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What’s Inside July 2012




Parking Policies

Vistancia’s Commercial Core


Yard Of The Month!


Summer Landscape Preparation

Community 10-11

Meet the Future Stars of Vistancia


What’s Happening


Spotlight: The Carlson Family

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Fruit Cones

House & Home



Maybe the Answer is Owning Less.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum

CLubs 16

Law Abiding Golfers

Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp


Public Safety

Fourth of July Reminders

Resources 20



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July 2012 Calendar

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Association >>> MANAGER’S MESSAGE

Parking Policies By Vanessa Dreyer, Community Manager


he amount of discussion surrounding parking policies lately is only rivaled by arguments my sister and I would get into over what the Free Parking space on the Monopoly Board really meant! We loved to argue over that. Of course, neither one of us actually thought to read the game instructions to settle the argument. I’m much older now and the adult version of me frequently checks documents and instructions to figure out what to do and what things mean.

We understand it may require a solid effort on some residents part to clear out that extra needed space in the garage but keep in mind that the new policy meets on common ground favored by many. The new policy is more relaxed and those that were in favor of no prohibitions have gained from that. The new policy also allows for tighter enforcement and those who were in favor of all day and night prohibition gain from that. Each group needs to respect that they are both giving and receiving.

This may explain my love of Frequently Asked Questions and I can guarantee that the new Parking Policy set is not the last FAQ sheet you’ll see! I was excited that it was well read as I got many emails acknowledging it but still wanting more info. Many of the questions were in regard to what to do in the case of multiple cars.

The Association is also a part of this. We understand there may be reasons for a variance for parking on the street and we will work with you on that. We recognize some residents have four spaces and five vehicles and we promise to handle every request on a case by case basis and as fairly as we can. But, we have every expectation that you’ve figured out a storage solution for the items in the garage if that is what is preventing you from parking there. We’ve even provided you resources to help get the job done.

The answer has been met with anything from a sigh of absolute aggravation to a simple statement of, “Oh yeah, I kinda need to do that.” The answer is this: If you have two spaces in your garage and two spaces in your driveway, you need to use all four for vehicles. It’s not an answer that is going to make some people love us and we know that.

I want to thank everyone for their patience over the last few months as we worked on this issue and for your cooperation, consideration and neighborliness in the future. If you have not yet read the policy or the FAQ sheet, both are available online at

>>> from the developer

Vistancia’s Commercial Core By Mark Hammons, Vice President/General Manager, Vistancia


ast month marked the official sales and marketing launch of the future commercial core to local commercial, retail, office and multi-family brokers showcasing the over 500 acres of land that lies adjacent to the Loop 303 between Vistancia Boulevard and Lone Mountain Parkway. With 4 million square feet of mixeduse commercial space available, the community is considered one of the West Valley’s greatest locations for future commercial development. In partnership with the City of Peoria, the commercial land within Vistancia will offer a contemporary and highly creative plan that will culminate in a modern and unique mixed-use regional urban center. Infrastructure to accommodate the commercial development is already planned with both Vistancia and the City of Peoria contributing towards the construction of such infrastructure. This creates an area that is considered “shovel-ready” which is very desirable for companies looking to relocate or start their business. Additionally, given the recent opening of Lone Mountain Parkway off of the Loop 303, along with Vistancia Boulevard and two future interchanges to the Loop 303 that provide connections to Interstate 17 and Route 60, the site is becoming a more desireable location for business growth.


The commercial site plans to accommodate a wide range of uses including mixed use (corporate campus, light industrial, data centers, commercial retail/professional office, resort/hospitality integrated urban residential), regional retail (regional department stores, lifestyle center, restaurants, cinema and entertainment, grocery, local business services, etc.), full-service medical campus, higher education (continuing education, public college, private university extension, community college, technical college, etc.) or urban residential (condominiums, apartments, parkhomes, livework units). The land just behind the existing Vistancia Marketplace is slated for additional park and open space area that will increase the choice of amenities within the community. Increasing residential growth and convenient access to the Loop 303 positions the commercial core as a thriving area that will create new jobs and provide convenient access to additional shopping and dining for Vistancia and surrounding area residents. We look forward to working with brokers locally and nationally in the coming months to tour the Vistancia property and garner interest in this exciting growth opportunity within our community. .


Yard Of The Month! By Jessica Smith , Covenants Coordinator


ix months ago CCMC decided to let the residents of Vistancia know how much we appreciate the pride they take in their homes. As a way of saying “thank you,” for all of your hard work and efforts to keep the community beautiful, we have “Yard of the Month.”

