April in Arizona…Sonoran Lifestyle at its Finest

 

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”  Richard Bach

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”  Richard Bach

April in Arizona reminds us, “If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sonoran Desert foothills, you’re lucky enough!”

Spring wildflowers are in abundance, sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and outdoor living, dining and recreation are the order of every sun-filled day. The twilight hours lengthen, patios become our prime living spaces…Life is good in Fountain Hills.

 

April 1, 2016

Pic: April 1 Disney’s inside out

Movies in the Park

The Town’s popular Movies in the Park returns for the 2016 season, and Pixar’s animated movie, “Inside Out” is the first amusing offering.  “Inside Out” is PG rated, so gather up the kids, the neighbors and even Auntie Lou.

The free  movies are played under the stars at the Fountain Park Performance Pavilion; bring chairs or blankets and arrive a bit early to snag the perfect spot.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Corey Povar at 480-816-5170 or visit the Town of Fountain Hills website at www.fh.az.gov.

 

April 1-17, 2016

Play It Again Sam

April #2play-it-again-samWoody Allen’s career as a playwright and later actor/director accelerated with the success of his 1968 play, “Play it again Sam.” Fountain Hills Mainstage Theater’s April offering is a “Hilarious… a cheerful romp. Not only are Mr. Allen’s jokes and their follow ups, asides and twists audaciously brilliant, but he has a great sense of character.” – The New York Times

Nominated for 4 Tony awards, the play follows newly divorced playwright Allan Felix who has this thing about Humphrey Bogart. If only he had some of Bogart’s technique… Bookish and insecure with women, Allan’s hero, Bogey comes to the rescue, with a fantastic bevy of beauties played out in hilarious fantasy

sequences. Fixed up by friends with gorgeous women, he’s so awkward that even the mythical Bogey’s patience is tried.

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ex: 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268;   http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

April 1, 2016

shutterstock_87765880Painting Workshop: Oil and Acrylics

Fountain Hills Recreation offers a variety of affordable painting and art classes for a wide range of skill levels and interests.  Art classes are held on consecutive weeks over the span of one month, and the purchase of supplies are generally required.

Thursdays: March 31, 2016 to April 28, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or the Tuesday evening classes-

Tuesdays: April 5, 2016 to April 26, 2016
6:15p.m. to 8:15p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

April 1-April 31 2016

Lucky Seven Lounge at Fort McDowell Casino

On Friday & Saturday nights, Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino features a continually changing lineup of talented performers. There is no cover charge so you might want to plan to come a bit early for the best seating. Dates and times vary, so check out the schedules at:  http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/showsM

 

STR8UP BAND

For the past 25 years, Str8 Up has been entertaining party-going, music-loving audiences! There are NO LIMITS on what they do. They come prepared to give their very best, covering every genre of music one could possibly want to hear; specializing in old school R&B and Latin favorites.

RHYTHM EDITION

The Rhythm Edition is a party band for all occasions, they can perform as a 6 piece to a 9 piece band. If you’re in the mood to go dancing to a variety of music this is the band you want to party with!

DUANE MOORE’S FT MOGOLLON BAND

April #5 duane-moore-ft-mogollon-band-shows-duane-moore-ft-mogollon-band-imageMogollon, (pronounced Mug-e-on) began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard. The name of the band is derived from the “Mogollon Rim”. Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep their high standard. Their scope of performing ability is truly amazing! They can play about anything, from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to their original written songs.

SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING BAND

Smokestack Lightning is made up of all Gila River Indian Community members and been together since 2009. They were nominated for a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) in 2011 for Best Blues Recording for their album “Soul Left Blind.” In 2014 they came in second place in the Arizona Blues Showdown in the band category. In 2015 they came in first place in the Arizona Blues Showdown in the same category.

FURIOUS GEORGE

Furious George provide exciting, live, musical entertainment! They are a five-piece wedding band featuring talented vocalists and musicians to create the ideal atmosphere!

POWERDRIVE BAND

Arizona’s favorite Big Band, playing your favorite Latin and top 40 music!

http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/showsM

 

April 1-31, 2016

April brings the perfect weather for a good game of Pickleball!

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. In the oddly named sport, singles or double teams hit a waffle ball over a low net with wooden or composite paddles.

Parks and Recreation provides the paddles and waffle balls but players are encouraged to bring their own. Pickleball is a fun, easy sport to learn, and regular players are eager to teach newcomers. There is drop-in play daily and schedules are posted at the Palisades Courts.

Golden Eagle Park, northwest of Fountain Hills High School; 15900 Golden Eagle Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016

April #6 Hikers“Friday Fitness” Hikes at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Come to one, or come to all of MMRP fitness hikes that are held every Friday. (Check website for location, as they vary).  The April Fool’s Day hike will meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead – at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park). Park entry fee is $2. Hike distance is between 8-12 miles. Hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have sturdy comfortable shoes & clothing. http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/friday-fitness-hike-/

 

April 7, 2016

The Mysterious World of Johannes Vermeer

 Senior Activity Center Lecture Series

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 11-12 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Activity_Search/mysterious

 

April 7, 2016

Herbs at Fountain Hills Farmers MarketFarmer’s Market/ Art on the Avenue

Support local artisans, foodies and farmers. Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market goes away like Cinderella for the summer.  Local products…salsas, sauces, spices that will represent us well as your hostess gifts as you travel over the summer. Only two markets left until April,14, 2016 when they adjourn until October, 2016.

