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LESS-TRAVELED TRAILS of the greater Phoenix area

BRIAN CHENEY tennis pro emeritus

ENERGY RESERVES fat loss + you


members Ashley Oakley + Keith Kelly




Your Resort, Every Day Less-Traveled Trails Up and Coming Focus on Kids What’s all the Racquet? Brian Cheney Tribute We’ll Help You Unwind Energy Reserves, Fat Loss + You The Power of Referral Rewards Let’s Talk About Flexibility Pitch Perfect Focus on Members Social Spot

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MEET your MANAGERS CAROL NALEVANKO President, Village Health Clubs & Spas RICK ERDENBERGER Vice President, Village Health Clubs & Spas; General Manager, Ocotillo Village JOHN SMALLFIELD General Manager, Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club JIM KRIMBILL General Manager, DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa GREG NAKAGAWA General Manager, Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

OCOTILLO IS BORN! Welcome to the Village Family Don’t forget to ‘like’ Village Health Clubs & Spas on Facebook, where you’ll be privy to contests we are currently running, fitness information and Village events—everything Village!

The anticipation has been fun, and the realization is even better. We’re elated to have our new Chandler area Village Health Club & Spa officially join the other three Village clubs in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Our family has grown 25% in the blink of an eye. Well, actually the planning and construction, staffing, membership sales, and now finishing touches, have been underway for a long time, but it seems like it happened overnight. As Ocotillo Village General Manager, I’m pleased to present a top-notch roster of professionals to direct your Village experience. At the time of this writing the list includes: Assistant General Manager Skip Gagnon

Come on down and take a tour or talk to the membership department about current incentives and specials. And watch for Grand Opening announcements very soon!

Please feel free to contact me at any time for further information. Rick Erdenberger GENERAL MANAGER, OCOTILLO VILLAGE

Program Services Director Rodney Kinney Membership Director June Kleier Group Fitness Director Linda Bernal Tennis Director Josh Bates

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Youth Services Director Marcia Leach

Don’t miss the 2015 Village Hike to Havasupai (see page 10).

Operations Director Joe Melendez Front Desk Manager Cara Atencio Café Manager Isaac Rios Membership Accountant Alicia Hastings Membership Sales Representatives Dion Kunellis and Glenn Parat





4444 e. camelback rd. phoenix, arizona 85018 phone: 602.840.6412 fax: 602.852.0411 18501 n. thompson peak pkwy. scottsdale, arizona 85255 phone: 480.502.8844 fax: 480.515.5521

7477 e. doubletree ranch rd. scottsdale, arizona 85258 phone: 480.609.6979 fax: 480.609.6976 4200 s. alma school rd. chandler, arizona 85248 phone: 480.656.0045

Send comments, submissions and advertising inquiries to (Camelback); (DC Ranch); (Gainey); (Ocotillo).

T  he beautiful setting and impressive scope of Ocotillo Village was evident even as construction began just a few months ago.

+ A  glimpse at the Ocotillo Village

basketball court and pool in progress.

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H  ard-hat tours of the nearly completed club were given in February.

your resort


SKI 2015

Village Ski Trip to Telluride

A record-breaking 118 Village members and friends enjoyed a February getaway weekend skiing and socializing in the mountains of Colorado. Conditions were amazing. Accommodations at The Peaks Resort & Spa spectacular, as usual. If you love skiing, put the 2016 Village trip on your list of things to do!

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The view from the top of the Plunge run in Telluride.

D  ale Holmes shows off his special skis‌gotta love it! V  illage skiers take a lunch break at Gorronos Ranch and enjoy the sun and a drink.

L  ife is Better at the Village when you get FREE beer. Thanks AZ Fun & Leisure!

A winter wonderland on our last day of skiing.


Camelback Club Tennis Championships

Camelback Village held its 2015 Mixed Doubles Club Championships February 6 – 8, 2015 under beautiful Arizona skies! Here are the results: Mixed Open Doubles Champions Adria Raines and Dan Marting Finalists Denise Cockrell and Rico Strom

t  op left Adria Raines and Dan Marting

t op right Jenny and

Oleg Bortman

middle right Nadine LeDuc

and Bruce Nichols

bottom left Pam Ponwith

and J Cabou

bottom right Robert Kuhn

and Phan Phu

Mixed 10.0 Doubles Champions Nadine LeDuc and Bruce Nichols Finalists Cort Alcott and Betsy Owen Consolation Winners Rob Millsop and Mary Boff Mixed 9.0 Doubles Champions Pam Ponwith and J Cabou Finalists Bert Hayenga and Iris Gordon Consolation Winners Ralph Drosten and Donna McAndrew Mixed 8.5 Doubles Champions Harry and Karen Broome Finalists Rusty Duquette and Kathy Norton Consolation Winners Steve Cabrera and Katy Curry Mixed 8.o Doubles Champions Jenny and Oleg Bortman Finalists Tim and Tracy Schweitzer Consolation Winners Randy Forte and Cynthia Alvarez

Harry and Karen Broome

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Mixed 7.0 Doubles Champions Robert Kuhn and Phan Phu Finalists Suzanne Watts and Adam Webb Consolation Winners Mary Nelson and Ehab Farouk

your resort


Valentine’s Day Triathlon for Kids

Congratulations to the 18 kids, age 5–12, who participated in and finished the first annual Love to Tri Kids’ Triathlon at DC Ranch Village. The course was a 100-yard swim, 4-mile bike ride, and 1-mile run (half that distance for the younger kids). For many it was their first triathlon, but it won’t be their last! Each received a finisher medal with race name and date. A kids’ triathlon clinic was held the weekend before to prepare them for race day. Big thanks to DC Ranch Village Programs Director Tom Clark, Assistant General Manager Lisa Rice, Swim and Triathlon Coach Klas Kuntze, as well as the parents for making this day so special. The next kids’ triathlon (ages 5+) is coming up right away—April 26. There will be a kids’ triathlon clinic at Gainey Village on April 18 to help them prepare.

