The very funny Ivan Pecel to Headline in Estrella January 25th

1/25/2018 12:00:00 AM

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Ivan Pecel is "Making Juggling Tolerable", and will certainly be making us laugh in Estrella on January 25th. As funny as a stand up comic and as skilled as a Chinese acrobat, there is NO comedy juggler with the same chops as Ivan working today.

Tags: Events,Events & Activities,Lifestyle

Amenities: How Estrella Helps its Residents Meet Their Resolutions

12/31/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Our community amenities and features empower residents to meet their goals and resolutions; here are some of our favorites, as well as some handy apps to help you stay motivated along the way.

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Street Eats Food Truck Night coming to Estrella!

12/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Come enjoy a night out in Estrella and indulge in delicious choices from hummus to lobster with three distinct food trucks on Thursday, January 11th. 

Tags: Events,Events & Activities,Lifestyle,Family

Family Holiday Attractions in the Valley

12/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Just a short drive from Estrella, these holiday attractions are certain not to disappoint.  Check them out this season.  

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Estrella December Events

12/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests, and non-residents alike. So come explore the wonderful Estrella community.

Tags: Lifestyle,Events & Activities,Farmers Market,Amenities,Family,Starpointe Residents Club,Presidio Residents Club

How to Throw an Epic Backyard Movie Night

11/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

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One of our favorite ways to gather friends and family together to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful weather is to host an outdoor movie night. Here are a few things you need to know to throw your first backyard screening in your new Estrella home.

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Golf Tips for Newbies

11/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Golf is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors and spark some healthy competition between friends and family. Arizona is home to hundreds of golf courses, the good news is Estrella residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy award-winning golf.

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Meet the Estrella Trailblazers Hiking Club

11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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The weather is just right to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. On any given day now, you will find the Estrella Trailblazers Hiking Club, a group of local hiking enthusiasts, exploring something new on the trails. With over 40+ miles of hiking, running and biking trails, Estrella offers great exploring experiences for everyone.

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Resident Spotlight: Cain & Gabriella Have Talent

11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Get ready, Estrella! Cain and Gabriella Gonzalez will impress you as they warm up the crowd at the “December ‘63” concert on Friday, December 15.

 

 

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Fun Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Estrella

11/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

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In Estrella, our residents are big believers in embracing opportunities to be outdoors, and many Estrella amenities help our residents do just that. 

Tags: Amenities,Lifestyle,Adventure,Parks & Trails,Healthy Living

November: Estrella Events Round-up

11/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests, and non-residents alike. So come explore the wonderful Estrella community.

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December ’63 Comes to Estrella

10/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

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In the ongoing effort to continue bringing the best talent up the hill to you, Estrella Lifestyles and Tad Management are proud to announce “December ’63 (D63) is coming to Estrella Foothills High School Performing Arts Center on December 15. This successful, international-touring show features your favorite Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons classics sung by four of the most musically talented men in the region.

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AZ Foothills Magazine Names Estrella Among Best Places to Live 2017

10/24/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Standout feature: The vibrant community houses more than 500 acres of parks, 72 acres of lakes that residents can actually sail, and access to more than 40 miles of trails.

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Volunteer Opportunities Just Beyond Estrella

10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

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For shelters, nonprofits, and food banks, the holiday season is often one of the busiest. We’ve rounded up great volunteer opportunities for groups of all ages so you can give back to your community with the help of your friends and family.

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What’s in Your Bag: Hiking

10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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The world is your oyster and Estrella residents can make the most of it with access to more than 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. Before you begin enjoying the great desert scenery of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, here are a few must-have items and accessories to help make the most of your time on the trails.

Tags: Amenities,Lifestyle,Tips,Parks & Trails,Adventure,Area,Healthy Living,Fitness,Events & Activities

Best Places To Host A Party

10/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

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When you live in Estrella, there’s always a reason to celebrate. Whether you’re commemorating a birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday, or just throwing a shin-dig because it’s a Saturday, below are a few of our top spots for residents to host a party in Estrella.

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October: Estrella Events Round-up

10/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests and non-residents alike. So come explore what's happening in the wonderful Estrella community in October.

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Great Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in Estrella

9/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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On September 10, treat the family to a full day of fun in Estrella.  Here are some great Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day in Estrella!

