Quick Peeks, December 11th

December 11, 2017

Next Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup Set for Saturday, January 27th, 8 A.M.

Jojoba Exhibit, Near Boulders, Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, 1995

Jojoba Exhibit, Near Boulders, Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, 1995

The snowbirds are back and more are heading our way. It’s time to stand tall.

Friends of the Scenic Drive-GPPA will need your help on Saturday, January 27th at 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to help clear roadside litter. New volunteers are welcome. Your support is essential. Volunteers are invited to a post cleanup complimentary light breakfast and drawing at Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen, the event’s sponsor.  A great way to meet and greet your neighbors.

Cleanup volunteers are assigned a relatively small area (and we work for less than 2 hours) but when we’re done, the result is 13 miles of litter- free Scottsdale Road roadside, from Happy Valley to Carefree Hwy, PLUS a generous amount of volunteer personal satisfaction.

We provide convenient sign-in locations, a friendly welcome, complimentary donuts and water, plus safety vests and supplies. Photographs of volunteers are published in The Peak following the event.

Read The Peak‘s January issue for additional details. Click or swipe below for information about Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive.

Scenic Drive Information Directory


December 7, 2017

Looking for variety in the weeks ahead?

We just published information about three very different time-investing opportunities. You’ll find information about many more opportunities in Community Events.

Desert Foothills Theater Camp for Creative Kids, Jan. 2 – 5

Scottsdale Mayor’s State of the City Luncheon Set for  January 31st

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival Returns Feb. 11 – 25

Plus, you’ll find lots of things to do at our local libraries. Their recently posted newsletters are a great source of information.

Desert Foothills Library December Events & Classes

Scottsdale Public Library eNewsletter: December Events & Activities

December 7, 2017

Read Scottsdale Update for Summary of City News, Events, Meetings, Schedules

Here’s a quick tip. Probably the fastest way to find out what the City of Scottsdale will be involved with in a given month is to read the Update Newsletter that the city publishes every two weeks. Below is a link to the latest edition.

Scottsdale Update Newsletter (PDF)


November 26, 2017

Scottsdale: Seniors need our help this holiday season.

This year consider donating to Scottsdale’s Adopt a Senior program. It’s easy. Donate a needed item or the funds to purchase it.

City of Scottsdale Request (PDF)


November 18, 2017

Participants in Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Day Receive Thank You!


Message from Keep Scottsdale Beautiful Organizers

November 17, 2017

Dr. Janelle Roberts-Perrin, NBCT receives
2017 Women Who Inspire Honoree – Phoenix Award from BMO Harris Bank

Cave Creek Unified School District would like to congratulate Dr. Janelle Roberts-Perrin who received the 2017 Women Who Inspire Honoree – Phoenix Award from BMO Harris Bank’s “BMO Celebrating Women” event on November 16, 2017.

Mr. Brad Mayer, an employee of BMO Harris Bank, CCUSD parent and former Falcon Athletic Club President, nominated Dr. Perrin for the award. There were three categories for this Award – Women Who Lead, Women Who Serve and Women Who Inspire. Mr. Mayer has known Dr. Perrin for a number of years and felt she was very deserving of this award for her work with students.

You may recall that Dr. Perrin is CCUSD’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and was named a top ten finalist in the Arizona Education Foundation’s 2017 Teacher of the Year program. Dr. Perrin is an adapted PE teacher for all CCUSD schools.

Pictured here are Mr. Brad Meyer; Mrs. Kathryn Hill, Governing Board Member; Dr. Janelle Roberts-Perrin; Mrs. Janet Busbee, Governing Board Member; and Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent.

Congratulations, Dr. Perrin – we are so proud to have you in the CCUSD Family!

November 15, 2017

Over $7,500 Raised for Cave Creek Unified Schools

The Cave Creek Unified School District would like to thank Harold’s Corral for hosting the Oktoberfest Fundraiser that was held on October 7, 2017. Sponsors include Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road (Title Sponsor); YMCA and State Farm-Steve Fair (Entry Sponsor); The UPS Store and Paddy O’ Furniture (Presenting Sponsors) and Carefree Cave Creek Chamber, AFPA, Kiwanis Club of Carefree, Images Arizona and City SunTimes (Sponsors).

