As business leaders in our community, we recognize the need for good schools, not just to educate our young people, but also as a part of a solid economic fabric that enhances life for all of us. That’s why we are encouraging you to vote yes on the Cave Creek Unified School District Bond.
This bond would provide needed funds to upgrade technology for students and classrooms, refresh school facilities, purchase 21st century furniture and equipment, make sports facility improvements, purchase school buses, and make repairs and renovations intended to maintain a safe student environment that is conducive to learning.
The capital improvements covered by this bond election are part of a capital plan developed by a District Excellence Committee composed of parents, community members, school leaders and employees. After needs were compiled, in conjunction with facility experts, the committee reviewed the assessment and then recommended a bond election to the Governing Board.
Our business community relies on good schools to provide an educated workforce, be a selling point to attract skilled workers and their families and form the foundation of strong local economies. Strong schools build strong neighborhoods to fuel strong economies.
Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO
Steve Morse-State Farm Insurance, Chairman of the Board
Corey Moss-Parkway Bank, Vice Chairman of the Board
Eric Twohey-Times Media Group, Secretary
Marie Vale-Harold’s Corral, Treasurer
Nick Stelfox-Carefree Outdoor Living, Past Chairman
Dr. Colleen Krahl-Champion Chiropractic, Director
Sandi Hess-Coldwell Banker, Director
Patrick Jones-Jones Luxury Group, Director
Rebecca Niessink-Allstate Insurance, Director
Katie Smetana-Arizona Animal Hospital, Director
Dr. Cort Monroe-Superintendant CCUSD, Ex-Officio Director
Join us for POWER HOUR (Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results)!
This informal gathering was created for two reasons, to infuse cash into our host restaurant during the summer months when they need it the most and an additional opportunity to network with your fellow Chamber members. Stay for a few minutes or the whole hour but please come and show the host restaurant your support!
A note from Ofrenda about the location change:
We're taking the summer off for our annual culinary trip to Latin America, and reopening on September 15th. If you have large events you'd like to inquire about, we may be able to accommodate on a select basis. Please reach out directly to email@example.com for more information
Progressive Jackpot Drawing!!! Must be present to win!!
Mixers are back in person! Always the second Wednesday every month.
Join your fellow Chamber Members for a monthly opportunity to network!
Additional Progressive Jackpot Entry: $10
Entry includes Networking, food& drink, a sleeve of raffle tickets
and entry into Progressive Jackpot!
Progressive Jackpot cash drawings will occur every three Chamber Mixers. The cash pot amount will grow until a winner is drawn. Additional entries into the Jackpot $10.
Must be present to win.
(Excludes Signature Chamber Events)
The Boulder's Resort & Spa
Carefree Physical Therapy
Horny Toad Restaurant
Karsten's Ace Carefree
The Holland Center
Villas of Cave Creek
Karsten's Ace Cave Creek
Jones Luxury Group
Grossman Farmers Insurance
Tonto Bar and Grill
Cave Creek Olive Oil
Cave Creek Cannabis
Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Imaging Center
Remedy Termite and Pest
Carefree Pet Resort
Desert Foothills Landscape
Healthy Weight and Wellness Center
The Creek Patio Grill
Carefree Spirits Distillery
Cave Creek Fit Body Boot Camp
Kimberly Nathanson- Berkshire Hathaway
The Blind Bear
Carefree property group- Russ Lyon: Debbie Omundson, Susan Folts, Annalisa Grace
Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you and getting to know you at our events.
American Family Insurance-David Bradshaw
It’s a Divine Bakery
Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital & Emergency Room
Lil Miss Butcher
Dynamite Smiles Dentistry
Nexa Mortgage, LLC
Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch
Pray for Rain! With much of the State on fire as I write this my thoughts run to the continuing dangers of wildfires. Fuel moisture levels are at extreme lows and a single spark can become a big problem in a hurry. With the recent closures of the National Forests in Arizona, everyone should realize that the dangers are very real. If you've driven down Carefree Highway recently I'm sure you've seen the Fireworks Stand West of us. This is a perfect example of a State Government being out of touch with its residents. We live in a wildland/urban interface area and must be extremely careful with ignition sources. We as a group need to contact our State Legislators and let them know that Local Governments need to have the right to protect their residents from risks that should be avoidable.
So for now stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay cool!
