Winter 2019/2020 Program Guide




Snow in DC Ranch

February 2019



DC Ranch Gives: Toy Drive

Now through Dec. 13

Desert Camp and The Homestead

Arizona Cancer Foundation for

Children assists children and families

battling childhood cancer. This

year, DC Ranch Gives has adopted

families who cannot afford gifts. Help

brighten a child’s holiday season by

selecting a gift from their wish list.

Stop by the Giving Tree at either DC

Ranch community center to pick up

a wish tag. Please return the gifts,

unwrapped and with the tag, by

Friday, Dec. 13.

Grapenuts: Holiday Wines

Wednesday, Dec. 4

6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | Free

Come unwind and discover

a variety of wines perfect for

the season! Please bring a

bottle of your favorite special

occasion wine and an

appetizer to share with the

group. For this event there

will be no sommelier;

residents will lead the

discussion. Space is limited.

Creative Arts Class:

Holiday Cocktails

Thursday, Dec. 5

5:30 to 7 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | $23

Cheers to the season! Come learn

how to make impressive holidayinspired

cocktails during this

festive mixology class. Includes

samplings and recipes to take

home. Light appetizers will be

served. Space is limited.

Second Annual

Community Safety Forum

Wednesday, Dec. 4

5 to 7 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 21+ | Free

Join the Ranch Association as local

police and security experts provide

updates, education and safety tips to

remember during the busy holiday

season. Appetizers and happy hour

beverages will be served as residents

enjoy feature presentations, browse

new home safety products and meet

the local police commanders. Free to

residents. Please RSVP on

PJs and Pancakes: Frozen

Saturday, Dec. 7

9 to 10:30 a.m. | The Homestead

Adults and children 13+ $17 | Ages 4-12 $9 | Ages 0-3 Free

Wear your PJs as the community gathers for a beloved DC Ranch tradition!

Prizes will be given to contestants with the Best Slippers, Best Bed Head

and Best Family PJ’s. There are also holiday crafts and photo opportunities

with Santa, Elsa and other friends. Enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet of

pancakes, eggs, sausage and a hot cocoa bar.


Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register.

All December programs are open for registration.

Spotlight Speaker Series:

From Big Idea to Big Screen

Wednesday, Dec. 11

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 21+ | Free

Long before we see a film on the big screen, someone has an idea, develops

the story and writes a script. With good luck and reputation, someone buys

the rights to produce the film. Join screenwriters Greg and Sara Bernstein

and film producer Fred Green, residents of DC Ranch, as they give a

“behind-the-scenes” look at the movie making process. Doors open at 6

p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers, wine and beer provided.

Women’s Club: Holiday Coffee

Thursday, Dec. 12

10 a.m. to Noon | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | Free

The DC Ranch Women’s Club

warmly invites you to the annual

Holiday Coffee. Celebrate the season

with delectable bites in a relaxed

atmosphere – all for a good cause.

This year, items will be collected for

Maggie’s Place, which provides lifechanging

programs and services for

single mothers and their children.

A list of items can be found on

Food Truck Night:

Best of the Best

Thursday, Dec. 12

5 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Don’t miss The Maine Lobster Lady

(voted Best Food Truck 2019 in

Phoenix New Times) as she serves

up her famous lobster rolls in DC

Ranch! These sandwiches are packed

with a quarter pound of fresh lobster.

For your sweet tooth cravings,

Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes (voted

Best Cupcake 2019 in Phoenix New

Times) will offer a variety of gourmet

cupcake flavors to choose from.

Off the Ranch:

Holiday Dinner at Stonegrill

Friday, Dec. 13

6 to 9 p.m.

Stonegrill at JW Marriott Desert Ridge

Ages 21+

Enjoy the scenery, sounds and

tastes of the season when friends

and neighbors venture to Stonegrill

at JW Marriott Desert Ridge. After

dinner, explore the hotel’s beautifully

decorated grounds and acclaimed

gingerbread village. Dinner and

beverages are the responsibility of

each guest. Appetizers are provided.

Space is limited. Register by Dec. 11.

DC Ranch Gives:

Group Service Project

Sunday, Dec. 15

1:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Departs The Homestead

Ages 8+ | $5 Donation

Join other residents to help Hope

4 Phoenix provide food for the

less fortunate during their Thankful

Sundays event. Volunteers will prepare

and serve dinner at First Church UCC

of Phoenix. Transportation, water and

Gives volunteer shirt provided. All

registrations collected will be donated

to Hope 4 Phoenix.

