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.

60-year tradition continues December 1-2

Pageant Keeps Cave Creek History Alive

By Curtis Riggs – Cave Creek history comes to life December 1-2 with the 60th Annual Cave Creek Christmas Pageant. Held at the entrance of the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, the pageant started in 1952 by the Cave Creek 4-H Club as a re-enactment of the Christmas story, showcasing Club members’ animals. Longtime Cave Creeker Toby Payne heads the event and says he’s helped produce 25 pageants put on by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree.

“There wouldn’t be a Pageant without the volunteer crews, local youth and adults in the cast and choir, animal owners and Kiwanis Key Club ‘angels’ who place and the light the five-plus miles of beautiful luminaria leading to the pageant site.”

The pageant is free. It will start at 7pm on both nights. People should dress warmly and bring a chair or blanket to sit on. |CST

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