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September 2012

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  • 6 PlantReplacementPlan

    IntroducingVillageAsNewlyRedesigned

    LookandName

    7 GrassvsDesertLandscaping?

    8 HowtoManageYourLandscapeinVistancia

    10-11 FeelingLucky?CasinoNightinVistancia!

    11 Spotlight:HarrianneKopel

    12-13 WhatsHappening

    14 Scrapbook:PastCommunityEventPictorial

    15 ClubCorner:ArcheryClub

    CasinoAccordionCupcakeToppers

    16 FallHealthyHabits

    BlackstoneWelcomesNewMembershipDirector

    18 LakePleasantEmergencyResponse

    PeoriaPolicePartnersWithProjectLifesaver

    20 Clubs/Resources

    22 September2012Calendar

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  • 6 | SEPTEMBER 2012 | VISTANCIA LIVING

    Plant Replacement PlanBy Vanessa Dreyer, Community Manager

    Withover4,000residentscurrently livinginVillageAandmultiple new home builders joining the community inthe comingmonths, it was a good time to revisit thecommunity identity and put a personality and name around theplacethatourresidentscallhome.AnewlogohasbeencreatedtorepresentthecommunitythathasbeenofficiallynamedTheVillageatVistancia.

    ThoughtfulplanningandconsiderationhelpedexecutethecreationofTheVillagelogo.TheVillagescoreamenitiesincludetheMountainVista

    Introducing Village As Newly Redesigned Look and NameBy Mark Hammons, Vice President/General Manager, Vistancia

    Thismonth,wehaveamajorprojecthappeningthatispartofseveralcommunitywideinitiativesdesignedtoenhancethe aesthetics of the community. We talking about ourLandscapeRenovationProgram.We inspectedallhomes lookingforyardswherethenumberofplantsorthenumberofdifferentplantspeciesintheyardneededtobeincreased.Wesentcommunicationto224residentswhoneedtoparticipateintheprogram.Ourgoalistohelpmakerenovatingtheiryardeasyandcosteffective.

    Inorder toachieve thisgoal,weare invitingresidents toattendalandscape seminar being held by Caretaker on September 8 at9:00amat theMountainVistaClub.AnthonyandScottCosgrovewill be onsite to introduce residents to various plants within thecommunityplantpalette.

    Theseplantswillbeonsaleatadiscounted rateat thefirsteverVistancia Plant Sale. That daywewill turn the parking lot into anursery and residents can come down as early at 7:30am onSeptember22nd.Thedaywillserveasacommunitywideplantingparty as everyone heads to their yards to spruce them up! Allresidentsareinvitedtoattendtheplantsale.

    AsCaretakerwillbebringingtheplantsoutfromnurseries,weaskthatallresidentspleasepre-ordertheirplantssoCaretakerknowshowmanyofeachplanttobringoutonsite.Theorderformwillbeavailableat the landscapeseminarandon thewebsiteunder theFormstab.

    Wehavesomegreatincentivesbeyondeasyplantpickupandlowprices!Well be holding a before and after contest for yards thatreallytakethespiritoftheprogramtoheart.Takepicturesofyouryardand if youryardshows thegreatest improvementafter,well

    >>> mANAGeRS meSSAGe

    >>> fROm The deveLOpeR

    give you a $100 gift card toHomeDepot or Lowes to help youfurtheryourefforts!Wellalsobe feedingall thosewhoare takingadvantageoftheprogramandwillhavehotdogsandrefreshmentsatthecommunitycenteronthedayofthesale.

    Ofcourse,with224homespotentiallyparticipatingintheprogram,the community could use a few extra hands! Were asking forvolunteerstohelpouttheirneighborswhoneedtogetplantsinthegroundeven if its justa fewholes thatneed tobedug.Workingtogether,wecangetalotdone.Ifyourewillingtovolunteertohelpaneighbororyouhavequestionsabouttheprogram,pleasecontactmeatvdreyer@ccmcnet.com.Seeyouonthe22nd!

    PhotobySurrealMedia,www.SurrealMediaaz.com

    ClubandFoothillsCenter,bothfocusedonwater-basedactivitiesthatofferresidentsanenjoyable,funandplayfulexperience.Youwillseetheuseofthenewlogoindevelopermarketingcommunicationssuchas Vistancia.com, brochures, marketing materials and throughoutTheInformationCenter.

    ThesenseofcommunityandthevibrantspiritthatTheVillageoffersisunsurpassableandcontinuestomakeTheVillageadesirableplacetocallhome.

    Important DatesSeptember 8 LandscapeSeminarat9:00amSeptember 17 PlantPre-orderformsdueSeptember 22 VistanciaPlantSaleat7:30am*All events will be held at the Mountain Vista Club

    AssociAtion

  • Carrie LienhartAssistant Community Manager

    clienhart@ccmcnet.com

    Michael Brooks Maintenance Director of VMCmbrooks@ccmcnet.com

    Jake MondayMaintenance Coordinatorjmonday@ccmcnet.com

    Mike Robinson Lifestyle Assistant

    mrobinson@ccmcnet.com

    Vanessa DreyerCommunity Managervdreyer@ccmcnet.com

    Lauren StephanLifestyle Directorlstephan@ccmcnet.com

    April RettlerAdministrative Coordinatorarettler@ccmcnet.com

    Jessica SmithCovenants Coordinatorjsmith@ccmcnet.com

    Phone: 623.215.8646 / Fax: 623.215.8647 / www.myvistancia.comOffice Hours: Monday Friday 8am to 5pm. Additional hours available by appointment.

