Heritage Day Vendors Needed

Hand made craft vendors and traditional artisans are needed to participate in the Town of Gilbert’s Heritage Day Celebration on Oct. 10th from 4-7 pm


Learn about the history of Morrison Ranch and the Town of Gilbert at the Heritage Day Celebration located at the Town Center Lake.  See a Livestock Show, learn to rope, listen to live country music entertainment, and so much more!

Be sure to bring the whole family out to celebrate the Town of Gilbert, fun is sure to be had by all!

If you are interested in having a booth at this event to show off and sell your goods, contact Tamera Miller at tmiller@ccmcnet.com or 602-909-6401 for more information!


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Labor Day Events around Arizona

In the United States, Labor Day is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. This year that is September 7th.

Labor Day is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Are you looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? We have put together a list of some of the different events happening across the state, maybe you will find something that you, and your family will enjoy!

Coconino County Fair – Flagstaff
Fort Tuthill County Park
September 4 – 7
Enjoy fair food, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, youth livestock shows and auction, exhibitions, a demolition derby, a watermelon eating contest, a pie eating contest, and more!

30th Annual Faire on the Square – Prescott
Prescott Courthouse Plaza
September 5 – 7
One of the most outstanding arts and crafts shows in the southwest featuring 180 artisans and crafters selling fine art, jewelry, food, and more. Opens 9 AM daily.

Kartchner Caverns State Park – Benson
Kartchner Caverns SP
Benson, AZ 85602
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The Rotunda/Throne Tour is open in the month of September. Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours. This tour has been open since 1999! It is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers’ original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona.


Harold’s Corral Hawaiian Luau – Cave Creek
Harold’s Cave Creek Corral
6895 E. Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
September 6
Join Harold’s for an ultimate Hawaiian experience. There will be a Hawaiian luau buffet, two pig roasts, live Hawaiian dancers, live Reggae music, tropical cocktails, beach sand, tiki torches, flowers, leis & So Much More!! Tickets are available on their webpage.

Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo – Whiteriver
Whiteriver, AZ
September 1 – 7
Celebrate 90 years of the legendary Apache Cowboys. Experience an all-Indian rodeo, custom car show, volleyball tournament, strong man & women competition, baseball tournament, co-ed softball tournament, basketball tournaments, horseshoe tournament, bull riding challenge, royalty pageants, parade, All Indian Women’s Rodeo, food vendors, and more!

Bush Valley Craft Club Craft Fair & Alpine Area Artisans Festival – Alpine
Alpine Community Center and Main Street
September 4 – 5
Bush Valley Craft Club Craft Fair – Alpine Community Center, 9 am – 3 pm and the Alpine Area Artisans Festival – Main Street, featuring paintings, baskets, jewelry, beading, wood works, collages, clay, quilting, antler art, glass works, photography, clothing, weaving, amulets, journals characters, furniture, & home décor, display and sale is original art done by local artists, 10 am – 4 pm.

Whatever it is you choose to do, we wish you a safe Labor Day weekend!

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7 Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More Money

We have all been there. We go to the supermarket to buy our groceries, we have a list, we have a plan, yet somehow we leave with more than we intended. How does this happen?

Supermarkets have strategies in place to tempt customers into spending more money. Everything about the store is designed to keep shoppers in the store, and seduce them into spending money. Everything from the shelf layout and floor plans to the free samples to the music and lighting are meant to entice you and make you spend more. Next time you are at the store look out for the following sly psychology tactics:

1. Produce First
You may notice that just about every grocery store has the produce set up near the front door and the bakery and florals nearby. There is a reason for this as well. The scents, colors and textures in the produce department awaken our senses and make us feel both hungry and happy. The smell of the fresh baked bread wafting out from the bakery has a similar effect. The flowers make you feel comfortable and at home. This ambiance gives us the feeling right from the get go that the store is a welcoming place.

2. Lighting
In the produce department the lighting is set to make vegetables and fruits appear their best. According to Rebecca Rupp, writer for National Geographic’s The Plate, even the periodic sprays of water are only for show. The spray is used to give produce a fresh-picked and dewy appearance. In reality the water serves no practical purpose and can, in fact, make some produce spoil more quickly.

