Recently, many of you have reached out and told us how much you have enjoyed the Chamber networking events. There are some really amazing things happening at these events. Attendance is at an all-time high, the energy/synergy is through the roof plus meaningful and profitable connections are being made. If you haven’t attended a Mixer or a Breakfast in the last few months you are missing out! I invite you to make it a priority to start attending these events.

Chamber monthly Mixer will be on Wednesday October 11 at Carefree Floors in Cave Creek. Business Breakfast will be on Thursday October 26 at Harold’s Corral. The presentation at breakfast in October will be about fraud and how to protect yourself and your business from fraud.

In addition to these two standing Chamber events we will be adding a new monthly event in October which will be called POWER Hour. POWER stands for Profitable Opportunities With Empowering Results! I hope you will be able to join us there. Date, time and location will be included in all the future E-blasts.

I hope you can join me! I look forward to seeing you!
Evening Mixer  - October 11 @ 5:30
Carefree Floors 6718 E Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek

Come for beer, brats and a ribbon cutting for their new location! !It will be a scary good time!

$5 for members; $15 for Non-members (non-members may attend twice before joining) Raffle Tickets only $1 each!

Interested in promoting your business to other members? Get a 30 second commercial about your business by bringing a $30 door prize.

50/50 cash prize and many chances to win some great door prizes! Last month was a potted spurred cactus, Diamondback tickets and gift certificates to Cartwright's ( Over $1000 value in prizes!)
Desert Foothills Library - October 3 @12pm. 38443 N Schoolhouse Rd, Cave Creek

Delightfully Vixen - October 5 @5pm. 28325 N Tatum Blvd #5, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Well Adjusted Chiropractic - October 19 @ 5pm. 23341 N Pima Rd Suite 134, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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October 26 @ 7:30 am @ Harold's Corral. NEW TIME!

$8 for Members & $15 for Non-Members.  
Join us to for an educational topic on fraud prevention. Our Ambassadors with have a networking activity.
Carefree Art & Wine Festival - November 3, 4 & 5
Volunteer with the Chamber and promote your business at the same time! Wear your logo'd shirts, have brochures and business cards on your table as you assist happy, art and wine lovers attend the festival. You also receive free entry into the event and a souvenir wine glass with six wine tasting tickets!
Shifts are 9:30-1:30 or 1-5pm Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Call 480-488-3381 or email or to sign up.

Cave Creek Unified School District 27 years
Town of Carefree 23 years
Christ Anglican Church 18 years
Jane Ceasor Insurance 16 years
Big Bronco 11 years
Allied / Republic Waste Services 7 years
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 5 Years Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 4 years Dynamic Door Service Today 4 years
Total Sports Therapy 3 years
Arizona Pool Keeper 2 years
Discovery Map 2 years
Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Imaging Center 1 year
Dynamite Experience, LLC 1 year
Gold Financial Services 1 year
Le Sans Souci 1 year
Paws and Whiskers Pet Sitting 1 yea

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.
Domino's Pizza
Assisting Hands Home Care
The Mattress Place
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian and docent
The original Cave Creek Road ran along the creek with the same name since 1873. Continual flooding forced Cave Creek Road to shift east to its current location in 1927. In 1928, a store was constructed in the shadow of Black Mountain on the “new” Cave Creek Road. Not so surprisingly, the store was called the Black Mountain Store. The store sold groceries; dry goods like fabric, thread, coffee, flour, tea and toiletries; Native American jewelry; gas and oil. It was also the outpost for the Maricopa County Free Library. In later years the store became one of the top epicurean destinations in metropolitan Phoenix; the restaurant was called Trois Amis. This building is the oldest commercial building in Cave Creek! You can carefully explore this historic building today, especially if you’re hungry for pizza. Today, it’s known as Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, the fourteenth opened in metropolitan Phoenix, in 2014. 

Realty Reality
October 2017
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published September 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 250.60% higher (seems high, but correct); active listings [85] were 22.73% lower; and the median sold price [$600,000] was 4.33% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 316. 13 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 1.60% higher; active listings [243] were 15.92% lower; and the median sold price [$402,500] was 5.96% lower, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 110. 64 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 10.31% higher; active listings [2,341] were 8.23% lower; and the median sold price [$406,000] was 4.37% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 98.    694 residential units closed escrow.
enix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 11.46% higher; active listings [3,800] were 3.72% lower; and the median sold price [$229,950] was 6.15% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 62.   1,960 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
·       Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 2.30% of the total sales volume.
·       There is a 2.65-month supply of residential inventory in the Phoenix Metro Area. A balanced market for buyers and sellers is considered to be about 6 months.
·       Total residential inventory is 9.40% lower [21,462 units] than one year ago.
·        Entire Phoenix Metro Area : median sold price is $245,000; 6.50% higher than one year ago . Average days on market were 68.
·       Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.85% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $387,400.
·       Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,181; 170 fewer than 6 months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·        Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 8,113. This is 3.40% higher than one year ago.
·        Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,372,358,330 (that’s 2 billion, 372 million - rounded for conversation). This is 11.04% higher than one year ago.
For complete monthly list please visit the Chamber website.

