October Newsletter

Events & Organizations
Is your organization having an event we need to know about? Email it us for inclusion on our website, E-blast and E-newsletter; 

American Cancer Society,
4550 E Bell Rd #126, Scottsdale, AZ 85032

Cafe Bink 36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr. Carefree,  
AZ 85377

Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House6710 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

6140 E Skyline Dr, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

37900 E. Cave Creek Parkway

Desert Foothills Library,
38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Desert Foothills Theaterat Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.

Desert Foothills YMCA
34250 N 60th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Easy Street Galleria,100 Easy St, Carefree, AZ 85377
Foothills Community Foundation34250 N 60th St, Bldg B, Scottsdale, AZ 85622

PVCC at Black Mountain34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

ProMusica2016/2017 season

Soroptimist Saguaro Foothills, 39th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Scully Learning Center37436 N. Ranch Manana Blvd. 

Cave Creek, 
AZ 85331

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, 44000 N. Spur Cross Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Wild West DaysNov 3-6
Member Recognition
Adams, Kvittem-Barr  & Associates 23 years
Manship Builders18 years
Kathie Nohre

9 years
First American Title

6 years
Magic Bird Festival5 years
Foothills Animal Rescue

3 years
Joseph's Quality Cleaning Service

3 years
Parkway Bank

3 years
OnQ Financial

2 years
Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale

1 year
Allstate Insurance - Rebecca Niessink

1 year
Easy Street Galleria

1 year

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

Toll Brothers
Dynamic Door Service Today

Congratulations to Rare Earth Gallery!!
Our very own home grown Art of the earth Gallery was voted"Best of Valley" for home decor and furniture in the October issue of Phoenix Magazine. Its a feather in everyone cap and just drives more quality tourism and business to the Cave Creek/Care Free area. Kudos to Rare Earth gallery and thanks for doing a great job. We are all proud of you and your efforts to be the best you can be and contributing to our community. 
History Highlights 
by Kraig Nelson, docent

From the Cave Creek Museum

Historian Francis C. Carlson described the early Cave Creek residents (mostly miners and ranchers) as, "hard-working, hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-dying." There were some intellectuals in the community however. The first one-room school house in Cave Creek, built in 1886, had multiple community uses (Sunday school and services) including a bi-monthly venue for "weighty debates" per Carlson, discussions regarding political issues, including women's right to vote for example (affirmative vote),  and children participated in learning poems and elocution exercises. This group was called the "Cave Creek Literary Society." The areas first newspaper called The Cave Creek News, published by miner Ed Taylor, was read at each meeting. The year for this intellectual exchange: 1893!

Board of Directors
Chamber President's Message:
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
748 Easy St

Whether you are a brand new member of the Chamber or you have been a Chamber member for years...this event is for you!  Please join me, staff, Board members and Ambassadors on Friday October 7 from 8-9 AM at the Chamber office to receive information about how to get the most out of your Chamber benefits.  Please RSVP to the Chamber office by emailing Colleen or calling 480 488-3381.  Refreshments will be served and space is limited.

Oct 12; 5:30 - 7pm
Eye Care North
29605 N Cave Creek Rd #102, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining).

Raffle Tickets only $1 each!

Bring an item to raffle and get a a 30 second commercial about your business. 

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win! 

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5pm
11 E Sundial Cir #3, 
Carefree, AZ 85377

Oct. 27; 8-9:30am
Harold's Corral
6895 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Garrick Taylor
Sr. Vice President of Government Relations & Communications
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Find out all you need to know on Prop 206 and Federal Overtime Rule changes.

$7 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining).

 Letter from 
Mayor Les Peterson
Securing Carefree's Financial Future

Over the years, both past and present Carefree Town Councils have worked earnestly to develop strategies to diversify and sustain the community's main revenue stream - municipal sales tax.  While in many neighboring communities a municipal property tax is used to provide core community services, in Carefree municipal sales tax is the main contributor to offset these expenses. 

These strategic efforts included a Town Center Revitalization Plan.  For a good part of a year, residents, landlords, business owners, Planning and Zoning Commissioners and Councilmembers where engaged with economists, economic development experts, planners and successful commercial property owners (Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel) to develop a strategic effort to revitalize the Town's central business district - the Town Center. This Revitalization Plan was approved by Town Council over a year ago and has been used to establish a rational basis for Town Council decisions and investments.

Today, as a result of these strategic efforts we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. Private investment such as the multi-million dollar Basha's store remodel is taking place with a grand re-opening projected in early October. More recently, the new ownership of Spanish Village is planning to give new life into this center with a fresh new mix of tenants and restaurants, including a new gallery and workspace for world renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane. This private investment did not happen in isolation but can be directly attributed to the Town strategic plans and investments which were initially shared with these significant stakeholders.  Indeed, other business ventures are following with new enterprises projected to open up this fall such as a new butcher shop.  

However, much work still needs to be done.  Summers can be slow in Carefree as evidence in the recent decline in July's sales tax revenue from last July.  However, as part of the Town's strategic initiatives, the Splash Pad has continuously attracted families into the Town Center. Restaurants are claiming that splash pad goers come to their restaurants after playing. 

Hiring! Utility Mechanic
Job Description: Perform water and wastewater collection, distribution, and treatment plant equipment maintenance, installation, customer service, and other assigned maintenance-related duties for the function of the water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution system as needed. Position requires a Grade 1 ADEQ water or wastewater certification or the ability to obtain within six (6) months. Must have a valid Arizona driver's license, and preferably a CDL.
Click here for required qualifications
Realty Reality
Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Data (ARMLS)
August/2016 data, ARMLS metrics are from the previous month.
Compiled by Kraig Nelson, Associate Broker
Phoenix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.99% higher; active listings were 3.98% higher; and the median sold price [$216,625] was 10.95% higher, compared to one year ago.

Average days on market were 69. 1,904 residential units closed escrow.

Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 42.74% lower; active listings were 22.22% higher; and the median sold price [$627,110] was 30.66% higher, compared to one year ago.

Average days on market were 265. 5 residential units closed escrow.

Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 29.26% higher; active listings were 0.69% lower; and the median sold price [$428,000] was 17.26% higher, compared to one year ago.

Average days on market were 110 (same as last month). 62 residential units closed escrow.

PVCC at Black Mountain
Located at the corner of 60th Street and Carefree Highway, Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Whether you're interested in a single class or an associate's degree, PVCC at Black Mountain can help. Advisors are available on site and can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to turn your ambitions into reality. Spring enrollment begins in mid-October, so stop by our office today, or call (602)493-2600 to speak with an academic advisor.

PVCC at Black Mountain also hosts a number of community events. Take advantage of the dark skies by joining PVCC and the Phoenix Astronomical Society for a star party! PAS provides high-powered telescopes and other instruments for viewing. Star parties are held on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM various dates throughout the year. Our next star party will be October 27, 2016. RSVP at [email protected] or learn more by calling (602)561-5398.

If you are interested in STEAM save the date for this year's annual STEAMtastic! A partner event, STEAMtastic is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in everyday life through fun, hands-on, activities for all ages. The event will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017, and will consist of an expo from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM followed by a star party from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Activities will include dry ice ice cream, molecular gastronomy, paper airplanes with LEDs, the science of brewing, and much, much more. If you would like to for STEAMtastic, or are involved with an organization interested in participating, visit our website (https://www.paradisevalley.edu/black-mountain) and look for STEAMtastic, or call us at (602)493-2600.

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Carefree, AZ  85377


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