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Scottsdale Arts Festival Celebrates 50 Years Celebration of creativity returns March 13–15



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weekend). The popular Community Art Studio returns with fun for all ages, including community collage on the handcrafted Scottsdale Arts sign and experiences with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Scottsdale Artist School, as well as storytelling with the Scottsdale Public Library. A lineup of local gourmet food trucks and eateries and a variety of fine wines, beers, cocktails and other beverages will be for sale. Additionally, patrons can bring their own reusable water bottles and use the City of Scottsdale’s water trailer for an easy refill to stay hydrated. To purchase tickets or find additional event information, visit or call 480.499.8587.


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ince its inception in 1969, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has taken place in several different locations throughout Scottsdale: Scottsdale City Hall, Scottsdale High School, the Executive House, to name a few. Each successive year the scope of the Festival increased and news about the quality of the event spread among regional artists. In 1973, the Scottsdale Fine Arts Commission initiated the idea of commissioning a special commemorative print honoring the event and an untitled work by artist James Rom was chosen. Some of these commissioned pieces will be on display during this year’s 50th anniversary celebration, March 13–15. In 1989, the Scottsdale Cultural Council (now known as Scottsdale Arts) took over administrating and producing the Scottsdale Arts Festival. International, national and local art exhibitions and installations have always provided engaging enhancements to festival goers. “The City of Scottsdale has built a reputation as a community that values and supports the arts, and I am very proud that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Arts Festival! As one of our most popular and long-standing events, the Arts Festival showcases some of the most talented artist from across the nation. Our world class community appreciates arts and culture as evidenced by this event’s 50 years of success, and we look forward to further growth under the Scottsdale Arts leadership,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. The festival attracts nearly 20,000 loyal visitors annually, and this year’s guests will enjoy the best in visual, culinary, cultural and performing arts throughout the newly renovated 20-acre Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The festival also showcases more than 180 jury-selected artists from the United States and abroad. This year’s featured artists are local husband and wife printmakers Stephen and Bonnie Harmston of HarmstonArts (, who were commissioned to create an original artwork celebrating 50 years of the festival In addition to art works ranging from painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography and other media, festivalgoers can enjoy live music and entertainment, and this year’s lineup has tunes for everyone performed by local and regional bands all weekend featuring music through the decades on two stages. Attendees can also explore and cultivate creativity with hands-on activities and giant yard games, as well as visit Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (offering free admission for the

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Art, Equality & Exercising Your Rights

Editor-in-Chief Kathryn M. Miller Assistant to the Publisher Darlene Keberle

“Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience We are in full “Arts” mode this month! OK, when are we not? But this month, the Valley has a lot to offer in both the visual and performing arts and we are here to share it with you, beginning with our Northeast Valley cover story celebrating 50 years of the Scottsdale Arts Festival. The City of Scottsdale celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with an art contest (page 6); Wonderspaces at Scottsdale Fashion Square offers a discount on its immersive experience (page 10); Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents its Jazz Lounge series (page 11); and Scottsdale Public Art hosts Cycle the Arts (page 12). LUNA Fest will screen seven short films by and about women (page 13); Desert Ridge hosts a Plein Air Painting Festival (page 14); and North Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “Women in Music” Herberger: (page 16). In Celebration Desert Foothills Land Trust holds the annual “It’s Art for Land’s Sake” (page 26); Desert Foothills Theater announces its March productions (page 38); and Thunderbird Artists closes out its season in of Women Fountain Hills (page 43). Our ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT section is always full of great things to do and see Around Town — this month is no different. In addition to the March calendar, read about PHX Art Week events in Khandra Howard, “Wrap Life Blues” Downtown Phoenix (page 48) and the Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery exhibit, In Celebration Ceramic framed of Women. Finally, Tucson Museum of Art will explore a pivotal time in American Art with Southwest Rising Southwest Rising: (page 54). You’ll notice, a lot of the events are women-centric, this is in recognition of International Women’s Tucson Museum of Art Day, March 8, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The 2020 theme: “An Equal World is an Enabled World.” ( One tool to help achieve equality for all: exercise your right to vote — in every election, both local and national. Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election will be held March 17. Visit elections for poll information and more.


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As required by the Constitution, the counting of America’s population is done every 10 years. April 1 is Census Day across the nation and residents are asked to complete a short questionnaire. MAYOR For each person counted, from infant to older adults, City of Scottsdale the State of Arizona receives $2,959 from the federal 480.312.3111 government. This means more than $20 billion annually for Arizona. The census data is used to apportion funds for a wide variety of federal, state and regional programs and projects. Responding in Scottsdale will help the community receive its fair share. Important to note is that if the census accurately reflects Arizona’s estimated population growth, our state is also expected to gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data is used in the city to plan services and projects, and to place facilities like fire stations, parks and community centers where they will be most effective. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your personal information, which is kept confidential and your data will only be used for statistical purposes. With this 2020 Census, you can fill out your questionnaire online in addition to the telephone and mail in response options. For more information about the 2020 Census, log onto and search Census 2020.

Art Contest Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary of Earth Day This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, and to celebrate this global event, the City of Scottsdale is hosting an art contest for youth. Scottsdale students are invited to participate in the city’s Earth Day 2020 Art Contest. The contest’s theme — “The Art of the Tree” — coincides with several tree-related activities Scottsdale is hosting this spring, including tree plantings, seminars on finding the right tree for the right place in desert environments, Xeriscape demonstrations and more. “Our city has a long history of investing in sustainable programs and has made preserving our environment a priority. Scottsdale’s dedication to community forestry is nationally-recognized, and we’ve been honored as a ‘Tree City USA’ for 37 consecutive years,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “We hope our tree-themed Earth Day art contest inspires others to take action to be more environmentally conscious and join us in our efforts to protect valuable resources for future generations.” Art in any medium will be accepted. Entries can be submitted at any Scottsdale Public Library information desk or City Hall. Find complete contest information and submission requirements at — search “art contest.” Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 13. Winners will be recognized at the Tuesday, April 7, City Council meeting and their artwork will be displayed at the Earth Day Mayor and Council Breakfast Wednesday, April 22, at Horizon Park.


The Beautiful, Essential, Resilient Bobcat By Kelly Marcum Hayes, Natural Resource Coordinator, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

he North American bobcat, Lynx rufus, is one of the most durable and adaptable wildcats in our country. They play an important role in the delicate balance of many different ecosystems and are one of the most beautiful animals in the Sonoran Desert. This small feline survives quite well in desert dwellings as well as mountain woodlands, coniferous forests and swamplands. Bobcats are distinguished by their short black ear tufts, a mottled or spotted coat, a ruff of longer fur around their face, black and white markings on the back of the ears, and, of course, a shortened or “bobbed” tail. The exact appearance of the bobcat depends on the specific habitat as variation in coat colors allow the individual to remain as camouflaged as possible in its surroundings. This wildcat has the greatest range of all North American felines, adapting reasonably well to urban sprawl. Because of this, more people are noticing these intelligent animals in neighborhoods, parks, hiking trails and back yards! If you see a bobcat near your home, there is no need to panic. Bobcats rarely attack people. They may be attracted to a yard that has abundant wildlife, birds, water, shade or other shelter. Shelter for bobcats can include rooftops, attics and the space underneath decks. Bobcats are generally seen alone, but groups can exist of mating pairs, siblings or mothers with kittens. Bobcats mate from February to March producing an average litter size of two to three kittens, born See Southwest Wildlife, page 7

continued from page 6 from April to early June. Kittens will stay with their mother for seven to 12 months. This is the most vulnerable time for them, especially when they live in close proximity to people. When the mother bobcat leaves her kittens to go hunt, they may be seen as “abandoned” by well-meaning people who find them alone in their patio area, or even on their roof. In an attempt to “help,” people gather them and attempt to feed them and often can’t resist touching them. This is the beginning of “habituation” or even “imprinting,” and often prevents the release of the cat back into the wild. When this happens, they must be rescued and evaluated by a Wildlife Conservation Center. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife since 1994. Located in far North Scottsdale, they address the needs of over 270 animals each year that are in need of help to survive back in the wild. Those who cannot, remain at the sanctuary where they live out the rest of their years. Visit the sanctuary to meet the animals and learn more about how to keep our wildlife wild. Tours are Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only. For details

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The Scottsdale home of Arabian Reining Champion 1995 Purebred JD Fanciman is up for sale. JD Fanciman, May 30, 1987–Aug. 6, 2019, was born in the state of Utah, hence his nickname was Utah. A gelding, he was sent to be trained for reining by LaRae Fletcher Powell. Purchased by Dr. Ray D Wiseman in 1994, LaRae transported him to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show in Feb. 1995, where he won the blue ribbon as champion in the reining class. Afterwards La Rae rode him in the U.S. National Arabian show where he again was champion in the reining class of 1995. Continuing his winning streak, he also won the Canadian National Arabian show in reining. After this Ray Wiseman trained him in Natural Horsemanship, an important training, enabling JD Fanciman to be ridden and go through reining maneuvers without a bridle. The horseman uses just a string around the horse’s neck with Natural Horsemanship. Once when a storm came through Scottsdale and caused the stable to fall on him, Utah remained calm due to his training and did not run away. Wiseman rode Utah into the desert, where Utah loved to stop and eat mesquite beans from the trees. JD Fanciman was a cooperative, friendly, outstanding horse in every way. The home at 29392 North 84th Street, Scottsdale, is now for sale. For more info contact Bonnie Surguine, Realtor, HomeSmart: 480.220.5264. JD Fanciman history told by Joy and Ray Wiseman

The Desert Foothills Woman’s Club (DFWC) will hold its 2020 fundraiser Thursday, March 12, at Grayhawk Country Club. DFWC is a social and philanthropic organization comprised of 90 women from the Foothills area. Its mission is to provide scholarship funds to graduating high school senior women and to fund local nonprofits. In 2019, DFWC raised approximately $25,000 and scholarships were awarded to six deserving young women and contributions were made to several local nonprofits. Tickets to the event are $85 per person. There will a full dinner and live auctions and entertainment during the cocktail hour. Those who would like to attend this event, contribute to the organization’s cause or purchase an ad in the event program should contact the Club for detailed information via email:


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As a record-breaking number of visitors are expected to descend on the Valley for Spring Training and Spring Break, Wonderspaces at Scottsdale Fashion Square is extending an irresistible “double play” for tourists and locals alike. From now through March 24, Wonderspaces is offering 10 percent off the price of admission when guests present their Spring Training ticket stub. Whether as a boredom buster for locals who are looking to experience something out of the ordinary, or a place to end a fun-filled day of watching favorite baseball teams play, visitors can take in more than a dozen immersive art experiences while enjoying a range of refreshing signature cocktails at its full bar, along with a range of sweet and savory snacks.

A venue where all backgrounds and walks of life come together, Wonderspaces is an innovative concept created to bring people of all ages together to enjoy a shared experience, using the power of art to stoke conversation, create understanding and bridge differences. General admission to Wonderspaces is $24 per person. Regular hours are Sunday, 10am–7pm, Tuesday to Friday, noon–10pm, and Saturday 10am–10pm. Wonderspaces is typically closed on Mondays, and the last entry window is 60 minutes prior to closing. Wonderspaces at Scottsdale Fashion Square is located at 7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 584, (lower level, near the Food Court). For information, visit

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Explore Jazz at Scottsdale Center’s Lounge Series The Jazz Lounge Series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts continues this month, leading up to a celebration of International Jazz Day, April 4. The performance series features favorite Valley jazz musicians with special projects in an intimate jazz cabaret space Stage 2. Celebrating Billie Holiday Friday, March 6, 7:30pm Sherry Roberson pays tribute to Lady Day with Beth Lederman on piano. Roberson’s style reflects the blues qualities of Billie Holiday, combined with a hard-swinging, freight-train-like drive, which gives her spontaneous interpretations of The Great American Songbook special interest and character. With a Song in My Heart, a Tribute to Doris Day Friday, March 20, 7:30pm Hear the story of Doris Day’s life and career, her hit songs, great music and more. Featuring Jan Sandwich (vocals), Richard Palalay (piano), Felix Sainz (bass) and Adam Clark (drums). Bossa Nova 77 — A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim Friday, March 27, 7:30pm Brazilian music profoundly influenced jazz repertoire, and Bossa Nova 77 pays tribute to two of its most influential composers. Featuring Beth Lederman (piano), Al Alabado (vocals), Artie Grijalva (guitar), Adrian Goldenthal (bass) and Emerson Laffey (percussion).


