Mark Your Calendar for Ballet Under the Stars

Tutu Preview:  Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Goes Pink! 


Yes, that's a pink tutu on Fountain Hills Former Mayor Jay Schlum!

Yes, that’s a pink tutu on Fountain Hills Former Mayor Jay Schlum!

One of Sonoran Lifestyle’s favorite events —Ballet Under the Stars—is just around the corner.  Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Fountain Park, Ballet Arizona kicks off its 2016-17 season. This free celebration of dance is a family tradition in Fountain Hills.

But Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate’s pre-ballet party is another fun tradition to be savored.  Plan to attend this year’s event and be sure to don a tutu….We’ll have a special prize for the best Tutu Adornment!  And, everyone will leave with a park “care package” of ice cold water and an insect repellent wipe!

Be sure to mark your calendar!  We wanted to give you time to gather up your friends, shake the wrinkles out of your tutu and plan to join us before the show.


Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Tutu Preview:  Ballet Pre-Party

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Ballet Under the Stars

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

FHUSD Superintendent Patrick Sweeney Delivers “Super” Update for the 2016-17 School Year

school band

As the Staff and Faculty at Fountain Hills Unified School District nurture and coach our students, their hard work and inspirational guidance continues to reap outstanding rewards. The 2015-16 school year was replete with well-deserved recognition:

  • Fountain Hills High School was ranked 14th out of 527 Arizona schools by US News and World Report (Top 4 %)
  • The Class of 2016 (142 students) earned $3.2 Million in Scholarships
  • 88% of the Class of 2016 are enrolled in College for 2016-17
  • Girls Soccer and Girls Track won the 3-A State Championship
  • Band and Choir at Disney’s Music in the Parks Competition: First Place-Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Outstanding Soloist; Fourth Place-Mixed Choir; Judge’s Award-Outstanding Concert Band out of ALL DIVISIONS COMBINED (Note:  Competed against schools with enrollments between 1500 and 4000).

NHSBecause Arizona voters approved Proposition 123, all 18 teaching vacancies have been filled (with first choice candidates!), and teacher salaries have been increased. In addition to insuring that the district will continue to attract and retain quality instructors, the local approval of the bond and capital override puts the FHUSD in a strong financial position to maintain and improve its facilities.

And though summer may be “vacation time” for many, the curriculum specialists at FHUSD have been working to revise and update academic standards in Math, English, Science and Social Studies, and to update instructional priorities and measurements.  The main goal of these improvements is to ensure continued excellence in student performance and over-all school evaluations. Fountain Hills Unified School District’s motto, “We Achieve and Celebrate Educational Excellence,” is guiding the development of broader application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) applied knowledge exercises throughout the curriculum. In addition, two significant new AP (Advanced Placement) classes centered on technology and research are in the works for the 2017-18 school year.


Girls SoccerAll of these achievements notwithstanding, FHUSD is most proud of fostering an emotionally supportive school environment, small class size and individualized approach to learning that nurtures a high-achieving, well-rounded student population.  So take a look with pride at our beautiful campuses as you drive by, listen to the band as they practice their award-winning music, and call a neighbor or two to join you at the opening football game to be played at Northern Arizona University (NAU) on Saturday, August 27, at 5 p.m.

Go Falcons!

August Activities Move Inside Where It’s Cool!


#1 4 peaks morning 008

“How glorious a greeting the Sun gives the Mountains. – John Muir.

August in Arizona is known for its chaotic weather, including our famous dust-laden “Haboob” storms that roll across the Valley. But every morning and evening of the monsoon Fountain Hills is blessed with indescribably spectacular skies.


When we are fortunate enough to have an afternoon shower, our evenings cool down a bit, and Fall seems closer than three months away. Fountain Hills kids start school August 8, so we’ll want to be sure to watch them, just in case they forget they are sharing the road with us!

And please remember to patronize our area businesses in August—shopping local helps keep the variety and convenience of our unique retail and dining options prosperous and successful. Your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog each month for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.



Fountain Hills Library Hosts “Code Club for Kids”

#2 teens on laptopHave you ever wanted to make your own “App for That?”  Come to the Fountain Hills library to learn the basics on how get started making apps, games, and websites. No computer or coding experience needed. Absolute beginners are most welcome! Space is limited, registration is required by July 31, 2016.