Men’s Club: Social Hour

Tuesday, Dec. 17

6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | Free

Enjoy refreshments while mingling

with residents. This will be followed

by a discussion to plan future events.

All are welcome to attend.

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Weight Watchers Open House

Tuesday, Jan. 7

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 18+ | Free

RSVP opens Dec. 9

Achieve that New Year’s resolution!

Visit this open house event to learn

more about the proven WW (Weight

Watchers) system. DC Ranch is

proud to partner with WW to bring

residents special discounted pricing

for an 8-week session (Jan. 14 to

March 3). Participants will enjoy the

convenience of weekly meetings held

at Desert Camp and the support of

other residents during the weight

loss journey.

Grapenuts: Arizona Wines

Wednesday, Jan. 8

6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | Free

RSVP opens Dec. 4

Arizona has a burgeoning wine

industry, from Verde Valley up north to

Sonoita south of Tucson and Willcox

east of Tucson. Pick up a bottle of

Arizona wine to share and learn about

its juicy complexity. Space is limited.

Women’s Club: Escape the Room

Thursday, Jan. 9 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet at Escape the Room 101

Ages 21+ | $33

Registration opens Dec. 3

Join neighbors as a team to solve

clues and escape the room! An escape

room is a real-life adventure game in

which teams solve a series of puzzles

using clues, hints and strategy to

complete the objectives at hand.

Teams are given one hour to unveil the

secret plot which is hidden within the


Men’s Club: Barrett Jackson VIP

Wednesday, Jan. 15

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | WestWorld

Ages 21+ | $150 +tax

To register, contact resident chair

Steven Kressler at

Experience Barrett-Jackson as a

VIP in the Muscle Lounge. Enjoy a

bird’s-eye view of the auction stage

from this private skybox with full

access to an open bar and dedicated

catering. Whether you are primed to

capture the car of your dreams, rub

elbows with celebrities or just soak

in the auction excitement, make it

memorable by enjoying some elite

treatment at The World’s Greatest

Collector Car Auction.

Food Truck Night:

Bored Baker Pizza Maker

Thursday, Jan. 16

5 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Leave the cooking to us as Bored

Baker Pizza Maker fires up their brick

oven for one-of-a-kind pizzas. Sticking

to traditional preparation methods,

the high-quality ingredients make for a

palate pleasing pie from first bite to last!

The Homestead Playhouse

Audition Workshop

Friday, Jan. 17

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 8 to 16 | Free

RSVP opens Dec. 16

Is your young performer interested

in auditioning for The Homestead

Playhouse’s Spring Production of Willy

Wonka JR.? This workshop will walk

participants through The Homestead

Playhouse’s audition process, allowing

your actor to be better prepared for

auditions. Space is limited.

The Homestead Playhouse

Spring Production Auditions

Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Thursday, Jan. 23

and Friday, Jan. 24

Ages 5* to 16

4 to 7 p.m. | The Homestead

The Homestead Playhouse is delighted

to announce the production of Roald

Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. coming this

spring! Residents, neighbors and

friends are invited to audition for a role

in this scrumdidilyumptions musical

adventure featuring Willy Wonka,

Charlie Bucket, Oompa Loompas and

all your favorite Roald Dahl characters.

*Jr. Company Auditions: Performers

ages 5-7 will audition on Thursday,

Jan. 23 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. A small

selection of younger performers

will be cast in a minor role in the

production. Rehearsals for the Jr.

Company are once per week.


Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register.

DC Ranch Day:

Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats

Saturday, Jan. 25

4 to 6 p.m. | The Homestead

All ages | Free

RSVP opens Dec. 23

Giddyup and join the annual community-wide celebration of DC Ranch

history! Residents wear their cowboy best for this Western-themed event

that includes live music, crafts, games and a delicious barbecue. Enter the

barbecue sauce contest and bring your winning recipe!

Photography Club

Development Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 22

2 to 4 p.m.

The Homestead

Ages 21+ | Free

Registration opens Dec. 16

Do you have a penchant for snapping

photos? Fellow enthusiasts are

invited to discuss forming a

DC Ranch Photography Club and

develop ideas for topics, activities,

dates and meeting times. Become

one of the founding members of this

new club.