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September: Estrella Events Round-up

9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests and non-residents alike. So come explore what's happening in September.

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Estrella’s Youth Volunteers

8/23/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Life in Estrella comes with a strong sense of community, and our volunteers are a large part of what makes this community so great.  Inspired at a young age, we are proud to introduce some of our youth volunteers. 

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CantaMia in Estrella – a 55-Plus Community for Life In Every Direction

8/21/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Where to Retire Magazine recently released its list of the 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S. for 2017…and look who’s first on the list! That’s right. CamtaMia by AV Homes, the 55-Plus, active adult community here in Estrella, has a proud spot right at the top!

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Much More than Beauty: Miss Teen Arizona Isabella Hart

8/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Did you know that we have royalty living among us in Estrella? Miss Teen Arizona International, Isabella Hart, just started her state reign in May. This week, Bella competes internally in Charleston, West Virginia for the world title of Miss Teen International.

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What’s in Your Bag: Lake Edition

8/17/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Whether packing up for a day boating on North Lake or picnicking off the shore of South Lake, below are a few must-have items that will help ensure Estrella residents enjoy the 72 acres of community lakes.

Tags: Amenities,Lakes,Yacht Club,Lifestyle

August: Estrella Events Round-up

8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests and non-residents alike. So come explore the wonderful Estrella community.

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Ways to Stay Cool in Estrella

7/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Beat the heat this summer without having to leave our master-planned community. Estrella offers numerous pools at our two residents clubs to help residents stay cool.

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Paddle, Peddle and Sail With the Estrella Yacht Club

7/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

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One of the most unique amenities our new home community offers is the Estrella Yacht Club. Residents may choose from a variety of water vessels, free of charge, to take out on North Lake. From sailboats to canoes, learn more about what’s offered from the Estrella Yacht Club before your next day of fun in the sun.

Tags: Yacht Club,Amenities,Lakes,Lifestyle,Fitness

July: Estrella Events Round-up

7/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of events are also open to residents, their guests and non-residents alike. So come explore the wonderful Estrella community.

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5,000 Homes and Counting

6/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

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What do you get when you combine 5,000 homes, 15,000 residents, small town living, and a managing developer committed to a long-term vision? Estrella’s vibrant new home community! Since its grand opening in 1988, Estrella has marked many milestones and we are excited to share the latest – recently, the Goodyear community closed on its 5,000th home!

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June: Estrella Events Round-Up

5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM

While Estrella hosts a full calendar of activities that are only for community members, a variety of community events are also open to residents and non-residents alike. So come explore the wonderful Estrella community.

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A Wealth of Social Clubs – Engage & Laugh at Estrella

5/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

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When you purchase a home in Estrella, not only are you joining a vibrant and lively community, but one with more than 40 neighborhood groups and clubs. From art and culture to automotive and photography, community groups range far and wide. These clubs foster friendships and allow residents to pursue their passions together. Here’s a snapshot of some of the clubs and groups within Estrella.

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Experience some of the finest golf, scenery, and eats available in Arizona

5/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Those who wish to spend time enjoying a round of golf, a great meal, and our beautiful desert surroundings, can do so without having to leave our Goodyear master-planned community. Experience some of the finest golf, scenery, and eats available in Arizona at the Troon-managed Golf Club of Estrella.

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Starpointe Make A Splash & Take A Class

5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Estrella’s original residents club offers everything you need to get fit, stay connected, and relax. Starpointe is comprised of more than 24,000 square-feet of well-appointed, resort-style amenities. Here are just a few of the highlights.

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Spotlight on Trivia Club of Estrella

5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

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When you live in Estrella, you have access to all sorts of fun resident-only clubs, events, and activities. One of the most popular also happens to be the longest running: the Trivia Game Club. 

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Get a Dose of Arts and Culture in the Valley

4/11/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Arizona is home to a variety of cultural adventures for the whole family. From music to Western history, you’re sure to find the right culture fix for one and all in your group just beyond Estrella. Check out these great Phoenix Metro museums and cultural centers, most within 30 miles of Estrella.

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Cruising with the Estrella Mountain Car Club

4/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Start your engines and get that oil pumping as we shine our spotlight on an Estrella residents club that has been taking to the streets for more than a decade. The Estrella Mountain Car Club features a wide range of import and domestic cars from antiques, hot rods, restored classics and many new specialty cars. Get cruising!