Desert Sun Academy’s PTO received an additional $500 as the winning prize for selling the most tickets. Black Mountain Elementary School received $1,514.25; Lone Mountain Elementary School received $147.18; Sonoran Trails Middle School received $1,514.25; Desert Willow Elementary School received $1,143.48; Cactus Shadows received $738.73 and Desert Sun Academy received $2,829.39 (includes $500 winner prize) for a total of $7,887.28.

Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent, said, “Harold’s continues to be a strong supporter of our Cave Creek Unified Schools. The generosity of Harold’s and the many sponsors of Oktoberfest allows dollars for our school Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) to support the various needs at their schools, whether it be technology, playground equipment or instructional aides. CCUSD is fortunate to have such amazing community support—thank you!”

Cave Creek Unified School District is the #1 School District in Maricopa County for Student Achievement. For more information please visit our website at www.ccusd93.org or call 480-575-2000.

November 12, 2017

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Thanks Supporters of Junior Citizens Science Festival 

The two-day event, which was held on November 3rd and 4th, was designed to support State STEM initiatives and promote science and learning.  “STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

Conservancy Media Release

November 12, 2017

We’ve Enhanced The Peak’s Home Page

We’ve made a few relatively minor revisions to The Peak‘s Home Page. The changes are designed to make it easier for you to find articles (posts) that relate to the most recently published articles.

Peak articles are grouped by categories, e.g. Features, More Features, Environment, Community, etc. There are four feature articles displayed at the top of the Home Page. The left-hand column of The Peak‘s Home Page now displays the titles of the most recently published articles for the most popular categories, i.e. More Features, Environment, Government, Planning and Zoning, Youth & Education, and Oldies but Goodies and Scenic Drive. After reviewing the listed articles, you can click on the link below the category to review additional articles in the category.  Every click will bring up more articles.

Try it. It’s easy. For example, at the bottom of the list of article titles  for “More Features,” click on the link “Load More Posts.” The Peak will display the titles of a group of the next most recently published articles in the More Features Category.  Note that for “Government   Planning and Zoning” and “Oldies by Goodies   Scenic Drive,” click on “Planning and Zoning” or “Scenic Drive” to select those categories respectively.

Note. To review all the articles for a category, use the “Categories” drop down list in the right-most column of every page. Click on the name of the category that you want to review and a list of article titles will be displayed. To display an article, click on its title.

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November 6, 2017

Cactus Shadows Student Ashleigh with Horse.

Cactus Shadows Student Ashleigh with Horse.

Cactus Shadows High School Announces New Equestrian Club

Horsemanship is a hot topic in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD). Tina Steensen-Bech, the club’s sponsor, has many members with varying backgrounds in horsemanship. Activities planned for this year include volunteer work at local stables and rescues, visits to an equine hospital, and spectating at West World equestrian events. Guest speakers will include veterinarians and representatives from colleges and universities with equine programs and

Sabrina, Equestrian Club Member, with Horse.

Sabrina, Equestrian Club Member, with Horse.

equestrian teams. Local breeders, horse therapy trainers, polo players, and jockeys will also be visiting the club’s membership. Principal Steve Bebee said, “Over the last 9 years, I have had many conversations with our students who ride competitively. It is really cool that Cactus Shadows will now have a club that will bond students who love to ride horses together at school.”

The Equestrian Club’s mission is to educate members about horse care, health and safety, equestrian education opportunities and careers, and current part-time jobs in the community, while having fun discussing equestrian topics and visiting shows together. “Cactus Shadows is an ideal place for an equestrian club. We have so many students who take part in equestrian events at all levels and styles that it just seems natural for these students to have this venue. I commend our students and Ms. Steensen-Beck who have been working hard to start the Equestrian Club,” said Jim Swetter, Assistant Principal at Cactus Shadows High School.

For more information about the club, please call 480-575-2214 or visit our website at www.ccusd93.org .




November 4, 2017

SAARS and SCOTT Announce Support for Desert Edge

SAAR, Scottsdale Association of Realtors, and SCOTT, Scottsdale Coalition for Today and Tomorrow, have announced their support for Desert Edge. Desert Edge is now being considered by the Scottsdale City Council. For information about the announcements, click on the link below.

Desert Edge Advocate Newsletter

November 3, 2017

Bajada Nature Trail Video

Located at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead, the Bajada Nature Trail offers an excellent way to learn the Sonoran Desert and the preserve. The trail, which is nearly a half mile in length has been designed for hikers of all abilities and ages. In fact, it’s a perfect destination for an adventurous family.  Watch the video for more information, including directions.


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