Author Archives: jenniferconrad4

Calling all Middle Schoolers, Summer Fun is waiting for you!

Summer is in full swing in Fountain Hills. Schools are out, pools are waiting, and trips to the lake are calling. Calling all Middle Schoolers, summer fun is waiting for you with the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department. Here are 2 fun activities that will get your middle schoolers pumped up this summer:

14054477_1636683226643852_4657291602622537428_o

The bus will leave promptly at 10:15 am from the Fountain Hills Middle School, and return at 4:00 pm.

July 26th, 2017

Main Event: Bowling, Laser-tag, High Ropes, Pizza, & Games

Join the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services for an exciting day of bowling, laser-tag, and pizza at Main Event. The bus will leave promptly at 10:15 am from the Fountain Hills Middle School, and return at 4:00 pm. Registration includes pizza and admission to Main Event. Participants are welcome to bring money for anything extra. Pre-registration is required, and limited for the first 40 teens. The event is free and open to any middle schooler.

August 16th, 2017

Skateland USA

13995476_1636683296643845_82531025727889776_o

Grab your favorite pair of skates, and join 40 of your best friends for a Skate Night with the Fountain Hills Community Services.

Grab your favorite pair of skates, and join 40 of your best friends for a Skate Night with the Fountain Hills Community Services.  Meet at Fountain Hills Middle Schools at 4::30 pm. The bus will return approximately at 8:30 pm.  All participants must pre-register because space is limited to 40. Registration includes pizza and admission to Skateland.

To register please visit www.fh.az.gov/recreation or call Corey Povar, Recreation Coordinator at 480-816-5100.

Looking for a July Stay-Cation? Check Out Prescott!

Have your weekends been a little lack-luster this summer? You don’t need to use up all your vacation time to have a real adventure – you’d be surprised how much you can squeeze into a weekend.  What place can help you satiate that most insatiable desire of wanderlust? Prescott, Arizona! Just a 2-hour drive from Fountain Hills, Prescott is the perfect place to fill your lungs with the wonderful pine scent of the Ponderosa Pines.

Walk along the Wild West in downtown Prescott. Chockfull of Victorian homes, and turn-of-the century saloons along Whiskey Row is full of western nostalgia, and the rich historic roots of Old Prescott. Take some time to stroll the streets of downtown Prescott, and appreciate the charm of more than 700 homes and businesses listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Across the way is the stately Yavapai County Courthouse Square is an architectural delight. The Courthouse Square is the center of activities

img_718_1

Whiskey Row is full of western nostalgia, and the rich historic roots of Old Prescott

from arts and crafts to musical events; it’s a great place to relax or plan your next venture into Whiskey Row.

 

Love to hike in the rugged outdoors? Peavine National Recreation Trail is an outdoor adventurers dream, and offers plenty adventures for you nature lovers. This one of the few Rails to Trails projects in Arizona. The Peavine Trail

watson-lake-from-peavine

Peavine National Recreation Trail is an outdoor adventurers dream, and offers plenty adventures for you nature lover

offers outstanding views of Watson Lake and Granite Dells. Start your hike along this six mile trail that was orginally originally built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1893, and connects with the Iron King Trail for another four mile trek along more railroad bed.

Model Plane Enthusiast? The Kalusa Miniature Airplane Collection is a long way from the days of little buzzing planes whiling around on string. Located in the library of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott is home to more than 5,000 model aircraft. All the model planes were hand-made by John W. Kalusa, a former

06-planes-miniplanes

The collection holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of model airplanes in the world.

WWII photographer and aircraft mechanic. Most of Kalusa creations range from biplanes, bombers, delta-winged jets, and hot-air balloons. The collection holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of model airplanes in the world.

Do you love mead and honey cider? Stop by the cozy tasting room of the Superstition Meadery to sample world class drinks and laid-back atmosphere. This venue houses a storage of meads and hard ciders. The menu includes a variety of meads from hops to fruit, aged in anything from bourbon barrels to New American oak barrels. Flights are the most popular choices for mead connoisseurs, which can be paired with a variety of meat and cheeses.

 

 

Roll in Monsoon Season with McDowell Mountain Regional Park

60a76f17f18562ecdabd055590491f18

Join McDowell Mountain Regional Park celebrate monsoon season, and learn about the perils of impervious surfaces.

Water is an important part of desert living. Since much of the land is covered by nonporous surfaces such as roads, rooftops, and parking lots, the urban lifestyle has a big impact on water quality. You know it’s monsoon season in Arizona when the weather enthusiasts start to gather.

Join McDowell Mountain Regional Park celebrate monsoon season, and learn about the perils of impervious surfaces.  The park will hold an interactive demonstration with an Enviroscape model. Participants will learn about watersheds, storm water, and water pollutants on July 13th, 2017.  Test your knowledge of storm water with trivia, and win a prize.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center of McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

The Maricopa County Parks are getting Wet ‘n” Wild this Summer! That means participants in the Perils of Impervious program 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.

