A publication of
The Town of Cave Creek
37622 N Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ
Editor: Nina Spitzer
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Please Note
The Cave Creek Corner will be getting a facelift and coming to you with some slight design changes. Keep an eye out for those upgrades.

Did you miss our September issue? You'll find it

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Cave Creek Weather
Click the picture for Cave Creek weather info direct from the Town website.
Oct 2 (6pm): Octoberfest Charity Event - Harold's Corral. For more info click HERE.
Oct 4 (6pm): Council Meeting - Town Hall (Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/s/97966005071)
Oct 9 (6pm): Kiwanis Family Days - Cave Creek Museum. Click HERE for more info.
Oct 13 (10am): Water Advisory Committee Meeting (WAC) - (Zoom click HERE.)
Oct 13 (noon): Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting (WAC) - (Zoom click HERE.)
Oct 13 (5:30pm): Monthly Mixer - Meeting (Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber) @ Golfer’s Performance Studio Click HERE for more info.
Oct 15-17: Fine Art & Wine Festival - Stagecoach Village For more info click HERE.
Oct 15: Empty Bowls (11am) (Harold's Cave Creek Corral) For more info click HERE.
Oct 18 (6pm): Council Meeting - Town Hall (Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/s/97966005071)
Oct 21 (7pm): Planning Commission Regular Meeting - No Agenda Items
Oct 23 (1pm): Cave Creek Landmarks Presentation (1pm) (Frontier Town @ Coyote Creek)
Oct 28 (7:30am): Business Breakfast (Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber) - Harold's - Click HERE for more info.
Oct 29-31: Fine Art Festival - Stagecoach Village. For more info click HERE.

Click HERE for the calendar and Zoom links on the Town site.
Cave Creek Roadwork Announcement
Roadwork will be conducted along Cave Creek Road in Town Core beginning October 4th, 2021. View the announcement and related details HERE.
Kudos Corner

Kudos to Mayor Bunch

Mayor Ernie Bunch has been recognized by 
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns 
for his 16 Years of Service to the Town of Cave Creek.
Congratulations, Mayor Bunch!

Kudos to Tonto Bar & Grill

Of more than 120 restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week (Sept 17-26), our very own Tonto Bar & Grill was included in the list of 20 menus most worth trying in the metro Phoenix area.
Foothills Food Bank Corner
22nd Annual Empty Bowls Event

The Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction in honor of World Hunger Day will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 at Harold’s Corral, from 11am to 1pm.

This year's event will be held in a hybrid format, both online and in-person. The online event begins September 7the and ends Friday, October 15th. Winners of the art auction can pick up their art pieces after 1pm on October 15th at Harold’s.

Check out the Foothills Food Bank's site to view the auction items. And remember, ALL FUNDS are donated to the Foothills Food Bank and are used only to feed local, hungry people in OUR community.

For more info on the Empty Bowls event click HERE.
Cave Creek Museum Corner
The Cave Creek Museum has a whole new website. Check it out HERE!
Marketing Corner
Spread the Word

'Looking for a cost effective way to locally promote your business or event? The Town has banner space available in the medians of Cave Creek Road as well as on Carefree Highway. With our busy season nearing, you may want to consider this effective way of spreading the word about all the wonderful things you have going on at your establishment. You can click HERE for additional info or you can call 480-488-6600.
Cave Creek Tourism Bureau Corner
We're Back
Yes! We're back to our full-time, 7-day week at the The Cave Creek Tourism Bureau. We're happy to once again be there supporting you, your establishment, and our wonderful town.

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 establishment 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.

So, YES, we're back full-time and ready for season! Stop in and say, "Hello."

AND: Many thanks to Rare Earth Gallery, Horny Toad, and Teeslanger for contributing raffle items for our volunteer orientation meeting.

Daily: 10am-2pm

Photo: Our smiling Cowgirl Jacque
Supporting Our Locals Corner
Coffee, Coffee, COFFEE!
Keeping our "Coffee" local!
Cave Creek sure has its share of coffee shoppes ..and, we like it that way! If your friends from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area suggest getting together for coffee do invite them to meet at one of our many excellent Cave Creek coffee spots. They will soon discover we Creekers have great coffee (and beans) shoppes and a wonderful town, as well.
Fire and Emergency Services Corner
Merchants please be aware...

