A publication of
The Town of Cave Creek
37622 N Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ
Editor: Nina Spitzer
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Did you miss our December issue? You'll find it

Jan 4 (6pm): (Cancelled) Council Meeting (Town Hall)
Jan 7 (7:30am): Monthly Ambassador Breakfast Carefree/Cave Chamber (Grotto Café)
Jan 9 (1:30pm): Stamp Mill Operation (Cave Creek Museum)
Jan 13 (4:30pm): Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Monthly Mixer (Zoom) Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 602 295 9422
Jan 19 (6pm): Council Meeting (Zoom)
Jan 21 (7pm): Planning Commission Regular Meeting (Zoom)

Click HERE for the calendar on the Town site.
Kiwanis Corner
Library Donation

On December 15th, Kiwanis Club of Carefree presented the Desert Foothills Library a major donation of $50,000 as the second part of a commitment Kiwanis had made to assist with the renovations to their building. These funds supported “Club 1117” which is known as the teen room in the library. Their new Library Executive Director, Ms. Anne Johnson, accepted the donation and provided a detailed update on programs they are currently offering with the COVID-19 restrictions and some of their programs designed to attract young people to the Library once it reopens.
Kudos Corner
A big
to both Cave Creek citizens and merchants alike for supporting our local businesses in 2020!
Supporting one another is what it's all about!
Food Bank Corner

New Food Bank Director

Leigh Zydonik is a former Buckeye from the state of Ohio and has relocated to Arizona to take the position of Executive Director of the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. She comes to us with a background as
Executive Director for the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Findlay and a teacher for the UF College of Business. She also has had experience with the Northwest Ohio Flood Mitigation Partnership, The Arts Partnership, and Marathon Petroleum Company, and served on the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Board, the Hancock Historical Museum Board, and Findlay Noon Rotary.

Leigh takes the reins from Pam DiPietro who officially retired on December 31st. "As one of her 400 volunteers we love her passion, her tireless energy both all inspiring to watch," says Anna Marsolo about Pam DiPietro.

“ I am honored & excited to have the opportunity to lead the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center," says Leigh. "I look forward to continuing to build upon the great foundation that Pam and her team have  established over the past eighteen years. “
Retiring Pam DiPietro

Photo Credits:
Leigh -
Pam - Fran Booth Communications
Cave Creek Museum Corner
Suzanne Johnson:
New Interim Executive Director

This past October, Suzanne Johnson stepped down from her position as vice-president of the Cave Creek Museum’s Board of Directors to assume the responsibilities of its Interim Executive Director. Suzanne has been a resident of the desert foothills community for over 40 years and comes to our local museum with a background in civic and non-profit fundraising, documentary filmmaking, and publishing.

“I look at this opportunity at the museum as something that’s administrative,” says Johnson. “Many people don’t know it exists. It’s my job to make people aware it’s out there and turn everybody into a stakeholder.”

Photo: Bill Watters
Health Corner
Flu Shots

Yes! It's that time of year again! And, this year, more than ever, it's important to have a flu shot. So, be safe.
Here's some great flu shot info for you!
Click both HERE and HERE for ADHS flu vaccine information.
HERE also is flu season info from AARP.
This click HERE will take you to Maricopa flu shot locations.
Click HERE for a video from Maricopa County on flu shots.
Guess It
Where Am I?
Oh...Your taste buds might help you with this one.
December's Answer:
This is part of the sign over Indian Village. But...You knew that! Click HERE to see it again in our December issue.
Covid-19 Corner
Info & Resources
For the ADHS Covid-19 Data Dashboard click HERE.
Covid-19: Business Benchmarks - Click HERE.
ADHS Reopening Guidelines: Click HERE.
Official Reopening Attestation for Bars with a Food Permit Operating as a Restaurant: 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.
Find detailed ARIZONA Covid-19 stats and info HERE.
Look HERE for updated Sky Harbor Airport travel regulations.
Gov Ducey
Safety Corner
Cover Up!
Please spread the word.
~ For Yourself
~ For Those You Love
~ For your Patrons
~ For Your Business
~ For Your Community
Maricopa County Mask Regulations with a link to current amendments HERE.
"And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."
– Meister Eckhart