2 014 Post Turkey Day Fun Run—members ran 5k or 10k around the hills in Paradise Valley to work off their Thanksgiving feast. Held annually the day after Thanksgiving, it is free and open to members, family and friends of all ages.

+  P hotos from the first annual Love to

Tri Kids’ Triathlon at DC Ranch Village held February 14, 2015.


Why Not Tri?

Springtime is the perfect time to be a triathlete in Arizona. It’s getting lighter on our early morning rides and runs, the temps are perfect, and there are tons of local races in which to participate. This past winter, Village members took part in the Annual Jingle Bell Tri at Gainey Village, P.F. Chang’s Marathon and Half Marathon, the Sedona Half Marathon, the Ragnar Relays in Key West and Phoenix, Lewis and Dan’s Super Bowl Run, the “Love to Tri” kids’ race at DC Ranch Village, Xterra Trail Runs, Tri for the Cure AZ, Mountain to Fountain, the California 70.3 and many more.

Looking for some guidance for your next race? Contact Abby today for a customized training plan to help get you to your goals. Abby Luedecke Triathlon Coordinator, Village Health Clubs

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Upcoming popular races include the Marquee Triathlon in Tempe (April), St. George 70.3, Hawaii 70.3, Boise 70.3, IMCDA, Tempe International Tri, Lake Havasu Tri, and the Spring Open Water Swim Series (Tempe, Lake Pleasant, and Canyon Lake). New to triathlon? New to the Village? Join one of our early morning rides or runs. Join in a master swim class. We’ve got something for all levels. The Village has partnered with tri teams TriScottsdale and NWLB to offer a variety of group activities. Contact Abby Luedecke for the outdoor group workout schedule. We’ve got over a dozen master swim classes to choose from (again, all levels are welcome). It’s a great way to challenge yourself in the pool.

V  illage members joined with the Arizona athletic community to enjoy Lewis and Dan’s Annual Super Bowl Trail Run around Troon North in Scottsdale.


Coming Soon to Ocotillo

Swim Neptune will kick off the spring/summer with a splash at Ocotillo Village. Swim Team starts as soon as the club opens and will be offered after school in April and May. Summer Swim Team starts June 1. SPLASH

Not Just Ocotillo!

It’s springtime and the Village pools have never looked better. New pool decks at Camelback, Gainey, and DC Ranch have the pool areas sparkling and ready for use this summer. As always, we have great aquatics programs available year-round, for all ages and levels, at ALL Village clubs. Check at your club for more information regarding the spring and summer programs: Swim Lessons, Swim Team, Master Swim, as well as upcoming Aquatics Open Houses and Super Saturday Programs!

S wim Team season has begun.

A spring and summer filled with fun by the pool awaits you everyday at the Village.

Kids can join in anytime, at any level!

For more information please contact Helen Zemaitis at hzemaitis@dmbclubs.

5th Annual TGen Cycle for the Cure Sunday, May 3, 2015 Held at Camelback, Gainey and DC Ranch Village Clubs, it’s a day of FUN-raising and fund gathering for a truly meaningful cause—TGen’s cancer research. Ride hard or hardly ride, your choice…all levels can participate! Sign up on the TGen website, Choose your location and reserve a bike for a $200 donation. You can put together a team or ride two hours all by yourself. Not a spinner? Each club will have support activities (hikes, kinesis, yoga) that weekend to help TGen further its vital mission. Don’t forget the FABULOUS after-party at Camelback Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Celebrate with plentiful food, wine and beer, and the Nate Nathan MacDaddy Band! All Cycle for the Cure participants and guests are welcome!

TGen Cycle for the Cure.

Village instructors lead the 2-hour ride for this important cause.

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Spring is the perfect time to enjoy Arizona trails! Here are some great local treasures that you should check out! RECOMMENDED FOR HIKING:

Go John Trail (5.8-mile loop) Cave Creek Regional Park • The first few miles of this loop switchback upward for a good warm-up and beautiful views. The trail then drops behind the mountain to the complete solitude of the lush Upper Sonoran Desert.

t op Camelback Village member John Cantrell is happy

to be at the top of Tom’s Thumb.

b  ottiom Members and guests from all four Village clubs gathered for the Tom’s Thumb hike on February 7, 2015. The Village hiking group is ready to head out.

• Beautiful views, diverse wildlife, and cooler temps than the metro area proper. • Morning hikers often catch a glimpse of hot air balloons taking off! • For a shorter hike try the Overton Trail to the Go John Trail loop at only 3.5 miles.


Sidewinder Trail (14 miles, out and back) Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North (Apache Wash Trailhead) • Enjoy on foot or by bike. • The Sidewinder Trail climbs slowly while wrapping northward around this small mountain range, offering sweeping views toward the town of Cave Creek and the Bradshaw Mountains. Hikers may want to turn onto Ridgeback Trail to climb up over the mountains toward the south again. There is an optional route (an additional quarter mile) to bypass the short (but challenging) climb to the Ridgeback Overlook before dropping back toward the Apache Wash Trailhead.

