2016-2017 Meeting & Event Calendar… Page 28 December 2016/January 2017
How to Holiday Safely Treasurer’s Report Cheer and Goodwill Around the Ranch Fall Event Review
Plus… Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update By Peggy Rauch
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Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update
To see current Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate activity go to www.PeggyRauch.com and click on “Popular Communities” We are enjoying a normal seasonal market pattern although high end of the market ($1m +) has had a challenging year. in all geographical markets we are the same or slightly better and with more closings and less inventory than september 2015 From august to september overall inventory levels increased 1%. sales stayed strong with 6,289 closings. this compares to september, 2015 with 5,879 homes sold. this represents a 7% increase in the number of closings. With 16,668 available homes, we moved to a 2 3/4 month supply of homes valley wide.
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scottsdale under $1m inventories are up 4% with a total of 1,219 active listings and 359 closings in september. about a 3 1/2 month supply. scottsdale over $1m inventories are up 8% with a total of 761 active listings and 50 closings in september. about a 15 1/4 month supply. in comparison to last year and given that it has been an election year, where sales are typically down, we have had a very healthy and nonvolatile year and the expectation is for a much stronger 4th Quarter. so, if you have been thinking about selling or buying this could be a very good time. For sellers, the number of showings is already picking up. Get your property market-ready and priced properly and it will move. For Buyers, we are coming out of a slower market with slightly lower sales prices, don’t wait too long or it might turn on you.
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How to Holiday Safely
City of Scottsdale Notices
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Social Life on the Ranch… 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
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Scottsdale Ranch Real Estate Update By Peggy Rauch
2016-2017 SRCA Calendar of Events
Before and After
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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. The Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Community Center. These meetings are open to the membership. Briefs of the meetings can be found on the website at www.scottsdaleranch.org.
www.scottsdaleranch.org The following applicants were elected by the membership to serve a 2 yr. term on the SRCA Board of Directors: Mike Breslin, Brian Munson and Mike Nelson. Welcome Mike Nelson! The SRCA Board of Directors elected its officers for the upcoming year at its April meeting as follows:
Matt Metz President
Mike Nelson Treasurer
Boys/Girls Club North Scottsdale............................... (480) 860-1601 Brush Collection Hotline, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-5680
Cox Communications.......................(602) 277-1000 CAB Connection (Dial-a-Ride)..... (480) 312-7696 Humane Society................................(602) 997-7585
Barbara Sarwar Secretary
Aarash Darroodi Director
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
Kathe Barnes Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Quesal Member Services Coordinator email@example.com
Scottsdale Ranch Community Association.................(480) 860-2022
Code Enforcement, City of Scottsdale..............................(480) 312-2546
Anna Marie Gonzalez Community Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire (Non-emergency) Hydrant Leaks.....................................(480) 312-5650
Century Link....................................... (800) 244-1111
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Gabby Weiss Architectural Liaison email@example.com
Arizona Public Service......................(602) 371-7171
Ricki Stamos Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Police (Non-emergency)............... (480) 312-5000
Animal Control.................................. (480) 894-3320
Sonja McKiness Perez Homeowner Liaison email@example.com
Scottsdale Ranch Community Association (After Hours SRCA Emergency/ Answering Service Number)...............................(888) 271-0019
SRCA’s Board employs an Executive Director who oversees the administration, 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.
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
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Sanitation, Recycling Hotline, City of Scottsdale.............................. (480) 312-5611 Scottsdale Ranch Park...................... (480) 312-7774
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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.”
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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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 ref lects 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 Pima-Maricopa 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!
