A publication of
The Town of Cave Creek
37622 N Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ
Editor: Nina Spitzer
Click HERE for the Town of Cave Creek's official website.
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Cave Creek Weather
Click the picture for Cave Creek weather info direct from the Town website.
Dec 6 (6pm): Council Meeting - Town Hall (For more info and Zoom link click HERE.
Dec 8 (10am): Water Advisory Committee Meeting (WAC) - (For more info and Zoom link click HERE.
Dec 8 (noon-1pm): Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting (WAC) -(For more info and Zoom link click HERE.
Dec 11 (11:00am): Golden Mining Experience(Cave Creek Museum)
Dec 11 & 12 (2pm): Kiwanis Family Days: Excavate & Educate (Cave Creek Museum)
Dec 16 (7pm): Planning Commission Regular Meeting - (For more info and Zoom link click HERE.
Dec 18: Santa Hike (Black Mountain) Additional info soon on social media.
Dec 20 (6pm): Council Meeting - Town Hall (For more info and Zoom link click HERE.

Click HERE for the calendar and Zoom links on the Town site.
Please Note:
The Cave Creek Tourism Bureau will be closed Christmas Eve and Day as well as New Years Eve and Day.
Giving Corner
Donating Smiles!
Once again, the Carefree Rural Metro fire station, 821, located at 37401 N Tom Darlington Dr., will be a drop off location for toys during this holiday season. Rural Metro crews will also be at the Cave Creek Walmart Saturdays and Sundays after Thanksgiving.

You can bring a new, unwrapped toy or cash donations to Carefree Fire Station through December. Gift cards for older kids and teens are also welcome. Frequent other requests are for diapers, baby and toddler clothes, board games, and arts and crafts items. Donations will be used to support local families and the Foothills Food Bank Christmas giving.

Remember, to you one item or toy may simply be a donation, but to a child it's joy, smiles and holiday happiness. For more information or questions call Shawn Gilleland, Public Information Officer, 480-415-8897.

Donate a Smile this Holiday Season!
Foothills Food Bank:
Food for the Holidays

The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides food and resources for our neighbors in need. At this time, we're in short supply of small bags of rice and beans, and side dishes of rice-a-roni and pasta, paper towels and toilet paper. Our senior boxes can always use small cans of low sodium soups, dried fruits, rice cakes, hot cereal such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, and granola bars.

Donations can be dropped off at our warehouse location, 6038 E Hidden Valley Dr, during the hours of 8am-2pm, Monday - Friday. 
Cave Creek Tourism Bureau Corner
Happy Holidays from
The Cave Creek Tourism Bureau
Happy Holidays to our wonderful merchants and local non-profits. Wishing you all the best during this holiday season. Thank you for your participation in and support of our tourism bureau and town.

We would also like to thank our amazing team of tourism bureau volunteers for yet another year of their time and dedication promoting and supporting you, your establishment, and our wonderful town.
~ Nina,
CCTB Coordinator

If you're already a participating member of the tourism bureau, please stop in to replenish your supply of brochures. If you're not yet with us and are a Cave Creek or Carefree business, simply stop in, fill out a contact form, and leave us a sample of your brochure. There's no charge to be displayed our tourism bureau; we are a free service of the Town of Cave Creek.

Season Hours
Daily: 10am-2pm

Photo: Our smiling Cowgirl Jacque
Stop by the tourism bureau and see our happy holiday tree.
Marketing Corner
Time to Renew or
Start New
Deadline: Dec 15
Discovery Map of Cave Creek Carefree and North Scottsdale is ALL about promoting local businesses and our events. Margie Hans is currently selling ads to our community 'til the end of the year for the 2022 map. If you have an interest in promoting your business please reach out to her before December 15th at 
Supporting Our Locals Corner
Holiday Shopping?

Sure, it’s easy turning to the internet for your holiday shopping BUT, oh…how boring!

Why settle for mediocre gifts online or even at department stores when we have a plethora of amazing, creative gift opportunities right here in Cave Creek. Our local shops, galleries and thrift stores offer unique, beautiful items that will surely impress! Our local restaurants offer gift cards that would make any taste bud smile. Our local non-profits let you gift a tax-deductible donation. Best of all, shopping local is - FUN!

Then, once shopping is complete, a coffee, beer, or glass of wine and a bite to eat at a local dining establishment awaits you.