Club for age group 14-19 will meet on August 1,8,15,22, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Club for age group 8-13 will meet on August 3,10, 17, 24, 31, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Contact: Christy Valentine
Contact Number: 602-652-3250

Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 


August 3, 2016

Come to The Last ‘Wacky Wet Wednesday’ of the Summer!

#6 kids in sprinklerThe Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department and the Fountain Hills Fire Department invites kids of all ages to have some FREE fun in the sun at Four Peaks Park. Come on over and have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers and being sprayed by our very own Fountain Hills Fire Department. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon when it’s too hot to do anything else. These events are totally FREE, so come on out!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Four Peaks Park, 4597 N Del Cambre Ave, Fountain HillsAZ 85268


August 3, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Windows 10 Tips (course #2211)

New operating systems on the computer are always a bit mysterious until we unlock their secrets. Explore some of the features of this new operating system with other “newbies.” The class will look at some of the hidden features and ways to personalize your experience with the new system.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


August 4, 2016

“The Fort” Hosts Free Live Music Throughout the Summer

#7 ft-mogollon-band-shows-The air- conditioned Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino features free indoor live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Musical Styles range from Country Cover to Jazz, and a sprinkling of a little of everything in between.  August features two very favorite local Country bands, Mogollon and the Davey Arnold Band, (fresh off of the Country Thunder Tour). Check for specific acts and featured artists at

8/4, The Elevens; 9-11 p.m.

8/5 and 8/27, Furious George; 9-11 p.m.

8/7, 8/14, 8/14, 8/21 Mogollon, 4-8 p.m.; 8/18 Mogollon, 6-10 p.m.; 8/26 Mogollon, 9-1 am

8/14, Club Country, 4-8 p.m.; Club Country 8/20 9:30-1:30a.m.

8/13, Nine Ball 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

8/25, Shahabad’s, 6 p.m.

8/28, Davey Arnold Band, 4-8 p.m.


August 5,12,19,26 2016

McDowell Mountain Park Friday Fitness Hikes

Keep fit and enjoy the amazing views as your group of hearty hikers salute the sunrise.  These hikes are intended for experienced hikers, as they are in challenging terrain and range between 5-10 miles.  Each hike departs from a different trail head, so consult the events page for McDowell Mountain Regional Park, or call for more detailed information.

6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Phone: (480) 471-0173

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268


August 6, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

#8 _PeanutsThe whole gang is back in this heartwarming story of a young man determined to impress the red haired girl, or love of his life. The film (rated G) will have you rooting for the underdog. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). For the title of the movie, contact us at 602-652-3000. Adult supervision is required at all times. For families.

Movie will be shown in the Library conference and snacks will be provided.  All kids must bring their favorite adult.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FH Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


August 6, 2016

Arachnid Adventures in McDowell Mountain Park

#9 arachnid adventuresCome out and see the creepy crawlers of the night!  Join the rangers as we set off on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night to look for scorpions and spiders! Be sure to bring a flashlight, and a black light if you have one. Meet the Ranger at the Trailhead Staging Area.

8-9:00 p.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268


August 8, 2016

Fountain Hills Adult Mystery Discussion Club

#10 Mystery-273iz92Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Want
to discuss these books with other mystery lovers & discover new authors? Join the
Mystery Reading Group. The group will be discussing The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley. This brilliantly wicked first novel is a Debut Dagger Award winner with historical charm and unpredictable twists and turns. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m. Library Conference room

FH Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


August 12, 2016

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Create a “Fountain at Twilight” with Gloria M. Sanchez.  Join us for a fun evening of painting & wine! Follow Gloria as she guides you to paint a 12″ x 16” image of our beautiful Fountain and with a silhouette of Red Mountain behind it. Gloria adds Swarovski Crystals to all her art, so everyone will get some to add a little sparkle to your painting! Register today.

$30.00 all supplies included, plus a glass of wine! Class is limited to 6 participants.

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery,16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919


August 13, 2016

Arizona Young Actor’s Cabaret

#11 AYAA Logo forCome and enjoy the Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance Cabaret featuring young actors and actresses from around the valley performing musical selections from popular musicals! The show will feature Andrey Lull, Anson Romney, Benny Cowans, Bryce Dilullo, Carter Palumbo, Darian Lorrain, Ethan Shanker, Haylee Klein, Jasmine Bassham, Joey J Grado, Mackenna Goodrich, Nathan Sheppard, Nicholas Hambruch, Sam Primack, Sarah Davidson, Sarah Pansing, Spencer Claus, Summer Beckman, and Vincent Pugliese!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Act Out! outreach program. Learn more about Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance at

8:00 p.m.; tickets are $8.00 online and $12.00 at the door

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



August 13, 2016

Annual River of Time Spaghetti Dinner & Spectacular Auction – Tickets Available!

