Please join me at the Chamber Holiday Mixer. I can’t wait to see you all and offer up a toast to the successes we have had in our business community this past year and the successes we will have in 2018.

I’m really excited for the celebration this year!  We have a new venue, a new format and an amazing event planning committee! These guys are rock stars!
A big shout out to the amazing people planning your party!

The event will be held on Wednesday December 13 from 6-8 pm at the Holland Center. Tickets are $25 each. They include food and two drink tickets. Please RSVP and pre-pay before December 8. 
During the event we will be conducting a silent auction as well. We have some amazing items that we are collecting from our local businesses. All proceeds for the auction will go to our scholarship endowment fund.

For more information about the Mixer please visit the Chamber website at or call the Chamber office at 480 488-3363.
Business Showcase   - November 8 Doors Open at 5:30
Cave Creek Museum 6140 E Skyline Dr, Cave Creek
 Gratitude toward Veterans and the Business Community Connect with history and express personal thankfulness by bringing canned or nonperishable items for the Foothills Food Bank.

$5 members; $15 Guests (Guests may attend twice before joining)
Interested in promoting your business? Bring a $30 item to raffle to get a 30 second commercial. 50/50 cash prize and many chances to win! Raffle Tickets only $1 each!
Last month"s door prizes included a potted cactus trio from Desert Foothills Landscape ($200+ value),
Sub0 cool gel pillow ($140 value), gift cards to restaurants, massages and more!
Ribbon Cutting - November 7 @ 5pm
Well Adjusted Chiropractic - 23341 N Pima Rd Suite 134, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Ribbon Cutting - November 9 @ 12pm
Gold Mine Thrift Shop - 6502 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek

Ribbon Cutting - November 9 @ 5pm
Easy Street Galleria - 100 Easy St, Carefree

Ribbon Cutting - November 14 @ 5pm
Hunt Distinctive Properties, Fulton Rizzo Team -5734 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek

Ribbon Cutting - November 16 @ 4pm
The Little Free Library - Carefree Gardens

Ribbon Cutting - November 28@ 5pm
Foothills Animal Rescue Boutique - 23030 N Pima Rd. Scottsdale
November 30 @ 7:30 am @ Harold's Corral.

$8 for Members & $15 for Non-Members.

Our Chamber Ambassadors are taking over the meeting this month for a Networking activity. Come and get to know your fellow Chamber Members and generate leads.

We respectfully request that any promotional materials are placed at the check-in table ONLY. Place settings are reserved for Member Spotlight Sponsors.

Deadline to enter is fast approaching! All groups, churches, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to join in the small town holiday fun! Only $25 per entry. 

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Is it Santa? Decorating the Christmas tree? Opening presents? Caroling? Meals or holiday parties with family and friends? Create your float or gather a group to tell your holiday story! Accepting Applications NOW!
Membership 101 - December 1 @ 8 - 9:30am
Whether you are a brand new member of the Chamber or you have been a Chamber member for years…this event is for you! Please join Chamber staff and Ambassadors on Friday, December 1, from 8-9:30AM at the Chamber office to receive information about how to get the most out of your Chamber benefits.
Space is limited! Call 480-488-3381 or email or to sign up.

Adams, Kvittem-Barr & Assoc. CPAs, LLP        24 years
Giordano's Trattoria Romana                               9 years
Bryans Black Mountain Barbecue                        8 years
Southface Solar Electric                                       8 years
Tyrol Insurance Agency                                        8 years
Foothills Granite                                                   7 years
Sanderson Lincoln                                                5 years
Parkway Bank                                                       4 years
Institute for healing of Memories                          3 years
Total Sports Therapy                                            3 years
EmbroidMe North Phoenix                                   2 years
Wells Fargo                                                           2 years
Accurate Insurance Agency                                   1 year
Honor Health Medical Group-Carefree                1 year
Enclave at Anthem Senior Living                          1 year

Welcome to the Chamber of Commerce community! We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Pinnacle Capital Mortgage
Cave Creek Montessori
Premier Documents
Cimarron River Company
AZ RightSizing
Infamous Pool Care
The Saban Group, LLC
From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian and docent
The New Mexico Territory was created September 9, 1850. It essentially contained the modern States of New Mexico and Arizona. The New Mexico Territory resulted in land acquired from Mexico during the Mexican American War (1846-1848). The Territory acquired more land in a $10 million-dollar real estate transaction finalized in 1854. The transaction was known as the Gadsden Purchase. The first territory known as “Arizona” was the Confederate Territory of Arizona, established 2/14/1862. It was the lower half of today’s New Mexico and Arizona south of the 34 th parallel. On 2/24/1863 President Lincoln proclaimed “Arizona” a territory with the current north/south boundary with New Mexico at the 109 th meridian. Arizona became the 48 th State on 2/14/1912, exactly fifty years after becoming a Confederate Territory.