TRAIL tip Who should yield on a multi-use trail? Hikers/ runners yield to equestrians. Mountain bikers yield to equestrians and hikers/runners. Equestrians should be courteous to all, but are generally allowed the right-of-way. Keep in mind that in any context, users heading downhill should always yield to those moving uphill.

• Trail surfaces are fairly even and new, free from heavy traffic. • Great trails for intermediate mountain bikers looking for a relatively nontechnical challenge.


Brown’s Mountain Loop (5.5 moderate miles) McDowell Sonoran Preserve (Brown’s Ranch Trailhead) • Brown’s Ranch has a wide variety of trails to choose from. This loop heads out from the trailhead on the Upper Ranch Trail then detours around Cone Mountain before meeting Upper Ranch Trail again. Climb up the west side of Brown’s Mountain and choose to either head up the very steep mountain trail to the high summit then down the switchbacks on the southeast side, or continue around the mountain to Brown’s Ranch Road. Stay with Brown’s Ranch Road back to the trailhead. • The trail options in this part of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve are endless. Pick up a map at the trailhead and make your own route across the undulating terrain studded with granite boulders and majestic saguaro cactus. •

caution: Powerline Road is often deep sand.

t  op Coming down from the summit of Brown’s Mountain in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. b  ottom Paul Perry, Village member and realtor, catered a complimentary breakfast following the Brown’s Mountain hike.

• For more elevation change, try Whiskey Bottle Trail toward Fraesfield Trailhead or start at the Granite Mountain Trailhead off 136th Street and try the Granite Mountain Loop.

Annemarie Medrzycki

T  he Village hiking group had its biggest turnout ever! 92 members and friends did the Brown’s Mountain Summit Hike on January 10.

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up and

COMING AQUATICS D • Kids’ Clinic – Analysis to Evaluate + Improve Swim Stroke + Technique

SAT, APRIL 4, 7 – 10 AM, AGES 5 – 14


Please contact Klas Kuntze at 602.663.5653 for more information.

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Intro to Master Swim


Runs through May. Please contact Klas Kuntze at 602.663.5653 for more information.

event location

C • Camelback D • DC Ranch G • Gainey O • Ocotillo


South Mountain Hike

SAT, APRIL 18, 6:30 AM

Let’s head south and check out this unique hike in South Mountain. We’ll take Hidden Valley and Fat Man’s Pass Loop via National Trail for a 6.5-mile intermediate hike. We will meet at Gainey Village at 6:30am and carpool to South Mountain. Ocotillo members will meet at Ocotillo Village at 7:00am and meet us at the trailhead. The hike will take about 2 hours and we’ll go to breakfast afterward at The Farm at South Mountain. Bring at least 48 ounces of water and a bar or snack for along the way. We should be back to the club around 12:30pm. For more information or to sign up, please contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 or smcgann@, by April 14. Guests are welcome. C D GO •

Hike for the Cure—Sunrise Trail

FRI, MAY 1, 4:30 PM

Let’s go hiking for a great cause! The Village is partnered with TGen, and together we are helping to fight cancer. Join us for a 4-mile intermediate to advanced hike. Your $20 donation to TGen can be made at the trailhead or we can charge your Village account. For more information or to sign up, please contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 or, by April 28. Guests are welcome. C D G O • Yosemite Hiking Trip in September with AOA


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The Village will be going to Yosemite National Park in September. Details will be out the middle of April. Please contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village for more information or to sign up —480.624.9125 or

C D G O • Village Hike to Havasupai with Arizona Outback Adventures

MAY 28 – 31

This is an 11-mile advanced hike to three amazing waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. Join us for one of the most beautiful hikes in Arizona…Havasupai Falls. We have partnered with AOA to make this experience more enjoyable and easier for everyone. AOA will be providing the tents, duffle bags (for your clothes/ sleeping bag and toiletries), meals, and horses to get your gear down to the campground and back out. All you need is a day pack with water, bars/snacks, sunscreen. We’ll meet at Gainey Village on Thursday, May 28 at 1:00pm and carpool to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn in Peach Springs (about a 4-hour drive). We’ll eat dinner together at the Caverns Inn. Early Friday morning we’ll drive an hour to the rim of the Canyon and begin our hike down to Havasupai Falls. We’ll camp Friday and Saturday nights in the AOA campground and play in the waterfalls during the day! We’ll hike out on Sunday morning, May 31, and arrive back around 5:00pm. cost: $589/person (price will go up if less than 40 people). Two people to a tent and hotel room. Price includes hotel on Thursday night, camp fees, tents, horses for your pack in/out, 4 guides, 4 meals cooked for you (two dinners, one lunch and one breakfast). Limited to the first 50 people who sign up. Contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 or special note: The club reserves the right to decide if you are at a high enough fitness level to do the hike.

The meals prepared by AOA were great and members were definitely hungry after all the hiking on the 2014 trip.


Family Members


Single/Couple Members



C • Camelback Village Easter Eggstravaganza

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 9 – 11 AM

Train rides, pony rides, petting zoo, and more! cost for a family of 3: $35 fm; $45 sc; $55 nm; and $10 for each additional person. C O •

Parents Night Out


: $20 and $18 for each additional child : $22 and $20 for each additional child nm: $25 and $23 for each additional child fm


C D GO •

Summer Fitness Camps

MAY 26 – JULY 31 AT CAMELBACK/GAINEY/DC RANCH JUNE 1 – JULY 17 AT OCOTILLO half-day: $140 fm; $150 s c; $160 nm full-day: $220 fm; $240 s c; $260 nm

C O •

Family Fun Night


: $10 for family of 3 and $2 for each additional child s c: $15 for family of 3 and $2 for each additional child fm


Squash League


Please contact Viktor Berg for more information and to join in!