While the design guidelines of the community indicate every home should have two trees and at least four different varieties of other plants, one family has decided to look at the possibilities. This month we would like to recognize the Peery family for their efforts in keeping their home and this community beautiful. As I patrol the various streets of Vistancia there are many beautiful yards, and I will continue to be on the “look out” for not only those of you that work hard to maintain a beautiful yard but also those of you that are working so hard to make it beautiful. Please feel free to nominate your neighbors for next month’s “Yard of the Month” at

Vistancia’s future commercial core will feature 4 million square feet of mixed-use commercial space.



>>> Caretaker landscape

Summer Landscape Preparation By Anthony Luciano, Director of Horticultural Practices/Vistancia and Scott Cosgrove, Director of Horticultural Practices


he scorching sun and heat can be very damaging to your beautiful landscape. Here are some tips on how to help protect your landscape:

c. Consistent shear and pruning of shrubs makes them more susceptible to sun scald and makes them less water efficient and damages the plant.

Watering: 1. Make sure your plants have an adequate supply of water, but not too much. Too much water can be as damaging as too little. It is wise to wait until the soil feels dry to the touch before turning the irrigation system back on.

2. If your trees must be pruned for safety or access, and they are sun sensitive, consider painting their trunks with watered down latex paint.

2. Check that your irrigation timer is in good working order. 3. Be sure all your plant drip emitters are firmly in place and unclogged. 4. Check for any leaks and plug up any drip lines that are watering a plant that no longer exists. 5. Lawn sprinkler heads should be checked for debris in the heads. Look for broken heads and be sure you have even of coverage of water to the lawn. 6. If we have a heavy wet monsoon season this year, watering of all types of established trees and shrubs can be greatly reduced.

3. Whenever you prune, remember to remove only 25% of the plant canopy in one growing season, according to certified arborist standards of practice (ANSI). Lawn: 1. When mowing the lawn, be sure to remove only 1/3 of the blade of grass at a time. 2. When applying fertilizer to grass, do so in the morning and water soon after the application. a. Fertilizer that is not properly watered into the soil, can burn the grass. Watering:

7. It is always best to plant in the fall. If you are replacing any plants this spring, they will need daily watering for the first few weeks or until monsoons rains arrive. 8. Once desert adaptive plants have made it through the first summer, you can cut back on the water dramatically.


9. For high water use, non-native plants, you will still want to cut back the water once established, but not as severely. Pruning: 1. It is wise to avoid pruning plants in the summer months. a. Minor pruning on native trees can be done in the month of May, but as a general rule, it is best to leave pruning until the fall. b. Leaves from the canopy of the plant shade inner branches. Removing leafy growth will expose stems to scorching sun.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Luciano, Director of Horticultural Practices/Vistancia at (480) 677-5444 or

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Community >>> Featured Event

Meet the Future Stars of Vistancia

Summer Camp Brings Out the Best in Kids July 9th-13th



eet the future stars of Vistancia. These kids are participating in a new program in the community called Future Stars International Enterprises (FSIE). “FSIE is a company that was founded on principles that focus on the betterment of our community, development of youth and offering programs that house unique, development opportunities through sports, activities, wellness, health, lifeskills, academics and fun,” says Program Director Peter Ezugwu.

teachers, athletes, coaches and parents who have a passion to make a difference. “We are happy to offer such a wonderful camp for our community, where our patrons will get to enjoy their wonderful summer camp right here in Vistancia,” says Ezugwu.

Ezugwu founded FSIE with Phillip Cznernin, both of whom are successful ex-professional basketball players who have a keen eye for business, but more importantly a passion for developing expansive, quality programs for kids.

Kids will participate in an array of activities including basketball, flag football, field hockey, swimming, drama, arts and crafts, games, team building challenges, dance and much more. Entertainment is brought in from outside resources that includes Mad Science, Kids are Kool, The Peoria Fire Department, Pioneer Pepper Wild, Wild West and much more. It is sure to be a fun-filled week for everyone.

FSIE has grown exponentially over the past year, offering its programs in more than five different school districts, numerous charter schools, private schools, city recreation departments (Surprise, Peoria, Avondale) and more. It has received rave reviews for its programs and its intent to always create a safe, competent and fun environment for children. FSIE’s staff is made up of school

The camp runs from July 9th-13th in the MVC Gym. The fees are $169 for one week, $45 for full-day drop-in and $35 for a half day. For more information, please call Peter Ezugwu at 623-326-4267.


