Saturday, April 7. Come join us at the 1st annual Carefree Community Block Party as we offer two different cornhole tournaments - one for the social/casual player and one for the experienced player.
SCORE is now a resource partner of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.   Mentors are available through the third Wednesday of every month from 2:00 P.M. through 5:00 P.M. at the Foothills Community Foundation located at 34250 N. 60th St. Scottsdale, Az.  Greater Phoenix SCORE is the local SCORE Chapter, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business Mentors.

There are more than seventy Mentors associated with the Greater Phoenix SCORE chapter who are generally retired, experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their expertise and knowledge to assist potential and existing small business owners achieve success.

SCORE's principal mission is to assist individuals with respect to all business related issues whether it is commencing a small business or ensuring the continued growth and profitability of existing businesses. SCORE Mentors are dedicated to providing the best possible service to it's clients. SCORE Mentors provide indepth industry-specific business advice to assist in evaluating a business idea plan, resolve business problems stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability. There is no charge for its mentoring and the mentoring is confidential.
 
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! please contact John Buchholz, Score's Certified Mentor  @ 602-618-5108.  
2018 Carefree Community Block Party      
APRIL 7, 2018 ~ 3 - 7p.m. FREE ENTRY
The Town of Carefree, in the spirit of friendship and celebration, announces its first annual community block party located in downtown Carefree along Easy Street and the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.
Carefree residents, nearby neighbors in the Foothills area, businesses, non-profit volunteers and all partners of the Town are invited to join in on the music, activities and fun for all ages. FREE ENTRANCE!
PLUS FREE face painting, a music DJ, mini golf, games, kid’s activities, raffle prizes, gift baskets and more!
A meal ticket is only $6 and includes one grilled hamburger or one hot dog or one chili dog, a side dish, and one non-alcoholic drink from the lemonade stand (lemonade, soft drinks or water). Ice cream will also be available for a minimum charge.
RSVP’s are suggested at  Events@Carefree.org . If you are a local business and want to attend and/or sponsor please contact  Vicki@carefree.org  or contact 480-488-3686.
Ernie Bunch, Mayor of Cave Creek
  Okay, here we are again. April already! As usual I'll tell you there is always something fun happening in Cave Creek. So come on up and experience it for yourselves.
 On another note I'll climb up on my soapbox yet again to discuss something important to the entire State.
 There is a move afoot to place on the Ballot an item that would require Electric Utilities in Arizona to supply 50% of our electricity from renewable energy. On the surface this is a great idea but, it falls very short on the implementation side. There simply is NOT a Reliable Source of storage for renewables that would ensure that we don't have "Brownouts" during the heat of Summer. Technology Solutions for Longer term Storage Solutions have not been discovered or invented yet. I'm sure it's coming and society will demand more renewables when those issues are solved but, it's not ready for Prime Time just yet.
 It might surprise many people to discover just how much power is generated by nuclear plants in Europe and they're way ahead of us with renewables and cutting edge building methods.
 Passage of this Ballot issue will severely curtail the usage of the Palo Verde nuclear power plant.
 Fifty percent renewables for Arizona is a Good Idea Whose Time Has Not Yet Come!
 Please don't sign the petition or we'll end up with another emotional issue possibly passed by voters who don't understand the intricacies involved!
10% Discount before May 31! The official 2018-2019 Chamber Guide sales have begun! Look for the sales team or call /email for more information, 480-488-3381
Carefree Dentists -30 years
Spirit in the Desert – 24 years
CIVANA Carefree Resort -22 years
Harold’s Corral – 20 years
Southwest Gas - 15 years
Bartlett Lake Marina – 10 years
Foothills Foodbank -10 years
Hospice of the Valley – 8 years
Gold Mine Thrift – 8 years
Cave Creek Candles & Gifts – 7 years
Tech 4 Life – 7 years
Edward jones- Natsha Palmatier – 4 years
Joseph Quality Cleaning Service -4 years
Spartan Promotional – 4 years
Vermillion Promotions – 4 years
Coyote House Design – 3 years
Aire Serve Cave Creek – 2 years
Edible Arrangements – 2 years
HIS Lighting – 2 years
Le Sans Souci – 2 years
Ric’s Body & Paint -2 years
Bartlett Lake Grill- the Last Stop -1 year
Brashear Team at Keller Williams – 1 year
Desert Dream Realty – 1 year
SmallCakes- 1 year
The Print Shop – 1 year
VetsBuilt Contracting – 1 year

