CST Community Spotlight: Etania Gems & Jewelry Boutique

Etania Gems & Jewelry was established in 2006 by Lisa Baker. Baker is an avid jewelry lover, creator and collector. She worked in the retail jewelry business for a number of years, where she was certified as a diamontologist and gemologist through the Diamond Council of America.

Baker decided to broaden her love of jewelry by creating unique, upscale pieces to offer her customers, and opened a small store in 2013 and expanded Etania Jewelry & Boutique at the current location in 2015.

“In addition to the unique gemstone jewelry we also carry other items that cater to the upscale woman, including unique women’s clothing, artisan created handbags and unique gift items,” said Baker. “In 2019 our store was voted ‘Best Shopping Experience’ from the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. In 2020, we were honored to be chosen the ‘Best Jewelry Store’ in the Best of the North Valley Magazine!”

Etania Gems & Jewelry specializes in fine sterling silver designer gemstone jewelry. Baker said that each piece is created from the highest quality natural stones and precious metals. “Because each gemstone is a unique gift from nature, no two pieces are exactly alike.”

In addition to her own work, she also admires and treasures pieces from other quality artists and as such has hand-selected unique treasures to offer her customers.

Baker added, “We feature Arizona artists as much as possible, but also have the work of some talented artists from Colorado, California, Nevada and Texas.”

As with many businesses, Baker said that she has been impacted by the new coronavirus.

“Not only did we miss out on our two biggest months of the year due to being closed due to COVID-19, we were also impacted by the fire at the Black Mountain Feed store. They are our next-door neighbors and our store sustained major smoke damage from the fire. As such, all of our clothing items are being sold at 70 percent off, until gone. It’s a great time to come in and get a fabulous bargain on some amazing women’s clothing.”

Etania Gems & Jewelry is located at 6140 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 5, in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 602.429.0505 or visit etaniagems.com.

Foothills Food Bank to Benefit from Tatum Ranch Art Show

A volunteer packages food at Foothills Food Bank; submitted photo

The Tatum Ranch Art Show will donate raffle proceeds and food donations from its event to Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The show will be held on Oct. 8, from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and Oct. 9, from 3pm to 5pm, at 29888 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek.

The hosts, Tatum Ranch Golf Club and Tatum Ranch Artists, are offering a special lunch menu Oct. 8 and a special happy hour Oct. 9. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to support the food bank and the communities it serves.

For more information, call Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center at 480.488.1145 or visit foothillsfoodbank.com. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Dr. in Cave Creek and 34501 Old Black Canyon Hwy. in Black Canyon City.

New Executive Director Announced for Desert Foothills Library

In early August, the Desert Foothills Library board of directors announced the appointment of a new executive director, Anne Johnson. She will take on this new role Sept. 21. Following a handover period, the current director, David Court, will retire after 10 years in the role. The appointment follows an extensive search, led by a committee appointed by the board of directors.

Johnson has extensive library experience — her most recent position was deputy director, Public Services at Austin Public Library. Prior to that she was executive director at West Pittston Public Library, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit library, the same status as Desert Foothills Library.

As executive director of the Desert Foothills Library, Johnson will be responsible for all aspects of managing the library, including re-opening of the facility following the COVID–19 closure.

Robert Hindle, president of the Library board of directors said, “David Court has done an excellent job leading the Desert Foothills Library for the past decade. Anne Johnson is a perfect choice to continue that work.”

Johnson noted, “I am so excited for the opportunity to work with the board, staff and volunteers to serve the Desert Foothills Community. I look forward to continuing David’s legacy of focusing on the most important element of library work: the people.”

The Desert Foothills Library is independently funded and serves the entire Desert Foothills community.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit dfla.org or call 480.488.2286.

Young Artists Invited to Imagine ‘Those Who Serve’ Through Art

Arizona students, in grades K–12, are invited to enter Sonoran Arts League’s first “Honoring Those Who Serve” art contest, with electronic art submissions due Sept. 20.

Top winners in each grade of the juried online competition, with judges from the nonprofit Sonoran Arts League, will receive cash prizes or free workshops and have their art on community “art cards” that will be sold by the League to benefit its outreach programs, art education and “Art In Public Places.” Winners will be announced in November, and the artwork will be exhibited in the League’s Center for the Arts at Stagecoach Plaza during Hidden in the Hills Nov. 20–22 and 27–29. Up to 26 awards will be given.