Junior Classes


C • M  ON 4 – 5 PM (AGES 10+)

TUES 4 – 5 PM (AGES 10+)

D • W ED 4 – 5 PM (AGES 10 +)

SELECTED SAT: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM (AGES 6 – 9) 12:15 – 1 PM (AGES 10+)

C D • MON 4 – 5 PM (AGES 10+)

Adult Group Clinic


C • TUE 5 – 6 PM D • W ED 5 – 6 PM C D GO •


 pproaching Mooney Falls on a day hike during A the 2014 Havasupai trip.


Club Squash Championships are coming in May, so watch for details. Also, are you interested in a women’s social squash offering? Village Squash Pro Viktor Berg is in the process of creating exciting new squash offerings for Village members. Please confirm all schedules and details listed here with Viktor at

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private lessons: $70 ($65 for 3+) semiprivate lessons:

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As spring comes to an end and we slowly approach the dreaded hot days of summer, it can be more of a challenge to get your kids active.

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Kristin Bullock Youth Services Director, Gainey Village

Even more so, motiving your kids to get active in today’s electronic-filled world can seem almost impossible at times. Video games, high-definition and smart TVs, smartphones, and computers can be found in every household. Certainly there are benefits to having quick access to an abundance of information, but there is an increasing concern about the effects of too much screen time on young minds and bodies. Studies have shown that as kids become more removed from being active, outside and around nature, their own psychological and physical well-being can be altered. So what actions can we take as parents, teachers, and childcare professionals? How can we inspire kids to get active and remain active, which in return will help develop a happy and healthy internal environment? There are many ways to get your kids excited about being active and staying active. Here are the motivators we find most important!

Inspire your kids. Be adventurous. Try something new. Be curious. Ask questions. Learn things together. When we are enthusiastic and excited about life, we simultaneously encourage our kids to do the same. As parents, we have an enormous responsibility to be a positive example to our kids and provide a compassionate, loving, and inspiring environment. Kids are extremely impressionable and observant, and often will mimic our behaviors. So why not be open to adventure and allow your inner child to come out and explore with your child?

Make time for unstructured outdoor play. Play in the sand, lay in the grass, take a walk, get dirty! During the school year, kids spend their days in a very structured environment without any real free time. Undoubtedly, it is important for kids to receive an education, but there needs to be balance. After being plugged in at school, allow your kids to unplug outside with absolutely no agenda.

Limit electronic use. Establish some rules for the electronics in your household—and not just for your kids, but for you as well. Choose to leave your phone, iPad, iPod, whatever it is, at home and get outside! Provide a time frame for your kids’ use of electronic devices and make sure you stick to it. Kids respond well to consistency. Travel.

Traveling doesn’t have to mean a big budget. In fact, you don’t have to travel to exotic destinations to enjoy all the beauty our earth has to offer. Look for parks, forests, fields, and lakes that are nearby and make a day trip out of it. Pack a picnic, bring some games, and enjoy a day filled with nature! It’s easy to forget that traveling to a nearby lake can allow for adventure and exploration.



D • AGES 3-7 TUE 3:30 PM


Little Athletes C • AGES 3-5 SAT 10:15 AM

Kids Fitness C • AGES 5-10 MON + WED 3:45 – 4:15 PM

Santa arrived in his Arizonastyle “sleigh” to greet Gainey Village kids on December 21 for their fun Santa and Snow holiday event.

Fun Fitness D • A  GES 5-12 SAT 11 AM + SUN 10 AM

Teen Yoga C • AGES 10-14 TUES + THURS 3:30 – 4:15 PM


First class is free. $40 per month for Family members $50 per month for Single/Couple members



Classes change monthly. Pick up a Junior Fitness class schedule today!

Camelback Village

DC Ranch Village

Gainey Village

Marcia Leach, Youth Service Director

Kim Miller, Youth Service Director

Kristin Bullock, Youth Service Director



EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS AND FACES AROUND THE VILLAGE COURTS Will White Will White Director of Tennis, USPTA Elite Professional PTR Professional USTA High Performance

Please welcome Will White as he steps into the position that became available following Brian Cheney’s move to Tennis Pro Emeritus. As Tennis Director, Will is responsible for the entire tennis department, which includes all lessons and clinics, both Junior and Adult. He supervises the entire teaching pro staff, and is in charge of both the men’s and women’s Interclub teams that play out of the Village. He also deploys tennis pros to help Camelback Village Programs Director Judi Buterbaugh with tennis tournaments and other tennis special events. Will has been teaching tennis for over 25 years.

If you weren’t a tennis pro, what do you think you would be? will: I definitely would be a kindergarten teacher!

Josh Bates Josh Bates is Director of Tennis at the new Ocotillo Village, but he’s not new to tennis in Arizona. His playing credentials and professional accreditations are impressive and include earning the coveted PTR Master of Tennis Performance certification which is the most extensive, difficult, and exciting tennis course he has ever completed and puts him in an elite group of less than 35 pros in the world. Josh loves the game and gets excited when students evolve and grow. His attention to detail helps identify little tweaks that can make a huge difference.

Give us one adjective you think your students might use to describe you. josh: Passionate— for tennis!

Viktor Berg Viktor Berg Village Squash Pro Certified Level 3 Technique Coach

A native of Vancouver, B.C., Viktor brings over 20 years of professional playing and coaching experience to the Village clubs. Viktor boasts a long list of competitive achievements as well as coaching certifications. He is excited to be offering lessons, clinics, play the pro, tournaments, junior programs, and special events. Please feel free to contact Viktor anytime!

a message from

Josh Bates Director of Tennis, Ocotillo Village PTR Master of Tennis Performance

What is the biggest success you’ve experienced in your career so far? viktor: Being hired by the Village! Oh, and winning the gold medal at the Pan America Games and being #1 in the world in doubles squash.


