Wild West Days gallops into Cave Creek, 11/3-5

Cave Creek has a storied western history that dates back to 1870s, when miners and ranchers began to settle the area.
During the weekend of Nov. 3-5, Wild West Days will celebrate Cave Creek’s western heritage and culture.
Event chair Evelyn Johnson, a 20-year Cave Creek resident, said the celebration gives visitors a chance to see what makes Cave Creek distinctive.
“The theme of Western truly isn’t a fashion statement. It’s a way of life. Cave Creek really embraces that way of life,” Johnson said.

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Put on by the Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association, the event will kick off on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. with a bull riding competition at the Buffalo Chip Saloon and close with a motorcycle poker run on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
The Saturday festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with the annual Wild West Days Parade, which runs along Cave Creek Road.
Local organizations such as the Cave Creek Saddle Club, and groups and rodeo royalty from nearby towns take part in the parade each year.
This year, former mayor Vincent Francia will serve as grand marshal.
Johnson said for a number of locals, the parade is an annual tradition.
“Our residents will put their chairs in place to watch the parade in the same place they’ve been watching the parade for years,” Johnson said.

wild west days-Mutton-Bustin-at-Cave-Creek-Wild-West-Days-Mutton busting at Cave Creek Wild West Days. (Photo: Cave Creek Wild West Days)

Several Cave Creek venues will have activities during the festival:

American Legion Post 34

From 6 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, American Legion Post 34 will host a special breakfast with down-home favorites such as biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage and bacon. During lunch from noon to 4 p.m., the local chapter will have hamburgers, hot dogs and brats.
At American Legion Post 34, the Patriotic Guards will raise money for Snowball Express, an organization that provides transportation and housing to widows and families of fallen military, and the Arizona Patriotic Guard Scholarship Fund.

Frontier Town

On Saturday, the Frontier Town western town will be the center of family-friendly fun, with activities such as gold panning, pictures with Prince Charming, stick-horse making, a half-pie eating contest and a gold nugget hunt.
From 4 to 9 p.m., Triple R Horse Rescue, a horse rehabilitation and rescue organization out of Cave Creek, will raise money through a round-up fundraiser at Frontier Town.
The local American Legion will have music all day on Saturday from groups such as the Cave Creek Legends Band.

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Buffalo Chip Saloon & Harold’s Cave Creek Corral

Throughout the weekend, many of Cave Creek’s bars and restaurants will host multiple country and rock bands.
Visitors can watch mutton busting at the Buffalo Chip Saloon following the parade and pig races at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral at 1 and 3 p.m.
Harold’s will also host a cornhole tournament and a dance on Saturday evening.

The Horny Toad

Those interested in fast-draw can try out their skills on Saturday and Sunday at the Horny Toad, starting at 9 a.m. The Association of Arizona Gunslingers will be on-hand to teach visitors about quick-draw shooting. The cost is $5 for 10 target shots.
The Horny Toad will also have live music and family-friendly activities such as face painting and caricature drawing throughout the weekend.
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Christmas in Carefree Dec 1-23

Christmas in Carefree is a community celebration designed to create memories for the entire family throughout the month of December.

happy child girl with a snowman on a winter walkCarefree Snow Village this weekend!

Dec 9th 9am-8pm & Dec 10th 10am-5pm

Plan to stroll the elegantly decorated 4 acre Carefree Desert Gardens day or night and visit Santa every weekend before Christmas.  There is something for everyone so don’t miss the morning parade, fireworks extravaganza, real snow, arts and crafts, unique entertainment, a Carefree Christmas Market and plenty of photo opportunities for children, families and veterans of all ages!  Free Admission*

A young female enjoying a paradePhotos with Santa

Check schedule for specific times and activity prices* since every weekend is designed to be different during this year’s spectacular holiday season with Christmas in Carefree!

Building Gingerbread HousesGingerbread House Competition Dec 10th  1-4pm

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Enchanted Pumpkin Garden In Carefree

October 20-29 10am-9pm
The Halloween spirit will invade the Town of Carefree for its third year in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane and the Villafane Studios team (www.villafanestudios.com). The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will be woven throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens.

ray-villaPhoto courtesy of Villafane Studios

This free admission, one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrates incredible artistry and enchantment of the Halloween season for all ages, and is open October 20-29, 10am–9pm. Visitors are invited to stroll through the garden and experience the many new mischievous pumpkin characters, artfully imagined and frolicking in their magical garden home. In addition to the playful pumpkins, Villafane and his team will carve 10 3-D pumpkin faces preserved and displayed in tanks that resemble Saguaro cacti, sculpted and immersed in a pickling solution for preservation and lit by LED light.


One of the most popular photo opportunities is the 400-pound pumpkin, carved by Villafane himself the weekend before Halloween, on display for visitors to take selfies and family photos. Villafane’s team of four carvers will create new carvings daily throughout the garden and welcome children to carve with them up-close and personal. Other special highlights include two family instructional carving nights with Villafane and Desert Foothills YMCA October 25 and 26; reservations are recommended.
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For complete event details, visit www.carefreepumpkingarden.com or call 480.488.3686.

