The Official Publication of the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association
September 15, 2018
Table of Contents
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION The Dobson Association Administration Office 2719 S Reyes, Mesa, AZ 85202 480-831-8314 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dobsonranch.com Administration Hours Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm Closed Saturday and Sunday La Casita Recreation Center 2719 S Reyes, Mesa, AZ 85202 480-831-7464
End of Summer BYOB Page 14
Saratoga Recreation Center 2345 S Saratoga
Your Neighborhood | 2
Home & Garden | 6
Message from the Water Management Director A Message from the Editor Memorial Bricks Available for Pre Order Name that Patio! A Message from the Editor Things to Know 2018 Assessment Dollar$ & $ense
Green Thumb Awards Landscaping Tips Architectural Applications August 2018 Home Sales 4th Quarter Assessment Payment Reminder Tour de Bird CC&R Notices
Recreation Happenings | 8
Clubs | 18
Message from the Recreation Director Facility Hours Fall Break Camp Dobson Ranch Golf Tournament Double Eagle Sponsors Recreation Classes Clean Up, Shred, Garage Sale 2018 Boat Permits and Fishing Licenses on Sale Table and Chairs Rental Dobson Ranch Pontoon Tour/Ride Information Falll Festival End of Summer BYOB 8/10/18 Outdoor Expo and Kids Fishing Derby Dobson Ranch Tennis Academy New Tennis Pro Harkins Movie Tickets Raquetball Courts Event Venue Rental Summer Camp Fun Summer Halloween Dance 8/1/18 Outdoor Expo Vendor Application
Retirees Club Club Meeting 8/6/18 Retirees Schedule Garden Club Women’s Club Fishing Club DR Pickleball Survives Sizzlin’ Summer! Dobson Ranch Democrats and Friends Club Dobson Ranch Republicans
In Every Issue | 28 Classifieds At Your Service Monthly Calendar
In the Community | 24 Programs at Dobson Ranch Library Nominations needed for Nextdoor.com Good Neighbor Awards 1-Ton Water Hydration Challenge Doctor Faustus First Date Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center Jazz Ensemble Dobson Band Rummage Sale Neighborhood Resources MCC Concert Band, Community Band and Orchestra Concert MCC Desert Echoes Flue Project and Choir Concert
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The official publication of the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association This magazine is delivered to all homeowners in the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association on a monthly basis. 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. While efforts to ensure accuracy are exercised, the publisher assumes no liability for the information contained in either editorial or advertising content. The Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association does not endorse any commercial products or information that may be advertised in the newsletter.
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Los Altos Recreation Center 2524 W Campo Alegre Please call 911 for reporting emergencies, vandalism, suspicious activity, etc. occurring on or to Dobson Ranch property. Dobson Ranch Urgent Assistance (broken sprinklers) 480-226-9597 SUB-ASSOCIATIONS Dobson Bay Club Dobson Bay Club, LLC 480-897-6161 Dobson Condos Red Mountain Management, LLC 480-641-6300 Dobson Glen Vision Community Services 480-759-4945 Dobson Greens Laurie Nichols 480-839-9079 Dobson Villas Peterson Company 480-513-6846 Laguna Village Tri-City Property Management 480-844-2224 Lake Park Village Tri-City Property Management 480-844-2224 The Landings Brown Community Management 480-539-1396 Legante Paseo Snow Property Services 480-635-1133 Water Works Vision Community Services 480-759-4945 Wood Creek Townhomes City Property 602-437-4777 CITY OF MESA Police Headquarters/Info 480-644-2324 Fiesta Patrol Division 480-644-2614 Non Emergency Policy 480-644-2211 Councilman Heredia Office 480-644-3003 Code Compliance 480-644-2061 Animal Control 480-644-2268 Reporting animal cruelty/ Barking 480-644-2211\ IMPORTANT NUMBERS Green Pool Issue 602-506-6616 Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch 480-644-2539 AZ Blue Stake 602-263-1100 Salt River Project 602-236-8888
Ranchers’ Roundup is the official publication of the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association The articles and comments in this monthly publication are intended to inform, illustrate or provide explanation to members of the Association and do not necessarily serve as official opinions of the board of directors, staff nor its members. As such, we do not make any representation as to the validity or qualifications of any advertiser/contributor.
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Message From the Association President By Ron Ricci Association President
Message From the Water Management Director By Craig A. Wilson
Water Management Director
Water at Sea
September is the beginning of a new season where temperatures will begin to be cooler and it is a time to begin seeing our friends that visited cooler places for the summer. The end of summer brought the monsoons that hit the Ranch quite profoundly. Dobson Road saw trees from the east side fall into the north bound lanes on Dobson Road; trees in the center divider fall into the south lanes and trees on the west side fall into our resident’s yards. Laguna Park had old growth trees topple and uproot. The sheer number of trees, gates, fences, and debris that was damaged, including so many roofs, is overwhelming. The Board is taking steps to repair all damage as soon as possible. On a brighter note, summer camp was successful and Miss Jessi’s pre-school is full. Our Open Session in August was very well attended. The participation by homeowners was positive, their questions were thoughtful, and their comments were encouraging. As many have expressed concerns and anxiety with CCR enforcement, internal policies were adjusted to be more proactive. Fortunately, the existing policy works for the majority of residents. Therefore, at the Open Session, the Board discussed some new approaches to address the few that are habitual/chronic offenders and cause neighbor concerns. This will be addressed in the upcoming months with fines that are commensurate with the violation. In Addition, fine wavers will not be considered for a habitual/chronic offender. The Residents that attended the Open Session were happy that their Board is acting on behalf of the members and addressing their concerns. In September on Saturday the 22nd , our golf tournament will take place the Dobson Ranch Golf Course. Let’s start practicing! Finally, the HVAC system is working. I’m a warm weather person so the air conditioning requires me to use my hoodie! Hope to see you all at the next Open Board Session.
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In my early years I had a completely different tie to water conservation: I spent five years earning a living as a sailor. Wasn’t much of a living cooped up in an engine room for thirty days at a time between ports, but the pay was good. I did learn what water conservation was all about. Water can be hard to come by in the middle of the ocean. It depends on how big an evaporator the ship has and how efficient it is in extracting fresh water from sea water. Cold ocean water allows the extraction of more water than warm tropical water. Thus, sailing through the cold Gulf of Alaska enabled enough fresh water to be made for showers. Sailing in warm equatorial waters often meant days without a shower. Everyone, however, was literally in the same boat and were all acutely aware that conserving water was serious business. My job was to tend the evaporators and keep track of the water made and stored for shipboard use. It was a serious job. In some ways living in Dobson Ranch is like living on a ship; a cruise ship that is. When cruising, one is not usually aware of the source of our drinking water. At home, we probably only think about it when the City sends a bill. Desert living, like cruising, may someday include smaller size water glasses and coffee mugs - meant to be downed completely before refilling; shower heads on flexible hoses meant to spray just the body; and low flow toilets. All these experiences are part of a life conserving water when conserving water is real; a time perhaps not too far off. Take a cruise, it is a great experience. The ship may be surrounded by water, but the sea could as well be the desert. The water may look refreshing, but one cannot drink of it. Here at home, one must learn to conserve water in our dry surroundings. Conservation is a way of life. Our landscaping choices must be made with a keen eye on drought tolerant plants. We use water to just what is needed to stay safe and healthy. Finally, we should drive our dirty cars to the car wash for cleaning; well maybe you wouldn’t do that on a ship.