The Town of Cave Creek will be hosting several opportunities for the public to meet with community fire representatives to inquire about fire service and prevention in our town. Live streaming and a recording of the presentation will be available via Zoom. To view previous presentations on Fire and Emergency services in preparation for these Q&A's please visit: https://www.cavecreekaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=531
July 13th At the Desert Foothills Library, 8:30 am -10:30 am
July 17th At the Desert Foothills Library, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 22nd. At the Holland Center- Foothills Community Center, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In 2020, The Town of Carefree solidified its commitment to grow and diversify its economic base, with the ground breaking of the 97 room Hampton by Hilton hotel in Carefree Town Center. In its first year, the hotel is projected to handle 62,000 guests, with room to grow to 80,000 guests at optimal occupancy. Set to open in Fall 2021, the hotel offers visitors access to the Sonoran experience, and as an economic anchor, generate an estimated $7.5 - $9 million annually in potential local retail spending. Additionally, it is anticipated that the hotel could generate up to $300,000 in direct revenue and up to $60,000 in indirect revenue from correlated retail and restaurant business generated by these visitors.
Further in 2020, the Town of Carefree, as part of its economic development strategy, committed itself to capitalizing on growth in its hotel and resort sector. Already having great complement with the Hampton Inn and the award winning Civana Wellness Resort and Spa, the Town is also in process of a general plan amendment to designate the 21-acre Northwest Corner of Tom Darlington and Carefree a Special Planning Area, with the primary use being destination resort. The intent is to further develop Carefree as an area destination magnet, while offering visitors a wide range of experiences.
The growth in the resort/hotel sector has also put focus on Town Center, and we are already witnessing growth and investment in anticipation of the opportunities these developments and opportunities provide. The Town is actively engaged in the revitalization of the Town Center area, and is in process on the creation of a redevelopment area. This designation will allow for better planning of public infrastructure and services, as well as allow for more creative ways for the private and public sector to work together on signage, infill development, parking and building revitalization. Coupled with a robust Carefree Desert Garden event and activity Calendar and our signature Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festivals, Carefree is definitely the place to be.
Economic Development Director
Kraig Nelson, Cave Creek Museum Historian
In 1876, a diligent colony of miners, on Continental Mountain, labored near a flowing spring which yielded torrents of pure precious water. They decided it was time to create a voting precinct. Soon, a newly-formed precinct was created called Cane Springs. On this rugged neighborhood with mesmerizing vistas were a total of three substantial springs and at least a dozen smaller rivulets. Each of the three major springs were tied to important mining claims, which in turn were connected to founding members in early Cave Creek history. The three individuals include William B. Hellings, Charles S. Fleming, and Charles E. Philes. This article will focus on Charles Fleming.
First, just a few words about William Hellings. In 1873, Mr. Hellings built, at his expense, the original Cave Creek Road from Phoenix to what would become Cave Creek Station (near today’s Rancho Manana Golf Resort). Additionally, he purchased a number of claims in the Cane Springs Precinct; one mining claim was called Continental Mine and it became the namesake for the approximate 4,500-foot ancient mountain—Continental Mountain. He also purchased the Golden Star Mine which later became the Golden Reef Mine. The Cave Creek Museum’s reconstructed ten-stamp mill came from the Golden Reef Mine. On August 24, 1878, the Cane Springs Precinct became the Cave Creek Precinct according to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Also, Charles Fleming and Charles Philes were Civil War veterans but fought for different flags. Historian Frances Carlson tells us Fleming fought for the Confederacy and was a Democrat, Philes fought for the Union and was a Republican.
It was tuberculosis that brought Charles Fleming to Continental Mountain. During the Civil War Fleming was fighting and chasing Yankees through the infectious swamps of Mississippi and Louisiana while riding with the 28th Cavalry Regiment based in Palestine, Texas. He first contracted pneumonia which later developed into tuberculosis, an incurable disease at the time. His health improved in the dry, desert air. Fleming built a rock house on the southwest side of Continental Mountain near a spring which still bears his name. His spring not only facilitated his mining (milling) efforts but allowed him to create an oasis which included fruit trees, vegetables, and enough corn to distill his comforting whiskey. He was a crack-shot and deer provided jerky which lasted months. Fleming was recognized by the editor of the Phoenix Daily Herald in a column printed in 1893, “Fleming is a tall slender man with clear blue eyes, long thin hair resting on his shoulders, and an iron gray beard…he wore a broad-brimmed felt hat, the front bent upward…the perfect picture of a typical frontiersman bidding us a hearty welcome to his home…he reads the San Francisco Examiner, the St. Louis Republic, and the Phoenix Daily Herald and is happy, healthy, and nearly sixty years old.”
On April 6, 1903, the frail miner died from pneumonia at age seventy. He was buried in a spot he had selected, near his home, on his cherished Continental Mountain.