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Ranch Association welcomes new executive director


Head to ‘The Place,’ new eatery on Market Street


Foothills Animal Rescue saves lives

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New homes, new neighbors on the Ranch Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with residents. The publication seeks to build community by connecting neighbors through stories and pictures and to offer a product valuable to advertisers. Ranch News celebrates and perpetuates the values of the DC Ranch community. Community Engagement Director Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators Elizabeth Dankert Terri Raimondi Catha Smith 480.585.1641 A division of Republic Media 200 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Content Specialist and Advertising Sales Manager Cami Kaiser Office: 602-444-4993 Mobile: 602-653-6812 Creative Development Director Isaac Moya Editor Jim Williams Editorial Coordinator Nick Kostenko

Several highly anticipated construction projects are welcoming new residents to DC Ranch—each with a dynamic focus on community living. The Village at Silverleaf is a collection of villas and cottages conveniently located next to the Silverleaf Club. It is designed to emulate the intimate enclave of a Mediterranean village, and that’s exactly what its first two residents were looking for. We’ll profile these snowbirds from Colorado as their dreams are about to become a reality. In January, Camelot Homes wrapped up the final 15 homes in Market Street Villas. This was the last land available for development within Desert Camp Village. The path and trail system that connects the homes to Market Street is a great way to interact with fellow residents and meet new neighbors. Not to mention how convenient it is to be able to walk to a restaurant or grocery store. Still in the design phase is Sterling at Silverleaf, a condominium project being co-developed by DMB and the New Home Company. Planned for the land north and east of the Village Health Club, the project’s density has been significantly reduced from 221 units to 72. And speaking of new neighbors, some furry friends have moved into the area at the new Foothills Animal Rescue at Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway. We’ll take you on a tour of the beautiful new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus. Earlier this year, DC Ranch residents donated hundreds of pet toys and food to the shelter. Here’s to welcoming new neighbors that can become good friends—or the family pet!


The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in each DC Ranch resident.

The Community Council is responsible for visioning and facilitating initiatives that enhance residents’ quality of life, serve collective interests and promote the DC Ranch brand. The Council provides recreational, educational, cultural and volunteer opportunities that reflect community values; operates and programs DC Ranch amenities; creates outlets for communication; and defines DC Ranch Standards.

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Ranch Updates DC Ranch Association hires new executive director


t’s official. The Ranch Association Board of Directors approved hiring Darren Shaw of San Jose, Calif. as its new executive director at its January board meeting. Shaw is a 26-year veteran in the property management sector and has spent the last 10 years managing a private country club and golf community in northern California. He plans to attend the Ranch Association annual meeting on April 3 and will officially take the helm in midApril. Look for an in-depth profile of Shaw in the next edition of Ranch News.

DC Ranch Association 2017 Annual Meeting Monday, April 3 | The Homestead Community Center Connect with members of the community at the annual community meeting, including a meet and greet with the new Ranch Association Executive Director and election of the board of directors. The board will also discuss community updates on retail, home construction and long range planning. 5:30 p.m

Welcome reception with wine, beer and appetizers

6 p.m.

Keynote guest speaker Brent Herrington DMB Associates President & CEO, former DC Ranch Town Manager

6:30 p.m.

Election results and community updates

Wildflower Walk Saturday, March 25 | 9 to 10:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center Join your neighbors for a guided wildflower walk along the DC Ranch paths and trails with Landscape Manager Tom Wright. Last November, the DC Ranch Association landscape team spread wildflower seed throughout the landscaped areas of Thompson Peak Parkway in preparation for spring. Now that the flowers are in full bloom,

Wright will point out species like desert marigold, owl’s clover, firewheel, desert bluebells, penstemon, showy primrose, lupine, and desert globemallow. Light snacks will be provided and pets are welcome. Residents are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water for the 1-mile walk. Call 480.342.7178 for more information.

Board to consider speed enforcement options


peeding in DC Ranch continues to be a top resident concern. The penalties for speeding include written notification and monetary fines, which can exceed $300 for multiple violations of excessive speeding, defined as 20 mph over the posted limit. Speeding is most prevalent along Desert Camp Drive, Horseshoe Canyon and Windgate Pass, according to monitoring data collected over the past couple of years. A resident forum held last month reviewed enforcement options, including use of a camera to capture speeders. The Ranch Association board will explore additional enforcement options at the March 6 meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend the session set for 6 p.m. at The Homestead Community Center.