Here are some testimonials from parents and kids that have been involved in FSIE programs. “We attended the first week of summer camp at Paradise Education Center, kids had a great time and did not stop talking about all the wonderful shows that experienced, right on campus, without having to leave the facility!” Connie Rankin, Surprise “This is no daycare, great camps, great people, kids were so tired when they go home, thanks Phil and Peter,” Jackie Platt, Peoria. “My husband and I have been desperate to find good camps for our kids, and to be honest, we were initially skeptical, since we have tried so many. So when we experienced the FSIE camp firsthand and saw the shear joy on our son’s face when we picked him up, we were convinced. Thanks FSIE for your great summer camps!” Vistancia resident. “I have had the experience of working with many different people and I have to say that working with Peter has truly been a pleasure, he has an aura that demands respect, yet his personality is very disarming and allows you to feel very comfotable with him, almost immediately.” Russ Piazza, Glendale.


Community >>> What’s Happening

Independence Day Celebration Tuesday, July 3rd, 6pm-8pm

Join us to celebrate Independence Day at the MVC Pool! The Big Zephyr Band will be entertaining us with rock n roll tunes and the water slides will be on until 9pm. We’ll have a water balloon toss, watermelon eating contest and water bucket brigade starting at 6:30pm. This event will be free to attend! Bring cash for the variety of food vendors to enjoy dinner and snacks by the pool! The menu will include hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, cotton candy, sno-cones, kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. If you are interested in volunteering email

Ladies Night Out

Saturday, July 14th, 5pm-8pm Calling all Vistancia ladies! We’re having a free event just for you and your girlfriends! Join us in the MVC gym for an evening designed for you to relax and enjoy. We’ll have over 30 vendors present selling newest trends in clothing, jewelry, personal protection, skin care, purses, gifts, and items for your home. Party with the girls and enjoy music with a DJ and raffle drawings every 15 minutes, complimentary appetizers and more! BYOB to this event. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to by July 10th so we have enough food.

Dive in Movie

Saturday, July 21st, 8pm Grab your flotation device and head to the Mountain Vista Club Pool! Zona Communications is sponsoring another fun community event! We’ll be watching the movie “Mirror Mirror,” rated PG. The movie will begin around 8pm when it gets dark. Please be careful while using your flotation devices and be sure to stop by the Zona table to say hello. The movie is free but Rita’s Ice Custard will be available to purchase for a couple of dollars.

Teen Club Fieldtrip

Thursday, July 26th, 10:30am Teen Club is taking a fieldtrip to Uptown Alley! We’ll leave the Mountain Vista Club at 10:30am sharp. We’ll take a bus to Uptown Alley to play laser tag! The fee is $20 per child and includes transportation, lunch and 2 rounds of laser tag. We need a head count to plan our transportation and party package. Please RSVP to by Thursday, July 12th.

Summer Pool Slide Hours

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Thursday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Friday: 4pm-8pm

Tuesday: 4pm-8pm

Saturday: 12pm-5pm

Wednesday: 10am-2pm


Summer Good News Discovery Club

July 16th-20th, 10am-Noon Summer Good News Discovery Club will be held at the Mountain Vista Club July 16th-20th from 10am – noon. The GN Discovery Club is a non profit non denomination Bible club open to all kids K-6th grade. The theme for the week is Amazing Wonders Aviation. We will discover how awesome and powerful our God is by learning about some of the world’s great natural wonders. We will be taking flight to some amazing places and study 5 different lessons from the Bible. It is sure to be a week packed with adventure and fun!! Please make plans now to attend and bring a friend. If you have any questions or need more information please contact Susie Collette at or (704) 996-7014.

Vistancia Wet ‘n’ Wild Summer Camp July 9-13

We’re happy to partner with Future Stars International Enterprises and Wet ‘n’ Wild to offer an exclusive summer camp experience to our residents! Our summer camps will offer a safe and fun summer adventure for kids. Kids will enjoy swimming, sports games, activities and shows. Our shows will include the AZ Puppet Theater, Phoenix Firefighters, Young Minds Unlimited, Wild West Musical Stage and Taiko Drumming. In addition to each full week registration, campers will receive a free ticket to Wet ‘n’ Wild and an option to buy additional tickets at heavily discounted rates. Our summer camp Director is a full time teacher in the Peoria Unified School District. Our camp counselors are fun, energetic, responsible individuals with a passion for youth development and sports. Make it a summer to remember with our Vistancia Summer Camp! Camp dates are July 9th-13th, Kids 5-12 years old are welcome! After care will be available. The fees are $169 for one week, $45 for drop in full day and $35 for half day. Please visit for more information and to register!

