Come celebrate Summit Aesthetics, LLC!
Ribbon cutting is Tuesday October 1st at5pm
Open House 430pm-630pm
Do you need to provide health insurance to your employees or know someone who does? Consider talking with one of our approved brokers about our new Affinity Health Insurance Program. 
This program is only available to members of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce or one of the other six Chambers that make up the East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance. If you are not yet a member of the Chamber give us a call to see if membership makes sense and is a good fit for your business.
Please call the Chamber office at 480 488-3363 for a referral to one of the approved brokers.

Come join your fellow Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Members for an informational monthly business breakfast presentation and early morning networking!

At Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
7:30 AM- 9:30 AM
$8.00 Members   $15.00 – General Admission
Adams, Kvittem-Barr & Assoc. CPAs, LLP 26 years
Foothills Accounting      23 years
Cave Creek Trailrides     20 years
Aesthetic Family Dentistry          18 years
Jane Ceasor Insurance  18 years
Carefree Coverings Inc/Pro Blind Repair
15 years
Big Bronco         13 years
Giordano's Trattoria Romana    11 years
Allied/ Republic Waste 9 years
Foothills Granite              9 years
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church    7 years
Parkway Bank   6 years
Cave Creek Financial Associates                5 years
Eye Care North 5 years
Total Sports Therapy     5 years
Annunciation Catholic School     3 years
Market Street at DC Ranch          3 years
Carefree Christian Academy       2 years
Lone Mountain Memory Care    2 years
Thrivent Financial            2 years
Clearview Title & Escrow Agency     1 year
Payroll Vault      1 year
Team National  1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
4ci Management
Elysian Desert Distilleries
American Family Insurance-Lori Laswick Agency
Bartholomew Graphics

Ribbon Cutting - October 11 @ 12pm - Celebrate Grace Renee Gallery ' s 1 Year Anniversary! 7212 E. Ho Hum Road #7, Carefree

Ribbon Cutting - October 11 @ 12:30pm - Celebrate the opening of Pizzicata Restoranti Pizzeria! 7212 E. Ho Hum Road #4, Carefree

Ribbon Cutting - October 24 @ 5pm - Join us for the winner of BEST IN Real Estate Award; Ribbon Cutting at  Desert Dream Realty ! 6201 E Cave Creek Rd, Suite B, Cave Creek

Ribbon Cutting - October 29 @ 5pm - Welcome Dr Fabio from Integrative Healing & Wellness to the Chamber with a Ribbon Cutting! Located inside CIVANA 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree
The Fifth Annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden – An Opportunity to Help Your Business
The Town of Carefree’s Fifth Annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden festival, featuring world-renown artist and master pumpkin sculptor Ray Villafane will begin Friday, Oct. 18 and wrap up Sunday, Oct. 27. Ray has upped his game this year as never before! Villafane Studios is bringing in additional carvers, creating new vignettes and characters, and has enlisted a new “cast of characters” including fortune tellers, mice and puppeteers. This year the festival will include an Enchanted Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, headline bands performing Friday and Saturday nights of both event weekends, a haunted house, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables for kids of all ages, a Harvest Market, spooktacular costume contests, pumpkin pie-eating competitions, giant pumpkin photo opportunities, the Jack O’ Lantern Beer Garden (sponsored by Sonoran Arts League,) the Adopt-a-Pumpkin Patch (sponsored by Desert Foothills YMCA) and a variety of fall-flavored culinary delights.
How can your Carefree business position itself to take advantage of this annual opportunity and get in front of the many attendees? Like last year, the layout is designed to encourage pedestrian traffic on our streets within the Town core. What better way to entice passersby to wander into your shop that to decorate your storefront in the Halloween spirit? Contact Vicki at Town Hall ( / 488-488-3686) to review available sponsorships and merchandising opportunities during the festival.
Looking ahead to the morning of Saturday, Nov. 9, AT&T Veterans will be holding a Veterans Day Charity Run beginning at 9 a.m., starting and ending within the downtown Carefree area. Between now and then, race representatives may stop by to ask for sponsorship, or to place a poster in your window. Proceeds raised go directly to support veterans. I hope you can help. For additional information about this event, visit or contact Carefree resident Kelsie Hughes at .  
Time sure does fly by. Here we are in October again. Fall colors (out of State plates) and cooler mornings. Once again we're looking forward to the Taste of Cave Creek which is the 16th and 17th this year. This popular event highlights local restaurants and has become a great social gathering. Live music and food, what a great combination.
Once again Cave Creek will be alive with ghouls and goblins during the Wicked Event on October 26th.
Now here is my "broken record" message again. With the fall rains and cooler weather Globe Chamomile will once again be inundating our community. Make plans to combat this invasive earlier this year. I am still searching for the most environmentally friendly pre emergent, Last Month I made a call to the State Agriculture Department and am still awaiting an answer.
The prospects for the Financial Security of Cave Creek are looking up with the addition of the businesses along Carefree Highway. In September the Town Council approved the Site Plan for Abrazzo (A Micro Hospital with Emergency Room) just West of what will be Sprouts. Not everyone is happy with development of any type but, Property Rights are at the very foundation of our Great Country.
Brace yourselves for the upcoming Tourist Invasion but remember, or businesses must make hay while the sun shines! See you next Month!
( Always the second Wednesday of every month)
Join your fellow Business Owners for an opportunity to network, socialize and win prizes!

