-ride refreshments. It’s a great way to be involved! For more information, contact Gabi Enriquez at 480.538.3540

15th Annual Tour de Scottsdale

Sunday, Oct. 7 | Starts at 6:30 a.m. Market Street at DC Ranch (SE corner of Pima Rd. and Thompson Peak Pkwy.) tourdescottsdale.net

Tour de Scottsdale’s Youngest Rider


Since then, she and her father have trained by waking up at 5:30 a.m. once a week for the past year to ride the paths and trails of DC Ranch as well as the surrounding community. They complete their ride with a treat at AJ’s.

“I love riding my bike. It’s my favorite sport. I’m so excited to ride this year,” said Ariana.

“I’ve never participated in an event like this. I’m doing this for her—to encourage her,” said her father, Valentin.


riana Dinu is the Tour de Scottsdale’s youngest rider at the age of seven. This year’s ride will be the first time she’s old enough to qualify for the Tour accompanied by her coach and father, Valentin, but she’s ready for the challenge.

The Dinu family—Valentin, Nandita, Ariana and Carina—have lived in the Parks and Manor neighborhood of DC Ranch for eight years and enjoy biking the paths and trails as a family.

At four years old, Ariana saw the cyclists in action at the Tour de Scottsdale and it inspired her to make it a goal of her own.

“We saw riders in the Tour a few years ago and Ariana asked me what they were doing. She said she wanted to do it too one day. I didn’t really take it seriously since she was four at the time,” said Nandita. “I’m a little nervous for her to be surrounded by so many adult riders, but also excited.”

The Dinu family are next door neighbors of Chris Kirkpatrick who was featured in last year’s October Ranch News about his involvement in the Tour de Scottsdale. That further spurred on Ariana to pursue her goal.

The father-daughter duo are geared up to complete the 30-mile ride for the first time as a team.

Ariana loves the mountains and is very aware that the Tour is for a good cause directly benefitting the Preserve.

The family has served as an inspiration for neighbors and friends to ride to become more physically active and fit. Currently, Ariana is the only child in her neighborhood who rides her bike to school but she hopes more classmates will join her in the future.

When asked what she would like as a reward after she crosses the finish line to victory, Ariana answered, “I want milk and bacon.” The second grader hopes to ride the Tour every year, eventually working her way up to the 70-mile ride and, with her determination, there’s no doubt she will.

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n September, Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) moved into a new headquarters in the DC Ranch Corporate Center. The adventure tour and bike rental company built its new facility to take advantage of everything DC Ranch has to offer, including safe and easy access to bike routes and local trails in the area. AOA provides highend bike rental and guided half-day tours that start at their front door.

“We’re excited to be part of the DC Ranch community,” said AOA owner Seth Heald. “The location is perfect for us and our customers because of all the recreation opportunities available right here at the foot of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.”

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ne in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women. However, new research is pointing to an easy and free way to decrease your risk through vitamin D.

Humans were meant to spend time in the sun; in ancient times, people spent the day naked from morning until dusk in the sun. Researchers have found that high levels of vitamin D equal a lower risk of breast cancer. A 2017 study demonstrated an 800 percent higher risk of breast cancer in women with the lowest levels of vitamin D. It also found that if you’ve already had breast cancer, higher vitamin D means an increased chance of survival.

There are a few ways to increase your vitamin D levels, but it’s important to get your levels checked first. The best lab test for vitamin D is by blood and it is called 25 hydroxy-vitamin D. Ask your doctor about getting testing done. A good way to increase vitamin D exposure is through full body sunshine. The key is getting sun in the morning, noon, and early evening. Ten to fifteen minutes per session is recommended. In the morning, UVA and UVB levels are low, but the other energies from the sun are high and can protect you from the dangers of UVA and UVB that comes with noontime exposure. UVA and UVB have a purpose and bodies are designed to accept those energies and make vitamin D from them.

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Another way to get vitamin D is through eating eggs, fish and meat. Mushrooms also contain a form of vitamin D. It’s beneficial to buy organic, when possible, with meat and eggs from pasture-raised animals and wild-caught seafood. Vitamin D supplements are only recommended for those who can’t get enough sun. Usually 5000 IU per day can get your 25 hydroxy-vitamin D levels to the recommended level. You should also take a quality multivitamin and vitamin K2. K2 keeps calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any supplements. Don’t be afraid of the sun, but remember that exposure is good, but sunburn is not. Use sunscreen during prolonged exposure, preferably organic options without harmful ingredients. Dr. Wolfson has taught over 10,000 physicians his natural heart health best practices and his book, “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health,” was an Amazon #1 best seller. To learn more visit, thedrswolfson.com

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Debbie McKeigan has lived in the Desert Parks village in Terrace Homes East neighborhood of DC Ranch with her husband, Jace, and their three children since 2004. They were the first residents in their neighborhood and have seen the area grow and come alive in ways they could never have imagined. After having their third child, the family of five outgrew their McDowell Mountain Ranch home and the search was on to find more space. As luck would have it, their real estate agent had a lot fall out of contract and the McKeigans had 24 hours to decide on whether to build in DC Ranch. “Much of the Desert Camp Village was already built, but Desert Parks consisted of only a dirt lot. There were no models and the floor plans

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Meet Debbie McKeigan

were on paper,” said McKeigan. “In the begin beginning, Desert Parks didn’t really feel like a part of DC Ranch because it was a little far from everything else at the time.”

