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Prescott Valley's Patriot Week

by Joe Karcie

As the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 approaches, we must never forget the tragic events that occurred on those days. In order to honor those individuals who lost their lives on that day, Prescott Valley will once again be holding their annual PATRIOT WEEK.  Join the community from Saturday, September 8th, through Friday, September 15th, at the Prescott Valley Civic Center lawns for the Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona. This healing field will be filled with 3,000 American flags to remember those we lost. Pay your respects to our fallen countrymen and women by visiting this beautiful memorial and do not miss any of the special events occurring throughout Patriot Week.


Patriot Week Schedule

Saturday, September 9th

7:00 am | 3rd Annual Patriot Run

  • 10k, 5k, and 1 mile Fun Run

  • Register in advance HERE or on the day of starting at 6:00 am

  • All proceeds benefit the Central Arizona Honor Guard

9:30 am | Prescott Valley Healing Field of Northern Arizona Opening Ceremony

6:00 pm | Patriotic Concert

  • FREE Concert at the Theater on the Green Stage

  • Performances by Shawn Michael Perry and Yavapai College Brass Quintet

Monday, September 11th

6:00 pm | Remembrance Ceremony

  • Ceremony to honor those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001

  • Features National Anthem, bagpipers, honor guards, lowering of the flag, Taps, and keynote speaker CAFMA Fire Chief, Scott Freitag


We remember those who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and honor and thank those that continue to fight every day to protect our freedoms and this great nation.



Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

High Profits for Home Sellers in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie


Home sellers in the Prescott area are seeing high profits! According to ATTOM Data Solutions’s 2nd Quarter 2017 US Homes Sales Report, the Prescott area, which includes the communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley,  Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt, was the 19th most profitable area in the country for home sellers! That’s out of 118 metropolitan areas with at least 1,000 home sales during the second quarter (April, May, and June).



There were 1,142 homes sold in the Prescott area during the 2nd quarter. Home sellers saw an average ROI of 47%! Homes were sold within 98% of their listing price. During the quarter, 12.7 homes sold every day! That’s incredible news for sellers!


Take advantage of this incredible Seller housing market! If you have been looking to put your home on the market, do not delay! Buyer demand is still high in the beautiful Quad Cities. Get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly by working with the Prescott area’s Top Realtor! Give Joe Karcie a call or visit our website at

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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Back to School for the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie


Backpacks are packed, yellow buses are loaded, and school bells are ringing. The first day of school has arrived throughout the Quad Cities. It's time to head back to school! Students in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, and Chino Valley are ready to start the new school year. Here is a list of some of the important upcoming dates for our area’s school districts.   

Prescott Unified School District | 146 South Granite Street, Prescott

First Day of School: Thursday, August 3rd

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Humboldt Unified School District | 6411 North Robert Road, Prescott Valley

(Serving Prescott Valley and Dewey-Humboldt communities)

First Day of School: Monday, August 7th

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


Chino Valley Unified School District | 650 East Center Street, Chino Valley

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 8th  

2017 - 2018 District Calendar


For more information on upcoming dates and events, check out the web pages for each of the school districts!


We hope all of the students in the Quad Cities have a fun and successful 2017-2018 school year!!!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701


Celebrate Dad this Weekend in Prescott!

by Joe Karcie


Celebrate the world’s best dad….YOURS….this weekend throughout the Prescott area. Father's Day is here! Show your dad all your appreciation by taking him to one of these fantastic community events! It will be a Father’s Day weekend he will never forget!  



Yavapai Classic Car Show

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Mile High Middle School (300 South Granite Street, Prescott)

Bring your dad to admire some of the best classic and antique cars at this 17th annual car show. Enjoy delicious food, 50/50 raffle, prizes, and more. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and Mile High Middle School PTA.


Walker Day

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Walker Fire Department (4980 East Walker Road, Prescott)

With a delicious BBQ lunch, live rock n’ roll by Noteworthy, old fashioned Cake Walk, children’s games and face painting, and 3rd Annual Mountain Art Market, your whole family will have fun at this great annual event. Plus, this celebration benefits the local volunteer Walker Fire Protection Association!


Theater on the Green - Zeppapotapuss!!

Date: Saturday, June 17th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Civic Center (7501 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)   

Celebrate dad at a FREE concert by Zeppapotapuss, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Pack your blanket and dad’s favorite snacks and drinks as you enjoy fun, live music on rolling green lawns.   