    Vistancia Living Magazine is the official community magazine of Vistancia, brought to you by the Vistancia Village Association. It is published monthly by Lion Tree Communications, LionTreeCommunications@Gmail.com. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photographs or illustrations without written permission from the publisher is prohibited by law. Trademarks, logos and content provided by advertisers, sponsors and partners are owned by the respective companies and all rights are reserved by them. The views, statements, and claims of advertisers or other VLM contributors do not necessarily represent those of the publisher, Vistancia Village Association or its employees. Printed in the USA. 2012 Vistancia Living Magazine. All rights reserved. Please recycle.

    For advertising opportunities, please contact Jonathan E. Himlin at 480.636.6670, or email: LionTreeCommunications@Gmail.com.

    Cover photo by www.BaramPhotography.com

    MYVISTANCIA.COM | SEPTEMBER 2012 | 7

    Introducing Village As Newly Redesigned Look and NameBy Mark Hammons, Vice President/General Manager, Vistancia

    Soyouvedecidedyouwantyouryard tobe the talkof theneighborhood? You have two options, grass landscapingordesert landscaping,howdoyoudeterminewhich is thebetteroption?

    Manyofuswouldprefertohavecolorfullandscapingandthereforegrasswould be the best option.Orwould it?Homeownerswhoattempttogrowgrass intransitionzoneswherewarm-andcool-seasongrassescaneachbegrownmayfaceabattletokeeptheirlawnshealthyandlookingtheirbest.Installinggrassisonethingbutkeepingitlushandgreenallsummerisanother.

    We allwant to cut costs and conservewater, but a lawn that isnot maintained and watered properly may be more susceptibletoweeds,diseasesandpests.Manyofusdonthavetheenergytodethatch, fertilize, overseed, andmaintainweedcontrol and amowingregimenregularly.Thankfullythereisanotheroption.

    Desert landscaping can be amazingly attractive. A great desertlandscapewill result ina look thatcaptures thenaturalbeautyoftheexpansivedesertwhileatthesametimeturningablindeyetosomeof its lessattractiveelements.Inadditiontotheexceptionalaesthetic value offeredby adesert look, desert landscaping alsooffersmanyadditionaladvantages.

    Desertlandscapingiscost-effective.Waterisexpensivewhenusedinsubstantialquantities,andtryingtomaintainamoretraditionalyardinanareathatisnotservedwithagreatdealofrainfallcanbecomequiteexpensive.Bychoosingplantsandelementsaccustomedtoalow-moistureenvironment,onecanbenefitfinancially.

    Desert landscaping allows us to make use of plants that willperformtotheirutmostintheenvironment.It ispossibletocreateandmaintainalushgreenlawninthemiddleofthedesertthroughfrequentwatering.However,nomatterwhatonedoes inorder tofoster itsgrowth, itwillneverbeasstrongandresilientas intheirindigenous surroundings. Desert landscaping takes advantage ofthat natural truth by using plants that thrive in dryer conditions.Vistancia has a very extensive list of plantmaterials that are notonlybeautifulandwillwithstandtheheatfromthesummermonths,butwill also thrive in our Arizonaweather. Please contactme atjsmith@ccmcnet.comformoredetailsonapprovedplantmaterials.

    Grass vs Desert Landscaping?By Jessica Smith, Covenants Coordinator

    >>> COveNANTS CORNeR

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    Thissummerhasbeenbusydespitethehightemperatureswevehad.WehavebeenworkingwithVanessaDreyeronelementsofthestrategicplanthatwasputtogetherinthelatewinterof2012.Together,wehavecreatedasolidplantogetasmanyplantsinthecommunityreplacedaspossible.

    Phase Three of the two-year plant replacement plan has beendetailed and the work is vast. Last month, the Board approvedthe installationofapproximately2,500plantsalongSunrisePoint,SunsetPoint,RidgelineandWhisperingRidge.VanessaandIspentmanyhotsummermorningswalkingtheroadstodetermineplantcountsandthebestspeciesofplanttousegiventheexistingplantpalette.

    TheAssociationwillbeputtinginamixofapproximately75percentone-gallon plants and 25 percent five-gallon plants. This helpsreducecostsby installingsmallersizedversionsofplantsthatwillgrowquickly.Last year,ourplantingperiodwascut shortdue toan unseasonable cold snap. This year, we are starting plantingmid-September aswe have a lot of plants to get in the ground!Installationwilltakeseveralweeks.

    How to Manage Your Landscape in Vistancia.By Anthony Luciano, Director of Horticulture/Vistancia, ISA Certified Arborist (WE-9687A), CDLP, CLP, SLM, ACPA

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  • 10 | SEPTEMBER 2012 | VISTANCIA LIVING

    Join us for an evening of Vegas fun right here in Vistancia!Casino Night will take place on Saturday, September 15thfrom6pm-9pmintheMountainVistaClubGym.This is an event that