REMINDER – The SRCA Annual Assessment is due January 1st We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Scottsdale Ranch Annual Assessment amount will remain at $340.00. What you need to know: • Invoices will be mailed to all property owners in early December. • Make sure our office has your 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. • All payments are due January 1, 2017, whether or not the invoice is received. • You can mail your payment check to the lock box address located at the bottom of the invoice that will be sent out in December (please make sure to write your account number on the check) or you can visit our bank’s website at https://cabpayments.mutualofomahabank.com/ where you can pay using an eCheck (no charge) or credit card (nominal fee). You must have your invoice available if you choose to use this method to ensure that your payment is credited to the correct property. • Automatic withdrawal (ACH) is also available. ACH forms are available on website at www.scottsdaleranch.org , and in our office; either require a voided check. If you have previously enrolled for ACH, your invoice will indicate so. • Please keep in mind, the $340 annual assessment is only for SRCA (the master association). If you live in a sub-association with management, you may also have a secondary assessment due to them. For further questions, please contact the SRCA bookkeeper, Ricki Stamos by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 480-860-2022. *Please note the credit card charge amount listed in the annual assessment letter mailed with your invoice is incorrect. The current credit card fee amount charged by the bank is $15. 4
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By Kathe M. Barnes, CAAM, PCAM Executive Director
Community Associations Remain Popular with Homeowners: The results are in! For the sixth time in 11 years, millions of Americans living in homeowner’s associations and condominiums say they’re satisfied in their communities and that these associations are preferred places to call home. This is according to a Homeowner Satisfaction Survey conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation of Community Association Research. 68 million Americans live in 338,000 common-interest communities, from city-sized, master-planned communities and multi-building condominium complexes to urban cooperatives and small homeowners associations. The majority, (66%) of respondents stated their association’s rules protect and enhance their property values, while 84 % said members of their board “absolutely” or “for the most part” serve the best interested of their communities. Two-thirds (67%) of residents said community associations provide excellent value. Those residents also believe they pay about the right amount – some even say too little- in assessments, versus paying too much. The survey also found that homeowners want to see less, or at least not more, government oversight and control of community associations. • 87% of residents rate their overall community association experience as positive (65%) or neutral (22%). • 84% say members of their elected governing board “absolutely” or “for the most part” serve the best interests of their communities. • 69% say their community managers provide value and support to residents and their associations. • 88% say their association’s rules protect and enhance property values (66%) or have a neutral effect (22%); only 5% say the rules harm property values. While these findings are positive, we’d like to think that, as your association, we can do even better than the national averages. At SRCA, we believe our homeowner association should continually strive to exceed the expectations of their residents. Our Board of Directors, management and staff work toward this goal by identifying and meeting the evolving needs of the association. Reasonableness is the key to a successful association and we must always strive to maintain openness and inclusiveness when it comes to our members. With that said, it is almost that time again when the SRCA Board of Directors and staff will begin our annual strategic planning for the association. What does that mean? We will begin ref lecting back on where we we’ve been and determine where it is we are going and how we are going to get there. We welcome your input before we begin this process. Our board, committees and staff are here to work together with our residents to keep Scottsdale Ranch a great community to be a part of! Feel free to call me at (480) 860-2022, email me at kbarnes@ scottsdaleranch.org or just stop by the office or attend a board meeting. We look forward to hearing from you.
By Mike Nelson SRCA Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer As the recently elected board member and Treasurer for the Scottsdale Ranch Community Association, I look forward to working with my fellow board members and Finance Committee members to continue the great work they have accomplished in the past many years for our Association. The financial condition of the Association is very strong and the SRCA staff does a tremendous job handling day-to-day management. As of September 30, 2016, bank deposits totaled $1,247,000, of which $752,000 was in operating accounts and $495,000 was in reserve accounts. All operating and reserve funds continue to be invested in FDIC insured accounts with numerous banks around the Valley. Total revenue is $24,000 ahead of budget while expenses are $152,000 below budget, exhibiting very positive trends for the first nine months of 2016. The revenue increase is the due to higher working capital, transfer and disclosure fees associated with the sale of properties on the Ranch. The Board will again be engaging Butler Hansen PC to conduct an independent audit of the Association’s books and records for 2016. The 2017 budget, approved at the October 2016 board meeting, projects total revenue of $1,673,000 and total expenditures of $1,588,000. Landscape and lake maintenance comprise 45% of the budgeted expenses. All of us that live on the Ranch see the results daily of the effort put into landscape and lake maintenance. It makes Scottsdale Ranch a premier location to live in the Valley. Work will continue during 2017 to remove large overgrown Eucalyptus and Olive trees. I am also pleased to report this budget will allow SRCA to maintain the annual assessment at $340 for 2017. This will be the 8th consecutive year the annual assessment has not increased. The Board of Directors and SRCA staff is committed to being good stewards of your money, keeping Scottsdale Ranch a premier master-planned community in Arizona and will dedicate our expenditures to enhance the aesthetics of the Ranch, further increasing home values and maintaining the “Ranch Lifestyle”. As is always the case, you are welcome to review any documents related to the Finance Committee and/or Board of Directors by visiting the Association office.