...regarding Fire and Emergency services. Town Staff encourages you to take the time to familiarize with the recorded Community Discussion and ongoing presentations which the Town has been conducting. Would you like to host a community gathering to learn more about the actions and planning underway? Please contact Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ford to make arrangements by clicking HERE. You can also link to video recordings of Fire and Emergency Service Community Discussions by clicking HERE.
Supporting one another is what it's all about!
Guess It
Do you recognize this handsome, white stallion?
September's Answer:
Mr. Owl can be found at Cave Creek's Desert Awareness Park. To see him again, click HERE for our September issue and then do a down scroll.
Credits Corner
This month's beautiful header photo is by local nature photography artist Lynne Janney Russell. Here Lynne has photographed the Sleepy Orange Butterfly which we're currently seeing in abundance after our recent monsoon rains.
Nice work, Lynne!!!
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.
Access all you need to know from the Arizona Department of Economic Security by clicking HERE.
Look HERE for updated Sky Harbor Airport travel regulations.
Gov. Ducey
site HERE.
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 “Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you can fly.”
- Zeenat Aman

Feature Corner
Last Call
to Nominate Destinations for Cave Creek
Local Landmarks
Deadline Midnight November 15th

November 15th by midnight is the deadline to submit nominations for the upcoming Cave Creek Local Landmark awards by emailing the request to LocalLandmarks@CaveCreekAZ.gov. Do you have a favorite location in Cave Creek which you think is iconic and should be considered? The time to make that nomination is NOW!

2021 Local Landmarks Awardees
Coyote Creek (formerly Carpenters Trading Post)
Oregano's (formally The Cave Creek Inn)
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral (the towns original ‘watering hole’)
The Hideaway (Formally Hannah’s Chocolate House)
Big Earls Greasy Eats ( one of the valley’s last standing Art Deco gas stations)
Dairy Queen (Town Core’s only fast-food drive-thru)

Criteria for making your nomination can be found by clicking HERE. If your considered location fits these criteria, be sure to email your nomination to the Cave Creek Landmarks team by or before midnight, November 15th.

Nominations (to date) for
the Next Plaque Series

The following destinations have been nominated for consideration for upcoming Local Landmark awards. to date. Write to LocalLandmarks@CaveCreekAZ.gov to show support for the destinations you'd like most to be considered. Include stories, heritage, images, and encouragement.

American Legion 34
Black Mountain Tack and Feed
Buffalo Chip
Casa Decor
Cave Creek Museum
Desert Awareness Park
Desert Foothills Library
El Encanto
Frontier Town
Horny Toad
Indian Village
Le Sans Souci
Local Jonny's
The Plaza At Black Mountain (including the Wishing Well)
Rancho Mañana 
Rusty Shack
The Finer Arts Gallery building (formally The Treehouse)

Locations honored with the Cave Creek Local Landmarks distinction will receive a brass plaque, be included on the Cave Creek Local Landmark interactive storytelling map, and will also be included on physical maps available at the Cave Creek Tourism Bureau, Cave Creek Town Hall, The Cave Creek Museum and the Desert Foothills Library. 
Town Manager's Corner
Greetings Cave Creek Merchants,

Effective Friday, October 1st, 2021, the Town of Cave Creek will assume the permitting and inspection processes for sprinklers and fire alarms for all residential and commercial buildings from Rural Metro Fire. Rural Metro has announced it will continue to service its customers with fire and emergency services from their current location; however, the Town of Cave Creek will begin assuming the role of permit processing for new or upgraded sprinklers and fire alarms. Rural Metro will be transferring all existing applications and permits as well as any inspections to the Town of Cave Creek to ease in the continuation of permit and inspection services to the customer.
For those wishing to request an inspection on a permit issued by Rural Metro within the Town of Cave Creek, they should call the Town’s Inspection Request Line and leave the inspection type, address and permit number at 480-488-7092.
The process and paperwork to apply for sprinklers and fire alarms will be located on the Town’s website under Fire Safety. These materials can also be found in the Building and Fire Safety Department at Town Hall. For questions or inquiries please contact the Building and Safety Department at 480-488-6622. The Town would like to thank residents and property owners for their support during this transition and Rural Metro Fire for their dedication and years of service.
Carrie Dyrek
Cave Creek Town Manager
The Marshal's Corner
Greetings from the Marshal,