#12 Mini FountainHow about winning Free Pizza for a year from Little Caesars? Or a week in Mexico at one of the luxurious Vidanta Resorts? (The Mayan Palace in Rocky Point is one of their properties, as it the gigantic Grand Mayan in Cancun). Maybe an interior design refresher from Barbara Kaplan of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate—while munching $50 of chocolates from Chocofin?

You’re going to find things you didn’t even know you needed at the most amazing summer fundraiser of the season!

The River of Time Museum’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is one of Fountain Hills most enjoyable Fundraising events. But this year, the Dinner committee has really “kicked it up a notch!”   Tommy Holloway will entertain us while people are selecting items from the silent auction and during dinner!  More than 50 local businesses have donated goods and services, and a complete table for 8 is only $100!

Advance tickets are $15 for one person or $25 for two and can be purchased at Gridley’s, Sami’s, Kay Kinder’s Fountain Fashions, the FH Times or at the River of Time Museum between 10:00 to 2:00, Tuesday through Saturday.  Cost is $20 per person the night of the event.

There is still time to donate.  You may drop off at the Museum or call Debbie Skehen at 480-816-4186 to make other arrangements.

5:30 No host Cocktails and auction; dinner (Donated by Phil’s Filling Station) at 7:00.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


August 13, 2016


Summerland Tour 2016 at Fort McDowell Casino

Named one of the Ten best summer Package Tours by Rolling Stone!

#13 -summerland-tour-The 2016 edition features Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

Sugar Ray was one of the quintessential rock bands of the 90’s. Musical styles – from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop – are mixed and matched, resulting in a celebratory, swaggering collection that is distinctively and delightfully Sugar Ray.

Everclear is heavier, darker and more aggressive than ever. And frontman Art Alexakis has never been happier. As familiar as the sound of a jet engine and as visceral as a ride on a speeding motorcycle.

Lit, best known for their hit song “My Own Worst Enemy”, is prepared to both re-excite their longtime fans and win over new ones. Lit incorporates elements of punk, pop, grunge, heavy metal, and alternative.

Sponge is one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters, gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata”. With hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles),” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and MTV. Tickets Starting at $35 | Buy Tickets > 

Doors Open 6PM, Show Starts 7PM | This Is an Outdoor Event.


August 16, and 21, 2016

 14 Thread paintingFountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Thread Painting-Rita Chester

 Come play with fiber artist Rita Chester & create your own Cactus “Thread Painting”. You will be using threads in an assortment of colors as well as various beads to complete your painting.  And no sewing is involved! After you complete your painting, Rita will frame it and it will be ready to hang when you get home! No Experience Necessary; Class is limited to 6; $55.00 all supplies included.

Tuesday, August 16, 12-4 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, 1-5 p.m.

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery,16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919



August 17, 2016

Community Center Computer Skills Classes

There’s an App for That!  Unleash the power of your I-devices. There are millions of apps available including games, entertainment, weather, and news programs, so we will share some of our favorite picks with you.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


August 18, 2016

#15 moonlight hikesMcDowell in the Moonlight —Adults Only

Join the Ranger for a guided hike as the sun sets and the full moon rises. There is a beautiful time to experience the desert. Plan for up to a 4-mile hike. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

7-9:00 p.m., McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

Phone: (480) 471-0173


August 19-28, 2016

#16 30yearsTheShowwt-300x263Fountain Hills Theater Retrospective

30 Years: The Show!

Fountain Hills Theater celebrates 30 Spectacular seasons with a special summer cabaret.

Take a nostalgic romp back through the dozens of shows you’ve loved over the years. Thirty of our finest performers will present a musical revue of three decades of award-winning shows. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 2pm; Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

August 24, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Where did my file disappear to?  (Class #2213W)

Have you ever had difficulty finding a file or photo that you know you saved on your computer? Learn how (where) to save, copy, move, delete and find your files.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00; F H Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


→Please Note:  Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events.  Please consult the websites or better yet, call to confirm information about any events listed herein.

