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Carefree Christmas Festival is Now…Here is the Schedule of Events

Fridaylights 2

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Gift market.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas music.

3-4 p.m. Kelso Brothers Quintet.

5-9 p.m. Holiday party with Sarah Birkett.

5-9 p.m. Carriage rides along Easy Street.

5-9 p.m. Strolling carolers presented by Desert Foothills Theater.


Saturdaylights cactus

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Gift market.

10 a.m.-11 a.m. Adaptive Force Dance Studio.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Medley of Theater Classics presented by Desert Foothills Theater.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kiddie train.

1-2 p.m. Mrs. Claus presented by the Desert Foothills Library.

2-3 p.m. Cactus Shadows High School choir.

3-4 p.m. Live nativity and choir presented by Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.

5-9 p.m. Holiday party with DJ Robin.

6 p.m. Electric Light Parade.

8 p.m. Fireworks and Granite Mountain Hotshot salute.



10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gift market.

9 a.m.-noon Pet parade.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kiddie train.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Adage Dance Company.

3-5 p.m. Affinity Dance Band.

For a complete schedule: carefreechristmasfestival.com.


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Art Tour Starts Saturday! Hidden in the Hills

Be A Part Of The Arts!  Come to Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale to experience the most visible art event in the Desert Foothills. This is an extraordinary, dynamic, and FREE, self-guided tour of 46 studios and 168 working artists.  

Open tour starts Saturday, Free and Fun!

Open tour starts Saturday, Free and Fun!


Held annually the weekends before and after Thanksgiving, the Sonoran Arts League presents Hidden in the Hills (HITH), the Valley’s largest six-day studio tour to art enthusiasts, patrons and serious collectors. The HITH involves touring studios of participating artists providing a unique opportunity to observe them at work. Visitors are welcome to participate in conversation and creative connection with nearly 200 artists, gleaning insight into the creative process, learning about the tools of the trade, and are able to purchase works directly from the artists. HITH is the League’s signature event that brings excitement, enrichment and artistic awareness that is essential to life and community.

Admission is FREE and studios are open to the public from 10:00am – 5:00pm Search for artists by name, medium or keywords – the full 2013 roster will be listed soon!

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Hike Go John Trail, Cave Creek Recreation Area, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

spur crossHave you hiked the mountain trails that are in Cave Creek AZ? The mountains that are to the west of Rancho Manana Golf Course are home to some wonderful, moderate trails…
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Summary: A Phoenix area park with 11 miles of trails open to hiking, mountain bikes and horses. The park also features camping facilities with showers ($18 per night) and horseback rides ($30 per hour) and ranger led activities. Click here for more specific park events.
Directions: From Phoenix, drive north on I-17 to exit #223 and head east on the Carefree Highway. Drive about 7 miles then turn north on 32nd Street. Enter the Park at a self service fee station ($5 per car load per day).
Road Conditions: Passenger Car – paved all the way
Navigation: Easy – wide, well marked trails throughout
Length: 0 – 15 miles
Date Hiked: December 2003
Weather Conditions: Cool and sunny
Required Skills: None
Hike Description: All hikes pass through vegetation typical of the Upper Sonoran Desert. Along the way you’ll see: saguaro cactus, cholla, prickly pear, palo verde, ironwood, brittle bush, jojoba, ocotillo and mesquite.
Go John Trail (4.7 mile loop):
 The longest loop in the park, the trail begins at the parking lot for the Go John Trailhead. The trail circumnavigates a prominent ridge, passing several abandoned mine sites along the way. There is one moderately steep, if short, hill which is found just north of the trailhead.
Overton Trail (2.1 mile loop):
 This hike may be started from either the Go John or Overton Trailheads. This hike forms a loop around another prominent hill in the park. 
Clay Mine Trail (0.8 miles one way):
 This trail leads from a parking lot along Jasper Way along a ridge line to connect with the Overton Trail. Along the way it passes the Clay Mine, which you can walk into about 50 feet.
Slate Trail (1.6 miles one way):
 A mostly flat trail which leads from the horse stables at the Go John Trailhead to the park boundary. Seems to be mostly used by mountain bikes and horses.
Flume Trail (1.5 miles one way):
 Despite it’s rather exciting sounding name the Flume Trail just follows a dry wash southeast to an old rocky road. Also seems to be traveled mostly by mountain bikes and horses.
Jasper Trail (0.2 miles one way):
 Not much of a trail really. This short path provides a connection between the Go John and Slate Trails.
Rating (1-5 stars): Place to hike if you don’t have time to get away. Not sure if my experience was typical, but I only saw a few horses and mountain bikes on the hike. The author hiked all the trails in the park (since some were out and back this was about 15 miles) in about 5 hours.