Tags: Clubs & Groups,Lifestyle

Get more out of life with a Resident Lifestyle Director

3/9/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Known for boosting Life in Every Direction, Estrella offers residents so many opportunities to get outside their homes and indulge in a myriad of activities and events.  With Lifestyle Directors in both Estrella and CantaMia, you're sure to get more out of life here!

Tags: Starpointe Residents Club,Presidio Residents Club,Amenities,Lifestyle

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Estrella

3/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Spring Break is right around the corner. Even if you don’t have kids out of school for the week you can still take advantage of the season’s great weather and chase away that spring fever. Whether you’re planning a grand road trip across Arizona or prefer to keep things closer to your lovely home in the Estrella community, here's how to make the most of it.

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Golf Club of Estrella Happy Hour

3/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

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There are few better ways to treat yourself after a work day or a round of golf than at the Player’s Grill & Patio. Offering guests a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees, beer, wine and spirits, and the best Arizona hospitality around, the Player’s Grill has quickly become a local favorite for Estrella residents and those from outside our community.

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Live and work in Goodyear

2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

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We know that Estrella is a great place to live, but did you know that the City of Goodyear is also a top place for employment? Recent Census data shows that Goodyear is among the top 15 fastest growing cities in the country, and according to CNBC, the Metro Phoenix area is one of the nation’s top workforce markets

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The 3 Cs of Starpointe Residents Club: Community, Clubs, and Classes

2/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Every community should have a special gathering place. The Starpointe Residents Club is one of those for Estrella. It’s a great place to enjoy time spent with friends and family, creating fond memories to last a lifetime. Residents can enjoy the many events scheduled throughout the year planned by the Estrella Lifestyle Team and Social Committee. Just a few examples of fund events include holiday programs, Happy Hour, Story Time, Trivia Night, and more.

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Mastering The Signature Holes at the Golf Club of Estrella

1/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

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The Golf Course of Estrella is consistently ranked as one of the best public courses in the state, and we couldn’t agree more! The Nicklaus Design course offers spectacular views and a day on the links that will be fun, yet challenging, to golfers of all levels. Our golf pros have broken down their three favorite holes with tips to enjoy what are considered among the best finishing holes in the Valley.

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Presidio is Now Open

1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Estrella by Newland Communities is thrilled to announce that its second residents club, Presidio, has officially opened its doors. Haven’t had the chance to take a tour? Read on!

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5 Reasons Why Living in Goodyear is Awesome

1/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Whether it’s the impeccable sense of community, the multitude of entertainment options, quality educational institutes or friendly residents, there are clearly many great reasons to live in Goodyear. As managing developer, Newland is proud to have Estrella call Goodyear home. Here are our top five reasons why we enjoy this vibrant and exciting city.

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Get Your Culture Fix in Phoenix

12/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Arizona is home to a diverse variety of cultural adventures for the whole family. From musical arrangements to Western History, you’re sure to find the right culture fix for one and all.

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Opportunities to Connect with Other Families – Estrella Youth Sports

5/11/2016 12:00:00 AM

Ever wondered why the neighborhoods of Estrella seem so quiet on Saturday morning? It’s most likely because many of the families with young children are at the ball fields cheering on their fellow teammates of Estrella Youth Sports (EYS).  It is a huge social gathering where neighbors catch up on the week’s events, and kids enjoy friendly competition on the playing field.

Tags: Family,Lifestyle

Quality of Life Earns Goodyear One of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live”

5/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Residents of Goodyear think their city is one of the best places in the country to live — and it turns out they’re not alone. 24/7 Wall St. recently released its list of the 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live, and Goodyear made the top 10, coming in at number seven.

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park – Get to Know Your 19,000-Acre Neighbor

5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

In addition to great neighbors, living in Estrella also brings with it the opportunity to be right next door to Estrella Mountain Regional Park, home to more than 19,000 acres of desert and mountain beauty. The first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System, Estrella Mountain Regional Park has a large wetland area and many great amenities including the only grass picnic area in the park system.

Tags: Parks & Trails,Lifestyle,Area,Adventure

Have questions? The New Resident Orientation Has Answers

5/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

Moving to a new community can be overwhelming, but our New Resident Orientation program will help you get a leg-up on the ins and outs of the community. We are committed to making this process simple and informative, and helping residents feel comfortable with their new community is our main goal.