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Your HOA… You, our members, helped pass important changes to our governing documents during our election earlier this year.
By Matt Metz SRCA Board President 2016 has been a year of challenges and successes. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to our board and committee members (who serve without compensation other than the satisfaction of a job well done) and our fantastic staff. It’s simply not possible for this short letter to convey everything that was accomplished this year, but I would like to give you some highlights. Financially, it was another solid year. Please read the report from our Treasurer, Mike Nelson, for much more detail on SRCA’s finances. The Board did a great deal of governance – specifically, establishment of policies and procedures to help avoid problems in the future. Changes in state law can also precipitate the need for updating documentation. In particular: • We created a pledge that board members must sign. It sets out standards for attendance, respectful behavior, and engagement. • We now require all incoming board and committee members be subject to a background check; any felonies disqualify them from serving. • We established a code of conduct for board members and committee members to help prevent harassment or other unwanted behaviors. • We documented how to address any complaints that may arise and to ensure they are handled fairly and professionally. This applies to any issues or concerns that may be raised by you, our members, or by board members. Other actions taken by the board include: • We established a drone policy. This new technology is providing challenges for HOAs all over the country, and our policies for these devices are likely to evolve. • We established policies to ensure a fair and consistent process is followed in the rare cases that fines are levied. • We approved replacement of two Community Center olive trees whose roots were causing damage.
• First, we removed unnecessary language from our CC&Rs (Declaration) and architectural guidelines regarding guest houses, and we clarified how setbacks are measured. We also limited on-street parking of commercial vehicles. • Second, we modified our bylaws to change the term limits on board members. Previously, board members could serve at most four years out of any ten, but this limit was unnecessarily restrictive. Now, board members may serve up to three consecutive two-year terms before having to step down for at least a year. • We also changed our bylaws to allow for electronic voting. We successfully won the battle (but perhaps not the war) against CVS who wanted to build a retail drug store across the street from some of our members. Opposition from SRCA, along with pressure from the City of Scottsdale (whose staff also recognized this is an inappropriate request), have caused CVS to withdraw their proposal – at least for now. We will remain diligent in protecting the quality of life and property values for all our residents. After losing the lessee for our excess water rights a few years ago, we found someone to lease a portion of these for the next several years. This is additional revenue for our HOA. We also had some staffing changes last year. We welcomed Anna Gonzalez, Sonja Perez, and Linda Quesal to our staff. Please drop in and say hello – these folks just LOVE to help residents! Scottsdale Ranch finally retired our old (and a bit beat up) pontoon boat and purchased a new eighteen foot Electracraft named “Lady Serena”. The new boat ref lects the quality of life here on the Ranch. We hope you will take a boat tour soon. Remember that each household gets a free ride every two years. Also, the boat – with pilot – can be rented by the hour as well for a very reasonable fee. Please make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved with Scottsdale Ranch. There are so many ways to engage with your neighbors and community, including volunteering for a board or committee, attending any of our wonderful events, holding a block party on your street, etc. Check out our web site and get on the email distribution list to keep up to date on everything happening. We look forward to seeing you all at this spring’s annual meeting!
Board Bits September 2016 Board Meeting • No meeting was held in September. October 2016 Board Meeting • Synthetic Turf Language – Adopted guidelines for the installation of synthetic turf. • SRCA Design Review Proposal - Contracted for design review services of Craig Johnson with SHJ Design for architectural applications as needed. • Audit Proposals - Approved the proposal provided by Butler Hansen to perform the mandatory audit report for the years 2016 - 2018. • 2017 Draft Budget Review - Adopted the 2017 budget as presented which reflects a $340.00 annual assessment. • Heritage Village IV By-Laws Review – Accepted the amendments to the Heritage Village IV By-Laws provided.
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• Variance Review Committee – Implemented a Variance Review Committee. The current members will be Matt Metz, Barbara Sarwar and Mike Breslin. • Parking - The Board discussed parking issues and the fact that it is extremely difficult for SRCA staff to recognize parking violations. The Board concurred that the reporting of parking violations rest primarily with the homeowners. SRCA can also require parking logs to be submitted by the complainant.
