Happening in Carefree

Flora and fauna of Namibia

Namibia is a country located to the northwest of South Africa, west of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, and south of Angola. At 2.5 million inhabitants, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. It has the lowest rainfall of any Sub-Saharan African country. The Namib Desert that borders the Atlantic Ocean is the oldest in the world.
On Saturday, April 9, Carefree Desert Gardens is pleased to welcome back Scott McMahon, manager of the cactus collection at the Desert Botanical Garden from 2006 to 2020. Scott holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Protection from the College of Agriculture, University of Arizona. For over 40 years he has been collecting cacti and succulents and is twice past president of the Central AZ Cactus and Succulent Society, now an honorary lifetime member. As well as teaching at the Desert Botanical Garden, Scott has taught classes on cacti, succulents and other subjects pertaining to desert plants. Join us as Scott takes us all on a journey to Namibia, home to some of the most iconic succulents in the world, some of the oldest exposed rock formations and many familiar animals adapted to survive in the desert environment. No passport required!

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers located at 33 Easy Street and Nonchalant Avenue, Carefree. A $5.00 – or more – donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480-488-3686.

This is the last of 4 programs of the 2022 Carefree Desert Gardens seminar series.

Carefree budget workshops

The Town of Carefree, Arizona is scheduled to host budget workshops for public participation this spring. Residents and community members are invited to attend any of the scheduled meetings to learn and ask questions about the town’s budgeting process. The workshops will touch on topics such as where the Town gets its revenue from and how those funds are utilized to support town operations.
All town of Carefree Budget Meetings will be held in person at the Town Council Chambers.
Location: 33 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 85377

  • Tuesday, April 12, 3:00 pm – Staff and Council Budget Presentation
  • Tuesday, April 19, 3:00 pm – Workshop: Town Budget Overview and Q&A
  • Tuesday, April 26, 3:00 pm – Workshop: Town Budget Overview and Q&A
  • Tuesday, May 3, 5:00 pm – Town Council Meeting: Tentative Budget Review
  • Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 pm – Town Council Meeting: Final Budget Hearing

Honoring Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the Town of Carefree, Arizona will host a free community event on Saturday, April 23rd, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion in the Carefree Desert Gardens. This FREE, family-friendly event will feature local Arizona organizations to help educate and empower our community to take better care of our Sonoran Desert, planet, and each other.

The Earth Day event will feature live presentations, hands-on activities, information on birds, reptiles, plants native to our area and water management. You do not want to miss this fun, engaging, informative day! Stay tuned to our social media platforms @TownofCarefree and visitcarefree.org for updates and details.