Explore Your Desert Home During ‘Discover Day’

Photos by Patrick O’Brien

Join Desert Foothills Land Trust to discover the wonder and beauty of our Sonoran Desert home with a day of outdoor experiences and hands-on education at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve. Desert Discover Day takes place Saturday, Nov. 17, 10am–2pm.

Follow a discovery map for a personal adventure along the Harry Dalton Trail. Explore the desert, learn about all its dwellers, past and present, and interact with native wildlife. This free and fun day is for the whole family.

Other participants include Arizona Archaeological Society, Cave Creek Museum, Desert Awareness Committee, Desert Foothills Family YMCA, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Wild At Heart.

Jewel of the Creek Preserve is located in Cave Creek on Spur Cross Road, 4 miles north of Cave Creek Road. Parking is available at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

For additional information visit www.dflt.org or call 480.488.6131.

Meet The Artist Behind Enchanted Pumpkin Garden


Photo courtesy of Villafane Studios

Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, featuring pumpkin sculptures from world-renowned artist Ray Villafane, will inhabit Carefree Desert Gardens October 16-31, 8am-9pm.

Admission is free.

There will be opportunities to see Villafane, up-close, as he carves whimsical characters and answers questions of how he creates such masterpieces. Dates and times include:

  • Friday, October 16, 10am-6pm (Grand Opening Day)
  • Saturday, October 17, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 18, 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 10am-6pm (Halloween)

Appearances by artist and sculptor, Paolo Acuna, Villafane Studios:

  • Saturday, October 24, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 25, 10am-6pm

Additional scheduled events will include Pet Costume Parade, Picasso Pumpkin Kids, Family Carving Nights Desert Foothills Family YMCA fundraiser (October 17 and 28) photo opportunities with “King of Carefree” pumpkin and much more. Get full details on Enchanted Pumpkin Garden events www.carefreepumpkingarden.com.

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