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Committee Reviews Plus… Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update By Peggy Rauch
New Edison Bulb Lighting Information Summer Safety Advice for Families. Local Scottsdale Events & More!
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Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update
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Finance Committee News Year-end Audited Financial Statement Comparison Architectural Committee Review Communications Committee Review Social Committee Review Governmental Committee Review Lake Committee Review Thank You Volunteers!
Home & Landscape… 12 From Your Homeowner Liaison City of Scottsdale Collection Services 13 From Your Architectural Liaison
Mercado Corner… 14 Mercado Directory of Merchants & Services 15 Mercado Coupons
In Every Issue… IFC Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update By Peggy Rauch 32 SRCA Calendar of Events
News From Laguna Elementary Via Linda Senior Center Boys and Girls Club Desert Garden Park A Note From Member Services Scottsdale Ranch Community Center SRCA Block Party Trailer Lake Serena Boating
Healthy Lifestyles… 28 Stetson Chopped Salad Water Workshops
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on the Ranch… 2017 SRCA Fishing Derby & Lake Fest Spring Party Potluck and Egg Hunt 2017 Annual Homeowner’s Meeting & Board Election Scottsdale Ranch Golf Club Chess Club Duplicate Bridge Group Corks & Forks Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Association Knitwits Knitting and Crochet Group Scottsdale Ranch Community Mom’s Group Yacht Club Kayak Club Wine Club Storytime
the Community… 30 Summer Safety Advice City of Scottsdale Notices
Valhalla Community Magazines For advertising call 480-634-1708 or visit www.valhalla360.com The Official Magazine of Scottsdale Ranch This magazine is delivered to all homeowners and businesses in the Scottsdale Ranch Community bi-monthly. This magazine is also distributed to surrounding businesses and office complexes. You have received this publication because your HOA believes you take pride in your home environment and community. This magazine provides you with HOA information and home product advertising that enhances your home comfort and increases the value of your home. We are always interested in your comments or suggestions. SRCA does not promote or endorse any advertisers in this magazine. While efforts to ensure accuracy are exercised, the publisher assumes no liability for the information contained in either editorial or advertising content. For advertising and editorial information please call 480-634-1708 or visit valhalla360.com.
To discover Scottsdale Ranch is to discover a premier and progressive residential community attuned to your needs. At Scottsdale Ranch, you will find a community that reflects your taste and individuality. From luxury waterfront homes and spacious single family dwellings to private patio homes, you will find a home to suit your needs. Scottsdale Ranch was established in 1981 and encompasses 1,118 acres bordered by 96th Street on the West, 112th Street to the East, and Shea Boulevard south to the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community. There are 3,938 homes/units in Scottsdale Ranch. Scottsdale Ranch’s prestige is complemented by its luxurious amenities. Lake Serena, a forty-two acre man-made lake offers fishing and boating and is considered a jewel of Scottsdale Ranch. Likewise, the Community Center, which also houses the administrative offices, provides a comfortable gathering place for parties, community events, or even a game of cards. Conveniently located at the corner of Via Linda and Mountain View is the Mercado which offers a variety of specialty stores, restaurants, drug stores, offices, and professional services. Centrally situated in the heart of Scottsdale Ranch is a 64-acre general public use area featuring many fine amenities such as the Scottsdale Ranch Park, a beautiful Desert Garden, the Via Linda Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club and Laguna Elementary School. The Scottsdale Ranch Community Association and the active participation of Ranch residents design the lifestyle, integrity, and aesthetics of our community. Visit our website at www.scottsdaleranch. org for more information about our fabulous community!
QUICK PHONE REFERENCE Police (Emergency)..................................................911 A seven member Board of Directors governs Scottsdale Ranch Community Association (SRCA). The Board establishes the basic policies of the Association and oversees the operation of the professional staff while demonstrating values of fiscal responsibility, openness and inclusiveness, legacy and innovative leadership. It is our vision that by basing our decision making on our shared values, new ideas will be implemented, property values and quality of life will be enhanced, residents will feel a stronger sense of belonging, leadership and facilities will be recognized as best in class and Scottsdale Ranch will be the most desirable community in the Valley. SRCA’s Board employs an Executive Director who oversees the administrative, landscape and building/lake departments including a full-time, on-site administrative staff and a contracted landscape maintenance company, who all work behind the scenes to implement the mission statement. The Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Community Center. These meetings are open to the membership. Meeting minutes can be found on our website at www.scottsdaleranch.org under Documents, Board.
Michael Breslin Vice President
Police (Non-emergency)............... (480) 312-5000 Fire (Emergency).......................................................911
Matt Metz President
Animal Control.................................. (480) 894-3320 Arizona Public Service......................(602) 371-7171
Mike Nelson Treasurer
Cox Communications.......................(602) 277-1000 CAB Connection (Dial-a-Ride)..... (480) 312-7696 Humane Society................................(602) 997-7585
Barbara Sarwar Secretary
Aarash Darroodi Director
Anna Marie Gonzalez Community Relations Coordinator email@example.com
Road Construction, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-5750 Registrar of Contactors....................(877) 692-9762 Sanitation, City of Scottsdale & Dead Animal Pickup for City Streets....................................(480) 312-5600 Sanitation, Recycling Hotline, City of Scottsdale.............................. (480) 312-5611
Kathe Barnes Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Annie Vaugier Architectural Liaison email@example.com
Brush Collection Hotline, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-5680
Code Enforcement, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-2546
Ricki Stamos Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys/Girls Club North Scottsdale............................... (480) 860-1601
Century Link....................................... (800) 244-1111
Scottsdale Ranch Community Association (SRCA) 10585 N. 100th Street Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Sonja McKiness Perez Homeowner Liaison email@example.com
Scottsdale Ranch Community Association.................(480) 860-2022 Scottsdale Ranch Community Association (After Hours SRCA Emergency/ Answering Service Number)...............................(888) 271-0019
Office: (480) 860-2022 Fax: (480) 860-8264 After Hours SRCA Emergency/Answering Service Number: 1 (888) 271-0019 Website: www.scottsdaleranch.org Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm Phone Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Fire (Non-emergency) Hydrant Leaks.....................................(480) 312-5650
Scottsdale Ranch Park...................... (480) 312-7774
Brian Munson Director
Ray Texeira Director
Mission Statement: “The Mission of Scottsdale Ranch Community Association is to serve as the organization through which its residents may sustain and enhance the character, quality of life, and desirability of our community.”
Linda Quesal Member Services Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottsdale Ranch Park, Tennis & Racquetball........................ (480) 312-7774 Scottsdale Unified School District................................... (480) 952-6100 Southwest Gas..................................(877) 860-6020 Street Light Repair Hotline, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-5483 Valley Metro (Bus)...........................(602) 253-5000 Via Linda Senior Center................... (480) 312-5810 Water/Sewer (Turn On/Off Service), City of Scottsdale.............................. (480) 312-2461
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By Kathe M. Barnes, CAAM, PCAM Executive Director
By Matt Metz SRCA Board President
What Are Governing Documents?
Scottsdale Ranch is a great place to live. There are so many reasons we love to live here that I can’t list them all.