Todd’s Desert hiking guide: http://www.toddshikingguide.com

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Hike your way to cooler temperatures in Arizona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona

The weather is still warm in Carefree and Cave Creek…and you are interested in getting out – out of the heat, out of the scorching sun, out in the cool, open air.

Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. There are many gems within Arizona that are perfect for enjoying the outdoors without sweating in the triple digits.

Sedona – Cathedral Rock
The red rock of Sedona’s natural landscape is a must-see in Arizona. It’s an incredibly awe-inspiring and distinctive destination. In addition to the beauty, temperatures are a bit cooler than here in Phoenix, making it an even more attractive destination for hikers.

“I love hiking in Sedona,” says Scottsdale resident Susan West. “Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful and unique, but it’s the perfect place to combine a great workout with a great meal and glass of wine afterward.”

West considers Cathedral Rock one of her favorite hikes in the area.

“It’s pretty short, but it’s a scramble to the top over wacky red rocks, so it’s a great workout,” she says. “Because it’s steep, it gets traffic, but it’s not full of people. When you get to the top, you have an expansive view of Sedona and many of the iconic formations. Off the back, it’s a quiet view to green fields.

The Coconino National Forest website describes the hike as “more of a rock climb than a hike,” and says the trail is “unshaded and steep and difficult in places.” But West has discovered it to be doable by adults and kids alike.

“I know kids as young as three years old who have completed the hike, and older kids can definitely do it,” she says. “It’s short enough to be family-friendly but also fun for all ages.”

The Hiking Facts (from the Coconino National Forest website)
• Usage: heavy
• Best season: spring through fall


Humphrey’s Peak in Flagstaff

Flagstaff – Humphrey’s
Flagstaff is a very popular destination for Arizonans, and Humphrey’s Trail is one of the must-see hiking destinations in the area.

“It is my favorite hike in Arizona,” says Desert Ridge resident Catherine Chisholm. “But it is a challenge.”

What makes the hike so popular is that, at 12,633 feet, the summit of Humphrey’s Peak is the highest elevation in Arizona, showcasing distant views of the Grand Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. What makes it a challenge is that the trail is steep, with a quick 3,333 foot elevation gain, and becomes very rocky at its higher reaches.

“The last part of the hike is above the treeline,” says Chisholm. “I have been with really fit people who started to feel the altitude in the last 30 minutes and have gotten dizzy. You don’t have to go all the way to the top, the beginning of the hike is in a densely forested area and a lot of hikers go up and back for an hour or so.”

The trail runs approximately 5 to 5.5 miles each way, so if you do plan on hiking the whole trail in a roundtrip day hike, start early and check the forecast.

“If you are going to go to the top, make sure the weather is going to be good – you wouldn’t want to get stuck in a thunderstorm up there,” says Chisholm. “Also, you’ll need plenty of food or water because it will take most of the day.”

Above the treeline, the only plants that can survive are small tundra shrubs and wildflowers that huddle for shelter among the rocks. Some are found nowhere else in the world. Past the tree line, you come to the top.

“It is amazing at the top,” says Chisholm. “It is the highest point in Arizona and you feel like you are above the clouds.”

The Hiking Facts (from the Coconino National Forest website)
• Usage: medium to heavy
• Best season: late spring through fall
• Difficulty: Strenuous
• Hiking Time: 3 hours (one way).


Fossil Creek in Strawberry

Fossil Creek is a true gem. The hike is beautiful and the rewards are great. At the bottom of the 1,600-foot-deep canyon are a series of springs that eject 20,000 gallons of water a minute.