What inspires you to hit the courts? nick: Helping players achieve their goals and become better players.


Nick Heron Director of Tennis, DC Ranch Village Tennis Center

We have been continually adding to our programming at DC Ranch Village Tennis Center, including our Doubles Open Play. We offer these complimentary social play sessions several times during the week and at all different levels. It’s a great way to meet other players at your level and work on your game. If you have never played competitively but would like to, these play days offer a nonthreatening way to get started. Never picked up a racket but always wanted to? Now is the time. Take advantage of our Try Tennis Today program for beginners. The program consists of 4 group lessons, a racket and four ball machine passes to practice what you are learning. Enjoy the spring weather and challenge yourself to learn something new amidst the wonderful scenery at the DC Ranch Village Tennis Center. With summer just around the corner, it is time to start planning the kids’ summer activities. We will be offering tennis programs throughout the summer to keep them active and entertained. Kids of all ability levels will learn in our fun and enthusiastic class environment. This is also a great time to get your own game to sizzle. Take advantage of our adjusted clinic and lesson times to beat the heat and build on your game for the next season. Contact the tennis desk today to get all the information. We hope to see you all on the court soon!


Tennis has been a part of 67-year-old Brian Cheney’s life for as long as he can remember. He even stated, “I don’t remember a time when tennis wasn’t a part of my life. My mom hung a tennis ball with fishing line above my crib—that’s always been a bit of a running joke in our family.” Cheney comes from a long line of tennis players dating back to his grandmother, May Bundy, who came across from England in 1889 to Pasadena and was the first American to win the Wimbledon Tennis Championship. Both Cheney’s mother and grandmother have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Cheney has earned countless titles and has won World Championships, but he says that one of the highlights was when he was ranked No. 1 for 30 and Over and No. 1 for 40 and Over in the same year. Cheney still competes to this day, on an International Cup Team for seniors, and has gained a spot on the competitive team over 23 times.

At age seven, Cheney played in his first tournament and by the time Cheney graduated from the University of Arizona he was a three-time AllAmerican. In the summer before going into the Air Force, Cheney had the honor of being a Junior Davis Cup coach. He coached promising young players for seven intense weeks. Some of his students included former World No. 1 tennis player Jimmy Connors, Professional Grand Prix Tennis player Steve Krulevitz and professional players such as Woody Blocher, Roscoe Tanner, and Harold Solomon.

Cheney said, “There are a number of students that I’ve taught who now have me coaching their own kids. It’s a great location, it’s a great club and it’s always been a family club. It doesn’t seem possible that 38 years have already gone by.”

Cheney will continue to teach at the Village for as long as his body will allow him. Cheney says, “You have to enjoy tennis. You better like what you do if you’re spending 70 hours per week at the club. It’s delightful to help people improve their game and get to teach a sport you’ve been passionate about your whole life.

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When Cheney got out of the Air Force, he was introduced to his mentor, long-time friend and tennis professional Fred Earle. Earle taught Cheney how to teach tennis and how to be a supportive coach. Earle taught tennis until he was 92 and Cheney hopes he can teach just as long as his friend did. Cheney said, “I want to do what I’m passionate about for as long as I can. As long as a I can teach, you can bet I will be teaching.” In 1976, Cheney started teaching tennis at the Village. He recalled how wonderful it has been to watch the Village progress from a little club into the multi-location well-established company that it is now.

On Friday, January 30, 2015, Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club commemorated Cheney’s lifelong pursuit of the love of tennis as they celebrated his 39 years as Tennis Director and announced his new title: Tennis Pro Emeritus. Cheney participated in a passing of the torch ceremony to Will White as the new Tennis Director. Cheney stated, “Will is a very accomplished tennis professional who has some great ideas and things he is going to implement, and I can’t wait to see how the program grows.” Cheney says that he is very proud to have had his wife Anne’s support through all of these years and he’s glad that he is able to share his love of tennis with his five kids, four of which reside in Arizona.

Reprinted from Arcadia News

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NEW HAPPENINGS Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10


TREAT MOM TO AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE The Village Experience Package offers Mom a full- or part-day getaway and can be customized to fit her specific needs. Every package includes a breakfast or lunch entrée and glass of wine or a soft drink. Choose from the following to create your customized Mother’s Day Escape:








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AND BODY REFRESHER Spring is a great time to try something fresh. Our “Watermelonade” seasonal body treatment for April and May is completely organic and will leave you invigorated and energized. The treatment begins with a calming antioxidant-rich Citrus-Cilantro massage featuring a grape seed and olive fruit oil blend. Your skin is then refined and invigorated with a fresh Watermelon-Basil sugar scrub infused with Square One Organic Vodka. The finishing touch is an application of whipped citrus-vanilla shea butter massaged into the skin to seal in moisture. This is a perfect follow-up to a massage or can be done in conjunction with a facial. 60 min $94.00

The Village Spas pride themselves in recruiting only the best service providers in the industry to provide you with exceptional spa and salon services. Whether you are looking for a quick manicure, a full day of relaxation or a specific therapeutic treatment, we have the diverse staff to ensure your expectations are exceeded.



