Celebrating Arizona’s ‘Independents’

Independents Week is Arizona’s only weeklong celebration of local businesses that also lets residents save money while shopping local. Pick up a Golden Coupon from Local First Arizona and use it July 1–9 to receive a 20 percent discount at hundreds of independent Arizona businesses. Learn more at www.localfirstaz.com.

Treat Mom To A Taste Of The Vineyard

The Carlson family

In celebration of Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14, Arizona-based Carlson Creek Vineyard is offering all moms a complimentary wine tasting and cake bites at both its Scottsdale and Willcox tasting rooms. The tasting will also include its best-selling Sweet Adeline Riesling, named after the Carlson’s grandmother who enjoyed a sweeter wine. For additional information, call 520.766.3000 or visit www.carlsoncreek.com.

Annual Balloon Festival Celebrates The Red, White And Blue

The Eighth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival, presented by Tonto Bar and Grill and Aerial Solutions, is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, form 5:30-10pm, at Rancho Mañana Golf Course’s driving range.

The event includes great live bands, massive glowing balloons, everyone’s favorite fireworks show and a celebration of a red, white and blue Memorial Day weekend. Gone are the days of purchasing food, beverage script tickets and waiting in double long lines. Head straight for tasty eats and enjoy. Want to see the timeline or surf the food truck menus? Just hop online and find the information on a new, user-friendly website.
The balloons start to inflate and glow around 7:30pm, but guests will want to be there way before then to see the Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation, a flyover by Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, and to hear the National Anthem performed by Madison Holmes. Later, the powerhouse vocals of The Anglim Sisters will perform from 6:45-8pm and don’t miss a beat as the entertainment flows right into, Native Arizona headliner, Harry Luge and his Country band. Relax and lay back to cap off the evening with fireworks in an explosive array of red, white and blue. Also, there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do. Featured at the event are free face painting and free balloon twisting, or let kids burn energy in fun thrilled kids’ zone.

Adults can enjoy great beverages, cocktails and wine, as well as craft beer flowing from the taps of Four Peaks Brewery. Splurge on scrumptious food from local food trucks and vendors including Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, Fry Bread Inc., Doughlicious Pizza, Cheese Love and Happiness, The Buffalo Chip, Firehouse Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy, Firehouse Shaved Ice, Affogato Coffee and Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes.

Gates open at 5:30pm. Discounted pre-paid tickets are available online for $12, adults and $7 children 12 and under; children 2 and under free. Online ticket prices increase the day of the event. VIP tickets are also available. Visit www.cavecreekfestivals.com for complete event details.

Show Some Love For Your ‘Mother’

Celebrate Earth Day at family-friendly event

Keep Phoenix Beautiful and Republic Services present the Eighth Annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 22, from 11am-4pm, at Steele Indian School Park.

Enjoy a day at the park while learning from various exhibitors on how to live a greener lifestyle and better take care of “Mother Earth.” In addition to exhibitors, this family-friendly event will include eco-classes (such as Composting 101), activities for children, live music and food trucks (including Boca Taco TruckBurger Passion and Pho King Kitchen).

Since it is Earth Day, organizers highly recommend taking alternative modes of transportation. Grid Bikes and the Metro Light Rail have a stop right at the entrance. This is a zero-waste event – composting and recycling bins will be available throughout the event.

Keep Phoenix Beautiful (www.keepphxbeautiful.org) is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. They have been active in Phoenix since 1982 to involve and educate residents about recycling management and beautification practices.

For more information about Phoenix Earth Day 2017 events, visit www.earthdayphoenix.org.

Summer Celebration For Craft Beer Enthusiasts

Real Wild and Woody logoThe Real, Wild & Woody beer festival returns to the Valley this month, and it is sure to capture the hearts of serious craft brew lovers.

Presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild (www.craftbeeraz.com), this year’s toast to the state and region’s rare, unique and unconventional brews and brew processes is slated for 2-6pm Saturday, July 23. The Phoenix Convention Center will once again welcome fresh flavors and seasonal specialties poured by more than 50 of the Southwest’s best craft brewers, and the festival will again prove a great spot for sampling specialty casks, rich and unique flavor combinations and other never-before-sipped brews from some of the industry’s best. Real, Wild & Woody will also partner with some of the region’s top restaurants to provide complementing snacks for festival-goers, and the event’s limited ticket sales will ensure an intimate, up-close-and-personal craft beer-drinking experience.AZ Craft Brewers Guild logo

Leading up to Real, Wild & Woody is AZBrewCon, a one-day industry conference at the Sheraton Hotel. Other consumer events are planned in the days before Real, Wild and Woody. Stay up-to-date at www.realwildandwoody.com.

Former Carefree Mayor Named “Humanitarian of the Year”

MayorFoothills Caring Corps announced that David Schwan is the recipient of its 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Schwan will be honored at the much anticipated fundraiser and social event, the Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash & Caring Raffle March 31, at el Pedregal.