As a resident, I am sure you are always hearing us talk about the association’s governing documents, but what are they? State Law Almost every state has statutes governing condominiums and homeowner associations. In addition, most associations are subject to the state corporations’ code. Declaration, Master Deed, and Their Covenants and Restrictions Planned communities are created by declarations (also known as master deeds). Cooperatives are created with proprietary leases (also called occupancy agreement). These contain the restrictions that define owner’s rights and obligations, and establish the association’s responsibilities. Articles of Incorporation Most associations incorporate; therefore, have articles of incorporation that define their purposes and powers. They may specify such things as the number of directors and their terms of office. Bylaws Bylaws address association operations such as procedures for meetings and elections and specifying the general duties of the board. Resolutions—Rules and Regulations Board members adopt rules and regulations. Rules and regulations are recorded as board resolutions. Resolutions must be consistent with the declaration, the bylaws and state law. An association’s governing documents are almost always trumped by state law. But, when the association’s documents conf lict, the declaration carries the greatest weight, followed by the bylaws and then the rules and regulations. For well over a decade, I have served on the Community Association Institute’s Arizona Legislative Action Committee (LAC). The LAC is a state-wide organization whose mission is to promote positive, balanced legislation that supports responsible HOAs. In order to ensure vibrant and effective community associations, it is critical that association leaders and members integrate themselves into the public policy process. As the number of community associations has grown over the years, the government is increasingly trying to regulate and control a host of issues important to our industry. Each day, decisions affecting the authority for communities are decided. These decisions are made by legislatures, agencies and courts in local, state and federal jurisdictions. Most citizens would be surprised to know how little contact legislators receive from their constituents, not to mention how effective a small group of vocal constituents can be in inf luencing their particular legislator’s voting patterns. Affecting that process in a positive way is my role as a LAC volunteer. I enjoy being an advocate helping to define community association law - laws that help to protect the balance between property values and property rights. 4
But today I want to draw attention to one of the things we take for granted but shouldn’t: our awesome staff. Perhaps you’ve had occasion to get help from one of our staff members when submitting an architectural request, or booking a party at our beautiful community center, or asking questions about one of our fun community events. Our staff has the great job of helping our residents, and they love doing it. But sometimes the interface between staff and residents can be a challenge. For example, you may have contacted staff regarding a non-compliance notice for leaving your garbage can at the curb for a few days. Or maybe you have noticed something not going right in our community and need to report an event or a problem with a neighbor. These are not happy things to deal with, and you may well feel frustrated or “put-upon” by the situation. We completely “get it” that not every conversation between our residents and staff will be about a pleasant subject. We understand that everything doesn’t go perfectly all the time. But our staff members have only one goal – to resolve issues respectfully, as quickly as possible, and in a non-confrontational manner. So we respectfully ask that when you contact any of our staff, please consider the following: • Remember that staff are trying to help you, and wants a happy resolution to the matter as much as you do. • Not every situation can be resolved exactly the way you envisioned it when you contacted staff, but we will work very hard to find a satisfactory resolution. • Our staff members will always treat you with respect, even if you are frustrated or upset for good reason; please give them the benefit of the doubt and treat them respectfully, as well. • Our employees are like you; they are human beings; they have feelings; they have families. They are not perfect, but they want to help resolve your concerns. Of course we hope you NEVER have a problem with Scottsdale Ranch, and your staff works hard to avoid any issues. But we also hope that if you do have a problem, you’ll work constructively with a staff member to find a solution for whatever problems arise. At the end of the day, we all – residents and staff alike – share in the goal of keeping Scottsdale Ranch the premier community we’ve become.
www.scottsdaleranch.org If payment on unpaid accounts was not received by February 28, 2017, interest was added to the account at the rate of 12% per annum, or $3.40 per month. This fee will continue to be added to unpaid accounts each month until payment is received. By Ricki Stamos SRCA Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant Important Information about Assessments We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of the homeowners here in Scottsdale Ranch who have paid their 2017 Annual Assessment. By paying your annual assessment in a timely manner, you are not only insuring that Scottsdale Ranch Community Association continues to remain in good financial standing, you are also helping to ensure that we are able to perform the many tasks and duties for which the association is responsible. As you are probably aware, the 2017 Annual Assessment, in the amount of $340.00, was due on January 1, 2017. Invoices were mailed to all homeowners in December 2016. Payment was considered delinquent if not received in our office by January 31, 2017 thus giving homeowners ample time to make a payment without being late. A 10% late fee of $34.00 was added to any unpaid accounts on February 02, 2017.
Board Bits January 2017 Board Meeting
If payment is not received by April 30, 2017, a lien will be placed against the property through the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, lien filing/release fees will be added to the account and further collection action may be necessary. This means that the property cannot be sold until the past due payments have been paid and having a lien filed against your property could affect your credit. Should a homeowner’s assessments continue to be delinquent, their account may be turned over to an attorney for collection action without further notice from the Association. Failure to pay these assessments could also result in the filing of a personal judgment action and the homeowner will be responsible for all attorneys’ fees, document recording, and any other fees incurred to collect this debt. If your annual assessment has not yet been paid, we encourage you to contact the Scottsdale Ranch Community Association administrative office as soon as possible to discuss your account and how we can work with you to bring it current. If you need to arrange a payment plan, consideration will be given. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact our Bookkeeper Ricki Stamos at (480) 8602022. We are here to work with you.
2017 Scottsdale Ranch Board of Director’s Election
• Criminal Background Checks – Adopted a resolution regarding qualifications for board members and committee members to include criminal background checks.
Ballots were mailed out to residents during the third week of March.
• Election Committee Member Appointment - Approved the nomination of Nancy Jacobson to the Election Committee.
We encourage ALL eligible residents to participate in these very important elections!
• Verizon Cell Tower Agreement - Approved the Verizon Agreement to house the ground equipment only at 110th St. and Mountainview yard. • Amendment to Variances – Approved to place an amendment to Article iv of the Declaration on the 2017 Annual Meeting ballot for a vote by the membership. February 2017 Board Meeting • Architectural Appeal – Board voted to uphold Architectural Committee’s decision to approve project #93899 for a room addition off the back of the home.
The seven member Board of Directors governs Scottsdale Ranch Community Association. The Board establishes the basic policies of the Association and oversees the operation of the professional staff. The Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Community Center. These meetings are open to all homeowners. Briefs of the meetings can be found on our website.
• Revised Architectural Lighting Language - Approved the revised language to the architectural guidelines relating to the Edison lights. • 2016 Audit Results – Approved to accept the 2016 audit results as presented by Butler Hansen. • Working Capital Fee - The board concurred with the finance committee to keep the working capital fee in place. • Compliance Procedure Review –Approved the revised compliance procedure as presented. • Cc&r amendment – the board tabled the proposed amendment language to Article iv, Section 2A, V3. • Scottsdale ranch playground equipment-approved to rescind the srca $50k donation to the city for playground enhancements due to the city not being able to provide any funding for the project at this time.
Announcements The SRCA office will be closed on May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.