Our natural spray tans offer a safe alternative to the harsh Arizona sun and are hand-sprayed by our trained technicians. We use South Seas tanning products which have been providing the spray tans and bronzing color on the set of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars for the past seven seasons. It has also been used on over 40 Hollywood sets including Modern Family and Sons of Anarchy. South Seas Tahitian Mist contains 9% DHA and provides an ideal tan for all skin types. The mahogany color guide offers immediate, beach-beautiful color! Fast-drying, non-sticky, cucumbermelon scent, paraben-free. 15 min $40.00



It’s hard to believe that a lot of men have still not discovered the benefits of massage. The image of going to the spa conjures up visions of pampering that might not seem entirely masculine. This is a shame since massage has many benefits including some specific to men.

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Studies show that men tend to store stress and worry while women release tension through sharing. This means men are more likely to be physically and mentally stressed. Irritability and trouble sleeping can be linked to this type of anxiety. Easing muscle tension through massage is a simple solution. By manipulating the muscles, the release of lactic acid helps to ensure more serious muscle issues don’t develop. The calming effects of massage have been shown to reduce the production of cortisol. While massage is always something to consider as a way to minimize discomfort following a strenuous workout, it can also be beneficial to those who may be stuck at the office or in the car for a long period of time. Lack of muscle movement can lead to injury. Stimulating muscles with massage is an excellent way to ensure fluidity of movement without pain. The Village Spas offer highly experienced therapists who can perform treatments ranging from therapeutic and sports massages to intricate neuromuscular work. Plus, all of our Spa Shops feature products geared specifically toward men. Don’t be afraid to come in and talk to one of our professionals. We’ll be happy to assist you in putting together a customized treatment or program to address your particular needs.



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GIFT CARDS Gift cards are available in any denomination and can be used throughout the club. If the Mom you’re treating isn’t a member of the club, we’ll honor your member rate for any gift card purchase.







Carrie Clarke, Spa Director

Constance McCarty, Spa Director

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ENERGYRESERVES fat loss + you

It’s easy to explain: food (meaning calories) is the energy that fuels your body. Just like gasoline is energy/fuel for the automobile, calories are fuel for the human body.

Consider this scenario: Your car has an 18-gallon fuel tank. Each time the tank is empty, you go to the gas station and pump in 18 gallons because that’s how much the tank holds. You drive your car around, burning fuel for energy, until the tank is almost empty, at which point you stop and fill up— another 18 gallons. Now, let’s say you stop for fuel before the tank is empty. The pump shuts off when then tank is full. Let’s say it only takes 13 gallons. You know it has an 18-gallon tank so instead of driving off, you go inside and buy a 5-gallon gas can to hold reserve fuel (18 gallons total, just like always). That gas won’t fit in the tank, of course. It has to be stored somewhere, so you throw the fuel can in the trunk and plan to use it later. Imagine repeating this process. At some point you have reserve fuel cans in the trunk, reserve fuel cans in the back seat, front seat, on the roof, and taped to both sides! At this point you can’t see the car because it’s covered in reserve fuel cans.


COOKING? Monthly cooking classes at Gainey Village include demonstrations by accomplished chefs Paul Apana and Maggie Norris, followed by attendees enjoying the food together and taking the recipes home. You can also catch chef Katie Preston holding cooking classes at DC Ranch Village.

Absurd, right? You know where we’re going with this. Now think of your body as this car. When you eat and drink more food fuel (calories) than you need, your body stores the extra energy as fat. Human skin can stretch to accommodate these fat reserves. Over time the extra “fuel” accumulates on the hips, waist, thighs, face, and neck. Once it’s stored, this fuel/fat sticks around until it’s converted to energy and used by your body. You’re familiar with the law of gravity. Well, meet the first law of thermodynamics which is a version of the law of conservation of energy: The total energy of an isolated system is constant. Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed. Period. A car is an isolated system. Your body is an isolated system. There is no way to simply destroy that stored fuel (fat). It must be converted to energy and burned. For one last automobile illustration, in order to burn that reserve fuel, you must stop filling all the way up at the gas station (dinner table) and allow some of those reserves to be used as fuel. Yes, the only way to remove stored energy/fat from the body is to consume fewer calories than your body requires and it will be forced to use the stored fuel to make up the difference. So, how much energy does your body need? Unfortunately the human body is more complicated than a car engine. Metabolism and all of the variables involved—like hormones, enzymes, digestion, disease, size, age—are beyond the scope of this article. But one thing is certain: your body stores reserve energy joyfully and burns those fat reserves reluctantly. Bottom line: losing weight is a lot harder than gaining it in the first place.

 C hef Maggie Norris lets members sample the chicken

tarragon salad and chicken gyros with cucumber salsa and tzatziki that she prepared at the January cooking class at Gainey Village.

 O  ver 25 members were treated to tasty

Maryland-style crab cakes, lemon crepes and wine after the cooking demonstration by Paul Apana at Gainey Village on February 10.

The Village has many resources to help those who are serious about losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level. Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up. Village personal trainers and nutritionists will motivate and support you along the road to health and fitness. There’s nothing more inspiring and encouraging than understanding how your body functions, working a reasonable fitness and diet plan, experiencing consistent progress, reaching your goals and maintaining. Come on over and talk to us. We’re always here to help.

Kevin Shepard, MS, CISSN, CSCS,

 C hef Paul Apana prepares the yummy lemon

crepes with a sweetened ricotta, drizzled with raspberry sauce.

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Kevin is a former instructor of Exercise Physiology at a local university. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College, Sport Nutritionist for DC Ranch Village, and a certified personal trainer.