New BASIS School on Shea Boulevard Offers World-class Educational Opportunities for Area Families

2016BASIS047It’s been nearly a year since BASIS.ed announced its Scottsdale area expansion, and they are nearing completion just in time for the 2016-17 school year.  The impressive campus, located on the southwest corner of 128th Street and Shea Boulevard accommodates a 75% increase in enrollment.  The current Scottsdale institution, located at 136th street will house the K-3 students, and the new facility will serve 4-12 year students.

  • The Scottsdale BASIS School is Ranked 2 nationally among high schools by U.S. News and World Report, 2016.
  • The State of Arizona overall is ranked 47th in the U.S. for educational performance, 2016.


The BASIS Charter Schools rank highly due to their rigorous curriculum and students’ high performance on national testing.  BASIS Scottsdale boasts 100% participation in Advanced placement courses, with the average student taking 10 AP exams, according to US News and World Report. BASIS students pass about 98 % of those exams, which typically count for college credit.

-basis-scottsdale-new-campus-2In 2015, BASIS Scottsdale was one of only four Arizona Schools with six National Merit Scholarship winners.  Selection is based on test scores, grade-point average, extracurricular activities and leadership skills.  This outstanding group of scholars included Anvita Gupta, who was also named by Intel Corp. as one of the world’s top young scientists after she developed a computer program to identify potential drugs to treat cancer, tuberculosis and Ebola.

“We have had an overwhelming demand from parents, and we have been working to meet their needs,” said BASIS.ed CEO Peter Bezanson. “We are truly excited to have found such great school space, thus serving a larger population in …Scottsdale.  We can’t wait to get these students into their new buildings!”

For more information about Arizona’s Basis schools, go to:

Fountain Hills Resorts Offer Stay and Play Specials

It’s often said that living in Fountain Hills is like living in a Resort, and in most ways, it’s absolutely true.  So, why let tourists have all the Fun? Sample one or more special summer relaxation packages just minutes from your door.

Copperwynd Resort and Club

CopperwyndSummer Staycation Package

  • Package as low as $159 / double occupancy (per night plus tax)
  • King or Queen Room with terrace and views of Four Peaks mountain range
  • $25 Dining Credit
  • Access to all resort amenities including two swimming pools, outdoor whirlpool, nine lighted tennis courts, a 5,000-sq-ft Fitness Center with spin and yoga studios, daily fitness classes, and men’s and women’s steam and whirlpool.


  • Pamper Package Add-On – $89 per person (excludes tax and 20% gratuity)
    – Choice of 60-minute Amethyst Awakening Massage or Facial
    – Choose one enhancement: paraffin hand and foot treatment, or illuminating eye treatment
  • Ultimate Fyt/X Package Add-On-$20 per person
    – Participate in our signature fitness-focused high-intensity training class, or Sunrise Yoga on our view lawn. Offered daily.

480-333-1900 to reserve your guest room;

13225 North Eagle Ridge Drive, Fountain Hills, Arizona, 85268


Eagle Mountain Golf Resort & The Inn at Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain SpaSpa and Stay Package

Enjoy a private casita with Golf, Mountain or Valley of the Sun Views. Take advantage of our low summer rates (starting at $89.per night) with an added bonus of a $50 spa voucher to use during your stay or through August 31, 2016.

To insure availability, Spa appointments need to be scheduled prior to arrival by calling 480-522-1041. *Each certificate can be used towards one regular price massage, facial or body treatment. Cannot combine with any other discount, voucher, or another spa certificate. Auto gratuity will be applied to the Spa appointment and the certificate cannot be applied towards the gratuity.

Spa and Golf Package

Enjoy an overnight stay in one of our spacious suites and create your own unique getaway with your choice of any two:  50-minute therapeutic massage*, 1 round of golf at Eagle Mountain Golf Course, or a bottle of Flora Springs wine.  $149 per night (including weekends) with free Wi-Fi and no resort fee.  Valid for stays through August 31, 2016. Please call in advance of stay to schedule Spa and Tee Times.

Special rates will also apply for friends and family group bookings.

Inn at Eagle Mountain Resort,

9800 N Summer Hill Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 816-3000


We Ko Pa Resort at Fort McDowell Casino

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Cholla Course #2, Approach to the green Fort McDowell, Arizona, USA

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Cholla Course #2, Approach to the green
Fort McDowell, Arizona, USA

Sun-Sational Summer Packages

Discover the beauty, tranquility and culture of Arizona’s captivating Sonoran Desert at the AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center! Rates as low as $99, waived resort fees, and $25.00 Resort Credit per Night. Packages vary, but some include 25% off of Spa services and $20.00 Casino slot credit at the adjacent Fort McDowell Casino. Summer rates will also apply to the WeKoPa Golf Club, and transportation from the resort to Club is provided for Resort guests.