If you do not receive a ballot, please contact our office to make sure we have the correct mailing/contact address on file - this is not automatically changed when submitting a change of address to the post office, Scottsdale Ranch must be notified as well. For further questions or to update your contact information please visit our website at www.scottsdaleranch.org or contact the SRCA bookkeeper, Ricki Stamos by email at rstamos@scottsdaleranch. org or call our office at 480-860-2022. Scottsdale Ranch Community Association 5
By Mike Nelson SRCA Board Treasurer
The Scottsdale Ranch Community Association Finance Committee is appointed by the SRCA Board of Directors and meets quarterly (and additionally, if necessary) to review association finances and economic trends. The Committee makes recommendations on financial matters to the Board of Directors with the Treasurer as Board liaison. Members are comprised of the SRCA Board Treasurer (Chair), at least one Board member, two to seven members-at-large and the Executive Director. A short background of each current member is included at the end of this report. Ricki Stamos, the SRCA bookkeeper continues to assist the Finance Committee, for a third successful year. The Finance Committee was formed to assist the SRCA Board of Directors in overseeing the Association’s finances, ensuring adequate safeguards are implemented to protect the assets of the Association and achieving its goals and objectives. It is the responsibility of the Finance Committee to see that appropriate financial controls are in place. We would like to extend a thank you to all who contribute their time and expertise to the association.
The Finance Committee, appointed by the Board of Directors, consists of your Scottsdale Ranch neighbors and friends. We are most grateful for our volunteer committee members and fortunate to have a caliber of talent to meet our community’s needs. In more detail, the current members are:
In brief, the Finance Committee has responsibility for the following: • Analyzing, forecasting and recommending to the SRCA Board an annual budget. • Along with our Executive Director, Kathe Barnes, monitoring expenses throughout the year. • Reviewing the annual assessment and collections and recommending actions to be taken by the Board. • Periodically reviewing the Association’s capital reserve funds and recommending reserve level targets necessary to cover replacement equipment, etc. • Reviewing contracts and agreements relating to the financial condition of SRCA such as insurance policies, employee salaries and benefits, audit agreements, vendor requests and reserve studies. • Along with our Executive Director, advising and recommending appropriate investment of SRCA funds, both in operating and reserve accounts. • Ensuring that an annual independent audit is conducted of SRCA’s books in a timely manner. • Reviewing monthly balance sheets (details of all bank accounts, investments with and balances) and operating statements (details of monthly income and expenses by month and year to date).
Steven Hillman Committee member and past SRCA Board member, who previously served as SRCA Vice President in 2010. His background is in business operations, advertising, real estate and property management. Steven lives in Hacienda Del Lago.
2016 saw a strong financial finish for The Scottsdale Ranch Community Association. Operations (as well as related expenses) stayed within the 2016 Board-approved budget. The Association maintains healthy asset balances and zero long-term debt. Included in those balances are adequate reserves that are on hand to cover forecasted new capital needs and capital asset renewal. Included in this magazine is the official audit with our positive results confirmed. The Finance Committee and the Board of Directors have approved a 2017 budget that calls for no increases in assessments for 2017. 6
Phil Abruzino Committee and Board member, brings over 30 years expertise in finance and business to our group. He has also served on the Arizona Council of Economic Education Board as well as the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Phil lives in Heritage Village IV. Win Copeland Committee Member received a degree in Business Administration and retired from Prudential as a Vice President. Win has been a fulltime resident of Mountainview Lake Estates for fifteen years.
Bill Howard Committee member and past chair and SRCA Board member, has a background in engineering, served on many company boards and is the past member and Chair of the City of Scottsdale Transportation Commission. Bill lives in Andalusia III. Brian Munson Committee member and past chair – Brian is an environmental scientist and former chair of Scottsdale’s Environmental Quality Advisory Board. He lives in Andalusia I. John Simon Committee member, former Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair - John has a long career in non-profit and education management at the executive level and lives in the Venetian. Parish Wood Committee member and past SRCA Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair - Parish spent 30 years in corporate management, has owned his own business and lives in Suntree East. Your Finance Committee is proud to serve the community and our neighbors. We welcome any comments you may have on the budget, our process and the needs of the community. Your opinions and suggestions are important to us and we are willing to meet with you to discuss and review the community’s finances and budgeting processes.
Year-end Audited Financial Statement Comparison Revenue: Regular Other
2015 Actual 1,339,005 332,457
2016 Actual 1,339,005 356,948
512,119 109,289 80,046 539,118 55,811 12,933 183,313 6,968 10,314 4,747
2017 Budget Revenue Assessments; Other Income
526,224 115,003 79,515 583,574 59,066 7,414 177,144 7,796 6,925 4,316
Expenses: Landscape Maintenance Lake Maintenance Building Maintenance Office Administrative Recreational; Communications Capital Budget Contingency
578,075 139,975 132,060 80,280 555,400 77,280 14,615 0 10,000
Total Operating Expenses:
Operating Income (Loss):
Depreciation Gain on Sale of Equipment
Net Income (Loss):
Deposit to Capital Improvement Fund Deposit to Reserve Fund Less Depreciation
75,000 76,500 (101,640)
Total Revenue: Expenses: Landscape Maintenance Lake Maintenance Building Maintenance Administrative/Office Recreational Activity Communications Capital Expenditures Contingency General Reserve Expenses Bad Debt Total Expenses: Total Income:
(Figures taken from Audit Report as Reported by Butler & Hansen, PC)
Recreational 5% Landscape Maintenance 36%
Lake Maintenance 9% Building Maintenance 8%
2016 Balance Sheet Year-end Actual
2017 Operating Budget Communications 1%
Net Income (Loss):
Current Assets Property & Equipment Long-Term Investments
1,392,692 894,176 252,371
Prior Year – Fund Balances Contributed Capital Members’ General Reserve Capital Improvements Fund
332,870 489,599 989,285
Total Liabilities & Member’s Equity:
(Figures obtained from audit report as prepared by Butler & Hansen, P.C.)
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By Matt Metz SRCA Architectural Committee Chair
There are many ways Scottsdale Ranch helps preserve and enhance property values and quality of life, but one of the most visible is by maintaining high standards for exterior architectural changes. Everyone appreciates your on-going efforts to maintain and improve the exterior appearance of your homes. We ALL benefit when you repaint, remodel, modernize, and enhance; our neighborhoods look better and our property values go up. The role of the Architectural Committee is to assist you in these improvements while honoring our architectural standards. Those standards are carefully established, reviewed, and occasionally updated in order to ensure we remain current on styles, trends, and technologies. Our architectural review standards are comprehensive; but, unfortunately, they cannot address every single nuance or situation. That’s why our Architectural Committee is comprised of members with diverse levels of experience relating to HOAs, architecture, and design. When necessary, we also hire paid experts to assist and advise us. The most challenging aspect of architectural reviews is balancing residents’ desire to creatively express their individuality with the need to protect everyone from the impact of individual taste. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, we simply cannot please all of the people all of the time. That being said, we almost always are able to find solutions that everyone will be happy with. Many architectural applications can be approved at the staff level, giving a really quick response so you don’t have to wait for the next committee meeting. Our staff is also able to identify issues that are likely to come up when the committee meets, and help you obtain and supply additional information that will expedite the committee’s review. We encourage you to visit our web page www.scottsdaleranch.org where you’ll find tools to expedite your application. Of course, you are also welcome to come to the Community Center where any one of our staff members will be happy to help get you started on your new project. Now for the numbers! In 2016, • SRCA received 714 applications. • 698 of those were approved. • 504 were approved at the staff level (without having to go to committee). • The committee met 24 times and reviewed 210 applications.