Thursday, 11-5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, in front of

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate,16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268;

plenty of free parking in the lot behind our office as well.

 

April 9, 10, 2016

April #8 Community ChorusFountain Hills Community Chorus 25th Anniversary Concert

The Fountain Hills Community Chorus is staging a spectacular “Silver Reflections” concert to highlight its 25th Year of delightful entertainment.

The concerts will be presented in the Community Center Ballroom, and theater-style seating (with your tickets in hand) is on a first come-first served basis.  Tickets are at Gridley’s, on the Avenue of the Fountains near the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate office, and at CardSmart, at Fountainside Plaza until April 8, 2016. The Chorus will be accompanied by the Community Band.

Saturday, April 9, 2016   4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

April 14, 2016

“Laughter” Yoga

Senior Activity Center

Stretch your body and lighten up your day with “Laughter Yoga” class # 796.  Pre-registration is required at the Senior Activity Center.

Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills AZ 85268

 

April 14, 2016

April #9 Original ArtArt on the Avenue/ Farmer’s Market

→PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST “ART ON THE AVENUE” FAIR UNTIL OCTOBER 2016

Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market adjourns in the for the summer when our artisans and vendors move to cooler climes.  Shopping our market shows our vendors we support them:  local products…salsas, sauces, spices will represent us well as your hostess gifts as you travel over the summer.  

Thursday, 11-5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, in front of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, with plenty of free parking and easy access from the lot behind our office.

 

 

April 17, 2016

April #10Community BandCommunity Band Concert

Fountain Hills Community Band is a rollicking but inclusive group of instrumental music fans who welcome anyone with at least High School band experience—and the commitment to rehearse during their winter/spring season. The band serves as an advocate for a variety of music-big band, military marches, and other concert band classics to ensure that this wonderful instrumental music continues to be performed and enjoyed by all ages.

Sunday, April 17,2016,  4 p.m. Seating is first come-first served.

Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

April 22-May 1, 2016

April #11 Dear EdwinaDear Edwina, Jr,

Fountain Hills Youth Theater Spring Production

Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple has very talented siblings. But because of this, she thinks that she isn’t special or talented. Yet Edwina has many talents including leadership, singing and advising, and she combines all of them by directing musicals out of her garage.

The topic of these musicals is letters written to her by neighborhood kids who need advice. One of the main themes of Dear Edwina is Edwina’s desire to be in the “Advice-a-palooza” festival because she feels it will prove that she is as talented as her siblings.

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

Tickets on-line or by phone at 837-9661, ex.# 3    http://www.fhtaz.org

 

April 22, 2016

Full Moon Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Set off into the desert under the light of the full moon. Join the Ranger on this guided walk on the popular North Trail. Hike will be 3-miles. Trail rating is easy, but the trailhead is 5 miles from entrance, so allow appropriate driving time. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268 (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/full-moon-hike-mcdowell/

 

April 22, 2016

River of Time Museum’s “Theater Thursday”

Tommy with Merchants

Tommy with Merchants

Featuring the Musical Stylings of Tommy Holliday

April’s “Theater Thursday” is a cozy lunchtime gathering with free entertainment.  Held in the courtyard of the River of Time Museum, you can munch your lunch—bring one from home, or order one of ours—and listen to an interesting lecture, poetry, or musical entertainment. Seating is limited, and registration is required. http://rotmuseum.org/event-details-register?id=26

12:00 noon at River of Time Museum, 12901 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, 85268

 

April 23, 2016

April #13 desert tortoiseDesert Tortoise – “Hands on” Exploration Day

at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Did you know that we have desert tortoises that live in the wild? What should you do if you see one of these amazing animals? Learn about these unique creatures and see them in person at our Visitor Center. You can also check out the other animals on display including a rattlesnake, gila monster, kingsnake, gophersnake, scorpions and a tarantula! Program takes place at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 23, 2-3 p.m. 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268 (480) 471-0173
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/the-desert-tortoise-/

 

April 30, 2016

April #14BurnettFamily-53-1024x682Burnett Family Bluegrass Band-Front Porch Performance

Well known as one of the premier Arizona Bluegrass Bands, this family of talented musicians is known for its hard driving instrumentals and fine-tuned harmonies and were the 2004 winners of the esteemed Telluride Bluegrass Festival! FREE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM. They must be picked up at the Customer Service Desk at the library prior to the performance in the Community Center.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2-4 p.m. Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

April 30, 2016

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Fort McDowell Casino Entertainment Series

Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and released the album “Recollection.”

This is an outdoor event—DOORS OPEN 7 PM, SHOWTIME 8 PM; Starting at $35 at Casino Gift Shop or Ticketmaster: https://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows/creedence-clearwater-revisited

 

April/May, 2016

Registration for Boys and Girls Club Summer Camps

Boys and Girls club logoSummer fun abounds at the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls club. Children and teenagers are placed on appropriate age groups and participate in a wide range of fun activities.  Camps run from May to August and include crafts, computers, games and field trips, sports, ice cream socials and picnics.

14605 N. Del Cambre, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

480 344-5400   McKee@bgcs.org

 

 

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