Sprouts Farmers Market to Open Cave Creek Store Feb. 19

Sprouts Farmers Market will open in Cave Creek Wednesday, Feb. 19 to “expand access to affordable, healthy choices.” Sprouts is known for its welcoming store layout inspired by farmers markets that features fresh produce at the center of the store, an expansive bulk foods section, and an extensive vitamin department focused on wellness.

More than 100 new team members will be led by store manager Tom Critz who has been with Sprouts in various leadership positions since 2011 and most recently managed the store at Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak Roads.

“Tom is a enthusiastic and dedicated leader whose knowledge of the fresh and healthy products throughout our stores inspires team members and creates lasting relationships with our guests,” said Sprouts regional director, Gary Dahl.

To celebrate the new store, Sprouts is giving away a classic beach cruiser to inspire one lucky fan to get outside and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Customers can enter to win through Feb. 18 by visiting sprouts.com/cavecreek.

Grand Opening Details:

  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held before doors open at 7am.
  • The first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.
  • Every customer on grand opening day will receive a free reusable bag with purchase.

As part of Sprouts’ commitment to “zero waste,” the new store will donate unsold and edible groceries to Foothills Food Bank through the grocer’s Food Rescue program. In 2018, Sprouts stores and distribution centers donated 27 million pounds of product, equivalent to 23 million meals. Food that is not fit for donation is provided to local cattle farms and composting facilities. Sprouts’ evolving “zero waste” initiatives help minimize food waste while reducing the impact of hunger and the company’s environmental footprint.

Foothills Food Bank in Need of Food, Monetary Donations

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center has too many empty shelves and is in need of non-perishable food donations and foods for the upcoming holidays.

Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank, says that even more families and working individuals are in need of food due to changing economic forces and work transitions.

“Factors such as job change issues, the cost of living and other life changes have resulted in an increase in the nutritional needs of many in our communities,” says DiPietro. “We ask the public to provide us with food donations to increase our food inventory through spring.”

“The food bank also encourages area businesses, churches and individuals to host food drives and/or drop off food and toiletries to help the food bank,” adds DiPietro.

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center online at www.foothillsfoodbank.com or send an email to foothillsfoodbank@gmail.com. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145.

Get Ready For A Creeker Christmas

Holiday celebration set to light up the town

Area families, friends and neighbors are invited to join Cave Creek businesses for a fun-filled day of holiday activities at the Creeker Christmas event, scheduled for Saturday, December 9.

Visitors will enjoy a “Wonderland of Snow,” which includes a snow slide, located behind Big Earl’s Greasy Eats (www.bigearlsgreasyeats.com) along with games and toys for the children. The activities start at 11am and continue until 4pm. Santa is coming to town at noon in a stagecoach to brighten the children’s smiles and awaken their imaginations, and a Christmas Brunch will be provided by the Mountain View Pub (www.mountainviewpub.pub) from 11am to 2pm. In addition, a Charity Christmas Tree Auction will be held from 11am until 6pm. Bid on a favorite tree, or make a cash donation, with all proceeds going to the Foothills Food Bank, (www.foothillsfoodbank.com), Toys for Tots (www.toysfortots.org) and America’s Mighty Warriors (www.americasmightywarriors.org). All of the daytime family events will be held at 6127 East Cave Creek Road behind Big Earl’s. And don’t forget to stop in at the Holiday Vendor Show at the Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road (www.hideawayroadhouse.com), 10am–5pm, presented by Magic Bird Festivals (www.carefreeazfestivals.com).

In the evening, “Cruise down Main Street” in a decorated vehicle and view the Town of Cave Creek lit up for the holidays. Starting at 6pm, the adult fun kicks off and runs until midnight. The Creeker Christmas Pub Crawl travels from one location to the next on provided transportation. Participants will encounter fun contests at each pub stop, and can dress up and win prizes.

The Creeker Christmas team invites all businesses and residents to light up the night by decorating their establishments and homes to celebrate the joy of the holidays. For more information, call 602.570.4148 or visit Creeker Christmas on Facebook.

Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch And Art Auction Set For October 20

Online auction added to 2017 event aimed at helping feed hungry in need

The annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 will honor World Hunger Day Friday, October 20, and will be held at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek, from 11am–1pm.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its Empty Bowls event. The auction will be on the food bank’s website, www.foothillsfoodbank.com, which gives people the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists.

“We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,’ says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.”

Carole Perry and Robin Ray, two highly regarded Sonoran Arts League artists, brought Empty Bowls to the northern desert foothills to benefit Foothills Food Bank more than 17 years ago. Perry says that online bidding began September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration, and that 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center to support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance.

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items.

For more information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.


