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Cave Creek Events 2017

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Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction

Online auction will help feed hungry in need
Proceeds to benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center

cave creek event glass bowlsCave Creek, Arizona – On Friday, October 20, 2017, the annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch & Art Auction 2017 to honor World Hunger Day will be held at Harold’s Corral, Ariz., in Cave Creek, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event is sponsored by Sonoran Arts League of Cave Creek, Ariz.

According to Pam DiPietro, executive director of Foothills Food Bank, this year the organization is adding a new feature to its Empty Bowls event. The online auction will be on the food bank’s website, foothillsfoodbank.com, which gives people the opportunity to bid on 60 fine art and craft items donated by renowned local artists.

“We are excited to offer this auction online so people who support this worthy cause can spend the quality time they need to research the bid items,’ says DiPietro. “This has always been an amazing event with a great turnout, but this year we will take Empty Bowls to a new level with the online auction.”

Carole Perry, who created the festival in the northern desert foothills more than 17 years ago, says online bidding will begin September 20 and be available to bidders throughout the celebration. Perry says 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, and will support its ongoing effort to provide emergency food and services to area families in need of assistance.

Lunch will be served in handmade ceramic or glass bowls. Individuals are encouraged to donate $15 to the cause and select their own unique bowl made by Arizona artists, and keep it as a lasting reminder of world hunger.

The Foothills Empty Bowls & Art Auction 2017 is sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, Harold’s Corral, Marjon Ceramics and Laguna Clay. Other donors are Saguaro and Cactus Shadows High School students, Paradise Valley Community College ceramics students and local potters and artists who make and donate the bowls and auction items.

For more information, call 480.488.1145. Proceeds benefit the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. Harold’s Corral is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Road.

Sonoran Arts Fridays!

Discover where your creativity will take you. Join the Sonoran Arts League, the Gallery at el el Pedregal, and the Boulders Resort and Spa for an art walk through the Pedregal Center featuring artwork in six galleries, featured artist demonstrations, and a chance to mingle with other art enthusiasts. 

Every Friday, 4-7 pm, free

cave creek eventsThe Sonoran Arts League has teamed up with The Boulders Resort and Spa to create The Gallery at el Pedregal. The collaborate effort between the Sonoran Arts League and The Boulders Resort and Spa features one-of-a-kind fine art from Sonoran Arts League artists in a variety of mediums.  

Featuring a new rotation of artwork and artists every four months, The Gallery always offers something new and unique. Guests may also visit other associate galleries throughout the el
Pedregal Center to view even more fine art: Agave Gallery, Mesquite Gallery, Juniper Gallery, Tohono Gallery and Palo Verde Gallery (located in the Palo Verde Restaurant at the Boulders Resort). Additionally, Artists in Residence are in The Gallery daily to speak with guests and demonstrate their techniques.

Rotation of artwork occurs:
March - June, July - October, and  November - February

Winter RoundUp II at Frontier Town Cave Creek

Annual "Winter RoundUp II" is here. Book your tickets early and come enjoy the fun. New location, New Vendors, Great Food and Fun for the whole family. Live Music by "Pick O' The Litter", Food Cooked by Lootnbootybbq, Dirty Tequila, and much more!

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Cowboy Spook, Elmer McCurdy - Tale of the Creek

The old Wild West is the stuff of legends: Gunslingers robbing banks and trains. Cowboys on long cattle drives. Gold and silver rushes. But every time period has its strange stories, and the Wild West is no different. Some of those stories are exactly what you’d expect, while others are surprisingly unbelievable.

legends of Cave CreekElmer McCurdy is not exactly a household name. Unlike Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jesse and Frank James, or Billy the Kid, his exploits as a train and bank robber never gained him much infamy. Neither did his status as one of the last real Wild West outlaws, killed in a shootout with the law. (He’d never be taken alive, he said.)

No, Elmer McCurdy gained his fame more than 60 years after his death, in 1976, when memories of those wild days on the frontier were dying with the last people who’d lived them. That’s when the crew of The Six Million Dollar Man borrowed an amusement park fun-house to shoot an episode of the popular TV show. As one of the crew members moved a dummy, its arm fell off—revealing that the dummy was actually a mummy. McCurdy, specifically, as an official autopsy later revealed.