Call for reservations and to schedule Spa and Golf: (480) 789-5300

We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center · 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85264



River of Time Museum: That’s Italian Fundraiser!

spaghetti-dinner_0Tickets are now on sale for the August 13th Annual Italian Dinner!  They can be purchased at the River of Time Museum Store (open 10-2, Tuesday through Saturday), Fountain Fashions, Gridley’s, Sami’s, and the Fountain Hills Times.


A delightful assortment of prizes are arriving daily for the silent and live auctions that will be held at the dinner.  First time ever we are offering a Family Star Party!  If you are a traveler we have resort packages in Mexico, Sedona and nearby.  If you are an outdoorsman, cruises at local lakes, a jeep desert adventure, a guided trip over Four Peaks, or numerous golf packages and air mattresses for campers.  A top of the line luxury Memory Foam Mattress on everyone’s wish list!  Mattel toys for children (some collectibles) and the ever popular wine tasting events and pizza parties and numerous gift certificates for local restaurants and businesses.  Phil’s Filling Station is once again donating a great Italian meal!


Many thanks to the businesses who have already stepped forward – AZ Trails Travel, Arrivederci Cucina Italiana, Desert Belle Cruises, Bonnie Schweihs Pet Portraits, Dolly Steamboat, Euro Pizza Café, FH Physical Therapy, FH Theater, Green Zebra Adventures, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Paul’s Ace Hardware, Pisa Pizza, PRP Wines, R&S Mattresses, Rio Diablo Resort, Rio Verde Golf Club, Russo’s Hair Salon, Sapori D’Italia, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Simply Marvelous, Stone Creek Golf Club, Super Cleaners & Tailoring, We Ko Pa Golf and Resort, Wines for Humanity, Yates Jewelry, You Need Nails, Zusia’s Doggie Salon and several valley museums.


Advance tickets are $15 each or two for $25.  A table of eight is $100 and may be reserved by calling Skehen at 480-816-4186.


Donations for the night’s auctions are still being accepted through August 8. Individuals may donate new or certified collectable items. Businesses and other organizations are encouraged to donate merchandise, services or coupons and gift cards. Donation drop-offs may be made at the Museum or call Debbie Skehen at 480-816-4186 to make other arrangements.  All donors’ names will be posted in the Times and in all advertising communications.

Proceeds of the dinner will be used to Reimagine, Redesign and Rediscover the River of Time Museum.

Share Breakfast with Fountain Hills Town Council Candidates

Attend  the Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum July 21, 2016

VoteThe Election for members of Fountain Hills Town Council is fast approaching, and the Chamber of Commerce wants you to know more about the candidates.  Make plans to attend the monthly Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting Thursday, July 21, 2016 to hear the Candidates discuss their priorities and goals for the Town of Fountain Hills.

The Breakfast /Forum will be held at Eagle Mountain Golf Club, starting at 7:30 a.m.  Pre-registration is required to allow Eagle Mountain chefs the opportunity to prepare for what will likely be a ‘full house.’

Fountain Hills’ governance is truly a ‘direct democracy,’ so knowing the points of view of our candidates and their ideas about growth and development is critically important to the future of business owners and homeowners who live and work in Fountain Hills.

The Candidates will each present a short overview of their ideas relative to business growth and stability in Fountain Hills, with a moderated question/answer period to follow.

It’s a sad fact that fewer than 6,000 registered voters choose our Fountain Hills council representatives. We are facing some interesting times as development picks up, so it is especially important that residents know the points of view of their potential council members, and vote in the upcoming election.  The Chamber has posted a short biography of each of the candidates on their website at:

Chamber Candidates Forum

7:30 a.m., July 21, 2016, at Eagle Mountain Golf Club,14915 Eagle Mountain Pkwy, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

→Call the Chamber of Commerce to Register at: 480- 837-1654

$10 for Chamber Members who register before July 19, 2015; $15.00 for Members after that date

$20.00 for non-members

DID YOU KNOW—many locals who are vitally interested in the vitality of our business community join the Chamber of Commerce as “Friends of the Chamber.”  Not only does this membership grant member pricing for Chamber events, it also provides numerous opportunities for volunteering in support of the Chamber’s community outreach.