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Get the Star Tower Experience

4/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

When you leave Phoenix behind and make the drive to the master-planned community of Estrella, you can feel the hustle and bustle of the city melting away as you cross the Gila River and wind your way up Estrella Parkway. Just before you arrive in the community, you’ll notice a curious spiral tower just off the road to your right.

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Your Guide to Arizona Wine Country

4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

There’s no need to travel to California to enjoy some of the best wines in the West.  Stretching from the northern part of the state in the Sedona Verde Valley region to the southern tip of Tucson, Arizona is becoming nationally-known for producing stellar wine. We’ve noted a few of our favorite wineries below. 

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Earth Day

4/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Earth Day is on April 22 and is a day to celebrate this amazing planet we call home. When it comes to respecting our Mother Earth through our day-to-day actions, it doesn’t take a lot of change. If we can collectively make slight adjustments to our everyday living, together we can make a big difference.

Tags: Lifestyle,Conservation & Sustainability

Life Hacks

4/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Between hectic schedules and the never-ending list of things that need to get done, we don’t always have time to take care of ourselves. When time is limited, we like to rely on some simple and easy, every day changes and activities to help our families live and be a little healthier.

Tags: Fitness,Healthy Living,Tips,Lifestyle

Your Guide to the Arts in Estrella

3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Opportunities to experience the arts close to home are abundant if you live in the Estrella community. Estrella has long been a supporter of the arts and promoting family-friendly cultural programs. While festivals, concerts and art shows are always on the calendars there are two unique signature events worth bragging about.

 

Tags: Events,Lifestyle,Amenities

Gardening in the Desert

3/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella is home to some of the best desert views around. But if you’re feeling a little intimidated by the weather and soil conditions and think a garden is out of the question, think again!  Don’t let the dry temperatures and sun keep you from the perfect year-round backyard or garden.

 

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EFHS Culinary Club

3/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

High school students know a little about being on the go - between school, homework, extracurricular activities and the all-important – spending time with their friends, learning how to cook quick, healthy meals is a must. Enter the Culinary Club at Estrella Foothills High School. Under Chef Lisa DeCota’s tutelage, students learn a variety of kitchen skills and even cater local events and compete in statewide competitions.

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Our Volunteers Brighten 3,500 Children's Lives

3/23/2016 12:00:00 AM

Meet the members of Hugs & Stitches, a volunteer sewing group in Estrella that has sewn thousands of colorful pillowcases to cheer up children in the hospital:

 

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Top Places to Have a Picnic in Estrella

3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM


The Estrella community is home to many picturesque spots that residents have discovered are perfect for a great picnic. Being a resident gives you access to so many parks that is easy to pack a blanket and picnic basket and head to one of the locations below for a fun outing.   Want to experience one of these great parks yourself, why not come be a Resident for a Day?  We’ve included suggestions on how to fill your baskets based on our favorite tasty treats, but use your own imagination when planning your alfresco dining adventure.

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The Insider’s Guide to Spring Training in Goodyear

2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Once a year, nearly two million baseball fans from around the country stream into the Phoenix area for the annual spring training extravaganza. The Goodyear Ballpark, training home to the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, offers the ideal spring-training experience for fans, with its close proximity to other Cactus League facilities in Phoenix, as well as its wealth of local restaurants, attractions and hotels.

 

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Root for the Home Team! – Year-round Professional Sports

2/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Arizona is a sports fan’s dream! Home to a major league team in all four major sports. Each stadium or arena is just a short drive from any of the many great neighborhoods in Estrella.

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Come be a Resident for a Day

2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

 


The Estrella master-planned community is a unique place to live, and what better way to show it off than by allowing you, our future residents the opportunity to experience it before making your decision - at least for a day.   

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3 Inspiring Ted Talks on All Types of Love

2/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, love is in the air and on the brain. There are so many questions to consider — which flowers to get your beloved, what to write in the card, and what to do for your family members? As you consider the best way to show your loved ones how much you care, consider the advice of the following Ted Talks about the different aspects of successful and meaningful love. For those not familiar with Ted Talks, they are a lecture series of 20-minute talks by experts in various fields.