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A Message from the Editor
By Jeff Bump Ranchers’ Roundup Editor
You may have noticed some construction in front of the main office. When the dust settles there will be a new La Casita Patio area scheduled to debut this fall. We are excited to announce the “Name the Patio” contest where residents can submit naming ideas. The winner will receive a complimentary memorial brick. You can send submissions to email@example.com. The submission deadline is October 15, 2018. Some of the regular features in this publication are open for content submission: If you live by a “Good Neighbor” or know someone with a “Green Thumb”, submit their information. Have you “Tried and Liked” a great business or eatery near Dobson Ranch? Let me know! There are great cooks in Dobson Ranch so send me your recipes. All other content and articles are considered on a space available basis and some restrictions may apply. Email editor@dobsonranch. com or call 480-831-8314 and for the editor. The necessary part: Letters and electronic correspondence will become the property of the Dobson Association, which assumes permission to publish and edit as necessary.
THINGS TO KNOW BOARD MEETING Want to know what is going on in the Association, meet the Board members, sign up for a committee, get to know your Ranch neighbors or voice an opinion? You can do all that at the Dobson Association Board of Directors meetings. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm at La Casita in the Grande room. The next date is September 20. All members are encouraged to attend. If you missed a meeting, you can get caught up with the President’s Message on page 2 or login to dobsonranch.com to read the minutes from previous meetings. For more information, please call 480-831-8314. FOBS ARE AVAILABLE Keyless entry fobs have replaced keys at Dobson Ranch common areas. Dobson Ranch homeowners or the designated agent can receive free of charge either two fobs or one fob and one smart phone app for the new keyless system. Visit dobsonranch.com to complete the Keyless System Agreement & Waiver form, or pick up a form at La Casita, prior to obtaining the fobs. Fobs will be available at La Casita Administration during normal business hours. 4 THE DOBSON ASSOCIATION
The Board of Directors has once again approved no increase to the Assessments for 2018. The assessment will remain at $138.60 quarterly ($554.40 annually). Thank you for your contribution in making Dobson Ranch “the best place to live!”. We are also excited to announce that our new Caliber software has officially been launched. Please note, your new coupons reflect your new account number. Please be sure to reference this new account number when sending in payments. As a reminder, assessments are due on the first day of each quarter; January, April, July, and October. A late fee of $15 will be charged quarterly if your payment is not received by the 20th day of the first month of each quarter. There are several options for paying your assessments: 1. Automatic monthly payments can be made through ACH (auto debit to your checking account). Please complete the form that can be found in the “Documents & Forms” tab on our website (www.dobsonranch.com) and return it to the administration office along with a voided check. ACH payments are run on the 5th of each month. The payment will continue to be drafted from your account until you give the Association notice to cancel the ACH. Please note that accounts on ACH will not receive future payment coupons. Notice of any assessment change will be published in the current year October or November issue of the Association’s official publication, the Ranchers’ Round Up. 2. Annual, Semi-Annual, or Quarterly payments can be made by check, cash, debit or credit card. Please note that debit or credit card payments cannot be accepted over the phone. Monthly payment is not an option through mail or drop off. 3. Using your bank card, credit card or e-check, automatic and onetime payments can be made at the Dobson Association website (www.dobsonranch.com), by clicking on the “Assessment Payment Portal” (green dollar bill on the front page of the site). If this is the first time you have made a payment on this site, it will be necessary to set up a “New User Account”. Please contact our office if you need assistance with setting up your payment. If you are currently setup on recurring payments through the payment portal, please be sure that your payments are set to continue through 2018. 4. You may also send in recurring payments if using automatic bill pay with your personal banking institution. When setting up the payment through your bill pay program, please be sure to reference your account number and property address to ensure proper credit to your account. If you have questions regarding the various payment options, please contact the administration office at 480-831-8314 for assistance.
Dollar$ & $ense
By Jeff Brosman
If you attended our August 16, 2018 Board of Directors meeting, then you know that some fruitful discussion occurred amongst the attending homeowners and the Board members. I highly encourage you to attend these meetings when your schedule permits so as to become better informed of issues and events as well as to participate in your Association. One of the main topics of discussion during this last meeting involved the key fob system the Association installed early this year. Itâ€™s no secret that some strong opinions exist amongst our homeowners regarding the key fob system. Some want to scrap the system and go back to standard keys. Others want the system to be improved. Others think it is okay as is and many simply do not have a concern. The reason I am writing to you about this subject is not to express my opinion on the merits or disadvantages of the key fob system. Rather, my purpose is to provide a little information regarding the cost of the system so that more homeowners are aware of the expenses and better able to form their own conclusions regarding its implementation and upkeep. In February 2017 the Board of Directors approved a Not To Exceed (NTE) capital expense of $125,000 to install a cloud based key fob system by Southwest Access. The installation and components have a two-year warranty and the expected life of the components is 10 years. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that an additional estimated $10,000 per year monitoring and control costs would also be expended. So, how much did it actually cost? The Association spent $124,484 for the installation of the system (just under the NTE). This first year the Association will expend about $8,500 for monitoring and control costs based on our current usage. This value could go as high as $13,000 per year with full deployment, if all homeowners had two fobs. The best estimate right now is that the $10,000 yearly average figure is fairly accurate as a projection. However, it was not until early 2018 that the Board learned from staff that the costs for the key fobs were not part of the installation package. The Association has spent $10,085 on 3,000 key fobs. Over the next nine years, an additional $10,000 in key fobs may also be expended with perhaps a revenue offset of approximately $5,000 (500 replacement fobs at $10 each). The yearly net cost for fobs can therefore be estimated at $500 per year. After the warranty period is over, we may have to spend $2,000 per year on replacement parts. Therefore, the Association will pay approximately $12,500 per year to maintain the system and $12,500 per year in Reserve funding. Thus, over the ten-year period, the key fob system will cost the Association $25,000 per year or $250,000 over its ten-year expected life. Hopefully, this information can help you make a better assessment of the value versus utility of the key fob system.
