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September 2018


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3 Ton Split System $5,000 4 Ton Split System $5,200 5 Ton Split System $5,500

Teacher & Military Discount on service work Vistancia Mom’s Club Discount on service work

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The 23rd Annual Peoria Firefighters Charities Golf Tournament

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Trilogy Golf Club Vistancia 12575 W. Golf Club Drive Peoria, AZ 85383

4-person scramble Registration Begins at 7:00 am Shot Gun Start at 8:30 am

$90 Per Player

Deadline to Sign up

Sign up as a Single or Teams up to 4

Sept. 31st

Contact: Isaac Reaves (928)300-4101

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September 2018

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Be the Ultimate Survivor Competition to outplay & outlast comes to Peoria this month

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From the Developer


Team Info


Manager’s Message


Board Report


Maintenance Corner


Communications Brief


News Briefs


Landscape Log

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Featured Event




Featured Activity




What’s Happening


Vistancia Village A Community Association Mountain Vista Club Association Office 29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria, AZ 85383 Email: Phone: 480.648.4859

P: 623-215-8646 F: 623-215-8647 Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Website: ®

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It Takes a Village


Important Phone Numbers


Blackstone Country Club


Vistancia Elementary


Liberty High School


Lake Pleasant Elementary


City of Peoria


City Briefs


Police Beat



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Four New Neighborhoods Now Selling and Pre-Selling in The Village at Vistancia

from the developer

By Mark Hammons

Vice President and General Manager

Vistancia is pleased to announce that four new neighborhoods are now selling and pre-selling in The Village at Vistancia. Located off Lone Mountain Parkway east of El Mirage Road, these new neighborhoods by David Weekley Homes, Richmond American Homes, Gehan Homes, and William Ryan Homes offer convenient access to the Loop 303 with amazing Sonoran Desert and mountain views. In addition to having access to all of the amenities within The Village at Vistancia, these neighborhoods offer three neighborhood parks, including Desert Mirage Park that features a large green belt, a half basketball court, and picnic ramadas. Richmond American Homes and David Weekley Homes models are open daily for previewing, and we anticipate Gehan Homes and William Ryan Homes to be open this fall. Senita Trails by Richmond American Homes| 79 homesites | 4 floorplans | 2,090-2,510 square feet Sunset Ridge by David Weekley Homes| 74 homesites | 6 floorplans | 2,497-3,287 square feet Verde Vista by Gehan Homes | 84 homesites | 7 floorplans |1,486-3,026 square feet Agave Ridge by William Ryan Homes | 85 homesites | 4 floorplans | 1,901-2,686 square feet For more details about the elevations and floorplans offered in the four new neighborhoods in The Village at Vistancia, visit or call 623.933.6233. The Vistancia Information Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia.

the team Dick Rosenhagen

Melissa Parsons

Kelly Strand

Community Manager

Assistant Community Manager

Lifestyle Director

Casey Doscher

Adam Rosen

Stephanie DeAlba

Susan Claeys

Jake Monday

Mark Vaughn

Roberto Gonzalez

Clyde Pechstedt

Hannah Crosby Lifestyle/ Communications Assistant

Dave Hachtel

Jim McGoldrick

Aaron McDowell

Administrative Coordinator

Design Review Coordinator

Maintenance Associate

Community Patrol

Communications Coordinator

Maintenance Director

Community Patrol

Covenants Coordinator

Maintenance Supervisor

Community Patrol

Community Patrol

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manager’s message

Introducing Your New Community Manager By Craig Pustejovsky Community Manager

The outpouring of well-wishes and support after the announcement of my promotion was heartwarming, and I thank each of you who reached out. It will be difficult to leave Vistancia, but you will see me again as this will be one of the communities I oversee in my portfolio as vice president. The CCMC leadership team has spent the last month searching for the best candidate to manage this exceptional community. After many interviews, I believe the right person was chosen to maintain the excellent level of service you expect and deserve.

Dick Rosenhagen

I am proud to introduce Dick Rosenhagen as your new community manager. Dick’s experience within CCMC, leadership skills, and education made him the perfect choice. He has spent the last 13 years in various community management roles, first serving as the Club Director at Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear in 2005. He quickly rose to a community manager role in 2007 and has served several CCMC communities throughout the Valley as both a portfolio and community manager. He most recently served as the community manager at Toscana at Desert Ridge, a luxury community association in north Phoenix.

Dick brings a wealth of knowledge to share and will be a great asset to the management team and community. Along with his experience in community management, Dick holds the Certified Arizona Association Manager (CAAM), the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), and the coveted Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designations. A native of the Cheney, Kansas, Dick earned his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State. He currently resides in Peoria with his wife, Brandi, and two cocker spaniels, Rocky and Husker. In his free time, Dick enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golf, and Nebraska football. We will hold a reception to welcome him in the coming weeks, so please be sure to check our eNews and Facebook page for a date and time to come out and meet your new community manager. I hope you will welcome Dick and show him the friendship, warmth, and kindness you have shown me in my three years at Vistancia. I look forward to seeing the work Dick and the management team will do to ensure your needs are met and that you continue to be proud to call this community home.