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Empty Bowls To Support Foothills Food Bank

Join us for lunch on Friday, support the local food bank.
Carole Perry, who helped create the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch in the northern desert more than 17 years ago, intimately knows glass. Laughing Glass Contemporary Glass Art Studio, Ms. Perry’s business, has been producing original glass artwork for more than 27 years.

Carole Perry glass workCarole Perry’s glass work will be among the pieces offered at the October Empty Bowls event

The artwork has resulted in thousands of hand-crafted pieces creating a hallmark of colorful glass and ceramic bowls offered at the annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to honor World Hungry Day.
This year, Ms. Perry and other renowned local artists’ glass and ceramic bowls will be available to participants who attend the event at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.
Guests can select their own unique bowl and are encouraged to donate $15 or more to the cause, according to a press release.

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This year’s lunch, a pasta donated by Harold’s Corral, is served in the purchased bowl which is theirs to keep as a lasting reminder of the many empty bowls around the world, the press release stated.
Ms. Perry says she began working with the project because her local community supports artists and as an artist, she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Friends from the Sonoran Arts League, along with Ms. Perry, began creating and donating bowls to the Empty Bowls project at the Arizona Center in 1997.
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Cave Creek’s 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Celebrate Independence Day early at one of the Valley’s biggest parties. Cave Creek’s spectacular “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza” takes place after sunset Monday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road; Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road; and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.
The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, children’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin after sunset behind Harold’s. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6pm to midnight.

Harolds 4th

With the help of Rural Metro, the fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind Harold’s, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. At Harold’s Corral, reserved seats outside are available for $15 for a two-top, $20 for a four-top and $35 for a 10-top. Live music will be a highlight, with the Crown Kings playing inside from 8:30pm–1am, and Hillbilly Deluxe energizing the crowd outside from 7–11:30pm. While admission is free at Harold’s, it does not include game zone activities or food. The outside bar and BBQ will be cash only, and ATMs will be onsite. Guests to Harold’s also can help the Foothills Food Bank by donating canned goods or money. Those making a donation that night will be entered to win a prize.

Carefree Resort

Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce are also supporting the event as sponsors. Patrons are encouraged to take a staycation and spend the weekend exploring the many shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the area. Carefree Resort & Conference Center is offering discounted room rates for the holiday weekend. For more details, call 480.488.5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​
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Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast this Sat 4/8

Join Us For Stacks Of Fun!

Kiwanis Pancake breakfast April 2017
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday April 8th from 7am-11am!

Our Kiwanis of Carefree pancake breakfasts are a favorite local tradition. They offer good food, at good prices, creating a good time to support our many good community services. They raise about $12,000 each year to support our various community services.


Pancake breakfasts are held twice a year, fall and spring, on Saturday mornings, in the town center of Carefree. Local newspapers and signs announce them, and more than 600 people attended the last one. When they began about twelve years ago, they were tied to the Fiesta Day parade – the only local event that drew a lot of outsiders.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Band

Now pancake breakfasts are an event on their own, with other local organizations arranging information booths around the area.
We welcome this intra-community involvement because good neighborhood organizations should support each other!

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Cave Creek Museum’s Home & Garden Tour 3/12

CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 12 to attend Cave Creek Museum’s Home and Garden Tour.
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This year’s tour features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern:
Binkovitz Residence: This unique, mid-century modern home boasts spectacular views of the surrounding desert and mountains from its location atop a hill above Rancho Mañana. The modest home, which is owned by Dr. Larry and Jean Binkovitz, uses a creative design to maximize its 1,660 square feet of living space. Functional, built-in bedroom furniture, floor to ceiling windows, and an expansive deck give the home a feeling of space that belies its size. The weathered corten steel exterior blends into the earthy browns and tans of the surrounding desert, and a cantilevered design will intrigue architecture enthusiasts and novices alike.
Modern in Carefree
Hamline Residence: One of the original five homes built in Carefree, this historical home was designed by renowned Carefree architect Gerry Jones. Jones has designed more than 300 mountain residences in Arizona. Many are among the most sought after luxury custom homes in the state. In 2006, the home was remodeled and the exterior was clad with steel that eventually rusted. The new look gives the home a contemporary, industrial feel that is continued throughout the interior. Rustic modern architectural details, including massive doors, floor to ceiling windows, and wood beamed ceilings, create a visually interesting yet comfortable atmosphere. Standing at the back of the house, one can see all the way through to the view on the other side of the home.
Spurgin Residence: This beautiful and sprawling 4,424 square foot home was designed to house the owners’ extensive fine art collection. The attention to architectural detail and interior décor highlight the incredible artwork throughout the residence. Built in 2005, the home has numerous patios that provide incredible views of Four Peaks, Weavers Needle, and even the Fountain Hills Fountain. The guest house patio overlooks the Hohokam archaeological site. The Museum will conduct a “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” at this tour stop, where guests can purchase homemade baked goods, small cooking and gardening accessories, plants, and crafts. All proceeds from the “Kitchen and Garden Boutique” benefit Cave Creek Museum.
Near Black Mountain in Carefree
Dickens Home: Reminiscent of an Italian Villa, this recently renovated residence belongs to award-winning artist Lucy Dickens and her husband Richard. The ceilings add a unique charm to this home, with a beamed ceiling in the massive great room and a brick ceiling in the kitchen that add to the European ambience throughout. The bathrooms feature antique chests repurposed as sink cabinets. A resort-like backyard, offers views of massive boulders. From the second-floor patio, one can see Phoenix city lights in the evening. Dickens’ studio will also be open during the tour for those interested in seeing her paintings and workspace.
A self-guided tour, the event provides the flexibility to choose the order of which properties you visit. The Museum will provide a pamphlet that serves as your ticket and includes the history and a detailed description of each home. On-site docents will point out additional aspects of each home. Once you have your admission pamphlet, you can start the tour at any of the featured locations.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.cavecreekmuseum.org, at the Museum, which is located at 6140 Skyline Drive, or with credit card by phone. The Museum also will open early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 to sell tickets. Tickets will not be available at the homes.
Tickets cost $35 per person through 5 p.m. Monday, March 6. After that, tickets cost $40 per person. No pets, food or beverages, or photography will be allowed within the homes, and no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Please note that some of the homes are on uneven terrain and may not be handicap accessible.