3. Dairy in the Back
Dairy products and eggs are items many people find themselves making a “quick run” to the store for. How many times have you been cooking and realized you don’t have enough milk? You go to the grocery for a gallon of milk and $50 later you are on your way home. Supermarkets don’t want you to make a “quick run.” They are designed to keep you in the store for as long as possible, so dairy is in the back, ensuring the customer will have to walk the length of the store –passing numerous tempting products- to get the item they need.

4. Popular Items in the Middle
The middle aisles are often filled with the more popular items. This is so even the most disciplined shopper has a chance to be distracted. The mid-aisle position is set up to sidetrack “boomerang” shoppers- people (usually men) who head for the item they came for, then return the way they came.

5. Music and Time
According to Rupp, a study conducted in 1982 that focused on the background music at stores and its effects on shoppers, found that customers spent 34% more time shopping in stores that played music. In turn, they spent more money. Another way stores keep you in them longer is that they are lacking time cues. You’ll notice that most have no windows or skylights, and you can never find a clock.

Why do this? It is simple. The longer you are in the store, the more you will see. The more stuff that you see, the more you will be tempted to buy.

6. Shelf Order and End Caps
The most expensive items in the store are placed at eye level and the generic brands are placed on lower shelves. Foods that are meant to draw children are set at the child’s eye level. A study by Cornell even found that kid-targeted cereal packaging is designed in a way that the cartoon character on the box makes eye contact with the little ones as they pass by. This prompts them to ask you for the cereal.

The displays that are set up at the end of the aisles are called end caps. The end cap is a supermarkets clever shopper trap. Companies will spend big bucks to have their products displayed on an end cap, as the end cap is a hot spot for impulse buys. The National Retail Hardware Association states that products on an end cap sells eight times faster than the same product shelved in the aisle.

7. Shopping Cart Size
Shopping carts have tripled in size since their invention in 1937, and they are still growing. Having a shopping cart increases the chance of the customer buying more. Doubling the size of the cart will lead the shopper to buy nearly 40% more groceries.


So what can we do? Making a list and sticking to it is the best advice. Also, try and make fewer shopping trips. The less you go and more efficient you are in your shopping will be easier on the purse strings. Or maybe don’t bring the kids and husband shopping, but if you must, make sure you encourage him to stick to the list! Oh, and always avoid shopping when you are hungry!
And remember, while grocery stores want you to spend your dollars with them, the amazing variety of food and other products we have access to is a celebration of the diversity, abundance and options we have in America.

Now that you are aware of the supermarket traps, maybe you can avoid them the next time you shop.

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Visit the Ghost Towns of Arizona

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Arizona’s mining industry was booming. Several small towns and even some booming towns popped up all over the state at various mining sites. However, not all of the mines were fruitful for long. Eventually the mines would dry up and the people would move on, leaving their homes, saloons, liveries, etc. behind. These towns became Ghost Towns.


Arizona Ghost Towns

Due to our hotter climate, many of our ghost towns are reduced to foundations and scattered mining equipment. Despite this fact, there are still a few towns that have been preserved. The towns are fun to visit and can be very educational. You feel like you have stepped back in time and that you may run into Wyatt Earp or Billy the Kid at any second. Some of the towns will put on gun fights shows which is always entertaining. A day trip to a ghost town is a fun adventure for the whole family. We have selected a few that you may be interested in visiting.

Goldfield Ghost Town
4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Open Daily: 10 AM – 5 PM

Take a 20 minute scenic train ride around the town while the engineer tells you the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general. The train departs every 35 minutes. After that head over to the mine for a 25 minute underground tour. Your guide will educate you on the history of the mine, town, gold mining equipment and procedures. On the weekends the town puts on gunfight shows, and you can have the sheriff arrest one of your friend or family members.

Other attractions include gold panning, a reptile exhibit, a museum, livery stables, jeep tours, zip lining, Lu Lu’s Bordello, and more. Entrance to the ghost town and the gun shows are free, however some attractions may have a small fee.

Jerome and the Gold King Mine Ghost Town
The historic copper mining town of Jerome is located between Prescott and Flagstaff.

Jerome was founded in 1876 and was at the time the fourth largest city in the Arizona territory. After World War II the demand for copper slowed and Jerome’s mine eventually closed and its residents scattered. Only 50 to 100 people stayed and they promoted the town as a historic ghost town. The federal government declared Jerome a National Historic District in 1967. Today Jerome is a thriving artist and tourist community with a population of around 450. Jerome is now known as the largest ghost town in America.

