Cave Creek Freedom Treasure Fest

2016-07-02 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Magic Bird Festivals
Artist and vendor booths will showcase an eclectic collection of boutique apparel, jewelry and accessories, repurposed home decor, original art, Native American crafts, holiday-themed goods and gourmet packaged edibles. The event will coincide with Cave Creek’s Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Throughout the show, Roadhouse will serve adult beverages and a full menu of classic American fare. There will also be live music and entertainment featuring local bands. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-3300, More

Carefree Coffee Roastery

2016-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Community

There are two ways to consume coffee: drink it, or experience it.   Experience it you will at Carefree Coffee Roastery. Owners Lars Hesse and Uta Schmidt believe that a true coffee experience is in the details, from the selection of superior quality coffee beans and flavorful teas to the welcoming and relaxed environment of the coffee shop.   This attention to detail is also reflected in the coffee’s taste. Since all roasting is done in-house, Lars is able to prevent a too common characteristic of many coffees — a burnt, bitter taste. With his nitro cold brew, he can create a smooth, less acidic coffee because he allows the beans to soak hours more than other cold brews.   Additionally, he only purchases specialty coffee, meaning his coffee has less defects and better flavor profiles. Some popular coffees he selects are the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe 1 Kochere, Brazil Daterra Sweet Blue and Indonesian Sumatra Kokowagayo Fair Trade Organic.   The robust menu also reflects details... More

Meet the Saunders Family

2016-06-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Submitted by Saunders Family
Writer Grace Hill   “There are 160 million orphans in the world,” says Linny Saunders. “I can’t adopt them all, but by golly, I want to give it a shot!”   It is with that enthusiastic determination that Linny and her husband, Dwight, have maneuvered through life. During their 37 years of marriage, they have had the honor of being called Mom and Dad not just once, but 14 times. Their family consists of eight girls, six boys and a lot of love. While not many couples set out on having so many children, Linny always knew a large family was in her future.   “I spent my growing up years dreaming of someday being a mom of many — even dreaming that they would be lovingly gathered from around the world,” she says.   Yet when the time came for Linny to start her family, she discovered that bringing a child home was not happening the way she expected. Instead of allowing frustration to enter her heart, Linny decided to see the silver lining in that moment.   “We were unable... More

Tilted Earth Festival

2016-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Community

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Writer Grace Hill   Summer is here and there is no better time to head north — north to Cottonwood, that is. June 16-18 marks Cottonwood’s third annual Tilted Earth Festival, which is set to bring the summer temperatures down with cool music and cold drinks. Although a fairly new event, the Tilted Earth Festival has already become a full-fledged entertainment affair.   A special wine dinner on the first night makes it clear that this is no ordinary festival. The dinner, located at Blazin’ M Ranch, will commemorate Verde Valley’s first winemaker, the late Henry Schuerman, who was subsequently imprisoned during the prohibition. The dinner will showcase local wineries and chefs who will recreate a meal that reflects Henry’s era.   The next two nights of the event will be held at Cottonwood’s Riverfront Park, where a slew of entertainment will begin each night at 5 p.m. Setting the mood for the festival is the eclectic mix of soul, blues, country and rock music that will... More

A Piece of History: Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners

2016-05-29 | ImagesAZ | Community

Photo Credit: Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
Writer Amanda Christmann   In many ways, Cave Creek has escaped the pen strokes of time. Sports cars still share the road with horses and there are just as many Tony Lamas as there are Christian Louboutins. For well over a century, time has not managed to erase all that has made Cave Creek special, and if Cave Creek restaurateurs Eric Flatt and John Malcolm have their way, the history and lore that made it great will live on through stories and song.   Arizona has always been a place where people do things a little differently. Perhaps it’s something about the dry desert air that makes us feel a little more relaxed and closer to one another. We don’t have to sit in the glow of a campfire to connect through stories and common history; we just need to share a good meal, imbibe in a drink or two and make new memories while sharing old ones.   It’s not a stretch for a place like Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House to carry on Arizona traditions. The restaurant is named after the... More