By Barbara Sarwar SRCA Communications Committee Chair
The continuing goal of the Committee each year is to improve ways for residents to stay connected. We reach out to residents through E-mail and through printed matter. We have tried throughout the past year to make reading and receiving this information as easy as possible to access. Ways to get connected and stay connected continue to include: • Bi-annual mailer of upcoming events - Spring and Fall postcardstyle mailer that is easy to help everyone remember and be aware of coming events for that season. • E-mail Blasts that are sent out weekly and recap all of the upcoming events and give important dates. Be sure to sign up to receive SRCA E-mails. • Bi-monthly Magazine -SRCA’s magazine is published and mailed to each resident every Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, June/July, Aug/Sept., Oct/Nov. and is the main source of communication throughout the community. • Website - The SRCA website, www.scottsdaleranch.org, has almost all the information you could ever need, along with forms for almost everything that can be printed out off of the site. • Neighborhood programs are available in most sub associations to keep residents apprised of smaller events. These are not monitored by SRCA. Improvements made in Communication in 2016: • Website – During 2016, the SRCA launched an updated website. The website gives open access to community information, governing documents and event updates. It also includes “Plan My Project” an online tool designed to help residents move forward with home improvement and landscaping projects. • Suggestion Box - SRCA’s suggestion box is easily assessable and goes directly to Executive Director, Kathe Barnes. Go to the website home page, look for “Make a suggestion to SRCA” under the SRCA E-forms section. • Mascot - Our mascot, Lady Serena, is present at all family events at the SRCA and is a fun character representing the area. SRCA is a community that is committed to making long term friendships and the many events offer the opportunity to meet and grow to know your neighbors. We continue to work toward making all residents aware of the many happenings around our special community.
By Jeanine Mona SRCA Social Committee Chair
Sooooooo many great things happen here at Scottsdale Ranch. With a great staff of people at Scottsdale Ranch Community Association and a lot of volunteers as well as sponsors, big things take place! Maybe you are wondering what I might be referring to? I want to share with you a couple of ways to be “in the know”. There are always activities on the ranch and things to do. There is no time for boredom! Events are posted on the Scottsdale Ranch website – visit www.scottsdaleranch.org/srca-calendar-of-events/. If you don’t have a computer, the Scottsdale Ranch magazine posts monthly activities in the magazine or you can always call the SRCA office at (480) 860-2022 for more information.
so many ways to stay busy, meet new people and have fun. That is what we are all about here at Scottsdale Ranch, sharing our lives while meeting others and enjoying the fantastic Arizona climate. Some of the events, groups and clubs at Scottsdale Ranch include:
If you have never been to an event at Scottsdale Ranch, I urge you to do so. The Social Committee spends time working on events that would pertain and be of interest to all different age groups of residents, whether old or young, seasonal or permanent, we have something for YOU! In 2016, we expanded the Annual Holiday Social and Boat Parade to include a second location at Scottsdale Ranch Park, an event geared specifically at families and younger residents. During the year, we also increased the ability to sign up for many of the activities via the online website, making it even easier to participate. Additionally, if you have an idea or would like to spear head a community group or club, please contact either me or the SRCA office. We would love to hear from you.
Holiday Party and Boat Parade Children’s Story time Movies in the Park Fishing Derby and Lake Fest Fall Festival and Concert in the Park Springtime Potluck and Egg Hunt Spring Dinner Wine Club Corks & Forks Bunko Kayak Club Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Association Knitting/Crochet Club (Knitwits) Lake Serena Yacht Club Chess Club Couple’s Duplicate Bridge Club Mom’s Group Jazz Night – so lucky to have this great group of people!
Just recently at an event, a resident made the comment, “with the low HOA fees, I really didn’t think there would be much to do here”. She was pleasantly surprised that even with our extremely low HOA fees, the association is still able to provide resident’s with
Scottsdale Ranch and the Social Committee are committed to help you “Love Where You Live”. For more event information, please visit the SRCA website www.scottsdaleranch.org.
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By Aarash Darroodi SRCA Governmental Committee Chair
Over all, in Arizona, nearly all homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in our state count on the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Arizona Chapter for coordination among Arizona’s HOAs on state and federal governmental issues. Scottsdale Ranch Community Association is a member of the Institute and is an active participant. Scottsdale Ranch Community Association is subject to, and benefits from, several of these government entities. City, state and federal government actions, plans and policies all have significant impacts on our Association’s governance, environment, economics, infrastructure and services. To oversee and prosecute its own interests in governmental issues, SRCA has established a Governmental Committee to coordinate with the various levels of government that affect it, to understand governmental issues, recommend positions and actions to the Board and staff and to assist in carrying out any actions required. Specifically, the role and responsibilities of the Governmental Committee are: 1. To establish channels of communication with city, county and state governmental officials and departments to inform them of Scottsdale Ranch interests and concerns, 2. To be familiar with current events and impending civic and governmental programs and proposals which may affect the quality of life of Scottsdale Ranch residents or the operation of the Association, and to recommend actions and positions to the Board regarding the same, and 3. To ensure that the Scottsdale Ranch Community Association (SRCA) is being provided with the appropriate and necessary governmental services to enable it to accomplish its goals. The Governmental Committee meets on an as needed basis. During 2016, the committee convened to discuss the possible impact of a CVS retail store at 96th Street/ Shea Blvd. and the role in which Scottsdale Ranch would play in any further planning of said project. At the time of this publication, CVS has tabled their application and no other updates have been made available.
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By Brian Munson SRCA Lake Committee Chair
Well, this is my first year back as the Lake Committee Chair; I chaired this committee many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am rather unique as a member of the Lake Committee, because I do not reside on the lake. However, I personally greatly cherish the lake and all of its assets and wish nothing more than it continue to be a unique and attractive component of our community. I say this even though I often joke with my friend and colleague, Matt, about having a golf course in place of the lake. The fact is, and I really believe this, that the lake is a highly manageable and inexpensive asset that contributes greatly to our community and our property values. So, 2016 was a fairly typical year as far as management of the lake. We have to keep in perspective that lakes are not necessarily natural landforms in the Sonoran Desert, and the high summer temperatures, high intensity low frequency rainfall, and high sediment generation during rain events that characterize desert life all contribute to a great number of challenges in managing a lake. And so, we are continually monitoring the lake conditions in order to keep it attractive (weed, odor, and sediment control) and to enhance its value as an SRCA asset (fish population, diversity, and health). To that end, we conduct regular testing of the water for various parameters and we add amendments to enhance the conditions. Finally, we conduct fish surveys to assess the health and diversity of the populations that we are encouraging. Some of the specific activities that we direct include 1) monitoring and maintenance of an aerator system which adds oxygen to the water and helps to counter the buildup of organic matter, 2) application of a liquid dye to screen sunlight and counter the build-up of algae in the lake, 3) monitoring of the fish population and enhancement by stocking varieties of fish (of both recreational and maintenance value), and 4) assisting with the annual fishing derby and lake fest. The latter activity is intended to encourage SRCA residents, and in particular those residents that do not necessarily live on the lake, to utilize and appreciate the activities the lake can support. This includes fishing and boating. This year, the committee also initiated a new activity through the construction and installation of “fish condos” into the lake. These are constructed shelters that are placed into locations around the lake to provide shelter for the fish population so that they can reproduce and enhance themselves naturally. This was all done with volunteer labor by members of the Lake Committee. I intend to have an article prepared for our newsletter that describes this process in greater detail (with pictures) this year. Well, that about summarizes our Lake Committee activities for 2016. I wish you all a happy and safe 2017.