According to their website, Jerome is an enchanting town, and a photographer’s paradise. From its external appearances it hasn’t changed much in nearly 100 years. Many of the buildings used by present-day business folks are those built after the fires of 1894 and 1899. A number of the buildings have been restored and more are planned for restoration. Stay in one of Jerome’s historic bed and break fasts, and visit the Douglas Mansion or go on one of the town’s haunted tours. There are several quaint and eclectic shops and diners to try as well.

Visit the Gold King Mine Ghost Town just one mile north of Jerome. When the Haynes Copper Company of Jerome dug a 1200-foot-deep shaft in search of copper, they were disappointed at the absence of copper, but miners hit gold instead. The site is now a museum where visitors can see continuous demonstrations of antique mining equipment and the operation of a turn-of-the-century sawmill daily. Other highlights include walks in an authentic mine shaft, animals (mules and goats) to pet and feed, a circa 1901 blacksmith shop, and the world’s largest gas engines. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Facilities include rest rooms and a large parking area.

Oatman is located between Kingman and Bullhead City on Historic Route 66. In its prime Oatman and its neighbor Goldroad were the largest gold producers in Arizona.

The sidewalks in Oatman are wooden, and most of the buildings are refurbished to look just as they would have when they were originally built. Town store owners and residents dress in authentic western clothing to try and help recreate the early days. There are around 40 gift and antique shops for your perusal. Several times a day there will be gunfighters performing Western shoot outs in front of the Old Oatman Hotel.

There are wild mules that are the descendants of the mules from the mining days that roam the town’s streets. Many of the stores sell carrots for you to feed the mules, but be careful, they may follow you into a store!

Tombstone is approximately 180 miles from Phoenix, and about 70 miles from Tucson.

A prospector named Ed Schieffelin founded Tombstone in 1877. Ed would go out “looking for rocks” and people often told him “the only rock you are going to find out there will be your tombstone.” One day, Ed did find his stone, and it was silver! So remembering what people said, he named his first mine The Tombstone.

At its peak, there were over one hundred saloons, several restaurants, a large red-light district, schools, churches, newspapers, and one of the first public swimming pools in Arizona (which is still used today). There were a few theaters in town, the most famous of them being Schieffelin Hall and the Bird Cage Theatre. Tombstone is also the home of Boothill Graveyard.

Tombstone was the location of the most famous shoot outs in the Wild West, the Gunfight at the OK Corral on October 26, 1881. The shoot-out didn’t actually occur at the corral, but in a vacant lot on Freemont Street. Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp along with Wyatt’s friend Doc Holliday had a run-in with some of the members of the “Cowboys.” Thirty shots and as many seconds later, Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury were mortally wounded.

Today, tourists can walk the streets of Tombstone and eat at one of the eclectic restaurants or shop at one of the many gift and antique shops. Gunfighters put on shows frequently here as well. You can have your photo taken in historic Western wear at an old time photo booth. Test your shooting skills at the shooting gallery, or take a ride on a stage coach through town. There are mine tours, historic tours and ghost tours as well. Visit the Historic Bird Cage Theater Museum or the Old Boothill Graveyard, amongst other historic buildings. There is a little something for everyone in Tombstone.

Tombstone is a town and is free to visit, however some attractions may have a fee.

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48 Facts You Might Not Know about Arizona

How well do you know Arizona? If you attended 4th grade in Arizona, then you probably learned quite a bit about Arizona history. But for the majority of Arizonan’s, the history of Arizona is a mystery!

48 Facts You Might Not Know about Arizona

48 Facts You Might Not Know about Arizona

To honor our home state, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about it. Some you may know, others you may not, and in any case it is all good fun. Arizona was the 48th state in the Union, and the last of the contiguous United States to be made a state; so for that reason, here are 48 facts about Arizona.

