September in Fountain Hills is time to Connect and “Regroup”

williambutleryeats383082Whether your “group” likes to listen to live music, play ball, dance, sing, or just enjoy the splendor of a desert hike, September is not the end of summer in Arizona,  it is the beginning of the 2016-17 season of fun in Fountain Hills!

 

September is the time to renew friendships and catch up on “What I did last summer,” take in a class and master a new skill. So open your calendar and note the opening of the Fall activity season with musicals, a fabulous Homecoming Parade, Slide the City, Oktober Fest, and of course, Ballet Under the Stars.

Your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog frequently for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.

Please note: Some activities may change between the time we assemble our monthly list, so it’s best to call and confirm the information provided in our monthly “Save the Date.”

 

SEPTEMBER 1-30, 2016

The Town of Fountain Hills Dozens of NEW Classes Starting in September

Pic #1 Adult Art Class

The Town of Fountain Hills Recreation and Community Services Department launches another great season in September with dozens of NEW classes. New Hip Hop/Gymnastics, Ballet, Soccer and Basketball youth classes. Who could resist Fitness Bootcamp featuring jump ropes, two new exercise classes called “Melt”? Nerf Wars…French Camp for kids…Tap Dancing for Adults…Check it all out on line or in the Fall issue of The Loop.

Check out these and dozens of other interesting classes offered by the Town of Fountain Hills.

Register for adult and children activities online by visiting our website, www.fh.az.gov/recreation  or contact Anjelica Giardino at (480) 816-5132.

It’s easy and fast!

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016

sept-2-toddlers-at-libraryStory Time for Toddlers at the Library

Children 18 -36 months old are invited to enjoy a special Toddler’s reading group during Story time on the first four Thursdays of each month.  This is a perfect opportunity to familiarize your child with the Library, a lifetime resource. Children will be introduced to early literacy skills through stories, songs, finger plays, crafts, and creative play. This month’s theme is “Animals”.

10-11 a.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 2,9,16.23,30,2016

Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park

This week’s (9/2/16) hike will begin from the Trailhead Staging Area. Hike distance will be between 8-12 miles. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes & clothing. Hike will be led by Kevin B.

The Friday Fitness hikes are for experienced hikers who can manage 5 miles or more.  They are held each Friday and launch from a different location.  Check the Park monthly calendar for locations.

6:30 AM – 9:30a.m.

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

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 2-30, 2016

3-furious-georgeFree Live music at the Lucky 7 Saloon, Fort McDowell Casino

Visit the fort McDowell Casino’s Lucky 7 Saloon for live music, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights.  Bands featuring Jazz, Country, Reggae and even an 80’s tribute band—David Bowie and Duran Duran come to mind!

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2- 18, 2016

4chitty-chitty-bang-bang“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” comes to the Fountain Hills Theater

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas! Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious”.

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 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

sept-5-reptileReptile Feeding at McDowell Mountain Park

The Park’s resident reptiles will wow you with their appetites as they devour their dinner! Learn about these fascinating creatures and experience a part of nature that is rarely observed in the wild. Meet at the Visitor Center for this program.

1:30 – 2:00p.m.

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

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Mountain Bike Fun Ride

Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area in McDowell Mountain Park. All skill levels are welcome. Many of McDowell’s trails are beginner friendly. No rider will be left behind. Distances and trails will vary each ride depending on the group. Join other like-minded folks to hit the trails in a supportive, non- threatening environment. Ride will be led by a park volunteer. Riders must wear a helmet and BYOB (Bring your own bike). Wheels down at 6:30am, so please arrive early for any prep time you may need. Please contact amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov with any questions.

6:30 – 8:30a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park; 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr,MMRP, AZ 85268 http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

sept-6-cheng-and-engMonthly Book Discussion Explores the Strange Life of Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world’s stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage.

