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Cave Creek Oil Company

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
On a warm Saturday afternoon in Cave Creek, customers saunter through the doors of a small shop. Wearing cowboy boots, tennis shoes, or even high heels, they make their way across the wood floor to the bar where proprietors Rich and Martha Bates often greet them by name, pour them a shot of what they’d like, or recommend a favorite of their own.   They come in with an appetite and leave with a smile, and no one leaves Cave Creek Olive Oil Company without a fun experience under their belt.   There may not be a drop of alcohol in the building, but this year-old business has become a regular stop for many locals. With 57 varieties of freshly bottled olive oils from all over the world, fine balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, unique pastas, salsas, avocado oils, jams, jellies and honey, the shop is a mecca for anyone who enjoys putting together a good meal.   But the bigger reason Cave Creek Olive Oil Company is drawing a crowd is because Rich and Martha are so personable. That’s... More

Durant's Never Closes

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Few people remember a time when Phoenix was a small dot of concrete surrounded by cattle yards and citrus orchards, but it was just that a generation ago. The railroad served as the most important mode of transportation for both agricultural commodities and human cargo, and Union Station was a place where families hung out on long weekend days, simply for the excitement of it all.   The soon-to-be booming city was firmly divided into blocks on one side of the tracks or the other based on skin color, and real cowboys fresh from their cattle drives mingled with bankers and politicians at any of the downtown bars on hot summer afternoons.   The year was 1950 — the same year a now-iconic restaurant opened its doors on bustling Central Avenue. For the last 65 years, Durant’s and its founder, Jack Durant, have become the stuff of lore and legend. John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Lucille Ball all placed their orders at Durant’s.   To this day, the deals that... More

Cowboy Up in Prescott

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


Ask nearly anyone in the United States what they think about Arizona history and you’ll likely receive an answer that includes cowboys, campfires and Wild West antics. Not only did some of the most newsworthy gunfights and cowboy history happen in our backyard (and front yard, in some cases), but you’ll also find the places and spaces where history’s ghosts have left a permanent mark.   One of the most significant places in Arizona for cowboy history is the town of Prescott. Founded in 1864, this central Arizona town features both high desert and towering pines, with Prescott National Forest to its west and Prescott Valley to its east. Prescott is a cool day trip away from Phoenix, an hour up and west on I-17, and it offers more than just fantastic lakes and vistas. It was once the territorial capital of Arizona and its colorful Whiskey Row stands in testament to its Wild West history.   Cowboy tales often originated from campfires along cattle drives near its boundaries. At... More

Party Like it's the 4th of July

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community


The biggest decision you should have to make this Fourth of July is where to get the most bang for your firework, so if you’re looking for the best place to celebrate our nation’s independence, here are some of the largest pyrotechnics shows in the Valley that are guaranteed to bring you a lot of explosive fun.   July 2 Anthem’s 16th Annual Independence Day Celebration Keep your weekend travel plans intact and celebrate the Fourth of July early with Anthem’s 16th Annual Independence Day Celebration. The community’s beautiful park will be filled with thousands of spectators looking for the best spot to watch the light show, which is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. after resident Jamyia James performs the national anthem. Come early to enjoy the food court, beer garden and plenty of wet and dry inflatables, rides and activities. 6 p.m. Free. $15 wristband required for inflatables and rides. Anthem Community Park softball fields, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. 623-742-6050,... More

How Baby Boomers Can Financially Prepare for a Happy Retirement

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Dr. Harold Wong, Ph.D., author of The Arizona Republic’s money column, discusses why longevity, inflation and super low interest rates are killing baby boomers’ retirement plans, among other topics. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, dfla.org.... More

After the Homestretch AZ Summer Fundraiser

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Dress in your best Western wear and enjoy a spaghetti dinner with silent and live auctions, raffles, music and more, all in support of protecting the legacy of former racehorses through reconditioning, retraining and rehoming with After the Homestretch AZ. RSVP to linda@afterthehomestretchaz.org. 4-7 p.m. Adults and children 12 and under, $15 and $8 advance purchase online; $20 and $10 at the door. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 623-205-8528, afterthehomestretchaz.org.... More

Forgers’ Secrets Revealed: Watch Experts Create a Fake Painting

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives,” illustrate some of the most deceitful techniques used by the world’s best painting forgers. 6-9 p.m. Free. J. Levine Auction and Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-496-2212, jlevines.com.... More

Career Connectors

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Professionals in career transition can connect with hiring companies at this monthly meeting and receive free resources and instruction such as networking tips, interview coaching and professional business portraits that will help gain employment. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., 480-239-6738, careerconnectors.org.... More

Independent Film Festival

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Enjoy exceptional movie selections from independent film festivals from around the world, including the Oscar-winning film, “Ida,” and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last performance in “A Most Wanted Man.” Check website for movies and show dates. Noon. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, dfla.org.... More

Wake Up with the Butterflies Photography Session

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Novice and professional photographers are invited to capture the perfect photograph of butterflies waking and new species being welcomed into the sanctuary. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Members, $10; public, $30. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.... More

Independence Day at Butterfly Wonderland

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of activities, including a patriotic photo opportunity for the whole family with red, white and blue butterflies, food trucks and live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, 480-800-3000, butterflywonderland.com.... More

Experience France

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Honor France’s Bastille Day with live musical performances and hands-on activities, French merchandise at the Musical Instrument Museum store and a French-inspired menu at Café Allegro. Activities and performances included with paid museum admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, mim.org.... More

Christmas in July

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Start your Christmas shopping early by finding beautiful holiday décor at bargain prices. All puzzles, games and children’s items are only 25 cents each. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gold Mine Thrift Store, 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-3721, goodshepherdaz.org/gold-mine.html.... More

“Dinner on Us” at Roaring Fork and Salty Sow

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Award-winning restaurants Roaring Fork and Salty Sow bring back their annual “Dinner on Us” promotion, which includes a buy-one-get-one-free offer from their menus all evening long, beginning at 4 p.m. Roaring Fork, 4800 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-947-0795, roaringfork.com; Salty Sow, 4801 E. Cactus Rd., 602-795-9463, saltysow.com.... More

Travel Talk

2015-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community


Travel writer and photographer Paula G. Cullison discusses her two current international exhibits, “Have Passport-Will Travel” and “Journey through the Emerald Isle.” 1-2 p.m. Free. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, dfla.org.... More