Well folks, the heat is not letting go - 105 degrees out as I type this today. Hopefully, cooler weather is around the corner. Traffic counts are certainly going up within our town core and that should equal more patrons for most of you. A gentle reminder that the Town has cancelled our annual Taste of Cave Creek for this year.
As we move forward, more and more of our local businesses are hosting outdoor music venues. Please remember to be kind to your neighbors and keep your volumes at acceptable (within the noise ordinance limitations) levels. We certainly do not want to start opening Pandora’s Box with noise violations. 
MOST of you are doing a great job following the sign ordinance, though a few of you need a gentle reminder. The Town has been contacting all businesses with sign violations. Please remember ONE portable sign per business.
Word on the street…..folks this may seem weird. This may even surprise you. I personally was SHOCKED. Word on the street is that the northeast corner of Cave Creek Road and School House Road will be opening soon! Retablo will finally be moving into their new location!!! (Now truth be told, I was told this by Fernando himself and I am still somewhat apprehensive; Fernando is an amazing businessman….not so good at predictions, particularly as it pertains to timing.) How amazing will it be to have a beautiful business located at that corner? Retablo has been a fixture in Cave Creek for over twenty years. The town is excited for the next chapter in their business. I was treated to a walk through on Tuesday and let me tell you, the new location came out so nicely. How awesome to have a business up and running at such an important location within our town. Good luck to Fernando and Heather at their new location. Make certain you stop in and check out Retablo’s new location.
Stay safe, my friends. Remember we are all Creekers and we are living and working in this small town for a reason. We may not all agree on everything however, at the end of the day we all need to be respectful of one another. There is no reason to be rude to one another simply because you do not agree on every issue.
Stay safe,
Marshal Stein
Dark Sky Corner
Desert Awareness Corner

The Desert Awareness Committee
Since 1974, the Desert Awareness Committee (DAC) has done an excellent job of educating residents and visitors alike about our Sonoran Desert and its flora and fauna. In addition, their informative events cover topics such as medicines and foods of the desert, archaeology hikes and seminars, and water challenges in our desert home. Classes, seminars and events for both adults and children are offered all year long.
The Desert Awareness Committee’s variety of events are held at the Holland Center, at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Desert Foothills Land Trust’s "Jewel of the Creek," and at our Gateway Desert Awareness Parks. This season, DAC will be leading interpretative themed hikes the third Monday of each month from October through April. 
In addition to being an invaluable area information source, the Desert Awareness Committee also brings area residents and visitors into our Town Core where they shop, dine and enjoy other recreational activities. Surely, they go away with a wealth of knowledge about our Sonoran Desert as well as great memories about our town. When you come right down to it, it’s the perfect symbiotic relationship.
Let’s take advantage of the Desert Awareness Committee’s interesting and information-packed events and also share details about their 2021-22 schedule with others who can benefit from this knowledge.

More information about the Desert Awareness Committee and its events can be found by clicking HERE.
Carefree*Cave Creek Chamber Corner
Desert Foothills Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the second class that will begin in January 2022. 
Congratulations to my fellow participants upon graduation from our inaugural class in September 2021! 
Curriculum included community sustainability, conservation, energy/resources, local government, education, healthcare, the arts, and public safety. Leadership curriculum included business culture, how to manage change, create a mission/purpose statement, conflict resolution and more. 
The commitment is a big one but so worth the time invested. I learned a lot about my community and myself. I made new friends and strengthened the friendship bond with others in my class that I have known for some time. 

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Mini-Gallery Corner
at the
Cave Creek Tourism Bureau
Kathleen Piccione
Say hello to our newest artist at the Cave Creek Tourism Bureau’s mini-gallery, Kathleen Piccione and “Sunnymare.” This beautiful 36”x36” canvas giclée, originally oil on canvas, welcomes you as you enter the tourism bureau and gaze off to the right.
Kathleen is an award-winning artist with an extensive and varied background in art and design. Her work has been shown in Wisconsin, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Illinois and New Mexico, as well as in private collections. Kathleen was born in Wisconsin and was later a resident of Nevada and New Mexico.  
Kathleen’s art background includes portraits, people, pets and equine art. "I love that I can use my art as a voice for causes that are important to me or help someone in their grieving process by creating a memorial to their beloved pet," says Kathleen.

Kathleen's Chippewa ancestry has drawn her to creating pieces showing various aspects of the lives of native American people. Their culture, the people, the wildlife and the southwest all have a special meaning in her life and are depicted in her art. Kathleen has also spent a good amount of time on mural work throughout the United States, both in residential and commercial projects. Her diverse background also extends into iron furniture design.