International Jazz Day Saturday, April 4, Noon – 6pm Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with performances by Donald Harrison, Nayo Jones, Carlos Rivas and New Orleans jazz trumpeter Mario Abney.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale. For tickets or additional information, call 480.499.8587 or visit www.

Free Weekly Movie Series Kicks off March 6 Families looking for a little free springtime fun can head to Scottsdale Quarter this month for its Spring Movies at The Quarter event series starting March 6. This family-friendly series, which takes place each Friday beginning at 6:30pm, will feature some of the best animated favorites and is free to attend: • March 20: Aladdin (2019) • March 6: The Lion King (2019) • March 27: Frozen II

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Learn About Art While on a Bike at Cycle the Arts



Learn about art while getting some fresh air and a little exercise at the annual Cycle the Arts event Saturday, April 4, in southern Scottsdale. Scottsdale Public Art and the Scottsdale Transportation Department present this free public art tour via bicycle every April during Valley Bike Month. The tour travels past multiple sculptures and other public artworks along a leisurely 5-mile bike ride. “Cycle the Arts brings together people who want to learn more about the city’s public art program while also having a great time cycling through Old Town and the southern part of Scottsdale,” said Kim Boganey, director of Scottsdale Public Art. “Meant to be fun and low impact, Cycle the Arts is a great way to get outdoors, learn about public art and enjoy the city with likeminded people.” Check in is at 8:30am April 4 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 North Marshall Way. The family-friendly ride typically lasts between two and three hours. Among highlights on this year’s ride are stops at “Copper Falls,” a water-based artwork by Bob Adams that is only active during the winter, and “Ziggy’s Sister,” a sculpture by the late architectural legend Al Beadle. As a recent donation to the city, “Ziggy’s Sister” is one of the newest public artworks in Scottsdale; it was installed in September at Scottsdale Artists’ School in Old Town. Each stop on the ride will feature a short presentation about the artwork. In addition to riding past public art classics like Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture and Bob Parks’ “Bronze Horse

Participants in the 2019 Cycle the Arts stop at “One-Eyed Jack” by John Randall Nelson.

Fountain,” participants will also stop at temporary artworks, including pieces from the current IN FLUX Cycle and “Murmuration,” an installation by the UK-based artist studio Squidsoup at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Participants in Cycle the Arts will follow an experienced ride leader as they tour the artworks and check out the city’s system of bike lanes, paths and amenities — all of which have earned Scottsdale a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community rating by the League of American Bicyclists since 2011. Because April is Valley Bike Month, there will be two Bike Month T-shirt designs available for free to participants of Cycle the Arts while supplies last. Helmets are required for all participants, and children must be accompanied by an adult. All riders should also remember to bring water. Although Cycle the Arts is a free event, space is limited, and RSVP is required. Visit www.scottsdalepublicart. org/events for more information.

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treatment facility to help lessen dependency on an increasingly uncertain Colorado River water supply.

The most direct route brought a new pipeline through Dreamy Draw Park. The neighbors surrounding the park voiced concerns about what this pipeline could mean for the park’s eco-system. The city took these concerns as an opportunity to bring the plans back to the drawing board and re-examine every possible route. During this process, the city

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LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to championing women filmmakers and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Phoenix ( for its fifth consecutive year at Madison Center for the Arts in Phoenix Sunday, March 15. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through seven short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds from the festival ( will benefit local nonprofit, Soroptimist International of Phoenix, whose mission is to empower women and girls by providing access to, and support of their educational objectives, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar, has raised more than $5 million for nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets are now on sale now for the one-time event, Sunday, March 15. There is an informal reception beginning at 4pm and the showing of the seven short films at 5pm at Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 North 16th Street, Phoenix. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at phoenix-az-031520.

the pipeline to be safely constructed while keeping the park largely undisturbed. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the MOU with ADOT to purchase this land and move the plan forward. This project was successful because of collaborative work between the city, members of the state legislature, state agencies and, most importantly, engaged neighborhood groups. We know that water security is a key component of our city’s long-term success and that the infrastructure needed to ensure this future must be put in place before the

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need arises. This pipeline route allows us to take a sustainable approach to investment in our long-term water security. At a time when political division seems to seep into every conversation, the City of Phoenix is working across party and agency lines to get things done. Water security is extremely important for a desert city like Phoenix, and the city’s success depends on securing proper water infrastructure across the Valley. As the fifth largest and fastest growing city, we must continually think innovatively and collaboratively to meet the challenging demands of our growing infrastructure needs.

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Desert Ridge To Host Plein Air Painting Festival Contemporary plein air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. This art form requires stamina, focus and the ability to be completely absorbed in their work regardless of their surroundings. Presented by Desert Ridge Marketplace and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), the 2020 Desert Ridge Plein Air Painting Festival provides a unique opportunity for artists to create original painted artworks live and in the open air, capturing the essence of a vibrant retail and community space while inviting shoppers to experience the sight, sound and even texture of the outdoor painting process. Additional activities include a Youth Plein Air competition, free painting activities for kids, onstage drawing and painting workshops and an auction of previous festival paintings. As a core Business and Arts Integration method, the Desert Ridge Plein Air Festival festival provides unique opportunities for community-driven creative experiences in public spaces. SAACA supports this unique arts approach to expand opportunities for local artists to exhibit, develop and showcase their craft in the community while simultaneously giving youth and emerging artists the opportunity to participate in the arts in a new way. Desert Ridge Marketplace is located at 21001 North Tatum Boulevard in North Phoenix. The 2020 Festival will be held Saturday, March 7, 11am–5pm. Admission is free. To register as a plein air painter or for the youth workshop, visit

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PMCC Gears up for May Charity Golf Tournament Focused on Bringing Communities Together Nonprofits | The Arts | Our Youth

Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation’s (PMCC) Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 15, at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 West Moon Valley Drive, Phoenix. Proceeds from this event will support Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support (Arizona LEOS), Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary, Junior Golf Association of Arizona, Youth for Troops and the Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation. Participation as a golfer, sponsor, donor and/or gifts in-kind will help support the Phoenix Metro Chamber Foundation’s mission, which is to aid charities that provide life-sustaining resources and support to disadvantaged children, veterans and their families, and at-risk animals in our community. Golfers may register for $150 per player until April 15, after which the fee increases to $175 per player residents who wish to participate in the event at any level may visit for additional information.

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Join North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) as they recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by performing music written by women. These talented composers do not receive as much recognition as their male counterparts but are equally talented. NVSO music director Kevin Kozacek said, “We are delighted to perform three works by woman composers on this concert. The idea to showcase women in music came from the fact that this concert season coincides with the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage in America. In 1919 congress passed the 19th Amendment, and the states finished ratification in 1920. NVSO is excited to feature three very successful composers at our March 14 concert.” Amy Beach’s Symphony in E Minor was written in 1894 and was the first symphony composed and published by a female American composer. The symphony employs numerous English, Irish and Scottish melodies, so Beach subtitled the work the Gaelic Symphony. “Audience members will enjoy the

folk-like feeling evoked by the piece,” said Kozacek. Cécile Chaminade was a French composer, and NVSO will perform a suite of four movements from her ballet Callirhoë, written in 1888. Kozacek said, “The piece is rich with playful melodies and motifs, and easy to visualize ballerinas dancing to the music.” Last, Joan Tower is a current American composer that just this year was awarded the annual Gold Baton award from the League of American Orchestras for her contribution to the field of orchestral music. Other recipients include Bernstein, Copland and John Williams. The featured piece Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman was written in 2014, the sixth in a series of pieces that Tower has written to celebrate the risk-takers, or uncommon women of today. “I’m proud of NVSO for dedicating this concert as a celebration of women in music and hope that many community members will attend the unique event,” concluded Kozacek.

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The “Women in Music” concert is sponsored by CASCO Financial Group NVSO provides affordable concert experiences to the Phoenix North Valley community. Ticket prices are $5 each concert, and children 5 and under are always free. Purchase tickets at the NVSO website,, or by calling 623.980.4628.

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Desert Valley Orchid Society, which is dedicated to the love and advancement of orchid growing in the greater Phoenix area, will hold its annual orchid show April 4–5. Berridge Nurseries will host the annual free and family friendly Spring Orchid Show and Workshop Saturday, April 4, 9am–5pm, and Sunday, April 5, 10am– 4pm. Berridge Nurseries is located at 4647 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. An American Orchid Society judging will take place Saturday, and many beautiful displays and a large selection of premium flowering orchids will be offered for sale. Raffle tickets to win one of several blooming plants will also be on sale. Workshops on various orchid related topics are planned for 10am and 2pm each day. Society members will be circulating in the greenhouse to answer questions. Desert Valley Orchid Society invites residents to attend monthly meetings held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:45pm at The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 North 56th Street, Phoenix. For additional information, visit


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Informative and Fun Programs for Seniors in March (from the Old Testament book of Esther) with joyful music. Guests will enjoy hamentashen (a sweet, filled-pocket pastry), traditionally served at this time. They will also receive mishlot manot baskets. These gift baskets of sweets are also traditional for Purim and are offered to friends and family. On Tuesday, March 17, at 1pm, the CSE will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Begged and Borrowed, a Celtic music duo featuring Shannon Schumann (harp, flute, whistles and vocals) and Rick Boyle (bouzouki, guitar and vocals). Drawing their inspiration from the deep well of Irish, Scottish, and Irish-American tunes and songs, they’ll delight with traditional dance tunes, jigs and reels. Other programs in March include a wide variety of classes covering everything from fitness to educational talks. A full calendar and further information about programs can be found at There are no charges for the events, but RSVPs are appreciated. Send to carol. or call 602.943.2198. The CSE, under the auspices of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (, is free and open to all older adults in the community regardless of background. It is not necessary to be a resident at The Palazzo to participate. Lunch is available for $5 with reservation.