So, what are you waiting for? Happy shopping in Cave Creek!
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber Corner
"My participation in the leadership class taught me a ton about my community, how to be a better citizen and how to be proactively involved in my community."
-Patty Villeneuve,
President/CEO Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce

Mention Carefree Cave Creek Chamber as the referral on your application and receive a 10% discount!
New Biz Corner
A New Biz – NOT!
We’ve seen the “Lucky's” sign on the ol’ Tumbleweed Hotel and figured it was a new business – NOT!

“Lucky's” is simply a displayed sign that’s for sale. Inside the Tumbleweed Hotel is still Rebecca’s vintage Retro Ranchero shop; the only difference is Rebecca’s inventory of unique items has grown. Walking into Retro Ranchero Vintage Store you’ll find holiday items, antiques, home décor, plus vintage clothes and accessories - all cool and begging a second look. There are collections from historical AZ Ranches to famous AZ estates and many designer items.

Retro Ranchero will be open only weekends through March and then will close for restocking during slow season. So...new biz? NOT!
Supporting one another is what it's all about!
Guess It
What's going on in this mural? AND...
November's Answer:
That huge boot in our November newsletter can be found high up on a post between the Cave Creek Distillery and The Finer Art Gallery in the Town Core. 'Want to see it again? Click HERE for our November issue and then do a down scroll.
Code Red Corner
CodeRed is an emergency alert system Cave Creek residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in to receive electronic alerts in the event of an emergency.
Be Safe-Don't Be Sorry!
Click HERE to register now for direct alerts from the Town of Cave Creek, in the event of a crisis.
Covid-19 Corner
Info & Resources

Click HERE for the CDC's Covid-19 updates for Workplaces and Businesses.
For the ADHS Covid-19 Data Dashboard click HERE.
Find Maricopa County Covid-19 Business Info HERE.
Click HERE Arizona Department of Health Services helpful info on Covid-19 resources.
Look HERE for updated Sky Harbor Airport travel regulations.
Gov. Ducey
site HERE.
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“Best Wishes for a
Happy Holiday Season!”

Feature Corner
Town of Cave Creek Storing Water for the Future
On Monday, November 15th, 2021, Cave Creek’s Mayor and Town Council approved three agreements with Central Arizona Project (CAP) to allow the Town to store excess Colorado River water for the future.
Currently, Cave Creek does not utilize all its available Colorado River water supplies. Arizona water law allows the Town to store the unused portion of its CAP allocation to generate long-term storage credits.
The new agreements allow the Town to store water at three CAP recharge sites. Once approved by the CAP board at their December 3rd meeting, Cave Creek will have the ability to protect its full allocation for the future by generating long-term storage credits.
Moves like these are key in ensuring the Town’s long-term water resources, considering the 20 plus year drought on the Colorado River. In appreciation, Council has extended special thanks to Town staff for their diligence and expertise in guiding this process from initiation to conclusion.
For more about The Central Arizona Project click HERE.
Photo: The photo is of the CAP’s Agua Fria Recharge Project, one of three facilities where our excess water can be stored for the future.
Town Manager's Corner
Greetings & Happy Holidays Cave Creek Merchants,

The Town of Cave Creek is making rapid progress regarding some significant changes to the local fire and emergency medical services and strongly encourages residents, business owners, and property owners to follow Town News and Announcements and pay attention to these important events.
A series of public meetings were held over the last several months to discuss, analyze, and assess the Town’s current budget and key revenue sources. On October 16th at a Regular Council Meeting, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford presented a 30-minute overview on 2021 status of Cave Creek fire and medical services, which can be found here. At this meeting, Economic Consultant Jim Rounds of Rounds Consulting Group was introduced and asked to provide his expertise regarding funding options for fire service with Daisy Mountain fire department.

During this meeting, the Town hosted a three-way dialogue between Rounds Consulting Group, the Council and members of the public for Rounds Consulting to take insights and input from the community and Council Members to integrate with their scope of work.
On Monday, November 22nd, a Special Council Meeting was held at Town Hall where Rounds Consulting Group presented their draft findings to Council and the public. Following the presentation and input from the public, the Mayor and Town Council of Cave Creek agreed that the Town’s strong economic health enables it to fully fund its new fire department.
Other key recent happenings are an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) has been developed between the Town of Cave Creek and Daisy Mountain Fire Department. This agreement is on the Agenda for Town Council consideration and approval during the December 6th Regular Council Meeting and currently available on the Town’s website.
Worthy of congratulations; On Friday, November 19th, the Town, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical, residents, friends and family celebrated the graduation of eleven firefighters to begin serving the Town of Cave Creek by January 3rd. These firefighters completed a rigorous training program, preparing them to serve the area and successfully operate within the Automatic Aid regional firefighting community. The Town of Cave Creek welcomes these fire and medical professionals and is grateful for your service.
January 3rd, 2022 is the expected date for the Cave Creek Fire Department to go live, operating out of the Town’s fire station at 37402 N. Cave Creek Rd. as part of the Regional Automatic Aid System.