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Meet the Candidates Forum Wednesday, March 22 | 6 to 8 p.m. The Homestead Community Center The Ranch Association Board of Directors election process is underway with several new homeowners tossing their hats in the ring. Three seats are up for re-election, including one incumbent who will not be seeking another term.

Neighborhood Voting Member Meet ‘n Greet


he Ranch Association welcomed new and returning Neighborhood Voting Members with a special reception hosted by The Country Club at DC Ranch in January. One of the first orders of business for NVMs will be to elect members of the Ranch Association Board of Directors.

All residents are encouraged to attend the Meet the Candidates Forum. It is a great opportunity to get to know fellow neighbors wishing to serve the community. For more information, contact the Ranch Association at 480.513.1500. Ranch Association board election timeline March 3

Candidate applications due

March 22 Meet the Candidates Forum Mid-March Ballots are mailed April 3

Election results announced at Ranch Association annual meeting

Monthly Planner The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch in March; some of these have admission fees. For more information and the most up-todate 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 Gerrie Hinson at 480.585.4699 to RSVP Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

FITNESS ACTIVITIES Yoga Mon and Wed | 9 to 10 a.m. Tues and Thurs | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Zumba Tues and Thurs | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center Shallow Water Exercise Mon and Wed | 4 to 5 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

Off the Ranch: Castle Tour and Lunch Thursday, March 23 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at 5025 East Van Buren St., Phoenix Explore historic Tovrea Castle and the adjacent Carraro Cactus Gardens, then have lunch at The Stockyards. $15 per person for the tour; lunch is the responsibility of each guest. Reserve by March 17; space is limited.

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Grapenuts Local winemaker Curt Dunham, LDV Winery

DC Ranch Film Club “The Founder” Thursday, March 16 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Wednesday, March 8 | 6 to 8 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Local winemaker Curt Dunham will showcase his award-winning, 100 percent estate grown and produced wines from the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona. Curt will supply the wine for this event; attendees should bring an appetizer to share. Cheers!

YOUTH ACTIVITIES TGIF: Little Wranglers Skyline Athletes Obstacle Course and XTREME Video Game Party Friday, March 3 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Kids Corral March 9 and 23 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Trailblazer Breakfast Saturday, March 4 | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Garden Hours Saturday, March 4 and 18 8 to 10 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden Garden Workshop Herb pot planting demo Saturday, March 18 | 10 to 11 a.m. DC Ranch Community Garden Food Truck Night Thursday, March 9 | 4 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center Paradise Melts—gourmet grilled sandwiches Curbside Crepes—savory and sweet crepes

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Starlight Concert Series: Smashed Friday, March 24 | 6 to 8 p.m. Market Street Park Get ready to rock and roll with “Smashed,” a party rock band delivering everything from high energy 90s hits to current pop artists. The Coffee Run food truck will be onsite for your treat purchases and Whitestone REIT will give away glowsticks! Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or pick up dinner on the way. Please leave canine friends at home.

DC Ranch Gives: Group Service Project Kitchen on the Street— Build “Bags of Hope” Saturday, March 25 | 8 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at The Homestead Community Center—see pg. 13 for details COMMUNITY MEETINGS Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, March 6 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center Modification Committee Tuesdays, March 14 and 28 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street

Foodie Fusion: Luck of the Irish Saturday, March 18 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center North Patio Celebrate that bit of Irish in all of us when Foodie Fusion offers up traditional Irish fare. Corned beef, potato cakes, lamb stew and decadent desserts, plus green beer, Guinness, Bailey’s Irish coffee, wine, and live music from Celtic band Trotters Wake. $30 per person; must be 21 or older.