Cheer Squad Prep Program Wednesdays, July 1-27

Interested in trying out for cheerleading? Want to learn what most judges look for at tryouts? Join and learn the fundamentals of cheerleading to help prepare you for tryouts. This program is intended to help your child prepare for cheerleading tryouts. In it we’ll cover some basic skills and information they should know before trying out. Of course, there’s no guarantee they will make the squad, but with some hard work, dedication and the knowledge offered in this program, they should be better prepared and know what to expect at a cheerleading tryout. The class is open to 7th and 8th graders. Classes will meet on Wednesdays at 6pm, July 1st- July 27th. The fee is $65 for the month. Contact Clarissa at for more details.

Peoria Fit Camp

This fit camp is geared towards children and adults! The camp is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm at Westland Park. The camp is affordable at only $50 per one child, $80 for 2 children and only $100 for 3 or more children. Thank you to the sponsors of the Peoria Fit Camp for making this possible in our community: The Orthopedic Clinic Association, Physiotherapy Associates, Safeway, Culver’s, Dino Storage, Journey Church and the Core Institute! Visit for more details!

Water Aerobics

Join your neighbors for Water Aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-10am. Classes are lead by volunteer instructors and are FREE to attend. All you need to bring is a towel, noddle and water shoes if you have them. A big thank you to resident volunteers Diane Schwartz and Harrianne Kopel for leading our classes!

Summer Sunset Luau Friday, August 10th, 6pm-8pm

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he MOMS Club is a great way for moms to stay connected and for children to make lasting friendships. We plan many activities throughout the month: coffee days at members’ homes where moms can chat and kids can play, holiday parties, story times, park days, etc. We also have a once-a-month Moms Night Out, just for moms to get out and have fun. This is always a good time and a great opportunity for moms to relax and socialize with their peers.

Our club offers optional weekly playgroups for varying ages that meet the same day and time each week. Playgroups last around 1.5-2 hours and each playgroup includes snack time and play time for moms and kids. Each member of the playgroup takes a turn hosting the playgroup at their home. It’s nice to visit other member’s homes and the kids can play with different toys in a different setting each week. Our business meeting is on the first Friday of the month. This is not a mandatory meeting, but it is nice to be involved and attend when you can. We generally discuss the monthly calendar, activity ideas, occasionally have speakers, talk about service projects to give back to the community. If you would like further information or to enroll, please contact Andrea Wilson at 928.252.3192

Save the date for our 3rd Annual Summer Sunset Luau on Friday, August 10th! The luau will be sponsored by Legacy Smiles and Caretaker Landscape. More details to come next month. We hope you plan on being there!

Arizona Youth Sports Leagues Come to Vistancia

Are you ready for youth sports in the Vistancia Community? We have partnered with Arizona Youth Sports Leagues (AYSL) to bring soccer, T-Ball, and flag football to us! AYSL is a locally owned and operated youth sports league that believes every child deserves the chance to play a sport regardless of their abilities. On July 17th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, AYSL will hold its first indoor soccer camp conducted by national certified coaching staff in Vistancia’s gymnasium. The camp will be structured so that everyone has fun no matter what level of player he or she is. It will allow parents to

meet the staff of AYSL and ask questions about their Fall season leagues. Can’t make the camp? Please feel free to contact AYSL at 602-635-6345 or visit their website at www.azyouthsportsleagues. com and register your child today. AYSL is the place to play for Arizona’s youth!


Community >>> spotlight

The Carlson Family Julie has been the Band director at Vistancia Elementary since it opened in August of 2006 and she has been teaching in the Peoria Unified School district for 22 years. The band program has shown tremendous growth over the past six years and currently has as many as 350 students in band from 5th through 8th grade. One of the unique programs that Julie teaches is the steel drum program at Vistancia Elementary. The group is known as “Iron Pans.” It was initiated by the principal, Mr. Gillett and has grown to more than 65 students in 6th through 8th grade. The Steel Drum group has performed for the Vistancia community at the Sonoma Jazz Festival, Verde Grill, Vistancia community talent show, the Zona Communications pool party and other local events held in the City of Peoria.


om and Julie Carlson moved to Vistancia in May 2005. Originally from Minnesota, the couple has called the Phoenix area home for more than 20 years. Julie is the Band Director at Vistancia Elementary and Lake Pleasant Elementary, and her husband Tom is a Regional Manager of an insurance company. They have one son, Jay, who is 12 years old and will be a 7th grader at Vistancia Elementary. The Carlson’s enjoy spending time with their friends and family and being involved in Jay’s activities.

Julie also directs a 5th grade band, 6th grade intermediate band, and a 7th & 8th grade advanced band at both schools. The advanced band had an opportunity to represent Vistancia by performing at the ESPN Live Suns pre-game show. Julie feels the best part about teaching at the Vistancia and Lake Pleasant Elementary schools is working with the enthusiastic and talented students, the supportive staff, and the caring parents.