 

 

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Get to Know Your CantaMia Lifestyle Director

2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM


CantaMia is Estrella’s 55 Plus community where Lifestyle Director Tammy Dixon is charged with keeping activities and event calendars full, giving residents the option of being as active or social as they like.  Chances are you will find something that is just perfect for your life, whether it’s an organized ride or hike, attending a cooking demonstration or sitting back for a concert under the stars.  Tammy’s got it covered.

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Tags: CantaMia by AV Homes 55-Plus,Lifestyle,Amenities

3rd Annual Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival Returns to Estrella

2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

We’re already getting excited to host the Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival (GLM Fest) here at our lakeside amphitheater, a grand celebration of local music and culture. Organized by the West Valley Arts Council and the City of Goodyear, this free event is open to the public and will feature 13 live bands and solo artists across a wide range of genres. GLM Fest will be held on April 16th from noon – 9 p.m. and will feature a kids’ zone, food vendors including local food trucks, free parking, a beer and wine tent, and music on two stages.

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Get Social with Estrella

2/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

Estrella by Newland Communities continues to find new methods to connect in meaningful ways with residents, home shoppers, homebuilders, and real estate agents. We make it a priority to engage with the public and offer multiple channels of communication to share Estrella news and community information. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our social media platforms so you can pin, like, connect and tweet along with us!

Tags: Newland Communities,Lifestyle,Events,Tips

Golf Tips from the PGA Pros at Golf Club of Estrella

1/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Anytime you’re trying to improve your skills in a particular field, it’s really nice to have a bona fide professional give you some pointers. If you’re hoping to improve your golf game in 2016, we have the perfect solution for you — Golf Club of Estrella has two PGA pros, Head Golf Professional Trevor Finton and PGA Pro Doug Rikkers, available for personal instruction. In the meantime, we chatted with them and they gave us some great advice for lowering your handicap and improving your golf swing in 2016. Here are some of our favorite tips.

Tags: Fitness,Golf,Lifestyle,Amenities

Why Do Residents Love it Here?

1/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Is it the 72 acres of lakes and natural beauty? Estrella's five-star amenities? Or our inviting, close-knit community?

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2015 highlights for the Estrella community

12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

With 2016 underway, it’s a great time to think about all the wonderful things that happened in our community in 2015. With so many fun community events, major amenity upgrades, and resident successes, there are a lot of good things to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Host gift ideas from Shea Homes

12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

Show your party or overnight vacation hosts your gratitude for their hard work with a thoughtful host or hostess gift. People sometimes get stressed out by the idea of giving host gifts as they struggle to find one that achieves the perfect balance of cost, function and personal touches. Here are some things to consider when choosing your gift.

Tags: Shea Homes,Tips,Lifestyle

Planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner party

11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

As any host or hostess knows, there is a lot of work that goes into planning a party , especially when it’s for a special occasion like Thanksgiving dinner. You have to clean your house, decorate, make delicious food, and plan entertainment — all while providing that special something extra to make it even better than last year. This round-up of our favorite Thanksgiving hosting pins on Pinterest will give you some great ideas for making this year’s celebration one to remember.

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How to find the right volunteer opportunity

11/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, we have done some research to help get you started. There are so many ways to get involved that it can get a little overwhelming deciding where to invest your time and energy. Thankfully, there are several websites offering personalized recommendations of where your talents are needed most.

Tags: Lifestyle,Clubs & Groups

The Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market: a fresh, fun way to enjoy a Saturday

10/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

Farmers markets. We all love them. Being outside. Having access to fresh, local produce. The ambiance of the farmers market is all around pleasant. Combined with Arizona’s beautiful weather, they have become a fall and winter weekend staple.

Tags: Lakes,Lifestyle,Amenities,Events

New Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Estrella

7/27/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Estrella continues to grow and we're excited about two recent additions to the communities’ recreational repertoire.  The Estrella Trails Committee recently completed its work on Overlook Trail that connects into the extensive community-wide trail system of more than 20+ miles.  Also, the City of Goodyear and West Valley Trails Alliance completed Phase II of the bicycle “pump track” located within Estrella, one of the hottest trends for cycling enthusiasts.

Tags: Amenities,Fitness,Lifestyle,Adventure,Parks & Trails

Arizona Getaways

7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Even though Estrella is home to a wide variety of amenities, a trip north is always a great change of pace for its residents. Northern Arizona offers a ton of fun with a host of weekend destinations. Information on a few weekend getaways is listed below.

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