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Ray Chiarastella refers so many new members that he rarely has to pay his own membership dues—thanks to the Village referral program.



to the four members (one from each club) who won a new 60-inch TV just in time for the Super Bowl. This special January member-referral giveaway was just our way of thanking you for sharing the Village with your friends!



When you have a great experience somewhere, or enjoy a product, you naturally tell your friends and family and post it all over social media. That’s how our members feel about the Village—a great place to get healthy, take classes together, have a bite to eat in the café, enjoy a spa treatment… The Village is our getaway. Our at-home “resort.” Not just a gym, but a lifestyle. Why not share the joy?

John Howenstein, our

Camelback Village winner, referred new member Coleman Barker.

DC Ranch Village member Ray Chiarastella has shared the joy more than once—actually 15 times. He and his wife are fitness fanatics, hail from Calgary, Canada, and also belong to a fitness facility back home. However, Ray claims that “nothing compares to the Village.”

We congratulate the Hartleb family—Andreas, Sinja, Lukas, and Sebastian— (pictured with General Manager Jim Krimbill), for winning the TV plus a free month of membership dues. Anita Tanjutco was really excited to pick up the TV she won for referring Jeff Young to the Village.

E van Hansen, an

avid softball player, joined Ocotillo Village with his partner, Linda. Watching this new TV helped pass the time while waiting anxiously for the club to open!

Ray considers the Village “next to none.” He proclaims that if you’re going to join a fitness facility, the Village is top-of-the-line and he refers all of his friends, family, and neighbors to the Village. Ray says he enjoys the amenities and loves the men’s locker room, especially the steam room. He says the Village is a “bargain” compared to the fitness studios his wife goes to “back home” where they charge upward of $20 per class. Here at the Village it is all included! Ray considers the Village an easy sell. In his eyes, everyone should be a member of the Village. And of course, we agree with him! Did you know you that as a member of the Village you receive a free month for every new member you bring in? Ray has now received 15 free months, and rarely pays for his membership. Would you like to be like Ray? All you will need to do is contact membership at your club and ask for guest passes, or refer your friends to contact membership directly. Not only do your friends benefit, but you do, too!

See you at the Village! Lisa Owens MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR, DC RANCH VILLAGE



why is it so important? Most aerobic and strength training programs inherently cause your muscles to contract and flex. So it’s no wonder that regular stretching is a powerful and important part of any exercise program.

Consider the benefits stretching may bring to your life: Stretching increases flexibility. Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or playing with your kids become easier and less exhausting. Stretching improves the range of motion of your joints. Good range of motion keeps you in better balance, which will help keep you mobile and less prone to falls—and the related injuries—especially as you age.

Stretching can relieve stress. Stretching relaxes the tense muscles that often accompany stress.

Jo Svendblad Village Yoga Instructor

By using your own body to create resistance and energy, you can continuously improve and maintain a healthy range of motion in the joints throughout your body. Maintaining flexibility as an elderly person, for example, can mean that if you fall, you may avoid or limit severe injury by being flexible enough to react quickly and brace yourself. Flexibility significantly reduces the risk of injury, regardless of age, gender or weight. As a Village yoga instructor and practitioner, I believe that flexibility helps to provide a better quality of of life on a daily basis by increasing relaxation, both mentally and physically. It most certainly helps in reducing muscle tensions (knots) and soreness, and improves posture.

I love to practice and teach Vinyasa Yoga at the Village. JO SVENDBLAD

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Stretching improves circulation. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles and organs. Improved circulation can speed recovery after muscle strain or injury.

Some people are more flexible than others. While not everyone has to be able to do the splits, it’s really just about staying in a healthy range of motion with our bodies as we grow just a little older every day. We can increase our flexibility with certain exercises such as yoga, Pilates, or plain old floor stretching.

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T WO MUSICIANS ARE HIT TING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES AT CAMELBACK VILLAGE. Ashley Oakley and Keith Kelly, both with Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University, are finding a foothold in their new role as parents. “I’ve been in college since I was 19, says 30-year-old Ashley. “My attitude in my undergrad years was, ‘Let’s party!’”

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The couple married in 2012 and started a family—and a business—right away, while still keeping their jobs as educators and performers. Keith, the Coordinator of Music Humanities at Paradise Valley Community College, is performing and scoring a musical that has had stunning success at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Famed composer Philip Glass handpicked Ashley, who is a faculty member at ASU and Research Fellow with the Tureck Bach Research Institute, to appear with him onstage during his recent appearance at ASU Gammage. The Village holds a prominent place in the lives of this energetic and ambitious couple, but they never would have known about the club if not for some of their newfound, “parent friends.” “We definitely feel like we’re in two different worlds between our music friends and our parent friends,” Keith admits. “Many times the two don’t interconnect, so we were excited to be introduced to the Village and are happy with how it fits so nicely into our lives.”

We sat down one evening with Keith and Ashley over a glass of wine at the V-Lounge. Their daughter Guinevere was safely tucked away at the Kid’s Club and Keith was unwinding between work and a jazz gig downtown. We talked about how the Village feeds the creative soul and is helping this young family make beautiful music together. the village: Now that you’ve been members for a few weeks, what’s your favorite thing about the Village? ashley oakley: The fact that I can take a really long shower and shave both my legs, without worrying about my daughter! keith kelly: The childcare is what sold us on the Village right away. But I’ve come to appreciate the fact that there’s so much to do here. As a student and faculty member, I’ve gotten used to doing what I want to do. What activities do you take advantage of? ao: I like the freedom to choose between doing my own workout or attending a structured class—I’m a classically trained piano player! So I love the yoga classes and the fact that I can reserve a spot for our daughter in the Kid’s Club. With a little one running around it’s easier for me to have a plan in place when we get out of the house.