“Your canvas is blank and waiting for you to free your imagination with an array of color and style,” said Youth Art chair Robin Ray. “Create artwork expressing your thanks and appreciation to someone who has made a difference in your life and help honor those who serve in our communities and country.”

Those who serve can include a doctor, nurse or other healthcare worker; military veteran; firefighter, police officer or civil servant; educator or art teacher; sports coach or athletics mentor; or parent, grandparent or caregiver.

“The challenge is on to use creativity and imagination to put your thoughts into art,” added League board member Sarah Byrne. “The League promotes creativity through art as an effective method for artists of all ages to express their dreams and ideas for a successful life and a better community.”

All Arizona public, private, charter and home-schooled students may enter one piece of original artwork in any medium. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged.

Photograph the artwork and save a high-resolution image. Register the entry and submit the photo online at sonoranartsleague.org by clicking on the Art Education tab and Art Contest. Do not send original artwork. For more information, call 480.575.6624.

Get Deliciously Creative With The Eddy & Hibachibot

The Schenck family

Eating good food and enjoying unique art is what the Schenck family likes to do for fun, and they have brought that sense of creative fun to their business.

Eddie and Virginia Schenck’s new business, The Eddy, is a “real fun place where you can find a collection of functional art, unique handmade gifts from local artists, and food trucks.”

“Our food truck, Hibachibot, is already parked there and is currently open for business. We did this before the Eddy is ready in order to take the time to meet our neighbors and get to know the local residents,” the Schneck’s added. “So far, we have really enjoyed making new friends.”

Hibachibot serves Korean BBQ fusion, and in addition to bringing their cuisine to residents, on Saturday nights (once it cools off) they will be bringing other trucks into the parking lot with an assortment of delicious concepts to choose from. (Deserts too!)

“For the last five plus years we have gotten to know quite a few food truck owners and let me tell you…some of these guys will blow you away.”

The team said that since art has played a big part of their lives, they are excited to show their work, and have invited talented friends and fellow artists to show theirs as well.

“For years, we have dreamt of having a place within our community where we can share and promote creativity. So, bring your creative side, bring the family (the kids can play in our mini game and arcade zone), and become a foodie for the night.”

Look for The Eddy at 6006 E. Cave Creek Road (the corner of Spur Cross and Cave Creek Roads). For information about Hibachibot, text 602.214.6989 or visit hibachibot.com.

Puppy Luv Pet of the Month: Meet Julie!

Julie is a 3-year-old Cattle Dog mix who was been with the Puppy Luv rescue for a long time. The rescue says that she does prefer women and shouldn’t be in a home with kids. She likes other dogs also but would do well with meeting them prior to going home. She is available to be fostered or to be adopted.

Those interested in meeting Julie can call Puppy Luv Animal Rescue at 480.525.1007. To learn more about Puppy Luv Animal Rescue, visit puppyluvar.com follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Announces Scholarship Winner

Pictured, L–R: 2020 scholarship winner Alison Tobin and Chamber president and CEO, Patty Villeneuve. Submitted photo

The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce announced that the winner of the 2020 $3,000 scholarship is Alison Tobin.

Tobin was selected from a group of 17 applicants. She has an unweighted GPA of 3.8, Weighted 4.57. She will be attending Arizona State University. Her areas of study will be law and philosophy.

Cave Creek Unified School District graduating seniors who are interning with a Chamber member business or who have volunteered significant hours to the community are eligible to apply for the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

The scholarship program is in its 11th year with more than $25,000 being awarded.

Learn more about the Chamber by calling 480.488.3381 or visiting carefreecavecreek.org.

Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Event Kicks Off Online Sept. 1

The Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to benefit the Foothills Food Bank began at el Pedregal in 2000. The project then migrated to its new home in Cave Creek. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. While the goal of the local event remains the same, this year’s event will operate differently.

The Foothills Empty Bowls Project will be held completely online this fall. The art auction portion of the event has been online for several years, but this is the first time in 21 years that the boAnnual Foothills Empty Bowls Event Kicks Off Online Sept. 1wls also will be offered online.