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Green Thumb Awards
Home & Garden
By Jeff Bump Ranchers’ Roundup Editor
2252 S. ESTRELLA For this month’s Green Thumb Award, we visit this picturesque house on 2252 S. Estrella. This house features a warm color exterior along with a perfectly groomed lawn. The standout feature is the sitting area in front complete with comfy chairs and a small fire place for when the weather cools down. Overall this house shows a lot of love and care from it’s owners and combines Midwest and Arizona influences. Thanks to these residents for the delightful view and helping to make it… great at Dobson Ranch! There are so many impressive and well-manicured yards in Dobson Ranch that it’s hard to pick each month. If you would like your yard or a neighbor’s yard featured as a Green Thumb winner, call 480-831-8314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LANDSCAPING TIPS By Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) and the Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) programs www.ALCA.org
It is August and no one needs to tell you we are deep in monsoon season - it is obvious by the humidity that makes us a bit more uncomfortable and the sudden and dramatic storms. But the higher humidity that we experience as discomfort can actually benefit our landscapes, if it is taken into account rather than ignored. Higher humidity, coupled with the additional moisture added in the form of rain, require that we adjust our irrigation schedules to maximize the benefits of this extra water, reduce harm to the plants, and avoid wasting our precious water resources. • When relative humidity rises, plants transpire less, reducing their irrigation needs. • Irrigation schedules that do not account for extra humidity and rainfall may lead to overwatering. • Overwatering can lead to plant stress, root rot, and fungal diseases. • Stressed plants are more susceptible to insect damage. • Often, we find that irrigation schedules are only adjusted in the spring and fall. But a qualified landscape contractor will optimize your irrigation system by regularly making adjustments based on more than just the calendar. • They will take into account the needs of your specific landscape in the context of your local weather conditions, and make the necessary adjustments to your irrigation schedule. • Many landscape contractors are introducing clients to smart technology in the form of irrigation controllers (timers) that make automatic adjustments to your irrigation schedule based on local conditions via moisture, temperature, humidity and wind sensors and/or locally-collected weather data. • Smart controllers can also enable you or your landscape contractor to make off-site (remote) adjustments to your irrigation schedule if needed. • An experienced landscape contractor will check the irrigation system for leaks and malfunctions as a part of regularly scheduled landscape maintenance, as well as conduct an evaluation of your irrigation system to confirm operational efficiency at least twice per year. An efficient irrigation system is not something that should be installed and then ignored until problems emerge. A skilled landscape contractor or irrigation professional will always be looking for ways to maximize plant health, reduce water waste and to anticipate irrigation challenges before they become problems. 6 THE DOBSON ASSOCIATION
Architectural Applications August 2018 By Carole Stabile Member Services Coordinator
DOBSON SHORES Landscape $7,200.00 DOBSON RANCH UNIT I Paint $2,500.00 Windows $1,000.00 Landscape $3,700.00 Carport $6,000.00 DOBSON RANCH UNIT III Roof $10,000.00 Construction $250.00 GOLDEN PALMS ESTATE Exterior Painting
LAGUNA SHORES AMENDED Exterior Painting $3,000.00 LOS ALTOS Room addition & Garage Landscape
$70,000.00 $ 5,000.00
REGENCY ESTATE Doors $4,000.00
SARATOGA LAKES Roof $23,000.00 Landscape $700.00 LAGUNA VILLAGE Landscape $5,000.00
Home Sales Trustee Properties: 7 - Houses 0 - Condo Home Sales: 34
Home & Garden
Desert Rivers Audubon Presents Tour de Bird: Learn How to Create a Bird Paradise in Your Yard
What: Self-guided tour of bird-friendly yards and public gardens When: November 3, 2018 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: East Valley parks and residences Presented by: Desert Rivers Audubon Society Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door Learn: How to attract birds to your home using native plants and xeriscaping Information and tickets: See desertriversaudubon.org, call (480) 2278332 or visit Wild Birds Unlimited, 2136 East Baseline Road, Mesa There’s more to desert landscaping than crushed granite and pools. Anyone can transform a backyard or patio into a mini nature preserve that’s good for wildlife and people using native plants. You can pick up ideas and know-how on November 3, when Desert Rivers Audubon hosts its Seventh Annual Tour de Bird – a self-guided ramble through 10 bird-friendly habitats. This year, the tour features gardens at 10 homes and parks in the East Valley, where gardeners and birders will offer information and advice throughout the day. Wild Birds Unlimited, located at 2136 East Baseline Road, Mesa, offers instructional talks about backyard birding during the tour. “People enjoy their landscapes for the comfort, color and beauty they provide,” say Krys Hammers, president of Desert Rivers Audubon. “Attracting birds adds dimension to the aesthetics -- the color of the birds to be sure, but also movement and song. There’s joy in watching the antics and flight of the birds and listening to them chirp and sing.” Transforming our yards into bird-friendly environments benefits more than just the human inhabitants. “When we plant our yards using native plants, we mitigate the devastating effects of habitat loss for birds,” Hammers explained. “Habitat loss is one of the top three threats to birds today.” Proceeds from Tour de Bird ticket sales help support the free Family Birdwalks in Chandler and Gilbert hosted by Desert Rivers Audubon members one Saturday a month from October through March. We provide loaner binoculars and field guides to participants. Tickets are available in advance for $15, online at desertriversaudubon.org, at Wild Birds Unlimited at 21236 East Baseline Road, or by calling (480) 227-8332. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the door anywhere on the tour for $20.
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Message from the Recreation Director By Jesse Wright Associate Director of Recreation
Hello Dobson Ranch Residents! I can’t believe it is officially fall. Time flies when you are having so much fun! We have an October full of events again this year. First, we are calling all you fishermen, the Fishing Derby and Outdoor Expo on Saturday, October 6th at 7am at Los Altos. I want to send a special thanks to the fishing club for helping run this great event. October events do not stop there...our Garage Sale, Clean Up and Shred is on Saturday, October 13th. It’s time for some Fall cleaning so if you are interested in participating in the garage sale this year, please contact Carolyn @ 480-831-8314. You can also bring all those papers that have been piling up in your home to Saratoga parking lot to have them shredded (paper clips and staples ok). The clean-up location will be at Los Altos parking lot. Please keep in mind that residents are responsible for loading and unloading their own material. Don’t forget about another great October event! Before you know it school will be on break and your children and grandchildren will be looking for things to do during fall break. We are offering a Fall Break Camp for ages 6-12 year olds Monday-Friday October 8th - 12th at Saratoga Recreation Center. Last, but not least, is our Halloween event coming up on Friday, October 19th. Carnival games, a pumpkin parade and movie in the park will all be a part of the “Howlin’ Good Halloween Night”. We hope you all will come out to Laguna Park and enjoy the family fun. Come out and enjoy the splash pad at La Casita before it closes down for the season on Saturday, November 4th.
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FACILITY HOURS: La Casita Recreation Center Facility Hours Now – Memorial Day Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-7:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Holidays Closed
Los Altos Recreation Center Facility Hours Now – Memorial Day Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-7:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Holidays Closed
Saratoga Recreation Center Facility Hours Now – Memorial Day Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-7:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm Holidays Closed
La Casita Recreation Center, 2719 S. Reyes • 480-831-7464 Saratoga Recreation Center, 2345 S. Saratoga Los Altos Recreation Center, 2524 W. Campo Alegre Laguna Park, 2455 W. Laguna Azul Ave. (Most amenities accessible by Homeowner FOB when facility is not staffed)
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All Recreation Activities, classes and programs are at La Casita Recreation Center unless specified. Questions? Call La Casita at 480-831-7464
CLASSES TAI CHI Instructor: Carol (AM), Linda (PM) When: Wednesdays Where: La Casita Recreation Center Time: 9 am Beginning Tai Chi 10 am Intermediate Tai Chi 6 pm Beginning Tai Chi 7 pm Advanced Tai Chi Cost: $3 drop in residents, $6 drop in non-residents Tai Chi is a gentle Chinese exercise system that may enhance strength and flexibility as well as reduce stress. Learning the Tai Chi form can be the beginning of a healthy, lifelong practice that can improve the quality of life of individuals who choose to practice it. YOGA FOR BEGINNERS Instructor: Jeanne When: Mondays Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Cost: $8 drop in, $42 resident only for a 7-use punch card. Transform your mind, body and spirit! Yoga will improve your flexibility and strengthen your core muscles while banishing stress and tension. This relaxing but invigorating class promotes inner calmness using breathing techniques, balancing postures and stretching/floor work. Modifications available to meet all levels. Bring a yoga mat. Yoga blocks, strap and blanket/towel are very helpful. You can attend either yoga class offered with your punch card. Punch card expires two months from your purchase date. Punch Cards may be punched one time for residents only per class. No additional punches for guests or residents. HEALING YOGA Instructor: Samantha When: Tuesdays and Thursdays Where: Saratoga Recreation Center on Tuesdays until October 2 La Casita Recreation Center on Thursdays When: 8:15 am - 9:15 am Cost: $8 drop in or $42 resident only for a 7-use punch card. Hard to get up off the floor? Body having a hard time moving? Feeling every ache and pain? Come join us for gentle, therapeutic body movement. We gently move and stretch different parts of the body to help bring new life to tired parts! Learn also how to relax the mind, discovering how to relieve anxiety, bring better sleep, not letting your worries take control over your mind. If you think your body has had it and can’t do anything anymore – think again. Come join us for gentle recovery. You can try it lying on the floor, or even in a chair. Bring a yoga mat. You can attend either yoga class offered with your punch card. Punch card expires two months from your purchase date. Punch Cards may be punched one time for residents only per class. No additional punches for guests or residents. FITNESS IN THE PARK Code: 5505 (July 9 – September 30 TENTATIVE) Instructor: Nancy Dates: August 1 - September 12 When: 6 am – 6:45 am Where: Laguna Park Cost: $10 residents, $15 non-residents RSVP: Contact the instructor with questions prior to class at 602-703-7822 or at email@example.com $50 for 5 – Get 1 session FREE.