Join the JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment (CSE) for special programming exploring music, movement and more during the month of March. The CSE is located inside The Palazzo, 6250 North 19th Avenue in Phoenix and is open to all seniors, offering a wide variety of free, fun and stimulating classes and activities in a beautiful, newly renovated facility. Transportation is now available by reservation by calling the CSE at 602.943.2198. Starting Friday, March 6, at 1pm, Julian Reveles, a local film historian, will present a seven-week series on “Hollywood Kids We Remember.” Ever wonder how Elizabeth Taylor got into the movies? How about Roddy McDowell and Margaret O’Brien? Or Mickey Rooney, Natalie Wood, Jackie Coogan (made famous by Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid) and so many others. Reveles brings the stories of these Hollywood youngsters to life, sharing film clips and movie memorabilia. Reveles presents with keen insight, encyclopedic knowledge and lots of humor. The lively Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated Tuesday, March 10, with a festive party from 10:30am to noon. Rabbi Yaakov Benshabbat from Orot Synagogue and musical entertainer Gal Drimmer will lead a megillah reading



Anthem Days Returns for Twenty-first Annual Event March 28–29

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Anthem Community Park will be abuzz with residents and visitors from around the Valley this month for Anthem Days, the area’s premier business expo and festival, March 28–29. This free, family-friendly event runs from 10am–4pm each day. Admission and parking are free. Highlights of the two-day event include live musical entertainment (Otis & The Beat on Saturday and Slingshot on Sunday); food court and Rotary beer garden; kids’ zone with inflatables (fees apply); and a free egg hunt for kids (Sunday), featuring the Hippity Hop Band, Mother Nature and Peter Cottontail, and hosted by Christ’s Church of the Valley. An egg hunt exclusively for special needs children will precede the public egg hunt, at 10:15am Sunday, on Softball Field #4. OSR Physical Therapy also returns with a soccer challenge (Saturday) on the basketball courts, in partnership with Phoenix Rising. The Frazier Shows Carnival opens ahead of the event Thursday, March 26, at 5pm. The fun continues Friday evening, beginning at 5pm; and then Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 1pm (prices and times subject to change by carnival management). All-you-can-ride wristbands will be available for purchase at the carnival ticket booth only. All-you-can-ride discount coupons will be available ahead of the event at the Community Center and Civic Building, the Anthem Community Council and Frazier Shows Carnival Facebook pages, and at the Anthem Community Council booth at Anthem Days. The carnival schedule will be posted online. The title sponsor for this year’s Anthem Days event is ProSkill Services. Anthem Community Park is located at 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway. For more information or detailed event schedules, visit

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Enjoy Two Weekends of Fun During Cave Creek Rodeo Days the top five contestants will run one more calf during the Sunday, March 29, performance for a chance to win $300 bonus prize money. Rodeo weekend will also feature many fun activities and nightlife throughout the Town of Cave Creek. Ride to and from town to participate in all the exciting events going on, and attendees should be sure to take the bus Saturday if they are going back to Harold’s Corral for the Official Rodeo Dance March 28. Rodeo weekend, the town will be packed as locals and visitors take advantage of the free shuttle buses to the rodeo grounds. (Buses run Friday and Saturday only). Gates open at 5pm both Friday and Saturday, March 27, and March 28, with PRCA performances starting at 7:30pm. Gates open Sunday, March 29, at noon with the PRCA performance starting at 2pm. While parking at the rodeo arena is free, taking the free shuttle bus from town is easy, plus attendees can save $5 when purchasing tickets on the bus. Pick-up locations are in downtown Cave Creek and also at the corner of Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway. Check the website for specific locations and departure times. Ride free, with or without a ticket. Rodeo ticket prices range from $27 to $200, with discounts available online through March 20. For more information, visit www., call 480.304.5634 or email

ponsored by Sanderson Ford, Cave Creek Rodeo Days celebrates 43 years with two weekends of fun this month. The popular event kicks off Saturday, March 21, starting at 9am with the festive Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade through town. The fun continues at The Buffalo Chip Saloon with Mutton Bustin’ at noon (sign up is at 11am). The Buffalo Chip Saloon is also sponsoring the Kick-Off Dance that night. Tuesday, March 24, the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Golf Tournament will take place at Rancho Mañana Golf Club in Cave Creek. Rodeo performances will take place at Cave Creek Memorial Arena March 27–29 with three thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants. New this year: A breakaway roping for women competition Friday, March 27. Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. This year’s new event will take place after the morning barrel racing slack competition. Slack is the preliminary competition for any excess entries, and it’s free for the public to attend and watch. Entries will be taken at the arena starting at 8am. The top 20 breakaway roping competitors will then compete during a third round for the $1,200 prize from Cave Creek Rodeo Days plus 75 percent of the entry fees. In addition,



Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade is March 21!

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his year’s Cave Creek Rodeo Days parade is shaping up to be one of the largest yet. Gather family and friends and come early to get a good seat. The parade starts at 9am Saturday, March 21, on the west side of town by Cave Creek Town Hall and travels east to Harold’s Corral, ending at approximately 11am. Enjoy an entertaining morning featuring horseback riders, draft hitches, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty, clubs, organizations, bands, trick riders, clowns and other decorative and patriotic entries. “We’re very excited that The Shriners will be involved this year…their entry is like a parade within a parade,” said Kristin Lewis, parade coordinator. The parade will have eight announcing stations located at Local Johnny’s, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, Frontier Town, Stumbalina’s Cantina, the Kiwanis Marketplace, Outlaws, The Buffalo Chip and Harold’s Corral. Each entry will be announced as they pass by each station. For more information, visit



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March is a very busy month in our town. Spring training is in full swing and our town is full of tourists. Remember to be nice to them as they help to keep the Town Core viable. Try to slow down to the posted speed limits and keep the pedestrians safe. If you haven’t already done so, you need to try and get a handle on the Stinknet (Globe chamomile). When it dries out, it puts the entire Town in danger of runaway brush fires! March is the month we have Cave Creek Rodeo Days. Festivities kick off on Saturday the 21st at 9am with the Parade with Mutton Bustin’ at the Buffalo Chip MAYOR at noon. Town of Cave Creek Hang around or come on back for the Rodeo Kickoff Dance at the Chip as well. 480.488.1400 Tuesday is the Golf Tournament at Rancho Mañana with a shotgun start at noon. If you’re a golfer, grab three of your friends and sign up online before March 15 at It’s a great time. The actual rodeo performances are Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee that starts at 2pm. There have been sold out performances so it’s best to purchase your tickets online at the aforementioned [web] address. Remember this rodeo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and prides itself in supporting many other nonprofits with donations after each year’s event. Bike Week is also at the end of the month and no matter if you Love it or Hate it, it was still started and continues with a gubernatorial proclamation. Just remember that in two months’ time, Cave Creek will be a lot sleepier community. Just be safe and cherish what we have!

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Cave Creek Rodeo Days royalty program organizers held its Queen Contest Feb. 15 at Civana Resort where contestants were judged on their horsemanship, personality, appearance and understanding of the sport of rodeo. The winners are: Kiersten Pettus, 19, of Gilbert, is the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Queen for the 2020–21 season. A graduate of Higley High School, she began riding at the age of six when she was gifted riding lesson and has yet to look back. Kiersten was a member of the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association and the Arizona High School Rodeo Association, advancing to the AJRA pole pending finals in 2017. She is currently a full-time student at Central Arizona College on a full ride scholarship, majoring in business. She rides with the Cooper State Renegades Drill Team preforming at rodeos all around the state.

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Peyton Sourant, 15, of New River, is the new Cave Creek Rodeo Days Teen Queen. A sophomore at Boulder Creek High School, she started riding at the age of five. Today she team ropes, breakaway ropes and competes in the queen competition in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association. Congratulations to Kiersten and Peyton!

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Andy Seagle presents “Tim’s Cave: The Discovery and The Story” at the March 11 meeting of the Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society. A college professor and photographer, Seagle shares an event that testifies to the deep connections of the human experience. As his older brother Tim (an archaeologist) was dying, a defining event in both their lives was beginning. Seagle’s later discovery of Tim’s Cave in the Sedona area gives back to the study of the Colorado Plateau, as well as mirrors the love and shared experiences of these two brothers that is still present today. The events include unique archaeological discoveries, an encounter with “pot hunter” activity, posthumous reunion of friendship with a highly respected lead archaeologist in the Coconino County National Forest Service (Peter Pilles), and a birthday present that began an adventure creating an improbable cascade of Sinagua archaeological serendipity from a 1991 helicopter flight. Family, friendship, community and fate came together in an amazing tale developed around prehistoric people’s evidence found in Arizona leading to Tim’s Cave discovery, recognition and subsequent crime law enforcement investigations, Seagle was born and raised in Tucson. He currently teaches in the Music Department at Mesa Community College, where he helped start the Audio Production Degree program over 28 years ago. He is a recording engineer and recorded artists such as Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, and the Phoenix Symphony. Seagle was an avid hiker most of his life from his early archaeological adventures with his brother Tim with a deep love for everything Arizona. The public may attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting at no charge, except for the holiday party in December. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. There are refreshments available at 7pm and the meeting begins at 7:30pm, usually ending prior to 9pm. The meetings are held in the Community Room (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road. For information, visit


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Kiwanis To Hold Community Open Forum Registration now open The Kiwanis Club of Carefree Schools/Education Committee is reaching out to the community in order to identify concerns and ideas that will assure a bright and successful future for area children. Historically, Kiwanis have funded STEM programs, Chrome books for students, student health and safety programs and pre-school opportunities. The committee is funded from the Kiwanis Marketplace. The club will hold a Community Open Forum Saturday, April 25, 9am–1pm, at Desert Foothills Library, 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. The organization says that community participation is vital and invite all area voices to be heard. Residents may register online at

Sonoran Arts League Receives Points of Light Certification The nonprofit Sonoran Arts League has been nationally certified as a “Service Enterprise” by the Points of Light through the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Sonoran Arts League achieved the prestigious status after completing several months of comprehensive assessment, training and coaching through the Points of Light Foundation ( The League was recognized during the Feb. 19 meeting of the Governor’s L–R: Kim Brooks, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Commission on Service and Family, and Pat Bell-Demers, Sonoran Arts League. Photo Volunteerism at the Governor’s courtesy of the Sonoran Arts League. Office of Youth, Faith and Family. “This honor speaks volumes to our wonderful, dedicated team of volunteers who share our mission of promoting art, artists and art education through leadership and service in the belief that an artistic awareness is essential to the well-being of life and our community,” said Sonoran Arts League executive director Pat Bell-Demers. “We strive to create and support a culture of creativity, and we could never accomplish that without a strong core of diverse, engaged and empowered volunteers.” Nearing its 44th anniversary as a nonprofit, the Sonoran Arts League boasts more than 780 members. The League services the Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale. The North Valley’s largest arts organization produces seven events, 12 public art programs and nine shows and exhibits annually. In addition, the League conducts educational and outreach programs, which include workshops, artist demonstrations, art talks, art critiques, free workshops for veterans, youth summer camps, youth mentoring and youth scholarships. The League’s signature event, Hidden in the Hills, is Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour. For additional information, call 480.575.6624 or visit

Mix, Mingle & Network with the Chamber in March The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold its next mixer event Wednesday, March 11, 5:30–7pm. This month’s event is hosted by Parkway Bank, 6300 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Learn more about the host business at or by calling 480.488.4440. Always the second Wednesday of each month, the mixer event offers the opportunity to join Chamber members to network, socialize and win prizes. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $15 for general admission (guests may attend twice before joining). The Chamber also holds an informational business breakfast presentation and early morning networking event each month. This month’s Business sponsor is Proven Media Services and Cave Creek Cannabis. The breakfast event will be held Thursday, March 26, 7:30–9:30am, at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. To contact Harold’s call 480.488.1906 or visit www.haroldscorral. com. The cost to attend is $8 for members and $15 for general admission. To learn more about the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, call 480.488.3381 or visit

This spring, PVCC at Black Mountain (Cave Creek location) will host the seventh annual STEAMtastic. The March 5 event uses an innovative, hands-on, approach to promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. The goal of the event is to make STEAM fun, by showing attendees how science, technology, engineering, arts and math are a part of their everyday life. PVCC hopes to encourage students to further explore these fields and view STEAM careers as attainable. Event activities are intentionally selected to address the STEAM fields and make STEAM accessible to both volunteers and community members of varied ages and backgrounds. Activities include a potato launcher, sow science, make a lung, molecular gastronomy, subzero science, a glow in the dark room and much more. Once night falls, the event becomes a Star Party. The dark skies of Cave Creek provide the perfect opportunity for viewing numerous constellations. The Phoenix Astronomical Society and PVCC Astronomy faculty will provide telescopes and help attendees make the most of this opportunity to view the night sky. The Black Mountain campus also features a 14-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. This telescope collects 3,136 times more light than the human eye, allowing viewers to explore the colors of the Orion Nebula and storms on Jupiter. STEAMtastic is a Signature Event of AZ SciTech, which helps promote STEM in Arizona. The event is free to the public and designed for all ages. The seventh annual STEAMtastic event will be held Thursday, March 5, 5–7:30pm; Star Party activities run 7–10pm. PVCC at Black Mountain is located at 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. For additional information, call 602.493.2600 or visit black-mountain/steamtastic.