Both the art auction and bowl sale will be held on the Foothills Food Bank’s website, which is sponsored by Tech4Life Computers & Websites. Individuals can bid on the art and purchase bowls donated by members and friends of the Sonoran Arts League, a key sponsor of the Empty Bowls Project.

“We are excited to offer the art auction and bowl sale online so people can support this worthy cause and spend the time they need to bid on their favorite works of art and purchase as many bowls as they like (sight unseen of course),” said Carole Perry, founder of the event. “The online event begins Sept. 1, and concludes on World Hunger Day, Friday, Oct. 16, at 1pm.”

“Bidders and buyers can participate 24 hours a day if they wish,” added Perry.

Each bowl comes with a gift certificate, redeemable between Oct. 19–23, 2020, for a spaghetti meal at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, also a key sponsor. Bowl purchasers should note that they will be able to choose from a large selection of bowls when they pick up their bowl(s) at either Foothills Food Bank or Laughing Glass Studio between Oct. 12–16, from noon–4pm.

Winning bids for the art auction will be announced after 1pm Oct. 16, on the website, and directions for pick-up of the art will be announced on social media and at the food bank’s website as well.

Cave Creek Unified Launches Search for New Superintendent — Community Input Sought

Earlier this month, Cave Creek Unified School District shared that, in conjunction with its search for a new superintendent, it is collecting the thoughts of community stakeholders:

“The Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board is in the process of searching for a new District Superintendent.  To assist in this process, the Board has secured the assistance of the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA).  One aspect of the search is to collect the thoughts of community stakeholders related to the position of superintendent.  To assist in accomplishing this, ASBA has established an E-survey that can be accessed through the District’s web-page or the link below beginning August 19, 2020.

“The survey will remain open until September 14, 2020, at noon.  The Board is hoping to collect a large number of responses from community members, staff members, and students. Please take time to access this important survey and respond with your thoughts.  The information gathered will be presented to the Governing Board on September 21, 2020. Information gathered and presented will not identify individuals who respond to the survey.”

Community stakeholders may submit their input here: surveymonkey.com/r/Cave_Creek_USD_Comm_ESurvey

Lend a Helping Hand — Organize a Food Drive

Tom Kilwein, driver coordinator for Foothills Food Bank

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center continually needs non-perishable foods, water, personal items and monetary donations — especially during the summer months of May through September, when shelves begin to empty. One way that businesses, organizations and individuals can help neighbors in need is by hosting a food drive.

Tom Kilwein, driver coordinator for Foothills Food Bank, works with people interested in holding food drives because they help Foothills Food Bank as the need continues to grow. In 2019, Foothills Food Bank:

  • Served 6,949 families in need
  • Provided 4,315 Snack Packs (luncheons and weekend meals) given to kids each month
  • Distributed 1,141,922 pounds of food each month
  • Gave $85,836 to those who needed financial assistance for utility bills, gasoline, clothing, pharmacy needs, etc.
  • Volunteers donated more than 40,363 hours
  • The food bank’s 17th annual Adopt-A-Family program served 533 families and 1,502 total individuals signed up for the program, a 22 percent increase from 2018. In addition, 221 client families and 576 individuals participated from the Black Canyon City and New River service areas, and 312 families and 926 people participated from the Cave Creek service area.

“The need is greater that you can imagine,” says Kilwein. “For many residents, our Black Canyon City location is their grocery store.”

As children get out of school, visitors leave and summer vacation season starts, the food bank desperately needs non-perishable food items, toiletries, cash donations and more to serve the more than 5500 families in the communities it serves.

How does one hold a food drive?

  • Call Foothills Food Bank at 480.488.1145 and ask for Tom Kilwein or connect with your church for guidance in organizing the drive.
  • Organize your volunteers! Neighbors, friends, employees, scouts, whoever they may be.
  • Select the date and time.
  • Gather non-perishable items. Top needs include canned vegetables, peanut butter, soups, canned fruit, unused toiletries, pet food, diapers, baby food, water, boxed meals, crackers, condiments, pasta sauce, dried beans, rice and canned tuna. Cash donations also are welcome.
  • Promote the food drive with fliers, on social media, in the news, etc.
  • Call the food bank for pick-up or to organize food delivery plans.

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek, and 34501 Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City. For more information, call 480.488.1145 or visit foothillsfoodbank.com.

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