About her talent Kathleen says, "What I do is a gift from God plain and simple, and I thank God every day for that gift."
We’re fortunate that Kathleen now calls Cave Creek, Arizona her home. We're also fortunate to have “Sunnymare” a part of our mini-gallery at the tourism bureau. Come by and see it for yourself. You can check out more artwork by Kathleen Piccione’s on her website by clicking HERE.
Artist Kathleen Piccione
Local Landmarks Corner
Happenings Corner
Time Capsule/Memorial
September 13: A little more than 20 years ago, a Herculean effort took place in Cave Creek to conserve and preserve 2,154 acres of pristine Sonoran desert from commercial development. On the morning of September 13, 2021, a dedication ceremony was held to commemorate that effort with a Spur Cross Memorial and Time Capsule created by Cave Creek Council Member Paul Diefenderfer and residents and champions George Ross and Sue Mueller. The Memorial represents the three entities that purchased the property: Cave Creek, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona. Of course, it wouldn’t have happened if the residents of Cave Creek wouldn’t have approved a property tax to pay for their portion of the purchase. 

More than 25,000 hikers, bikers and nature lovers visit Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area every year, bringing untold amounts of tourism dollars to Cave Creek. 

20 years later, in addition to the agencies mentioned above, we will always remember the associated strategic negotiations and involvement of the Desert Foothills Land Trust, the Friends of Spur Cross, the office of Senator John McCain, the office of Governor Jane Hull, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Arizona State Parks, Arizona State Land Department, Park Ranger Kevin Smith, the Hopi Indian Tribe, Darci Kinsman, The Sonoran Arts League, and the residents and businesses, past and present, who continue to support open space for the beauty, tranquility, dark skies and vitality of Cave Creek and beyond. 
~ Council Member Royer
Photos Credit: Council Member Kathryn Royer
Top Photo> The current Cave Creek Town Council celebrating the 20-year milestone are (l-r): Kathryn Royer, Tom McGuire, David Smith, Mayor Bunch, Paul Diefenderfer, Bob Morris, and Ron Sova.
Bottom Photo> George Ross, Sue Mueller and Paul Diefenderfer, imaginators and creators of the Memorial and Time Capsule


The Finer Arts Gallery
*Grand Opening*
September 18: Our Treehouse building came back to life on September 18th with the official grand opening of The Finer Arts Gallery. Many joined in to welcome the wonderful gallery new Cave Creek gallery. Their website describes the gallery as artist-owned and representing a variety of art media created by well-known and accomplished professionals spanning the gambit from bronze to glass, oil to acrylic, custom jewelry, watercolor, graphite and more.

Photo Credit: N. Spitzer

Smithsonian Days
at the
Cave Creek Museum
September 18: Over 100 guests enjoyed the Smithsonian Magazine's "Museum Days" at our Cave Creek Museum. A new state-of-the-art video display was showcased at the event. Thank yous for the creation of this 21st century technology display go to volunteers Kelley Francis, Benjamin Kastelic and Jason Sohn-Greenberg. The museum invites you to enjoy this beautiful video display and all the others new for the season as of October 1st, the official season opening date for the museum.

Photo Credit: Kelley Francis

Museum Membership Reception
September 18: Cave Creek Museum members were welcomed to a membership reception celebrating the museum's incoming new season. Interim Executive Director Evelyn Johnson thanked the many volunteers whose dedicated hard work made the beautiful new displays possible. The museum's official season opening date is October 1st. Staff and volunteers alike welcome you to visit and enjoy our local museum and what it has to offer.

Photo Credit: N. Spitzer
The Cave Creek Tourism Bureau's "Holiday Tree" is all dressed up for the autumn season.
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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, Ro Scarbrough (Berkshire Hathaway), Rusty Shack, Salon Chella, Sticks Golf & Cigar Lounge, The Sculpture Studio, Sergio Ladrón de Guevara Fine Art, Sharon J. Edwards (Berkshire Hathaway), Smith & Western, Somm Advice, Sonoran Arts League, Soroptomist International of Saguaro Foothills, droppable-1627763419745Southwest Bedazzle Boutique, Spur Cross Cycles, Storyteller Indian Store, Studio West, Teeslanger, The Eddy, Thunderbird Artists Gallery, Time to Ride AZ, Tonto Bar & Grill, Trailhead Ranch, True West Magazine, Tumbleweed Hotel, 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.