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

Eddie Merlot's
Jim David Photography
Rmorales Law PLLC
State Farm-Steve Fair
Carefree Cave Creek American Italian Social Club, Inc.
Realty Reality
April 2018
Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS) data published March 2018
Kraig R. Nelson, Associate Broker
Carefree- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 17.12% higher; active listings [110] were 23.08% lower; and the median sold price [$735,000] was 54.74% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 185.  12 residential units closed escrow.
Cave Creek- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 23.31% higher; active listings [304] were the same; and the median sold price [$425,700] was 12.30% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 100.    51 residential units closed escrow.
Scottsdale- Sold volume (dollar amount) was 13.68% higher; active listings [2,753] were 14.32% lower; and the median sold price [$434,000] was 8.11% higher, compared to one year ago.Average days on market were 100.    653 residential units closed escrow.
Phoenix (city only) - Sold volume (dollar amount) was 16.77% higher; active listings [3,474] were 11.72% lower; and the median sold price [$236,680] was 6.02% higher, compared to one year ago. Average days on market were 70.   1,758 residential units closed escrow.

Kraig’s Comments-
·         Distressed sales (short sales and lender owned) represent 2.20% of the total sales volume.
·         There is a 3.15-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 12.10% lower [21,771 units] than one year ago.
·         Entire Phoenix Metro Area : median sold price is $252,500; 7.90% higher than one year ago . Average days on market were 76.
·         Average sold price compared to original list price is 96.84% in the Phoenix Metro Area. This means a home listed for $400,000 sells for about $387,360.
·         Production new-home “spec” (or speculation) count is 2,120; 143 fewer than 6 months ago. New-home subdivisions: 586; 9 more than six months ago. (from Ultimate New Homes Newsletter )
·         Total Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed last month: 6,911. This is 7.40% higher than one year ago.
·         Total dollar amount for Phoenix Metro residential units sold and closed: $2,121,733,644 (that’s 2 billion, 122 million - rounded for conversation). This is 16.04% higher than one year ago.
Paradise Valley Community College at Black Mountain is the neighborhood choice for pursing your educational goals. Enrollment is ongoing for both Summer and Fall classes. Stop by our office today, or call (602)493-2600, to speak with an academic advisor. Advisors can assist you with registering for classes, making payments, and determining the steps necessary to reach your educational goals.

Are you ready to take classes? Don’t forget your college placement tests! PVCC at Black Mountain offers Accuplacer placement tests. Available tests include reading, writing, and math. Testing is free, and no appointment is necessary. A photo ID and Maricopa student ID number are required to take a placement test, so apply now at my.maricopa.edu. Testing is available Monday through Thursday from 1:00PM – 5:00PM in Orion Hall. If you have any questions about placement testing, call (602)493-2600. And don’t forget to study! Study resources are available at www.paradisevalley.edu/black-mountain/placement-testing .

Are you interested in astronomy? PVCC at Black Mountain will be offering an Introduction to Solar System Astronomy lecture and lab this summer. The class will run from 5/29/2018 – 6/28/2018 and cover topics such as the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the solar system, and nearby stars. In addition, PVCC’s 14 inch Cassegrain telescope is located at the Black Mountain campus. It collects 3,136 times more light than the human eye, allowing viewers to see the colors of the Orion nebula, storms on Jupiter, and the structure of the Andromeda galaxy that is located 2.5 million light years away. The availability of the telescope brings a new and exciting dimension to the astronomy classes at Black Mountain, so sign up now to take advantage of the opportunity!