>>> Getting Crafty

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Fruit Cones By Vanessa Rodriguez Coppola


or a festive 4th of July treat, serve fruit in chocolate covered ice cream cones. Serve these cones at a party while watching fireworks or make just enough for a special family treat. This is a fun project that children, ages 6 and up, can help with. Check out books from the library about Independence Day to read while waiting for the chocolate to dry. Materials (makes 12 cones) • ½ bag white chocolate melts • 12 ice cream cones • Red, white & blue sprinkles • 1 package strawberries • 1 package blueberries

Instructions Step 1: To make the cones, melt ½ bag of white chocolate melts according to package in a large microwavable bowl. Be careful to not over-melt the chocolate. Step 2: Dip the tips of the ice cream cones in the white chocolate and tap off excess chocolate. Step 3: Add red, white and blue sprinkles to the chocolate cones before they dry. Step 4: Wash the fruit. Slice strawberries and mix with blueberries. Step 5: Allow the chocolate to harden before adding strawberries and blueberries to the cones. If you make these fruit cones ahead of time, place a cupcake liner inside the cone before adding the fruit to prevent the cone from getting soggy. Enjoy!

Vanessa is a freelance writer. Visit her website at: for more crafty ideas.


House & Home >>> Health & Happiness

Maybe the Answer is Owning Less By Joshua Becker


our years ago, we sold, donated, or discarded over 60 percent of our possessions. We removed clothes, furniture, decorations, cookware, tools, books, toys, plus anything else we could find in our home that was not immediately useful or beautiful. At the time, the idea of owning fewer possessions was completely foreign to us. Nobody had ever told us living with fewer possessions was an option for life, much less a better alternative to the endless pursuit of more and more.

weary of living paycheck to paycheck, weary of trading time with our kids to tend to our possessions, and weary of pursuing worldly gain rather than our greatest passions in life. It offered escape from the clutter in our homes and lives. And it offered the very ideals our hearts most desperately desired.

Looking back, while I would have never admitted that I was seeking joy in possessions, I had become more influenced by the estimated 5,000 advertisements we see every day than I would like to admit. As a result, I worked long hours to earn enough money to buy newer technology, trendier clothes, nicer toys, faster cars, and bigger houses. I didn’t really believe the purpose of life was to chase possessions, but my calendar and checkbook sure seemed to declare that truth.

Since choosing to live with less, we have experienced numerous unforeseen benefits. We have more time, more energy, more freedom, and more money to pursue what is most important to us. Owning less means less cleaning, less burden, less anxiety, and less stress each and every day. Over the years, I have come to believe and understand that the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it is a lifestyle that appeals to the heart and resonates with the soul. Owning less is an invitation that is appreciated, desired and often accepted when offered. And it may be just the answer to a better life you’ve been searching for all along.

Choosing to intentionally live with fewer possessions was a decision that sounded surprisingly attractive. It was a decision that found its roots in our finances, our family, and our faith. We had grown

Joshua Becker is a Vistancia resident who writes regularly at, a website dedicated to inspiring others to live more by owning less.

>>> The Garden Gate

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum By Charlotte Smith


any times I have driven on Highway 60 through the old historic copper mining town of Superior, heading to higher country for cooler temperatures. Along the way, there was one place I always wanted to visit and finally took the time to do so, The Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Here, you will have the chance to truly appreciate and understand the beauty and importance of desert landscape, not only of Sonoran Desert species but species from Africa, South America, Asia and the Mediterranean. It is well worth the time and 55-mile drive. This arboretum is Colonel William Boyce Thompson’s vision and dream— now in its 75th year. It is a walk of beauty that only one’s passion and love for the desert could embrace with complete enthusiasm! Thompson made his millions in New York in mining stock investments. In 1907 he purchased the Magma Mine in Superior, Arizona and built a grand Estate in Yonkers, New York. Trying his hand in politics at the beginning of World War I, he was sent by the Wilson Administration to Russia in 1917 as a Lt. Colonel of the American Red Cross with the main objective to assure Russia would stay in the war and not negotiate a separate peace with Germany. After the war he began building his picket post house in the Arizona

hills under a permit from the forest service on land that was part of Crook National Forest. His vision and passion are truly demonstrated as you venture through the two miles of trails with more than 3,200 different species of desert plants. You can choose to spend extra time on the bridge to the High Trail, the Butterfly, Cactus or Hummingbird Garden, or have the child in you fully delighted by the Children’s Garden, or catch a class in the Demonstration Garden. With guided tours and photogenic opportunities in abundance (I loved the recent “Flowers In Focus” exhibit of a seven-foot-tall Matilija Poppy) I guarantee you will truly enjoy your visit. The day of my visit we were delighted with the shade of the picnic area and “Artists of the Arboretum.” With local Artist exhibits, live music and wonderful food vendors. Of course no visit would be complete without a stop at their plant shop for a purchase. My choice of the day was an “Adenium obesum,”—a Desert Rose! If you have any landscape or garden questions please feel free to contact me at or 623-695-3952. Garden Chat will not be meeting during the summer months. Be sure to join us again in September.