TGIF Little Wranglers:

Gone Wild

Friday, Jan. 31

6 to 8 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 4 to 7 | $23

Registration opens Dec. 16

Come on a safari adventure! Little

ones will enjoy a fun-filled night with

live animal demonstrations, games

and crafts. Pizza, juice and dessert


TGIF Tweens: Phoenix Suns

Game at Talking Stick Arena

Friday, Jan. 31

6 to 9:45 p.m.

Departs The Homestead

Ages 8 to 15 | $33

Registration opens Dec. 16

Enjoy watching the live action of a

professional basketball game with

friends as the Phoenix Suns take on

the OKC Thunder! Tweens will be

transported from The Homestead to

Talking Stick Arena and concessions

are included.

Lifelong Learning: Sitting is the New Smoking

Tuesday, Jan. 28

6 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | $7

Registration opens Dec. 23

Do you sit at work, on the drive home, at dinner, watching TV? Learn some

creative ways to take movement breaks throughout the day to stay healthy,

mobile and strong while still remaining productive and doing the

activities you love.

Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register. 5


CPR Class

Saturday, Feb. 1

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 13+ | $23

Registration opens Jan. 6

Learn how to recognize and care for

life-threatening emergencies. This

class covers adult, child and infant

CPR, use of an Automated External

Defibrillator (AED) and first aid for



Reel Deal: Pre-Oscar Party

Wednesday, Feb. 5

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 21+ | $10

Registration opens Jan. 6

Bridge Bootcamp

Monday, Feb. 3 and 10

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 18+ | $55

Registration opens Jan. 6

Millions of people play bridge

worldwide in clubs, tournaments,

online and with friends at home.

Join this two day bootcamp to learn

the basics of bridge – or advance

your skills – in a small group setting.

The instructor’s approach is to

promote the joy of the game, framed

within a deep understanding of the

fundamentals of bidding, play and


We’re rolling out the red carpet for this kickoff event! Reel Deal is a new

DC Ranch movie series that will feature a variety of films for different ages

and interests followed by a brief discussion for those who wish to engage.

Come watch one of the films nominated for the 2020 Best Picture

Academy Award. Residents will have the opportunity to fill out their Oscar

predictions and win prizes. Light snacks and beverages included.

DC Ranch Women’s Club:

Peach Blossom Celebration

Thursday, Feb. 6

9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Departs The Homestead

Ages 21+ | $28

Registration opens Jan. 6

Appreciate the beauty of Schnepf

Farms in Queen Creek while

hundreds of trees are dotted with

pink and white peach blossoms.

Ladies will enjoy a train ride and

personalized tour of the orchard with

farm owner Mark Schnepf. There

will also be a hayride to visit the

farm’s friendly fallow deer. Lunch and

transportation provided.

Grapenuts: Wine and Desserts

Wednesday, Feb. 12

6 to 8 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+ | Free

RSVP opens Jan. 8

Join us for a wine and dessert pairing

discussion. Please bring your favorite

Valentine’s dessert and a bottle of

wine to share with the group. Space

is limited.

Phoenix String Quartet


Friday, Feb. 14

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 21+ | $23

Registration opens Jan. 13

Celebrate love by listening to the

musical stylings of the Phoenix String



Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register.

DC Ranch Hiking Group

Saturday, Feb. 15

8:30 to Noon

Departs Gateway Trailhead

Ages 13+ | Free

RSVP opens Jan. 6

Step out for a scenic, intermediate

5-mile hike through the Preserve.

Dogs are welcome if they are kept on

a leash and picked up after. Please

wear comfortable shoes and bring

plenty of water.

Food Truck Night:

Ma Taylor’s Kitchen

Thursday, Feb. 20

5 to 7:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ma Taylor’s Kitchen is rolling in with

comfort food to ease your weeknight

dinner woes. Try a selection of

scratch made pot pies, grilled cheese,

chili cheese fries or the chicken kale

quinoa salad.

TGIF Little Wranglers: Fairytale Evening

Friday, Feb. 21

6 to 8 p.m. | The Homestead

Ages 4 to 7 | $23

Registration opens Jan. 27

Princes and princesses are invited to this

magical evening. Special guests will tell stories

and lead songs. There will also be dancing and

face painting. Dinner included.

TGIF Tween: Medieval Times

Friday, Feb. 21

6 to 9:30 p.m.

Departs The Homestead

Ages 8 to 15 | $33

Registration opens Jan. 27

Calling all knights and ladies of the court!

Tweens will embark on a new adventure

traveling to the middle ages at Medieval Times.

