Cave Creek’s Vibrant Music Scene

Musicians and businesses work together 

MusicScenePart II of two part series

By Curtis Riggs ~  Local musicians have always been some of the first ones to help out people in need in Cave Creek. Partnerships are quickly formed between the players and Cave Creek establishments like Harold’s, the Hideaway and even smaller places like the Grotto when the need arises.

Pandy Raye, who turned her Chicks With Picks concert series into a non-profit organization recently in order to help more people, talks about how, “Cave Creek musicians couldn’t get there fast enough” when a fund-raiser for Valley musician Llory McDonald was held at the Hideaway last year.

The Grotto, which often features young acoustic musicians, recently participated in a Relay For Life fundraiser. Harold’s, the Buffalo Chip, the Horny Toad, the Cave Creek Smokehouse and other Cave Creek establishments ranging from Dairy Queen to the American Legion are always quick to lend a helping hand whenever someone is in need. Raye and her Chicks With Picks co-founder Rhonda Hitchcock have gone with other musicians into Valley children’s hospitals to entertain the sick children.

“They can’t wait to go back and do it again,” she says about the young musicians.

Residents can look for Chickstock, the Chicks With Picks annual festival this year and in the meantime, support the musicians and local charity benefits.  | CST

Relay For Life 2013


Events offered in Scottsdale, North Phoenix

Cancer never sleeps, so for one night, many Valley residents won’t either as participants in the Relay for Life overnight charity event. More than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in the global phenomenon. There are several relay events are scheduled throughout Phoenix – including Scottsdale and North Valley.

Here are a few upcoming April events:

April 12
Relay For Life of North Valley
6pm-6am Paradise Valley Community College

April 13
Relay for Life of Scottsdale
6pm-6am at Saguaro High School

April 20
North Scottsdale Relay for Life
12pm-12am at Desert Mountain High School

For more information, visit and find your city. | CST

Take A Walk And Fight Cancer

Walk with your community for a good cause on Saturday, April 28 when the American Cancer Society hosts the Second Annual Relay for Life. This unique, overnight event will take place at Cactus Shadows High School, where team members will take turns walking, jogging or running laps on the track from 6pm to 6am. Proceeds go directly to cancer research. Create a team with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and create hope. A special dinner will be served to cancer survivors and their caregivers after the opening event ceremony. If you’re not a walker, but still want to participate, the public is invited to join the fun from 6-11pm for live entertainment, games, food and more.

Cactus Shadows High School is located at 5802 East Dove Valley Road, in Cave Creek. Go to and find out how to get involved, register a team and help in the fight against cancer.

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