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History Highlights 
by Kraig Nelson, docent

From the Cave Creek Museum
Scottsdale has Frank Lloyd Wright with his winter home and architectural school called Taliesin West (Scottsdale's only National Historic Landmark); and, Cave Creek has Frank W. Wright (no relation) who was known as "Mr. Cave Creek." Frank W. Wright lived in Cave Creek for sixty years and died at the age of eighty-nine in 1982 (Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 at the age of ninety-one). Frank W.'s civic accomplishments were numerous, including bringing street lights to Cave Creek, he was the founder of the Cave Creek Water Company, Frank was active in getting the county to pave Cave Creek Road from Bell Road north, he and his wife helped sponsor the first community church now located at the Cave Creek Museum. The land on which the Museum sits was donated by Mr. Wright. In 1934 Frank founded and helped build the American Legion, known today as Frank W. Wright #34.  
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Carefree, AZ  85377

Patty Villeneuve


480 488 3381

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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

It is hot, hot, hot outside and the humidity is up. It is that time of year when we yearn for fall when the temperature and humidity return to their idyllic norms.

When it's too hot to cook and you decide to go out to dinner, I hope you are eating at one of our amazing Chamber member restaurants. 

When it's too hot and your air conditioner goes on the blink, I hope it is a Chamber member business that you call for repair.

When it's too hot and you are enjoying a nice refreshing swim in the pool, I hope you are using a Chamber member business for all of your pool needs.

When it's too hot outside and it's not time for breakfast, lunch or dinner I hope you are cooling off while visiting our shops and art galleries. 

Remember...Buy local or bye-bye local!


Patty Villeneuve
President & CEO

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
The Boulders Resort & Spa30 years
Custom Accounting & Tax

24 years
Town of Carefree

22 years
New York Life Insurance - Bob Hartman21 years
Tobias' Automotive Specialist, Inc.18 years
Karsten's Carefree ACE Hardware18 years
Christ Anglican Church17 years
Jane Ceasor Insurance15 years
Karsten's ACE Hardware

11 years
Robert Martino Electric9 years
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Sonoran Desert Lifestyles7 years
Grossman Insurance Agency6 years
Stefan Mann

3 years
Grace Foundation for the Preservation of Americana

3 years
Bearnson & Caldwell, LLC

3 years
Maria Nixon Agency Farmers Insurance3 years
Silverado Senior Living3 years
CMQ Photos, LLC2 years
Desert Homeworx2 years
Health Body Harmony1 year
Arizona Community Education Foundation

1 year

Bella Cane Boutique1 year
Brisam's Grill Bar & Patio1 year
Arizona Pool Keeper1 year

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

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All Mercedes (European Auto Repair)
LoanStar Home Lending
American Cancer Society
Tobias Automotive
Natural Habitat, Inc.
Fitness with Patricia
HonorHealth Medical Group-Carefree
Merrill Gardens at Anthem
French Accent Landscaping, Inc.
Elements Massage
AZ Pain Doctors

"Get To Know" the Carefree Town Council Candidates 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm 
Formal Q & A starts at 6:15pm

Carefree Resort and Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree, AZ 85377 (Cholla Room) 

Please join all of the candidates running for a position on the Carefree Town Council for an evening of answering questions posed by the audience and getting to know one another.

Hosted by Preston Westmoreland, local real estate professional, the audience will have the opportunity to write questions that will be read to the candidates for discussion and response.

The candidate for Mayor is Les Peterson, and the candidates for the remainder of the Town Council are John Crane, Mike Farrar, Michael Krahe, Cheryl Kroyer, Gene Orrico and Jim Van Allen.

Please RSVP at [email protected].


Thank you to residents and visitors from all over the country who have taken the time to watch renowned artists Ray Villafane and Sue Beatrice complete this 24 ton masterpiece over a 14 day period. The media attention was overwhelming including PHOENIX Magazine voting Ray as Artist of the Month for July as well as numerous blogs and local TV such as Cory McCloskey from Fox 10 capturing the transformation. 

Visit Chessie Trunkston (elephant) and Hershel Higginbottom (mouse) along with the Owl and her owlets, available to view for free through Labor Day, September 5 in the Gardens.

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

A list of candidates below are running in this very important Cave Creek election.

Mayor (1 Seat)

Bunch, Ernie

Marsolo, Anna

Smith-Haff, Janell E.

Council Member (6 Seats)

Clancy, Susan

Diefenderfer, Paul

Elrod, Mary


Jensen, C.W.

McGuire, Thomas

Monachino, Reg

O'Toole, James

Smith, David

Sova, Ron

Vannucci, John B.

Wright, Eileen

Did you know that there are a variety of ongoing events, new programs, local hikes, and unique classes offered by our community organizations?  Many are free, for all age groups, and are all educational or for fun.  Check them out!!

Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Holland Community Center, 34250 N 60th St, Bldg B, Scottsdale, AZ 85622
Desert Foothills Theater, 34250 N 60th St, Bldg B, Scottsdale, AZ  85266
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Cave Creek Regional Park, 37900 E. Cave Creek Pkwy, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Wednesday, August 3, 5:00 PM
 History Dinner at Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House Marshall Trimble, Arizona's Official State Historian presents "What's in a Name: Arizona's Colorful Place Names". $55 per person includes dinner. 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek. Call 4780488-8031 between 12 - 9 pm for reservations.

Saturday, August 13, 11AM - 1PM
Sonoran Arts League is partnering with animal rescue groups Paws & Claws and Rescue Pals for Pet Adoption Days at the Gallery at el Pedregal on located on the second floor of el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale. 