Fossil Creek attracts all sorts of visitors: day hikers, campers, adults and kids alike. It really has something for everyone.

“My husband and I love Fossil Creek,” says Desert Ridge resident Jessica Warren. “We love camping and this is a much easier alternative to the Grand Canyon. It is so much fun to splash around in the water at the bottom of the canyon in the creek.”

The Coconino National Forest claims “over 30 million gallons of water are discharged each day at a constant 70 degrees,” making it a huge draw for those willing to hike all the way to the bottom. The route drops a little more than 1,300 feet over four miles down to the creek, making it an eight-mile roundtrip hike. Plan on camping overnight or going early.

“I recommend bringing plenty of water with you,” adds Warren. “It is still hot in the summer and the hike out is challenging, but it’s worth it. You get to experience desert landscape along with lots of rocks, trees and the amazing springs. It’s just a great place.”

Warren isn’t alone in her sentiment. In fact, Fossil Creek has increased so much in popularity that the trails are often shut down because of too much traffic. Before you make the trip, make sure the trails are open and accepting hikers. Coconino National Forest highly recommends hiking on a weekday if your schedule allows.

The Hiking Facts (from the Coconino National Forest website)
• Usage: heavy
• Best season: year round; summer can be warm

Wednesday 6.26.2013 @ 10:35am | Lynsi Freitag | Lifestyle
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Published on March 27, 2013 by in Carefree News

MLS Stats 3.13.13

Click the  link to above see total sales for all of Maricopa County in each Price Range in February.

It has become a Seller’s Market in some price ranges.
Carefree is slightly down, but is having more sale activity than last year.

We are especially busy under $ 800K.


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Last 2 days to tour Arabian Horse Farms in Scottsdale

Arabian Farm Tours


11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rae Dawn Arabians, 11249 E. Arabian Park Drive, Scottsdale.

2 to 4 p.m., Arabian Expressions, 9870 E. Jenan Drive, Scottsdale.

6 to 8 p.m., Pegasus Arabians, 12470 N. 93rd St., Scottsdale.


Noon to 2 p.m., Royal Arabians, 1660 N. Lindsay Road, Mesa.

For full details and information: arabhorsefarmtour.com.

By Sonja HallerThe Republic | azcentral.comFri Dec 28, 2012 7:38 AM

Beauty is big, dark eyes, a dishy face, a high-arching neck and huge nostrils.

At least if you’re an Arabian-horse show judge.

Today through Tuesday, Scottsdale’s Arabian farms are inviting the public in for free tours to see the horses up close and learn about what makes them so special.

The tours are a primer for the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld, considered the largest Arabian event in the world. The show will be held Feb. 14-24.

Owners will be hustling as clients from around the world take part in December sales of potential champions. But a portion of the farm owners are devoting their two-hour presentations to the 50 percent who attend the show but know nothing about Arabian horses.

Champion Scottsdale trainer Greg Knowles is devoting his entire Monday tour to explaining the history of the horse, what judges look for during shows, and buying Arabians as an investment.

“People want to know — what do you do with the Arabians?” said Knowles, owner of Arabian Expressions farm in Scottsdale. “This is a lifestyle for us, not a job. We’re up at midnight foaling, we’re out all day. I shut down the barn at 10 p.m. and when I go into the kitchen to drink a glass of water, I look out the window and count (horse) heads. Once you get bit by the bug, you get bit.”

Knowles was bit just after graduating college with a degree in communications after a friend introduced him to his first Arabian 40 years ago.

During the tour, Knowles will share fun facts, such as Arabians having one less vertebrae in their back than other horses, or that all of them have black skin under different shades of hair — the skin being suited to their desert heritage. Visitors also will learn about judging — for example, that judges look for a high-tail carriage that waves like a flag to demonstrate charisma.

Knowles’ partner, who goes only by her first name, Riyan, said people can learn about training in which no expense or effort is spared.

It takes three to five months to ready the horses for competition.

“They’re athletes and they go through a lot to be 100 percent prepared,” she said.