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board report

Activities Aplenty! By Julia Miller

President | Board of Directors

Julia Miller serves as the Board liaison to the Activities Committee. After a successful first two-thirds of 2018, we have a ton of great events on tap for the final third of the year! These events couldn’t be possible without our Activities Committee. These nine residents work with the management team to determine what activities to plan for the community. Their input is invaluable to the success of our events, and they work tirelessly planning and volunteering the events we all enjoy. The Activities Committee is currently comprised of the following residents: Kellie McGhee Heather LaConte Kathy Ganem Diana Daniels Shawn-Marie Linsenmayer Kathy McKinstry Steve Tribble Philomena Raso Virginia Cornelius JAN | THROWBACK JAM

If you are interested in serving on the committee in the future, visit and fill out a committee interest form. It has been an amazing year for our events and activities already and there is still more to come! If you haven’t attended any of the events so far, there’s still plenty of time to bring the family to celebrate the season! Some of our great events so far this year: JANUARY | Village Cafe, Storytime, Throwback Jam FEBRUARY | Food Truck Night, Wild West Fest MARCH | Concert in the Park (moved to the gymnasium due to rain but still a success!) APRIL | Eggstravaganza (700 children and nearly 2,000 people in attendance!), Community Garage Sale, Ladybug Release MAY | Summer Kickoff


JUNE | Thirst Thursday, Community Bingo, Teen Water Wars, and a new favorite Family Scavenger Hunt JULY | Fantastic Fridays, Teen Nerf Wars, Village Café at the Bay AUGUST | Dueling Pianos, Teen Glow Pool Party With more to come: SEPTEMBER | Survivor Down Under OCTOBER | Hallowscream NOVEMBER | Broadway Night DECEMBER | Santa’s Village, Holiday Hayrides & Carols


Along with putting on these events, the Activities Committee completed a strategic planning session last month to look forward to the year to come. I am looking forward to working with the committee members and to make sure 2019 is as fun-filled as 2018 has been and will continue to be!

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maintenance corner

A Preview of Our View Fence Project By Jake Monday

Maintenance Director

There have been many improvements the maintenance team has completed this year throughout the community, but one of our biggest maintenance projects for 2018 will kick off this fall.

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Many homes in the community have a view fence in their backyard to enhance their view of the community, desert, and mountains. These fences must be maintained to uphold their visual appeal, including painting them regularly (every four years). Our last view fence painting project occurred in 2014 and completing this in 2018 is one of our main goals for the community. Now that temperatures are cooling down, it’s time for this project to heat up. We’re currently soliciting bids for this project, which is paid for out of the Association’s reserve fund. The maintenance team will review the bids and present them to the Board of Directors to approve at an upcoming meeting. Painting will begin shortly after if the Board approves a bid.



If you live in a home with a view fence, pay extra attention to our eNews for painting schedules. You’ll also receive a notice on your door closer to the time your fence will be painted because the painter will need access to your rear yard to complete their work. You will need to move plants, critter guards, and other items near your view fence prior to painting.


Check our eNews and Facebook page this fall for estimated dates for this project to be completed, along with before and after shots to see the beautification of the community in action.



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communications brief


Communications Coordinator

In today’s never-ending news cycle, good news isn’t heard as much as it should be. Most of the time, the sad news of the world rule the headlines, leaving little space and time for the great things people do for their community. We want to change that narrative, however. Not only do we want to share your story, but we, in conjunction with our magazine publisher Print2Order, want to pay your quarterly assessments for doing so. 1.

Have something noble, honorable, memorable, or epic done for you by a neighbor. Have a neighbor take in your trash bin while you weren’t home to avoid a violation? Nominate them. Did someone chase down your recycle bin, trampoline, or other personal item during a monsoon? Nominate them. Is your next-door neighbor always there when you need them with a warm smile, a cooked meal, or free babysitting? Definitely nominate them!


Share your story with us. Visit and fill out the It Takes a Village nomination form. Tell us who you’re nominating and why in less than 200 words and submit your nomination electronically.


Have your story chosen as the quarter’s winner of the It Takes a Village recognition program. Not only will you see your story in an upcoming edition of Vistancia Living magazine, Print2Order will give both the neighbor you nominate and you for nominating $258 toward your quarterly assessments!

It’s that simple! Follow the steps above and you may find yourself $258 richer!

It Takes a village good neighbor recognition

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landscape log news briefs

The Right Tool for the Job By Dean Rodrigues

DLC Resources Field Manager

BOARD MEETING RECAP The Vistancia Village A Board of Directors met for its regular business meeting Tuesday, July 24. Among other business, the Board: • Approved minutes of the May 22, 2018, meeting. • Accepted the June 2018 financials, subject to audit. • Accepted the 2017 financial audit. • Accepted the Communications Committee recommendation to lease new office phones through Zona Communications. • Appointed Heather LaConte to the Activities Committee and Denise Carlquist and Karla Wilson to the Landscape Committee. • Approved various landscape proposals from DLC Resources. The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the MVC Clubhouse. An agenda and packet will be available prior to the meeting.

DLC WEEKLY PREVIEW IN ENEWS As part of enhancing our communications efforts with you, DLC Resources provides a summary each week in our Thursday eNews previewing the neighborhoods they will be in and work they will perform. If you don’t receive our eNews on Monday and Thursday evenings, visit to sign up.