 

  1. Families can only win one 4-pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild ticket for the 2017 season.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Only one 4-pack will be issued per program.

 

For more information, go to http://www.maricopacountyparks.org/mcdowell.

Six Incredible Adventures You Can Have in Jerome

Need to get away for the weekend? Jerome is the perfect destination for that weekend getaway! Jerome is worth visiting for its tranquil scenery. Built into the side of Cleopatra Hill, Jerome overlooks the beautiful Verde Valley, and is a great place to wander the streets, and soak up the eclectic atmosphere. Jerome is an easy two-hour trip from Fountain Hills.

On the way, you’ll pass through Cottonwood, start your trip off with breakfast at the Crema Craft Kitchen and Bar. The perfect place for breakfast in an old town. The Crema Craft Kitchen occupies two historic buildings, and there are tunnels underneath that connect both buildings that were used for bootlegging during Prohibition. Try their trademark breakfast tacos which consist of eggs, sausage, bacon, potato, cheddar cheese, chives, pico de gallo, and sirrachi aioli.

Promo-1-web

See wine-making reinvented with Cellar 433 Tasting Room, located at 240 Hull Ave in Jerome.

Before you launch yourself into the atmosphere of Jerome, learn about the past at the Douglas Mansion which is in the Jerome State Historic Park. The Douglas Mansion has been an eye-catching landmark of Jerome since it was built in 1916 by James S. Douglas on the side of Cleopatra Hill above his Little Daisy Mine. The former home features photographs, artifacts, and a 3-D model of Jerome with its underground mines. Step outside to view more displays, and take in the beautiful panoramic view of the Verde Valley.

Love a good ghost story? The Jerome Grand Hotel offers breathtaking views, and the ultimate haunted experience. The hotel is one of the largest national historic landmark, and one of the most haunted in Arizona. The Spanish Mission style building was constructed in 1926, started out as United Verde Hospital. The hospital was shut down in 1950, and the building stood unused for 44 years. In 1994, the Altherr family purchased the building, and restored the building into the current hotel. The hotel offers a “ghost package” which includes digital cameras and ghost meters.

fixedw_large_4x

The Spanish Mission style building was constructed in 1926, started out as United Verde Hospital.

Lover of the Arts? Stop by the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery run by local artists. The cooperative gallery has a wide range of art pieces. Play art critic as you browse and purchase unique art pieces from recycled jewelry to Scandinavian flavored art colors. Each collection of art represents the uniqueness, and creativity of local artists based in Jerome.

Want to let your hair down in Jerome? The Spirit Room– the in-house bar of the historic Connor Hotel – is the place.  An open-air saloon is known for its local color and socializing. The Spirit Room represents the old west at its best featuring live music, and a jukebox. It’s the kind of place where you can easily envision the history and uniqueness of the town of Jerome.

Love a bottle of Wine? Want to taste an authentic bottle of Arizona wine? See wine-making reinvented with Cellar 433 Tasting Room, located at 240 Hull Ave in Jerome. Their wonderful tasting room spans two floors, both with an astounding view of the Verde Valley and the glowing red rocks of Sedona. Take a sip of authentic Arizona wine, and enjoy the beautiful view of Jerome and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

Want to Hike? Check Out McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Guided Hikes.

Summer is here!  Specifically July, which can be one of the most glorious months of the year in Fountain Hills.  For those eager to be outside, McDowell Mountain Regional Park certainly has no shortage of guided hiking opportunities.  So, pack your bag, bring a lot of water to balance out the triple-digit temperatures, and get ready to kick off summer by

1765172057_a622ad692d_b

For those eager to be outside, McDowell Mountain Regional Park certainly has no shortage of guided hiking opportunities.

hitting the trails.

Friday Fitness Hike Wagner Trailhead – July 7, 2017

Join Kevin B. on this week’s hike that will begin from the Wagner Trailhead, a beautiful trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Hiking distance will be between 8 to 12 miles.  Meet at 6:00 am, and make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, comfortable shoes, and clothing.

Friday Fitness Hike Toms Thumb Trailhead– July 14th, 2017

Want to explore the Toms Thumb Trailhead? Join Kevin B. on this beautiful hike outside of the park at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. The park access from this trailhead is “hike only”, please come prepared with a $2 park entrance fee. This trail is a difficult hike which involves a good amount of elevation and loose rocks, Plan on bringing a hiking pole, comfortable shoes, clothing and a hat for the intense hike. Always bring plenty of water and snacks to keep hydrated.