Father's Day Jazz Splash

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Arcosanti (13555 South Cross L Road, Mayer)

Spend Father’s Day listening to some of the best live jazz available! Attend the Cabaret in the Lounge with Billy Mitchell Trio at 1:00 pm. You will also enjoy a Meet & Greet Buffet! There is also a concert in the Amphitheater at 3:00 pm with Milt Cannon Quartet and Yuko Mabuchi Trio. With fantastic jazz, delicious food, raffle prizes, and more, dad will love this fun, musical celebration.



Joe Karcie wishes all the dads in the Prescott area a very happy Father’s Day!  


Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Help Prescott Valley Improve Their Community Parks!

by Joe Karcie


Prescott Valley offers incredible recreational facilities for its residents. With 23 parks located throughout the town, it is easy to enjoy time in the great outdoors. The community is working to make their parks even better for its residents by competing with other American cities for a $20,000 improvement grant from the National Recreation and Park Association. And, YOU can help Prescott Valley win!



By Sunday, April 30th, go to nominate Prescott Valley and vote for your favorite community parks! The city with the most votes will when $20,000 to makeover their parks! As an added bonus, you will be entered into a drawing for a tablet simply by nominating Prescott Valley. Be sure to vote once every day until the 30th! This is an incredible opportunity for residents to support their beloved community.



The Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Department is also asking residents to take selfies of themselves at their favorite local park. Email the photos to Photos will be used on the Prescott Valley Facebook page.


Let’s help make Prescott Valley an even more incredible place for families to call home!!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Upcoming Christmas Events in the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie


There are only 41 days until Christmas and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! Christmas carols, decorations, and good cheer will be filling the air everywhere. Did you know that Prescott has been named “Arizona’s Christmas City”?! There are great events and festivities throughout Prescott and the rest of the Quad Cities for you and your family to enjoy all the way up until the big day!


Annual Gingerbread Village

Dates: Saturday, November 19th - Monday, January 2nd

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Prescott Resort & Conference Center (1500 Arizona 69, Prescott)

Cost: FREE!

Marvel at spectacularly decorated gingerbread houses created by participants from all over Prescott and Arizona. The large village display is set up every day in the lobby of the resort. Attend the Grand Opening to listen to carolers and meet Santa from noon until 2:00 pm. Santa will return for photo opportunities on November 26th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Head over to the Gingerbread Village on December 3rd, 10th, or 17th for cookie decorating from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.


Enchanted Christmas

Dates: Sunday, November 27th - Friday, December 30th

Time: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Prescott Gateway Mall (3250 Gateway Boulevard, Prescott)

Cost: $5 donation, FREE for children 5 and under

This incredible display of festive cheer will delight the entire family. Over 500,000 lights illuminated holiday-themed rooms from Dickens Christmas, Christmas in the City, and the North Pole. A Polar Express train will be running throughout the magical Christmas village. If you bring a toy or canned food to donate, you will receive $3 admission! Proceeds from this daily event benefit the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, and Prescott Women’s Shelter Services.


Civic Center Festival of Lights and Holiday Light Parade

Date: Friday, December 2nd

Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Civic Center (7501 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Listen to merry carolers and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. There will be hot chocolate to keep you warm, photos with Santa, and a beautiful holiday tree display. Watch the awesome parade through town before taking a drive through Prescott Valley to see the Festival of Lights, when the town becomes illuminated with fun animated displays.


Create A Tree Display

Date: Friday, December 2nd

Time: All Day

Location: Prescott Valley Civic Center (7501 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

See the creativity of our community at the grand opening of the Create a Tree display at the Prescott Valley Civic Center and Prescott Valley Public Library. The “trees” are decorated by local schools, businesses, and organizations. Vote for your favorite up until the end of the display on January 3rd.


Ballet Victoria's The Gift of the Nutcracker

Dates: Friday, December 2nd - Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott)

Cost: $18 - $38

Experience the magic of this great holiday tradition by watching the Ballet Victoria put on their production of The Nutcracker.


Frontier Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Sharlot Hall Museum (415 West Gurley Street)

Cost: $5 per adult, FREE for members and children 17 and under

Learn about the Christmas of the past by visiting the Sharlot Hall Museum. You will learn how Prescott residents in the past used to celebrate the holiday. Sit around the fire as you enjoy cider and cookies. There will be storytelling, carols, and festive activities.