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

2016-05-25 | ImagesAZ | Community

Readers of all ages will explore nutrition and fitness-themed activities and events this summer through the “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” library program. Registration is open to youth, ages 0-18, with prize drawings, story times, reading clubs and more. Activities include contests, foodie events, art projects, science and coding events, and encourage reading fundamentals and cultural enrichment in an inviting social environment. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., 480-488-2286, More

Cave Creek's 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Get an early start on Fourth of July festivities at this annual fireworks extravaganza hosted by Harold’s Corral and Roadhouse. The familyfriendly celebration will be filled with live music, kids' activities, and food and drink specials at both restaurants. A spectacular display of fireworks at sunset will close out the night. Harold's Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-1906,; Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-3000, More

Pow Wow Retreat

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Women of all ages are invited to the Pow Wow Retreat at the Carefree Resort, where they will spend a weekend relaxing and listening to speakers discuss a wide variety of women’s issues. Single ticket, $299; double ticket, $279 each. July 9: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 10: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 612-803-1442, More

Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Beat the summer heat and head to Flagstaff for the Blues and Brews Festival. Enjoy musical entertainment, breweries, food vendors, a kids’ area, art vendors and a VIP option. Headlining the lineup of blues performers is the Sugaray Rayford Band. Check website for prices. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Continental Country Club Driving Range, 5200 E. Old Walnut Canyon Rd., 928-606-5601, More

Summer Staycation at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Plan a summer "staycation" at the newly renovated Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Guests utilizing the summer package will be able to enjoy decade-themed music, movies, food and beverages. Check website for room rates. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., 480-991-9000, More

Anthem’s Annual Independence Day Celebration

2016-05-24 | ImagesAZ | Community

Head to Anthem on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day! Fun for the whole family, the event includes wet and dry rides/inflatables (wristband needed), food vendors, music and dancing, fireworks and more. Wristband: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 6-10 p.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., 623-742-6050, ... More

Soccer Summer Skills Training

2016-05-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

The Anthem Soccer Club will be holding summer skills training weekly sessions for circuit-type training and skills needed to advance playing ability. Ages 7 to 18 are welcome to play Monday through Thursday for two-hour sessions. Registration forms are available online and should be brought by players the first day of the purchased week(s). $65 for one week; $95 for two weeks; $135 for three weeks; $170 for four weeks. 7 to 9 p.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., soccer field 1, 623-582-2413, ... More

Anthem Memorial Day Ceremony

2016-05-23 | ImagesAZ | Community

The Anthem Community Council, Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team and Daisy Mountain Veterans invite the public to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. “A Day of Remembrance” honors the service and sacrifice of veterans who have fallen while serving our nation. This year’s ceremony will feature the Honor Flag, a traveling national treasure, as well as speakers including retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Krissoff, veteran Chris Heisler and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas “Tom” Kirk. ProMusica Arizona will provide ceremony music. 10 a.m. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., More

Cave Creek Balloon Festival

2016-05-21 | ImagesAZ | Community

The seventh annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival promises to be the best event yet. Music, a larger kids’ zone, lawn chair seating, face painting, patriotic air displays and other Memorial Day excitement mean more fun and less hassle for event-goers. A portion of proceeds benefit Cave Creek Unified School District and the Cave Creek Museum. VIP and general admission tickets are available online. Gate tickets for adults, $15; kids 12 and under, $10; children 2 and under, free. Parking is available for $5 at 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Rancho Mañana Golf Club, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., More

Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner

2016-05-15 | ImagesAZ | Community

Arizona Cardinals head coach and 2014 NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians and his wife, Christine, will host the second annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser Dinner at Steak 44. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Arians Family Foundation and Voices for CASA Children of Maricopa County, an organization that helps make sure children who are involved in the court system as a result of abuse or neglect by their families receive the love and help they need. 310-426-9900, More