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Meet the Candidates Forum Wednesday, March 15 | 6 to 7 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Wednesday, March 8 4:30 to 7 p.m. Meet at Desert Camp Community Center

Landscape Training Workshop Monday, March 20 | 3 to 5 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Take a leisurely tour through the neighborhoods of DC Ranch while a guide shares hidden points of interest, little-known facts, and landmarks unique to DC Ranch. Includes drinks, small bites, and a champagne toast at the magnificent sunset vistas of Upper Canyon in Silverleaf. $25 per person

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A lounge with coffee bar and outdoor patio with fireplace are among the many amenities available at CUBExec. CUBExec offers fully-furnished, flexible-term executive suites at Market Street at DC Ranch.

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Neighborhood projects focus on community living Several neighborhood building projects are nearing completion in DC Ranch following a strong year of building starts and home sales in 2016


A new village within a village welcomes its first residents Is it the home or the lifestyle? When a buyer starts to envision their new home, so much of what they dream about is the lifestyle that the home will provide. For Peter and Linda Niederman, the journey to find a second home in Arizona started with


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the search for a lifestyle that fits this new phase of their lives. Peter recently sold his real estate company in Denver and he and his wife were looking for a warmer climate to enjoy part of the year. “We were looking for a community similar to how we live in Cherry Hills Village,” said Peter Niederman. Some friends had a home in DC Ranch and introduced them to the community and they thought, “This is it. This is wonderful!” Once they identified DC Ranch as their destination, the Niedermans

started looking for the right home for their lifestyle. The Village at Silverleaf—a new enclave of quaint villas and cottages adjacent to the Silverleaf Club—seemed to bring together the elements they most wanted. The home is within easy walking distance of all their social and recreational activities. “We don’t have to leave the neighborhood. We can grab a meal and not have to drive, said Niederman. “We can have friends over, take them to the club for spa, golf, athletics or dining.” The Niedermans credit Mike Sweeney, Silverleaf Realty’s broker, with assisting them in finding the right home on

the perfect lot. They selected an “end cap” lot adjacent to the driving range with views of the mountains and the Club. The couple then set out to create their dream home with the Cullum Homes team. “During the first meeting (with Rod Cullum and Don Ziebell, the team behind The Village at Silverleaf), we started to tell them how we wanted to live our lives and use this home,” Niederman recalled. The couple recalled a dynamic and creative process. “Don pulled out a sketch pad, and said, ‘We can do this, we can do this,’ and he created custom

features for us. He was getting excited about what they could do,” said Niederman. World renowned for his design quality and creativity, Ziebell counts the Silverleaf Clubhouse itself as one of his most honored projects. The craftsmanship and interior design of the Club is now reflected in the design of The Village residences. Mediterranean styling and superior construction elements combine to create residences that feel both timeless and new. Through his own

import firm, Ziebell gives residents access to exquisite European antiquities that give their homes oneof-a-kind character. Whether it’s a French limestone fireplace, reclaimed beams, stone window surrounds from Provence, or decorative ironwork, homes in The Village tell a special, authentic story. The couple is looking forward to meeting more neighbors in the community. One of the first families they met in the village is another couple from Cherry Hills Village in Denver.

Market Street Villas completes Desert Camp build out Camelot Homes completed the final three of its 15 villas in the southern section of Desert Camp Village this winter. This development is the last section of Market Street Villas and the last community development within Desert Camp.

The architectural style of the new units closely matches the original units in Market Street Villas. Homes in this neighborhood offer sophisticated, care-free triplex living, ideally suited for year-round occupancy or second home owners. Residents often interact with friends and neighbors when using the nearby path and trail system that connects the neighborhood to Market Street and Desert Camp Community Center.

Market Street Villas feature elegant Mediterranean-inspired front courtyards and rustic iron design elements.

(Clockwise from top left) The Village at Silverleaf cottages have a front-row view overlooking the Silverleaf golf course. A new pathway conveniently connects The Village to the Silverleaf Club just a short walk away. Don Ziebell’s timeless exterior design for the Silverleaf Clubhouse is seamlessly extended to the stone and masonry façades throughout The Village. The Niedermans made several trips to DC Ranch to meet on-site with the builder as their home’s construction progressed. The Niedermans are the first residents in the new Village at Silverleaf.