Friday Fitness Hike 4 Peaks Horse Staging Area – July 21st, 2017

Want to explore the 4 Peaks Horse Staging Area? Join Kevin B at 6:00 am for this incredible and beautiful hike. This week’s hike distance will between 8 to 12 miles, and plan on bringing comfortable shoes for the intense hike.

Friday Fitness Hike Dixie Mine -July 28th, 2017

Need views of Four Peaks in the distance? This week’s hike will take your breath away. Join Kevin B. has he leads this hike through the beautiful Dixie Mine Trailhead, through rolling hills, views that are second to none, and a variety of cacti and lush vegetation. Meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd at 6:00 am. Don’t forget to bring $2.00 for the park entry fee, plenty of water, snacks, and comfortable hiking gear.

For more information, please contact McDowell Mountain Regional Park at  (480) 471-0173.

Get Your Play On Fountain Hills: 3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Park and Recreations Month

Location Based Lifestyle Photography

The Town of Fountain Hills wants you to “Get Your Play On.”

This July, discover the power of play and adventure. It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, and for anyone who loves being outdoors this month is for you. The Town of Fountain Hills wants you to “Get Your Play On.” Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand. Here are 3 ways that you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month in Fountain Hills:

1.Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Fountain

Put on your patriotic best, and take the family to Fountain Park on Tuesday July 4th to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday. The celebration kicks off at 5:00 pm with music, games, and kid’s entertainment, and a wide variety of food. The night will be capped off with a majestic firework display over the park’s beautiful lake. There is no better place to celebrate America than in one the of most beautiful places in the United State- our own Fountain Hills.

2. Head Over to Four Peaks Park to Enjoy Wacky Wet Wednesdays

DSCN0889

Enter Bring the family to have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers, and being sprayed by the Fountain Hills Fire Department.a caption

Come on over to Four Peaks Park, and enjoy some fun in the sun. Bring the family to have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers, and being sprayed by the Fountain Hills Fire Department. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon to cool down, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Four Peaks Park on July 12th and 26th.

3. Participate in Yoga at Fountain Park

On Saturday, July 22nd, enjoy a gentle flowing practice of Yoga surround by the majesty of nature, and a 560-foot fountain in the backdrop. Join TruFits Studios has they lead this evening twilight class.at the Amphitheatre in Fountain Park. The fee for the class is $12 dollars, and drop-in is only allowed if they have a minimum of 5 participants pre-registered. The drop-in fee is $15.

For more in formation please visit, https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh.

4th at the Fountain: Come Celebrate America’s 241st Birthday in Fountain Park

Birthdays often deserve big celebrations — and nobody will celebrate America’s 241st birthday better than Fountain Hills. If you’re looking to plan your annual firework viewing extravaganza, you’re in luck. Put on your red, white and blue, and come celebrate an action-packed Independence Day at Fountain Park in Lakeside Village. The

10854291_1584530735152249_435490903774534358_o

The 4th at the Fountain is a local celebration that is free,and open to the community.

celebrations will begin at 6:00 pm with music, games, and prizes.  Enjoy great music from DJ Steve Grosse who will keep you moving and grooving throughout the night.

The 4th at the Fountain is a local celebration that is free, and open to the community. While you’re here, take advantage of the scenic views by bringing your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to relax and enjoy an evening full of excitement. Bring your frisbees, balls, and other games to enjoy the evening. Food vendors will also be on hand with Italian ice, frozen lemonade, and other goodies for you to beat the summer heat.

And what 4th of July would be complete without some beautiful pyrotechnics igniting the night skyline? The 4th at the Fountain will cap the night off with a majestic firework display at 9:00 pm over the picturesque lake at Fountain Park. No personal fireworks, sparklers, or other open flames are allowed. Due to the noise of the fireworks, the Town of Fountain Hills suggests that all pets be kept at home for their safety.

Public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills will be available. Please note temporary road closures will be in effect at the end of the program to help allow pedestrians to exit the park.

For more information regarding the event, please visit http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/p/events

 

From the Court to the Community: Steven Hunter Brings His Passion to Serving the Community of Fountain Hills  

Former Phoenix Sun’s player, Steven Hunter brings the ultimate basketball experience back to Fountain Hills this summer in a two week, jam-packed session for young athletes. For a third year in a row, boys and girls ages 7 to 15 will focus on the fundamental skills of basketball. Steven and his team of coaches dig deeper than endless scrimmages to zero in on skills and drills. Participants will learn skills of passing, ballhandling, shooting, and defense. The camp isn’t all about the basketball, in fact, its only part of the equation.

5937136e22189.image

Participants will learn skills of passing, ballhandling, shooting, and defense.

Steven Hunter’s Life Skills and Basketball Academy exposes the campers to etiquette, how to act as an athlete, manners, eating right, and good sportsmanship.  The camp provides the opportunity for kids to learn leadership. Campers will receive visits from different guest speakers throughout the two-week camp. The speakers will be from different career paths, and will share their knowledge of their career field with the participants.