3-5 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016

Adult Coloring and Relaxation Group

Coloring exotic creations is soothing and fun. Come relax and color with others who love this quiet and rewarding exercise. Supplies as well as refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch! Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

12-2 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

sept-7-night-rideSummer Night Ride Series

Get out and enjoy the cool desert nights! These rides in McDowell Mountain Park 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.  Fountain Hills Bikes supports these rides and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack. Meet at the PB Trailhead Staging Area

7:30 – 10:00p.m.

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

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

sept-7atheatermania“I’ll take Fountain Hills for 800, Alex”

Are you a novice theater-goer or a know-it-all aficionado? Join our actors, techies, staff and board members as we play the ultimate game of theatrical knowledge. From show tunes to scenery, leading ladies to lighting cues, this will be the ultimate opportunity to see where your knowledge lies. Join our live “studio audience” and enter for a chance to challenge the contestants on the Fountain Hills theater stage as our own ‘Alex Trebek’, Peter J. Hill, poses questions, takes wagers and is joined by surprise guest performers with live clues!

The evening will consist of four games culminating in the ultimate play-off Daily Double show down! Win prizes, enjoy snacks, a cash bar and a whole lot of laughs! Admission is $20 per person.

→PLEASE NOTE: Event will be held at the Fountain Hills Community Center

13001 N La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

sept-8-mystery Adult Mystery Book Discussion Group at the FH Library

Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Join the

Mystery Reading Group and learn about new authors to explore. This month the group will be

discussing Memory Man by David Baldacci. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

6:30-8p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 19, 26, 2016

Fountain Hills Teen Coding Club

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? 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; prior registrations required by September 11, 2016. Contact Number: 602-652-3250.

Club for age group 14-19 will meet on September 12, 19, 26, and 2016;

3:30-5:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.as

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

sept-9-solar-ovenSolar Oven Cooking for Kids 5-11 Years Old

Solar energy is a form of energy from the sun. Like electricity and gas, solar energy can also be used as power. Harness the power of solar energy to cook s’mores with a solar oven. For Children 5-11 Years Old. Registration needed prior to 9/17/2016.

3:00-4:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2016

sept-10pink-cactus-flowerCreate a beautiful “Pink Cactus Flower” on the 18th

Create a beautiful “Yellow Cactus Flower” on the 19th with Ruth Stewart 

 

Ruth Stewart will guide you using non-toxic water miscible oils to paint on a 12”x12” gallery wrapped canvas. No Frame Needed!  All supplies included except paint brushes which can be rented from Ruth for $5.00 or you may bring your own. Students may also buy brush kits for $40.00.

Cost of each class is $55.00, or you may register for both for $100.

9:30 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Family Movie at the Library

This unanimated film (rated PG) stars a young woman with the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and stepmother who are out to ruin her life. She meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with a little help from her fairy godmother. 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.

10a.m. -12 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendaR

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

sept-11paint-your-petFountain Hills Artists Gallery Presents: “Paint Your Pet” with Kelly Bowman 

Acrylic artist, Kelly Bowman will guide students on a journey of painting a colorful portrait of their own pet; starting with the layout, then the actual painting. Your finished painting will be on a 9”x12” canvas.

Please register in advance as class size is limited.

1-5 p.m. Fee: $45 for class and supplies

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

 Driver’s Permit test just around the corner?

Free 90-minute teen traffic safety workshop! AAA’s new 90-minute program – free for parents and teens – is a game show style workshop that offers education and resources to teens preparing to take their written permit test. This program is open to any adult or teen student getting ready to take their permit test. Registration ends 9/18/2016.

6:00-7:30 p.m.   Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 22 & 28, 2016

pic-1-adult-art-class“Sunset Stroll” with Gloria M. Sanchez at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

 Join Gloria for a Fun evening of painting & wine! During this two hour class you will paint a 12”x16”image of a family of Quails out for a “Sunset Stroll” in acrylics using the bright vivid colors of the Arizona sky. Absolutely no drawing experience needed. She will provide templates for the Quails and cacti for those who would like to use them. Drop into the Gallery to register and pay $35.00 fee.