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‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’– The Art of Nature Early inhabitants of Arizona were drawn to the awe-inspiring landscape that is the Sonoran Desert. Its unique flora and fauna continue to draw people from all over the world to it today. Desert Foothills Land Trust understands the importance of preserving this special place for the survival of the species that dwell here and for the enjoyment of generations to come. It’s a landscape worthy of not only protecting forever but immortalizing through art as well. It’s Art for Land’s Sake is a juried art exhibit and sale designed to promote conservation and wildlife protection through The 2019 first place winner, “Desert Jewels” by Peggy Orbon representational art. The Land Trust is hosting the sixth annual exhibit and sale at the Desert Foothills Library March 6–19 with an opening reception Thursday, March 5, from 6–8 pm. The public is invited to attend the reception, and the exhibit will be open for the duration during regular library hours. The library is located in Cave Creek at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road. All proceeds will be for the benefit of Desert Foothills Land Trust and/or Desert Foothills Library. For additional information, visit

Desert Foothills Community Invited to Recovery Education Series Individuals in recovery from substance abuse, and those maintaining their sobriety, are invited to a new weekly resource dedicated to offering online education and live, in-person support. 24/7 Sobriety Success will present a free introductory session, 7–8:30pm, Wednesday, March 12, at Christ Anglican Church’s Dorothy Hall, 35500 North Cave Creek Road in Carefree. This educational series is offered on Tuesdays, from 7–8:30pm. At the introductory session, facilitator Raymond LaFleur, author of the curriculum, will introduce attendees to the recovery education series that includes live, in-person support and the online curriculum series. The in-person meetings will allow guests to participate in sharing, and to support each other with their experiences by diving deeper into the essence of the material. “More than 13 percent (43,000,000) of Americans are in recovery or trying to maintain their recovery from drugs and alcohol,” said the group’s spokesperson, Barry Baer. 24/7 Sobriety Success is the publisher of online educational materials for people with substance abuse disorders including alcohol and drug addictions. The organization provides support designed to help bring the light of a peaceful, fruitful and substantive life. The organization offers two options. The Online Core Individual Series is $75 annually. The Recovery Education Series, including both the Online Core Individual Series and In-Person Support, is $175. Organizers emphasize that all are welcome, and financial assistance is available. To register, go to, or call 602.545.7330.

Spring has sprung, and there is no better time to be outdoors at one of the Valley’s public parks. Part of the Maricopa County Regional Parks System, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert in Cave Creek. The park offers ranger-led programs each month — here are a few of the programs coming up in March. March 6: Rock Art of Spur Cross 8–10am The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Walk in their footsteps and visit a few of the more impressive sites in the conservation area during this two-hour moderate hike. No dogs on this hike. No reservations are required, meet at the main trailhead area where restrooms and picnic tables are located. March 8: Moonlight Hike 7–9pm The conservation area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While the group will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case it is needed. Moderate hike.

March 22: Hohokam Houses 8–11am Join rangers on this 2.5-mile moderate hike that will introduce guests to the rich archaeological history of the area. See evidence of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings and learn about their culture while trekking up to one of their mesa-top compounds. Bring plenty of water. No dogs on this hike. No reservations are required, meet at the main trailhead area where restrooms and picnic tables are located. March 28: Life Along the Creek 8–10:30am Join staff to look at the plants and animals that live in the riparian area along a perennial stretch of Cave Creek. This moderate hike will take participants through the Jewel of the Creek Preserve and along the lower Dragonfly Trail for a distance of approximately 1.5 miles. No reservations are required, meet at the main trailhead area where restrooms and picnic tables are located. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is located at 44000 North Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. For more information, visit www. or call 602.506.2930, Ext. 8.

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA (Y) and the Livestrong® Foundation joined together to create Livestrong at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, Livestrong at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Livestrong at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. Livestrong at the YMCA is a free 12-week small-group fitness program for adult cancer survivors. The program focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness, strength and balance to regain overall health. Classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes. Participants will receive a free Y membership for the session’s duration. Program Goals: Carol Maxfield, pictured on the right, • Improve energy levels and self-esteem is a volunteer and a graduate of the first Livestrong program at Desert • Build muscle mass and strength Foothills Family YMCA. Read her personal journey through the program • Increase flexibility and endurance online now: • Improve ability to do everyday tasks • Develop an ongoing fitness plan to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle Those who are interested in sponsoring the Livestrong at the YMCA program may donate at — $250 supports one participant, $1,000 supports a class of four participants — or contact Allie Avishai, associate executive director Desert Foothills Family YMCA, at or 602.212.6058. The next program at Desert Foothills Y kicks off March 3.

March 9, 16, 23, 30: Take Your Walk to the Desert 8–11am Join docent Coni for a 3- to 5-mile hike (ability of hikers and weather determines length). Hike in riparian areas with seasonal water in Cave Creek. Learn about cochineal, agave, mesquite, prickly pear, and maybe see wildlife, petroglyphs, wildflowers, and even taste some wolfberries — all with great views. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat and bring 2 liters of water, a snack, and a camera for this moderate hike.

March 13, 14, 20: Wildflower Walk 8–10:30am See what’s blooming in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. This easy walk will showcase some of the spectacular wildflowers found in the park and explore the beauty of the conservation area. Bring plenty of water and meet at the trailhead area.

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Saturday, March 21 9am Cave Creek Rodeo Parade — Historic Downtown Cave Creek Mutton Bustin’ — Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse Noon Sign-up begins at 11am 7:30pm Official Kick-off Rodeo Dance — Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse

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Friday, March 27 9am Slack (free to the public) 11am New Breakaway Roping for Women (free to the public) 5pm Rodeo Gates Open Shop the Vendors 7:30pm PRCA Rodeo Performance Pink Night in support of cancer awareness; gates open at 5pm

Saturday, March 28 9am Slack (free to the public) 5pm Rodeo Gates Open Shop the Vendors 7:30pm PRCA Rodeo Performance Purple and Turquoise Color Night; gates open at 5pm 9pm Cave Creek Official Rodeo Days Dance — Harold’s Corral

Sunday, March 29 9am Church of the Chip Service — Rodeo Grounds Noon Rodeo Gates Open Shop the Vendors 2pm PRCA Rodeo Performance Military/First Responder Appreciation Day — Red, White & Blue Day; gates open at noon


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March Events at Desert Foothills Library This month, Desert Foothills Library will host a book launch, an interactive reading/guided hike and a vintage hat fundraiser and so much more for area children and adults alike. Jump into spring with Willie The Wiggle Worm, a loving tribute to unconditional love for children. Join author Melanie Grace Bressler at the book launch March 14 at 11am. Bressler’s hope is that the book and inspiration felt at this event will help children around the state know that they are not alone. At this celebration of love and acceptance, children will decorate insect shaped

cookies, enjoy face painting, coloring and even a DJ. All “wiggle worms” are welcome to this book-signing event. Author Rita Goldner and the Desert Foothills Land Trust present Agent H20 Rides the Water Cycle March 21, 11am–noon. This interactive reading and guided hike of Saguaro Hill is open to children of all ages who will enjoy this delightful tale of Agent H20 as he travels through the Water Cycle. His fun journey and antics while eluding his nemesis, Scummy Pollution, will bring a smile to grown-ups and kids. Author Rita Goldner’s passion for nature, and love of drawing and writing, made picture books a great fit for her. She hopes that instilling understanding of endangered animals/habitats and global ecology will ensure that her readers will strive to preserve our natural world. Join Goldner for a reading from her book, and a craft project, followed by a hike through the Carol Bartol Preserve at Saguaro Hill led by the Desert Foothills Land Trust guides. The Desert Foothills Land Trust connects people to nature by working with communities and partners to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our Sonoran Desert. Reserve a seat for a spot of tea and cakes, and a chance to take home one or more of 50 vintage hats from a private collection that covers the 1950s – 1990s at the Vintage Hats Private Collection Fundraiser and Tea, March 22 at 2pm. These designer and one-of-a-kind hats are being donated to Desert Foothills Library for this event by Andrea Markowitz, whose mother amassed the collection. Jo Gemmil of the English Rose Tea Room is donating the tea and cakes. The $35 ticket includes tea, cakes and five raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased at the event. Seating is limited. All proceeds from the event directly benefit Desert Foothills Library. Tickets are available on the library website. The library is also hosting a number of art exhibits in March: • Thru March 19: Contemporary Watercolor Association presented by Desert Foothills Gallery • March 5–19: Desert Foothills Land Trust art exhibit • March 19 – May 14: “Retrospective Showcase” presented by Desert Foothills Gallery • March 20 – April 4: “Women by Women” art exhibit presented by Desert Foothills Library


Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek. For a complete list of March events or additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit

Foothills Community Foundation March Events Area residents are invited to take advantage of the many classes and programs offered by Foothills Community Foundation (FCF) and the Holland Center during March. Tuesdays, March 3 and 10: “U.S. Foreign Policy: A return to the 1930s?” – 9–10:30am The 1920s and 1930s were a time when, like today, there was a belief that countries had to take care of their own problems while Americans looked after “America First.” Cost is $35 for the two-week session. Tuesdays, March 3 and 10: “Travel Inspired Art” – 10am–noon Learn to identify key elements of travel experiences and translate them into art. Wednesday, March 4: Morning Joe with TED – 9–11am Start the day with hot coffee and cool topics; $5 payable at the door. Thursday, March 5: “Visual Arts Series — 20th Century Fashion Innovators” – 4–5pm The program will be presented by Karen Timberlake, docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. Friday, March 6: Adult CPR & Infant and Child CPR – 10am–noon and 1–3pm These classes are for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card or certification to meet a job requirement. Wednesday, March 11: “Write the Memoir You’re Afraid to Write” – 10:30am–12:30pm The presentation will be led by publishing consultant Patricia L. Brooks; $40. Tuesday, March 17: “What is Dementia, anyway?” – 11am–noon The program will be presented by Hospice of the Valley. Saturday, March 28: “All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis” – 9am–noon All programs will be held in the Holland Center, Black Mountain Campus, 34250 North 60th Street, Building B, Scottsdale. Many programs are free but check the website for more details, to register and for programs and classes,

VICE MAYOR CRANE WRITES... Carefree — Spring has Sprung! By Vice Mayor John Crane

VICE MAYOR Town of Carefree 480.488.3686

In Carefree, every season has its charm, but spring in Carefree is hard to beat. Desert wildflowers dot the landscape, cactus bloom and the migrating birds we missed through the colder months return or at least stop by on their way further north. Adding to our enjoyment, the Town of Carefree has assembled a full schedule of special events and activities:

• T he organizers of the Carefree Classic Wheels and Wings Show are proud to announce the 2020 Wheels and Wings Show, a celebration of classic and vintage automobiles and airplanes on March 7 at the SkyRanch Airport in Carefree. Enthusiasts and owners will have an opportunity to mingle and take in some of the finest examples of domestic and foreign automobiles and aircraft from around the Valley. Admission is free to the public. The show opens at 8am and ends at noon. This will be the first large car show in Carefree in eight years, and anticipation is running high. Join in this celebration of “moving art, the automobile!” For more information, visit

• R ock the District will return to the Sundial in Carefree April 18, 5–10pm, for their annual fundraising concert featuring musicians and singers from the Cave Creek Unified School District benefiting teacher grant programs. But wait, there’s more! • Carefree Farmer’s Market at the Sundial every Friday, 9am–1pm • F irst Friday Art Walks, through May, 4–7pm. Enjoy galleries throughout downtown Carefree. • Carefree Restaurant Week, Sunday, May 3, to Saturday, May 9 • Free Yoga in the Gardens by the YMCA every Monday at 9am • S ights and Sounds in the Garden April 4, 11, 25 and May 2. Enjoy a wide variety of music and art. • K iwanis Pancake Breakfast in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Saturday, April 4, 7–11am • Z umba with Patricia in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Thursdays, 9–10am • W orld QiGong Tai Chi Event, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Saturday, April 25, 8am to noon • M emorial Day Tribute at the Cave Creek Cemetery near Cave Creek Road and Pima Road, Monday, May 25, 8–9am With so many different activities from which to choose, I hope to see you about Town.