Announcements • The SRCA office will be closed on December 23rd & 26th in observance of the Christmas Holiday. • The SRCA office will be closed January 2nd in observance of the New Year.
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By Sonja Perez, CAAM SRCA Homeowner Liaison
Neighbor to Neighbor Communication The email or phone call always starts the same, “I don’t want to complain but, my neighbor…”. You can fill in the blank. A majority of rear yard issues between neighbors do not fall under the Association’s jurisdiction, such as the neighbor’s tree shedding debris into a neighboring pool. While I can commiserate, that is an act of nature I cannot control and does not constitute a violation. When there is a rear yard situation I am happy to reach out, as a courtesy, to the neighbor with the tree to explain the issue but ultimately this a neighbor to neighbor issue that will take direct communication to resolve. Many issues can be resolved if we just speak to our neighbors. We find a majority of the time the neighbor isn’t aware of the issue. And once it is brought to their attention they are happy to resolve the issue. If you are uncomfortable knocking on the door, you may consider sending a letter or putting a note on the door with your contact information. This way you have given them an opportunity to respond. If they don’t respond, feel free to contact me. The Association can step in if the dispute is over the repair of a shared wall. If there is a dispute between owners with respect to the construction, repair or rebuilding of a shared wall, or with respect to the sharing of the cost, such adjoining owners shall submit the dispute to the Board, the decision of which shall be final. Anonymous Complaints It seems we receive anonymous violation complaints weekly. In order to send a violation we, by state law, need to have a witness. A majority of the time a Association staff member can be the witness. But there are times when we need to reach out to the person who has made the complaint. Either to get additional information or to possibly explain why the issue they reported is not a violation. Without being able to contact them, they may assume we are just not doing anything about the perceived issue. If you see a violation, please do not be afraid to report it. We would never divulge an owner’s name without explaining the law and the circumstances where their name may be disclosed. In a majority of cases, the issues can be seen by staff and the reporting owner does not have to be involved. If you have any questions regarding compliance issues you may be having, please contact me. Sonja K. Perez, CAAM | Homeowner Liaison Scottsdale Ranch Community Association 480-860-2022 email@example.com 8
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By Gabby Weiss SRCA Architectural Liaison Did you know? Installation of new HVAC units, cable boxes and irrigation boxes on the outside of your home, do not require SRCA approval prior to installation; however, there are still rules governing their installation. Most HVAC units are now bigger and taller then when the original units were installed 30 years ago, to allow for additional airf low within the unit. Should the unit be visible from the street Before or neighboring properties upon installation, a screen wall must be submitted for Architectural Committee review prior to installation. These types of applications do require Committee review and disclosure to neighboring properties. Screen walls must be constructed of material consistent with the home, screen the unit from the view of all neighboring properties and also allow for necessary air-f low and maintenance around the unit. All screen walls must be stuccoed and painted to match the existing home. Please contact the SRCA administrative office for specific questions regarding your design. In addition, any exposed conduit or wiring for the units or boxes must be neatly fastened to the abutting wall and painted to match. When painting your conduit or cable, please make sure to color match what is on the wall rather then contacting our office for the color name. New paint on top of faded paint on walls will stick out and need to be repainted.
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Upcoming Weeks of Brush Collection: December 5th & January 11th Brush and bulk collection pick up is scheduled for our area during the week of the dates below. Items should be placed outside by 5 am 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. Thank you! Moving Box Recycling: Residential Solid Waste Services performs a moving box service on a one time basis for new home owners on every Wednesday. You have to call (480-312-5600) to set-up an appointment for pickup. Upcoming Electronics Recycling Collection: Please visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov Household Hazardous Waste Scottsdale residents can properly dispose of these materials at the free Home Household Hazardous Waste Collection during the months of August, September, October & November. This service is offered to 200 Scottsdale residents per month on a first come, first served basis. This service is not offered during the month of June. Schedule an at home pick-up by filling out the registration form online or call 480312-5600. Proof of residency is required such as a picture I.D. with your Scottsdale address or a city utility bill. For items accepted, and not accepted, and dates held, please visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov.