A 4-course meal will be served while watching

jousting, horsemanship, sword fighting, hand-tohand

combat and falconry in a castle-like space.

DC Ranch Gives:

Group Service Project

Saturday, Feb. 22

7:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at The Homestead

Ages 5+ | $5

Registration opens Jan. 13

In an assembly line process,

volunteers will pack emergency food

bags at United Food Bank to provide

hunger relief for Arizona families

in need. Please wear comfortable

clothes and closed-toe shoes.

Transportation, water and Gives

volunteer shirt are provided.

All Levels Tennis Clinic

Saturday, Feb. 22

9 to 11 a.m.

Ages 18+ | $14

Registration opens Jan. 27

This all levels tennis clinic is designed

for anyone interested in learning the

basics of playing tennis or refining

their skills while meeting other

players and residents. Hitting the ball

is a fun way to get some exercise and

relieve stress.

Off the Ranch: Grill Masters

Thursday, Feb. 27

6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Classic Cooking Academy

Ages 21+ | $57

Registration opens Jan. 20

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and

fire up the grill. Beginners, experts,

and food enthusiasts of all skill

levels are invited. After instructions

from the head chef, make grilled

shrimp skewers with chipotle aioli,

southwestern steak tacos with

homemade tortillas, grilled corn with

feta and cilantro and tres leches cake.

Nominate a neighbor for Volunteer of the Year!

Do you know a neighbor who is consistently giving back to DC Ranch or the greater

community? The Community Council would like to recognize them for their service. Celebrate

this individual by filling out the nomination form at

Recipients will be selected by a committee of previous recipients and honored at the annual

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. The deadline for 2020 nominations is March 6, 2020.

Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register. 7


DC Ranch Women’s Club:

Liking Hiking

The second Tuesday and fourth

Saturday of every month at 8 a.m.

All skill levels are welcome for

these enjoyable, non-competitive

hikes. Each hike will be rated so

participants will know the difficulty

level before arriving. There will be

an optional meeting at a local coffee

house after each hike will be offered

as well. For information or questions,

please contact resident Sheryl

Lowenhar at

Duplicate Bridge Club


12:30 to 4 p.m. | Desert Camp

Come play cards and make new

friends! All levels are welcome. For

information or questions, please

contact resident Phyllis Banucci at

Canasta Club


1 to 4 p.m. | Desert Camp

Canasta is a card game of the rummy

family which was popularized in the

early 1950s. Come join the group to

play this versatile and fun game. All

levels are welcome. For information or

questions, please contact resident Dee

Parrish at

Fourth Fridays Social Hour

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 21+

Mix and mingle during a relaxing

happy hour the fourth Friday of every

month. These monthly gatherings

provide a nice way to end the week

and chat with friends or get to know

new neighbors. Light snacks, beer

and wine provided. Please RSVP on

Social Bridge Club


12:30 to 4 p.m. | Desert Camp

Residents with knowledge of the

game are invited to join neighbors

for a fun afternoon of playing bridge.

Cards and tables provided. For

information or questions, please

contact resident Betty Eberle at

Pickleball Club

Fridays 9 to 11 a.m.

Sundays 4 to 6 p.m.

Desert Camp Courts

Try your hand at a friendly game

of Pickleball at the Desert Camp

courts. All levels are welcome. Please

bring a paddle if you have one. For

information or questions, please

contact resident Sheryl Lowenhar at


Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register.


To make registration easy for ongoing fitness programs, residents may purchase classes up to three months in advance.

Registration is now open for all December, January and February classes!* Cost varies per session. $7 drop in.

All Levels Yoga

Mondays and Wednesdays

Fridays starting in Jan.

9 to 10 a.m. | The Homestead

This class is suitable for all levels of

yoga practice. The class moves at a

slow to moderate pace and offers

modifications so participants can

customize the class to fit their specific

needs. Teachers focus on alignment

and breathing techniques to safely

stretch and strengthen students.

Please bring a yoga mat, towel and

water bottle.

Yoga Basics

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9 to 10 a.m. | The Homestead

Designed for the beginner, learn

how to incorporate yoga breathing

techniques, body and spinal alignment

and how to properly and safely work

your body into different yoga postures

including standing, sitting and

balancing poses. This class focuses

on stretching the larger muscle

groups, helping improve flexibility and

decreasing risk for injury. Please bring

a yoga mat and water bottle.