Bella Donna & Cane - Fall Fashion Show - October 8.

Ciolim - Open Studio - October 5

Desert Foothills Library  - Various events and days, see website.

Desert Foothills Theater - Various events and days, see website.

Holland Community Center - Various events and days, see website.

Harold's Corral - Oktoberfest - October 7

Kiwanis Club - Regular Meeting October 4 @ Harold's Corral.

Paradise Valley Community College - Sunday Concert Series - October 8.

Sonoran Arts League - Free Art Classes for Veterans - June 8, Fine Art Fridays - June 9.

Yoga Breeze - Various events and days, see website.
Learn more, earn more, and drive less with Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain. PVCC at Black Mountain is a located on 60 th Street, just south of Carefree Highway. It is a one stop shop environment for registration, advisement, and cashiering services. Academic advisors are available to assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to reach your educational goals. Stop by our office today, or call (602)493-2600, to speak with an academic advisor.

Ready to register for the Spring, 2018 semester? Open registration begins Monday, October 9 th ! Register online, or visit our office to have an academic advisor assist you with registration. 

Are you interested in psychology? Would you like to learn more about the differences between normal behavior and psychological disorders? If so, consider registering for PSY266, Abnormal Psychology! This class may address subjects such as stress disorders, problems with anxiety and depression, and addictive behaviors. To learn more, visit and use the “find a class” option to search for PSY266. You can also visit the PVCC at Black Mountain office, or call (602)493-2600, for additional information.
On October 19 th , Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain and the Phoenix Astronomical Society will host a star party from 7:00 – 9:45 PM. This event is the perfect opportunity to observe the dark night skies of the Carefree/Cave Creek community. Prior to the star party, there will be a STEAM night highlighting nursing and emergency medicine through fun, hands-on activities. The STEAM night will run from 6:00-7:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public! To RSVP, email .

Mayor Les Peterson, Town of Carefree
Private Investment Sparks Revitalization in Carefree                             
There is no question Carefree is a nimble, financially responsible organization when comparing our small organizational structure, financially conservative budgets and steady reserves. However, Carefree’s historical financial model has taken a one two punch from the legacy of the global recession and recent state legislative changes that will adversely impact one of the largest revenues streams to local municipalities – construction sales tax. 
As a result, it is incumbent upon our current Town leadership to evaluate and address projected revenue declines. As with any financial issues, internal savings have been considered and achieved; however with our historical financially conservative approach, there are not many opportunities which would yield sufficient savings to address the declines in our revenues. Therefore, we must investigate ways to enhance our main revenue stream – municipal sales tax.

This evaluation process started over four years ago, when the Town commissioned the Urban Land Institute to review how the Town could cultivate a more sustainable business environment which had the capacity to generate the sales taxes the Town relied on to pay for services such as police, emergency services, street maintenance and building safety. A recommendation from this public forum was to create a revitalization plan which engages the community and outlines specific solutions to create a more sustainable Town Center and tax base. During this one year process there was a tremendous amount of citizen and business involvement which yielded a revitalization plan that has been recognized and awarded by the State Planning Association as the most outstanding revitalization plan for small communities within the State.

We are beginning to experience very positive results from this collaborative community effort and award winning plan with approximately $90 million of private investment.
·        The Bashas’ grocery store remodel.
·        The renovation of Spanish Village, including the new Bacan restaurant opening later this fall.
·        The current renovations to the Carefree Post Office.
·        The repositioning of the Carefree Resort into a world class resort – Civana Resort and Spa
·        The introduction of a new luxury rental home development on what many residents have referenced in the past as the “big ugly dirt lot” located on the backside of Bashas’ and down the hill from the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center.

The aforementioned private investment in the community did not happen arbitrarily. These tangible investments are a direct reflection of efforts to engage the community, develop a plan and implement the plan. As we collectively discuss these investments within our community please take some time to review this collaborative plan which can be found at or please stop by Town Hall to speak to the Mayor or Town Administrator so we may collectively share our thoughts regarding building a sustainable community. 
Mayor Ernie Bunch; Town of Cave Creek
Cave Creek has a challenging but bright future. After several months of searching we have finally agreed on a new Town Manager and the choice has come from within. Carrie Dyrek has almost two decades of service to Cave Creek as the Town Clerk. She will now be our Manager. This is good for Cave Creek because now we can move forward with someone who understands the successes and failures of the past. Carrie is a no nonsense individual who is known for following the rules to a T. With a Council/Manager form of Government as we have she will not bend to undue pressures from individuals and will always do the "right thing".
 Carrie is a little over 4 years away from a normal retirement and will be bringing on a Clerk Trainee which will result in one less staff member than would have been required had we hired anyone else. It's a net savings to the General Fund.
 All in all I am very pleased and grateful to the Council for making this positive decision.
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377