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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 1/31/17
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Are you a Mercado at Scottsdale Ranch merchant? If you are interested in featuring your company on our coupon page please contact Scottsdale Ranch Community Association’s Anna Gonzalez at 480-860-2022. Thank you!
By Dr. Katie Root Principal
It is tax credit time, which means finding the perfect home for your tax credit contribution. Please consider supporting Laguna’s intervention and enrichment programs with your tax credit donations. Donations can be made directly to the school or online at www.susd.org. Open enrollment begins December 15th and runs through January 15th. If you are considering attending Laguna as an OE family make sure you complete the OE form during this period. Last year, we had to turn away families because we were full in several grade levels. Laguna will be hosting a Kindergarten enrollment information meeting on January 12th at 9:00 am. You can take a tour of the school, visit Kindergarten classrooms and ride a school bus. This event is designed for both parents and new Kindergarteners. Let your neighbors know about this important day! School tours for all new families can also be arranged through the school office by calling 484-2400.
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. 12
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SRCA Block Party Trailer Equipped with all your block party needs: -A pop-up Ramada Canopy -Charcoal Grill -10 x 6 ft Tables -75 x Folding Chairs -Coolers & Tubs -Trash Cans/Liners -Barricades/Cones
For bookings and information call the SRCA office at (480) 860-2022 or email email@example.com.
Invest your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit donation where it will make an immediate and lasting impact in the lives of more than 18,000 kids and teens. For every dollar donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, the taxpayer will receive a 100% dollar-for-dollar tax creditâ€” lowering the amount owed or increasing a refund. Donate any amount up to $400/singles and $800/couples by December 31, 2016. Last year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale served 18,408 youth within the communities of Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills, the Salt River Pima-
Maricopa Indian Community and the Hualapai Nation. Your tax credit donation will be directly applied to the children and teenagers these Clubs serve. Your help inspires members to reach for the stars by becoming the NEXT 21st Century Leaders, Globally Competitive Graduates, Innovative Dream-Makers and Healthy GameChangers. Your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit donation to BGCS truly does provide 100% return on the investment of a lifetime.
Donate by December 31, 2016 to receive your credit.
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Scottsdale Ranch Holiday Boat Parade
Scottsdale Ranch Park Boat Parade Viewing Area
December 10th, 7PM @ Scottsdale Ranch Park (By the lake, in front of the baseball fields.)
10400 E VĂa Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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HOLIDAY BOAT RIDES
November 28 - December 29 th
Available Sunday - Thursday : 6:15 PM, 7:15 PM & 8:15 PM Rides are $30.00 and reservations are required. Limit one ride per residence.
The Scottsdale Ranch Community Association office is open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm. (480) 860-2022 10585 North 100 Street , Scottsdale, AZ 85258 tth
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Hour Pontoon Ride $35 2 Hour Pontoon Ride $50 45 Minute Holiday Rides $30 (Thanksgiving to New Years) 1 Complimentary Ride available every 24 months for residents of Scottsdale Ranch. - Seats up to 9 Passengers - Driver Provided - Food & Beverages Permitted - No Pets Allowed A minimum of 7 days notice is required for reservations.
*A completed rental agreement & homeowner’s insurance declaration page along with any payments are required no less than 7 days in advance of the booking date. SRCA residents who are renting properties are required to provide a SRCA lease agreement form that has been signed & completed by the homeowner, as well as a copy of their renter’s insurance prior to any rentals.
To request a reservation for any of the SRCA watercrafts, please call (480) 860-2022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Professional Painting Services • Interior & Exterior re-painting • Drywall wood and stucco repair • Popcorn ceiling removal • Garage floor coatings • Accent walls • Stain & finish update cabinets • Fine custom work & faux finishing
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The Artists of Scottsdale Ranch invite you to visit their 9th annual art show and sale! Artists from the Ranch, along with several guest artists, will be presenting the best of their paintings, sculpture, jewelry and specialty items for your enjoyment. The newly renovated Scottsdale Ranch Community Center on Lake Serena serves as the perfect venue for this event. For those who like to linger and leisurely enjoy the show, beverages and light snacks will be available.