The DeMille Residence was the first house to be built in Carefree (1959). Photo: The Archive of Gerry Jones

Cave Creek Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary year with a Gerry Jones featured exhibit and a one-day only Home Tour of six unique and stellar residences recognizing the imagination, aesthetic and resolve that initiated and continues to give the Desert Foothills its signature character. Gerry Jones is the Desert Foothills’ distinguished architectural designer and builder who implemented the vision of Carefree’s founders, KT Palmer and Tom Darlington. His 1974 paper “Must We Destroy in Order to Build?” addressed the issues facing those who loved the natural drama and beauty of their Sonoran homes. Slingman Residence (1970); Photo: The Archive of Gerry Jones Jones perceives how the world around us isn’t separated by interior and exterior dichotomies. He creates timeless architecture with a livable affinity for the extreme terrain in Arizona’s wilderness. He brings bedrock into dwelling spaces and puts homeowners into the living desert. For nearly 50 years, he has made Carefree his home. He continues to work from his studio overlooking the broad expanse of this beautiful region. Tickets for “The Gerry Jones Home Tour,” to be held Sunday, March 8, are $75 each and are only available in advance through the Cave Creek Museum. Participants will visit the homes via chauffeured buses in three shifts throughout the day: 9am to noon; noon to 3pm; and 3pm to 6pm. Note: the residences are multi-level and are not ADA accessible. In addition to the Home Tour, residents can visit the Museum’s 2019–20 featured exhibit “The Legacy of Gerry Jones,” which will be on display through the end of May 2020. Workshops and special events will be held at the Museum and other locations during March. The season-long celebration of Gerry Jones is supported by a grant from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. A Home and Garden Boutique will be held at the Cave Creek Museum, 6140 East Skyline Drive, one of the stops along The Gerry Jones Home Tour. For tickets and other details, call 480.488.2764 or visit

• C arefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series features two stellar programs: March 14, Blending Hardscape with Landscape, and April 18, Gardening for Fragrance. Both seminars begin at 9:30am in the Carefree Town Council Chambers at 33 Easy Street.

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Chamber Celebrates Local Businesses Lori Laswick Agency

The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was present Thursday, Jan. 23, to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for American Family Insurance — Lori Laswick Agency. Lori Laswick has been an American Family Insurance agent in Arizona for over 20 years. The agency will provide a free auto, home, life and/or commercial insurance quote to those who may be purchasing a new car, buying a house, investing in a rental property, starting a small business or wanting to leave behind a legacy. Lori Laswick Agency offers auto, home, business, life insurance and other types of insurance tailored to fit everyone’s unique needs. The agency is located at 36800 Sidewinder Road, Suite B-17, Carefree. For additional information, call 602.996.9606.

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The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 4, for Koivisto, Adams, Kvittem-Barr & Assoc. CPAs, LLP. Koivisto, Adams, Kvittem-Barr & Assoc. CPAs, LLP was established in 1990 to provide efficient, expert solutions to businesses and individuals. The firm is “large enough to offer a full array of accounting, taxation and consulting services but small enough to know you on a personal level.” Koivisto, Adams, Kvittem-Barr & Assoc. is located at 7518 Elbow Bend Road, Suite B-2, in Carefree. For information, call 480.488.5255 or visit



Foothills Animal Rescue Opens Resale Boutique Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) is expanding its retail efforts in the hopes of helping even more homeless pets. The nonprofit animal welfare agency, based in North Scottsdale, opened its Resale Boutique Carefree in February. This will be FAR’s second Resale Boutique. The boutique, located at 7202 East Ho Road, Suite C, in Carefree, opened its doors Monday, Feb. 10, and will be open seven days a week. The boutique features 1,000 square feet of women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories, high-end housewares and pet supplies. The agency plans to continue operating its flagship resale store, which is located at 23030 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Revenue generated through sales at both of FAR’s Resale Boutiques helps support the agencies programs and services. Last year, FAR found homes for nearly 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. The organization marks its 25th anniversary in 2020. For more information about FAR, visit

Is Life ‘Care Free’ in Carefree? If you live in Carefree you have undoubtedly been asked by someone if life here is “care free.” I don’t always respond to the question with the whole truth, so I say something like, “Carefree is not only a unique picturesque village in the desert foothills of the ALLEN NOHRE Continental Mountains, it is the habitat of 3,783 souls without a care in the world.” Not the whole truth! Writer Real life with all its maladies, aches and pains, and ups and downs don’t pass over us. For example, next week I have two dental appointments that will not be care free experiences, when my dentist replaces two old crowns with the added pain of no insurance. Nevertheless, this doesn’t qualify as suffering that merits sympathy. Right now, I can’t think of anything in my life that rises to that level. Maybe my life in Carefree is reasonably care free. Live in Arizona long enough, and you will have experienced one, or two, or three of Arizona’s infamous cycles of a housing boom followed by a bust. Carefree homeowners are not immune. We have not forgotten the housing crash of 2008, the damage it did to personal finances, and the slow recovery. That was not a care free time. Now, we are hoping for the continuation of a Goldilocks housing market: not too hot and not too cold. I am trying to come up with more hardships to refute the notion that Carefree life is care free, but I am having difficulty. Maybe life here is care free, for most of us, mostly. It felt that way last evening, sitting on my patio in the cool air, absorbing the clear blue sky, dotted with stars and planets light years above Black Mountain. As David Budbill asked: “How can this be? Such calm, such solitude in this world of woe.”*



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Area residents will have the opportunity to find answers to all of their landscape design questions from a real pro. Saturday, March 14, Carefree Desert Gardens will welcome expert and celebrity Judy Mielke, senior landscape architect with Logan Simpson Design, as part of the Desert Gardens Seminar Series. She is a well-known author for her award-winning book Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes and has taught courses on Landscape Plant Materials and Arizona Native Plants at Arizona State University. She is a Certified Arborist and Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner. In her own words, Mielke says, “The challenge of putting plants together into a pleasing design is made a little easier by the suggestions for landscape

use…aesthetics are considered, as are functional needs…” By using various types of hardscape — walls, paving, seating, ramadas, fireplaces, water features, etc. — and combining them with beautiful plants providing shade, color and even food, it may surprise some people how much fun it can be to create a landscape. Mielke will also cover mulch materials, both rock and organic, and water harvesting ideas. The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30am and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers, located at 33 Easy Street and Nonchalant Avenue, Carefree. A $5, or more, donation is appreciated to support the programs. For information, call 480.488.3686.

DFT Announces March Productions & Auditions Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) opens its production of Steel Magnolias opens Friday, March 27. In this popular play, M’Lynn is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby, and as friend Truvy fixes the women’s hair for the ceremony, they welcome a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle. Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn’t bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process. Performances of Steel Magnolias will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 27–28, and April 3–4, at 7:30pm, and Sundays March 29 and April 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 and performances will be held at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. “We are grateful to Phyllis and Peter Strupp, our season sponsors,” says Terry Temple, Desert Foothills Theater managing director. The Theater also will hold auditions in March for Godspell. At the behest of John the Baptist, young men and women forsake their jobs and take up the mantle of Jesus Christ — becoming his disciples — in a musical retelling of the Gospel of Matthew. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 10am–2pm, and Sunday, March 15, 2–6pm, with callbacks Monday, March 16, 6pm. Check the website for more details and sign-ups: For tickets and more information about upcoming events, visit or call 480.488.1981.


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Get ‘A Taste of the Desert’ Held the first Monday of each month, 6:30-8pm, the Desert Awareness Committee (DAC) lecture series continues April 6 with “A Taste of the Desert.” Individuals can live off the desert if they know what to pick and when. Of course, then they need to know what to do with it. Learn more at this hands-on, taste it lecture. From there, attendees can go into the desert to collect and then make their own foods. DAC members have been offering workshops on edible plants for over 25 years. Guests will be treated with tastes of some of the DAC members’ favorite recipes. The lectures are held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Registration is not necessary; a $5 donation is suggested for each seminar. For information, visit

Dynamic Appliance Repair is locally owned and operated and dedicated to providing prompt, professional appliance repair service. “We’re a mid-sized, flexible appliance repair company, which allows us the opportunity to maintain internal control over all appliance repairs and demand excellence that is second to none,” says Scott Marine, president of Dynamic Appliance Repair. “We are proud to be the premier appliance repair company located in Carefree, but we proudly serve the entire Phoenix area and the surrounding Valley. Since we’re local, you know you’re getting prompt, professional service, and not a random technician dispatched by a corporate call center.” Marine says that whether a customer is ready to schedule an appliance repair appointment or just has questions, the company prides itself on customer care and its friendly appliance repair staff, who he says are standing by to provide expert, friendly, problem-solving solutions. “Your problem is our priority, and we always take the time to learn your concerns and make sure you receive the best solution.” The company’s appliance repair technicians are licensed and insured and have many years of experience diagnosing and repairing all major household appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, ovens and cooktops. Marine says that the company only uses new factory certified replacement parts, all of which are covered with the manufacturer’s warranty. “Speaking of warranties, we have the best warranty in the business with a one-year part and labor warranty even on parts which only have a 90-day warranty through the manufacturer,” says Marine. “We know your time is valuable, so we schedule our appointments in two-hour windows. Say goodbye to 8-12 or 12-5 service windows!” He also says that service call fees are very competitive, plus their service call fee covers two appliances. “Check around, you won’t find that kind of value with our competitors. Another service you will not find anywhere else is our Annual Refr igerator Service Plan. One, low annual fee gets your refrigerator checked out, and serviced top to bottom plus it includes a free service call! We would love to earn your business and trust!” For details, call 480.590.7322 or visit




Community Invited to ‘Celebrate Unity and Diversity’ at Desert Hills

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Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (DHPC) celebrates unity and diversity in a variety of ways, including musical styles. In addition to a well-respected and established traditional music worship service, DHPC says it is excited about reaching the community with a more contemporary worship service called The Gathering, which meets every Sunday at 11:10am. DHPC leadership says that, “Emphasis, energy and much prayer are poured into The Gathering, and the worship music is excellent and glorifying to God. The music is not body thumping and headache inducing, but a good mix of upbeat worship songs currently played on the radio, traditional hymns with a modern feel, and thoughtful ballads. DHPC understands that worshipping together is the central focus of church life, and the example of unity in worship can spread far and wide.” The church is biblically based, where “followers of Jesus are celebrating the truths of the gospel together.” Bible studies, mission opportunities, small groups and social events are more ways to celebrate unity and diversity regardless of backgrounds, interests and life experiences. Desert Hills invites people from all walks of life to “unify to seek the Lord in a more personal way, grow in knowledge, and deliberately choose mission outreach to show faith in action.” The church is located at the northeast corner of Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road at the foot of The Boulders. Residents are invited to attend The Gathering at 11:10am, or one of the 8:15am or 9:45am traditional worship services. For information, visit or call the church office at 480.488.3384.