The DLC Resources landscape professionals that take care of your common areas know exactly what tools to use for every job they do. In your own backyard, occasional tree and shrub pruning are needed in order to maintain the look and health of your plants. Below are a few tools we recommend you have for taking care of these routine tasks. REMOVING BRANCHES Bypass loppers are a great option for tree pruning. They are best if used on branches that are less than one inch thick. We recommend bypass loppers over anvil loppers because the bypass will slice a branch when its blades cross each other. Bypass hand pruners are another tool that can be used on smaller tree branches and shrubs less than a quarterinch thick. They are sized perfectly to use with one hand for small cuts. Handsaws should be used on branches larger than 1 inch in thickness. You can find a standard handsaw in any garden department. Make sure that you don’t try to use a wood-working saw for these kinds of projects. Handsaws are designed for trees and will perform much better because of their rounded shape and serrated blade. Handsaws should also always be used for branches that are dead, regardless of their width, because dead branches are tougher to cut than living ones.

PRUNING Scissor shears can be used to give your hedges and shrubs a natural look. Gas or electric hedge trimmers can also be used on large projects or to speed up the pruning process. TOOL MAINTENANCE Having the right tool won’t do you any good if it’s in poor condition. Keep your tools sharpened. Most tools can be easily sharpened with a file or sharpened by a professional. It is often cheaper to simply replace your handsaw blade when it gets dull. Also, keep your tools clean. If you are trimming a plant that has been infested by a parasitic organism like mistletoe or witch’s broom, dip your cutters in rubbing alcohol between each cut. This will help prevent the spread of the parasite. TOOL SAFETY Always wear gloves and protective glasses. Make sure your glasses are safety glasses and provide eye coverage and protection; regular sunglasses will not do the trick. When trimming, it is safest to trim from ground level and to not trim anything over your head. For projects that require these actions, consider hiring a professional.

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featured event

Will You be the Ultimate Survivor? By Kelly Strand

Lifestyle Director

Over its 36 seasons, the hit television reality competition “Survivor” has visited exotic locales including Thailand, Nicaragua, and Fiji (and yes, there has been 36 seasons and 540 episodes of the show since 2000!). There has never been a competition set in the sweltering desert of northwest Peoria…until now! We are bringing the competition to outwit, outplay, and outlast to the community with a special, Australian-themed “Survivor: Down Under” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on the Mountain Vista Club Event Lawn. Get your team of four together to compete in obstacle courses, mazes, puzzles, and trivia. In the spirit of the show, you’ll want to make sure to have a team member with a strong stomach to handle any food competitions that may come, too! If you’re able to outplay and outlast the rest of the teams, you’ll go home with special prizes! The winning team will receive tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde where you’ll meet lions and tigers and bears and many more furry friends. Runners-up will receive a special trip to the Outback…Steakhouse. Sign up your team today at for just $10 per team. Due to the nature of the challenges, children under the age of six are not advised to participate in this event, but spectators of all ages are welcome and encouraged to be on the Event Lawn to take in all the action! Thank you to our great sponsors for this event: Cross of Glory Church, Legacy Smiles, and Zona Communications! Want a sneak peek at the “Survivor” action? Visit to see a video previewing the event.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 | 5-8 P.M. Mountain Vista Club Event Lawn

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featured activity

Barre Raises the Bar for Community Workouts By Hannah Crosby

Lifestyle Assistant

Specialized fitness classes can be hard to find locally, but Vistancia resident Andrea Ladner offers barre fitness classes in our clubhouse. A well-known barre instructor, Andrea leads a great program that you will want to be part of. Her class is fun, upbeat, and an opportunity to get your sweat on. Read on to learn more about her class along with her special challenge this month and what you can win by attending, besides a good workout and a great time! “Barre workouts aren’t new to the fitness world, but they are still new to many people. Barre is an exercise program which combines movements inspired by ballet, pilates, and yoga to strengthen and develop muscles, improve balance, and increase flexibility. You will walk away with a total body workout from this class which will target the upper and lower body, core, and give you a cardio boost as well. You will use light hand weights, a small exercise ball, and your body weight as resistance. Class participants have ranged from professional ballet dancers to individuals just beginning to exercise. Everybody is welcome! Don’t have fancy leggings or know how to put a fancy bun in your hair? No problem; I would love to have you in class! I was certified in the barre format 10 years ago and fell in love with it! I have never been a dancer; in fact, I may have more of the grace of a football player. But, it was exactly what my body needed. It gave me a total body workout with no impact. I am now self-employed as a personal trainer hosting my class in the community. I love being able to connect more everyday with the people of Vistancia and I want to help you connect, too! We did our first Barre and Brunch last month and are doing a basket giveaway this month. Each time you come to one of my classes your name will be entered in a drawing. There are also other fun ways to get additional entries: bring a friend, introduce yourself to the class and tell us why you love barre or Vistancia, or wear your tutu or leg warmers. The drawing will be held during our class on Sept. 28, and you do not need to be present to win. Pre-registration is not required (unless designated). Each class is $5 per person. Please bring a mat, light hand weights, a towel, and water. I look forward to seeing you!” Visit a barre class and see what makes Andrea’s class so special. If you can’t make this month, you won’t want to miss October’s pink barre for breast cancer awareness. For more information about the class, email Andrea at