6-8 p.m.   Fee: $35 for class and supplies

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

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Adult Book Discussion Group:  Jodi Picoult

Discuss Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Discussion questions and meeting dates for all books and authors are available in our Reading Club booklet at the Customer Service Desk. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 9, 2016

 Fountain Hills Youth Theater Presents Musical ‘Charlotte’s Web’

The Musical version of the classic story by E. B. White has all the enchanting characters we love: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte takes them on an amazing journey in this beautiful play about friendship.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7pm & 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 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Ballet Under the Stars

Jay Schlum in Tutu

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

Don’t miss the Sonoran Lifestyle Gang’s favorite event — Ballet Under the Stars and the “Tutu Previw.”  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. We are offering pre-ballet treats, with a new twist: a “Best Tutu Adornment” contest! This is a great time to reconnect with friends after the long summer, so give them a call and bring them along!

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Pre-Party

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains

Ballet Under the Stars, Fountain Park, Saguaro Blvd and Palisades Blvd

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Front Porch Concert Series- Nouveau Papillon

The name “Nouveau Papillon” means New Butterfly, the contemporary duo Mark Bensette Aux Bois and Scott. Scott had the initial idea for the name due to the free flowing nature of the music they were creating together. Mark suggested adding “Nouveau” because what they had to offer to the world was new and refreshing and could be difficult to pigeon hole into a known genre. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

2:00-3:30 p.m. Reading Lounge

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

“Early Bird” Walk in the Park

Join birder Joe Ford for an early morning walk along the Mule Deer Trail to look and listen for the many bird species that live in and pass through the White Tanks. Bring your bird book, binoculars and water.  Please leave your dog at home, as they will interrupt the birding experience. Hikers should gather by 7:15 at the Nature Center.

7:30 – 8:30a.m.

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

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

sept-16-child_guitarSchool of Rock with Scott Hallock for Tweens and Teens, 12-18 years

If you are an intermediate musician (piano, guitar, bass, percussion, ukulele, mandolin, flute, sax, cello or vocals), join our band under the direction of Scott Hallock. During this 8 week band camp, Scott will teach rhythm, timing, pitch and stage presence. Participants are required to practice at home to be prepared for the class each week. At the end of the eight- week session our band will present a concert for family and friends. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library. REGISTRATION MUST BE MADE BEFORE 9/20/2016 – Contact: Heather Nelsen: 602-652-3256

4:00-5:30 P.M. Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2016

17-oktoberfest-2016Oktoberfest is Full of Family Fun

Fountain Hills annual Oktoberfest in the Park has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of all things German in the Valley. German music and dancing, brats and German beer, and bouncy entertainments for the kiddies make this a rollicking family event.

Of course there will be dozens of opportunities to do the “Chicken Dance”, and the polka is the dance of choice all evening. The Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is a celebration of authentic German traditions. Our band is flown in from Germany, our brats, apple strudel and pretzels are prepared with secret recipes, and the beer is brewed in Germany guided by the German purity law that originated in 1516! Everyone is encouraged to compete in contests for fun and prizes such as the famous Bier Stein holding competition and the Alphorn blowing contest.

For more information call 480-­235­-7134 or visit www.Oktoberfestfountainhills.com.

5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday in Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd, 85268

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

sept-18-silver-aspenFountain Hills Artists Gallery presents “Silver Aspen/Copper Sky” with April Bower  

Metal artist, April Bower will teach you the art of silver leafing to create a unique painting on copper. You will also learn some simple tricks to give your trees a natural look. Plus, using Gold leaf you will give your leaves the shimmering essence of autumn aspen. Your finished piece will be 11×14” and ready to hang! No experience necessary

4-8 p.m.   Fee: $75 for class and supplies

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

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