$90 for 9 – Get 3 sessions FREE.
Your 1st class is FREE!!! Classes will be held M/W/F, 6am-6:45am & Tues/Thurs, 6pm-6:45pm. Contact Nancy at 602-703-7822 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your first FREE class. 10 THE DOBSON ASSOCIATION
ZUMBA Instructor: Karen When: Tuesdays Where: La Casita Recreation Center Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cost: $7 drop in rate, $30 resident only for a 5-use punch card This is a fusion of Latin and International music that incorporates a variety of dance styles such as salsa, cumbia, bellydance and reggaton. This class combines high energy and motivating music to help you burn fat and tone your body. Even if you have never danced before, you will have a blast, because the routines are fun and easy to do. So what are you waiting for? Join the Party and try Zumba today! Punch card expires 2 months from date of purchase. Punch Cards may be punched one time for residents only per class. No additional punches for guests or residents. AQUA ZUMBA Instructor: Karen When: Thursdays until September 27 Where: La Casita Recreation Center Pool Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cost: $7 drop in rate, $30 resident only for a 5-use punch card (expires 9/27/18) Aqua Zumba keeps the Zumba Fitness workout party going in the pool. Aqua Zumba is classic aqua aerobics with Latin flavor added to regular Zumba routines. The typical land-based Zumba dance steps, such as cha-cha, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, and mambo, are exaggerated and slower in water, so the water tempo is half the land tempo, creating a low-impact work out for all fitness levels. There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. Punch Cards may be punched one time for residents only per class. No additional punches for guests or residents. WATER AEROBICS Instructor: Becky When: Mondays-Thursdays (June 4 – October 4 TENTATIVE) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Pool Time: 7:30 am – 8:20 am Cost: $4 drop in rate, $12 resident only for a 4-use punch card (expires 10/4/18) This morning class will get you ready for the day. The class consists of exercises done in shallow and deep water. It will change your movements and get your heart rate going without all the jolting. Expect to have fun while working out. FAIRYTALE DANCERS (AGES 3-5) Code: 5540 When: Thursdays (October 4 – November 8) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center CLASS AT LA CASITA ON OCTOBER 11 Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Cost: Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. Children will be introduced to dance through their favorite fairytales during this positive and encouraging class. Dance can build self-esteem and improve motor skills. Watch your prince and princesses shine in this fun and creative program. Children need soft soled shoes and comfortable clothes. Ballet shoes, leotard and tights recommended. There will be a performance last day of class. Children must be able to work in a group setting and follow directions. For more information on this program, contact Jana Moore at 480-363-9997. Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. INTRO TO BALLET & JAZZ (AGES 4-6) Code: 5552 When: Thursdays (October 4 – November 8) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center CLASS AT LA CASITA ON OCTOBER 11 Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
INTRO TO BALLET & JAZZ (AGES 4-6) CONT. Cost: Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. In a fun, encouraging and high energy atmosphere, your child will be shown the fundamentals of ballet and jazz, which can help improve motor skills and creative expression. Soft soled shoes are recommended or bare feet. Children must be able to work in a group setting. There will be a recital at the end of the session. For more information on this program, contact Jana Moore at 480-363-9997. Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. INTRO TO CLASSICAL DANCE (AGES 4-7) Code: 5541 When: Thursdays (October 4 – November 8) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Class at La Casita Recreation Center on October 11 Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Cost: Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. In a fun, encouraging and high energy atmosphere, your child will be shown the fundamentals of ballet and jazz, which can help improve motor skills and creative expression. Soft soled shoes are recommended or bare feet. Children must be able to work in a group setting. There will be a recital at the end of the session. For more information on this program, contact Jana Moore at 480-363-9997. Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. DANCE SAMPLER (AGES 5-8) Code: 5542 When: Thursdays (October 4 – November 8) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Class at La Casita Recreation Center on October 11 Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cost: Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 Non-Residents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only. This upbeat and fun class is perfect to sample different dance styles which will include jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop and other styles. Get moving with this upbeat and fun class and discover dance. For more information on this program, contact Jana Moore at 480-3639997. Registration fee due at time of enrollment: Residents $5 NonResidents $10. Contractor fee due to the instructor the first day of program: $30 check or cash only.
BUNCO When: 3rd Friday of month (September 21) Time: 6:30 pm (arrive by 6:15 pm) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Cost: Free to residents, $5 non-residents This fast-paced yet easy game played with dice. It’s a fun social hour with other residents. BRIDGE GROUP When: Mondays Where: La Casita Recreation Center Saratoga Recreation Center (Starting June 4) Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Come join our Bridge group that meets every Monday. To join the group, please call Bette Parrish at 480-206-3514. RECREATION CLASS INFORMATION 1. REGISTRATION for classes can be done on the Association website at www.dobsonranch.com or at La Casita Community Center, 2719 S. Reyes, Mesa, AZ. Class fees are due during the registration process unless otherwise noted. 2. QUESTIONS on any recreation class or activity, you may contact La Casita Community desk at 480-831-7464 3. REFUNDS – The Dobson Association reserves the right to establish fees and cost minimums for all programs and to cancel those programs not having sufficient enrollment. Program refunds will be issued for: a. Cancellation of class by instructor or the Dobson Association will result in full refund. b. Participants may cancel after first class or initial start date of class for full refund. c. Notification by participant prior to start date of illness or injury preventing participation during session time frame. d. Discontinuance of participation due to injury or illness will be reviewed for consideration of prorated refund. e. No other refunds will be given. No exceptions. Refund requests must be promptly submitted.
A MATTER OF BALANCE Code: 5511 When: Fridays (October 5 – November 30) Where: La Casita Recreation Center Time: 9 am – 11 am Cost: FREE Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The program is being conducted by A.T. Still University as a public service.
ACTIVITIES TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT STYLE When: 4th Friday of month (September 28) Time: 6:30 pm (Arrive by 6:15 pm) Where: Saratoga Recreation Center Cost: Free to residents, $5 non-residents Must be 18 years of age or older Poker night is a free monthly program for residents of Dobson Ranch. Come meet your neighbors for a friendly game.
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New Tennis Pro
By Kwong Young Dobson Ranch Tennis Pro
Dobson Ranch homeowners may have noticed a new tennis pro (Kwong Young) giving lessons Monday through Thursday and Saturday mornings. Coach Kwong has been teaching in the valley at Kiwanis Park since 1987 and lives in Sun Lakes where he teaches in the community of IronOaks (formally Oakwood) of which it has 10 hard courts and 4 clay courts. Kwong teaches all levels/ages and offers groups and individual lesson. If you would like To contact coach Kwong then call (480) 759-2248 or email@example.com
Dobson Ranch Pontoon Tour/Ride Info Sit back, relax and take in the beauty of a Dobson Ranch lake on a pontoon ride! Tour fee is $35 per hour with a two hour maximum. Reservations are available through the Recreation Department and require a 7 day minimum notice and are subject to weather and availability. Other rules and restrictions will apply. Don’t forget… a FREE one hour pontoon ride per year per property is available for you to enjoy! Call 480-831-7464 for more information.