Feature Corner
Recognizing Our Iconic Cave Creek Landmarks

On Monday evening, December 21st, the Cave Creek Town Council heard and adopted a Resolution for a program recognizing Cave Creek Local Landmarks. Planning Director Luke Kautzman began with a presentation explaining the endeavor and then showing an example of the brass plaques which would be used to designate each of the town’s iconic landmarks. The first landmark to be recognized will be the Cave Creek Inn (currently Oregano’s) with upcoming plaque recognitions going to Dairy Queen, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, Hideaway, and Coyote Creek (Carpenter’s Trading Post).
A panel of residents selected the “Landmarks” to be recognized as initial recipients of the Local Landmarks program. This program strives to “identify and recognize significant places in the Town of Cave Creek and encourage residents and visitors of Cave Creek to support the places that make Cave Creek unique.”  
This project, a longtime dream and effort of resident Paul Eelkema, began when he and late Planning Director Ian Cordwell had a conversation about how to build a preservation effort. Current Planning Director Luke Kautzman, has been instrumental in moving this project forward. Paul initially compiled a list of potential landmarks and created a Google walking map. The map lists background information on each landmark that will guide and inform visitors from one landmark to the other. 
At the Zoom Council meeting on December 21st, Paul described a drive taken up and down Cave Creek Road with senior Cave Creek residents Bev Brooks and Martha Arnold giving interesting historical narratives at each location along the way. Paul mentioned that many iconic town core buildings were constructed of materials “appropriated” from nearby dams being built at that time.
Paul also recognized help on the project’s historical perspective from Sue Mueller, Ron Roberts, Mary Elrod , Gary Meeseman and Anna Marsolo, photos from the Cave Creek Museum and the Desert Foothills Library, Darlene Southern’s research, Nina Spitzer and Tara Alatorre’s editing, and photographer Dennis Taylor’s Photoshop skills on the historical photos.
According to Paul, the landmarks program is “a living system that will be added to with time,” because surely additional narratives will surface along the way. The QR Walking Map of the local landmarks will be available online, and hard copies of the walking map will be available at the Cave Creek Tourism Bureau as well as Town Hall.
A motion was made for the adoption of this Resolution by Council Member Ron Sova and seconded by Council Member Kathryn Royer. Sova said, “I always like to see things from the past in towns, especially eclectic towns like ours.” The Resolution vote passed unanimously.
A date early in 2021 will be set for the official presentation of the first bronze plaque on the Oregano’s building.
Photo Credit: Luke Kautzman
Town Manager's Corner
Dear Cave Creek,

Town Manager Carrie Dyrek, Town Staff, and Cave Creek Town Council Members would all like to wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and all the best in the 2021 new year!
The Town's 2020 Corner
The Cave Creek 2020 Year In Review was presented at the Town Council meeting on December 21st. The presentation covered challenges, progress and accomplishments from each department during the 2020 year. It was streamed live, recorded online, and a document of the report can be found on the Town’s website. Click HERE and take a look at our past year!
The Marshal's Corner
Greetings from the Marshal,
Happy New Year! May 2021 be a happy, healthy and less stressful year for all of us. 2020 was not the best year. Between those crazy fires, a toxic election season and COVID-19…may we, please, never have another year like 2020.
We’ve certainly noticed more and more traffic in town this last month. I have had the opportunity to eat at a few of our restaurants lately, and I am happy to see that business has picked up. I hope and pray that 2021 brings an increase in business and a decrease in COVID drama to all.
Last month we did see some counterfeit bills being passed around town. Please make certain you utilize some type of counterfeit bill detection at your establishments.
The cold weather has finally arrived. Please be careful with any outdoor fires or fire pits. We are still in the “extreme” fire danger level. We’ve seen way too many fires started in town by one silly spark hitting our ever so dry ground. No one wants to be the source of our next brush fire. If you’re doing ANY activities that produce sparks, please take caution. Clear the area of underlying brush, have a spotter ready with a charged fire extinguisher and/or a hose ready to go. Remember Cave Creek now requires a PERMIT from our Building Safety Department for work that may generate sparks.
Now that the cold weather has finally arrived, we’re getting more and more reports of people parking in handicap parking spaces and “running in for a second.” It is NEVER okay to park in a Handicap Parking spot without a placard displayed. Handicap people need those parking spots and it is the law. 
Another gentle reminder to be certain you all remembered to RENEW your Business Licenses! The Business Licenses are there to protect YOU and our residents.
Once again, I wish you and your families a happy and a safe new year!
Stay safe,
Marshal Stein
Town Staff Corner
Kelley Francis
Cave Creek's Digital Communications Specialist

Local resident Kelley Francis has joined the Town staff as Digital Communications Specialist filling in for Tara Alatorre who recently left to pursue other ventures.

Kelley Francis is a child of Cave Creek. Graduating from Cactus Shadows she traveled abroad to gain a Liberal Arts education with Franklin University (Switzerland) before spending 10 dedicated years working in communications, the arts, and entertainment in the Southwest, USA. 
Much of her experience is in cultural programming; coordinating film festivals, festivals, filming, events and large-scale installations (along with managing the communications around them). Her government experience includes collaborations with Santa Fe, The City of West Hollywood, and The City of Los Angeles.  
From an entrepreneurial perspective Francis was the Tech Department Head and Multimedia Coordinator for the company Meow Wolf Creative Studios as it grew from a community-driven project into a B-Corporation (valued at 40 million dollars by the time Kelley left her position).
Local productions she's been involved in includes the annual winter holiday experience World of Illumination where she was a builder and site operator in their formative years, and Mesmerica, a 45-minute animated and live-action surround-video fulldome piece screened at the Arizona Science Center and internationally. 