“We are thrilled to shine a bright spotlight on David Schwan’s many years of generous support of the Foothills Caring Corps’ mission to promote elderly independence,” says Foothills Caring Corps executive director, Debbra Determan.

Schwan is best known for his time as mayor of Carefree. He is also well known for supporting many community programs in the Carefree, Cave Creek and Scottsdale area. In the early years of the Foothills Caring Corps, he helped keep the computers and software functional and efficient. Later, he served on the advisory board and board of directors.

The Taste of the Foothills Celebration [click here to see full story on page 45] has evolved into a benchmark nonprofit event. The evening festivities feature mouthwatering tastings from local restaurants, live and silent auctions, as well as on stage music performances. Learn more at www.foothillscaringcorps.com.

Art & Wine Lover’s Paradise

Pictured: Wearable art by Shows Studios

Pictured: Wearable art by Shows Studios

In 1993, Thunderbird Artists and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce partnered to produce the first juried fine art event the town had ever seen. Fast forward to today and the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival has officially become a “signature event” for the Town of Carefree, which returns this month.

February 26-28, the festival will feature Shows Studios, a husband and wife team specializing in metalwork. Andrew and Turza Shows have been collaborating to create one-of-kind wearable pieces since 1978. Their combined talents merge to achieve a unique style of colorful inlay and carved-stone jewelry. The application of their jewelry designs involves cutting and carving stones of different images, fabricating the sterling silver or gold settings and arranging them in mosaic patterns.

In addition to the works by Shows Studios, this festival features more than 165 juried, world-class artists displaying over 5,000 original pieces of artwork in a variety of mediums. Wine tasting, as well as rum sampling, is also offered, with a vast array of wines to sample from around the world, while delicious food and delectable chocolates supply the final touches to the unparalleled ambience this festival holds.

Pam Barker and Bruce Rudolph together form Rockin’ Memories, the featured musicians for the event. This fine art event will take place in the heart of Downtown

Carefree, from 10am-5pm each day. Admission is $3 and parking is free. For more information, call 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.

Craft Brewery Offers “Beer With Benefits”

DrJeckyleBeerDr. 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 foods and nutrients into “beers with benefits.” Meeting the functional beverage and $19.6 billion craft beer markets head-on, each brew contains six to eight “superfoods” known for their nutrient content and health enhancing properties.

“The demand for Dr. Jekyll’s organic beer with superfoods has been terrific and the reviews from craft beer enthusiasts, retailers and consumers has been gratifying,” says Shawn Hillman, craft beer manager at Phoenix-based Quail Distributing.

Bio Beer, Beer Attack and Beer Belly are handcrafted, vegan and non-GMO beers and are sold at Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market, Tops Liquors, specialty retailers and bars, pubs and restaurants throughout Arizona in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles as well as on draught.

On-premise locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale include Four Peaks Grill & Tap, Pig & Pickle, Pig’s Meow, Skeptical Chymist, The Attic, Twisted Lizard Tavern & Grill and Whining Pig; and elsewhere in the state at Historic Brewing & Bottle (Flagstaff), Tap + Bottle (Tucson) and Vino Loco (Flagstaff). Learn more at www.drjekylls.com.

Celebrating The Craft Beer Movement

Refreshment - Ice Cool BeerSanTan Brewing presents the Fifth Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center May 16. Supporting and celebrating the craft beer movement during the recognized American Craft Beer Week, the event features live entertainment, craft food, VIP quarters, nano beer garden, beer Olympics and more than 80 local and national beers.

Scottsdale Civic Center is located at 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard. The cost is $35-45.

For a list of this year’s participating breweries and tickets, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

Volunteers Needed To Make A Difference

FoothillsThe Foothills Caring Corps, a volunteer based non-profit organization serving the greater Northeast Valley, is seeking volunteers to share their talent, skills and time with the organization whose primary mission is to allow the elderly to remain independent and living in their homes.

Volunteers needed for such programs as:

  • Van transportation
  • Medical transportation
  • Mobile meals
  • Minor home repair
  • Friendly visits
  • Medical loan closet

The Foothills Caring Corps aims to provide a rewarding and gratifying experience for both the volunteer and the neighbor. Volunteers are given training, guidance and monitoring to ensure a quality experience. They are allowed to self-select areas in which they would like to be involved and are not required to contribute a minimum number of hours.

“The Caring Corps opens their arms to people with a variety of skills levels, talent and interests. Everyone has an something to contribute,” says executive director Debbra Determan.

The organization conducts monthly Volunteer Orientation sessions. The next sessions are scheduled for Thursday, May 14, from 9-11am at the Foothills Caring Corps offices located at 7275 East Easy Street, Suite B103, Carefree.

For more information, or to RSVP, call the Foothills Caring Corps at 480.488.1105. For additional information, visit www.foothillscaringcorps.com.

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