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Table and Chair Rentals Make your next at home event great with the convenience of renting tables and chairs right in your community. The Dobson Association not only rents out facilities for private rentals but renting of chairs and tables not held on a ranch facility are also available. We can accommodate a rental up to 140 metal framed folding chairs and 15 rectangle 6 foot by 3 foot tables. The resident must schedule to pick up and drop off the chairs and tables at La Casita Recreation Center. A refundable security deposit of $50 minimum is due in cash or credit card payment to hold your reservation. The rental cost per chair is $0.50 and $5 per table. Table and chair rentals request are made during administration hours (except for holidays) at La Casita Recreation Center.
2018 Boat Permits and Fishing Licenses on Sale
It’s always a wonderful time for fishing and boating at one of the beautiful lakes at Dobson Ranch. Fishing PLE EXAM licenses are required (catch and release only) and boat permits are required for all watercraft (size restrictions apply). Licenses and Permits may be purchased at La Casita, 2719 South Reyes. Boat Licenses are $35 per motorized boat (electric motors only) and $15 for non-motorized boats. Fishing Licenses are $13 for an individual and $30 for a family (up to four). Children 7 years and up require a license. For more information, please call the recreation department at 480-831-7464.
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End of Summer BYOB 8/10/18
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Summer Halloween Dance 8/1/18
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By Al Prosek
The August General Meeting program was a talk given by Kim Brook of the Mesa Adult Resource Center, who discussed the various activities available to Mesa residents. Thanks to Lucille Willgale for providing a program for each of our regular meetings! Also thanks to Frank and Connie Saavedra and their crew for a great lunch of pizza, salad, cake, ice cream and other desserts! The September General Meeting program was an interesting presentation by Dr. Emily Early of the Arizona Museum of Natural History located in downtown Mesa. The Museum includes an awesome mix of historical, educational and interactive displays sure to please both kids and adults! Thanks again, Lucille for a super program! Also, another great effort to Connie and her crew for a delicious lunch! A special luncheon event is set for October 31st at the EVIT Culinary School to celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary. There will be many surprises for all attending! Thanks to all involved in planning this event. In addition to the Retirees activity schedule shown next to this article, we will be participating in the Ranches ‘ November Fall Festival, Breakfast with Santa, and the Club will be adopting three families during the holiday season.
Club Meeting 8/6/18
RETIREES SCHEDULE GENERAL MEETING The club’s regular General Meeting will be held on Monday, October 1st at 9:30AM, at La Casita Recreation Center. BOARD MEETING The Board Meeting will be held on October 15th at 9:00AM at La Casita. The following is a list of activities open to all Dobson Ranch Retirees’ Club Members. If you are interested in any of the following, please contact that committee chair to receive more information. DAY TRIPPERS - DINNER NIGHT - HAPPY HOUR - MEN’S BREAKFAST - MOVIE DAY - FUN & GAME DAY - LADIES LUNCH - BICYCLE RIDING - HIKING - PICNICS -
No events until November. Marilyn Reiling-480-831-5129 Marilyn Krouse-480-620-9311 Judie Bielo-480-215-8656 Helen Robetoy-480-730-6413 Tanya Andrew-602-723-9106 Dick Cottle-480-839-4342 Judie Bielo-480-820-7371 Judie Bielo-480-820-7371 Jeanne Collins 480-353-8604 Arnie Chase-480-838-4124 Rides resume October 30th. Barbara Stout-602-740-3213 Hikes subject to change in early fall. No Picnic in September.
If you are interested in joining the Dobson Ranch Retirees’ Club, please contact Dovie at DLBryant1@cox.net.
Garden Club At last it is here---time for fall planting! To kick off the Garden Club season, Ranch resident Chad Turner, a Master Gardener who is an Arizona native and knows the desert environment, will “share” his garden at the Tuesday, October 2 Garden Club meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. at La Casita. As always, the meeting is open to all Ranch residents and their guests. Chad acknowledges that a grandmother with a green thumb greatly benefited his ability to tend a garden, but a more true reality of life reason is where his passion for gardening started. According to Chad, “there are only three truths about gardening: You must KNOW your garden, SOIL is key and ENJOY the fruits of your labor. My favorite things to grow are: Sugar snap peas ,cauliflower, broccoli and pumpkins. “ Chad said. (Pumpkins are growing in his sunny front yard now.) In addition to Chad’s presentation, there will be a drawing for $25 gift certificates to local nurseries. These should help you get started on your fall planting! If you would like to “share” your garden with the Club at a future meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Patty Smith
DR Pickleball Survives Sizzlin’ Summer! By Rich Bitner Recreation Committee Pickleball Representative
We made it through all the Monsoons with its damage and the overly WARM weather. Fall is a couple of days away... Our Traditional Aloha Bunco was held at our Hawaiian Royals home, Patricia and Al. Every year Patricia out does herself. We appreciate all the work you put into this event. You make it so special for us. Thanks to Al for being your assistant. Mahalo Nui Loa... Sept. 27th will be our wear your football colors or shirt. Laurie will be our host and Referee. I am sure she will be in her ASU colors. She will be serving snacks. Watch for her email. Out to Lunch for Sept. we went to our “Diamond in the Rough”...Dobson Ranch Restaurant . The Staff is so friendly and the food is good. Try it for breakfast, lunch or dinner...especially before the snowbirds flock back. Oct. 5th will be our next Out to Lunch. It will be at Flancers in Tempe. RSVP with Chris. Remember we will be supporting the Halloween Spooktacular on Fri. the 19th..let me know if you can help...Thx. Both Liz and Elaine are healing...keep them in your thoughts...it has been a long road to recovery. Blessings, Patty
Fishing Club By Ed Ricci
It’s the Dog Days of Summer, but we’re still catching fish. Fishing is slower, but there is a half decent bite at night. Catfish love stink bait. Bass are being caught on artificial baits including plastic worms. The big news is the upcoming Kid’s Fishing Tournament at Lake 1 on Saturday, October 6. This is an awesome event which was attended by over 100 children last year. We have a large stock tank filled with bluegill and cut off fishing poles for the little kids. We set up a tourney in the lake for the bigger kids, and we get loaner rods from Arizona Game & Fish. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Pictured in the shade is our sturdy group of Monday “INTERCLUB” players who showed up in numbers through the heat of summer to keep pickleball alive and very real on the The Ranch! At times we had 20 players battling for the glory of a win before retreating to our large shade tree on the east side of the courts to catch their breath, re-hydrate, and socialize. There was a lot of socializing, but we always got some great games in and a breakfast or two! There are not many tournaments to compete in without major travel, but we did have a number of our players win medals in high-country tournaments over the summer. With things cooling down, plans are underway to revive attendance and re-ignite regular play on Tuesday night, Thursday and Saturday mornings in mid-September. On October 1st we will go to winter hours, starting at 8am. Beginners are welcome anytime, but we are going to devote Thursdays to “Skills and Drills”, which will be a combination of advanced players wanting to practice and residents who just prefer to play. We will have advanced players there ready to help beginners learn the game. New players can come out anytime and we will have paddles and be prepared to introduce you to the game. Just be sure to wear good court shoes, comfortable clothing and try to let us know of any other needs so we can be prepared to get things going for you. As always, remember Dobson’s 6 courts at the Los Altos Community Center are available to residents and their guests anytime between 7 am and 10 pm daily, another great benefit of living here! For schedule updates please check the DR website at: www.dobsonranchhoa.com/activities. Or, you can contact Rich Bitner (email@example.com) or Frank Mizner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information, to get referrals for professional instruction, and to get on our email list for announcements regarding pickleball schedules and activities. Keep Hydrated, Stay Healthy & Pickle-On!!