Francis hopes to bring her sharp technological skills and communications experience to Cave Creek in the effort to preserve its small-town roots, charm and slow-moving sensibilities. Plans include the re-launch of a printed and dependable newsletter, as well as promoting an open door to the community. "Reminding the public there is available and open two-way communication with the Town is what I'm here to do and embody."

Welcome to the Town staff, Kelley!

Photo: Nina Spitzer
New Biz Corner
"A Place to Taste and Remember"

There’s a new business in town, Ofrenda, a Latin-inspired fine dining Mexican restaurant in the location of the former Indigo Crow. Michael Stone, owner of Taco Guild, and Carlos Marquez, owner of Indigo Crow, have joined together to create this new concept.

The name “Ofrenda” comes from ancient Aztecan culture and means “offering.” Back 3,000 years ago Aztec families created altars honoring the eternal souls of loved ones. Today, the term describes altars of remembrance. Michael Stone says the theme for Ofrenda is “A Place to Taste and Remember.” 

According to Carlos Marquez, he and Stone’s goal was to create a way to honor loved ones and those held dear, no matter how close or far away. “Ofrenda celebrates life and all those who have touched us profoundly,” says Marquez. “It’s a place to make new memories while cherishing loved ones far and near.”

The goal is for satisfied guests to walk away from Ofrenda with a remembrance of artisan-crafted décor and dinnerware, an extensive wine and spirits list, and most of all a “fresh, bold, and decadent Latin-influenced menu.”

And to Ofrenda...A big WELCOME to the neighborhood!
Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Corner
The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy is driven by a strong community desire to be a part of the creation of our future leaders. The partnerships mission is to educate, energize, and engage emerging leaders with a goal of enriching community life while responsibly mapping our future and sustaining our natural resources for generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants understanding of the Past, Current, and Future potential of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.

The Desert Foothills Leadership (DFL) Academy was founded in 2018 through an exclusive partnership between The Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce and The Holland Center.

“The Academy was created after an unmet need was identified through focus groups and discussions with our members and community stakeholders,” said Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO of the Carefree – Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce. “Our hope is to fill this need and become an important component in the development of future leaders.”

“There is so much to know about the Desert Foothills Community and our partnership with the Chamber will allow us to tap the necessary resources and knowledge base. Our graduates will gain the insight needed to best serve our community,” said Jennifer Roswell, Executive Director of the Holland Center.

·      Enhance your personal leadership and professional skills
·      Build the confidence and skills required to take on leadership roles in the Desert Foothills Region
·      Broaden your breadth and scope of knowledge about the Desert Foothills Region  
·      Create relationships with region stake holders
·      Develop valuable professional networks 
·      Gain insight as to where your talents and goals will best serve the Desert Foothills Region

For more info Call 480-488-1090
History Corner
Cave Creek Inn
By Paul Eelkema and Darlene Southern
Constructed of native stone, the building that now houses Oregano's Pizza Bistro was erected about 1928 and holds the distinction as the oldest continuously operated business site in the Town Core. 
Known in its early years as The Black Mountain Store, proprietors sold groceries, dry goods, gas and oil and Indian jewelry. At one time, old Tuberculosis Cabins were moved behind the store to serve as tourist cabins for intrepid travelers who dared adventure this far into the desert. (Note: the only known existing TB cabin left standing in Arizona is located at the Cave Creek Museum. Just follow the signs!) Rumor has it you could rent a cabin for 50 cents a night!
In 1950, Canadian ex-pats John Raffles Cox and Corolyn Cox refurbished the former Black Mountain Store into the Cave Creek Inn where for years, the rustic yet sophisticated restaurant was a favorite dining destination for both locals and Phoenicians. The urbane, intellectual, well-traveled couple were natural hosts and treated the restaurant as their living room and guests as friends. The Coxes often hosted Christmas gatherings at their home for the participants of the Christmas Pageant, then all local school age children.

After the Coxes retired in 1967, the building continued to house a number of restaurants, including Trois Amis French restaurant
and later a Mexican restaurant. It's now home to local favorite Oregano's Pizza Bistro.  

Historic Photo: Courtesy of The Cave Creek Museum
Current Photo: Nina Spitzer
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Tourism Bureau Participants
A Couple of Green Thumbs, Adelante, Arizona Fine Furniture & Tack Brokers, 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, 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., 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, Southwest Bedazzle Boutique, Spur Cross Cycles, Spur Cross Stable, 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.