>>> tee time at trilogy

Law Abiding Golfers By Joshua Doxtator, Head Golf Professional and Golf Operations Manager, Trilogy Golf & Country Club


know what you’re thinking…here comes another article about rules. On the contrary, I will not be talking about etiquette or cart path rules or how to properly play an “unplayable lie.” The laws that follow can change your golfing life, or at least give a further understanding of why the ball doesn’t always go where intended. In golf, specifically to ball flight, there are five laws that dictate the way a ball reacts when hit. So the next time you hit a wayward shot and start coming up with reasons why, I want you to first ask yourself could I be in violation of a law!

distance and depending upon speed at impact the ball can move significantly off line.

Club Face – The club face directly affects direction. If the club face is open at impact then the ball will head right for right handed golfers and left for left handed golfers. Our focus is to impact the ball with a square club face; this in itself will help most golfers out there. A club face will square at impact based on proper rotation alone, you should not have to help the club face get square.

Speed – Speed directly affects distance. The faster a golf club is swung, the further it will go. Makes sense, doesn’t it? What golfers don’t understand is that speed is only attained after repetition becomes a reaction. In other words, you can’t automatically try to gain speed. After you successfully conduct countless repetitions of the golf swing only then can speed take over.

Club Path – The club path directly affects both direction and distance. Based on my experience, over 90% of golfers swing the club from an outside/in club path, which causes a “cutting” motion at impact. This will generate a left to right spin on the golf ball, also known as the SLICE! This club path will significantly take away

Angle of Attack – This is probably the most difficult law to grasp but is the most crucial in gaining distance. The angle of attack refers to the angle in which the club descends into the golf ball. The greater the angle is held before release, the greater the distance. If the club is close to passing your hands at impact then you’ve lost the angle and distance is greatly affected.

Centeredness of Hit – Regardless of what club manufacturers tell you about “forgiving” golf clubs, in order to maximize your potential distance you must hit the center of the club face. Don’t get me wrong, bigger club heads allow you a little more opportunity to make contact when you miss, but nothing compares to hitting the center of the club face. Off center hits can also directly affect direction.

>>> blackstone

Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp (Serves 4) By Chef Randy Heltsley


f you’re planning on celebrating 4th of July with family and friends, try this tasty light salad that can be prepared as a meal or side dish.

Salad: • 2 cups julienned Green Papaya • 1 cup julienned carrot • 2 cups roma tomatoes, sliced • 1 head hydroponic butter lettuce • 1 cup haricot verts (green beans) • ½ cup chopped roasted peanuts • Mint leaves • Cilantro leaves Shrimp: 8 16/20 sized shrimp Dressing: • 1 tbsp. lemon grass, finely chopped • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely chopped • 1 tsp. fresh garlic, finely chopped • ½ cup chopped scallions • 1-4 tsp. sambal oelek chili sauce


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1-4 tsp. palm sugar or brown sugar ¼ cup fish sauce 3-6 juice of lime Mint and cilantro rough chop for garnish

Method: Season and sauté shrimp and set aside. For the dressing, add the aromatics, chili sauce, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, and adjust the seasoning looking for balance between acid, heat, sugar and salt. Combine the papaya, carrot, French beans, mint, cilantro and dressing. Plate salad by making lettuce bowls with the butter lettuce. Mix the dressing with the salad, gently place inside the lettuce bowl, intertwine shrimp, garnish with peanuts, cilantro and mint.