New! Saturday Morning Fitness

Saturdays, Jan. 4 to Feb. 29

9 to 10 a.m. | Desert Camp

Ages 18+ | $14

*Classes open for registration

one month prior

You asked, we listened. Residents can

now join an instructor-led fitness class

on Saturday mornings. These rotating

classes will allow participants to try

different types of fitness and discover

new interests.

Strength and Balance

Mondays and Wednesdays

10:30 to 11 a.m. | The Homestead

This class is designed to work on

strengthening and lengthening your

muscles. We will be working on your

core and balance to give an all-around

workout. A portion of the class will be

done seated on the mat. Light weights

and resistance bands will also be used.

This class is designed for all levels.

Please bring a mat or towel and water


Event Registration Process

1. Log on to If you don’t have an account, please request one online.

2. Visit the calendar under the News and Events tab.

3. Click on the class or event of interest.

4. Click the Register or RSVP button for tickets and reservations.

Register early! Some programs fill quickly. If you need assistance with registering, please contact Desert Camp

Community Center at 480.342.7178. Please note there is a no refund policy for all DC Ranch programs.

While most DC Ranch programming is intended for residents only, there may be instances where residents would

like to invite a guest. If a program is eligible, each resident may bring up to two (2) guests with a maximum of

four (4) per household. Please contact the Community Council for more information.

Details are subject to change. Visit for most current information and to register. 9


Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers are

the heart of all DC Ranch community activities, events and

social gatherings.

Stop by Desert Camp to use the fitness room, have a cup

of coffee, visit the recently remodeled playground, play a

game or two of pickleball or tennis, shoot some hoops, or

participate in clubs and social groups. There is also a tot

pool and a heated lap pool.

Visit The Homestead for fitness classes, a quiet lobby

workspace, have lunch on the veranda, play basketball,

toddle around the playground and splash pad, or meet up

with friends and go for a walk.

Both Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers

are available for residents to rent for private events.

Desert Camp offers a variety of settings perfect for

intimate (smaller) special events, parties, meetings and

celebrations for groups up to 80.

The Homestead offers a grand hall setting perfect for

larger special events, parties, meetings and celebrations for

groups of 50 to 200.

Desert Camp Community Center

9260 E. Desert Camp Dr.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Lobby hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fitness room hours

5 a.m. to 10 p.m. accessible by key fob.

Pool hours

Winter (November-March): 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Summer (April-October): 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tennis and pickleball hours

6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Courts can be reserved on

Key fob information

Residents and guests who enter the facility through the

lobby will be greeted and checked in by the front desk


Need a key fob? Receptionists are available daily to issue

and update key fobs, assist with event and program

registration and provide community center tours.

The Homestead Community Center

18600 N. 98th St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Lobby hours

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Restrooms are available by key fob after lobby hours and

on weekends.

To inquire about rental availability, residents may visit

either Desert Camp or The Homestead Community Center,

email or call 480.565.1746.

Splash pad hours

December-February: feature is turned off.

March-November: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.



The Community Council is responsible for visioning and

facilitating initiatives that enhance residents’ quality of life,

serve collective interests and promote the DC Ranch brand.

The Council provides recreational, educational, cultural

and volunteer opportunities that reflect community values;

operates and programs DC Ranch amenities; creates outlets

for communication; and defines DC Ranch Standards.

The Community Council’s very mission is to facilitate a

welcoming community and connect residents through:

• A broad selection of programs and activities

• A new resident welcome program

• Signature events with components for all ages

• A comprehensive path and trail system

• Warm and welcoming community centers

Be sure to look at the variety of activities offered in the

Program Guide published seasonally. Come out, try something

new and meet other neighbors!

Get in touch


Holiday office closures:

Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25:


Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1:

New Year’s

Monday, Jan. 20:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Community Center closures:

Tuesday, Dec. 24:

Desert Camp – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Homestead - closed

Wednesday, Dec. 25:

Both community centers closed

Tuesday, Dec. 31:

Desert Camp – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Homestead – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 1:

Desert Camp – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Homestead – closed


Gabi Enriquez

Senior Manager of Events & Programs

Devin Haggerty

Community Engagement Coordinator

Trista Ratley

Recreation Coordinator

Candace Thomas

Event and Program Coordinator

Lindsay Vanegas

Arts and Education Coordinator


Lynette Whitener

Senior Facilities Manager


Maddy Levy

Event & Rental Specialist

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Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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