New Carefree-Cave Creek Transportation Study

Will address trail, parking issues

By Curtis Riggs – Both Cave Creek and Carefree are working together on acquiring a $250,000 transportation grant to study trail and parking issues. The two towns are working with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) on trail issues and special events parking problems in the Cave Creek-Carefree Transportation Study.

It’s one of the first times smaller communities in Maricopa County have received MAG funding. Cave Creek Town Councilman Dick Esser explains that this is because of the new Small Communities Coalition at MAG.

“MAG is weighted toward the larger communities in Maricopa County,” says Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia when the Cave Creek Town Council recently approved $5,000 in matching funds needed to receive the grant. Carefree also approved $5,000 in matching funds to get the grant. Carefree Mayor David Schwan, also a member of MAG along with Esser, says the new study will allow Carefree to focus on bike paths and pedestrian walkways while allowing the town to address larger issues such as special event parking.

Try A ‘Staycation’ This Summer

Resort specials and restaurants galore

The Boulders Resort

By Curtis Riggs – With gasoline prices through the roof and the hassles of modern airline travel has many in the Valley considering a ‘staycation’ close to home this summer.

The desert jewels of Cave Creek and Carefree offer fantastic resort and dining options, according to Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce executive director Patty Villeneuve.

“People who choose a Staycation will find excellent choices for dining and entertainment throughout the Cave Creek Carefree area.” From 65% off a three-night stay at the Boulders on the Carefree-Scottsdale border to excellent specials at the Carefree Resort &Villas, all summer including the July 3 and 4 fireworks extravaganzas in Cave Creek.

Entertainment options range from nightly bull riding at the Buffalo Chip and sand volleyball matches at Big Earl’s Greasy Eats to live music at various venues throughout both towns.

The Visitors Center at the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is open from weekly from 9am-3pm. They are located at 748 Easy Street in Carefree. Call 480.488.3381 or visit

Prominent Artists in Residency Summer Program

Performances held at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

For more than 25 years, one of the most unique summer programs in the Valley has offered students the chance to participate in the development and production of an original work of art. The C. Nicholas Johnson’s Performing Arts Residency is a creative performing arts program that brings students into the heart of a production, while learning or refining theatrical movement, dance, acting, mime, lighting, props, wardrobe and make-up.

This year, the Residency is divided into age-appropriate theatrical workshops:
June 4-15: Carnival of the Animals (Grades K- 3 and Grades 4-6) $150
June 4-15: Advanced Performing Arts Residency (Grades 6-12) $300

Performances of Carnival of the Animals take place on the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm and 7pm. The Stagecraft Workshop is for students who are interested in the backstage business of the theatrical world. The Workshop provides hands-on instruction in the creation of masks, costuming, props and sets for Carnival of Animals and the works created by the Advanced Performing Arts Residency ensemble. Technical internships are available. The Advanced ensemble will be working on theatrical movement pieces from Johnson’s prestigious portfolio of masterful vignettes, such as Forward Momentum, Splat, Old West Saloon, and The Boat. Performances will take place at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on June 16.

Why settle for the ordinary, when you can participate in the exceptional? Times, fees, details and internships vary for the individual programs. Visit or the Community Education page at for information. For more information, call Desert Foothills Community Education at 480.488.1090 or 480.575.2070.

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