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Proposed Carefree budget includes town hall work
The Carefree Town Council put forward a proposed budget of $8.2 million for the town’s 2015 fiscal budget during a special workshop held on Monday.

Carefree adviser offers tips against financial scams
Scams can target anyone, but the senior population might be the most exposed demographic to deceptive schemes. Can those with older parents or grandparents do anything to prevent them from being victimized, especially with regard to their finances?

Children’s book author holding signing event
North Phoenix author Jeannie Kirchen will be having a pre-release book signing on April 19, 9 a.m. to noon, at Cave Creek’s Saddle Creek Coffee Co. on Tatum Boulevard.

Musicfest links putting tourney, raffle
The Arizona Musicfest Putting Tournament for Scholarships, which raises funds for Arizona Musicfest Scholarships, will be held on April 26 on the 18-hole putting course at Tonto Verde Golf Club in Rio Verde.

Recycle household items in Anthem
Anthem residents are invited to attend the Anthem Community Council’s semi-annual Go Green event April 26, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., at the ACC Community Center parking lot, 41130 N. Freedom Way.

Body found at lake, treated as homicide
Authorities believe they have found the remains of a Mesa woman who went missing 5 years ago.

Candidates attending forum
Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and surrounding area residents are invited to attend an open forum with candidates for state office beginning at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way.

Carefree Cave Creek Chamber funds scholarship with golf proceeds
The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on April 14 at Tatum Ranch Golf Club, 29888 N. Tatum Dr. in Cave Creek.

Wine tasting, raffle to support child trafficking victims
On April 25 starting at 6:30 p.m., Coolwater Christian Church will be playing host to a fundraiser featuring educational wine tasting and a light Italian appetizer.

Fishing Report
This is a North Valley-focused version of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fishing report. To view the full report, visit

Food bank hungry for volunteer drivers
The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is in need of volunteer drivers to pick-up and drop off food and related items for the food bank.

Cave Creek restaurant among award nominees
The Arizona Restaurant Association has announced 30 finalists across 10 categories for the second annual Foodist Awards, and at least one Cave Creek restaurant was chosen from a bank of nearly 150 nominees.

Leadership conference coming to Cactus Shadows
Cactus Shadows High School Principal Steve Bebee said that the third annual District Leadership Conference will take place on school grounds this Tuesday.

Youth to learn about law enforcement at MCSO Explorers recruitment
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is inviting youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to check out the MCSO Explorers Recruiting Orientation scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. April 26 at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem.

Scottsdale charter school to help give away books in Phoenix
On April 23, members of Foothills Academy College Prep will be among an estimated 25,000 volunteers from across the country giving away free books as part of “World Book Night.”

From Cave Creek to there and back
Artist Benjamin Kastelic grew up spending hours roaming the vast landscape of the Sonoran Desert north of Cave Creek. He developed a keen eye for the fine details of the natural world.


Movie Review — “Sabotage
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is still the icon of the action film for me. Whether it’s the image of Arnold carrying a tree down a mountainside on his shoulder in “Commando” or uttering his signature catchphrase before the onset of violence in “The Terminator,” his character still captures my interest.

Movie Review — “Veronica Mars
It started with a video that appeared on a crowd funding website just under a year ago: A proposal to produce an official “Veronica Mars” movie—with all the major cast and show creator involved—if enough money could be raised.

‘Aristocats’ auditions open
Musical Theatre of Anthem will hold auditions for its upcoming musical production, “Disney’s Aristocats KIDS” on April 5. All children ages 6-9 who audition will be cast.

Upscale Singers bring Cave Creek ‘Back to Broadway’
The Upscale Singers’ 10th annual spring musical review, “Back to Broadway,” will be coming to the Cave Creek area for 3 days in April.