We would like to thank all the SRCA Committee volunteers for all their hard work, time and dedication to ensuring that Scottsdale Ranch continues to be an extraordinary place to call home. Architectural Committee Matt Metz, Chair Phil Abruzino, Vice Chair Gabrielle Nations Parish Wood Pat Chermak Carlos Murrieta Tracy Margel Communication Committee Barbara Sarwar, Chair Jeannine Mona Nina Munson Aarash Darroodi Parish Wood Loretta Colgan Community Leadership Committee Barbara Sarwar, Chair Mike Breslin Rickie Currens Election Committee Mike Breslin Pat Chermak Nancy Jacobson Executive Committee Ray Texeira, Chair Brian Munson Mike Nelson
Finance Committee Mike Nelson, Chair Brian Munson John Simon Steven Hillman Winston Copeland Phillip Abruzino Parish Wood William Howard Governmental Committee Aarash Darroodi, Chair Bill Howard Brian Munson Matt Metz Suzanne Mirasola Phil Abruzino Joan Hoey Lake Committee Brian Munson, Chair Mike Breslin Philip Abruzino Marilyn Wolfe Larry Schmalz Greg Mona Frank Herre Bill Williams
Personnel Committee Matt Metz, Chair Mike Nelson Parish Wood Brian Munson John Simon Ken Miceli Raymond Texeira Social Committee Jeannine Mona, Chair Lea Diamond Nina Munson Malana Tharp Samantha Malcolm Raymond Texeira Sandra Galinski Ellen Blum Therese Hall Teller Committee Pat Chermak Nancy Jacobson Gaby Nations Loretta Colgan Therese Hall
Thank you to those who have served and are no longer serving in their committee roles. Your dedication and support was truly appreciated! Sharry Fassett – Ancillary Committee Lito Delmo – Communications Committee Florence Covinsky – Finance Committee Vaughn Hill – Governmental Committee Kaelynn Dixon – Social Committee A special thank you goes out to Ray Texeira for serving on the SRCA Board of Directors over the last two years. Your dedication, insight and expertise will be missed.
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Home & Landscape…
By Sonja Perez, CAAM SRCA Homeowner Liaison
Backwashing or Draining Your Swimming Pool Quite often we see large amounts of water f lowing down the streets of Scottsdale Ranch. It is usually an indication that a resident is backwashing or draining Before their pool. Draining or backwashing your swimming pool onto the street or SRCA common areas is illegal and prohibited by the Association’s rules. When chemically treated pool water is discharged into the street, it f lows into the City’s f lood control systems where it picks up oils and debris before it makes its way to the retention basins. Virtually all outdoor drains in Scottsdale are storm water drains that lead to the Indian Bend Wash or the Salt River. There are a couple of options for backwashing or draining your pool: Irrigate Your Landscape Draining the water onto your xeriscape or summer lawn is a great option that allows the water to saturate the ground and provides an opportunity to recycle the water you have already paid for and save the water you would have used for irrigation. One thing to keep in mind is pool water contains more salt and chlorine than tap water. Certain plants may not tolerate the high levels. Below is a list of plants that are moderately salt tolerant: • • • • • • • • •
Oleander Bougainvillea Rosemary Bermuda Grass Desert Broom Natal Plum Ice Plant Texas Sage Olive
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Mesquite Saltbush Afghan Pine Lantana Pyracantha Bottlebrush Yucca Most Acacia Palo Verde
Do not use pool water on Fruit Trees, Star Jasmine, Hop Bush, Roses, Jojoba or Hibiscus Please keep water contained on your own yard. Do not allow the water to f low into your neighbor’s property or the storm drain. Drain to the Sanitary Sewer If there is too much water for your landscaping, the other option is to drain or backwash your pool into your home’s sewer clean out. When water is drained into the sewer system, it is treated and recycled. The clean out (see below) is typically located next to the home at the closest point to the City sewer line and is usually outside a bathroom or kitchen or driveway. The clean out drain is sometimes hard to find as it may be buried under landscaping. If you cannot find your clean out or do not have one, please contact a licensed plumber to locate it or install one. For further information regarding draining or backwashing your pool, ‘visit the following websites. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/water/protect-your-water http://homeguides.sfgate.com/drain-pool-connected-sewer-62393.html
Upcoming Weeks of Brush Collection: April 3rd, May 1st & May 29th Items should be placed outside by 5 a.m. on Monday morning and the city will pick up sometime during the week. Residents, please be considerate of your neighbors - do not put your items out before Monday and neighbors, please be patient as the City has all week to pick-up in our area. Please note that this service is provided by the City of Scottsdale, and all residents are urged to check the cities website at www.scottsdale.gov for updates and changes. Thank you! Electronics Recycling Day is March 4th: Rid your home of unneeded electronics at Scottsdale’s Electronics Recycling Collection Day. Accepted items include computer, office and entertainment equipment. This free program runs 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Proof of residency is required: a picture I.D. with your Scottsdale address or a city utility bill. Call the city at (480) 312-5600 for more information. Moving Box Recycling: Every Wednesday Residential Solid Waste Services performs a moving box service (on a one time basis) for new homeowners. You must call (480-312-5600) to set-up an appointment for pickup. Household Hazardous Waste Scottsdale Solid Waste provides scheduled household hazardous waste home collection for residents who pay for residential collection services. Scottsdale residents can properly dispose of these materials using our free Home Household Hazardous Waste Collection during the week of May 22-26. Collection dates for these months are yet to be determined: July, August, September, October & November. This service is offered to 200 residents per month on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule a Home Collection by filling out the registration form online at www.scottsdaleaz. gov/solid-waste/household-hazardous-waste or call the city at (480) 312-5600.
By Gabby Weiss SRCA Architectural Liaison
Edison Bulb Lighting Changes Part of the role of the SRCA Architectural Committee is to balance the desires of an ever-changing community with rules that are in the best interest of aesthetics as well as property values. Edison bulb lighting is one of those tricky sets of regulations that people in the community feel passionately about and feel the lights add value to their homes but didnâ€™t think about how they may negatively impact neighboring properties. The Architectural Committee is tasked with the often-times difficult task of determining reasonable restrictions to allow these installations and allow residents to enjoy their properties while at the same time diminishing any light trespass and impact to their neighbors. As we begin to allow new things within the community, it often time becomes necessary to revise our rules to address gray areas until we begin to get neighbor feedback or experience issues with how these area installed. Neighbor feedback is one of the important tools, whether positive or negative, that allows us to keep our guidelines updated.