Below are some Quicklinks with additional information on these items.


Season's Greeting!
Carrie Dyrek
Cave Creek Town Manager
The Marshal's Corner
Greetings From Marshal Stein,

Time just seems to be flying by as we get closer and closer to Christmas. Traffic has certainly picked up in town as we put more and more distance between us and the heat.

In preparing for the holidays, I would like to reflect on how grateful I am to work in such a wonderful town. There was an unfortunate incident along Cave Creek Road last week. I found myself clearing hundreds (literally) of water bottles from off of Cave Creek Road. As I was gently tossing the bottles into the back of my truck, two gentlemen stopped to help. We all chuckled and chatted as we made short work of cleaning up the road, however it reminded me why I am so proud to serve this town. Cave Creek is a community unlike most others. We do not always get along, we may not always agree. However, at the end of the day, we are all Creekers.

I anxiously await the opening of the Cave Creek Fire Station. Cave Creek is blessed to have Chief Jim Ford at the forefront as we make the transition from RMFD to our own fire station. Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical as well as the regional partnership will make Cave Creek safer and better protected in my opinion. I am grateful that our residents and businesses realized that change was necessary. I applaud the Mayor and Council for seeing the need and making the right decisions.

I wish you and your families a Happy and A Safe Holiday season.
~Marshal Stein
In Memory
Don Sorchych, owner, editor and publisher of the Sonoran News passed away November 6, 2021.
Fire and Emergency Services Corner
Cave Creek Celebrates Graduating Class
Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical Firefighters

On Friday, November 19th, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical celebrated the graduation of 11 firefighters from recruit class 21-3. These 11 firefighters were previously employed with Rural/Metro Fire Department. Along with the celebration of these newest firefighters, Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical also recognized the promotions of three Fire Captains and five Fire Engineers.

The celebration was held at The Holland Center. The Town would like to congratulate the firefighters on this milestone accomplishment and thank those involved. Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch, Vice Mayor David Smith, and Council Members Ron Sova, Bob Morris and Kathryn Royer were in attendance along with the firefighters’ friends and families, and other proud residents of Cave Creek.
“Everything Daisy has done for us… we’re infinitely appreciative of,” commented Mayor Bunch at the ceremony, “…how thrilled we are to see this day come where we’re going to be part of the (Automatic Aid) system.”

Cave Creek has addressed an important public safety goal by acquiring their own fire station and partnering with Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical in the training and staffing of these firefighters to be ready to serve the Town of Cave Creek by January 3rd, 2022. 

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford remarks, “Today’s celebration is possible due to the amazing support the Town has received from the regional Automatic Aid partners, the Daisy Mountain Fire Department, and our local residents, Town staff, and policy makers. While there is still work to be done, this was a very important initial step in moving forward and addressing the emergency fire and medical needs of this community”.
Top Photo: Eleven firefighters complete training with Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical, graduating on November 19th, 2021.
Bottom Photo: Fire Deputy Chief Jim Ford, Cave Creek resident Martha Arnold, and Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch in attendance for the 2021 Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical graduation ceremony.
Photo Credits: Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical
Community Corner
Santa Summit Hike
Get your Santa hat and hiking boots ready! It’s that time of year for the Santa Run up Black Mountain. First one to the flagpole gets all the milk and cookies.
Local Landmarks Corner
Another Cave Creek Local Landmark

On November 30th, 2021, a Cave Creek Local Landmark brass plaque was presented to the owners of one of Cave Creek’s longest standing buildings, across the street from Town Hall. What was originally the Black Mountain Store built in 1928 (and later the Cave Creek Inn) is now a family-friendly Oregano's. Building owners Mary and Tony Venetucci were present to share in stories and listen to passages read by Cave Creek Museum's Interim Director Evelyn Johnson about the building’s past.