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Dobson Ranch Democrats & Friends Club By Jill Snyder, Treasurer & Ryan Winkle, Vice President Please Attend Our Open Meetings! WHEN: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 6pm – 6:30 networking; 6:30 – 8pm meeting & program WHERE: La Famiglia Restaurant 1859 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa 85202 (SE corner plaza with Dobson Rd. Light refreshments provided. Cash bar.) Heather Macre - candidate and current CAWCD Board of Directors: Heather Macre has been honored to serve on the CAWCD Board of Directors since 2012. Her dedication to sustainability, smart growth, and increased transparency has helped the Board and our sustainable water future thrive. Heather Macre is an attorney by day, sustainability crusader by night, and busy mom eight days a week. She is a Partner at Aiken Schenk Law, and has worked on water quality and land conservation matters in this role, as well as bankruptcy, healthcare law, business disputes and commercial litigation. This experience adds crucial value to her role on the CAWCD Board. Pita Juarez - Film Maker & Arizona Community Activist: Pita Juarez is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in the border state of Arizona. Pita, a Guatemalan-American, is inspired by social issues affecting underserved and Latino communities. In her current role as Director of Communications at One Arizona, Pita supports the issues that matter to the immigrant community by highlighting Arizona’s stories of resilience in international, national and local media outlets. Pita is a contributing writer for Spanish and English publications and works across a variety of mediums including film and radio. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Hill, CNN Latino, Fusion, Univision, Remezcla and The Arizona Republic. In partnership with NPR One training, Pita develops and produces Mira Listen, a podcast “for Latino Millennials, by Latino Millennials” that serves bilingual, immigrant, LGBTQ, and activist communities. In 2015, Pita produced the independent documentary Salud Sin Papeles which motivated her to direct and produce her second documentary, You Racist, Sexist, Bigot, out in 2018. Pita takes pride in creating films that she hopes will engage and inspire diverse audiences to effect change in their communities. Other Speakers: Many Democratic Candidates want to speak for a few minutes and obtain recognition with our voters. Questions: George Tihanyi (480) 792-6746 Ryan Winkle (602) 741-6465 Ryan.D.Winkle@gmail.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ DobsonRanchDemocrats/; http://www.meetup.com/LD18-Dems/
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Dobson Ranch Republicans A heartfelt “Thank You!” to our many members who knocked on hundreds of doors throughout Dobson Ranch before the Primary Election. October is “crunch time” for informing voters before the all-important November 6 General Election. Anyone who would like to help get information about candidates to Republican and Independent voters in Dobson Ranch is invited to our Oct. 4 Victory 2018 Mobilization Meeting.
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Programs at Dobson Ranch Library September/October 2018 STEAM at the Ranch 9/17/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/8/2018 10/15/2018 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Stretch your imagination using science! Each week we will conduct experiments and participate in hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, or math. Grades 1-6 Baby Lapsit 9/18/2018 9/25/2018 10/2/2018 10/9/2018 9:30 AM-10:00 AM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Baby Lapsit introduces the rhythm and beauty of language to babies ages birth to 16 months. Preschool Storytime 9/18/2018 9/25/2018 10/2/2018 10/9/2018 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Join us for songs, stories, words, letters, numbers, and general silliness in this kindergarten readiness storytime. Young and Restless: A Storytime for Little Movers 9/19/2018 9/26/2018 10/3/2018 10/10/2018 9:30 AM-10:00 AM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Is your new walker on the go? Is he or she too busy exploring to sit for a lap bounce or a complete story book? Join us for a dynamic 30 minutes filled with early literacy activities chosen especially for toddlers who just need to move! Ages 12-24 months. The HOTspot Digital Help Desk 9/19/2018 9/26/2018 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Large Study Space (Max. 6) Adults Want to learn how to download ebooks, movies, music, magazines, and more to your laptop, tablet, or e-reader? Stop by the HOTspot table at the Dobson Library! Cookies, Coffee, and Crayons 9/19/2018 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Please join us for an hour of cookies, coffee and coloring. This intergenerational program invites kids and their favorite grownup or two for some screen-free time together coloring and connecting. No registration necessary. Supplies will be provided, but bringing your own supplies is welcome.
Follow our lessons at your own pace, and you’ll be coding in no time! For ages 8 and up. Craft Night: Egg Carton Flowers 9/20/2018 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults This month we will be upcycling egg cartons into flowers and other objects. Supplies are limited. Ages 14+ LEGO Club 9/22/2018 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Come explore your creative side at the library with LEGO. Children can either follow a monthly theme or build from their imaginations. LEGO and DUPLO blocks will be provided. Pranic Healing Workshop 9/22/2018 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults Prana is the life force (chi or ki). You can learn how to use it for physical and mental healing. This experiential talk will demonstrate how prana can be applied for healing and enhance your knowledge of the chakras and the energy bodies. The presentation includes a CBS 2 News video, group energy exercises, a Pranic Healing demonstration and a guided non-denominational Twin Hearts Meditation for Planetary Peace. Scary Stories Writing Contest 10/1/2018 10:00 AM-10:00 AM Children In 750 words or less, write the spookiest story you can. Here’s the catch – your story must take place in our eerie town of Mesa! Entry forms will be available at the children’s service desks at all library branches beginning Oct. 1. Deadline for submission is Saturday, October 20th at 5pm. Winners will receive a ghoulish prize and their stories will be read at “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” on Oct. 29 at the Main Library and Oct 30 at Red Mountain. Grades 3-5. Imagination Lab 10/2/2018 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Where can a book take you? Each month, we will explore the path between reading and adventure. Be it a craft or a read-aloud book discussion, Join us after school for an imagination stretch and some fun with friends. We will explore a different activity every month. Ages 5-10 years.
Toddlertime 9/20/2018 9/27/2018 10/4/2018 10/11/2018 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Toddlertime incorporates stories, music, and movement for children ages 16-36 months.
Terminating Temper Tantrums! 10/2/2018 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults Temper tantrums tiring you out? Disrespect and backtalk driving you crazy? Join us for this workshop and learn how to manage these challenging behaviors.
Code Commanders 9/20/2018 9/27/2018 10/4/2018 10/11/2018 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Ever wanted to learn how to code? Learn how to make computer games and websites - no previous computer or coding experience necessary.
K-Code 10/3/2018 10/10/2018 4:00 PM-4:45 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children You don’t need to be a computer whiz to learn the fundamentals of coding. We’ll use logic games and exercises to help children build cognitive skills
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that will be a strong foundation for learning how to code. For ages 4-6. Coding Around 10/3/2018 10/10/2018 4:45 PM-5:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children You don’t need to be a computer whiz to learn the fundamentals of coding. We’ll use logic games and exercises to help children build cognitive skills that will be a strong foundation for learning how to code. For ages 6-8. Let’s Play With Paper 10/3/2018 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults Join us the first Wednesday of each month where we will get creative with all kinds of paper. Each month we will work on a new project to make greeting cards, decorative origami, paper books/journals and a whole lot more. If you like to play with paper of all colors, textures and patterns this is the class for you. For Adults only, ages 18 & up. Oversized Games for the Whole Family 10/6/2018 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Come play larger than life versions of some of your favorite family games like Jenga, Connect Four, Memory, Tic Tac Toe, and Ring Toss.
Nominations needed for Nextdoor.com Good Neighbor Awards In honor of surpassing 50,000 users on Nextdoor.com, the City would like to recognize Nextdoor.com Good Neighbors who’ve made the greatest use of the social networking site in their neighborhoods. All Nextdoor.com users are encouraged to nominate someone in their neighborhood for the Nextdoor.com Good Neighbor Award. No matter how big or small the acts, the City wants to hear about neighbors who have made a positive influence in the community. Nominations are due by Tuesday, Aug. 28. The selected nominees will be recognized at a celebration in September. To nominate a Nextdoor.com Good Neighbor near you, visit https://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/neighborhood-outreach. Nextdoor is a private, free social network designed to strengthen communities. It’s an easy way for residents to connect with their neighbors and talk online, strengthen relationships and create safer neighborhoods through helpful, service-oriented interactions. The City of Mesa uses Nextdoor.com to communicate important updates about road closures, utility disruptions, safety tips, City events and helpful resources.
