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 Entrants may also call 480.488.6131 or email for more information.

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

Foothills Food Bank in Need of Food, Monetary Donations

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center has too many empty shelves and is in need of non-perishable food donations and foods for the upcoming holidays.

Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank, says that even more families and working individuals are in need of food due to changing economic forces and work transitions.

“Factors such as job change issues, the cost of living and other life changes have resulted in an increase in the nutritional needs of many in our communities,” says DiPietro. “We ask the public to provide us with food donations to increase our food inventory through spring.”

“The food bank also encourages area businesses, churches and individuals to host food drives and/or drop off food and toiletries to help the food bank,” adds DiPietro.

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center online at or send an email to Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145.

Cave Creek Unified Superintendent’s Student Cadre Holds Blanket Drive

The Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) Superintendent’s Student Cadre meets monthly with Superintendent Debbi Burdick and is no stranger to service projects. For two years in a row, the students have conducted a sock drive for homeless senior citizens who frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. A Cadre member makes the flyer and monitors collection bins, which are placed at all Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) school front offices, at the district office and at the Education & Community Services office.

This year, CSHS Varsity Football Head Coach Mike Hudnutt asked the players to bring socks for the drive to their year-end banquet. Thanks for CSHS Football and the generosity of the schools, district office and ECS office, Superintendent Burdick and her husband were able to deliver a SUV full of socks to the Justa Center in December.

At their recent meeting, the Cadre voted on another service project for the spring — The Santa Rose Blanket Drive. A Cadre member, CSHS freshman Madison O’Sullivan, brought this need to the attention of the Cadre back in November. This service project is asking the CCUSD community to donate new or gently used blankets to benefit the victims of the fires/mudslides in Santa Rosa, California. The service project will run from February 5 to March 1, 2018, with collection bins at all CCUSD school front offices, the district office and the ECS office.

Superintendent Burdick said, “I am so proud of this Cadre and their altruism, kindness and caring for others.”

For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, visit or call 480.575.2000.

Area Allstate Agency Owners & Professionals Earn $21,000 Grant For New Life Center

Twenty-one Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals from Arizona came together to secure a $21,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit New Life Center. The grant will support New Life Center’s mission to provide high-quality programs that demonstrate respect for the individual and a serene environment in which families can heal and plan for the future.

These agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals earned $1,000 each for New Life Center by collecting clothes donations:

  • Anniece Acker, Scottsdale
  • Michael Bailey, Phoenix
  • Blake Doten, Yuma
  • Heather Everette, Phoenix
  • Misty Everette, Scottsdale
  • Ben Farwell, Surprise
  • Robert Harris, Scottsdale
  • Joseph Jackson, Scottsdale
  • Julie Jakubek, Phoenix
  • Paulina Kalaj, Scottsdale
  • Joe Kennedy, Chandler
  • Nicole Kittelson, Scottsdale
  • Kevin Lum, Chandler
  • Lisa Mercier, Scottsdale
  • Christine Morrow, Apache Junction
  • Rebecca Niessink, Scottsdale
  • Kimberly Pervez, Phoenix
  • Jacque Riggs, Chandler
  • Kemberly Stallings, Chandler
  • Jason Thorpe, Gilbert
  • Christine Yap, Phoenix

The participants are among thousands of agency owners, financial specialists and licensed sales professionals around the country working to improve communities by volunteering for the causes they care about most.

“As small business owners and community leaders, Allstate agency owners and financial specialists see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Charlie Lala, Allstate field vice president. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people across Arizona.”

New Life Center is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

For additional information, visit

Bodega 13 Opens Second Restaurant In North Scottsdale

Bodega 13, an international tapas kitchen, opened its first restaurant last November in Carefree, and now has opened a second location in North Scottsdale.  The new Bodega 13 is located at the northeast corner of Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads in the La Mirada Center, directly across from Mastros.  They will be open for lunch and dinner with happy hour from 3-5:30pm.

The owner, Larry Foppe, is excited about the new location saying, “Our goal is to create a restaurant destination in North Scottsdale with three great and uniquely different dining options – Mastros, Bodega 13 and Jade Palace.”

Bodega 13 has received excellent reviews for its innovative menu featuring international tapas and entrees, with dishes from over 25 countries are represented on the menu.  Executive Chef Michael Bouwens states that, “Our menu has no fried food, few carbs and is mostly protein based.  The menu also has ample selections for vegetarians, vegans and customers with gluten free diets.  It is not your typical restaurant.”

The new location is much larger than the Carefree location and has a private dining room and outdoor patio.  The Chef’s table has also been built into the kitchen, allowing guests to interact with the kitchen staff while dining.  Starting in November, Bodega 13 will also feature a Sunday Brunch.

Bodega 13 is open for lunch and dinner from 11am-10pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 480.284.7600 or by visiting

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