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July 2016 Newsletter

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President's Letter
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Carefree Corner
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History Highlights 
by Kraig Nelson, docent

From the Cave Creek Museum
We have an archaeological treasure approximately seven miles east of the Cave Creek Museum, just off Cave Creek Road. It's known today as the Sears Kay Ruin (National Register of Historic Places), named after a ranch established in 1887 by J.M. Sears. This ruin, positioned on a hilltop, was built by the canal-building, pre-Spanish Hohokam in about A.D. 1050 and was occupied until about A.D. 1200. Archaeologists tell us that growing social unrest and the fear of possible invasion led to defensive, hilltop communities during this occupation period. The masonry construction included forty rooms (one family per room) divided into five walled compounds with courtyards for daytime work like grinding corn and mesquite pods and making tools. Canals were not necessary here as Camp Creek, located below the hilltop, flowed, providing water for the farming and hunting community. The Sears Kay Ruin was discovered in 1867 by soldiers on patrol from Camp (later Fort) McDowell. 
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Letter from our President
It is hot, hot, hot right now! Isn't it funny when people say, "It's a dry heat". I reply with, "only when I'm not sweating!" All kidding aside I hope you are having a great summer and staying as cool as can be.

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Patrick Jones who owns Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles. Patrick has been the Chairman of the Chamber Board this past year and will hand that gavel over to Nick Stelfox who is co-owner of Carefree Outdoor Living on July 1, 2016. Patrick has been a great leader and I want to thank him for his leadership this past year. Patrick will remain on the Chamber Executive team one more year as our Immediate Past Chairman. 

I also want to thank Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum and Ron Welch for their contributions to the Chamber Board over the last several years. Evelyn is a past Chairwoman of the Board and Ron has served as Treasurer. Both of these individuals have been tireless in their support and volunteerism at all of our events. 

Joining our Board are Marie Vale, Harold's Corral and Shelly Spence, Images AZ Magazine. Please help me welcome these ladies to the Chamber Board of Directors.

Lastly, I want to congratulate Jennifer McGirr, National Bank of Arizona for winning the May Membership Drive. She will have her name engraved on the trophy and will keep it in her office for the next year (photos to be shared later). I want to thank all of you that participated in the membership drive. We were able to add thirteen new members because of your efforts. Thank you!

I hope to see everyone at the Chamber Mixer on Wednesday July 13 at 5:30 pm. Carefree Coverings will be our host at their D C Ranch location.


Patty Villeneuve
President & CEO

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Horny Toad Restaurnt40 years
Carefree Physical Therapy

30 years
Sonoran Arts League

22 years
Allstate Insurance - Debra Atkinson

22 years
Cave Creek Museum20 years
Desert Foothills Land Trust20 years
Foothills Community Foundation18 years
Wilhelm Automotive

17 years
Carefree Clarity

17 years
AC Zone15 years
National Bank of Arizona14 years
Southwest Gas Corporation13 years
Villas of Cave Creek

13 years
Bertram Signs & Graphics

10 years
Sonoran Beauty Salon

8 years
Foothills Academy8 years
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch Restaurant

8 years
Summit Chiropractic Health Center7 years
Tonto Bar & Grill4 years
Phoenix Plumbing & Drain4 years
Pogue Photography

4 years

Saddle Up Gallery4 years
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church3 years
UCP of Central Arizona3 years
Merle Norman Studio3 years
Wild West Hair Salon3 years
Pinnacle Paving Inc.3 years
Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner P.C.2 years
Desert Foothills Handyman Service, Inc.2 years
Cave Creek Olive Oil Company2 years
Cave Creek Chapel2 years
Graphics Unleashed1 year
Edward Jones - Nathan Breeze

1 year
Brugo's Pizza1 year
A-Team Home Healthcare1 year
PostNet at the Summit1 year
Arizona Animal Hospital1 year
Schooley Mitchell1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Dex Media
Rodan & Fields
Arizona Auto License Service
State Farm, Steve Morese Agent
American Cancer Society
Le Sans Souci Restaurant
Simple Email Strategies
Carefree Bistro
Dan Wolski & Joy Dorvinen-Wolski, Gillenwater & O'Keefe Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
Icon Hair             
All Mercedes (European Auto Repair)

Astonishing Sand Sculpting By World Renowned Artist Ray Villafane

The Carefree Desert Gardens is filled with over 30 tons of sand! World renowned sculptor, Ray Villafane, not only carves pumpkins for Carefree in the Fall, but has made an impact on the sand sculpting community, creating award winning larger-than-life sand sculptures for various attractions and events throughout the world. He's been to Russia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Italy and now Carefree! Ray also creates the Carefree Pumpkin Garden in October for the Town. Over 30,000 people visited the exhibition with major media outlets traveling the country to see his unparalleled work.

Click here to experience a LIVE CAMERA FEED. Feed provided by Tech4Life.

Free admission displays through August 31st 8 AM - 8 PM

Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree
 Tuesday August 30, 2016 is the Primary Election 
Please do not forget to vote!