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>>> council update

Public Safety By Cathy Carlat, Councilmember, Mesquite District, City of Peoria


ost residents believe that one of the greatest factors of a well-built city is a strong public safety force. I completely agree. I take pride in the fact that the City of Peoria is serious about equipping the Police and Fire Departments with every resource necessary to protect and serve our communities. In keeping with this philosophy, those of you relaxing at Lake Pleasant may have noticed a new vessel on the water. The City of Peoria received grant funding to purchase a Lake Pleasant Emergency, Medical, Fire, and Rescue Watercraft. The new boat comes equipped with modern response systems, which allows it to travel in shallow water and quickly get those in need on board. In addition, our watercraft will meet the highest emission standards, providing the least environmental impact on the lake and surrounding areas. This boat is a great addition to our Fire Department and will allow Peoria Firefighters the opportunity

to respond to and resolve emergency situations on the water as quickly as possible. Outside of the water, our Police Chief is making sure that the Police remain connected with residents of all ages through Community Policing. With this initiative, the Police work proactively with the community, equipping residents with the tools necessary to be the eyes and ears of their neighborhoods. Covering topics such as ways to avoid becoming a victim and how to spot scams gives citizens a working partnership with their Police Department. The proof is in the statistics. Typically, a troubled economy brings about additional crime. However, crimes in Peoria have decreased 8.5%, compared with 2011. This figure represents a 4.3% decrease in property crimes and an 8.7% decrease in violent crimes. These are impressive numbers, reflecting a safe community. This wouldn’t be possible without a well-connected police force. To keep updated about what is happening in your city, register for the Mesquite District electronic news alerts by visiting www.peoriaaz. gov/mesquite. Contact Councilmember Cathy Carlat at Mesquite@ or by calling 623-773-7306.

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Fourth of July Reminders By Officer Bradford Knights


n Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Pleasant Harbor, owned and operated by Maricopa Water District, will once again present its July 3rd Fireworks Event. You can get information by visiting their web site at www.pleasant

The City of Peoria is also planning its Fourth of July Extravaganza at the Peoria Sports complex. This event will take place on the fourth and start at 5:00 P.M. You can find out more information at the city’s web site, If you plan on attending either of these events here are some very important things to remember. Hydrate! With temperatures now regularly in the triple digits, it is important not only to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated, but also to drink water the day before you will be out in the heat. If you feel overheated, call for medical personnel right away. Remember to wear sun block, hats and breathable clothing. Animals! Remember to bring a bowl of water for your four-legged friends as well. Also remember that our four legged friends are


easily scared by the fireworks so if you bring them please keep them secure, and if you leave them at home make sure they cannot escape. Parking! Please be patient, courteous and vigilant when driving into and out of the event. Police Department personnel will be on hand to monitor traffic and keep things moving. Remember to stay off cellular telephones; do not drive while impaired in any way, and buckle up yourself and your passengers. If you are involved in a collision and are not injured, please safely pull to the side of the road and contact the police department. When parking at either event, make sure you do so in designated areas. Do not park on private property unless directed to do so by signage. We want you to enjoy family, friends and our beautiful city while you have fun this 4th of July holiday. Officer Bradford Knights

Resources Vistancia Community Patrol Vistancia Village Emergency For use between midnight and 8am City of Peoria Police/Animal Control Peoria Policing Program, North Tip Line Fire Southwest Ambulance Arrowhead Hospital North Peoria Emergency Center Sun Health Hospital Post Office Sunrise Mountain Library Utilities Cox Communications Zona Communications Southwest Gas APS (Electric) City of Peoria (water/trash) Schools Peoria Unified S.D. #11 Lake Pleasant Elementary Attendance Vistancia Elementary Attendance Liberty High School Sunrise Mountain High School Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten Churches Spirit Song United Methodist Church

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Activities and Clubs Aerobics* We’ve started a new aerobics class in Vistancia on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am in the Gymnasium. This is a free fitness class! All you need is a water bottle, a towel and mat if you have one. Enjoy! *Classes will return in October. Aqua-Tots Is your child water safe, do they know how to swim? If not, get them enrolled now. For more information, contact Aqua-Tots at 623-376-6554 or for swim lessons. Bible Study The women’s Bible study meets every Thursday at 9am in Building A. All women are invited as we share, discuss, and encourage one another. Call Valerie for more information at 623-824-1357. Bunco We need players! Join us in the Clubhouse on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7pm for an exciting dice game and a great way to meet new friends! The fee is $6 per person to play. There are 4 gift cards available to win! Please contact Lauren at lstephan@ if you’re interested in playing! Cheer Club Cheer club meets every Wednesday night from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the gym. We focus on health and fitness, building self confidence and the FUNdamentals of cheerleading with the emphasis on fun while working hard to perfect our skills. Email Clarissa at or call 572-4289 for more information. Tennis Club- Please change time to 7am-9am Garden Chat Garden chat will meet the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Contact charstar_299@msn. com for additional information. Helping Hands Club The helpings hand club is a group of Vistancia residents with the same mission to help their neighbors in need! If you would like to join the club or if you have a need that the club might be able to assist you with contact Adrienne at