8. There shall be no electrical outlets, conduit or the like that is visible. 9. Permitted support structures are roof structures, trees and poles. All support structures and routing must be approved by the Architectural Committee prior to installation. Lighting must be affixed to a tree, pole or structure from a single point. Lighting is not permitted to be wrapped around a support structure or wire. Poles used for Edison lighting must be professionally and permanently installed and may not be supported by wires. All poles used for lighting installation are subject to approval by the Architectural Committee. 10. Routing shall not be tight to the roof line of a structure but is intended to span small open seating areas. The maximum square footage of lighted area permitted is 300 square feet. Routing must be clearly shown in a site plan. Lights are to be used to span square or rectangular areas, not long, continuous runs and must span from side to side. Lakefront routing may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. All lakefront routing must not negatively impact the serenity of the lake. 11. Zero lot line homes may not be conducive to this type of lighting and will be reviewed very strictly to ensure there is no negative impact to neighboring properties. Examples of proper usage and installation of approved Edison Bulb lighting:
The new Edison Bulb guidelines are listed below. Edison Bulb String Lighting 1. Edison bulb string lighting may be allowed on a permanent basis in the rear and side yards and will be reviewed on a caseby-case basis. All installations must be submitted for review by the Architectural Committee prior to installation. 2. This type of lighting is not be used for safety reasons; therefore, is not to be left on overnight. 3. A minimal number of strands will be permitted as this lighting is intended for the creation of ambiance in a particular localized, small activity area (outdoor seating area, gazebo or patio). 4. Lighting must be focused downward to prevent excessive light trespass and must not adversely affect neighboring properties in any way. 5. Permitted wire colors are black and dark bronze. Elongated, clear Edison bulbs with visible filaments are the only permitted bulbs. No cages, round bulbs, frosted bulbs, colored bulbs, f luorescent bulbs are permitted. Color temperature may not exceed 2700k. All proposed bulbs will be reviewed on a caseby-case basis. 6. The max wattage per bulb is 15 incandescent watts or 225 lumens. The maximum number of bulbs permitted in a yard is 100. 7. Lights shall be mounted at a maximum height of nine (9) ft. above ground. Lights that are shielded by a structure such as Ramada or Pergola shall be no closer than ten (10) ft. from party walls. Lighting that spans open areas and is not shielded by a structure must be set back fifteen (15) ft. from any party walls.
Examples of proper Edison Bulb String lights:
â€œ It is with heavy hearts that we must say goodbye to a big part of our SRCA staff. Gabby Weiss has served as our Architectural Liaison for the last three years and this spring she has decided to step down in order to focus on her family fulltime. While always professional and knowledgeable in her work, she also maintained a constant cheerful and upbeat presence. Good luck to you Gabby, you will truly be missed!â€?
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The Mercado Barbershop J & R Shoe Repair
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37 Circle K www.circlek.com
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Crave Grounds Coffee/Blizt Donuts
36 The Egg I Am www.theeggiamrestaurants.com
34 Envoque MD www.envoquemd.com
14 Fred Astaire Dance Studio www.fredastaire.com/scottsdale
28 Global Minds www.globalmindsschool.com
29 Goldie’s www.goldiessportscafe.net
15 Hear USA www.hearusa.com
7a Indulge Yourself Salon www.indulgeyourselfsalon.com
7b Kosmo’s Doghouse www.scottsdalegrooming.com
11 Piccolo Family Italian Ice 2
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19 Sonoran Concepts www.sonoranconcepts.com
26 State Farm - Jordan Bowden
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Ultra Dry Cleaners
16 VK Elle’s Nails 18 Voila French Bistro & Wine Bar www.voilabistroaz.com
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Ginger Grilled Chicken Salad and China Mist Tea $7.29 Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill 10105 E. Via Linda, Suite A104 480-614-3555 www.samuraisams.net • email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday-Saturday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm Expires 5/31/17
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By Dr. Katie Root Principal
Spring is always a busy time at Laguna! April starts with concerts, grade level plays, and our annual Open House. These events are open to the community and we encourage your participation. This amazing school is always busy with incredible experiences that extend beyond the school day! Please visit the school website for details. Laguna Elementary is a three-time recipient of the Arizona Educational Foundation’s Excelling A+ School Award. This prestigious recognition is a result of high state test performance, quality teaching, strong parent participation, and excellent enrichment programs. If you are not familiar with Laguna, please visit our school website at https://concrete.susd.org/schools/ laguna or you may call the school office at 480-484-2400 to schedule a tour. It is time to register for school! Laguna offers child programs for children ages 2 years to 4years old, before and after school care, PreKindergarten (4-5 year olds) and All Day Free Kindergarten (5+ year olds). Registration can be accessed online. There are a limited number of Open Enrollment seats available. Talk to your friends and neighbors to let them know about this exceptional first-rate school. The office will be closed for the summer from June 5th through July 24th. Registration can be completed at Mountainside Middle School. We hope to see many new families for the 2017-2018 school year!
Trolley over to the Entertainment Extravaganza! 2017 Entertainment Extravaganza! Wednesday, April 19 - 1 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. 2nd St Scottsdale, AZ 85251 A trolley service to the Entertainment Extravaganza event will be provided by the Via Linda Senior Center. Please register for the trolley ride at the center or by calling (480) 312-5810. TROLLEY LEAVES THE VIA LINDA SENIOR CENTER AT 12 PM and RETURNS AT 4 PM on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Via Linda Senior Center 10440 E. Via Linda Scottsdale, AZ 85258
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. Lucky are we to have a location available in the heart of our community, called the Virginia G. Piper Branch. The Virginia G. Piper Branch is located at 10515 E. Lakeview Drive (Lakeview Dr. and Via Linda), neighboring nearby A+++ school, Laguna Elementary. The office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The after-school program at this location is available Monday – Friday with hours available to: Youth and teens beginning 2:30 pm, Youth ending at 6:30 pm and Teens ending at 8:30 pm. During summer and school breaks, check for a special schedule. Contact the Virginia G. Piper Branch, located within SRCA: Phone: 480-860-1601 Fax: 480-344-5533 Email: Piper@bgcs.org
Some may not be aware, but located right within Scottsdale Ranch’s own boundaries, located over at the Scottsdale Ranch Park on the corner of Via Linda and Lakeview Drive is our very own Desert Garden Park. This beautiful park was designed to enhance the understanding of the Sonoran Desert, of botanical processes, and of the geology and soil materials indigenous to the nearby McDowell Mountains. The Garden Park features three zones: a hummingbird nest for the low desert area, a saguaro and bat sanctuary for the high desert area, and a butterf ly garden for the riparian community area. The park is free and open to the public. The Desert Garden Park first opened in 2003. Scottsdale Ranch played an intricate role in the development of this amenity. Back in 1979, the developer of Scottsdale Ranch donated 64 acres of land to the City of Scottsdale for a General Public Use area in the heart of its master-planned community. The City of Scottsdale actively pursued various parties to build a public use facility on a five acre parcel on the corner of Via Linda and Lakeview Drive. The SRCA Board of Directors, staff and a special volunteer Park Committee, comprised of SRCA residents, spearheaded fundraising efforts and proactively participated in the development of this site. The garden has since been a treasured amenity for Scottsdale residents. If you haven’t already, be sure to take a few moments to go and experience this great area.
