Sixth Annual ‘It’s Art for Land’s Sake’ Seeks Entries — Deadline is Feb. 7

The 20129 first place winner, “Desert Jewels” by Peggy Orbon

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 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.

Artists of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to submit their work. There is an entry fee of $25 per piece and all works of art must be 2D and representational of a Desert Foothills Land Trust preserve. The entry deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020 at 4pm. Entry forms and a complete copy of the rules and guidelines can be found on the Land Trust website at www.dflt.org. Entrants may also call 480.488.6131 or email info@dflt.org for more information.

All proceeds will be for the benefit of Desert Foothills Land Trust and/or Desert Foothills Library.

Christmas in Carefree Ushers in Holiday Season

The Carefree Desert Gardens illuminated for visitors to the Christmas in Carefree celebrations. Photo: Herbert Hitchon

Christmas in Carefree returns to the Carefree Desert Gardens, with holiday-themed events and special celebrations designed to welcome the spirit of the season.

This year’s official Holiday Tree Lighting will take place Friday, Dec. 6, at 5pm in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion and at the iconic Carefree Sundial. The giant 25-foot Christmas tree and the Gardens will be illuminated for the first time during the holiday season with thousands of twinkling lights sparkling throughout the desert landscape. The ceremony will include a performance by various Cave Creek Unified School District student choirs, and Santa himself will handle the tree lighting duties. Following the tree lighting, a special screening of the popular holiday film Elf will be held in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Free hot chocolate and holiday treats will be available, along with snacks for purchase, and a holiday gift will be distributed to each child/family in attendance.

Santa makes another appearance in town Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9am to 11am, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Held in conjunction with Rural Metro Fire’s Holiday Toy Drive, attendees may bring a new toy, canned good or suggested donation of $5 per person for admission, with proceeds benefiting Foothills Food Bank. Enjoy free photos with Santa and a performance of Sing! Sleigh Bells Ring!, a holiday celebration in song featuring talented area youth.

The Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion will resonate with an evening of classic Christmas tunes, harmonies and holly-jolly jazz favorites when area favorites Vicki McDermitt and Chirp, featuring Jerry Donato, take the stage Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6pm. Presented in partnership with Spirit in the Desert and Music Serving the Word Ministries, the evening’s entertainment will be preceded with a performance of holiday favorites from the Cactus Shadows High School Jazz Band, directed by Kevin Brady. Music Serving the Word will be accepting non-perishable food donations, benefiting Foothills Food Bank. This concert is open to the public, and free to attend.

Rounding out the weekend, Pinnacle Creative Arts presents Hope for the Holidays — A WWII Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30pm in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Step back in time to Christmas Eve 1944 and experience a serviceman’s holiday celebration. Tickets are $15, and available online at www.pinnaclecreativearts.com as well as at the door.

Congregants from Temple Chai, as well as members of the Jewish Social Group of Cave Creek and Carefree, will host the annual Chanukah in Carefree Menorah Lighting every evening at 5:30pm, beginning Sunday, Dec. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 29, in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Local groups and families will be invited to light the menorah each evening, with a special ceremony Sunday, Dec. 22, that will include the Temple Chai cantor and choir. Each evening’s service is open to attendees of all denominations and faiths.

For more information about these events, visit www.christmasincarefree.com or call 480.488.3686.

Discover Talented Artists During Hidden in the Hills

Arizona largest and longest-running artist studio tour, the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, returns for a 23rd consecutive year during the last two weekends of November (Nov. 22–24 and Nov. 29 – Dec.1). A signature event of the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, the free, self-guided tour takes place from 10am to 5pm at 47 private studios throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Carefree, Cave Creek and North Scottsdale.

Phoenix gourd artist Jan Downey and Gold Canyon mixed media/paper artist Karen O’Hanlon are two of 199 artists participating in the popular tour. While their art is very different, both are inspired by remote cultures and countries they have visited.

The first gourd Downey fell in love with was in Ethiopia. At the time, she was working as a cultural anthropologist with the National Museum of Ethiopia, helping them with their ethnographic collection.

“It was a gourd used by women in the very hot, remote desert to carry butter, and I was struck by how even a utilitarian object was designed and embellished,” Downey said.

A Chicago native who moved to Arizona from the Midwest, she was always fascinated by the multitude of ways humans have expressed their creativity.

“Humans have used gourds from prehistoric times as containers, dippers, bowls, spoons, tools and even musical instruments. Their many versatile shapes and sizes lend themselves to utilitarian service, but also makes them a great medium for artists,” she said.

