Quick Peeks, November 21st

November 21, 2017

Asian Festival, December 2nd & 3rd, Invites Vendors, Sponsors, and Advertisers

“The 22nd annual Arizona Asian Festival returns to Scottsdale Civic Center Mall for a 2-day celebration of all things Asian. The foods, the arts, the costumes and the timeless traditions of Asia’s diverse cultures will be offered and on display.” Read more.

Festival Article, Video, and Website


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.


October 30, 2017

Scottsdale Public Library Offers Library Internships for Specialized Services

The Fall edition of The Scottsdale Public Library Volunteer describes opportunities for interns to perform specialized services.  The Collection Management and Metadata Services (CMMS) department offers a Digital Collection Internship program.  The Adult Services department offers a Media Lab Internship.  Click on the link below for complete information.

Experience and knowledge of the tools, responsibilities and techniques required to deal with the rapidly expanding volumes and diversity of digital information is becoming increasingly important for libraries, businesses, government and nonprofits.  The Greater Pinnacle Association (GPPA) and The Peak magazine speak from experience.  The Peak magazine, which has been continuously published since 1983, is a one-of-a-kind resource for historic information about the Desert Foothills and Pinnacle Peak area. GPPA has donated hundreds of printed back issues to the Scottsdale Public Library with the understanding that they would be digitized and placed online so that they would be freely available to the public. In fact, some of the earliest issues are already online but more resources are needed to complete the work.

Scottsdale Public Library Volunteers  Newsletter


October 25, 2017

Voice of Scottsdale: Who’s Running in Scottsdale?

So who are prospective candidates to occupy a seat on the dais at Scottsdale’s City Hall after the next city election? Read on  and enjoy …

Voice of Scottsdale NeCouncilwsletter

October 25, 2017

Desert Edge Advocates: Video & Article by Linda Millhaven, Scottsdale City Council

Desert Edge Advocates Newsletter

October 20, 2017

Video Opportunity for Downtown Scottsdale Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Have a business in Downtown Scottsdale? Scottsdale Economic Development and The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered to launch a video series. The objective of the series is to enhance the exposure of Downtown small businesses and the entrepreneur community. The program is free to qualifying business applicants who apply and are accepted. October 27th is the deadline for submitting a completed application.



Online Application

Scottsdale Economic Development
480-312-7989 | business@scottsdaleaz.gov
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., 2nd Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

October 15, 2017

Veterans Heritage Project Needs Volunteers for Nov. 18th Event in Carefree

The Driven to Give fundraiser will be held at the Carefree Sundial.



October 6, 2017

Donations sought to repair Scottsdale museum and its historic collection

Contact: Cindi Eberhardt, board member, info@scottsdalehistory.org

Donations sought to repair Scottsdale museum and its historic collection

Scottsdale’s Little Red School House Historical Museum has suffered a serious flood, damaging historic archives and memorabilia.

Now, museum supporters are seeking assistance to fund emergency repairs to the historic museum and to salvage portions of the collection that were damaged in the flood.

“We have very limited resources. We really need the community’s assistance to make the museum useable again and to rescue pieces of our collection that are frankly, not replaceable,” said Steve Randall, President of the Scottsdale Historical Society Board of Directors. “They are one-of-a-kind items.”

To donate, interested parties can visit ScottsdaleHistory.org and click on the “join us” link.

The museum is operated by the non-profit Scottsdale Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve and interpret the history and cultural heritage of both Scottsdale and the Southwest.

The flood occurred in late September and was caused by a broken water heater. Several inches of water covered the museum’s basement, where much of the archive collection is stored.

The museum board had tremendous expectations for the fall season. Prior to the flood, they were getting ready to unveil a new website, updated exhibits and host an anniversary event. Those plans are on hold while board members assess the flood damage and work to repair the museum and salvage its collection.


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