On Thursday, April 12 th , from 7PM – 10PM, we will be hosting the second to last Star Party of the 2017-2018 school year! The event is a partnership between the Phoenix Astronomical Society and PVCC Astronomy faculty. High-powered telescopes will be available for attendees to observe the dark night skies of Cave Creek/Carefree. Visitors will even get the chance to look through PVCC’s 14 inch Cassegrain telescope. The event is free and open to the public, so RSVP now by emailing events@pasaz.org . We look forward to seeing you there!
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From the Cave Creek Museum
Kraig Nelson, historian and docent
 
Cave Creek had a “Boot Hill” Cemetery. There are at least forty Boot Hill Cemeteries in America. One of the first was in Dodge City, Kansas and maybe the most famous was located in Tombstone, Arizona. The name addresses men (usually) who died quickly and violently who literally died and were buried with their boots on. The historic Cave Creek cemetery was located on the east bank of Cave Creek (the stream) about a half-mile south of today’s Rancho Manana Golf Resort. Over the years vandals desecrated the site; historic headstones were stolen. In June 1964 the last headstone was stolen. A photograph of the headstone addresses a two-year-old boy, David Wesley Vaughn who was born July 28, 1891 and died September 25, 1893. The late historian Frances Carlson states “the little cemetery beside the creek…was forgotten when the town-center shifted eastward.” Actually, the cemetery was not completely forgotten. At a Cave Creek town meeting November 17, 1954, the process of moving the Boot Hill Cemetery started. By 1956 the first inhumation was Elmer Gillespie who was born in 1887. The Boot Hill Cemetery in now in Carefree just south of the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Pima Road.
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I encourage everyone to educate themselves and do a LOT of research on a proposed initiative that will be on the ballot in November, if enough signatures are gathered in time to qualify for the ballot. 

The initiative is called Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona. We all want that for ourselves…right?  Sometimes titles of things aren’t what they seem. Do your research!

  KEEP ENERGY AFFORDABLE AND RELIABE;
As you may have heard, an out-of-state group primarily funded by California billionaire Tom Steyer has filed a ballot initiative with the Secretary of State’s office that would amend Arizona’s State Constitution to require that Arizona utility companies obtain 50% of their energy from renewable sources by 2030, less than 12 years from now.

If passed, Tom Steyer’s initiative would:
1. Circumvent Arizona’s current structure for regulating utilities , which has provided Arizona residents with some of the safest, most reliable, and affordable energy in the country for over 100 years

2. Enshrine in the state constitution a regulatory mandate that has the potential to dramatically increase electricity bills (especially those of low-income and fixed-income residents), a mandate that could not be changed or modified without a costly ballot initiative or ¾ vote of the Legislature— leaving Arizona residents with the burden of complying with a mandate that will have devastating consequences

3. Require Arizona utilities to shut down power plants that have been providing safe, affordable, and reliable energy for decades, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenue and hundreds of high-paying jobs

4. Threaten the viability of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station , the largest source of clean, carbon-free energy in the country, costing 3,000 Arizona families their jobs and erasing tens of millions of dollars of tax revenue for Arizona schools and public safety

5. Force Arizona residents to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for the construction of new, carbon-emitting natural gas plants that would be necessary to generate electricity when the sun is not shining and wind is not blowing

6. Weaken Arizona’s economic competitiveness by increasing commercial and industrial energy costs by at least 20%

While Tom Steyer’s paid spokespeople claim the initiative will reduce Arizona residents’ electricity bills and improve public health, the reality is that the initiative will do neither. Renewable energy is intermittent and requires generation from flexible sources like natural gas or battery storage — these additional resources will require Arizona residents to pay billions of dollars extra to keep the lights on. In addition, the public health issues (asthma and respiratory illnesses) that the initiative spokespeople claim would be addressed by the ballot measure would not be measurably improved by shutting down baseload plants such as Palo Verde.
The initiative also includes a requirement that 20% of utilities’ renewable generation come from rooftop solar, the least efficient and most expensive form of solar .
In summary, an out-of-state group funded by a California billionaire is attempting to buy an amendment to the state constitution by inaccurately telling voters that it will clean the air and reduce their electricity bills. In fact, the initiative is certain to dramatically increase electricity bills, kill thousands of jobs, eliminate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue, and potentially increase carbon emissions in Arizona.
Do your research, educate yourself and just important….VOTE!
748 Easy St., P.O. Box 734
Carefree, AZ 85377
480-488-3381