“We were excited to be introduced to the Village and are happy with how it fits so nicely into our lives.”

Keith’s an improvisational jazz musician, so he’s all over the place. kk: It’s true. I like to mix things up and I love the flexibility. I’ll do some combination of free weights, cardio and basketball when I’m here. I have a standing basketball game with some of my music friends, and the Village is a great place to hone my skills.

Do you see your other parent friends here? ao: Yes, and we make plans to do things together here at the Club. kk: I can be here by myself, with Ashley, and even in dad mode, and none of it feels weird. The Village really serves its purpose to enrich our lives in all aspects.

It sounds like there’s something for both of you. ao: Exactly. We wanted to find a place that we both liked. kk: We’re still getting our feet wet, and with the pool opening up again we feel like we’re riding a really cool wave. ao: I’m really looking forward to hanging out by the pool and being an adult for an hour.

Can you elaborate on how the Village enriches your lives? kk: For me it’s a mind/body thing. As an improviser, all systems have got to work. If I feel stronger, I’m going to play better and teach better. I sleep better when I’m tired, and that gives my creative mind a rest. I come from a very athletic family, but not a very fit family. I’m the smallest man in my family, but at 36 I’m the fittest. I figured out in my adult life that I don’t want to be a person who gets winded. ao: A healthy lifestyle can really enhance creativity and artistry. When I look at my future I want to be healthy and productive for myself and my family.

You make a distinction between your music friends and your parent friends. Why is that? kk: None of our music friends have kids, so we’ve been looking to a whole new set of people as we go on our journey with our daughter. It was our parent friends who told us about the Village. How did that come about? ao: We met two other couples in our birthing class who belong here. kk: Both couples kept talking about how awesome the Village is, and at a New Year’s party they told us they had some passes for a free-trial membership. I was reluctant at first, because it seemed really weird to join here. I don’t play tennis! ao: They convinced us that the Village was so much more than a tennis club, so we gave it a try. Like Keith said, it was the childcare that sold us. Our friends vouched for the quality of care and we figured that if they trusted their children to this place, we could too.


It does seem like your future is really looking bright. kk: We’re at a time in our lives where we’re both in demand. We want to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us, whether it’s playing a gig, creating something new, teaching at school, or giving private lessons. Being grounded here in Phoenix, at my job, and now at the Village makes it easier to say yes to things. ao: We’re both so lucky that we get to do what we love. Can you tell us a little bit about your business? kk: We really want to help raise the level of musical education in children. You know, no one ever said they were glad they didn’t learn to play the piano. We have a dedicated studio space in our home where we can work one-on-one with children and adults. How do you find the time to run a business with everything else that’s going on? ao: We find time because we love it and because people took the time for us. That was monumental and life changing for me, so I feel like it’s my duty to influence people in the same way. People come to us for lessons, but they come back because of the personal connection. kk: We’ve got all types of students, from people who want to learn to play a song for a special occasion, to people who’ve never touched a musical instrument before. We want to make ourselves available to help people do whatever they want to do, whatever’s interesting to them. This is very similar to the experience we’re having at the Village.

Mom and daughter following Ashley’s first half-marathon.

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Can you talk about the childcare a little bit more? ao: Sure. It’s amazing that they’ll take care of your baby while you work out. The staff is really professional and friendly. They’re very attentive and they’ll come find me if they think I’m needed. As a new mom, this is one of the only places I don’t feel judged because little kids are such a big part of the culture here. kk: There aren’t a lot of places for parents with young kids to hang out and feel comfortable. Whoever designed the Village is a genius. It’s such a positive community space for all ages, but you really don’t interfere with anyone. The fact that it’s not age discriminatory here reminds me of music, which is accessible to all ages and all different levels. I’ve directed bands that have had teenagers as well as people in their sixties.

Ashely Oakley and Keith Kelly

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DC Ranch Annual Holiday Party DC Ranch Village members enjoyed a Fabulously Frozen evening Thursday, December 4. The celebration included fantastic food, music, and dancing in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Thanks for coming out and we look forward to our next event with you!

 his was Jim Krimbill’s T first member party as DC Ranch Village General Manager. Jim recently took the reigns from Rick Erdenberger (left) who is now Octotillo Village General Manager.

 he Fabulously Frozen theme called for T decorations in cool blues and silver and this amazing ice sculpture feature.

T  racy Anctil, Village Zumba instructor, leads a line dance.

left to right Klas and Lisa Kuntze, Amanda Ware and Tom Clark —four more of the partying Village team. left to right Village staff Constance McCarty, Nick Heron and Skip Gagnon—just three of the many party-ready employees who joined members for the celebration!


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Members (too many to name individually, even if we could) kicked off the holiday season in true Village style!

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Event photos Š Buttel Photography

SPOT SOCIAL Follow us on Instagram at @VillageClubs and be sure to tag your photos with #VillageClubs—you might get #CaughtAtTheVillage!

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GIFTS FOR MOM+DAD Celebrate Mom Stop by the Village Boutique to shop for a gift that says “I love you.” With many mom-approved items throughout our boutiques, you’ll find the one that matches her uniqueness perfectly. What could be more convenient? Shop at the Village…and don’t forget to ask about your gift with purchase. Father’s Day Shop for a gift in one of our Village Boutiques that says “you’re the greatest!” You know your dad best, so give him a gift that’s as unique as he is. With many products worthy of Dad’s approval, you’ll find the perfect one that really celebrates him. And don’t forget to ask about our Father’s Day gift with purchase.

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