Local Artist’s Glasswork Featured At Empty Bowls

Carole Perry, who helped create the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch in the Northern Desert Foothills more than 17 years ago, knows glass. Intimately. Her business, Laughing Glass Contemporary Glass Art Studio, has been producing beautiful glass artwork for more than 27 years and thousands of Laughing Glass bowls have been a hallmark of the colorful glass and ceramic bowls offered each year as part of the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to honor World Hunger Day.

This year, Perry and other local artists’ glass and ceramic bowls will be available to participants who attend the event at Harold’s Corral, from 11am–1pm, Friday, October 20. Perry says she began working with the project because her local community supports artists and as an artist, she wanted to give back in a meaningful way. Perry and her Sonoran Arts League friends began by creating and donating bowls to the Empty Bowls project at the Arizona Center in 1997. After starting the Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch to benefit the Foothills Food Bank at El Pedregal in North Scottsdale in 2000, Empty Bowls now has found a home in Cave Creek. Today, Perry continues giving back while enjoying her own success as one of the top glass artists of her kind.

“When I came back to the desert, every magical, mystical thing came together for me,” says Perry. “I love what I do and this is where I learned the simplest of rules: the more you give, the more you receive…and, I get to live in the greatest place on Earth.”


Robin Ray’s Ceramics Boost Empty Bowls Event

Robin Ray mastered her craft while teaching visual arts to students of all ages for more than 26 years. However, as an accomplished painter and ceramics expert, she also took the time to help bring the 17-year-old Empty Bowls Lunch event to the northern desert foothills.

For the first five years, she gathered artists and friends to create ceramic bowls in the ceramic department of a high school. And, every year since, like clockwork, a cadre of ceramic lovers gets together at her studio in early September to make bowls for the October fund-raiser. Her leadership has resulted in thousands of additional bowls for the annual event.

Ray, owner of Robin’s Nest in Cave Creek, produces her own beautiful paintings, ceramics and murals for people from around the world. However, when it comes to creating distinctive ceramic bowls for the event, which benefits Foothills Food Bank, her peers and students love working on the bowls which will help focus people on hunger in the world.

“These special bowls will be filled with pasta at the Empty Bowls Lunch,” says Ray. “The amount of pasta that fills each bowl roughly matches the amount of calories a homeless person is provided in a single meal.”

Cave Creek Restaurants & Area Businesses To Host July Fireworks Extravaganza

Celebrate Independence Day early at one of the Valley’s biggest parties. Cave Creek’s spectacular “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza” takes place after sunset Monday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road; Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road; and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, children’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin after sunset behind Harold’s. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6pm to midnight.

With the help of Rural Metro, the fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind Harold’s, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. At Harold’s Corral, reserved seats outside are available for $15 for a two-top, $20 for a four-top and $35 for a 10-top. Live music will be a highlight, with the Crown Kings playing inside from 8:30pm–1am, and Hillbilly Deluxe energizing the crowd outside from 7–11:30pm. While admission is free at Harold’s, it does not include game zone activities or food. The outside bar and BBQ will be cash only, and ATMs will be onsite. Guests to Harold’s also can help the Foothills Food Bank by donating canned goods or money. Those making a donation that night will be entered to win a prize.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce are also supporting the event as sponsors. Patrons are encouraged to take a staycation and spend the weekend exploring the many shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the area. Carefree Resort & Conference Center is offering discounted room rates for the holiday weekend. For more details, call 480.488.5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

For more information about the “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza,” contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; the Roadhouse at 480.488.3300 or www.hideawayroadhouse.com; or The Buffalo Chip Saloon at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com.

 

Foothills Food Bank And Wendy’s Take On Hunger

NORTHEAST VALLEY – On the third Wednesday of each month (beginning Wednesday, July 18) until the end of the year, the following Wendy’s restaurants will be giving the Foothills Food Bank 15 percent of their proceeds between the hours of 5-8pm. (Be sure to mention that you are there to support the Foothills Food Bank.)

4815 East Carefree Highway, Cave Creek
4701 East Bell Road, Phoenix
7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix
15416 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
2640 West Thunderbird Road, Phoenix
20242 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix

Founded in 1988, Foothills Food Bank is located in downtown Cave Creek and serves those in need as far north as Black Canyon City; west to I-17; south to Pinnacle Peak road and east to Rio Verde. For more information, visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com or www.wendys.com.

Food Bank Seeks Volunteers

CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center seeks volunteers to conduct weekly food pick-ups at Bashas’, Fry’s, Safeway and other stores. The commitment is just one day per week, typically involving approximately one to two hours. Pick ups normally are in the early morning (7-9am), although the timing is up to the volunteer. Donations then are brought to the food bank.
For more information, call 480.488.1145 or visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.

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