Local First

Connecting Arizonans To Local Businesses

New studies show that when Arizonans support local and independently owned businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy to support local job creation, strong schools and local services and vibrant and diverse communities. In addition, a thriving local business scene contributes to a community’s strong sense of place, says Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. She points to a recent Knight Foundation study, which shows “connection to place” as the single-most leading … [Read More...]

Magic Bird Festival

Explore Fine Art Of The Southwest

Magic Bird Festivals commences its winter entertainment season with the 4th Annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival Friday, November 27, through Sunday, November 29, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. Renowned for its contemporary, Southwest-inspired art and handcrafted designs, the entire show is woven throughout the tranquil beauty of Carefree’s desert botanical gardens. Escape the post-Thanksgiving shopping milieu for this entirely free, family-friendly event that runs daily, … [Read More...]


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It’s Time To Go “Wild” In Cave Creek

One of the biggest and best western celebrations of the year is about to hit the Town of Cave Creek. Wild West Days Cave Creek, will celebrate its 12th year November 6-8 by welcoming more than 10,000 people to the heart of one of America’s most authentic western towns. With events throughout the historic Town […]

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Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour & Sale

Forty-four working artists, along with their guest artists, will open their home studios for the Sonoran Arts League’s 19th Annual Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour & Sale November 20–22 and November 27–29. Between the hours of 10am and 5pm, attendees can visit open studios and purchase original artwork in this free self-guided tour […]


Buy Fresh – Buy Local

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Many seasonal farmers markets are now open and year-round markets are bringing the best that fall has to offer. Residents can get their fix of fresh fruits and veggies, naturally raised meats and cheeses, specialty breads and baked goods as well as crafts and other products created by local artisans. […]


Meet The Artist Behind Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, featuring pumpkin sculptures from world-renowned artist Ray Villafane, will inhabit Carefree Desert Gardens October 16-31, 8am-9pm. Admission is free. There will be opportunities to see Villafane, up-close, as he carves whimsical characters and answers questions of how he creates such masterpieces. Dates and times include: Friday, October 16, 10am-6pm (Grand Opening […]


Craft Brewery Offers “Beer With Benefits”

Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Brewery debuted a line of organic craft beers with super food ingredients, and now beer lovers can “fortify” their diets with acai berry, turmeric, flax seed oil, cinnamon oil, hawthorn berry, grapefruit fiber and other nutrients. Altadena, California-based Dr. Jekyll’s teamed with biotechnology firm Virun for a patented process for brewing super […]


Indie Film Fest At The Library

The Desert Foothills Library continues its Summer Indie Film Festival 2015 this month through August 28. Residents can enjoy exceptional films every Friday (free popcorn and soda too). Films shown in August include: August 7:  Frank – 95 min. (R)  – A quirky musician spends all of his time encased in a large paper mache […]

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