Realty Reality
November 2017
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published October 2017
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 4.93% lower; active listings [97] were 21.41% lower; and the median sold price [$346,250] was 60.20% lower (seems high, but correct), compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 122.  8 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 22.35% lower; active listings [258] were 15.13% lower; and the median sold price [$428,750] was 4.32% higher, compared to one year ago. 
Average days on market were 112.    62 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 4.97% lower; active listings [2,521] were 8.36% lower; and the median sold price [$450,000] was 8.36% lower, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 108.    582 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 5.67% higher; active listings [3,973] were 2.74% lower; and the median sold price [$225,000] was 2.74% higher, compared to one year ago.
Average days on market were 59.   1,765 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
·         Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 2.10% of the total sales volume.
·         There is a 2.98-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 9.42% lower [21,820 units] than one year ago.
·         Entire Phoenix Metro Area : median sold price is $241,700; 5.10% higher than one year ago . Average days on market were 67.
·         Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.72% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $386,880.
·         Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,295; 66 fewer than 6 months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·         Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 7,328. No change from one year ago.
·         Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,125,211,038 (that’s 2 billion, 125 million - rounded for conversation). This is 5.16% higher than one year ago.
For complete monthly list please visit the Chamber website.

Arizona Musicfest - Dennis Rowland - November 7, Stan Kenton - November 11, Mary Chapin Carpenter - November 12

Carefree - Salute to Veterans- November 11

Cave Creek Museum - Stamp Mill - November 11, Family Fun Workshop - November 12

Cave Creek Regional Park - November Fitness Hike- November 9, 16, 23 & 30

Christ Anglican Church - Craft Fair - November 11

Bryan's BBQ - Chuck Hall- November 10

Ciolim - Landscape Painting -November 8, Beginning Oil - November 9 & 10, Brushstrokes - November 12

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

Desert Foothills Theater - Annie - November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19.

Desert Hills Presbyterian - Fall Faith Festival- November 11 & 12

Fearless Art Works - Turbulent Art Opening - November 10

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

Kiwanis Club - Regular Meeting November 8 @ Harold's Corral.

Magic Bird Festivals - Farm N Art Market - Every Wednesday & Friday through May

Paradise Valley Community College - Steam & Star Party - Movember 9

Sonoran Arts League - Various events and days, see website.

Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary - Psychedelic 60's Dance Party- November 11

Yoga Breeze - Various events and days, see website.
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On November 9 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.

Are you a fan of mysteries? Prior to the star party, there will be a STEAM night highlighting forensics 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 .
Discounts for your family
Child Care, Animal Care, Personal Care - hair, nails, massage, etc, Home Services of all Kinds, Retail Stores... There is a discount for any of your needs one click away!
Les Peterson, Mayor of Carefree
The Kick-off of the “Christmas in Carefree” event is less than a month away!
Tie in with it to merchandise your business.
Carefree executes two major Town events each year to kick off the festive Holiday season and attract people into Carefree. The first of these was the just concluded and overwhelmingly successful “Enchanted Pumpkin Garden” event which drew over 75,000 people into Carefree. The next major Town event, “Christmas in Carefree,” launches on December 1 st , less than a month away.
The Christmas in Carefree event will run from December 1 st for over three weeks, until December 23 rd .
The kick-off event on December 1 st will be the lighting of our new 26’ Christmas Tree. This event will feature the Phoenix Boys Choir, a holiday party, Santa and more.
On the weekends of December 1 st – 3 rd , and December 8 th – 10 th there will be an “open-air” Christmas Market, fashioned after the Holiday Markets in Europe. This market will feature quality traditional and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.
The weekend of December 8 th – 10 th will also feature the Carefree Daytime Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, December 9 th at 10:00 am. This parade will be a festive celebration of the entire Foothills Community featuring a broad array of local businesses and groups. Please note that the Parade will now be during daylight because of safety concerns from the previous night-time parade. A fireworks extravaganza will also be held in the evening of the Parade. In addition, during this entire weekend participants in the event will be able to enjoy real snow plus a 35’ high alpine slide in the Carefree Snow Village.
Many additional activities, including Luminaria to celebrate the cherished memory or the life of a loved one, lots of opportunities for kids to meet with Santa and Santa’s Workshop on December 2 nd where kids will be able to join with Santa, his elves and the Desert Foothills YMCA for a morning of holiday arts, crafts and reindeer games.
Tie your business in with this proven “Christmas in Carefree” event. Use the proven power of this event to pull people into Carefree for the benefit of your business. Call us at 488-3686 and let’s discuss how you could tailor a program to get your current and prospective customers involved.
Ernie Bunch, Mayor of Cave Creek
Well it's November and time for the "Season" to get up and running. November kind of let's us ease into it. Got lot's of great activities happening now. As usual the Live Music Scene in Cave Creek available to our guests and you can find most any type that will suit your tastes. Janey's with music 7 days a week, Buffalo Chip has dance lessons and live music along with Wednesday and Friday Live Bull riding. ( this is fast and furious, not that slow motion mechanical bull stuff with a pretty girl). Hideaway has Live Music on their Patio as well. Check out their Web Pages to see what's available.
 Food? Cave Creek? You bet! All the way from Burgers to Barbecue, to Fine Dining, Cave Creek has it all!
 Don't forget the Hidden in the Hills Open House Art Studio Tours all over the foothills.
 November, it's a great time to come out and enjoy our Town!
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377