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resources Learn more about all Association sponsored classes and clubs online at • Aquaria Swim | Cari Lopez | | 623-680-6835 • AZ Tumble ‘N’ Dance | Tawni Lanoue | | $ • Barre Fitness | Andrea Ladner | | $ • Basketball Group | AJ Thompson | • Book Club | Diana Daniels | • Bunco Group | Harrianne Kopel | | 602-573-6468 • Business Networking Group | Valerie Fairchild | • Canasta | Linda Hutchinson | • Corks and Canvas | Beth Hill | |$ • Essential Oils | Cynthia Campbell | • Fitness Bootcamp | Jennifer Pugh | 435-701-0065 | $

• Flex Yoga | Ilaiza Cochrane | | $ • Game Group | Harrianne Kopel | | 602-573-6468 • Get Crafty | Hannah Crosby | | $ • Knit Wits | Diana Daniels | • Let’s Play Music |Melissa Richardson | 210-489-0523 | $

• Mah-Jongg | Patty Hopkins | • MOMS Club | Virginia Cornelius | • Pickleball | Kathy and Ray McKinstry | • Sound Beginnings Music Class | Michelle Nielsen | $

• Swim 4 Life | Lori Lindstrom | 602-284-4399


• Tennis Club | Howie Grover | | 623-215-8708 • Tennis Lessons | Joe Ragland | 623-680-6738 | $ • Tippie Toes Toddler Dance| Kristi Hunter | |$ • Valley Creative Cheer | Clarissa and Stacy | 623-271-3483 | $

• Vistancia Business Networking Group | Valerie Fairchild

• Vistancia Poker Club | Daren Sanborn | | $ • Vistancia Veterans Group | Jeff Carpenter | • Vistancia Vipers | Taylor Hayes | | $ • Vistancia Wine Club | Jim Allen | • Water Aerobics | Lisa Siminoff | • Women’s Bible Study | Jackie Johnson | $ denotes program/registration fee Subject to credit approval. See dealer for details.

Tippie Toes Toddler Dance

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what’s happening First Friday

Friday, Sept. 7 | 9 a.m. | Association Office FREE

Join fellow residents for coffee and donuts. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends. First Friday is sponsored by Edward Jones of Vistancia.

Survivor Down Under

Saturday, Sept. 29 | 5 p.m. | Mountain Vista Club Event Lawn $10/TEAM | MYVISTANCIA.COM/SURVIVOR

Will you be the ultimate survivor? Form a team of four and take on obstacle courses, puzzles, mazes, and much more. Be sure to have a team member with a strong stomach for food competitions, too! See page 12 for more information on this fun, new event!

Corks & Canvas

Friday, Sept. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Association Office $35/PERSON | BYOB

Whether you have never picked up a paintbrush in your life or you are a seasoned artist looking to have a fun and creative night out, Corks & Canvas is for you. Canvases, easels, aprons, brushes, paint and professional step-by-step instruction will, and you will go home with your own masterpiece! Payments can be made to Beth Hill from Palate2Palette at

Village Café & Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, Oct. 13 | 9 a.m.-noon | Mountain Vista Club

Grab a free breakfast with your friends and neighbors at the Village Café, then do some early holiday shopping at the Holiday Bazaar.


Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 10 a.m. | Association Office

Thirst Thursday

Thursday, Sept. 13 | 6 p.m. | Association Office $5/PERSON (AT THE DOOR)

You'll be treated to great music by Lockstep this quarter at the Stumble Inn. Todd and Danielle Owens offer a mix of positively charged lyrics, soulful vocals, original music, and covers full of energy melding together to uplift your spirits. RSVP as soon as possible; space may be limited depending on the weather.

Our monthly storytime continues. For this month’s event theme visit and closer to the event!

Food Truck Night

Thursday, Oct. 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Mountain Vista Club Parking Lot

Try something new or bring home one of your favorites for dinner for the family. Trucks for this month will be announced in eNews and our Facebook page in October.


Tuesday, Sept. 18 | 10 a.m. | Association Office FREE

Storytime returns with a different theme every month! This month with be “All About Me,” hosted by Ms. Juanita from Blue Goose Fun Time Adventures.


Friday, Oct. 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Mountain Vista Club

Get your costume ready to have a spook-tacular time; our annual Halloween celebration is right around the corner!


Food Truck Night

Thursday, Sept. 20 | 5 p.m. | Mountain Vista Club Parking Lot

The weather is cooling down and our food truck night is heating back up for the season! Enjoy dinner from Q Up! BBQ, Flyin' Hawaiian, Wandering Donkey, and dessert from Frosted Frenzy food trucks.

Diamondbacks Outing

Wednesday, Sept. 26 | 5 p.m. | Mountain Vista Club Parking Lot $50/PERSON | SOLD OUT!