By Linda Quesal SRCA Member Services Coordinator
Booking SRCA Recreational Boats Scottsdale Ranch offers some great ways for ALL residents to enjoy our beautiful Lake Serena whether you are a homeowner or a renter. From a relaxing pontoon ride to a brisk kayak around the lake, SRCA wants everyone to enjoy themselves on the water. During the mild weather months, the recreational boats provided by SRCA go into high demand. We ask that residents try to reserve these amenities as far ahead as possible, so that we can accommodate your desired schedule as best we can. SRCA is able to offer free and low cost boating amenities due in part to fiscal responsibility. Our lake and facilities staff is scheduled according to need for community center and boat rentals as well as overall maintenance. This keeps their hours to a minimum, thus keeping your assessments low. Planning ahead is essential to this. The SRCA administrative staff is in the office Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm and we are all here to help you find a time to get out and enjoy the lake! Please give us a call at (480) 860-2022 or stop in to reserve a recreational boat. For homeowners who rent their property, please be sure you have your tenant’s information on file with the office so they, too, may enjoy these great amenities. Call the office for the forms or visit our website under Resident Resources/ Documents and Forms.
Staging your home for sale? Just run out of space? Desert Storage offers a variety of sizes to accommodate your storage needs. We pride ourselves on being different from the rest. Stop by your neighborly Desert Storage Center and see what a difference a little extra storage space makes. Located at 116th Street & Shea Visit us on the web at
www.desertstorage.com (480) 391-7700
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Thank you to all of this yearâ€™s participants! And congratulations to all the fishing derby and raffle winners!
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Chess Club Chess is good for the memory, stress and, most importantly, creating friendships between players! Scottsdale Ranch residents interested in playing chess with fellow neighbors, please contact Khaled Shair at (708) 267-6720 or email@example.com
RESIDENT’S MEET THE
SATURDAY OF THE MONTH AT 7:00PM.
RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A BOTTLE OF WINE AND AN APPETIZER OR DESERT TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP.
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S IN THE CASUAL SETTING OF SOMEONE’S HOME. The Scottsdale Ranch Couple’s Duplicate Bridge Group is growing fast. There is still room for monthly players and we definitely need couples who would like to be on the sub list! We meet once a month at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center. Couples remain with their partner and the focus is on meeting new people & enjoying bridge in a casual fun atmosphere. For more information or if you are interested in joining, please contact Pat and Ben Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We hope to hear from you soon!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
NANCY MCCRORY (480) 656-9334 MARY JO MULCAHY (480) 860-1154
Our fabulous group meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month. The membership is $30 per year. At each meeting a great lunch is shared while enjoying friendship and fun with women of Scottsdale Ranch. With an exciting line up of speakers, in February Zac’s chocolate provided a presentation and tasting for us while we enjoyed the “ever so popular pot lunch buffet”.
As you can see by the photoit is an extraordinary spread of food!
Please join us, we are excited to meet you! For a $ 5.00 drop in fee, you are welcome to share lunch with us! Lunches do require a reservation, so be sure to call. In addition to lunch, the Women’s Group offers many more groups and events. Over the summer, better known as “ Lunch Bunch” the ladies also enjoy lunch at a local Restaurant in Scottsdale. If you are new to Scottsdale Ranch, just retired or looking for a great group of Women, please be sure to reach out to Nancy or Mary Jo for more information. 24
Knitting & Crochet Group The Knitwits Club (Knitting/Crochet) meet every first Monday of the month from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in the Conference Room located within the Scottsdale Ranch Community Association office. We have among us a very talented Knitting Instructor, Marj Henry. She is willing to help you finish your project and answer any questions you may have. This group is based on forming new friendships and having some fun at the same time. We welcome any suggestions you may have. For club information, please contact Loretta Colgan, 480-391-3876 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From informal play dates to storytimes and neighborhood gatherings, the Mom’s group is the perfect way to meet other families in the Scottsdale Ranch community! Enjoy activities and develop long lasting friendships for yourself and your children. ● Storytime with Mother Goose at 4:00 PM, every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the SRCA Community Center, September - April. ● Holiday gatherings and events held seasonally by SRCA. ● And much, much more!
Recreational Boat Meet Ups
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Join Mother Goose and her friends at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center every third Wednesday of the month, from August through May! Residents of Scottsdale Ranch are invited to bring young children for an hour of fun, stories, treats and surprises.
April 19th & May 17th 4:00 PM
Scottsdale Ranch Community Center
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The Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Association has a great spring salad recipe to share with us. A western themed dish to satisfy all the buckaroos at your chuck wagon!
Cowboyia� C Stetson Chopped Salad SERVES 2 Ingredients: Salad ● 2oz Israeli or Pearl Cous Cous (a larger cous cous) cooked ● 2oz Arugula chopped ● 2oz Roma tomatoes diced (balsamic marinated) ● 1.5oz Smoked Salmon ● .5 oz Asiago Cheese ● .5oz Pepitas (Shelled Pumpkin Seeds) ● .5oz Black Currants ● 1 oz Super Sweet Air Dried Corn ● 2oz Pesto Buttermilk Dressing ● Dresssing: Pesto Buttermilk Dressing* ● .5 cups Pesto ● 1 Shallot roughly chopped ● 1 cup AToli (garlic mayonnaise) ● 1 cup Buttermilk ● .5 teaspoons Coarse black pepper ● Juice of half a Lemon ● Salt and pepper to taste *Add first three ingredients to food processor and blend thoroughly. With motor running, add remaining ingredients to combine. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 24oz of dressing.
Scottsdale Water’s free water efficiency workshop series is in full bloom. Attend Scottsdale Water’s 2017 workshops and learn about water-efficient lawn care, leak detection, proper pruning and more from plant and irrigation experts. Classes are free and meet at the Granite Reef Senior Center, the Mustang Library and the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park. For more information, call 480-312-3111.