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Celebrate 20 Years of Service to North Valley Seniors Foothills Caring Corps ‘Ticket to Ride’ Fundraiser Join Foothills Caring Corps for the 16th Annual Taste of Foothills “Ticket to Ride” Fundraiser in Carefree, with gourmet food tastings, live auction and live music, all for a good cause. Guests of the social event and fundraiser benefiting independence and mobility for seniors will savor award-winning cuisine from local restaurants Thursday, March 26, from 5-8:30pm at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church’s newly remodeled Parish Center, 36811 North Pima Road, in Carefree. The Taste of Foothills Fundraiser provides key funding for mobility and transportation services for “neighbors” who need rides to medical and other day-to-day appointments and events. The Caring Corps, the only transportation program in the far North Valley, needs a smaller vehicle with a wheelchair lift to meet the growing need to transport seniors. Attendees at the fundraising event will enjoy a celebratory evening filled with sweet and savory tastings from local restaurant favorites and live music by Harry Mathews, local vocalist known for his smokin’ sax style playing saxophone, guitar and piano. Auctioneer Jonathan Blair will lead the live auction with exciting experiences and items up for bid. Restaurants include award-winning cuisine from CIVANA Carefree, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, It’s a Divine Bakery, Liberty Station, Pizzicata Ristorante Pizzeria and Venues Café. Check for updates on newly added restaurants. General admission is $50 per person with VIP admission options available. All proceeds benefit the volunteer-based nonprofit. For tickets, to volunteer, or for more information, call the Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105 or visit


A celebration of ‘moving art’


The organizers of the Carefree Classic Wheels and Wings Show are gearing up for the 2020 celebration of classic and vintage automobiles and airplanes, which will be held Saturday, March 7. Enthusiasts and owners will have an opportunity to mingle and take in some of the finest examples of domestic and foreign automobiles and aircraft from around the Valley. Exhibited cars will be from 1980 and earlier. They will include the pre-war golden era, post-war sports cars, American “chrome and fins,” muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, and other exotica. Vintage airplanes will come from around the Valley.


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This will not be a “fly-in” but a static display. However, the renowned EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University’s UAV/drone team will be on the runway to show the amazing aerobatic skills of their futuristic flying machines. Joining the Embry-Riddle team will be Bryant Mack, national champion pilot of R/C aerobatic scale model airplanes. Together they will put on dazzling demonstrations of acrobatic flight. Admission is free to the public. Food trucks will be on site. Free public parking will be along Cave Creek Road, which will be coned-off for the event. The show opens at 8am and ends at noon. This will be the first large car show in Carefree in eight years. For information, visit or call 818.326.6403.

Write the Memoir You’re Afraid to Write Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:30am – 12:30pm

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Sixteenth Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival Thunderbird Artists is excited to feature stone sculptor and artist, Carlos Moseley, for the 16th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival, March 6–8. The festival lines the north side of Avenue of the Fountains, from Saguaro Boulevard to La Montana.

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Master Rock Artist Carlos Moseley creates hanging, one-of-a-kind rock pieces out of colored stones found in nature. Native rocks and pebbles are collected, without disturbing the environment and incorporated together to create cleverly unique artworks. There are no limits of the imagination as Moseley has created early Western historical scenes, underwater images, animals, still life pieces, landscapes, modern day art themes and everything in between. His studio is located in Texas Hill Country, where his backyard provides him with the materials to create his pieces. He and his wife, Carol, are business partners and work together to travel throughout the United States and participate in 25 fine art events annually. After viewing Moseley’s works, patrons can stroll throughout this juried festival hosting more than 130 nationally acclaimed, award-winning artists from throughout the country and abroad. This event is located in the home to “One of the world’s tallest fountains,” Fountain Hills. At full power, the fountain rises 560 feet into the air and runs for approximately 15 minutes at the top of the hour, from 10am to 9pm daily.

Magic Bird Festivals presents the Fountain O’Green Artisan Market March 13–15. The annual event will take place in Fountain Hills at 16872 East Avenue of the Fountains, adjacent to the landmark Fountain Hills fountain. Attendees will browse handcrafted fine art and custom designs while celebrating green when the Fountain Hills Fountain spouts the shamrock-colored hue Saturday, March 14, at noon, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The Fountain O’ Green Artisan Market offers a wide selection of exhibitors with fine arts and crafts, specialty gift items, health and wellness products, boutique clothing, jewelry and home décor along with local food vendors. Festival goers will also enjoy native-style flute music by Henry Molder daily, 10am–5pm. “We are fortunate with beautiful spring weather and the Fountain O’ Green Artisan Market is a perfect way to enjoy it,” said Magic Bird Festivals producer and founder Roberta Toombs-Rechlin. “Southwest-inspired fine arts and handcrafted wares from local and regional artisans will charm visiting tourists and residents of scenic Fountain Hills.” This free, family-friendly community festival is open daily from 10am–5pm. For information, call 602.332.4257 or visit

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In addition to the art and live music, presented by Teresa Joy and others, for $10, patrons receive an engraved souvenir wine or beer glass with six tasting tickets, allowing them to sample a broad array of wines from local to international wineries. Tasting tickets may be used for wine, micro-brews and flavored spirits, and additional tickets may be purchased for $1. This is the last event of Thunderbird Artists’ festival season. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $3 and parking is free. (Admission is free for Fountain Hills residents.) Proceeds benefit the Sunset Kiwanis of Fountain Hills. Wilfong, “Life’s Dance” For details, visit www.




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AASK Recruiting Volunteer Camp Counselors By Clint Williams, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids – AASK

Hiking and kayaking in the cool high country near Payson is a great way to spend a week in June. And doing it while bringing smiles to the faces of children in foster care is even better. The Seventh Annual AASK Sibling Summer Camp is recruiting volunteer counselors for a week of adventure at Camp Tontozona near Payson, starting June 14. Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) each summer brings siblings in foster care together for a week of fun and an opportunity to reconnect. “Sibling relationships are usually our longest lasting relationships and one of the most important relationships we have,” says JoAnne Chiariello, director of family support services at AASK. “But children in foster care are often placed in foster homes or group homes

apart from their brothers and sisters,” says Chiariello. Research shows that strong, positive sibling relationships are associated with less loneliness, fewer behavioral problems and higher self-worth. Camp activities include swimming, hiking, kayaking, horseback ridings and rappelling. A magician will entertain kids and counselors one night. There is a birthday celebration in which everyone gets a cake and siblings exchange presents. Volunteer camp counselors are a vital component to the success of the camp. Counselors need to be up to the challenges of hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. Volunteers must complete a fingerprint background screening and attend a training session. For additional information, contact Amanda Gonzales at 602.930.4482 or go online at The deadline to apply is March 15.

I fell in love with this vehicle the first time I drove it. There is something about the style, the grille, the serpent and cross emblem that makes you feel like you are driving through the Italian mountains of Lake Como. To my surprise, while visiting North Scottsdale Alfa Romeo, I watched Alice Cooper sign over 100 Guitars for the dealership’s annual giveaway, buy a CAR get a GUITAR. As if that wasn’t enough, I went on to visit Nelson and Mitch at their Helicopter Hangar to get a beautiful shot of the Stelvio. [See the video at — search “HER Certified.”] It was a great week of test driving this sports car but the question most people asked was, “Why is there a four-leaf clover on an Italian car?” (Maybe it was why I had such a “lucky” week.) If you too were wondering, here is the why. When Alfa Romeo has a four-leaf clover on their cars, it’s on their Quadrifoglio (performance cars) and it has more meaning than a leprechaun might imagine. The four-leaf clover logo denoting the Quadrifoglio designation was originally used by Ugo Sivocci, a friend of Enzo Ferrari, as a good luck charm. He painted it on the grille of his Alfa Romeo RL and won the 1923 Targa Florio. Alfa Romeo began using it on all its race cars after Sivocci died in a crash a few months later. Read the rest of “Hanging Out at the Hangar” online now!


Musings for March 2020 With so much activity locally, nationally, globally speeding by us daily, I think it might be an appropriate time to take a few moments to sit back, relax and reflect on that stampede of news, sports, traffic that tramples us daily. This month of March is a great way to start that dreamy interlude. In the play Oklahoma there is a song about March, which comes in “like a lion — a whippin’ up the water in the bay.” The quiet month of March at its beginning — no longer quiet. Now a wild and ferocious 31-days. What’s happening that causes such a critical transition from benign to nearly violent?

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Summer Camp Registration Opens for 2020 Girl Scouts Camps

Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus Pine-Council

The program focus of each of the four camps is as follows: • The Parsons Leadership Center, an $18 million state-of-the-art urban camp with sessions for both day and overnight campers, include STEM-related activities, archery, swimming, arts and crafts and field trips. • Camp Maripai offers a traditional camp experience, like archery and canoeing, along with horsemanship programs for beginners through advanced riders. • Shadow Rim Ranch offers outdoor adventures such as hiking and canoeing trip and travel sessions, plus outdoor cooking, zip-lining and archery. • Willow Springs emphasizes artistic endeavors like ceramics, fashion and theater, as well as hiking, archery, a ropes challenge course and aviation. All four camps offer sessions that vary in length, from weekend family camp and day camp to overnight camps and three-week-long quests. Summer camp begins the week of May 31 and runs for nine weeks, with the last camp week at each location starting in late July. As Girl Scouts believe all girls should have the opportunity to experience summer camp, registration offers tiered pricing and financial assistance. Girls who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to register. To sign up, visit

Humane Society Offers Spring Break Camps Arizona Humane Society will offer children who are fascinated by animals a number of spring break opportunities this month. Those who have perhaps expressed an interest in becoming a veterinarian one day may want to check out the Animal Doctors Camp, March 9–11. The program offers children the opportunity to explore what it takes to be a veterinarian. This career-discovery program for young animal enthusiasts focuses on the science of veterinary medicine. Students will learn to suture, read X-rays, study animal anatomy and physiology and more. The Wild Wonders Camp, March 16–18, explores how to save wildlife through compassion, preservation and conservation. Participants will be a part of the Society’s most hands-on camp, which encompasses the importance of wild and domestic animal sanctuaries and rehabilitators. Campers will see the dedication and time that is put into saving these precious lives by interacting and learning about wildlife in this collaborative camp. Join the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary and more, to learn to preserve, coexist and keep pets safe around our wild neighbors. Camps are open to ages nine to 12. Each three-day camp costs $220 and run 8am–4pm (no after-care is available.) Camps will be held at the Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion, 1521 West Dobbins Road in Phoenix. For additional information or to register, visit or call 602.997.7585, Ext. 2005.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Last December, CCUSD presented our new Strategic Plan for Excellence and Innovation 2020–2023 to the Governing Board. Over 600 stakeholders in our school community responded to the DR. DEBBI BURDICK following four Superintendent questions last school Cave Creek Unified School District year to provide insight into this new plan, implemented in January: • H ow will our learning environment be structured to meet the needs of our students? • What does the perfect school look like? • H ow will we prepare our graduates to be ready for college and 21st Century careers? • W hat do you feel are non-negotiables for student learning and success? Last spring and fall, 31 dedicated community members, parents, staff and students met for deep dialogue and consideration to develop the following five goals from the input submitted from the public, our school site councils and PTOs, and our staff and students: 1. E nsure a unique, innovative learning experience for all students that develops well-prepared graduates for college and careers. 2. C reate a student-focused environment that enhances and promotes learning. 3. I dentify and address our learning community’s physical, social and emotional needs to encourage each individual to reach their full potential. 4. B uild optimistic and resilient students for success in career and life. 5. E xplore and secure resources to support innovative learning for students and staff. This insightful committee worked to identify strategic outcomes to support each goal. From there, staff added activities and tasks to accomplish the work. To view the 2020–2023 Strategic Plan, visit our CCUSD website at www. – About CCUSD – Superintendent – Strategic Plan. We are extremely excited to start this effort as we venture forward to benefit our students as well as the staff that support them. We hope you will come visit us in our schools! Check out our website at To contact Dr. Burdick, call 480.575.2000. For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit

Registration for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus Pine-Council (GSACPC) 2020 summer camps is now open for its four camp locations: The Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain (Phoenix), Camp Maripai (Prescott), Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson) and Willow Springs (Prescott). Each camp has its own special offerings, along with the traditional camp activities, to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. Yet the purpose of Girl Scout camp remains the same — to provide girls a safe and supportive place to have fun, make new friends, and take risks while learning new skills and exploring the outdoors. “We live in a world of screens — smartphones, laptops, TVs and tablets. At Girl Scout summer camp, girls get to get away from it all, experience the outdoors in an all-girl, safe setting while they develop outdoor skills that are hard to gain anywhere else,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO for GSACPC. “Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent and canoeing across a lake. Plus, they’ll try new things, discover their passions and challenge themselves in new ways.” Studies show that when girls attend Girl Scout Camp, they discover that they can better solve problems and overcome challenges; develop leadership skills, build social bonds, and are happier overall; and become team players and care more about protecting our environment. GSACPC’s all-girl environment gives girls the space to continue to develop a positive selfimage, build courage, confidence and character by connecting with others and their natural environment. In addition, girls get to choose how they want to experience camp. At GSACPC girls get to choose between four different camps, lengths and durations plus choose which camp program and skill they want to learn.







March 6–8

Light Rail Plays

March 13

Rising Youth Theatre

Red Baraat

Musical Instrument Museum


March 13

The Peter & Will Anderson Trio The Nash

March 13 – April 5


Theatre Artists Studio; 602.765.0120

Photo: Joan Marcus; Kyle Ramar Freeman and Courtnee Carter, North American Tour

March 3–8

March 14

Once on This Island

ASU Gammage; 480.965.3434 March 6

The Allman Betts Band

Musical Instrument Museum; 480.478.6000 March 6–8

17th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival

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Margaret T. Hance Park; 602.343.0453

Photo: Gregg Edelman; 602.280.9221

March 7

March 6–22

La Cage aux Folles

Arizona Broadway Theatre at Herberger Theater Center; 623.776.8400 March 6–22

Footlight Frenzy

Fountain Hills Theater — Mainstage; 480.837.9661

18th Annual Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair and Chester’s Classic Car Show

March 15


Musical Instrument Museum

March 7

March 15

Persian New Year Festival

Melissa Aldana w/ The SCC Jazz Orchestra

Scottsdale Waterfront March 7

East Valley Jazz Cooperative The Nash; 602.795.0464


The Nash

March 7-8

56th Annual Phoenix Scottish Games

Steele Indian School Park; 602.431.0095

March 17

Amanda Shires

Musical Instrument Museum

March 8

March 18

Sunday A’Fair: Rising Sun Daughter/The Senators

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; 480.499.8587 March 8


37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire

Ariel Kasler Quintet

National Geographic Live: “From Summit to Sea” Mesa Arts Center; 480.644.6500


The Nash


March 18 – April 19

Something Rotten!

March 10

Dreamers’ Circus


Musical Instrument Museum

The Phoenix Theatre Company; 602.254.2151


March 28

Blues in the Round: Hans Olson, Mike Eldred and Eric Ramsey Musical Instrument Museum March 28

Rebecca De La Torre & Bohemian Insurgence The Nash March 29

March 20

Gladys Knight

Celebrity Theatre; 602.267.1600 March 20

Spanish Brass with Chano Domínguez Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


Sunday A’Fair: The Tumbleweeds/ The Haymarket Squares

Hot House Orchids

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

March 22

Sunday A’Fair: Lelea Fonua/ Hot House Orchids

March 28

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Bollywood Boulevard

Chandler Center for the Arts

March 22–23

The Manhattan Transfer

March 29

Musical Instrument Museum

Music with a Voice – A Concert of Reclamation

March 25

Squirrel Nut Zipper

Crescent Ballroom; 602.716.2222 March 25

Pink Martini

MusicaNova Orchestra Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


March 7-8 Litchfield Park

March 27–29

Wickenburg Art Show

Desert Foothills Theater; 480.488.1981

Mesa Arts Center March 20

Robert Earl Keen Crescent Ballroom March 21

43rd Annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

March 31


The Pressroom; 602.396.7136

March 27 – April 12

Sistas — The Musical

Black Theatre Troupe at Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center; 602.258.8129

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts March 21



Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Musical Instrument Museum

April 1

Dustbowl Revival

March 21

Brittany Howard

Musical Instrument Museum

March 21

The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Van Buren

Hot Dogs & Jazz: Jazz for Families The Nash

Stagecoach Village Art on the Plaza March 20-22 Cave Creek


Paris the Show!

March 13-15 Wickenburg Library

Steel Magnolias

March 27 – April 5

March 20

Immerse yourself in the Arts! Enjoy a weekend of entertainment, artist demonstrations, culinary delights, wine tastings, cultural performances and more!

Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival

Orpheum Theatre

Blackbird, Fly

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April 2–19

March 28

Zac Brown Band: The Owl Tour Ak-Chin Pavilion

Arizona Theatre Company; 602.256.6995

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Celebrate PHX Art Week in March Art Detour returns for its 32nd year March 19–23, at the very height of the 2020 events season. The annual spring event, presented by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was launched by artists in Downtown Phoenix in 1989 and has grown into a PHX Art Week celebration of art, creativity and culture. The event is supported by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and hundreds of artists and creatives, venues, and arts and culture community members. Through an inspired week of cultural experiences and engagements, patrons can start or expand their art collection, immerse themselves in the wide variety of work that cultural venues have to offer, and meet artists in their working spaces. The event schedule will include gallery exhibitions, arts and design workshops, pop-up discoveries, artist studio and cultural venue tours, parties and more: • March 19: 8th Annual Art d’Core Gala — opening night celebration at the new Park Central. The event is a fresh spin on a traditional gala featuring a multimedia art showcase while spotlighting the significant contribution of the arts in Phoenix and across the state.

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• March 20-22: The Detour — an invitation to discover the nation’s fifth largest city via guided studio tours, behind the scenes visits of cultural venues and special events. While the heart of the activity is in Downtown Phoenix— which includes the renowned Roosevelt Row, Historic

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Grand Avenue, Downtown Phoenix Core, and the Phoenix Warehouse District—it also extends to arts neighborhoods and destinations throughout the greater metropolitan Phoenix Area, including Uptown, Midtown and South Phoenix, Calle 16, Miracle Mile on McDowell, and the Garfield, Coronado and Roosevelt Historic Districts. • March 20-29: Modern Phoenix Week — presented by Modern Phoenix, spotlights Arizona’s Midcentury Modern architecture with a schedule of tours, workshops, talks and mixers. • March 23: The Creative City Symposium — developed in partnership with Phoenix Community Alliance and identifies actionable items in the Valley that create a culturally rich and economically diverse community. • March 21: On Central Fashion & Art — presented by The Garment League, showcasing Phoenix’s most talented fashion designers, artists and trendsetters. For a current schedule of all PHX Art Week events, visit or visit art-detour to learn more.


By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

Radha, a once-promising playwright, is facing the “Big 4-0” with little, in her mind, to show for it. Caught questioning her abilities as an artist and frustrated with being pigeon-holed as a black artist, she breaks away from it all to become a rapper. The 40-Year-Old Version is by far the funniest film we saw at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

48 Radha Blank in The 40-Year-Old Version; Photo: Jeong Park; Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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Witty without being too on-the-nose, director, writer and lead actress, Radha Blank neatly captured the real struggles of creative fatigue and fears of aging that’s all too relatable. For a debut feature film, Blank delivers an authentic story about facing ourselves as we are now. Watch out for this film on Netflix. Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on

Improvisation ★ Advanced Acting ★ Musical Theatre ★ Acting Technique ★ Play Pretend ★ (for students ages 3-4)

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Herberger Continues Mission of Showcasing Arizona Artists: In Celebration of Women


Session I: March 9–13 or Session II: March 16–20 Monday– Friday, 9am–3pm

Freddie Lieberman, “The Light” Mixed media on canvas

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H CONGRATULATIONS H FEBRUARY TICKET GIVEAWAY WINNERS A pair of tickets to see Tuena Marie at ASU Kerr Cultural Center: Cindy Harbeck of Scottsdale A family 4-pack of tickets to the 32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival: Nicole Tardi of Scottsdale


Shemer Hosts Artist Café Event Every wonder what a person’s actual experience is when they are standing before a work of art? This month, Shemer Art Center is offering the opportunity to get the “inside scoop” at its first Artist Café: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art with Dan Hill. Explore the fascinating results from the largest study ever done involving eye tracking and art, plus facial coding to learn precisely not only where people look but also how they feel about what they are seeing. This lecture draws on insights gathered across the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture and ready-made installations from the Renaissance to the latest in contemporary works. The Artist Café will be held Thursday, March 26, 5:30–7:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at artist-cafe. Shemer Art Center is located 5005 East Camelback Road, Phoenix. For information, call 602.262.4727.

Our January winner of tickets to the Valley Youth Theatre production of The Princess and the Pea, Tina Allen, sent us this photo at the show. Allen is pictured here, on the left, with Sheri Dixon.

he Herberger Theater Center (HTC) invites the public to the free opening reception for In Celebration of Women on First Friday, March 6, 5:30–7pm. Meet the artists, enjoy live music by Ruthie Wilde and no-host bar at this free opening reception. The exhibit celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. This exhibit is curated by Paula Cullison and features 30 Arizona female artists. The artwork is on display and available for purchase through April 26. After exhibition at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery, the exhibit will travel to the Arizona Capitol Museum, where it will be on display May 14 through Sept. 30. A portion of each sale at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery benefits the HTC’s Youth Outreach Programs. Sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, the Herberger Theater Art Gallery is a self-funded exhibition program that promotes contemporary art by Arizona artists. Located at 222 East Monroe in Downtown Phoenix, Gallery hours are weekdays, 10am–5pm, during performances and by appointment. Park for $6 at the Arizona Center (Fillmore/Fifth Street) weekdays, after 5pm. Purchase validation at the Herberger Theater Box Office before the reception. For additional information, visit

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Whether one is Irish or not, in March, Irish Soda Bread is always a treat. This month, locally owned and operated Mediterra Bakehouse offers its Irish Soda Bread for a limited time. This soda bread is made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, sea salt, golden raisins and caraway seed. This loaf will be available March 3–21 at the Uptown Farmers Market (www., Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market (www. and other stores throughout the Valley. Nick Ambeliotis founded Mediterra Bakehouse in 2002 in Pittsburg and expanded to Arizona in 2012. Mediterra Bakehouse models its baking off of old-world European style using less yeast, more time, cold water and heritage wheat. Today, the bakery grows three types of heritage wheat on a 35-acre farm, then mills this wheat to use the flour in its bread. Mediterra Bakehouse produces more than 20 flavors of bread plus seasonal options and is sold at stores throughout the Valley and served at resorts and restaurants. For additional information, visit In addition, Wildflower (formerly known as Wildflower Bread Company) celebrates the St. Patrick’s Day holiday March 17 with specialty Irish fare. Traditional Irish Soda Bead will be offered March 13–17 online as well as in store while supplies last, while the signature Rueben Sandwich will be offered all month long, piled high with

with Traditional Irish Fare & More

Wildflower Signature Reuben Sandwich

Wildflower Irish Soda Bread

corned beef brisket, caramelized onion sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on grilled marble rye bread. The Rueben Sandwich starts at $10.39 and includes mixed chips. Wildflower serves awardwinning food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features handcrafted artisan breads and a specialty bakery. There are 16 locally owned Wildflower locations throughout the state. For information, visit Less than traditional, but still celebratory, wine lovers are in luck on March 17 because the five wineries along the Scottsdale Wine Trail in Old Town, are hosting a fun and interactive Shamrocks & Shenanigans Wine

as they sip, snack and enjoy some shenanigans throughout the event. Check-in begins at 5pm at LDV Winery and includes a three-wine taste at each winery as well as a Scottsdale Wine Trail commemorative wine glass. Teams must be done with the “hunt” and checked back in at LDV Winery by 8pm. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest and most accurate teams. Cost is $30 per person and preregistration (at least one day before the event) is available at at html. LDV Winery Tasting Room is located at 7134 East Stetson Drive, Suite B110, Scottsdale. For information, call 480.664.4822.