We want to take you out to a ballgame! This trip includes a ticket to see the Diamondbacks host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:40 p.m., all you can eat ballpark food and non-alcoholic drinks, and round-trip transportation from the Mountain Vista Club. While this event is sold out, check our eNews in the future for more fun outings like this!

Small Class Sizes. Christian Environment. Excellence in Education.  Grades PreK-8th.  10111 W Jomax Rd in North Peoria 

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Tippie Toes Toddler Dance

Monday, September 10 | 8:15-8:45 a.m. & 9-9:30 a.m. | MVC Clubhouse $30/TODDLER A MONTH

Streaming Class

Saturday, September 15 | 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. | Association Office FREE

What is streaming? How do you “cut the cord?” It’s a big buzz right now, but what the heck is it and how do I do it? With so many questions surrounding streaming, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Don’t let it scare you off – it isn’t as hard as you may think to begin streaming. With a few clicks you can enjoy the freedom from increasing cable prices, ditch the 200 channels that you never watch and still watch live television and sports. Join Zona Communications for a live demonstration of streaming and learn how you can get started streaming today! Call Zona Communications at 623-455-4599 to register.

Tippie Toes Dance Class is starting for the season! Toddlers ages 2-4 are invited to learn the fundamentals of ballet. Sessions will conclude with a routine to show the parents. Space is limited; email Kristi Hunter at lange. to register.

AZ Tumble N’ Dance

Tuesdays | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | MVC Gymnasium

AZ Tumble N’ Dance is starting a new class for homeschoolers! Take this opportunity to have your kids learn the fundamentals of tumbling, and improve flexibility and strength. Basic tricks including cartwheels, round offs, somersaults, back bends, handstands, and more! Email Tawni Monk at to register.

MOMS Club Open House

Thursday, September 27 | 10 a.m.-noon | MVC Gymnasium

The MOMS Club will host an open house for you and your little ones to enjoy, learn more about the club. and get to know the amazing moms involved. This group is always looking for ways to volunteer help their community. Email for more information.

Blood Drive

Saturday, September 29 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | MVC Parking Lot

Whether you're O, A, or B; positive or negative, the need for blood is constant to help save lives. United Blood Services will bring their Bloodmobile to the Mountain Vista Club Parking Lot. Stop by and donate blood to help save someone's life!

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It Takes a


good neighbor recognition

The Village at Vistancia is full of good neighbors, whose kind acts make this community such a wonderful place to live. That’s why Vistancia and Print2order® are happy to offer this new program, It Takes a Village, to recognize good neighbors and share the stories of their selfless acts of kindness. As a resident of Vistancia we are asking you to share the stories about your neighbors who went above and beyond the normal neighborly duties. There is no act to small or insignificant; villages are built one kind act at a time. Each quarter we will select one story to spotlight in the Vistancia Living Magazine and in the spirit of giving back, Print2order will pay the quarterly assessments* for both the good neighbor and the neighbor who shared the story. The next winner will be announced in the September edition for the October assessments.

DO YOU HAVE A GOOD NEIGHBOR YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE? Please submit your name and contact information, along with the resident’s name, address, and the reason you are nominating them. Winners are selected every quarter from the previous nominations. Show your neighbors you appreciate them today by submitting a nomination on ®

*Blackstone residents receive $258 toward their assessments.

I M P O R TA N T PHONE NUMBERS ASSOCIATION Association Office Community Patrol Association Emergency (Midnight-8 a.m.)

623-215-8646 480-313-2685 800-274-3165

EMERGENCY SERVICES Police and Animal Control Police North Valley Tip Line Fire Department Arrowhead Hospital North Peoria Emergency Center

623-773-8311 623-773-5077 623-773-7279 623-561-1000 623-561-2022

CITY OF PEORIA City Hall Post Office Sunrise Mountain Library

623-773-7000 623-979-8533 623-773-8650

PUBLIC UTILITIES Southwest Gas APS (Electric) City of Peoria Water and Trash

877-860-6020 602-371-7171 623-773-7160

PEORIA UNIFIED SCHOOLS District Office Lake Pleasant Elementary Vistancia Elementary Liberty High School

623-486-6000 623-773-6575 623-773-6500 623-773-6525

CHURCHES Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Spirit Song Church

623-224-8839 623-824-1357

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blackstone country club

Final Month to Experience Blackstone Country Club as a “Member for a Day!” By The Vistancia Information Center

If you have always wanted to see for yourself what Blackstone Country Club has to offer, now is the perfect time to experience the Club as a “Member for a Day.” Through the end of September, you will receive a round of golf for two, a gourmet lunch, and a private Club tour for $150*.

*Refundable with commencement of Golf or Social membership. Offer valid between May 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018. Blackstone Country Club is a private facility. The golf course, clubhouse and other facilities are part of Blackstone Country Club and are not included with the purchase of real estate. See governing Club documents at for terms, conditions and costs. Membership offers may be cancelled at any time. All rights reserved © 2018

Located in your own backyard, Blackstone Country Club is the northwest Valley’s premier private club experience. The award-winning 18-hole Jim Engh-designed golf course offers extraordinary golf unlike any other golf course available in this area. The Club’s 30,000 square-foot Hacienda-styled clubhouse features a wide range of amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, resort-styled pool with private cabanas, a children’s play area, tennis facilities, and both casual and fine dining options. Club members also enjoy a year-round calendar of events and activities. This is the final month to advantage of the “Member for a Day” offer. To schedule your experience today, call the Membership Director at 623-707-8700 or email The Club offers equity golf and social membership options starting at $345 per month.