They train on treadmills. They work out different muscles on different days with trotting and cantering exercises. This week, one of Arabian Expressions’ mares received her veterinary chiropractic treatment. It’s not uncommon for horses to receive equine acupuncture, Riyan said.

Many presenters at the farm tours, which can draw up to 500 people, also will address the myths about Arabians.

Knowles keeps 20 horses, ranging in worth from $35,000 to more than $250,000, and has rock musicians, professional athletes and Arab sheiks as clients — but Arabians are not only for the rich.

Like the real-estate market, now is the time to buy Arabians, he said. Spectacular horses can be purchased as family pets and recreational animals for a few thousand dollars.

Also, David Cains, a breeder who is offering tours at his Scottsdale Stonewall Farm Arabians on Sunday, said people are surprised to learn Arabians are not standoffish.

“They’re more like big dogs,” he said. “They come to the front of their stalls and they want to be petted and brushed and loved on.”

Also, while the breed receives a lot of ink for their distinct look, they’re not just pretty show horses.

Arabians make great endurance horses, competing in rides as long as 100 miles in a day.


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Carefree Celebrates Christmas!

This weekend, Carefree refashions its cozy town center into the image of those miniature Christmas villages: snow, sparkling lights and vintage touches. The fifth annual Carefree Christmas Festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday with an electric-light parade and fireworks Saturday evening.

Attendance has grown from a few thousand to an expected crowd of 30,000 this year, but organizers say the festival retains a quaint, open atmosphere. In addition to Saturday’s parade and fireworks, highlights include a Christmas food and gift market, 25 tons of snow and pictures with the big man at Santa’s Grotto. The town’s signature event — that comes together thanks to elected and town officials, merchants and longtime residents — has become a well-oiled machine in its first four years.

This year, veteran festivalgoers offer a few of their favorite things to take in. Electric-light parade, fireworks Illuminated floats, dancers and marching bands parade down Easy Street, the town’s main thoroughfare. More than 75 entries are expected. The parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Fireworks follow at 8.

Insider’s tips: Arrive as early as three hours before the parade starts, said Cave Creek resident Shari Flatt who has been to every festival. This year, she’s taking her grandchildren, ages 9 and 13. “Get there early and put your seats along the route,” Flatt said. She then suggests checking out the performances in the amphitheater and having an early dinner at Carefree’s English Tea Room, sure to be decked out in holiday style. In addition, Flatt gets into the giving spirit by recommending the not-so-well-known parking lot east of the town’s famous sundial off of Cave Creek Road.

Carefree Christmas Gift Market More than 20 food vendors offer such holiday favorites as roasted chestnuts, hot cocoa and traditional comfort foods like hot dogs, kettle corn and tamales. As many as 110 gift-market vendors offer items, such as handmade lotion and soaps, hand-painted wine glasses and bottle corks, candles, jewelry and pottery. The market is open all three days, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Insider’s tips: Ron Welch, manager of Karsten’s Ace Hardware in Carefree, will be on site tending to any vendors’ needs and as such recommends shopping for the hard-to-shop friend and relative at the market. “You can get gifts there that you won’t be able to purchase at any department or big-box store.” He also suggests that families who have not yet taken their photo for their Christmas cards take it at the festival. “The whole town is lit up and decorated,” he said. In particular, cactuses in the Carefree Desert Gardens in the heart of downtown are adorned with twinkling lights.

Kidzone Children can visit Santa’s “official desert home,” the grotto, next to Carefree’s amphitheater. Santa’s hours are: 4-9 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday; and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Nearby, bouncy houses, 25 tons of snow and an icy slide provide children with frigid fun from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Insider’s tips: Cave Creek resident Elaine Kinert, mother of four children ages 10 to 15, said it may be shorts and flip-flop weather, except on the snow hill. “It’s cold,” she said. “If you’re taking small children know that it’s chilly and damp. They need warm clothes.” Kinert added that although every year the festival adds more festivities to the roster, the town remains compact. This makes it ideal for the small ones or older ones whose mobility is compromised after long treks. “Everything you need to see is in this compact little area,” she said. More activities Horse-drawn carriage rides.