Debbie and Jace quickly decided to take a chance on the community and couldn’t be happier with their decision 14 years later.

According to Debbie, the programs and events have been the amenity they use the most. Their children—Rachel, Sarah and Ben—have enjoyed many events over the years. The girls were also active in The Homestead Playhouse productions and as volunteers. “The programming is really what sets DC Ranch apart from other communities for us and it’s so easy for the children to get involved,” she said. “We also use the paths, trails and parks. There’s a sense of safety and security that we feel here.”

The entire family believes in giving back and has been engaged in the community since the beginning. Debbie served on the Community Council board for six years and volunteered on the DC Ranch Gives and The Homestead Playhouse committees. She’s a volunteer coordinator for GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center. Jace is involved as a steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Currently, he holds a volunteer position as the Chairman of the Preserve Commission for the City of Scottsdale.

“I don’t foresee us leaving DC Ranch. This is a great central location with access to freeways and great schools. Our kids’ childhood has been framed by the signature events, like Spooky Carnival, and smaller neighborhood parties in the pocket parks,” she said.

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iscover why the Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful regions in the world this October during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month. The Preserve is home to amazingly diverse plant and animal life, and features more than 180 miles of trails across 30,000 acres of stunning geography. As part of our stewardship of the Preserve, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy focuses on education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access. The Conservancy offers classes and lectures year-round and invites you to these learning opportunities and events in October:

Lecture Series: If Rocks Could Talk*

Tuesday, Oct. 2 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mustang Library

Learn about the massive forces that formed the Preserve and how the land we see today changed over geologic time. © 2016 Village Health Clubs & Spas



Lecture Series: Rust, Dust, Crust… Discovering Desert Surfaces*

Saturday, Oct. 6 | 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The desert’s surface is full of life in the form of soil crust, lichen and desert varnish—the living things that probably cover more of the desert than any single kind of plant. We’ll explore these life forms and how they enrich and protect the desert surface.

Bike New Trails in the North Monday, Oct. 8 | 7:45 to 11 a.m. Brown’s Ranch

Come explore some of the recent additions to the northwest trails in the Preserve. We’ll stop at interesting spots in the preserve, and discuss improving riding technique, enhancing safety awareness and increasing overall enjoyment of the trails.

Sonoran Sunday: Mammals of the Sonoran Desert Sunday, Oct. 21 | 3:00 p.m. Brown’s Ranch Trailhead

Pastfinder Gathering: National Parks are 100 Years Old— The Grand Canyon Tuesday, October 23 | 5:30 p.m. Mustang Library In addition to these lectures and interactive learning opportunities, the Conservancy also offers free tours of the Preserve. Led by our stewards, you can enjoy guided hike and bike rides of varying degrees and difficulty. Discovery Hikes a perfect blend of fun and learning for those who want to learn while hiking. Family Hikes are hikes designed for children.

Mountain Bike Rides let you explore the desert and learn from a pro.

Wellness Hikes offer an opportunity to get off the couch and get moving! For more information, visit mcdowellsonoran.org/events.

* Please RSVP to educationrsvp@mcdowell sonoran.org.

Around Scottsdale Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday with events and workshops Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with Footprints in the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona. The exhibit runs Sept. 15Dec. 31, in the Gallery @ the Library, located in the Civic Center Library. Enjoy this signature event series showcasing the man, his architecture and his impact on Arizona’s built environment. All events are free. ScottsdaleLibrary.org, “events” tab

Don't be a victim of identity theft; shred event takes place Oct. 6

Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box. MyPosa.org, search “events”

Electronics recycling scheduled for Oct. 6

Fall Ball opens Oct. 9 at Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale residents can drop off unwant-ed electronics from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s Corporation Yard. Recycling these items prevents them from reaching landfills, creating less waste and providing usable items to organizations that can recapture their value. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “electronics recycling”

Historic Photo Exhibit of Early Scottsdale Take a peek back in time with Historic Scottsdale: Live, Work and Play in the Early 20th Century, a newly curated photo exhibition at the Gallery @ Appaloosa Library through Wednesday, Oct. 31. The exhibition is designed to help modern residents imagine what life was like in Scottsdale 50 to 100 years ago. ScottsdalePublicArt.org

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The Arizona Fall League returns to Scottsdale Stadium in October and November. Come cheer on your home team, the Scottsdale Scorpions, as they take on top minor league players from both the American and National leagues. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “ fall ball”

Celebrate National Make A Difference Day by participating in Adopt-A-Road

The city provides trash bags, safety vests and cotton gloves. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Adopt-a-Road”

Forget bobbing for apples; try dunkin’ for a pumpkin Pumpkins float! Join the community from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the heated McDowell Mountain Ranch pool. Pick a pumpkin then decorate it. Admission is $10 per person and includes admission and a pumpkin–while supplies last. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “pumpkins”

Grab a group of friends and volunteer to tidy up Scottsdale. The Keep Scottsdale Beautiful event will be Saturday, Oct. 27, which coincides with National Make A Difference Day.

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