34th Annual Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Downtown Prescott

Cost: FREE

Watch all of Prescott’s finest and get in the holiday spirit by watching the fabulous annual Christmas parade downtown. This year’s theme is “All I Want for Christmas”.


62nd Annual Courthouse Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Historic Courthouse Plaza (120 South Cortez Street, Prescott)

Cost: FREE

Attend the main event in Arizona’s Christmas City! On this night, the courthouse plaza will shine brightly when the switch is flipped displaying a spectacular holiday light display. Live music performances will begin at 5:00 pm before the lighting at 6:00 pm.

Chino Family Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Heritage Middle School (1076 North Road 1 West, Chino Valley)

Cost: FREE

Have a family fun day in Chino Valley with lots of festive activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there all day as you treat yourself with homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and cider. Make holiday crafts or a gingerbread house. Listen to music as you shop gift items from local vendors.


Gift Wrapping Party

Date: Friday, December 16th

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Public Library (7401 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Turn your gift wrapping into a fun, social event at this special party. There will be wrapping supplies and decorations provided for the presents you bring with you. Enjoy light refreshments. You can also make holiday cards for your loved ones at this festive party.


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Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Election Day Vote Centers for the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie


Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Arizona will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.


Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all vote centers for the Quad Cities:



• Yavapai County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Gateway Mall, Community Center Room (3250 Gateway Boulevard)

• Central Yavapai Fire Station #57 (4125 Outer Loop Road)

• Yavapai College, Community Room (1100 East Sheldon Street, Building 19)

• Prescott Community Center (1280 East Rosser Street)

• Trinity Presbyterian Church (630 Park Avenue)


Prescott Valley

• Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street)

• Robert Road Baptist Church (5100 North Robert Road)

• Central Yavapai Regional Training Center (9601 East Valley Road)



• Gateway Baptist Church (12900 Prescott Dells Ranch Road)


Chino Valley

• Chino Valley United Methodist Church (735 East Road 1 South)

• Chino Valley First Southern Baptist Church (1524 North Highway 89)



If you have an Early Ballot to drop off, make sure to get it in today no later than 7:00 pm. No late ballots will be tabulated. The ballots can be dropped off at the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, any Vote Center, or at one of the following Ballot Drop Box locations:

locations. Late ballots will not be tabulated. Ballot Drop Box locations:


• Chino Valley - Town Hall (202 North State Route 89)

• Dewey-Humboldt - Town Hall (2735 South State Route 69)

• Prescott - County Administration Building (1015 Fair Street)

• Prescott Valley - Town Hall (7501 East Civic Circle)


We look forward to seeing everyone in the Quad Cities at the polls today!

Prescott Realtor

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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The Best Small Cities in America found in the Quad Cities!

by Joe Karcie


If small city living is for you, look no further than the communities of the Quad Cities! With lower living costs, a tighter community feels, and a more laid-back living style, small cities are a great place to raise a family. Personal finance website WalletHub recently ranked 1,268 cities in the United States to find the best communities in terms quality of life and affordability. Their analysts looked at metrics regarding economic health, affordability, quality of life, safety, and education and health in cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. After analyzing the results, they ranked the cities in the nation to find the best of the best.

 The results…...Prescott and Prescott Valley were listed as two of the best small cities in America!  



Prescott is a small town filled with history. This community offers amazing historic sites and cultural attractions that allow you to feel like you are stepping into Arizona’s past. Prescott offers the feeling of a small city with all the amenities and facilities your family could need. It ranked highly for Quality of Life for the WalletHub study. Explore stunning natural landscapes in the numerous park facilities located around town.



Prescott Valley is beautifully situated in the middle of Prescott National Forest. Nature lovers will find an oasis in this town with all there is to explore in the over 300 acres of open space. Plus, the beautiful climate year-round makes spending time outside a popular pastime for this community. With affordable housing and a great public education system, families will find a home in this great small city.




If you are interested in living in some of the best small cities in Arizona, Joe Karcie is here to help you find your dream home. Give me a call today or visit our website at



Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Trick or Treating in the Quad Cities

by Joe Karcie


Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the Trick-Or-Treating hours for the Quad Cities!