A North Pole mailbox. Story time with Mrs. Claus, 1-2 p.m. Saturday in the town’s amphitheater. Holiday music and dance performances all three days in the amphitheater. The Kiddie Train rides from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Holiday Pet Parade — pets don their holiday best and parade around from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday amid a doggie market. Santa will pose for photos with your pet. The pet parade starts at 10 a.m.


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The Taste of Cave Creek is this week, 10/17 & 18

by Carey Sweet - Oct. 12, 2012
Special for The Republic

What began as a small community gathering on the edge of the desert 12 years ago has turned into an annual festival at Stagecoach Village in downtown Cave Creek, drawing thousands of guests over two days for food, drink, art and music.

When Taste of Cave Creek rolls out Wednesday and Thursday, it will be yet bigger and better than ever, featuring a new Chili Cook-Off with the International Chili Society, and a nightly Cave Creek Acoustic Music Competition hosted by Pandy Raye and Chicks with Picks.

At the heart will be two dozen restaurants in all styles, ranging from the James Beard Award-nominated Binkley’s to the down-home honky-tonk Buffalo Chip Saloon.

For $10, guests can sample wine, craft beer and tequila, enjoy live country and rock music, and peruse a Sonoran Arts League fine-art exhibit. Food-tasting coupons are $1 to $4 each.

Anyone thinking their chili can kick the best chef creation is encouraged to play along, too. Judges will bestow $1,750 in prize money each night, with green chile starring on Wednesday and red chile taking the spotlight on Thursday.

Details: Taste of Cave Creek, 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at the door, at tasteofcavecreek.com or by calling 480-488-1400.

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Cave Creek Algebra Students find success in ‘flipped classrooms’

by Mary Beth Faller - Sept. 4, 2012 
The Republic | azcentral

It’s a scenario many parents have witnessed: Their children become frustrated trying to do homework at night because they forgot the lesson learned at school that morning.

One teaching model that addresses this issue is called the “flipped classroom,” in which students learn the lessons at home, usually online, and then do “homework” in class with their teachers and classmates.

The video model of the flipped classroom started becoming popular around 2000, when many colleges started replacing professors’ lectures with videos, but the concept isn’t new.
Having students read a textbook or article at home and then discussing it the next day is one version of “flipping,” according to Nancy Pratt, technology and instruction coordinator for the Cave Creek Unified School District.

“It doesn’t have to require technology and it doesn’t have to cost anything,” she said.

But technology has created a huge boom in the practice. Many Cave Creek teachers are probably flipping at least some of their lessons during the year, Pratt said.

“In the classroom, teachers are innovating their practices so students have more time to engage with each other and their teachers,” Pratt told the governing board last week. “Teachers always need more time with their students.”

The district will encourage flipping by offering training and support to teachers. A group of about 13 teachers, from kindergarten through high school, have volunteered to be in a pilot program, Pratt said. They’ll meet regularly, share best practices and agree to post their videos on the district’s website.

One teacher who started flipping content this year is Jude Burnett, who teaches at Cactus Shadows High School.

“I’ve been teaching algebra for about nine years and the thing that’s so frustrating is that kids start to ‘fade out,’ ” she said. “Last year, I had a student say, ‘If you could make math like video games, everyone would do it.’

“I started reading about flipped classrooms and it seemed like the perfect solution to the struggle I was having with kids not getting it.”

Burnett videos her lessons and students watch them at night while doing a worksheet at the same time. The next day, they do work in class together.

“If they’re stuck I can help them right away.”

She has had positive feedback from many parents, she said.

“At open house, parents were raving about it because they forget how to do algebra and now they can watch the video and help their kids,” she said.

Burnett had started posting the videos on YouTube, but then switched to Educreations, which is easier for her to upload and for students to access.

She said making and posting videos of all the lessons is a lot of work this year, but the videos will be there next year, though she anticipates tweaking the content for every class.

“I’m doing the exact same thing as I was when I was lecturing, but probably 95 percent of students are thrilled to be doing it this way,” she said.

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Check the Housing Market in your Zip….Carefree & Cave Creek, N. Scottsdale

Cromford NE Valley August 2012 (Click words to left )

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