History Club If you want a greater understanding of the principles the United States was founded on and confidence in your ability to affect freedom this group is for you! We’ll meet in Building A twice a month March-May, on the 1st & 3rd Thursday evenings. The 1st Thursday of the month will be a lecture by a guest speaker; the 3rd Thursday of the month will be a book/article discussion). For more information and the book list, email Alena Hatch ( MOMS Club Activities and support for Moms and their kids. For more information, if you are North of Vistancia Elementary contact Holly Tenn at; if you are South of Vistancia Elementary contact Crystal Beumler at MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) Club* MOPS is a great place where Mothers Of Preschoolers will be welcomed, accepted and inspired to reach their full potential as both a woman and a mom! The club will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Mountain Vista Clubhouse. Contact Christie for more information at or visit * Mops will return in the fall. Mountain Biking Club This club meets on weekends at the discrepancy of group leader. Explore new terrain in and around the Vistancia community. For additional information contact Scott Thompson at 623.764.4960. Poker Club Come meet your neighbors while playing a game of luck and skill. Vistancia Poker tournaments will be held every other Saturday of every month in the Association Office. Buyins are $20 per person. 100% of proceeds go to top place finishers. For more information, / Spanish Club The Spanish Club will meet from 6-7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in Building A. It’s open to all residents who would like to learn Spanish as well as those who want to practice their Spanishspeaking skills in a supportive environment. The topics of conversation will include, but not be limited to: greetings, holiday celebrations, family events. eating out, shopping, traveling, entertainment and games. The $40 monthly dues include all classes and materials. To register contact Susan at susan. Teen Club Kids ages 11-17. We plan teen events and do community service projects all while having a great time. Please contact Lauren Stephan at for more information. Tennis Club Drop-in Tennis is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Mountain Vista Club tennis courts at 7am-9am. For more information Contact or call Tom or Barbara at 928.252.3546. Tennis Lessons Tennis Pro Joe Ragland instructs Children and Adults in multiple settings including private lessons and group clinics. Call Joe for additional information at 623.680.6738. Vistancia Lifestyles is the place to go to for great articles from local experts providing you with free information on many topics such as photography, skin care, pet care, travel tips, landscaping, home decor and more. Find fun events going on in Arizona, the West Valley and Vistancia Village. There is also a local business listing. If you have any questions, contact us at: Vistancia Village Loaning Library Bring a book take a book at the Loaning Library in the Association Office. We are also always accepting donations for books and DVDs For more information contact the Association Office at 623.215.8646. Vistancia Vipers Vistancia Village Swim Team. For more information contact Jen Peery at Water Aerobics Classes are Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am at the Mountain Vista Club pool. If you have any questions contact Lauren at


Calendar July 2012

SUN 1 Adult B-Ball, 7pm

8 Adult B-Ball, 7pm

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2 Cheer Club, 4-6pm Zumba, 6pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm

3 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Hip Hop, 6pm Independence Day Pool Party, 6-8pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm

4 Power Yoga, 6-7pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm Cheer Camp, 6-7pm

5 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Bible Study, 9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Tumbling, 5-6pm Zumba, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm History Club, 7pm

9 Cheer Club, 4-6pm Zumba, 6pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm

10 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Hip Hop, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm

11 Power Yoga, 6-7pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm Cheer Camp, 6-7pm

12 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Bible Study, 9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Tumbling, 5-6pm Zumba, 6pm Health Club, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm



7 Farmers Market Pick-up, 11am-12pm Ultimate Frisbee, 2pm


14 Ladies Night Out, 5-8pm


21 Farmers Market Pick-up, 11am-12pm

Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Coffee Talk, 9am MOMS Club, 10am-12pm

Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am


16 Cheer Club, 4-6pm Zumba, 6pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm

17 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Hip Hop, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm

18 Power Yoga, 6-7pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm Cheer Camp, 6-7pm Bunco, 7pm

19 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Bible Study, 9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Tumbling, 5-6pm Zumba, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm History Club, 7pm

Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am

Dive in Movie, 8pm

GOOD NEWS CAMP, 10AM-12PM 22 Adult B-Ball, 7pm

Cheer Club, 4-6pm Zumba, 6pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm

29 Adult B-Ball, 7pm


30 Cheer Club, 4-6pm Zumba, 6pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm

24 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Hip Hop, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm

31 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Hip Hop, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm


25 Garden Chat, 6pm Power Yoga, 6-7pm Spanish Club, 6-7:30pm Cheer Camp, 6-7pm

26 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am Bible Study, 9am Water Aerobics, 9-10am Tumbling, 5-6pm Zumba, 6pm Health Club, 6pm Peoria Fit Camp, 6:30-8pm

27 Drop-in Tennis, 7-9am

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