1. Women in Arizona were granted the right to vote in 1912, eight years before national suffrage.
2. Arizona has the largest percentage of land designated as Native American lands. Nearly one-fourth of the state is reservation land. Twenty-two sovereign American Indian communities currently inhabit Arizona.
3. There aren’t any dinosaur fossils at the Grand Canyon because the rocks are much older than the oldest known dinosaurs. The only fossils you’ll find are things like corals, crinoids, sponges and trilobites.
4. Arizona is large enough to fit all six states of New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) plus the state of Pennsylvania inside of it.
5. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). Arizona is close to 114,000 square miles. It’s about 340 miles wide and 400 miles in length.
6. The best preserved meteor crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona.
7. Although Arizona is the sixth largest state in the US, only about 17 percent of it is privately owned. The rest goes to public forest and park lands, state trust lands, and Native American reservations.
8. The roof of the Capitol building of Arizona is made up of enough copper to make 4.8 million pennies.
9. The five C’s, cotton, copper, cattle, citrus, and climate were the building blocks of Arizona.
10. The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85 percent of the year, even more than Florida and Hawaii.
11. The World’s Oldest Rodeo is held every July in Prescott, Arizona. The oldest continuous rodeo is in Payson.
12. Arizona is the 15th most populous of the 50 states with over 6.7 million people.
13. The last volcanic eruption in Arizona took place sometime between A.D. 1080 and 1150, and created Sunset Crater near Flagstaff.
14. Arizona’s diverse climate and geography can yield both the highest and lowest temperatures in the country within the same day.
15. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus. The fruit of the saguaro is edible. If you cut down an endangered cactus like this Saguaro in Arizona, you could face up to a year in prison.
16. The Palo Verde is the official state tree. The name means “green stick.”
17. The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of the thorny saguaro cactus arms.
18. Arizona has 13 species of rattlesnakes, more than any other state. The Arizona ridge-nosed rattlesnake is the state reptile.
19. Turquoise is the official state gemstone.
20. Arizona is famous for the Petrified Forest. Petrified wood is also Arizona’s state fossil.
21. Our state fish, the Arizona Trout, is only found in Arizona.
22. Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis, which means it does not “spring forward” or “fall back”. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change. Hawaii is the only other state that does not observe daylight savings time.
23. The Four Corners is a spot in the United States where a person can stand in four states at the same time, and includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
24. Arizona became the 48th state on February 14, 1912. So don’t forget to say a quick “happy birthday” to Arizona on Valentine’s Day!
25. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at the Kitts Peak National Observatory near Tucson.
26. A person from Arizona is called an Arizonan.
27. Arizona leads the nation in copper production.
28. Arizona has three national parks, six state forests, 18 national monuments (more than any other state), and 28 state parks.
29. Tombstone, Arizona, was the site of the West’s most famous shoot-out—the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. This gunfight only lasted around 30 seconds.
30. Arizona has more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland.
31. In Arizona, it is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
32. Arizona is home to the largest unbroken Ponderosa pine forest in the US. One-fourth of the entire state is covered by forest growth.
33. The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
34. In 1926, the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states.
35. The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Prescott.
36. Phoenix started as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell in 1866.
37. The 13 rays of red and gold/yellow on the top half of the Arizona flag are the colors of the flag of Spain, representing the original 13 states in the Union. They also symbolize Arizona’s sunsets. The copper star in the middle represents Arizona’s copper mining industry. The bottom half is colored blue representing the Colorado River. The red and blue on the Arizona flag are the same shade as the red and blue on the flag of the United States.
38. Arizona’s name originated from the Spanish name, Arizonac, which in turn derived from the O’odham name “alĭ ṣonak” (meaning “small spring”).
39. Lake Mead and Lake Powell are the two largest man-made lakes in the US and both are located in Arizona.
40. Arizona’s highest point is Humphrey’s Peak at 12,633 ft.
41. Arizona has more mountains than any of the other mountain states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) with 3,928 mountain peaks and summits.
42. The hottest temperature in Arizona was 128 degrees, recorded in Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994.
43. The coldest temperature in Arizona was -40 degrees, recorded at Hawley Lake on January 7, 1971.
44. The Four Peaks area of the Matzanal Mountains is known for producing top-quality amethysts.
45. Before the United States flag flew over the land area that has become Arizona the Castilian and Burgundian flags of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag were all flown.
46. The longest stretch (about 158 miles) of old U.S. Route 66 is still in existence is in Kingman, Arizona.
47. Mail going to Supai, below the south rim of the Grand Canyon, still moves by mule train. The mule train makes the 8 mile, three- to five-hour trip five days a week.
48. Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, Arizona, is considered the world’s largest natural bridge formed of travertine. The bridge is 400-foot-long, 183 foot high and was discovered in 1877.
Did you learn anything new? Are there any neat Arizona facts you would like to share? Feel free to tell us in the comments section below! We would love to hear from you.

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