For additional information, call (480) 488-2764 or visit

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Library Fundraising Gala- Sat 2/11

Saturday, February 11, at 5:30pm  Desert Foothills Library
The Desert Foothills Library celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year thanks to the loyalty of its donors and volunteers.
Children at library
Working under its mission to “facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture by providing personalized and responsive resources, services, social and learning opportunities to the community it serves,” the library is open to everyone, seven days a week and supports the entire Foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services.
yoga at library
Desert Foothills Library is unique in that it is a 501(c)3 non-profit, privately funded public library – the only privately funded library in the state of Arizona. It is also home to Chapter2Books, the largest used book store in the North Valley. With over 15,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, all purchases and donations help support the running of the library.

library people

In order to continue serving its North Valley patrons, the library is gearing up for one of its largest fundraisers of the year, and the entire community is invited. The Ninth Annual Gala “All That Jazz” will be held Saturday, February 11, at 5:30pm. The event will take place at the Library, 38443 North School House Road, in Cave Creek.

all that jazz

This year’s fundraiser includes hosted cocktails, a gourmet dinner and a silent auction, as well as a champagne and wine event.
Tickets are $175 per person and are available by contacting Executive Director David Court or Library Manager Terri Engebretson, at 480.488.2286 or by emailing dcourt@dfla.org.
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Selling Your Home? 6 Reasons To Renovate Now!

Master Spa Bathrooms sell homes!
Master Spa Bathrooms sell homes!

Face it. Your home’s not perfect. You may keep up with general maintenance, and perhaps you’re meticulously clean. But how old is your kitchen? Do your paint colors reflect current trends? Could your living room use some updating?
When it comes to selling your home today, it’s got to be perfect, or buyers will simply move on to the next option.
Doing some renovations, whether that means overhauling areas that are long overdue for a face-lift or making some simple changes that freshen up the place, is typical.
But if you’re thinking they can wait until you’re ready to list your home, these 6 reasons may make you rethink that plan.
Update Original Niches, Design a Media Wall
Update Original Niches, Design a Media Wall

1. You get to enjoy the new stuff
“A worthy update can either serve to reduce your cost of living while you remain in the home or add significant value to the home’s sale price when you decide to put it on the market,” said Scott McGillivray, a real estate investor and host of the HGTV show Income Property to US News.
But if you’re going to spend some cash on updating and renovating your place, you should at least be able to get some enjoyment out of the updates before turning the house over to someone else, right? If you’ve been waiting for 10 years for new appliances, it would be a shame to not have the opportunity to at least cook a few meals and throw a dinner party or two.
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Fresh, New Finishes Make Your Home #1

2. They always take longer than expected
It’s a fact of renovation. If your timeline is six weeks, it’ll take 12. At least. Giving yourself plenty of time before you’re ready to list your home will help you avoid a stressful scramble at the end when you’re trying to get it on the market.
3. There may be issues you’re unaware of
Your Realtor will point out areas that need to be addressed and recommend changes to make your home more saleable. But, getting your home ready to sell might be harder than you expect if problems like mold or termites are uncovered. Getting a jump on any big issues or anything that goes beyond the cosmetic will give you the time you need to fix the problems and hold onto your sanity.
Outdoor Kitchens Enhance The Arizona Lifestyle
Outdoor Kitchens Enhance The Arizona Lifestyle

4. They don’t have to be huge….

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