This month’s host is Puppy Luv Flea Market - 7171 E Cave Creek Road Ste. P, Cave Creek,

$5 for members; $15 for general admission (guests may attend twice before joining)

5 0/50 Raffle! Raffle Tickets only $1 each for chances to win prizes and cash!

Chamber Members (only) are encouraged to bring a raffle prize in exchange for a 30 second commercial!
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian
   Arizona State Historian, Marshall Trimble, asserts the Frontier (forty-eight contiguous) officially ended March 13, 1895 when the Santa Fe Railroad connected with Phoenix from the north; the Southern Pacific Railroad connected with Phoenix from the south, July 4, 1887. One important catalyst for this expansion was a concept. Manifest Destiny was a widely held belief in the 19 th century underscoring the United States was to expand, more importantly, the right to expand coast to coast, because of divine Providence. Journalist John L. O'Sullivan, in 1839, wrote an article about "divine destiny" addressing America's "moral dignity." In 1845, O'Sullivan wrote another essay in which he first used Manifest Destiny . Later that year, December 27, 1845, he used Manifest Destiny again in his newspaper, the New York Morning News , and the immortal phrase became extremely influential nationally.
"Go west young man, go west, and grow up with the country." These famous words were written and published in an editorial in the New York Tribune on July 13, 1865 by Horace Greely. The provocative recommendation captured the spirit of returning Civil War veterans who headed west and took advantage of the 1862 Homestead Act . Horace Greely was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune which was considered one of the great newspapers of the time. Interestingly, Greely did not coin the famous phrase. It was first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in 1851. When the "Go West" phrase became famous, Greely gave attribution to John Soule.
BACKYARD WARNINGS FROM A DEER! By Nikki Julien, Arizona Wildlife Federation, and Diane Vaszily, Desert Awareness Committee

This photo opp is not what it seems. (photo credit SUE MUELLER)

Are you thrilled and excited when you see wildlife taking a drink in your backyard or do you wonder why they are ignoring the dangers associated with humans for that drink? Wildlife do not generally choose to be around us…we humans are loud, confusing, dangerous and unpredictable. Deer have been successfully living in the desert without us, so why the new cozy relationship? Could it be that they are unable to find water for themselves? What happened to their water holes?
You see, climate change isn’t just impacting us humans (the cause of the problem); rising temperatures for longer periods affects all life. Not just residents of the desert foothills, not just deer and other wildlife, but plants too. Desert adapted plants, such as the palo verde and ocotillo, drop their leaves in response to dry conditions. Deer are hearty when it comes to desert living and are able to get much of their moisture requirements from their food, but when there are no leaves and no water, what’s a deer to do?
Wildlife is then forced to face their fears and get closer to humans for the chance to survive. But, in addition to the rewards of life-giving water or a meal of the irrigated plant life in your yard, proximity to humans also brings its dangers—vehicles, illegal hunting, dogs, and disease from domestic livestock. Those that survive these hazards are more likely to try it again, pushing their luck out of absolute necessity. Fawns following mom’s example grow up thinking humans aren’t so bad. While we love to see them, it really is a deadly combination especially when fawn predators such as bobcats and deer predators like mountain lions are also in dire need of meals and moisture.