In addition, each artist will be donating one or more items to be used in a at the show. The funds raised will benefit the “Patient Outreach Programs” at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. All of those involved feel that every month is “Cancer Awareness Month” and in connection with that, representatives will be on hand to discuss the various resources and treatment programs that are available. The Artists of Scottsdale Ranch
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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
Corks & Forks meets the 2nd Saturday of the month. Check for locations!
The Duplicate Bridge Group meets 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 are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We hope to hear from you soon!
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- The Corks & Fork’s Group will not meet in December. Happy Holiday’s to you! - Our January event will take place at the home of Lisa and Neil Stein . Please mark your calendar for January 14th , 2017 and RSVP to Lisa Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org . Lisa will send an address and directions.
Corks & Forks
Are you involved in a hobby or interest that you would love to share with the rest of your community? Please call the SRCA office at (480) 860-2022 or email email@example.com for information on how to get a club started.
Calling all Women of Scottsdale Ranch! Would you enjoy sharing lunch with your fellow neighbors? The opportunity awaits you. Our fabulous group meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month. The membership is $30 per year. Our kickoff luncheon was enjoyed by 58 ladies. While sharing lunch, Soft Surroundings provided a fashion show touting all the rage in Fall fashion. The lunch menu offered two delicious soups (recipes featured in this magazine) prepared by Nancy McCrory and Jeanie Fernandez with rolls, pumpkin bars and brownies. One of our most popular events in December is the gift exchange luncheon and artist demonstration for the upcoming Scottsdale Ranch Art Show in January. You won’t want to miss this event! In the spirit of Holiday giving, we bring an unwrapped toy for donation. Please join us, we are excited to meet you! For a $ 5.00 drop in fee, you are welcome to share lunch with us! Please be aware, lunches do require a reservation.
Ranch… 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
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.
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For club information, please contact Loretta Colgan, 480-391-3876 or email to email@example.com.
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As the nights and days begin to get chilly, try these warm and hearty soup recipes from The Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Association!
1 POUND OF ITALIAN SAUSAGE 2 POUNDS OF FROZEN STEW VEGETABLES (OR ANY MIXED FROZEN VEGETABLES PLUS FROZEN POTATOES) 2 LARGE CANS PLUM TOMATOES 2 OUNCES OF ROTEL TOMATOES
Brown meat in skillet and drain off fat. Put frozen vegetables in bottom of crock pot, cover with browned meat and tomatoes and "cook all day".
1 BROASTED CHICKEN 2-3 QUARTS OF WATER 12 OUNCES OF CORN (FROZEN) 12 OUNCES OF EGG NOODLES 2-3 STALKS CELERY 1/2 LARGE ONION PARSLEY, BAY LEAF, SALT, AND PEPPER Place broasted chicken in large pot. Cover with water. Boil 1 hr. Remove chicken from water and let cool until you can handle it. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite sized pieces. Add noodles and vegetables to boiling water Add chicken and heat to boiling. Serve and enjoy. This freezes well. Makes 10-15 servings.
Submitted by Nancy McCrory
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Community… Holiday Home Safety
By Officer Kory Sneed #613 Scottsdale Police Department Via Linda District Crime Prevention Officer
Holiday Safety Tips It’s that time of year again when holiday spirit is all around us. We see it in the form of decorative lights, banners and holiday celebrations. We see beautifully dressed Christmas trees glittering through living room windows. We see shoppers weighed down with bags of freshly purchased treasures. We see families commuting to and from religious celebrations. We see people ringing bells and collecting change. We enjoy these holiday visions and have come to expect them from year to year. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones keeping a keen eye on all this holiday cheer. Burglars enjoy the holiday season, too. This is their time of year. They have time to plan their crimes while the rest of us hurry from place to place. Please take time to stay safe during this holiday season and keep alert to criminals who will take advantage of any opportunity presented to them.
Holiday Shopping Consider shopping during daylight hours. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and one that is near people – not parked so far away that you would be alone if approached by a criminal. Don’t weigh yourself down with packages and make sure you have your keys ready when you return to your car. If you must return to the store after delivering packages to your car, make sure the packages are out of view from anyone walking by your car (preferably secured in the trunk). Keep in mind that criminals may be lurking in parking lots, watching, and waiting for an opportunity. Remember, a vehicle can be broken into within seconds; store items out of view. Keep in mind that it takes very little time for a criminal to act on an opportunity. Don’t carry large sums of cash. If carrying a purse, keep it strapped around your shoulder, closer to the front like a football instead of on the side or towards your back. Keep wallets in a front pocket instead of in a back pocket to prevent someone from picking it.