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vistancia elementary




Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! By Joshua Rawlings Principal

I hope you had a wonderful summer. We are excited to get started with a new year and many new faces. Welcome to our new staff this year: AMY ANDERSON | Kindergarten

DENIS OHLWILER | 8th grade

NATALYA BECK | 7th Grade

AMY PILEGGI | Assistant

TALIA COYNE | Preschool

ERIN PIWINSKI | 1st grade

AMY FERGUSON | Reading Specialist

LUZ RENTERIA | 3rd grade

SANDY GOFF | Preschool Asst.


EMILEE JOHNSTON | Psychologist

TANYA SANDERS | Physical Education

CHRIS LEDESMA | Physical Education



DEBORAH TABOR | 3rd grade

ANGELA MURPHY | 6th grade

LAURA TAYLOR | 4th grade

We have many new student faces on campus this year and extend a heartfelt welcome to our campus and community. show the village at vistancia you are here for them.

This school year marks our inaugural year of “The Leader in Me.” Students will learn about habits and principles of effectiveness, set and track personal and academic goals, and expand their skills in communication, self-determination, and collaboration. This year promises to be a year of exciting possibilities!

(480) 648-4859

A big thank goes out to our PTO! They prioritized adding shade in front of our school last year and our shade structures were installed just before school started. Thank you for the beautiful additions to our campus. Another thanks goes to the Becker family, who donated the “7 Habits” banners that currently adorn our front pillars and will eventually be hung in our cafeteria. They look wonderful! Thank you for a great start to the year!

Your goal is 5-Star care? Our’s too.

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liberty high school

Not Business as Usual: New Focus on Relationships for Liberty Lions By Liberty Newspaper Staff

The sophomore slump is a myth to principal Tawn Argeris. Not content to rest on the laurels of a successful first year, Argeris was hungry to make his impact on Liberty. The eager principal and his administrative team came to the staff at the beginning of the year with a single goal: build relationships. The academic achievement was already there; Liberty scored well over the state average in nearly all core subject areas. The athletic achievement was already there; heck, the afterglow of a stunning state title run in baseball is still rippling through the school. The arts programs, the clubs, and all the other facets of the school were there and running at near peak efficiency. “You can’t just dive back in [to the school year] and say we’re going to do it again—you’ve got to get a better angle on it,” Argeris said. One of the few things Argeris saw that needed extra focus was the relationship aspect—not just from teacher to student, but also from teacher to teacher. “We become better at what we do [when we build relationships]. We work better with kids. They buy in more,” Argeris said. The idea is that if teachers can foster stronger relationships with those around them, everything that already works well will work better. Teachers are being asked to step out of their comfort zones and form bonds across departments within the school. Extra attendance to games, concerts, and other activities is being heavily emphasized to show more support for the extracurricular efforts of the students. More visibility on campus during passing periods is encouraged. The motto for the year—We are Liberty—is emblazoned on the yearly staff shirt to serve as a constant reminder that Liberty is not just a school, but indeed a community. “If we build the right place and everybody loves to come here… that’s the place we want to be,” Argeris said. “Trust us. We’re going to move forward. We’re going to make this a better place.”

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lake pleasant elementary

Welcome Our New Teachers! By Dustin Hamman Principal

We are excited to introduce our new teachers to Lake Pleasant Elementary this year! Mrs. Erin Proffit, speech language pathologist, has been with PUSD for 5 years. Originally from Wisconsin, she is married and has one daughter. She loves to read and listen to alternative rock. Mrs. Jennifer Olson, preschool, has 17 years of experience. Originally from San Diego, she is married with one daughter, loves art, music, food, and traveling. Mrs. Sara Chowdhury, first grade, has worked in Peoria for 15 years. Married with two boys, she loves hiking, shopping, and hockey. Ms. Sheila Fisher, second grade, is in her 10th year of teaching. Originally from Colorado, she loves to read, hike, and cheering on the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies. Ms. Lauren Emehiser, third grade, is in her first year of teaching. She loves camping, swimming, spending time with friends, family, and her goldendoodle puppy. Ms. Amanda Schlueter, third grade, is starting her second year in PUSD. She has a nine-month-old daughter, a golden retriever, and makes handcrafted jewelry in her spare time. Mrs. Michelle Kist, third grade, “retired� but keeps returning! She has taught nearly every grade along with spending time as a librarian. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and crafts. Mrs. Lizett Jacobo, fourth grade, is new to Peoria from California. Married with a two-year-old and newborn, she loves spending time with her family, hiking, Dodgers baseball, and USC sports. Mrs. Denise Rodriguez, fourth grade, is a 15-year veteran of PUSD. Married with three children, she loves reading, watching movies, swimming, Dodgers baseball, and ASU sports. Stay up to date by checking out the Lake Pleasant Elementary website at and liking us on Facebook!