“We bring in an armful of wood hacked off a mesquite in our own wash, pile it on our hearth, muse over the fire, peer out our glass doors and windows over the untouched hills. When we go out for more wood, there is the entire dome of Heaven scattered with incredible brilliant stars and planets — not another house in sight. The entire population of this area can still be invited to your wedding— or wake.” Former Cave Creek Inn owner Corolyn Cox, published in The Arizonian December 20th, 1957.
Spaces like these and the families behind them are the character and charm of Cave Creek— contributing to our ongoing Western heritage. Many thanks to the Venetucci’s, the press, Town Council Members, Mayor Bunch, Planning Director Luke Kautzman, the Local Landmarks team, and the supportive crew at Oreganos who contributed to making this a memorable ceremony.

Stay-tuned in the new year for news on the future of Cave Creek Local Landmarks.

Photo: (from left to right) Council Member Ron Sova, Council Member Bob Morris, Mayor Ernie Bunch, Council Member Kathryn Royer, Communications Specialist Kelley Francis, building owners Mary and Tony Venetucci, and Council Member Paul “Dief” Diefenderfer. 
Dark Sky Corner
Cave Creek Dark Sky Initiative

We sincerely thank Town Marshall Adam Stein, Communications Specialist Kelly Francis, IT Director Brian Poore and Town Manager Carrie Dyrek for their assistance and help in making our Star Gazing Party event in the Spur Cross Conservation Area on November 7th a great success. I also want to thank Town Council for providing financial support to our Dark Sky festivities, as well as the four parking attendants who volunteered.
Under a cloudy sky (which opened up) we learned and saw much from Astronomy Expert & NASA Ambassador Mark Johnston and Stu Brackney, President, Phoenix Astronomical Society. Approximately 160 happy people attended who expressed their delight and gratitude for the evening.
It was an important night because the Town and the people came together under the stars in an exceptional location in an exceptional town.
Expect another star gazing party, hopefully in February. 
You can visit Cave Creek Dark Sky Initiative on our Facebook Group or on our website - click HERE - to find out how you can help reduce light pollution right here at home.
Photo: Astronomy Expert and NASA Ambassador Mark Johnston using laser pointer.
Photo Credit: Melissa Wiejaczka
A Day-in-the Life Corner

A Typical Day in Cave Creek
David and Rojo take their afternoon walk.
Happenings Corner
Nov 13: Foothills Food Bank Shred-a-thon: SUCCESS!
· over 13,000 of documents shredded
· 100lbs of prescription drugs collected and disposed of
· 3 van loads of clothing, household items collected for Goldmine Thrift Store
· 1 van load of books collected for the library
· Trailer load of old computers, phones, tablets, collected and hard drives destroyed
· Box truck full of cardboard and other recyclables collected
· 1,617 lbs of food donated
· $7,300 in cash donations to the Foothills Food Bank!!!
Photo Credit: Pat Zehman
Nov 13: 100 Horse Ride

November 13th marked the third year for the parade through the town celebrating Cave Creek, our cowboy way of life and our red, white and blue. Flags were draped over the minis in honor of the 13 service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan and bagpipes music filled the background. There was also a tribute to recently deceased Larry Wendt. Thank you, Mz Ellie, for another successful 100 Horse Ride!

Photo Credit: Ro Scarbrough
Nov 14: Family Day
Cave Creek Museum

Kids and their families panned for gold and became miners for the day at the museum's "Going for the Gold" event. They also learned how a stamp mill operates and where it's most likely to find gold. This event was possible thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Carefree and the work of the museum's marvelous Dream Team - Cave Creek Museum's very own miners!
Nov 16: Cave Creek Museum -
Spaghetti Dinner
Once again, Harold's Corral hosted the Museum's annual spaghetti dinner. The event included an extensive silent auction and a raffle for a weekend in Sedona. Volunteers Mary Willcockson, Jo Ann Stuckey (Interim Museum Administrator), Evelyn Johnson (Interim Executive Director), Stephanie Bradley, and Eileen Swete and Darlene Southern (standing) are eager to greet guests.
Nov 16: Desert Foothills Library -
Donor Dinner

On Tuesday, November 16th, Desert Foothills Library celebrated our generous donors with a night of entertainment, including musical entertainment from Fouad Melki, a modern photo booth from Moonlit Dreams, delicious appetizers from Venues Café and English Rose Tea Room, and drink services from Hey, Bartender. Desert Foothills Library is an independent nonprofit library that is 91% funded by community member donations. Thank you to all of the donors who have helped make our work possible.