After she retired, she devoted her time to creating unique gourd sculptures. She uses a variety of processes in her design work including pyrography, carving, painting with acrylics and ink dyes, and embellishing with natural materials.

Downey, who will exhibit her work at Judith Freeze’s Studio #46 in Cave Creek, has been working on a new series called, “The Village it Takes,” a play on the phrase, “It takes a village.”

O’Hanlon is the designer of Japanese paper miniature kimonos created in the same detailed fashion as full-sized traditional robes. Each is unique because the kimonos have the appearance of fabric, but they are actually paper. The high-quality papers are made by master craft artisans in Japan using traditional as well as modern tools and techniques.

As a regular visitor to Japan during her career as an international flight attendant, she became fascinated with Japanese paper art.

“I was fortunate to meet and study traditional Japanese paper arts under a master sensei, Yuriko Kodama,” O’Hanlon said.

It took O’Hanlon five years to master the art of the paper kimono. The exquisite and unique kimonos are constructed using kozo (mulberry paper) featuring popular designs from the Edo period (1600–1868).

“I use two types of kozo. One is chiyogami, which is decorated with brightly colored, woodblock-printed patterns. The other is yuzen, which includes patterns based on traditional silkscreen designs derived from the silks of the Japanese kimono,” she said.

During Hidden in the Hills, O’Hanlon will exhibit her work at Beth Zink’s Studio #27 in Cave Creek.

For complete details about the 2019 Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, call 480.575.6624 or visit www.hiddeninthehills.org.

 

DAC Presents ‘Raptors in Your Backyard — Up Close’

Area residents have probably seen hawks circling overhead and heard the owls hooting in the evening and early morning, but they may not have a grasp of the true superpowers these birds exhibit.  At the next Desert Awareness Committee (DAC) seminar, guests will not only see them up close, but will be more aware of the struggles they face and how, as a local resident, to help.

Wild at Heart is a raptor conservation organization located in Cave Creek that rescues, rehabilitates and releases wild raptors. Join Jack Holloway Monday, Dec. 2, at the Holland Community Center, 34250 North 60th Street in Scottsdale, for this free seminar sponsored by the Desert Awareness Committee of the Foothills Community Foundation.  The seminar will be held 6:30-8pm. Registration is not necessary; a $5 donation is suggested for each seminar.

For additional information, visit www.azfcf.org/about-desert-awareness.


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Foothills Food Bank Seeks Adopt-A-Family Sponsors for Families

CAVE CREEK — Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center seeks donors to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the northern Arizona foothills community as part of the food bank’s 17th annual Adopt-a-Family program. Foothills Food Bank is working with hundreds of individuals donors as well as more than a dozen local organizations and churches to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank, all families must be signed up by Dec. 6. Individual donors as well as donor groups such as businesses, HOAs, churches and schools are encouraged to participate in this year’s Adopt-a-Family program. Interested donors determine the size of the family they are willing to adopt then a family wish list is provided as a shopping guide. Monetary donations also are accepted to support the program. All gifts must be wrapped and delivered to Holland Community Center by Dec. 12. Checks are payable to Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws. In 2018, the program served 393 families for a total of 1,226 individuals, with an additional 300 people added annually.

For information about the 2019 Adopt-a-Family program or to become a donor, visit foothillsfoodbank.com. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek.

Nativities of the World Display Planned for November at Desert Foothills Library

CAVE CREEK — Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center will sponsor the eighth annual Nativities of the World fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 11am to 3pm. The nativity scenes, which will be displayed at Desert Foothills Library, will be on loan from local community residents.

More than 350 nativity scenes will be on display at the library, which is located at 38443 North School House Road in Cave Creek. The nativities, created by artists from around the world, will be on loan from local artists, collectors and families. The nativities are made from a vast array of materials — from fine porcelain to craft sticks, rocks, gourds and even banana skins. Some are so large they require their own table while others can fit in the palm of a hand. Admission is free, however the donation of non-perishable food or cash for the food bank will help those less fortunate.

“We hope our neighbors will continue to expand this tradition and benefit the Foothills Food Bank, which serves an ever-increasing population in need,” says Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank. “Please help us by loaning us your nativity set or sets. We welcome any and all nativities that you wish to share with our community.”

For more information or to display a nativity, contact Karen Pritchard at 480.488.0423 or kpnativities.foodbank.az@aol.com. For information about the library, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

Living Water Lutheran Church Hosts Community Pet Festival

A free, family-friendly community event featuring furry friends and more will be held Sunday, Nov. 17. All people and pets are invited to attend this annual festival. Highlights include Blessing of the Animals, native wildlife rescued by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Elvis the Camel, Zuni the Mustang, cart rides for children by Nickel the Miniature Horse, music and refreshments.