Become a Library Super User 10/9/2018 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults Using your Mesa Public Library card, get familiar with the library’s website to search the catalog & put items on hold. We will also explore some additional library databases such as Lynda.com for computer and business tutorials, resources for language instruction, and sources for reading recommendations. Bicycle Basics for Kids 10/10/2018 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Children Bicycle riding can be a blast, but it is even more enjoyable when the rider stays safe. Each participant who takes part in this safety class will receive a free bike helmet fitted specifically to his or her noggin. Ages 5-11. Space is limited so please register early! We Read YA Book Group 10/10/2018 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults We Read YA- Do You? If you are an adult who enjoys reading Yong Adult Novels, then this book group is for you. Each month we will read and discuss a different Young Adult novel. Studies show that 55% of all Young Adult book readers are over the age of 18. If you are one of the 55% or you’d like to see why We Read YA, check us out the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Octobers’s Discussion book will be “There’s Someone Inside Your House” by Stephanie Perkins ___ Fiction Folks 10/11/2018 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Dobson Meeting Room (Max. 75) Adults October’s discussion book is Karolina’s Twins by Ronald Balson.
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Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center Jazz Ensemble Doctor Faustus Would you sell your soul? Explore this question in October at Mesa Community College during performances of “The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe. Commonly known as “Doctor Faustus,” the story of Faustus tells of a learned German doctor who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. There are florid visions of an enraged Lucifer, dueling angels, the Seven Deadly Sins, Faustus tormenting the Pope and his summoning of the spirit of Alexander the Great. Marlowe created one of the first true tragedies in English in “Dr. Faustus. “Vividly dramatic, rich in poetic grandeur, this classic play is a robust and lively exemplar of the glories of an Elizabethan drama. Get your tickets today at www.mesacc.edu/arts. Performances are October 12, 13, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 13 and 20 at 2 pm at the MCC Theatre.
First Date “First Date”, a romantic musical comedy comes to Mesa Community College in September! Can Aaron, a blind date newbie and Casey, an experienced dater, turn their dating disaster into something special? A casual first date at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high stakes dinner where sparks fly. Or do they? As the night unfolds Aaron and Casey’s inner critics take on a life of their own in the form of imaginary visits from Aaron ex-girlfriend, Casey’s uptight sister and others. Reserve your seat today! Performances are Sept. 20, 21., 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at MCC Performing Arts Center. Note: Performances contain adult language and themes.
The Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center Jazz Ensemble (MPJE) has their first performance of the year this September 25 at the MCC Performing Arts Center. The MPJE Jazz Ensemble Group is made up of music instructors and performers from around the valley under the direction of talented pianist, composer, and arranger; Emmy Award winner Nick Manson. If you are a fan of Big Band Jazz music you don’t want to miss this. Tickets are available on www.mesacc.edu/arts. The performance is on September 25 at 7 pm.
Dobson Band Rummage Sale By Heidi Sheridan
The Dobson Band Program needs your help. Are you cleaning out those closets, need room in your garage, going to Goodwill? Let Dobson take those donations off your hands for you. We are having our annual Rummage Sale in February (Dobson High School parking lot). Please call 480-897-9770 or email email@example.com if you would like us to pick up any items.
Neighborhood Resources Bulk Item/Appliance Recycling For a nominal fee, Solid Waste personnel will come to your home and pick up bulky items such as furniture or boxes. There is also an appliance recycling program to have your refrigerators or freezers collected. Call 480-644-2221 for details on fees and how to schedule a pick-up.
Mesa CityLink App A smart phone app for users to report graffiti. In the near future you will be able to report code violations, potholes, street sweeping, missed garbage, and recycle barrels. Visit https://citylink.mesaaz.gov/
Graffiti Hotline 480-644-3083 The City of Mesa and Graffiti Protective Coatings provide timely service of removing graffiti on walls, utility boxes, signs, and other fixtures throughout Mesa. Visit http://mesaaz.gov/residents/ transportation/graffitti
Tool Lending Program
Clean Sweep/ Green Sweep
Neighborhood Services has a program by which neighborhood groups can request the use of a variety of tools for neighborhood projects, such as wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, weed eaters, brooms, etc. Visit http://mesaaz.gov/residents/neighborhoodoutreach/tool-lending-program
For larger neighborhood clean-up efforts, the Solid Waste Division enables residents to request large roll-off dumpsters to be placed in the neighborhood at no cost as long as 10 or more neighbors participate and work together on the program. Call 480-644-4791 to schedule a Clean Sweep or mesaaz.gov/residents/solid-waste-trashrecycling
Neighborhood Outreach Office Appliance Recycling Paint Re-Use Program 480-644-5700 Neighborhood Outreach staff can assist with providing a quick response and collaborative problem solving to Mesa residents concerned with neighborhood safety, appearance, and cohesiveness amongst neighbors. Visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/neighbor/ for more information.
Mesa residents looking for a quick and easy way to recycle their appliances can do so for a small fee by arranging for a home pick-up by calling 480-644-6789.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events This is a periodic event held on a Saturday so you can bring your household hazardous waste for proper disposal, such as tires, batteries, paints, oils, and other chemicals. Call 480-644-2222 for details on times and locations. Visit http://www.mesarecycles.org for more information.
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The Solid Waste Management Department has created a convenient and environmentally friendly way to reuse old paint. The purpose of the program is to distribute paint collected at Household Hazardous Waste events for use in beautifying Mesa’s neighborhoods. Call 480-644-2690 to reach the Paint Reuse Program Coordinator.
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To place an ad call 480-831-8314. PET CARE Have your dogs or cats cared for in your pet’s home environment and on their schedule. Ranch residents/longtime pet owners/references available. Call us for a free meet & greet. Alan & Susan Harris (Dobsondogsitters@gmail.com) 480-332-2256. We look forward to meeting you! POOL CARE POOL SERVICE & REPAIR – Repairs filter, pumps, cool deck, tile. Oscar 480-238-0545. GOODS AND SERVICES PIANO TEACHER - Accepting all ages. Search “Dr. Jeremy Peterman” on YouTube for videos, then call 336-684-0423 to set up your first lesson!
AWARD WINNER – Best of House 2017 and 2018. APC Top Job Winner 2018. Barssberrys Painting ROC#107686 480-892-0463 CARPET REPAIR – Restretching, patching, etc. Ron 480-861-8196 COOLING OR HEATING CHECK-UP – $18.95. MAZON’S AC and HEATING. 480-966-7794 or 602579-1012. Licensed and bonded. ROC #C39-212482. PLUMBING. We specialize in water heaters, drain cleaning, leaking pipes, faucets, toilets, tubs, slab leaks, reroutes, water softeners, disposals, reverse osmosis systems. Senior Discounts. Family owned and operated. Free estimates. Cure All Plumbing 480-8955858 Licensed, Bonded, Insured ROC204797 www. cureallplumbing.com.
FOR SALE: JON BOAT 10! Lifejackets, new battery, charger, trailer. $750. Winner of 2 prizes in Christmas boat parade. 480-861-9033
DOUBLE DD ELECTRIC 602-276-5550 Fast dependable service. Small/Large projects. Panel upgrades – Lighting – Troubleshooting. Lic ROC# 065071-010.