2016 DC Ranch home sales and valuation

2016 DC Ranch custom home overview

Total home sales: $358.6 million Average sale price: $1.46 million Highest sale price: $11.11 million Village

Average sales price

Homes sold

Desert Parks



Desert Camp



Country Club



Silverleaf $3,249,506 45

There are a total of 721 custom home lots in DC Ranch. 74% of all custom lots (532 lots) are either completed custom homes or homes currently under construction, up from 70% (505 lots) at the end of 2015. Village

Lots built or under construction


of all custom lots (189 lots) are currently vacant land, down from 30% (216 lots) at the end of 2015. In 2016, a third of the vacant properties (61 lots) have some level of active design work in progress.


new construction starts in 2016 vs 30 in 2015. There have been 57-65 custom homes under construction at all times throughout the year.

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The Parks


Country Club


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The Parks


Horseshoe 64%

Upper Canyon


Arcadia 74%

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homes completed construction in 2016 vs. 26 in 2015.


Completed construction

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Horseshoe 8 Arcadia 9

Construction starts

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aving lives. That’s the core of Foothills Animal Rescue’s mission: to save lives through the rescue, care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs.

Over the past 20 years, it has grown from grassroots origins of “kitchen table fostering� to operating a thriving shelter and adoption center housing more than 80 animals. In December, Foothills celebrated the opening of its new facility at the corner of Bell Road and

Foothills Animal Rescue Brynne Smith Memorial Campus Adoption Center 10197 E. Bell Road Rescue Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Foothills Animal Rescue Welcome to the neighborhood Thompson Peak Parkway and is poised to take a leading role in connecting furry friends with loving homes. The Brynne Smith Memorial Campus, a strikingly beautiful 4,200 square foot building, was built with thoughtful attention to the comforts of both the temporary inhabitants—dogs and cats—and the volunteers and staff who care for them.



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“The new facility is more than just a building,� commented Executive Director Victoria Cowper. “It’s a testament to the belief that the homeless animals in our community count and have a voice. We, as a community, are making great strides in finding forever homes and treating animals in need through collaboration and understanding. Every volunteer hour, every animal that is fostered, every adoption and every donation, no matter what size, impacts the lives of the animals in our care.� The land and building were funded by the Smith family through the Arizona Community Foundation as a tribute to their daughter, Brynne, who died tragically at the age of 25 in 2013. A committed lover

NOT YOUR TYPICAL SHELTER As soon as you walk into the building, you’ll realize Foothills isn’t like shelters you may have visited in the past. With a soaring 18-foot ceiling that lets in an abundance of natural light, the lobby has an expansive feeling. Visitors begin interacting visually with the animals right away—two glass enclosed pet areas make it easy to see the furry pals. There are two “meet and greet” rooms, eight dogs suites and four community cat rooms, plus two small dog runs in front and a 1,000 square foot enclosed dog park in the rear. A 1,500-square-foot flexible space with shade sails is a perfect place for events, dog training, children’s camps and neighbors to gather. High tech systems include industrial air scrubbers, a fresh air ventilation system, and automated cleaning routines that make it easier for volunteers to optimize their efforts.

And there are lots of volunteers: nearly 19,000 volunteer hours were logged at Foothill’s new site, its previous location on Pima, and at the adjacent retail boutique, plus at many offsite locations and fundraisers. Direct contact with cats and dogs accounted for more than 10,000 of those hours, a huge commitment of love. At the Pima location, the boutique will enjoy a welcome expansion into part of the former shelter space. The 2,200 square foot store, staffed almost entirely by volunteers, is the shelter’s primary source of revenue.


The first DC Ranch Gives donation drive—the Furry Friends Supply Drive— benefitted Foothills Animal Rescue. If you have a chance, stop by the shelter one day. You might fall in love while you are there, and save a life.

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The building went up quickly; ground was broken in April 2016 and the dedication took place in early December. An estimated 90 percent of the furnishings and artwork were donated and nearly all of the businesses involved in construction gave back to the project.

It sells clothing, furniture, housewares, accessories, jewelry and more. Stop by to donate or find some interesting treasures. The old shelter’s eight kennels will be upgraded and used for intake of new homeless animals, which come to Foothills from the Maricopa Animal Shelter each week. If you are looking for a particular kind of dog, let the volunteers know to be on the lookout.

