Explore Fine Art Of The Southwest

Magic Bird Festival

World-champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah. Photo by Jerry Williamson

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, 10am-5pm.

Browse one-of-a-kind sculptures, Native American jewelry and exceptional mixed-media pieces while taking in the vibrant desert flora and fauna artfully landscaped throughout the four-acre gardens.

Along with collections from more than 100 recognized artisans, the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival also hosts live music and entertainment. Daily performances take center stage at the shaded, open-air Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

This year’s featured entertainment is world-champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah who will perform with his sons, Scott and Samson. The show also presents an array of prestigious fine arts and crafts exhibitors including Sage Designs by Michael Sage. Nelda Schrupp, a jeweler and sculptor of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation will also be in attendance displaying her ceremonial dance rattles and necklaces.

Brimming with one-of-a-kind art and crowd-pleasing entertainment, the event also hosts a variety of culinary vendors that serve an array of international cuisines and boutique treats.

“Though our town is small, it is alive with southwest spirit. Our art, entertainment, and culturally informative performances embrace the history and nature that surrounds us. There is nothing else quite like it in Arizona,” says Roberta Toombs-Rechlin, owner of Magic Bird.

For more information, call 480.488.2014 or visit www.magicbirdfestivals.com.

Celebrate Independence Day Cave Creek-Style!

The Town of Cave Creek’s spectacular 3rd of July Fireworks Display takes place at sunset on Thursday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, and Cave Creek Tap Haus, 6900 East Cave Creek Road. The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, kid’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin at sunset behind Harold’s.

​The event is also co-sponsored by Carefree Resort & Conference Center, which is offering rates for the holiday weekend starting at $89, a breakfast buffet for $12.95 and an hourly shuttle for guests. ​Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association is also supporting the event as a sponsor.

For details about reserved seating​, contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; The Buffalo Chip Saloo​n at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com and Cave Creek Tap Haus at 480.488.3300 or www.cavecreektaphaus.com.

​To learn more about Carefree Resort & Conference Center’s special rates, call 480.488-5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

PV Police Launch Extensive Social Media

The Paradise Valley Police Department recently announced the launch of several new online tools for the public. Town officials have been working in recent months to increase use of technology and better engage the community after recommendations for a technological overhaul were identified by the Paradise Valley Public Safety Task Force. The Task Force was created after a number of residential burglaries occurred in the area. The launch of new online tools include the following:

New website is online: www.paradisevalleypd.com

Twitter account at www.twitter.com/PVPolice

Facebook account at www.facebook.com/PVPolice

YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ParadiseValleyPDAZ

Online crime mapping at www.crimereports.com

Mobile app at www.mypdapp.com

Online crime tip reporting at www.tipsoft.com

These tools will allow the Police Department to provide better community interaction quickly and more effectively with the public in several areas.

Get Ready For A Showdown!

logosAre you listening Scottsdale? The Town of Cave Creek wants to challenge your longstanding title of “The West’s Most Western Town.” In Resolution No. R2013-20, the Cave Creek City Council laid out 25 reasons why it thinks its town should claim the title of “The West’s Most Western Town.” What do you readers say?

Shoot us an email to editor@CITYSunTimes.com and tell us why you think Scottsdale should or shouldn’t give up the title in 100 words or less. Read the entire resolution at news.CITYSunTimes.com. Cave Creek has also challenged Scottsdale to a few events including a Quick Draw Shootout between Cave Creek’s Mayor Francia and Scottsdale’s Mayor Lane in the parking lot of Cave Creek’s Horny Toad restaurant at high noon, November 2. Stay tuned.

Scottsdale: A Digital Leader

Awarded top honor with eCity award

Google_LogoScottsdale recently took top honors capturing the 2013 eCity Award from Google, an honor that recognizes the strongest online business community in each state.

A variety of factors included the likelihood of small businesses to have a website, use a blog, promoting themselves on a social network, selling goods directly from their web page and have a mobile-friendly website. Google and independent research firm Ipsos analyzed the online strength of local small businesses across the 50 states. For more information, visit www.google.com/ecities.

Towns Move Forward With Bike Lane Study

Carefree and Cave Creek have teamed up to study the feasibility of connecting the two towns through the construction of bike lanes. The towns have entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for shared matching funds and other terms for a bike lane design grant. It will be a study of the two town cores to discover effective ways of adding bike lanes to the arterial streets, making them safer for the many cyclists who ride through the towns.

Cave Creek Planning Director Ian Cordwell says he’s looking forward to getting the two towns connected, and said the design phase must be completed before any construction could begin. The $320,000 grant will fund the design of bike lanes in both towns. Construction could begin as early as October 2014.

Annual Film Festival Returns To Harkins

Still from the movie Counting Happiness, just one of the many films screening at the Phoenix Film Festival.

Still from the movie Counting Happiness, just one of the many films screening at the Phoenix Film Festival.

The 13th Annual Phoenix Film Festival will run April 4-11 at the Scottsdale 101 Harkins Theatres. Festival goers will enjoy more than 100 screenings of major studio and independent films, celebrity tributes, seminars and workshops and parties. Coinciding with the Phoenix Film Festival is the Ninth Annual International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival, where the finest in independent Horror and Sci-fi feature and shorts will be screened.

For information on all of the movies screening and how to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.org or call 602.955.6444.


Don’t Miss! Scottsdale International Film Festival

The 12th annual Scottsdale International Film Festival will be held October 5-12.
This year’s line-up reveals a blend of films to satisfy a broad range of interests and tastes – from smaller films for the daring cineaste to more mainstream films that reveal the burgeoning of the commercial market. Find a colorful mix of film genres from light-hearted comedies to period dramas, chosen from all corners of the world. The festival will be held at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres located at 7354 East Shea Boulevard, with special events throughout the weekend. For film schedules, tickets and information, visit www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

Arizona Honey Fest Debuts

The Boulders Resort in Carefree will premiere its first annual Arizona Honey Festival September 29-30 to celebrate the history, health benefits and culinary delights of this ancient natural ingredient. The festival will be held at el Pedregal, the resort’s distinctive outdoor marketplace, and will feature a variety of events and amenities including cooking with honey demonstrations and honey spa treatments.

The festival is a natural fit for the resort – a local Arizona beekeeper was a fixture at the property’s crossroads, at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Carefree Road, in the 1970s, where he sold his harvest before The Boulders began. Arizona is perhaps best known for Orange Blossom honey, a light, mild honey with a gourmet flavor.

The Boulders’ first annual Arizona Honey Festival will feature:

  •  Emily Brown, the “Queen Bee”, Demonstrations by Arizona Bee Keepers Association
  •  Celebrity “Cooking with Honey” demonstrations
  •  Gala “Honey Dinner” prepared by guest Executive Chefs from Waldorf Astoria luxury resorts throughout the US
  •  Arizona Honey Blossom Spa Service (a 50-minute honey wrap body treatment)
  •  AZ Honey Festival getaway package.
  •  Honey-inspired culinary treats, Honey Cakes at the Bakery Café, Honey Fry Bread and Honey Cocktails.
  •  And, of course, freshly-made Arizona honey to bring home.

For information on The Boulders, visit www.theboulders.com or follow on www.facebook.com/TheBoulders or Twitter@BouldersResort.

Win Tickets To See Your Arizona Diamondbacks!

Want to take a friend or family member out to the ballgame? Two lucky CITYSunTimes readers can win two (2) lower-level Baseline Box tickets to the September 30 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs game. For details, see page 44.

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