Scavenger Hunt in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Beginning and ending at the LDV Winery Tasting Room, guests are invited to team up or work alone to receive clues, solve riddles, and collect “shamrocks” at each participating winery along the Trail

Salty Sow Introduces New Wood-Smoked Menu Items Just in time for spring training season, Salty Sow Kitchen & Bar introduces a new wood-fired menu with items created from their onsite smoker that carefully prepares the meat in a 14-hour, slow cooking process. Executive Chef Israel Medina said, “We are so excited to introduce these new house specialties that fully highlight our concept of slow cooking, farm to table eats. Our new smoker produces the incredible, true flavor of the meat perfectly paired with true Southern style cuisine and accompaniments.” New house specialties include Beef Brisket Sandwich served with barbeque sauce, kale slaw, onion, mayo and pickles with the restaurant’s signature duck fat fries ($16); Smoked Chicken Wings dry rubbed and served with pickled celery, carrots

Beef Brisket

and house made ranch ($11) and Shrimp Cocktail tossed in an atomic horseradish cocktail sauce ($12). Wood Fired specials include St. Louis Style Pork

Ribs ($20); Hanger Steak ($24), 14 oz. Ribeye ($29) Bone in Short Rib ($30) or Smoked Brisket ($20). All of the entrees are served with a jalapeño cheddar biscuit, soup or a wedge salad and a choice of sides such as creamed corn, whipped sweet potatoes, warm kale and bacon vinaigrette or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and gravy. Also new to the restaurant, is live music nightly, Thursday through Sunday, in addition to Seven for Seven Happy Martini Dinner Hour Sunday through Thursday from 8pm to close, offering 20 percent off all dinner entrees in addition to selection of seven different martinis for the price of $7 each. Salty Sow Kitchen & Bar is located at 4801 East Cactus Road, Phoenix. For additional information, call 602.795.9463 or visit the


Saving Lives, Saving Dignity


Dr. Alan Molk, MD, FACEP, has co-authored a book, Saving Lives, Saving Dignity, in which he describes and analyzes his personal and professional experiences with end-of-life scenarios. His painful yet enlightening journey with his late mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s dementia prompted him to put his grief to pen and paper, largely as a personal catharsis. In his more than 35 years as a board-certified emergency room physician, he has also come across countless examples of patients and their families dealing with terminal and life-limiting illnesses. It became obvious to him that so many of these unfortunate patients were subjected to aggressive but futile care in lieu of more dignified comfort care. He then partnered with his cousin and fellow emergency physician, Dr. Robert Shapiro of Southern California, who also dealt with similar personal losses including the loss of his wife, who lost her battle with a brain tumor at a young age. The book brings a unique perspective among emergency room physicians, who are trained to save lives at all costs. Dr. Molk and Dr. Shapiro believe this is a limiting philosophy. “By initiating a full-court press treatment plan to a patient who is clearly at end-of-life or near end-of-life, we deny the patients and their families a more comfortable death in a dignified setting such as hospice,” Dr. Molk notes. “This book addresses the importance of having the conversation about death or end-of-life, and not making it taboo.” To learn more about Dr. Molk, Dr. Shapiro and their mission, visit www.savingdignity. com or reach them by email at

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Arizona’s Secret Canyon

By Edie Jarolim

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Looking to escape civilization and its discontents? Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, a desert oasis tucked away between Tucson and Phoenix, might just be the place. The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcels out only 50 permits a day to enter the 19,410-acre preserve, thus minimizing encounters with other humans while maximizing opportunities to ogle wildlife. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcats, javelina and more than 200 types of birds are among the species drawn to the year-round stream that threads its way through the dramatic 11-milelong gorge in the Galiuro Mountains. Prickly pear cacti poke out from impossible perches in sandstone cliffs that soar as high as 1,000 feet, while sycamores, willows and cottonwoods hold sway below. This is the natural universe unplugged, with no formal trails or campsites — just a streambed to follow during the day and whatever canopy of



trees you choose to rest under at night. But maybe you’re not soothed by mysterious animal cries after dark and prefer to sleep on a mattress that doesn’t require inflating. Good news. In a pristine spread near the preserve’s western entrance, Aravaipa Farms Orchard & Inn offers abundant creature comforts while eliminating creature worries. Both canyon and inn have rich histories. Early native peoples, including the Hohokam, Mogollon, Salado and Sobaipuri, lived along the lush banks of the spring-fed stream. The Western Apaches who followed gave the region its name: Aravaipa means “land of the laughing waters.” Settlers in the early 20th century had a heavier footprint: farmers diverted the creek, miners dynamited fishing holes and ranchers hunted cattle-eating species. Concern over these depredations led Congress to protect the vast Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in 1984. In

Photos: Foskett Creative

Remote, Lush & Diverse, Steal Away to Aravaipa Canyon

addition, the Nature Conservancy took guardianship of 9,000 acres adjacent to the BLM land. Author Edward Abbey finished “The Monkey Wrench Gang” while serving as the first manager of

the Conservancy’s preserve. Among the reasons he was sacked: skinny-dipping in Aravaipa Creek. See Arizona’s Secret Canyon, page 53

Those who are picking up a pie at the Rock Springs Café or getting fresh produce at the Rock Springs Farmer’s Market, may want to also walk over to the south side of the Gas Depot and check out the new Rock Springs T-Shirts store at 35942 South Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City. There are a few pre-made souvenir T-shirts, but most shirts are blank and ready for customer’s imagination. Use the company’s graphics or a personal design on a T-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or bandana. “We create memories, not just T-Shirts,” said Debbie Cooper, owner. “Have a picture on your phone you really like? Want to show off your Grandchildren? Did a child draw you a cool picture? Do you have an old photo? Put it on a T-shirt!” Adding, “Mention this article and receive a 10 percent discount on your entire order!” Items can be made while customers wait or order ahead of time. Send a picture with the quantity, size, color and size(s) to or call 623.374.9051. Store hours are Monday through Thursday, 10am–8pm, and Friday through Sunday, 8am–8pm.


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Arizona’s Secret Canyon, continued from page 52

Edie Jarolim is a Tucson-based freelance writer who believes in balancing nature and nurture: Great hiking followed by great food.

Although the mines were shuttered, a scattering of the canyon’s farms and ranches remained — including a spread with an abandoned fruit orchard bought by culinary pioneer Carol Steele. In the 1970s, Steele became known in Scottsdale and Phoenix for such ventures as a French bakery/cooking school that numbered as-yet-unknown chefs Jacques Pepin, Diana Kennedy and Jeremiah Towner among its instructors. Steele’s foodie devotees flocked to the rustic-chic B&B she created at the orchard in 1995, despite — or perhaps because of — its off-the-beaten-path location. After Steele retired, new owners updated the inn while maintaining its founder’s spirit. You can feel Steele’s presence everywhere: in the colorful mosaic tiles of the walk-in showers and patios of the guest casitas; in the assortment of handmade bird feeders and metal sculptures that dot the grounds; and, especially, in the converted barn where guests gather for dinner. Steele’s farm-to-table ethos is alive and well — and carefully planned additions are ensuring a lasting legacy. Last spring, 350 new trees took root alongside their mature cousins. Varieties include peach, plum, apricot, cherry, pomegranate, fig, apple and more. In addition, a large new garden produces heirloom tomatoes, yellow watermelon, never know what garden-ripened bounty might turn up on your plate at dinnertime. Vases of fresh-cut zinnias, sunflowers, gomphrena and other grown-on-site blooms also appear on the wood plank dinner table, another of the many details that make a stay here special. No question: A little civilization in the wilderness can add a lot of contentment.




Southwest Rising: Tucson Museum Examines a Pivotal Time in American Art

Tom Palmore, Texas Jack,” 1988 acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96”; Private Collection New Mexico, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo credit: James Hart Photography, Santa Fe, NM

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Elaine Horwitch at Elaine Horwitch Gallery, 1973; Photo courtesy of TMA

Anne Coe, Getting Supplies,” acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45 in. Private Collection; Courtesy of the Artist



Douglas Kent Hall, Mesquite Texas,” 1973 silver gelatin print, 26 x 32 in. © Douglas Kent Hall Estate

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) celebrates one of the most powerful and influential art dealers in Arizona and New Mexico art history in Southwest Rising: Contemporary Art and the Legacy of Elaine Horwitch. The exhibition kicked off Feb. 29 and runs through June 21. Art dealer Elaine Horwitch was a major force in contemporary art in the Southwest from the early 1970s until her death in 1991, responsible for launching the careers of hundreds of artists from the region and the nation. She championed contemporary Native American and Latino art as well as mainstreaming folk art, outsider art and craft into the fine art realm. With galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Sedona and Palm Springs, she was a leader in fostering what has been called “new Western art” or “Southwest pop.” The exhibition highlights the works of some of the Elaine Horwitch Galleries’ most popular artists. Drawn from the Tucson Museum of Art collection and national loans, these paintings, sculptures and works on paper reveal the breadth of art and innovation that occurred in the Elaine Horwitch with Robert Redford; Photo courtesy of TMA Southwest at a pivotal time of change. According to Dr. Julie Sasse, “Elaine Horwitch’s influence and impact on the development of contemporary art in the Southwest was remarkable. These artworks express a boldness of creativity previously unmatched in the Southwest.” Dr. Sasse, who has been a curator at TMA for nearly two decades, worked for Elaine Horwitch Galleries from 1980 until 1995. “She was one of the most interesting and dynamic women I have ever known, and I’m honored to document her legacy,” Sasse said. “Many of the works in this exhibition are like old friends, as are the artists themselves.” See Southwest Rising, page 55

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Auxiliary galleries will present other prominent Arizona and New Mexico artists who played an active role in the rise of contemporary art in the region. Featured artists include Philip C. Curtis, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Emmi Whitehorse, Harmony Hammond, Richard Hogan and Paul Pletka. Southwest Rising: Contemporary Art and the Legacy of Elaine Horwitch is accompanied by a book of the same name written by Dr. Julie Sasse and co-published by Cattle Track Arts & Preservation and Tucson Museum of Art. The book is available through the Museum Store and the TMA website. The exhibition is supported by a robust series of public programs, details of which can be found on the TMA website. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit www. or call 520.624.2333.


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