Ms. Lori Weatherford, fifth grade, has worked for PUSD for 11 years. Her and her two daughters love the outdoors, and she is a huge Arizona Cardinals fan. Mr. Frank Wade, seventh and eighth grade, is our new science teacher. Married to a fellow Peoria teacher, they have three children. His hobbies include reading and Cardinals football. Mrs. Kim Grattan, physical education, is in her 20th year teaching. Hailing from Washington, she is married, has two children, one grandchild, and enjoys scrapbooking and all types of physical activities. Mrs. Amy Ferguson, PAL, has worked for PUSD for 12 years. Married with two children, her hobbies include reading, camping, traveling, spending time with her family, Diamondbacks baseball, and Cardinals and Rattlers football. Next year, she plans to visit Alaska, completing trips to all 50 states. Mr. Tom Coyne, psychologist, has worked in PUSD for four years, most recently at Vistancia Elementary. A newlywed in March, he is fan of playing and watching sports, especially Penn State University and the Baltimore Ravens. Ms. Ashley Wheeler, resource, previously taught special education and first grade. Engaged with plans to marry next year, she loves to read, attend concerts, and cheer on the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Suns. Mrs. Andrea Moore, part-time resource, also works at Vistancia Elementary. Married with two boys, she loves to travel, read, swim, attend baseball games, and root on the Chicago Cubs and Bears. Mrs. Renee Banke, nurse, has lived in Arizona for eight years. Originally from Wisconsin, she loves to read and swim. Her and her husband have two rescued chihuahuas, seven children, and 27 grandchildren. Lake Pleasant is a school of choice built on trust, community and collaboration. We are invested in providing meaningful experiences promoting individual success and a passion for lifelong learning.

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city of peoria

Growth -- It’s a Balancing Act

By Bridget Binsbacher

Mesquite District Representative | Peoria City Council

Balanced and responsible growth has been a priority of mine since taking office. As our city continues to grow, it is important that we ensure a proper balance between protection of the natural environment and planned development. Visitors, residents, and businesses are attracted to our high quality of life, which is rooted in our beautiful landscape, great schools, low crime rate, and abundant recreational opportunities. We typically get one shot at development from the onset. With changes in our retail landscape brought with the rise of online shopping, consumers are looking for experience-based destinations, unique product offerings, and variety. There is a renewed focus for distinctive and iconic development that offers variety in product type, elevated architectural and site design mixed with opportunities for social gathering, and connections to surrounding neighborhoods. These are the factors that foster community identity and civic pride. Additionally, we need to continue our efforts at attracting jobs and employment sectors to our local economy. This not only provides the opportunity for our workforce to live and work in the same community but reduces commuting which contributes to congestion on our streets and impacts to our environment. Our Economic Development Department has data and studies on workforce, transportation, costs, and resources to help businesses make an educated decision and guide them toward success. While we continue to refine and strengthen plans for growth, we remain legally obligated to respond and guide current development requests. Part of the balance described above is the recognition that like each of us -- people have a right to develop their property – provided the plans are in alignment with relevant laws and codes. Moreover, the city is subject to a complex legal framework. It cannot arbitrarily restrict someone’s right to develop. When a development proposal is considered, the city looks at the classification of the land use (e.g. grocer, retail, restaurant) and not the specific company. The city must enforce its codes uniformly and ensure equal treatment under the law. Although we are not the gatekeeper of growth, we are the stewards, assisting, supporting, and nurturing. I will continue to be diligent in supporting the success of new and existing businesses in the Mesquite District to ensure that the area remains vibrant and successful. Your Trash Collection Day May Be Changing To provide our citizens with the best quality of service, trash collection dates will change for some Peoria residents on Oct. 1. Residents impacted by the change should have received a postcard in the mail informing them of the change. If you would like to see if your trash collection dates will change, visit

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? If there is something you would like to see in our district or if you have any concerns, I want to know. Contact me directly at: 623-773-7306 @bridget.binsbacher @bab_bridget Sign up for my newsletter by visiting – select “Mesquite District Update” and enter your email address. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

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police beat

Scam Alert: Calls Threatening Arrest Aren’t Legit city briefs PEORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES GOLD STANDARD ACCREDITATION The Peoria Police Department garnered high praise during their recent re-accreditation and was awarded the Meritorious Advanced Accreditation for Law Enforcement with Excellence (Gold Standard) for successfully completing their eighth accreditation. Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter and the Peoria Police Department were awarded re-accreditation for the department by a board from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (C.A.L.E.A.) in late July. A team of assessors from CALEA conducted an on-site assessment of the department in April, examining all aspects of the Peoria Police Department. This included an assessment of the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessors found the department to be in full compliance with all CALEA standards. They also commented on how impressed they were with the department’s recruitment plan, traffic safety programs, early intervention programs, United Community Action Network (UCAN) program, and department employees. The assessment is part of a voluntary process conducted every three years to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of professional excellence in the field of law enforcement.