Hunter’s passion for basketball, and community service stems deep throughout his ten year career in the NBA.  During the 2004-2005 season, Hunter played for the Phoenix Suns as a part of his impressive career.  While in Phoenix, he participated in providing food for the homeless, serving upwards of 2500 individuals.  Toward the end of his playing career, Hunter returned to the Phoenix area in 2011, and in 2012 he was named the community ambassador for the Suns.  Hunter actively enjoys working with the kids of Fountain Hills and providing the community with  a program that gives the campers an outlet to keep them positive and active.

Steven Hunter

The speakers will be from different career paths, and will share their knowledge of their career field with the participants.

This year’s summer camp will run from June 19th– 29th, and will be held at the Fountain Hills Middle School. The basketball camp will begin promptly at 9:00 am, and will run until 3:00 pm. On June 29th, a special awards banquet will be held for all participants and sponsors held at CopperWynd Resort and Spa. The price to register is $325, and lunch will be provided. Participants will receive a camp jersey with registration.  Full and partial scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance.

Registration is ongoing at www.stevenhunterbasketballacademy.com, and for any additional information, please call 480-369-2622.

SPEND A DAY IN THE OLD, OLD WEST!

History Buff? Fascinated with the Wild West? Look no further than Tombstone, Arizona, the gateway to the Wild West. Hop in your car and take a road trip to Tombstone, a three-hour drive from Fountain Hills. Here are the 3 must places to visit in Tombstone, and relive the evolution of the American Cowboy and the gun-slinging wild west:

  1. OK-Corral

Relive the gunfights of Wyatt Earp and his band against the McLaurys / Clantons in daily reenactments at the OK-Corral, and in the streets of Tombstone Theater. Stand on the exact spot in which the gunfight began next to l512px-Gunfight_at_the_OK_Corral_2ife-size figures of the eight gunfighters, and learn the cause behind the 30 second showdown that left three cowboys dead.  The Ok Corral is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission with the live gunfight reenactment is $10, and includes admission to the Ok Corral Historic Complex, the Historama, and free copy of the 1881 reprint of the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper with the original reports of the Gunfight at the O.K Corral.

  1. The Bird Cage Theatre

If you are a “cowboy” history buff, this is a must see. It’s all original – curtains, wall paper, and bullet holes! Take an unforgettable self-guided tour through the Bird Cage, and experience the early days of Tombstone. Step back i2e2bc89998fee75fdcc9b2f804b96a58n time, and listen to the barmaid at the front entrance entice you with stories of the Bird Cage.  Stick around for the ghost tour to hear laughter, music, and see spirits of men in cowboy hats as though the parties of the Old West were still raging. The tours run daily 6:15 PM, and they admission is $20.

 

  1. Boothill Graveyard

Boothill-Cemetery-Tombstone-ArizonaIf you love the mystic of Tombstone, then finish off the experience at Boothill Graveyard on your way out. A must see for history buff who love the era of the Wild West.  Stroll through the cemetery and read the gravestones of those famous names in history. The most unique part of is the marking on the grave sites mention how each person died, or who killed them. These gravestones server as testimony to how violent death could be in the Wild West.  The entrance fee is $3.00 and comes with a self-guiding brochure that is provided for further information on each grave. The place adds to the experience of the town and closure to a reality once lived.

 

 

 

Time Traveler Program for Kids: River of Time Museum and the Fountain Hills Public Library

FullSizeRender-4

Third through fifth graders will journey through history and explore different eras in time. From Rockin’ Rocks, Astronomical Astronomy, and Desert Dwellers, participants will enjoy the entertaining and educational activities.

 

Kids and Time Travel.  What a great way to learn about history and keep your kids entertained this summer!  They can imagine traveling back to watch the gladiator fights in ancient Rome, or helping build the pyramids in ancient Egypt? Until traveling through time can be reality there are other great ways to explore where we came from and where we are going. This June, the River of Time Museum and the Fountain Hills Public Library will bring history alive by traveling with your children through time to learn the lessons of the past, and the prospects of the future.

The River of Time Museum and the Fountain Hills Public Library will be holding the Time Travelers Summer Camp Sessions 1 and 2 through the last 2 weeks of June from 9 am -11:30 am.  Third through fifth graders will journey through history and explore different eras in time. From Rockin’ Rocks, Astronomical Astronomy, and Desert Dwellers, participants will enjoy the entertaining and educational activities. Summer camp runs June 19-22 or June 26-29, 9am-11:30am followed by “Lunch and Learning” at the Fountain Hills Library, 11:30am-12:30pm includes lunch. Registration is $45 per participant.

For more information, contact the River of Time Museum at 480-837-2612.