Residents are invited to join the fun Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-4 pm, at Living Water Lutheran Church, 9201 East Happy Valley Road in Scottsdale. All pets must be leashed or otherwise secured.

For additional event information, visit www.lwlcaz.org, or call 480.473.8400.


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Cave Creek Archaeology Society Chapter Announces November Speaker

Mark Hackbarth M.A., RPA, will present “Recent Archaeological Investigations in the Foothills” at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Desert Foothills Chapter of the Arizona Archaeology Society.

Three recent excavation projects near Cave Creek have identified small Classic, Sedentary, and earlier sites spanning a timeframe from AD 1–1250. All three project areas were used to process plant resources but only one included temporary shelters. The different artifact and feature assemblages provide information about prehistoric adaptations to seemingly barren landscapes.

Hackbarth received a M.A., Anthropology, University of Arkansas in 1980 and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1976. He has 35 years of supervisory experience in Southwestern archaeology and 45 years of archaeological experience overall. His field experience spans excavations at Middle and Late Archaic sites, Early Formative camps (especially Red Mountain phase), and Hohokam villages as well as historic mines, farms, roads, and canals. He served six years as a commissioner on the City of Peoria’s Historic Preservation Commission and another six years on the City of Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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, Cave Creek.

For additional information, visit www.azarchsoc.wildapricot.org/desertfoothills.

Jubilate Conservatory of Music Presents Composers in Concert

Jubilate Conservatory of Music will hold its annual Composers Concert event Nov. 9 at 1pm in Carefree. Composers both novice to professional will share their music at this 11th annual event.

The Sicong Chen string quartet will start the concert off with compositions written for string quartet by students from Jubilate Conservatory of Music, a college of classic study in music for infants through teens providing instruction in music theory, voice, violin, viola, cello, harp, piano, pipe organ, flute, clarinet and saxophone. A “Meet-and-Greet the Composers” reception will follow the event, which will be held at Dorothy’s Hall at Christ Anglican Church, 35500 North Cave Creek Road in Carefree, a half mile north of Carefree Highway on Cave Creek Road.

Admission to the concert event is free, however donations will be accepted at the door. For additional information, visit www.jubilateconservatoryofmusic.org.

Youth & Teens Invited to Explore Desert Foothills Library This Month

The Desert Foothills Library offers a host of programming this month for area children and teens (and adults, too). From craft projects to science exploration, area residents are invited to join in the free programs offered at the library. All events are free, and no registration is needed, except where noted. Here are just a few of the events taking place in November.

Nov. 6: Dancing On Your Toes with Miss Megan
10–10:30am
Join Miss Megan from Adaptive Force Performing Arts (AFPA), for a half hour of dancing, making music with rhythm sticks and playing with magical ribbons. AFPA is a North Valley’s dance studio, created with a family-first environment in mind. AFPA welcomes all skill levels from ages two and a half and up. Classes are taught by friendly and knowledgeable faculty, who work tirelessly to provide dance education in a safe, positive and fun atmosphere. Ages 2–6. Call or visit the library online to register.

Nov. 9: Saturday Family Storytime & Craft
9:15–10am
Bring the whole family to celebrate the autumn season with stories, songs and a fun craft at this special family storytime.

Nov. 13: Teen Game Day
4:30–5:30pm
Gear up for some friendly competition at the library with Mario Kart for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 games like Madden, Call of Duty and Overcooked, just to name a few. Classic board games like Scrabble, Life and Clue will also be on hand. Pizza and snacks will be offered.

Nov. 14: Bubble-ology with Arizona Science Center
10–11am
Explore the scientific thinking process using bubbles. Observe attributes and actions of bubbles, test unique bubble wands and create gigantic bubbles large enough to fit a child inside. Call or visit the library online to register — registration will be limited to 25 children.

Nov. 19: Full STEAM Ahead! Armpit Fudge
4–5pm
Using their armpit, attendees will use force to mix up ingredients, and create a batch of tasty science. Ages 8 and up. Call or visit the library online to register — registration is limited to 12 children.

Nov. 22: Get Cooking: Teen Bake & Chat
4:30–6pm
Join library staff in their new kitchen and will test out a couple different recipes, and chat about upcoming teen events. For teens ages 11–18.

Nov. 26: Fall Storytime & Craft
10–11am
Join library staff to make Thanksgiving themed art. This event will feature stories, crafts, and treats. Call or visit the library online to register.

The library will be closed Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day, and Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Desert Foothills Library is located at 38443 North Schoolhouse Road in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.2286 or visit www.desertfoothillslibrary.org.

 

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