For more information on the Chamber and how you may enjoy supporting the mission of the Chamber through participation in its activities and events, check out their website at:

Find Your ‘Inner Artist’ at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

This is a part of our Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate “Keeping It Cool, Summer 2016” Series.



Artist's Gallery logocolorEnjoy one of a kind Art classes as popular Artist/Instructors from Fountain Hills Artists Gallery invite you to channel your inner artist and have a great time learning a new skill. No prior skill art class experience is necessary…just the desire to “push the edge of the envelope,“ and have a great time learning a new skill. REGISTER TODAY! These are small group classes, and they will fill up fast!

Paint Your Pet – Julia Patterson

Paint your PetWe are excited to welcome Julia back for another popular “Paint your pet” workshop! During the workshop Julia will guide you through this fun workshop to paint a colorful 8×10” portrait of your pet or favorite animal in chalk pastels.

No Experience Necessary.
Class is limited to 8 students.
$46.00 all supplies included.
1PM-4PM, Sunday, July 17


Howling at the Moon – Gloria M. Sanchez

Howling at The MoonJoin other budding artists for a fun evening of painting & wine! Follow Gloria as she guides you to paint a 12×16” silhouette of a coyote against a moonlit star filled background in acrylics. You will also get several Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle to your stars!

No Experience Necessary
Class is limited to 6
$30.00 all supplies included. Plus a glass of wine!
6PM-8PM, Thursday, July 14
1PM-3PM, Sunday, July 24


Soul Script Collage – Colleen Brown

Soul ScriptDuring this mixed media workshop you will use acrylic paint and a variety of papers plus a word of your choice to create your own unique ‘Soul Collage”. Your collage will be on a gallery10x10” birch canvas and each one will be completely different! No frame needed!

No Experience Necessary
Class is limited to
$60.00 all supplies included
12-4PM, Wednesday, July 27

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery
16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-836-9919

Save the Date: July Activities in Fountain Hills

July Heralds the Return of the Monsoon —
Life-giving Rain Clouds Thunder Over the Mountains in Spectacular Array

July #1 Monsoon Sky FHMonsoon Storm watching is almost addictive in the Sonoran Desert Summer. The clouds gather every afternoon…sometimes a welcome veil of misty sun-cover, but most often pile upon pile of towering clouds climb up and over the mountains, bringing the hope of life-giving rain to the welcoming desert.

As the air cools the rain-scented air, we gather on our patios to wonder at the breathtaking color and form playing out across the gathering dusk. And if we’re lucky, the lightning and thunder will produce much-needed rain. At times like these, we can’t help thinking, “If you’re lucky enough to live in Fountain Hills, you’re lucky enough!”

July #2 lighteningYour friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog each month for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.
Please Note: Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events. Please consult the websites or better yet, call to confirm information about any events listed below.

July 1-10, 2016

Lend Me a Tenor

The Fountain Hills Theater excels at the Musical Farce, and Lend me a Tenor is a grand addition to their catalogue of entertaining hits. Merelli is about to revive Pagliacci for the ten-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. Who is cavalier enough to replace him?

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3
Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 1-31, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike, McDowell Mountain Preserve
Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park are a favorite of experienced hikers. Each hike leaves from a different trail area, so consult the Park’s event calendar for details.
This hike distance will be between 8-12 miles, and starts OUTSIDE OF THE PARK at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, off of 128th Street in Scottsdale (off of Dynamite). This is a difficult hike that involves a good amount of elevation and loose rocks. A hiking pole is recommended for this hike that starts in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Please call the Park if you need directions to the Trailhead. Hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes & clothing.
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

July 4, 2016

Pic #5 4th ath the FountainThe Fabulous 2016 “Fourth at the Fountain” in Fabulous Fountain Hills

Everyone’s invited to join in a Town-wide celebration of Independence Day, The Fourth at the Fountain. Admission and all games and entertainment is free! The sight of the amazing fireworks reflected in Town Lake is unforgettable.
Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic, and plan to join friends and neighbors for a fun-filled celebration at Fountain Park. Food vendors will be on hand with Italian Ice, Frozen Lemonade, and other goodies to help you beat the heat. Please note the following considerations:
 No glass containers
 No alcoholic beverages
 No personal fireworks or sparklers
 Pets should be left at home for their safety and the safety of others.