DUMPING DAVE – I haul it all. Yard debris, junk, appliances, furniture, home cleanouts. Whatever you need cleaned up and hauled away. DEPENDABLE and HONEST. Dave 480-360-5865
PLUMBING SERVICE – Complete plumbing repairs and service. Free water heater inspection. 480966-7794 or 602-579-1012. MAZON’S PLUMBING. Licensed and bonded. ROC #C37-212482.
HAULING – IT’S GOT TO GO! From one thing to the whole thing! Landscape and remodeling debris, trash, furniture, appliances, overstuffed garage, residential and commercial property clean outs, etc. Environmentally responsible disposal, including, recycle and charitable donation. Dobson Ranch resident. Free Estimate 480-200-9598
MASTER ELECTRICIAN – Roger Heaster. 22 years in the valley. Not a licensed contractor. 602-732-8877.
BRASSBERRYS PAINTING - ROC#107686. 35 years local experience. 480-892-0463
TIME TO PAINT YOUR HOUSE? – Cardinal Painting Company. Interior/Exterior. One room to complete house. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #240973. Fast, Free Estimates. 480-294-3744.
MATCH ALL DRYWALL REPAIR - match all textures, cracks, holes, water damage, patio, ceilings, small stucco repairs, additions. Licensed bonded and insured. ROC#221568. See our ad 602-908-0520. HANDYMAN T&T HANDYMAN SERVICES - 15+ years experience. Plumbing, Electric, Flooring, Painting, Roofing, Kitchen and Bath Remodeling. Ranch resident. Not a licensed contractor. Call Tim @ 602-327-4781. Handyman Services – Painting, Electrical, Plumbing, Lighting, Honey-Do Lists Welcome Call Chris 480-9802442 Not a licensed contractor THOMAS HANDYMAN SOLUTIONS – We fix all of your home issues. Insured with over 30 years’ experience. All carpentry, electrical, plumbing, water heaters, drywall, interior/exterior paint, window and door replacement and much more. 480-398-5832 28 THE DOBSON ASSOCIATION
AQUA TECH PLUMBING & DRAIN – For all your plumbing and drain cleaning needs. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC#228747 Reliability and experience you can afford. 480-507-3335 aquatechplumbingaz.com
R & M HOMEWORKS LLC. – Electrical, plumbing, drywall, painting, carpentry. Not a licenced contractor. Call Randy 480-235-6031
LANDSCAPING & IRRIGATION/SPRINKLER ISSUES – Accepting new clients. 480-710-8738. Unlicensed AZ HOME & LANDSCAPE SERVICES – Complete home and landscaping services including installation and repair, pavers, handyman and more. Reliable, licensed and insured. Smartscape certified. References Dobson Ranch resident. Free Estimate. 480-200-9598 MISCELLANEOUS AVON AT THE RANCH – Pauline Perez 602-619-4283, Independent Sales Representative. www.youravon. com/pperez1146 BOOKMAN’S CHANGING HANDS BOOK STORE CREDITS – Discounted 40% 480-820-8972 Selling San Clemente Inn.com time share $400 480560-5463 Minor automotive repairs and charging AC, etc. Bill 480-560-5463
At Your Service At Your Service ads are published free for Dobson Ranch teens. Call 480-831-8314 and ask for the editor or email firstname.lastname@example.org. RESPONSIBLE BABYSITTER - Hi, my name is Emily, I am 15 years old and a Sophomore at Dobson HS. I’m the fourth of nine children and experienced with all ages including infants. My Mom calls me the, “Baby Whisperer.” I would love to be your weekly date night sitter or summer nanny. I’m also American Red Cross Babysitter/CPR certified. Call or text me to set up an interview! 480-306-6671 HOUSE SITTING SERVICE: My name is Michael. I am 14 years old, and I can house sit for you if you are planning to go out of town. I can bring in mail, water plants, clean your pool, and check chemical levels. Rates are reasonable and negotiable. Please call 602312-0283.
EXPERT HANDYMAN/HOME REMODELER – All phases of home remodeling, including plumbing, electrical, flooring, window/door installation. Kitchen/ bath remodels. Wheelchair showers. Interior/exterior painting. No job too big or too small. Not a licensed contractor. (All work guaranteed). George 480-6957299. LAWN CARE $80/MONTH-COMPLETE LAWN SERVICE - Owner is a Dobson Ranch resident. Licensed, Bonded and Insured ROC281191 www.kjelandscape.com 480-5868445.
The Dobson Association Roundup does not make any representation as to the validity or qualifications of any advertiser. For further information on licensed contractors log onto www.azroc.gov. This is the website for Arizona licensing of contractors. Use either the contractor’s name or their ROC number.
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Calendar of Events September/October 2018 MONDAY
10 Retiree’s General Meeting 8 am Grande Room
11 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
12 Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room
13 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Grande Room
Bridge 12:30 pm Chica Room
Recreation Committee Meeting 5 pm Chica Room
Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room
Aqua Zumba 6:30 pm La Casita Pool
Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room
Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga
17 Retiree’s Board Meeting 9 am Grande Room
18 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
19 Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room
Bridge 12:30 pm Chica Room
Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room
Budget and Finance 6:30 pm Grande Room 24 Bridge 12:30 pm Saratoga Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga Waterworks BOD Meeting 6:30 pm Chica Room
Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room
Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga
Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room 25 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
26 Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room
Water Management Committee 6:30 pm Chica Room
Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room
Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
20 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Grande Room Laguna Park
21 Bunco 6:30 pm Saratoga
BOD Meeting 7 pm Grande Room 27 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
23 Sunday 28 Poker 6:30 pm Saratoga
Laguna Village BOD Meeting 5 pm Chica Room
Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room
Aqua Zumba 6:30 pm La Casita Pool
Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room
Legante Paseo BOD Meeting 7 pm Chica Room
3 Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room
4 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Grande Room
5 A Matter of Balance 9 am Chica Room
Bridge 12:30 pm Chica Room
Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room
Retiree’s Game Day 1 pm Chica Room
Master Planning Committee 1 pm Chica Room
6 Outdoor Expo and Kids Fishing Derby 7 am-10 am
Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room
OCTOBER 8 Fall Break Camp 8 am Saratoga
9 Fall Break Camp 8 am Saratoga
Marking Committee Meeting 8:30 am Chica Room
Healing Yoga 8:15 am Chica Room
Bridge 12:30 pm Chica Room
Rec Committee Meeting 4:30 pm Chica Room Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
11 Fall Break Camp 8 am Saratoga
Healing Yoga 8:15 am Grande Room
A Matter of Balance 9 am Chica Room
Healing Yoga 8:15 am Grande Room
A Matter of Balance 9 am Chica Room
BOD Meeting 7 pm Grande Room
Halloween Spooktacular 5:30 pm Laguna Park
16 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
17 Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room
Bridge 12:30 pm Chica Room
Zumba 6:30 pm Grande Room
Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room
Budget and Finance 6:30 pm Grande Room
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10 Fall Break Camp 8 am Saratoga Tai Chi Beginner 9 am Chica Room Tai Chi Intermediate 10 am Chica Room Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room
15 Retiree’s Board Meeting 9 am Grande Room Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga
22 Golf Tournament Check in 6:30 am Dobson Ranch Golf Course
Aqua Zumba 6:30 pm La Casita Pool
2 Healing Yoga 8:15 am Saratoga
Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga
1 Retiree’s General Meeting 8 am Grande Room Yoga for Beginners 5:30 pm Saratoga
Tai Chi Beginner 6 pm Grande Room Tai Chi Advanced 7 pm Grande Room
Fall Break Camp 8 am Saratoga
Bunco 6:30 pm Saratoga
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The September edition of the Ranchers' Roundup, the official publication of the Dobson Ranch Homewoners Association.