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World-champion hoop dancer, Moontee Sinquah at the 2013 Carefree Indian Market. Photo courtesy of Jerry Williamson.

Live music, art at the Carefree Desert Gardens

Magic Bird Festivals has announced their 2014/1015 Carefree, Arizona show line-up.

The annual art and entertainment events, set against the backdrop of Black Mountain and woven throughout a four-acre cactus garden, include the Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival, the Carefree Christmas Festival and Gift Market, the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, the Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate and Fine Art, and Carefree Days.

All events take place at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., in downtown Carefree, Arizona, adjacent to the world famous Carefree Sundial. Admission is free.

Live music and dance performances set the stage for each event on the site’s newly expanded Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, and provide attendees state-of-the-art sound and plentiful seating.

Hand-selected local, regional and national fine artists, and crafts exhibitors, are featured throughout the scenic botanical gardens. The Christmas Gift Market combines an expanded variety of holiday gift and specialty exhibitors.

Attendees can select from a variety of culinary vendors and food options at every event. Adult beverages are available along Easy St., at a multitude of restaurants that surround the events.

“We could not ask for a better setting than the beautiful desert gardens in downtown Carefree. We have worked closely with the mayor and staff of Carefree to maximize the art, entertainment and nature experience for the attendee. There is nothing else quite like it in Arizona,” said Roberta Toombs-Rechlin, owner of Magic Bird.

For information, call 480-488-2014 or visit magicbirdfestivals.com.

The Magic Bird Festivals 2014/15 schedule of Carefree, Arizona events is as follows:

*All shows take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

3rd Annual Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest
November 28, 29, and 30, 2014
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

7th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival Gift Market & Food Court
December 12, 13, and 14, 2014*
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
*10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

4th Carefree Indian Market & Cultural Festival
January 23, 24, and 25, 2015
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

4th Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art
February 12, 13, 14, and 15, 2015*
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

2nd Annual Carefree Days
April 10, 11, and 12, 2015
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Salt River Fields Surpasses 1 Million In Attendance

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that Saturday’s sold out crowd of 11,576 pushed the total attendance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick over the one-million mark since the complex opened in 2011. The shared facility between the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies, constructed in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, reached the milestone in just 24 months of operation. The total includes all ticketed events at Salt River Fields including concerts, festivals and Spring Training games.

“It is quite an accomplishment to reach this milestone in such a short amount of time and it’s really a testament to the baseball fans throughout Arizona,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Along with our partners at the Rockies and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, we set out to create the best Spring Training facility in all of baseball and we feel strongly that we were able to do just that.”

In addition to hosting Spring Training games from the two National League West Division teams, Salt River Fields will host four games in March as part of the World Baseball Classic. On Tuesday, March 5, the D-backs will host an exhibition night game against Team Mexico and on Wednesday, March 6, the Rockies will face Team USA in a 7:10 p.m. start. The official World Baseball Classic games will kick off on Thursday, March 6 as Team Italy faces Team Mexico in a 1:00 p.m. game followed by a 12:30 p.m. contest on Friday, March 7 between Team Canada and Team Italy.

In addition to these games, fans are invited to watch Team USA in its first official workout on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

In each of its first two seasons, Salt River Fields has broken the total attendance mark for a two-team complex, as last year’s record total between the D-backs and Rockies was 369,393. The D-backs’ average attendance of 11,677 was the highest in Major League Baseball for the second consecutive season.

Following its first year, Salt River Fields was a finalist for the “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. The facility has earned LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council and has received numerous awards including “Best Place to See a Spring Training Game” by the Phoenix New Times, “Best Spring Training Facility” by Arizona Foothills magazine and “Ballpark of the Year” by Ballpark Digest, BaseballParks.com and Digitalparks.com.

The largest one-day event on record at Salt River Fields came in January 2012, when more than 20,000 people came to the facility for Street Eats.

Salt River Fields’ 2013 calendar already touts several major events: April 20 is the 4th Annual Arizona Barbecue Festival with 12,000 expected to attend; the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Charity Softball Game April 27, when approximately 5,000 are anticipated; and the Independence Day Music Festival July 3, with more than 14,000 attending last year to see Country Music powerhouses Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.