Picnic and family activities start at 6:00 p.m., including bounce houses and slides and DJ on the stage playing a wide range of music. The amazing fireworks over Town Lake starts at 9:00 p.m.
Details of the evening’s festivities can be found at:
Park Address: 12925 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 4, 2016

#6 John Michael MontgomeryJohn Michael Montgomery Headlines “4th! at the Fort”

Country legend, John Michael Montgomery headlines the 4th of July celebration at Fort McDowell Casino. He has had more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, of which seven have reached number 1: “I Love the Way You Love Me”, “I Swear”, “Be My Baby Tonight”, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, and “The Little Girl”.
Thirteen more have reached the top 10. “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” were named by Billboard as the top country songs of 1994 and 1995, respectively. Several of Montgomery’s singles crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, his highest peak there having been achieved by “Letters from Home” in 2004.
The doors open for this outdoor concert at 6:00; the show starts at 8:00, with fireworks following the music and dancing in the isles. Tickets start at $15.00 and can be purchased at the Casino or at
Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(800) THE.FORT

July 8, 2016
#7 boxing imagesThe theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Get motivated by watching these inspirational sports films! A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid-1980s. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library. Note: Due to film licensing rules, the title of the film cannot be published, but if you Google “Irish” Mickey Ward, you’ll find it easily on line.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 9, 2016

One of a Kind Adventure: Summer Night Ride at McDowell Mtn Park
Get out and enjoy the cool desert nights! These rides provide a great way to get together with your fellow mountain bikers during the long, hot summer. Riders must have a helmet, and a light system designed for mountain biking with batter power for 3 hours of riding. It is highly recommended that you ride this trail during the day before coming out for a night ride. Fountain Hills Bikes ( supports these rides and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack, and often a movie. Meet at the Competitive Track in McDowell Mountain Park.
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

July 9, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

Join us to watch a movie about baseball and one man’s search for a star pitcher. The film (rated PG) teaches lessons about team work and family. Call 602-652-3000 for the movie’s title. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). Adult supervision is required at all times.
10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Room, 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 12, 2016

Children’s Ice Cream Social at the Library
Cool down the summer by making your own ice cream in the Library. Follow a simple recipe using a few basic ingredients and toppings to create a perfect treat. This is a family activity for “Children of All Ages,” but each kidoo needs to bring along an adult.
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 14,2016

Julu #11 Robotics PicRobotics Workshop-Heat Sync Labs
Let’s face it…The Fountain Hills Library is a hive of fabulous hands-on learning opportunities…and Robotics projects are a perennial favorite.

Eric Ose of HeatSync Labs is returning to the Library with a continued robotics program. Using an Arduino based robotics kit, with everything you need to connect the robots to computers and program them to drive around, learn about driving the robots. In 1 hour you will drive the robots in free autonomous mode. In 2 hours you will connect the whiskers and electronic components to use the bump sensing. For Teens 12-17 Years Old.

→Prior On-site Registration required…drop in today as registration closes July 14, 2016 at 1 p.m.

2:00-4:00p.m. Fountain Hills Branch Library, Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 16, 2016

July 9 Sonoran ToadCreepy Crawly Critters- Wet n’ Wild Program at McDowell Mountain Park
During the monsoon season, we see some creepy crawly desert dwellers that are active only during summer rains. We will have some of these LIVE creepy crawly critters on hand for you to learn about thanks to staff from Mesa Community College. They will bring out a few native toads, invertebrates and reptiles for you to see up close and personal. Stick around for a short hike after the presentation to look for these nocturnal critters! Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE; The County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!” That means program participants will be eligible to win a 4- pack of tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix! 1. Tickets will be issued one 4-pack per family. 2. Families can only win one 4- pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild tickets for the 2016 season. 3. Visitors must attend the program in full and must be present to win. At the end of the program, a winner will be selected at random. 4. Only one 4-pack will be issued per program.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016

July 10, LegosLegos at the Library—A Full Week of Family Fun

Be creative while improving lateral thinking skills during one week a month at Legos in the Library. Kids will think in three dimensions as they problem solve, organize, and create with Legos. Work as a team on our Library Display Project or work individually on our monthly Lego Challenge. For Children 5-11 Years old. Adult supervision required at all times.

2:30-4:00 p.m. Daily, Monday through Friday, daily for one week

Fountain Hills Library, Children’s Areas

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 18, 2016

July 12- kids at campTown of Fountain Hills Partners to Bring Real Summer Camp to Town!