It seems that after being shot, someone had gone to the funeral home and identified themselves as McCurdy’s long-lost brother in order to take the body. In fact, he was a carnival owner. (Carnivals did a brisk trade in outlaw corpses to attract crowds in the early days of the 20th century.) McCurdy's body also spent time as repayment for an unpaid debt, playing a mummy in a freak show that made its way through the old town of Cave Creek, Arizona before he became a funhouse prop in California.

McCurdy was finally laid to rest on Boot hill in Guthrie, Oklahoma, 66 years after he was killed. Were it not for a clumsy prop crew member in Hollywood, who knows where old Elmer McCurdy would be today.

Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona. From bikers to cowboys to golfers, musicians & artists, Cave Creek has it all.  Cave Creek was founded in the mid 1870's as a mining town and camp for the U.S. Cavalry and has maintained its western charm ever since.   Cave Creek locals or "Creekers" hold its western history and culture very dear.  The town slogan is "Where the Wild West Lives."   With a past full of gun fights, indian wars, and mining and a present that maintains the old west through western saloons and western themed restaurants,  and retail stores, its rodeo events, lively biker events, and growing live music scene, Cave Creek has earned this title and maintains it 24/7, 365 days a year.  Cave Creek Live celebrates the uniqueness of Cave Creek and keeps you updated on its lively events.  Visit our pages often for the latest updates about everything in Cave Creek, Arizona, and the surrounding area.

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Located just north of Phoenix in the foothills of Black Mountain, Skull Mesa and Elephant Butte, Cave Creek is the place to visit for a walk back into time, into a "living" western town, not a tourist trap roadside attraction but for an exciting venture into the place "Where the Wild West Lives".

Shred-a-Thon to benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center

cave creek shredathonCave Creek, Arizona – On Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the public is invited to participate in the sixth annual Shred-A-Thon. The shredding event will be held at the Mariachi Plaza, which is located at 7171 East Cave Creek Road. Donations of cash, food and gift cards will benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. The event is being sponsored by Carefree, Ariz.-based Gustafson & Associates, an accounting and tax business.

The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Black Canyon City, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, north Scottsdale and north Phoenix.

Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, at www.foothillsfoodbank.com or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz., or call 480.488.1145.

Library Events for November, plan now!

LIBRARY FEATURE EVENT

Thursday, November 9, 4 – 5 p.m.

cave creek library eventsLifelong Vitality Happy Hour

Mingle and meet new friends. Singles and couples welcome! Phyllis Strupp, award-winning author and brain training expert, will briefly speak about the A-B-Cs of brain health and the best forms of brain training to improve neuroplasticity and get better with age. Her latest book is Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training. Learn more at www.phyllisstrupp.info. Q & A to follow. Complimentary wine and cheese platter will be included in this delightful gathering. RSVP requested for planning; space is limited. RSVP: 480-488-2286.

LIBRARY FEATURE EVENT

Monday, November 13th & 20th, 10 a.m. – Noon

Sketching & Drawing: 2 – Part Series

Get your artistic juices going! This is not "Art for Art's Sake." Roberta Kritzia, noted Art Instructor, will introduce the group to a Classical approach to Rendering in Fine Art. Don't put this off...it's better than therapy and you can't buy the feeling of creativity at the pharmacy. Register: 480-488-2286 Cost: $39 (includes materials).

November 10, 1 – 3 p.m. (2nd Fridays)

Around the World in 9 Films: the Best in International Cinema

Movies are a great way to learn about different cultures -- how people live, love, laugh, and cope with hardships and tragedy. This series will explore films from nine different countries, each one telling the story of individuals caught up in conflicts unique to their culture and country and yet, at the same time, linking a thread of humanity that stretches across the globe. A post-film discussion, facilitated by Gary Zaro, Humanities Professor from Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), will follow. This Month: The Lunchbox (104 min.). India. Register: 480-488-2286.

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