Photo Credit: Dorian Townsend, Library Staff Member
Nov. 19, 20 & 21 + Nov. 26, 27 & 28:
Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour

This year celebrated the 25th year of the Sonoran Arts League's (SAL) signature event, the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour. The mission of the tour is to, "provide an opportunity for the public to visit the workspaces of dedicated artists in the Sonoran Foothills, to learn about the artist's methodology and process and to purchase directly from them in a friendly, engaging atmosphere that showcases quality art." A thank you to the 190 participating artists and SAL for bringing this marvelous event to our community for yet another year!

Photo Credit: Lucy Dickens
Header Photo Credit Corner
This month's beautiful header photo is by local photography artist Gary Yates. Honestly, here where we live, gorgeous sunsets like this just don't quit!
Nice work, Gary!!!
Season's Greetings!!!

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Tourism Bureau Participants
A Couple of Green Thumbs, Adelante, Arizona Fine Furniture & Tack Brokers, Arizona Horseback Adventures, A Place in Time, Arizona Territory Antiques, Bags & Rags Boutique, Bella Donna & Cane, Beth Zink Art, Big Bronco, Big Earl's Greasy Eats, Bilinda's Vintage Treasures, Black Mountain Adventures, Black Mountain Coffee Shop, Black Mountain Dental Care, Black Mountain Fitness, Blue Coyote, Bodhi Coyote Yoga, Boudine's, Bronco Studio, Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue, Buffalo Chip Saloon, Carefree Adventures, Cave Creek BBQ School, Cave Creek Beer Company, Cave Creek Candles & Gifts, Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek Olive Oil Company, Cave Creek Shuttle, Cave Creek Visitor's Guide, Cimarron River Company, Ciolim, Charlie Green Make-Up, City Creamery, Coyote Crossing Studio, Desert Dream Realty, Desert Foothills Library, Desert Treasures, Designs by Jenny, El Encanto Mexican Restaurant, Elysian Desert Distilleries, English Rose Tea Room, Erika Willison PLLC, Essence of Massage, Etania Jewelry & Boutique, Extreme Arizona, Fantastico's Mexican Food, Fiorra CBD, Glory Bee's, Grace Reneé Gallery, The Grotto Café, Hideaway Grill, Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Holland Community Center, Horny Toad Restaurant, Indian Market, Indian Village, Indigo Crow, It's a Divine Bakery, Janey's Coffee Co., Jeff D. Hill PLLC, Journey Rides, Keeler's Steakhouse, KI Healing Arts, Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store, Lance Headlee, Lara Bistro, Laughing Glass Studio, Lazy Lizard, Leigh Siegel-Realtor, Le Sans Souci, Leslie Nestingen (Berkshire Hathaway), Levanah Acupuncture, Lifestyle Balance with Qigong TaiChi, Lisa Nocella/Russ Lyons Sotheby's, Living Landsdcapes, Inc., Look at Me Now, Lucy Dickens Fine Art, M & E Stoyanov Fine Art Gallery, Magic Bird Festivals, Michael D'Ambrosi Sculpture, Mike's Chicago Dogs, Monika Cheang Photography, Mountain View Pub, Natural Habitat Inc, Oregano's Pizza Bistro, Pizzicata, Pillar to Post Home Inspections, Prickly Pear Inn, Puppy Luv Flea Market, Rancho Mañana Golf Club, Rare Earth Gallery, R.C. Gorman Navajo Gallery, Retablo, Rusty Shack, Salon Chella, Sticks Golf & Cigar Lounge, The Sculpture Studio, Sergio Ladrón de Guevara Fine Art, Sharon J. Edwards (Berkshire Hathaway), Smith & Western, Sonoran Arts droppable-1637608993220League, Soroptomist International of Saguaro Foothills, Southwest Bedazzle Boutique, Spur Cross Cycles, Storyteller Indian Store, Studio West, Teeslanger, The Finer Arts Gallery, Thunderbird Artists Gallery, Time to Ride AZ, Tonto Bar & Grill, Trailhead Ranch, True West Magazine, Udder Delight, The Village Coffee Shop, Villas of Cave Creek, Vino e Panino, Watson's Hat Shop, Western Delight Gift Shop, Western Sky Helicopters, Z's House of Thai
Our list is growing and we LUV it! - Let me know if I've ooopsed & forgotten your name. - Ed.