Wednesday, July 6

History Dinner at Cartwright's featuring Charlie LeSueur, Arizona's Official Western Film Historian speaking on "Cowboys of Early Television, 1949-1955". Many of us grew up with the Lone Ranger, the Cisco Kid, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy. For generations, they were more than just figures on the big and small screen; they were icons who taught us lessons, provided role models, and planted dreams in our minds and hearts. Join Arizona's Official Western Film Historian, Charlie LeSueur an actor, teacher, published author, and Fellow of Arts at Scottsdale's Museum of the West to learn more about this epic era and the heroes it brought to our living rooms. Click here to book online or by calling Cartwright's between 12 - 9 pm 480-488-8031 for reservations. Please note when calling that you will be charged for the dinner presentation at the time of reservation, so please have your credit card ready.

Friday, July 8, 10:30 AM
Desert Foothills Independent Film Festival. Free popcorn and soft drinks! Join us for a wide selection of films from around the world. No registration. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek 

July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
Diary of Anne Frank An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence-their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Featuring Advanced Drama Project Cast members ages 16 and up! Tickets on sale - click here.


Suite 105 at The Summit, Ashler Hills and Scottsdale Road (next to Blu Burger Grill)

July 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 7pm

July 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 2pm

Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Christmas in July at the Gold Mine Thrift Shop!   It is Gold Mine's third year featuring Christmas in July! 6502 East Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek

Sunday, July 17, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
2nd Annual Teddy Bear Tea. Bring your furry friend all dressed up for tea.  Bears of every shape, size and color welcome so long as accompanied by a small child. Adults $25, Children, $15, Bears, Free (if properly attired)! English Rose Tea Room, 201 Easy St., Carefree

Friday, July 22, 7:00 - 9:00 AM
Rock Art of Spur Cross. The petroglyphs found in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area were created hundreds of years ago by the Hohokam people. Walk in their footsteps and visit a few of the more impressive sites in the conservation area during this two hour hike. (moderate)


Eric Watson of Watson's Hat Shop in Cave Creek received a Small Business Spotlight Award and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Schweikert's Office for being recognized by their customers and for their community involvement. Watson's Hat Shop, Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Ste 148, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(480)595-9777, Shop Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM. 

ProMusica Arizona will be holding auditions for both the Chorale and Orchestra at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church, 20125 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix 85027 on: Tuesday August 9, 7-9 pm Tuesday August 23, 7-9 pm Chorale All voices are welcome to audition. Vocalists should be able to read music and have experience in choral singing. A one-minute prepared song is required. Auditions for vocalists consist of an assessment of range, vocal quality, intonation and reading ability. Accompanist will be provided. Orchestra Auditions for all instruments are welcome. Instrumentalists need to have an intermediate/advanced skill level. A one-minute prepared piece is required. Accompanist will be provided. For an audition appointment, contact PMAZ Executive Director Yvonne Dolby at [email protected].

Brexit has already caused mortgage rates to fall to a three-year low this week, according to Bankrate.  As rates fall, it becomes cheaper and simpler for homebuyers to finance that home purchase. What to do? Contact The Solutions Team of On Q Financial. Beth Wexler or Rene Lopo can find the mortgage plan right for you! 

Need rubbish removed this summer?  $40 off 1/2 load or more; $20 off all lesser loads. Use coupon code SUMMERPHX when calling  Rubbish Works at 480-545-1220 for service.

Contact your local AAA Insurance Agent, Francesca Duggan, to get a AAA Auto or Home Insurance quote and receive a $10 Gas Card. Restrictions apply. Visit AZ.AAA.com/duggan.

Carefree Floors has a JUNE & JULY SPECIAL! 25% off ALL Tile and Carpet Cleaning for Chamber Members. Carefree Floors offers Truck-mounted Steam Extraction and Deodorizing. We also can Clean while you're away, so CALL today to schedule an appointment 480-515-9999. Need your Area Rugs cleaned? Drop them off at 6528 Cave Creek Rd. for a quick turn around.

Join Revital-AZ for a Cool Event Luncheon! Learn more about Coolsculpting! Save the date Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 11AM - 2PM. Presentation by Corporate Coolsculpting Expert. Free Assessments. Live Demo!  Enter raffle to win a (1) Free Coolsculpting cycle. Space is Limited! Call now to reserve your spot! R.S.V.P  (480) 629-5776

Cool Summer Specials at Health Solutions Center of ArizonaClick here for details.  7301 E Sundance Trail, Suite D-103, Carefree
Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Data (ARMLS)

June data, ARMLS metrics are from the previous month

Compiled by Kraig Nelson, Associate Broker

PhoenixSold volume (dollar amount) was 11.86% higher; active listings were 6.53% higher; and the median sold price ($217,000) was 11.28% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 66. 2026 residential units closed escrow.

CarefreeSold volume (dollar amount) was 31.00% lower; active listings were 7.20% higher; and the median sold price ($636,250) was 18.93% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 219. 16 residential units closed escrow.

Cave CreekSold volume (dollar amount) was 12.16% higher; active listings were 8.88% higher; and the median sold price ($410,000) was 7.89% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 144. 79 residential units closed escrow.
ScottsdaleSold volume (dollar amount) was 7.76% higher; active listings were 6.93% higher; and the median sold price ($415,000) was 9.21% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 107 (same as last month).  752 residential units closed escrow.
Kraig's Comments:
  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 3.70% of the total sales volume. This is down 35.30% from one year ago.
  • There is a 2.98 month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. A balanced market for buyers and sellers is considered to be about 6 months.
  • Total residential inventory is 4.50% higher than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Area: median sold price is $225,000; 6.25% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 75.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.29% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $100,000 sells for about $96,000.
  • Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold/closed last month: 8,676; this is 4.30% higher than one year ago.

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