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Kitchen on the Street provides weekly Bags of Hope for children to ensure they have food on the weekends. The bags are filled with individual portions of shelf-stable foods like pasta, fruit snacks, and granola bars. About 1,500 kids in Phoenix and the West Valley receive the bags; 85 percent are under age 10. DC Ranch Gives has chosen this as the first group service project for 2017, an opportunity to join with family and neighbors to give back in a meaningful way. Volunteers ages 10+ will pack Bags of Hope for two hours; transportation is provided. There is a $5 fee to sign up for a spot, which includes the bus ride and a DC Ranch Gives volunteer shirt. All funds collected will be donated to Kitchen on the Street. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Meet at The Homestead by 8 a.m., bus will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Shad M. Brown JD,LLM Former IRS Attorney


of animals, Brynne’s memory shines bright in many areas of the building. The entrance features her signature numbers 831—eight letters, three words, one meaning: “I love you.”

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Welcoming a new DC Ranch Men’s Club


he men of DC Ranch will soon have a club of their own. While the DC Ranch Women’s Club has been a popular group since 2012, two residents—Gene Press and Steven Kressler—decided it was high time for the men to get their own group going.

Working with Recreation Coordinator Anjelica Giardino, they initiated a plan to create the club, with the goal of “maximizing the DC Ranch experience, meeting our neighbors, and sharing the beauties and fun of Arizona,” according to Kressler.

Survey results were still being populated after this publication, so some results may vary. The next step is an organizational meeting in April to discuss how to set up the group and start planning events for the fall. All interested men are encouraged to attend the planning meeting—stay tuned for more information. If you’d like to get involved or have an idea to share, contact Steven A. Kressler at 508.662.6313 or

Still time to nominate a neighbor for annual volunteer awards

Do you know a neighbor who is consistently giving back to DC Ranch or the greater community? We would like to recognize them for their service. Nominate him or her for a 2017 Volunteer Award in the following categories: Leadership, Philanthropy, Good Neighbor, Youth and Merchant. The short recommendation form can be found on; submissions are due by March 17. Nominees and recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, April 29.

They devised a quick survey to gauge which types of activities had the highest appeal, and received positive resident feedback and interest in forming a group. Here are the most popular options:

Top 10 DC Ranch Men’s Club activities 1. Golf 2. A day at the races 3. Bicycle Group 4. Hiking Group 5. Dinner/Movie

6. Poker 7. Breakfast 8. Spring training game 9. Lunch 10. Other

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Herbs In Pots



rowing herbs in pots is one of the easiest ways to get started in gardening, especially if you don’t have time or space for a vegetable garden. Almost all of our basic cooking herbs respond well to living in containers, and they can be a beautiful addition to a doorstep or kitchen patio.

cactus potting soil and houseplant potting soil is ideal.

The prettiest and most useful herb pots have a mix. Choose one upright herb, such as rosemary or lavender, and plant it right The secret to growing herbs in containers in the center. is making certain your pot is large enough. Then plant one Some favorite herbs for pots: Choose a pot that is a minimum of one or two low herbs, such • Rosemary • Marjoram foot across and at least 10 inches deep. as thyme or marjoram to • Thyme This gives the herbs’ roots plenty of space, • Lavender surround it, and a trailing • Oregano • Chives plenty of soil, and protection from summer herb, such as creeping • Parsley • Basil temperathyme or oregano, and • Cilantro tures. let it spill down the side. Garden Workshop Plain terracotta is tradiFinish off with a white or purple non-edible Herb pot planting demo tional, but bright glazed alyssum and you have a pretty and useful pot. March 18 | 10 to 11 a.m. pots look beautiful with DC Ranch Community Garden Tyler Storey is a Certified Desert Landscaper, Master the gray-greens of many Learn how to plant a beautiful Gardener and member of the International Society herbs. mixed herb pot that will provide of Arboriculture. He has garden hours twice a month you with fresh culinary ingredients. Use a potting soil that at the DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge Come to the garden for a demdrains well but still holds School, 10101 E. Thompson Peak Parkway. Consult the onstration and enter a raffle to water; a 50-50 mix of calendar for details. win the completed herb pot!