On Tuesday, October 25th, head to the Prescott Public Library (215 East Goodwin Street) for Trick-or-Treat for Little Ones. For children ages, 0 to 5, enjoy a morning of songs and stories, followed by trick or treating throughout the library. Be sure to wear your costume! The event takes place between 10:00 am and 10:30 am.


Check out the Sixth Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 North Main Street) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Halloween. This free event has more than 35 local businesses and organizations handing out candy to trick or treaters.  


The Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Road) in Prescott hosts their annual Boo at the Zoo on Monday, October 31st. Show up in your costume from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and enjoy trick or treating at different stations around the park. Admission to this event is $4 for members and $6 for non-members.


On Monday, October 31st head over to Chino Valley for Trick or Treating in Memory Park (1020 Palomino Road). This annual event will take place from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Stock up on candy and allergy-free treats along with countless other activities, such as live entertainment, a Halloween maze, and scary stories.


Neighborhood trick-or-treating throughout the Quad Cities will take place on Monday, October 31st, starting in the early evening.


It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:


  1. All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.
  2. Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.
  3. If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light-colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.
  4. Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.
  5. Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.
  6. Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.
  7. Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.




Joe Karcie wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Haunted Houses & Halloween Events of the Prescott Area!

by Joe Karcie


It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Prescott area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  




Scream Factor

Put your fears to the test and check out this great haunted attraction! Overrun with terrifying zombies, scary monsters, and more, this haunted house will surely make you scream! Scream Factor will be open on Thursday, October 13th, and Halloween.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. Days vary per week so be sure to check the website for more information. General admission is $15 per person. Want to cut in front of the line? Purchase the fast pass for $25. This haunted site is located at Prescott Gateway Mall (3250 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 306). Enter if you dare!





9th Annual Prescott Ghost Talk

Dates: Friday, October 21st - Saturday, October 22nd

Times: 6:00 pm or 7:30 pm (Friday); 6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, or 9:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Prescott Center for the Arts (208 North Marina, Prescott)

Cost: $12 per child, $15 per adult

Head to the Prescott Center for the Arts for the annual reenactment of ghostly folklore. Hear about famous ghouls, monsters, goblins, and ghosts from Arizona’s historic past and urban legends. The reenactments also honor the history of the theater by presenting the stories through a variety of theatrical genres. There are 5 different show times available for you to find one to enjoy!


A Night of Wine + Spirits

Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Prescott Winery (216 North Alarcon Street, Prescott)

Cost: $50 per person

Have a night of spooky fun and spirits with Prescott Winery and A Haunting Experience Tours. Your night will entail a guided tour of Old Prescott to visit some of the city’s most haunted locations! After being on the lookout for ghosts, you will return to the Winery for a delicious wine and Halloween candy pairing. Come in your best costume for a chance to win a bottle of water. Be sure to wear comfy shoes and have your camera handy!


Halloween Bowling at Antelope Lanes


Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Antelope Lanes (6301 East 2nd Street, Prescott Valley)

Cost: $15 per person

Hit the lane and have some Halloween fun at the bowling alley. For $15, you will enjoy 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, and fun activities. There will be a bouncy house and trunk or treat! Be sure to enter the costume contest to win fabulous prizes! All proceeds from this event will benefit Books to the Rescue! Yavapai County.


18th Annual Halloween Festival

Date: Friday, October 28th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Prescott YMCA (750 Whipple Street, Prescott)

Cost: $5 per person

Your family will love this evening of festivities at the YMCA. Enjoy delicious food and lots of fun activities. There will be a haunted house, costume contest, Halloween themed games, face painting, and arts and crafts.


Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prescott Valley Public Library (7401 East Civic Circle, Prescott Valley)

Cost: FREE!

Learn about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated by many in our community. This informational event will teach participants all about the origins of the Mexican festival as well as all of the festivities that are involved.


Boo At The Zoo

Date: Monday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park, Prescott)

Cost: $4 per HPZS Members, $6 per non-members

Go trick or treating at the zoo! There will be different stations set up around the Sanctuary filled with treats. Dress in your costume and bring a flashlight to spot all the nocturnal animals that will be hanging out at the zoo with you!



Joe Karcie - RE/MAX Mountain Properties

731 W Gurley Street

Prescott, AZ 86305

(928) 776-7701

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Prescott AZ 86305
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