English Rose Hosts Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party

Just in time for the launch of Disney’s newest live action, big screen adaptation, the English Rose Tea Room invites residents to “be their guest” at a Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea Party, Sunday, April 2, from 3-5pm.

Guests of all ages are encouraged to get into character, don costumes and celebrate the classic love story with special guest appearances, photo opportunities, crafts and sing-alongs. Tea, cakes, tea sandwiches and treats will be served.

The English Rose Tea Room, an acclaimed tearoom in the desert, is celebrating 15 years as a top Arizona destination for those who want to experience an authentic British style afternoon tea.

Recognized by the U.K. Telegraph newspaper and known for costumed celebrations commemorating Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, Princess Kate and others, the popular tearoom recently hosted a sold-out celebration for the series end of the popular “Downtown Abbey” on PBS.

Owner Jo Gemmill originally hails from England and has a love of live theater, British history and classic princess stories.

“This is a beautiful event for the entire family. We invite those who love the classic tale to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, or as their favorite princess, and spend an afternoon with Mrs. Potts and Belle,” she says.

The English Rose Tea Room is located at 201 Easy Street in Carefree. Admission to the Beauty & The Beast Costume Tea is $30 per person. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.488.4812. Seating is limited. For information, visit www.carefreetea.com.

Serving The Community For Sixty-Three Years

Library holds annual fundraising gala

Photo by Katherine Koenig

Photo by Katherine Koenig

The Desert Foothills Library celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year thanks to the loyalty of its donors and volunteers. Working under its mission to “facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture by providing personalized and responsive resources, services, social and learning opportunities to the community it serves,” the library is open to everyone, seven days a week and supports the entire Foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services.

Desert Foothills Library is unique in that it is a 501(c)3 non-profit, privately funded public library – the only privately funded library in the state of Arizona. It is also home to Chapter2Books, the largest used book store in the North Valley. With over 15,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, all purchases and donations help support the running of the library.

In order to continue serving its North Valley patrons, the library is gearing up for one of its largest fundraisers of the year, and the entire community is invited. The Ninth Annual Gala “All That Jazz” will be held Saturday, February 11, at 5:30pm. The event will take place at the Library, 38443 North School House Road, in Cave Creek.

This year’s fundraiser includes hosted cocktails, a gourmet dinner and a silent auction, as well as a champagne and wine event. Jo Gemmill, library board member and owner of the English Rose Tea Room, will emcee the event. Festivities will be followed with a performance from celebrated pianist Nicole Pesce and the Rhys Kelso Quartet.

Tickets are $175 per person and are available by contacting Executive Director David Court or Library Manager Terri Engebretson, at 480.488.2286 or by emailing dcourt@dfla.org. All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, visit the library online at www.dfla.org.

Celebrate Christmas in July For Foothills Food Bank

Do you want to escape the rising temperatures while doing some good? Head over to jo London Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 from 11am-4pm for Christmas in July. Stay cool and help others as jo london and the Foothills Food Bank team up to bring residents a festive celebration and sale.

Bring in canned goods or pantry items to jo London, get your picture taken with a real-life Santa and then shop from the store’s huge selection of holiday merchandise – all at up to 75 percent off. All remaining decorations will be donated to the Food Bank to be passed on to families for the holiday season.

jo London is located at 201 Easy Street in Carefree, next door to the English Rose Tea Room. For more information, call 480.488.1162 or visit www.myjolondon.com.

Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room will be celebrating the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in England with a two day street party from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 , which includes a royal pavilion set up outside of the restaurant and a double-decker bus. For more on the historic Diamond Jubilee, see story on page 22 or visit www.carefreetea.com.

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