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Ranch Living Grapenuts: Blind Tasting

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of potential migration barriers. The GPS data accumulated by the collars allows scientists to periodically plot the movement of the deer throughout the two-year project.

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Citizen Scientists



he McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute—the research center of the Conservancy—has developed a unique model of citizen science that many organizations statewide seek to emulate because of its huge success. The program trains Conservancy stewards to take charge of scientific projects and manage them on behalf of scientific partners who set up the research protocols. While citizen science is not a new concept, the idea of citizen scientists

leading studies, collecting results, and publishing their findings is a unique model. Conservancy citizen scientists receive training from scientific partners who explain the questions to be explored, research techniques, and data collection requirements. Citizen scientists are currently assisting with a mule deer collaring project led by the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD). They helped AZGFD place 32 radio collars on mule deer last year at various locations throughout the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to get a better understanding

L. Weinstein

Wild Endeavors

Conservancy citizen scientists conducted geological investigations of the Preserve and published their results in the Arizona Geological Survey. Other citizen scientists have been setting traps and collecting ground-dwelling arthropods for several years, adding to the research base of the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, which is studying urban ecology and its effects on wildlife and habitat. Helen Rowe, Field Institute director, explains the importance of the citizen science effort: “Our use of citizen science has two broad benefits. First, we can conduct a multitude of research projects relevant to the management of the Preserve at a low cost. And second, we can engage members of society in the discovery and dissemination of important scientific results.” Certified citizen scientists digitally mapped the Preserve, a process rarely entrusted to volunteers. Another group is collecting data on the seasonal

Junior Citizen Science Festival Friday, March 10 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lost Dog Wash Trailhead A fun, interactive exploration of science and nature at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy’s Junior Citizen Science Festival. Held in conjunction with the Arizona SciTech Festival, this event introduces kids to the incredible diversity of the Sonoran Desert. Children will interact with live desert animals, use scientific tools to make discoveries, and learn how they can contribute to science! More info:

cycles of key plants in the Preserve to track long-term environmental changes, and experimenting with various means of eradicating non-native plant species. Sound interesting? Send an email to Melanie Tluczek at Melanie@ to find out more about the scientific research opportunities awaiting you.



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Around Scottsdale Watch art as it’s being created More than 100 artists set up working studios at Celebration of Fine Art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 26. Housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101, Celebration presents a variety of art in all styles, from traditional to contemporary.

The boys of summer are back this spring Watch the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League action this March at Scottsdale Stadium. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies play at Salt River Fields.

Catch a family-friendly “triple play” March 4 Celebrate the first Saturday in March with a trio of family-friendly events in Downtown Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Giant Race begins at 7 a.m. at Scottsdale Stadium. That’s followed by the

Scottsdale Public Library’s Ultimate Play Date from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of the Civic Center Mall. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scottsdale’s award-winning Spring Training Festival takes place on the west side of the mall, celebrating the start of the Cactus League and another season of America’s favorite pastime.

Enjoy the legends and lore of Scottsdale Spring Training This March, the Civic Center Library and the Scottsdale Historical Museum host free exhibits about the teams, players and baseball legends that have called Scottsdale home during spring training. Both exhibits are a short stroll from Scottsdale Stadium and are part of the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a self-guided tour of locations rich in baseball folklore and history., search “Cactus League Legacy Trail”

Learn how to become a certified swim instructor Two instruction sessions are available: Monday-Friday, March 6-10; and March 20-April 3. Participants must be at least 16 years old at the time of the class to register., search “swim instructor”

Native Spirit ArtWalk comes to Downtown Scottsdale Celebrate Arizona’s indigenous cultures Thursday, March 2, as part of a special Scottsdale ArtWalk. This event takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and features a variety of impressive art, live entertainment and gallery receptions. Free trolley rides are available to transport folks from free parking areas to attractions throughout downtown.

Explore the unique Paris districts that inspired the Aimée Leduc book series Join author Cara Black as she offers insights into her research process, being an outsider in France, and her new novel “Murder on the Quai.” The free program is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Civic Center Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place March 10-12 Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed artists exhibiting at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival March 10-12 on Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall. Enjoy toetapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food trucks, and lots of other fun.

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DC Ranch News - March 2017  
DC Ranch News - March 2017