The public is invited to peruse the art at the Gallery, provided by Sonoran Arts League members, while meeting and interacting with a variety of dogs and cats who will be up for adoption. Patrons will receive a free sketch of any animal they adopt during Pet Adoption Days.

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 - 8:30PM
UCP panel including dietitians, parents and medical professionals to discuss tube feedings and homemade blended formulas. UCP DTA Facility, 22601 N 17th Ave., 

Ste 150, Phoenix, AZ 85027. For more information on the event or to RSVP over the phone, contact Laura Blalack at 602-943-5472.

8:00 - 9:30 AM
Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

$7.00 Members $10.00 - Non-members
Come join your fellow Chamber Members for an informational presentation and early morning networking!
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 and 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].

Carefree Floors AUGUST SPECIAL - 50% off on Tile Shower Cleaning for Chamber Members. **Mention this AD for your discount. Carefree Floors offers Truck-mounted Steam Extraction and Deodorizing and can also clean while you're away. 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.

PVCC's FREE Saturday Concert Series has now been scheduled for the Fall 2016 semester. Please put these dates on your calendar and join us for live music, food trucks and fun for the entire family!  Bands perform at the CPA Amphitheatre located on the south side of the CPA building.  Bring a folding chair or blanket. Click here for additional information about each artist
Chuck Hall Band (electric blues)
Saturday, September 10th, 6:00p-8:00p
Grupo Liberdade (Brazilian Music/Samba)
Saturday, October 15th, 6:00p-8:00p
Davey Arnold Band (Country)
Saturday, November 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Even in the dog days of August bring your four legged friends over to Bella Cane's weekly "Yappy Hour" on Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM located at 201 Easy St., Carefree.

APS encourages safety during summer storms and dispels common "myths" about electricity. THE TRUTH ABOUT ELECTRICITY MAY SHOCK YOU. During an Arizona summer, monsoon storms can bring high winds and microbursts that have historically delivered enough force to knock power lines and poles to the ground.  To help customers and others stay safe through summer storm season, APS offers the top eight misconceptions surrounding downed power line safety:

1) Auto tires protect against electrical shock... FALSE: Electricity has one goal - find the least-resistant path to ground. If a line falls on your car, the electricity from the line can travel through the body of the car, through the tires and to the ground. If you exit the vehicle, you could get electrocuted if you're touching the car and the ground at the same time.

2) Because metal is a conductor, it is safer outside the car...FALSE: In the case of a downed line, the safest place is inside your car. If you have a cell phone, call 911 and wait patiently for help to arrive. If you must get out of the car because of a life-threatening situation, jump away from the vehicle using the baseboard of the vehicle without touching both the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Move away using short, shuffle steps without lifting your feet off the ground until you are at least 100 feet away from the vehicle.

3) Live wires always make sparks...FALSE: Always assume a wire is live. Many downed wires do not spark, make noise, or show any indication of electricity. Just because a wire is down does not mean that electricity is shut off.

4) APS always knows when a line is down...FALSE: If you see a downed line, immediately call 911 and then APS's call center at (602) 371-7171.

5) A power line can only cause harm if touched...FALSE: Anything touching a power line could become energized and you could be harmed if you touch what has become energized. Additionally, electricity can spread through the ground if conditions, like moisture, allow it. Just because you are not touching a line doesn't mean you are safe from the electricity in the line. Even though you can't see it, it doesn't mean it can't injure you.

6) All power lines are insulated...FALSE: Unlike extension cords or wires that connect many household appliances, overhead power lines do not have insulation. Touching one, directly or indirectly, is dangerous and can cause serious injury, including death.

7) Wood is an insulator...FALSE: Although wood is typically thought of as an insulator, it can conduct electricity, especially if it is wet or moist. Using wood to touch or move a downed power line is dangerous and absolutely should not be attempted.

8) Rubber shoes are good insulation...FALSE: Although rubber is commonly used as an insulator, most "rubber" accessories such as gloves or shoes are not rated for direct contact with electricity. It is not safe to touch any energized material (power line or anything touching a power line) just because you are wearing rubber gloves or rubber shoes.

Cave Creek Wild West Days Seeks Parade Entrants, Poker Ride Participants, Miss Wild West Day contestants and more for the 13th annual event set for Wednesday through Sunday, November 2-6, 2016. To download information on all opportunities click here.
Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Data (ARMLS)

July data, ARMLS metrics are from the previous month

Compiled by Kraig Nelson, Associate Broker

PhoenixSold volume (dollar amount) was 6.53% higher; active listings were 7.59% higher; and the median sold price ($221,000) was 10.50% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 66 (same as last month).
2134 residential units closed escrow.

CarefreeSold volume (dollar amount) was 67.10% lower; active listings were 10.38% higher; and the median sold price ($472,000) was 41.37% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 136. 
9 residential units closed escrow.

Cave CreekSold volume (dollar amount) was 1.43% lower; active listings were 15.71% higher; and the median sold price ($422,500) was 10.75% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 118.
82 residential units closed escrow.
ScottsdaleSold volume (dollar amount) was 7.67% higher; active listings were 8.09% higher; and the median sold price ($403,750) was 7.10% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 111.
822 residential units closed escrow.
Kraig's Comments - 
  • Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 3.40% of the total sales volume. This is down 44.60% from one year ago.
  • There is a 2.78 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 5.6% higher than one year ago.
  • Entire Phoenix Metro Area: median sold price is $230,000; 7.00% higher than one year ago.  Average days on market were 76.
  • Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.45% 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: 8,861 this is 2.20% higher than one year ago.

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