Long before we came on the scene, nature had it down to a science. That science is now changing. Drought is nothing new for the desert, it is a natural cycle in the desert ecosystem. Unfortunately, what has been happening since humans built cities into the desert intensifies drought conditions. The asphalt roads, concrete patios and driveways add to the heat island effect which in turn raises temperatures causing ambient and ground moisture to evaporate. This literally boils the monsoon rain as it pours so it rarely reaches the ground. When rain is lucky enough to land, instead of soaking in to the ground to replenish roots and ground water, it runs off the streets, concrete and roofs into overloaded concrete channels and away. You have seen it happen in your own backyard.

Land use changes often drive deer from their habitat and into a more welcoming area…your yard. Much open space in the Cave Creek area has been redesignated and consequently is now fenced so that it has become inaccessible to most wildlife.  In addition, many springs have dried up which ran through the land causing deer and other wildlife to search for water elsewhere. While it is not a good idea to provide food for wildlife, water is so essential that most mammals will find it…even in your backyard. According to Cave Creek resident Sue Mueller, “As the deer lost their access to any water that may have existed in the past on the 250 acres of once open land, they visit our watering hole on a regular basis.”

Conservation organizations and parks build water catchments for wildlife which provide safer locations for deer, javelina and other wildlife to satisfy their thirst away from roadways and the busy lives of humans. Ranger Mark Paulat of Cave Creek Regional Park saw rib-lined deer quickly slurping up the 30 gallons of water from the park’s tortoise habitat and knew it was time for an upgrade. With water supplied by the city of Cave Creek and harvested rainfall, the 9000 gallon water catchment provides not only a drink but also native riparian and desert plants for cover and food with proximity to an established pollinator garden as well. Wildlife visitation has increased dramatically in the number of individual animals and the variety of species. Ranger Mark noted, “Our game camera was triggered more than 4000 times over the course of a three-day weekend. It would have been more, but the memory card reached capacity and the batteries were spent!”

How are water catchments different than your backyard pool? They keep wildlife away from humans, keeping them cautious and distant.  While it might be lovely to photograph wildlife up close, the story of why the deer are there is not so picturesque. Consider it more of a warning.

So what can you do? There’s plenty! Take action at home, in our public lands and with our lawmakers:
·          At home—reduce your water use so you’re not taking more from our aquifers and rivers. Plant desert adapted plants and fix irrigation problems. Harvest water from your driveway and roof onto your land and your trees to soak into the ground.
·          At our public lands—join in a conservation effort to build or fund a water catchment or other wildlife management effort. Volunteer or attend an event about the wonders of our desert by local organizations such as the Desert Awareness Committee and Desert Foothills Land Trust.
·          With your lawmakers—urge them to fund wildlife protections under the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, public land improvements under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to act on climate solutions. Visit the Arizona Wildlife Federation website to take action!

Together we can retain the majesty of our wildlife safely (and save the planet at the same time!).

Diane is a retired science and environmental education specialist who serves as the education coordinator for Desert Awareness Committee, a 501c3 volunteer organization under Foothills Community Foundation dedicated to educating all ages about the Sonoran Desert through classroom programs, field experiences, hikes and public seminars held the 1 st Monday of each month at the Holland Community Center, Scottsdale. See the list of all events on our website www.azfcf.rg/about-desert-awareness

Nikki Julien is the Outreach Director for the Arizona Wildlife Federation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organizations to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat. Visit to send letters to our Arizona senators, McSally and Sinema, to act on climate.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377