What summer is complete without a trip to summer camp? The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is partnering with Camp Colley to present an unforgettable summer camp experience for kids ages 8 to 17 years. This three or five-day camp is designed to teach riding skills, horse care, and outdoor recreational skills.

Life skills such as responsibility, empathy, and communication are emphasized in each activity. Campers ride a minimum of two hours per day in a series of riding lessons, games, and trail rides. Camp Colley partners with Hunkapi Horse Programs to provide this unique equine adventure. Campers will have additional activities including, but not limited to, hiking, nature education, mountain biking, archery, and arts and crafts.

Campers depart from Fountain Park (Splash Pad area) at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and return at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday depending on which camp. A detailed itinerary and required waivers will be made available upon registration.
Space is limited for these Camps; early registration is highly encouraged.

Camp Activities include:
o Archery
o Mountain biking
o Field trips to the local fire tower
o Nature education
o Hiking
o Arts and crafts
o Trail riding
o Evening camp fires
o Canoeing (5-day camp only)

Overnight camp inclusions:
o Transportation to and from camp
o Daily riding
o 1:4 Staff to Camper Ratio
o All meals and snacks
o Tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads

July 22, 2016

July 13 Field of Dreams photoKeep Cool with Free Adult Movie at Fountain Hills Library

Motivational Sports-themed movies are a continuing part of the Adult summer reading program. Due to film licensing agreements, we can’t publish the name of this movie, but think of the Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, who then interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields: “If you build it they will come”.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 25-27, 2016

July #14 Kids basketballBall Handling & Basketball Shootout Camp

If you’re between the ages of 6 and 18, you like basketball, want to learn the game or improve your technique, are willing to work hard, and you want to make friends and have fun in the process, Advantage Basketball Camp (ABC) is for you.
All skill levels are welcome, this camp will be geared toward beginner and intermediate players who want to develop skills, or any basketball players who simply needs to learn the value of self –discipline, practice, and enhanced self-confidence.
Community Services has partnered with Advantage who was named by Sports Illustrated for Kids as one of the top basketball camps in the country. Work with one of the top coaching staffs in the world. Our students will build on their ball-handling and court awareness skills by learning lightning-quick, one-handed moves off the dribble and a whole lot more.
PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more detail, including fees and schedules,

July 28, 2016

July #15Tibetian Bowl Hatha YogaHatha Yoga Class Refreshes and Restores

The Fountain Hills Library is offering an adult hatha yoga class to enhance your self-care. Long time yogi, Melanie Albert offers powerful, positive intentions for your life anchored with the music of her signature Tibetan Singing Bowl, along with Pranayama (yogic breathing), hatha yoga asana practice (poses with steady movement), and restorative Sava Sana with the beauty of the singing bowl.
You will feel energized, refreshed and restored with this class. The class is open to all levels: new to yoga, beginners and experienced. Please bring your own yoga mat or large beach towel for your practice.
3:00-4:30 p.m., Fountain Hills Library, Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 29, 2016

July pic #16“Didgeridoo Down Under” at the Library

Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy fusion of Australian music, culture, fitness puppetry, comedy, storytelling and audience participation. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for everyone. For Families (All Ages). Young children under 10 yrs. need to bring a pet adult.
10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 29, 2016
Library Lockdown: Gaming Overload for Teens (Registration Needed)
Start Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00
Play traditional games gone rogue! Oversized Dominoes, Jenga, and more. Each winner at a game will choose between a given prize or an additional submission to our ultimate Summer Reading Drawing Prize. Registration is required and a signed parent permission slip must be presented before entering the program. For Teens 12-17 years old. Registration at the Library information desk.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The “Beach Boys” Are Coming to Fountain Hills!

Saturday, June 25th at Fort McDowell Casino

BeachBoys_#!The “Beach Boys” are on tour, and Fountain Hills is their only Arizona appearance! Just to be clear—this is not a “tribute group”, but is a part of the official Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour.

For millions of Beach Boys fans spanning multiple generations, this 50th Anniversary Tour and new album called That’s Why God Made The Radio — due June 5th from Capitol/EMI — represents a dream come true and an almost religious experience. That’s right; this legendary group is not just going to “Do It Again” on the road. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks also recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ famed Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album, the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members.

beach-boys -#2Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.

“Good Vibrations” really are forever!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT, and tickets should be purchased ahead of time. Tickets start at $35.00, and can be purchased at the Fort McDowell Casino Gift Shop, or on line from  All sales are final. No refunds.

Fort McDowell Casino

10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264-(800) THE.FORT