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By Officer Kory Sneed #613 Scottsdale Police Department Via Linda District Crime Prevention Officer
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS Children all over the country look forward to the summer months. As parents try to prepare for summer vacations, children anticipate sleeping in and playing with friends and family. To prepare ourselves for these hot and fun filled months, here are some tips to keep you and your family safe. • Young children should always have adult supervision, especially around water or at a public facility. • Wear a bicycle helmet every time they ride bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, horses, motorcycles or anything else with the potential to be tossed or thrown to the ground. • Children should always wear clothing that allows for visibility and prevents sunburn. • Teach children to always ask for permission before they go anywhere. • Check temperature of playground equipment. Some equipment can get too hot and lead to burns. • Take a walking tour of your neighborhood and tell your children who they could go to in the event of an emergency. Show them a meeting spot in the neighborhood or during family outings. Explain to them in the event of an emergency like a fire or if the family got separated, this is where everybody will meet. • For older children during family outings, determine a meeting location in the event of separation. Show them how to identify an employee and who they could go to for help. • Remind children to always stay together. There is strength in numbers. • Teach children their full names, home telephone number and address. Teach them other contact numbers like cell phone numbers for mom and dad. • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 from each cell phone in the family. Locked screens often have a way to access the keypad. If not, teach children unlock code. • Remind children they can say “No” to any person or situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or scared. • Make sure your babysitters are people you trust and are responsible enough to handle emergencies. • During B-B-Q’s, make sure children are not playing close to grills or other dangerous areas. • Do not let kids light the grill or use lighter fluid to light the grill. This can create dangerous situations for everyone involved. Children typically spend more time on the family computer in the summer. Parents should make sure they know what websites their children are visiting. Take these steps: • Place the family computer in a common area for easy monitoring. • Explain to them the importance of not giving out personal information and how chat rooms although fun can also be a place for predators. • Use privacy settings and software to limit the ability for children to go to websites that are not appropriate. • Make sure screen names and other accounts do not reveal too much about them or your family. 30
City of Scottsdale Events Information on any of the following events is just a phone call away by dialing 312-3111. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and for special events as publicized. Most city offices will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day. The city will still pick up your trash. Simply place your container in the usual collection spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “holiday collection schedule”. APRIL • April is Water Awareness Month. Celebrate Water Awareness Month by learning how to save water both indoors and out. Take a free water efficiency class, request free landscaping and leak brochures, explore the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park, and visit Arizona Water Awareness for valley wide water events and tips. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “water”. • Veg out at the Old Town Farmers Market in April. Buy fresh vegetables, fruits and creative crafts at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market. It’s held 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June 10. The market is in the public parking lot at 3806 N. Brown Ave. • Attend season’s final Sunday A’Fair outdoor concert April 2. Listen to the Valley’s top musicians and experience an arts-and-crafts market. The free afternoon event takes place from noon to 4 p.m., on the Civic Center Mall. Bring a blanket and picnic basket, or buy food on-site. ScottsdalePerformingArts.org, search “Sunday A’Fair”. • Run the Runway race offers “plane” old fun. This one-of-a-kind race, Run the Runway, takes off Saturday, April 8, at Scottsdale Airport. Family fun follows. Use promo code “airplane” for a 25 percent discount. Go to www.RunTheRunwayAZ.com for more information. • Learn how to save memorable moments. Entrust your memories to paper at a free program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Appaloosa Library. Supplies provided. ScottsdaleLibrary.org, search “events”. • Please your palate at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 8 & 9. Expert chefs, scrumptious food creations and enthralling entertainment are all part of the mix, culminating with the Great Arizona Picnic. Go to www.ScottsdaleFest.org for more information. • Cycle the Arts pedals off April 9. Hop on your bike and get a personal look at some of the Valley’s best public art. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way. Helmets are required. ScottsdalePublicArt.org, search “events”. • Entertainment Extravaganza showcases senior talent. Scottsdale Senior Services’ signature variety show returns at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free admission with a canned food donation for Vista del Camino’s Food Bank. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “talent show”. • Drowning is no joke – get pool safety information. “April Pools Day” features drowning prevention information, a mock rescue, interactive booths, games and raffles. It runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “April Pools Day”.
www.scottsdaleranch.org • Try these turf watering tips for April. Inspect your irrigation/sprinkler system to ensure it’s working properly. Water your turf areas deeply and thoroughly for best results. This time of year, Bermuda grass needs water only once a week and rye grass once every four to five days. Use our free watering guide or free online leak guide for more watering and leak tips. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “water”. MAY • May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are “FAST” to learn. F is for face - Have the person smile. If one side of the face droops call 9-1-1 immediately; A is for arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 9-1-1 immediately; S is for speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 9-1-1 immediately; T is for time - Get help immediately. • Pair of senior center events celebrates Mother’s Day with a “Legendary Tribute to Women.” Hear a musical revue tracing women’s lives through songs from the turn of the 20th century to present day: Thursday, May 4, at Via Linda Senior Center; Friday, May 12, at Granite Reef Senior Center. Both take place at 1 p.m. Cost is $7 for Scottsdale residents. Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Mother’s Day”. • Stamp out hunger May 13. Help restock Scottsdale’s Vista del Camino Food Bank by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Place nonperishable food items near your mailbox Saturday, May 13, and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to food banks. See www.Facebook.com/ StampOutHunger for more information. • Learn about drip irrigation design and installation. Attend this free workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Civic Center Library. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “water workshops”.
and when you plan on returning. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “hiking safety”. • Police Department offers free residential and commercial security surveys. A member of the Crime Prevention Unit will come to your home or business and suggest ways to make your property a less desirable target to criminals. Schedule an appointment by calling 480-312-5000. • “Water – Use It Wisely” website offers conservation tips. As temps rise, so does your outdoor water use, which can almost double in the summer. In Scottsdale, 65 percent of residential water is used outdoors, so it makes sense to water your landscape efficiently and thoroughly. Bermuda grass should be watered about once every four days. Also, irrigate long enough to reach the roots, about three-quarters of an inch. Go to www.WaterUseItWisely.com for more information. • Outdoor watering tip for May – adjust those sprinklers. This May, adjust your landscape sprinkler/irrigation system to reflect the summer rains and monsoon. Remember to stop a watering cycle if it rains a halfinch or more. And check your controller settings after a power outage. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “water conservation”. • Family summer swim passes on sale soon. Get unlimited visits for public and lap swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day. ScottsdaleAZ. gov, search “aquatics”. • Earn prizes and praise through library’s Summer Reading Program. Studies show that summer reading programs help children retain and improve their reading skills. The fun-for-the-whole-family program runs June 1-Aug. 1. 480-312-READ (7323).
• Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert May 21. Attend this professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. The group receives support through the city’s Community Event Funding program. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “events”. • Scottsdale offers free swim lessons May 21. Take part in a free swim at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic and Fitness Center. New Scottsdale swim instructors are conducting these lessons to help them refine their skills. Space is limited. Call McDowell Mountain Ranch at 480-3126677 to register. • Donate items for senior centers’ “Beat the Heat” program. Contribute new reusable water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, bottled water, small healthy snack items, unused personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery store gift cards. Drop donations to the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, by early June. ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “Beat the Heat”. • Temperatures are rising – obey hiking and hydration rules. Play it safe when hiking: Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading
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Visit the SRCA website at www.scottsdaleranch.org under “Events” for an up-to-date events schedule.
2017 SRCA Calendar of Events Sunday 2
3 SRCA Knitwits 10:30 am Ladies Book Club 12 pm
4 SRWA Meeting 10 am
Lake Serena Yacht Club 6 pm SRCA Finance Committee Meeting 4:30 pm
9 Spring Potluck and Egg Hunt 10:30 am
10 Jazz Night 7 pm
11 SRWA Bunko 1 pm
12 SR Broker Tour 8:15 am SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
18 Teller Committee Meeting 9 am
25 SRCA Board Meeting 4:30 pm SRWA Canasta 1 pm SRWA Board Meeting 10 am
SRWA Bridge 10 am Verizon Cell Site Community Meeting 7 pm
13 SRWA Bridge 10 am Couple’s Duplicate Bridge Group 6 pm
19 Children’s Storytime 4 pm SRWA Evening Bunko 7 pm
20 SRCA Annual Meeting 7 pm
26 SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
27 SRWA Bridge 10am Wine Club 7 pm
1 SRCA Knitwits 10:30 am Ladies Book Club 12 pm Jazz Night 7 pm
2 SRWA Meeting 10 am
9 SRWA Bunko 1 pm
10 SR Broker Tour 8:15 am SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
11 Couple’s Duplicate Bridge Group 6 pm
17 Children’s Storytime 4 pm
18 SRWA Bridge 10 am
23 SRWA Board Meeting 10 am SRWA Canasta 1 pm SRCA Board Meeting 4:30 pm
24 SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
29 SRCA Office Closed for Memorial Day
30 SRWA Board Meeting 10 am
32 32 April/May April/May 2017 2017 Also available to view 24/7 at www.scottsdaleranch.org/events/cal. Dates subject to change. Looking for your sub-association events? Check with your sub-association manager or board. Thank you.
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