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Our homes are where we relax. Relaxing is good, but we can never relax our security efforts. By staying diligent we can take opportunities away from criminals and help keep our homes and neighborhoods safe. • Lock, Lock, Lock…your doors and windows. Last year the majority of burglaries were accomplished without force. Meaning the burglars simply walked into places and took what they wanted. The doors or windows were not locked. Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. A holiday problem can occur when exterior holiday light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured. • Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s easily visible from the street. It’s too tempting for a potential criminal to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages. Or plan a later break-in based on their earlier observation. • Don’t advertise …Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, mail, or advertising f lyers hanging on the door knob. Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or on your house. A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your residence while in front of your house to confirm that you are gone. • Use an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to pick up your newspapers and mail. It is also a good idea to ask them to put your trash out, making it appear that someone is home. • Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, “You’ve reached the Wilson’s…we’re away skiing for the holidays…please leave a message”. Bad guys love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and completely ransack your home. • After the holidays, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive items inside for them to steal. Break the boxes down or cut them up to conceal the items better. The Scottsdale Police Department wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy New Year!
Stuff your wallet.
Most City Offices Closed January 2 and January 16 for Holidays Most city offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in recognition of the New Year’s Day holiday and again Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Your garbage and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers out by 5 a.m. the day of collection or the evening before. Protect Your Identity by Attending “Shred It” Event January 7 Don’t be a potential victim of identity theft. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to “Shred It” from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. A $3 per box donation is suggested. Mark your calendars for more “Shred It” events: Feb. 11, March 4, April 1 and May 6. We’re Rounding up Your Christmas Trees January 9-14 Scottsdale’s citywide Christmas Tree Roundup takes place Jan. 9-14. If you have residential collection service, please have your Christmas tree curbside by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9. Remove stands, lights and ornaments. Artificial trees will not be collected. If you miss the roundup or do not have residential collection services, you can drop off your tree between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10400 E. Via Linda, or Eldorado Park, 2311 N. Miller Road. All trees collected will be turned into compost or mulch.
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The Valley’s homeless and working poor need your help. For many, the only gift they receive this Holiday Season may be a new pair of socks. You can help by donating NEW socks/toiletries to make the holidays a little brighter for the Valley Homeless and working poor. There is a box in the front entry way of 10741 E. Palomino Road for donations as well as at the SRCA offices at 10858 N. 100th Street.
To learn more about the organization, please take a moment and visit their web site at:
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2016-2017 SRCA Calendar of Events Sunday
Visit the SRCA website at www.scottsdaleranch.org under “Events” for an up-to-date events schedule. Thursday
1 Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Bridge 10 am
8 Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Bridge 10 am
10 Holiday Social and Boat Parade 7 pm
5 Jazz Night 7 pm SRCA Knitwits 10:30 am
12 SRCA Board of Directors Meeting 4:30 pm
13 SRWA Bunko 1 pm
14 SR Broker Tour 8 am Lake Serena Yacht Club 3 pm SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
15 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am
20 SRWA Evening Bunko 7 pm
21 SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm Children’s Storytime 4 pm
22 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am
23 SRCA OFFICE CLOSED
26 SRCA OFFICE CLOSED
27 SRWA Canasta 1 pm
29 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am
SRWA Group Meeting 10 am SRWA Canasta 1 pm Mom’s Group Binko 6 pm
3 SRWA Group Meeting 10 am
4 Lake Serena Yacht Club 3 pm
5 Scottsdale Ranch Women’s Bridge 10 am
9 Jazz Night 7 pm
10 SRWA Bunko 1 pm SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 4:30 pm
11 SR Broker Tour 8 am SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
12 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am Couple’s Duplicate Bridge Group 6 pm
18 SRWA Evening Bunko 7 pm Children’s Storytime 4 pm
19 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am
24 SRCA Board Meeting 4:30 pm
25 SRCA Architectural Committee Meeting 3:30 pm
26 Women’s Assoc. Bridge 10 am Wine Club 7 pm
29 Artists of SR Art Show 10am – 5pm
32 32 December December 2016/January 2016/January 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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