By Charles Bezio

North Precinct Commander, Peoria Police Department

Every so often, there is an increase in scam activity where criminals try to con or scare people into giving personal information or money. As of late, we have been receiving reports from residents, particularly retired people, saying they are receiving threatening telephone calls from people claiming to be from a government agency. The alleged government employee either leaves messages demanding you call them right away or warrants will be issued for your arrest, or they tell you that you have violated some IRS law or other regulation and need to pay fines or you will be arrested immediately. This is a scam. Government agencies follow a protocol in contacting citizens about violations of tax law or other regulations. It usually starts with a letter with claim numbers, specific information about the violation that you would know about, or they call and request you come to their office to discuss issues. There is always plenty of information that can be verified. Government agencies do not use scare tactics and threats to resolve issues and do not warn you over the telephone about issuing arrest warrants if you don’t immediately pay money. If someone claiming to be from a government agency contacts you asking for personal information or demanding money, be very skeptical. Obtain as much information as you can and verify that information by looking up the government office and call using a public telephone number, not a number they provide. Don’t return messages from callers claiming to be government agents alleging you owe money and threating immediate arrest if action is not taken. Also, never give personal information to anyone until you verify who they are and why they need it. Remember, there are all kinds of crooks looking to rip you off. Stay vigilant and call the police if it seems like a scam.




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Blue: Community Events Brown: Association Events Green: Classes, Clubs and Programs Red: Fitness Programs


3 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.


Drop-In Tennis 8-10 a.m.

4 5 6 7 8

Bootcamp 5-7a.m. OR 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m..

Flex Yoga | 10-11 a.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mah-Jongg | 12:30-4 p.m.

Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m.

Tumble N Dance 2:30-7:10 p.m.

10 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Tippie Toes Dance 8:15-9:30 a.m. Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m. Flex Yoga | 10-11 a.m. Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m. Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m.

11 Bootcamp 5-7a.m. OR 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m. Business Networking 8:15-9:15 a.m. Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.. Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mah-Jongg | 12:30-4 p.m. Tumble N Dance 2:30-7:10 p.m. Book Club | 7-9 p.m..

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Flex Yoga | 8:30-9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study 10 a.m.-noon Tumble N Dance 10-10:40 a.m. Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m. Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m. Pickleball | 7 p.m.


Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Flex Yoga | 8:30-9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study 10 a.m.-noon Tumble N Dance 10-10:40 a.m. Game Group | 1-4 p.m. Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m. Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m. Essential Oils | 6-7:30 p.m. Pickleball | 7 p.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m. Canasta | 12:30-4 p.m. Tumble N Dance 4:15-6:30 p.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Barre Fitness | 8:15-9:15 a.m. First Fridays | 9 a.m. Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m. Sound Beginnings | 9:45-11 p.m. Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Corks & Canvas | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Basketball | 7-10 p.m.

13 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.


Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.

Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m.

Barre Fitness | 8:15-9:15 a.m.

KnitWits | 10 a.m.-Noon

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Tumble N Dance 4:15-6:30 p.m.

Sound Beginnings | 9:45-11 p.m.

Valley Cheer 7:15-9:15 a.m. Drop-In Tennis 8-10 a.m. Let's Play Music 9 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Poker Club | 5 p.m.


Drop-In Tennis 8-10 a.m. Let's Play Music 9 a.m.-1:20 p.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Basketball | 7-10 p.m.

16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.


Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Flex Yoga | 10-11 a.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mah-Jongg | 12:30-4 p.m.

Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m.

Tumble 'N' Dance 2:30-7:10 p.m.

24 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Tippie Toes Dance 8:15-9:30 a.m.

25 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m.

Flex Yoga | 10-11 a.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tumble 'N' Dance 2:30-7:10 p.m.

Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m. Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m.


Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Tippie Toes Dance 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.

Board Meeting | 6:30 p.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Flex Yoga | 8:30-9:30 a.m. Women's Bible Study 10 a.m.-noon Tumble N Dance 10-10:40 a.m. Bunco | 12:30-4 p.m. Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m. Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m. Pickleball | 7 p.m.

26 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m. Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m. Essential Oils | 9-10:30 a.m. Canasta | 12:30-4 p.m. Tumble N Dance 4:15-6:30 p.m. Basketball | 7-10 p.m. Food Truck Night | 5-8 p.m.

Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.

Valley Cheer 7:15-9:15 a.m.

Barre Fitness | 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Drop-In Tennis 8-10 a.m.

Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m. Sound Beginnings | 9:45-11 p.m.

Let's Play Music 9 a.m.-1:20 p.m.

Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Poker Club | 5 p.m.

27 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.

Flex Yoga | 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Aquaria Swim | 8-10 a.m.

Women's Bible Study 10 a.m.-noon Tumble N Dance 10-10:40 a.m.

Drop-In Tennis | 8-10 a.m. KnitWits | 10 a.m.-Noon

Valley Cheer | 3:45-6 p.m.

Tumble N Dance 4:15-6:30 p.m.

Viper Swim | 5:30-7:15 p.m.

Basketball | 7-10 p.m.

28 Bootcamp 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. Barre Fitness | 8:15-9:15 a.m. Water Aerobics | 9-10 a.m. Sound Beginnings | 9:45-11 p.m. Pickleball | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wine Club | 6 p.m.

Pickleball | 7 p.m.


29 Drop-In Tennis 8-10 a.m. Viper Swim Meet 9-10:30 a.m. Blood Drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Let's Play Music 9 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Survivor Down Under 5-8 p.m.

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