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

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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

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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

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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

 

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

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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.

The Jungle is Jumping this June at the Fountain Hills Theater

Fountain Hills Theater adaptation of Walt Disney’s beloved film “The Jungle Book Kids” is on tap this June.  Follow the journey of Mowgli, a human boy who bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.  Throughout his incredible journey, Mowgli schooling and triumph is told with the help of enthusiastic and a colorful menagerie of jungle animals. Banished by the fierce tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli and his panther friend Bagheera are on the run into the deepest parts of the jungle.

Performed by an all youth theater, all ages will be entertained by Mowgli, Bagheera and a host of colorful characters like the sinister snake named, Kaa, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear named Baloo.

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Follow the journey of Mowgli, a human boy who bounds through the jungle and learns what it means to be human.

The Jungle Book Kids! will run from June 2nd – 18th at the Fountain Hills Theater. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. For tickets, please call the Box Office at 480-837-9661 x 3 or visit www.fhtaz.org. Ticket prices are for $15 for youth 17 and under and $18 for adults.

CONQUER TECHNOLOGY THIS SUMMER!

 

Not very tech-savvy? Feel like learning to use a computer or cell phone is too much work? This summer, learn some handy tech tips to improve your technical knowledge from the Technology Learning Center of Fountain Hills. The instructors will give you a lot of easy and helpful suggestions that will help you learn to use your television to taking beautiful picseamless04tures with your smartphone.

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN YOUR TV?

Want to sit back, and just watch TV? Modern televisions have become hellishly complicated, with cool features that you never thought were possible. Explore all the menus on your TV, and see all the neat features that your smart TV can do. The course is on June 7th, and begins at 11:30 am.

PERSONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH USING APPS AND THE WEB

With billions of websites online today, the use of the internet as a source of medical information has become increasingly popular. Search engines make this information easier to find. During this class, we will explore popular health related websites, and learn more about health apps. That will help boost fitness, medication, and general health knowledge. The course begins on July 5th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

TAKING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA

slide01-phoneMost of us underestimate the capabilities of our smartphone cameras. Our handy tips will help you take photos that easily capture the essence of the moment. We’ll review the menus and settings for special features; practice how to zoom in/out, take advantage of face detection, take movies, panoramic photos, and of course the “selfie”.

No membership is required. All classes are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for class. Stop by the Community Center from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for more information.

 

 

This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Served with the Marine Corps League Detachment #1439

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend.  At its heart, it is a time-honored opportunity to focus and pay tribute to those who served in our American Armed Forces. More than a good excuse for a backyard barbecue, it’s a chance to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for this nation and our freedoms, and the opportunity to say thanks to all those, past and present, who have served.

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Memorial Day is a time-honored opportunity to say thanks to all those, past and present, who have served in the Armed Forces.

One of the keystones of Fountain Hills is the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park, created with the support of local veterans’ organizations.  A beautiful tribute to the individuals as well as the conflicts, the Memorial is the site of several remembrances and celebrations throughout the year.

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This Year’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will acknowledge and highlight Fountain Hill’s commitment to our Military Veterans.

This year’s Memorial Day Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 9:00 am. Hosted by the Marine Corps League Detachment #1439, this year’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will acknowledge and highlight the town’s commitment and dedication to our military veterans. This year’s speakers will include Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, who officially proclaimed the town of Fountain Hills to be a Purple Heart Town at the Town Council Meeting on April 6th, and Mike Ferguson, Vietnam veteran, and Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2560. The keynote speaker will be Barbara Hatch, whose organization, Veterans Heritage Project, is dedicated to connecting students with Veterans. Their stories of service to our nation are written, recorded and

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The American Flag will presented by the American Legion Post 58 Color Guard.

preserved in the Library of Congress. There is also a special addition to the program in which guests are invited to share their own personal memorials of their fallen loved ones, who through their service, gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Come join the crowd, salute the flag proudly as it is presented by the American Legion Post 58 Color Guard,  and reflect on all the reasons you love this country…all while enjoying the beauty of our community and fountain in the background.

 

Looking to Unleash Your Hidden Picasso this Summer

Art is food for the soul. Art stirs emotions and makes you feel alive. With art, we can live vicariously and unleash our creativity unto the world. The Fountain Hills Community Services Department is packing your summer with some of the best creative activities that will release you from your creativity rut:

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Beginning Watercolor 

Beginning Watercolor

Students will learn about and engage in this free-flowing, transparent, and water-based medium. Beginning techniques include wet-on-wet, value development, textural applications, and color exploration. Students will begin using black and white values, while continuing toward the full range of color with still life and photographic-reference work. Experienced students are welcome and will concentrate on developing their own “personal series” in watercolors. This class meets each Monday from 6:15 to 8:15 pm at the Fountain Hills Community Center.

Intermediate Watercolor

Students will enjoy being able to expand on their previous knowledge of Watercolor and develop their skills even further. Experienced students are welcome and will concentrate on developing their own personal series in watercolors and other media. This would be a good class for the participant who has taken the begging Watercolor class previously. This class begins on June 6th, and meets each Tuesday from 6:15 to 8:15 pm at the Fountain Hills Community Center.

Oil Painting

Learn about color mixing, brushes, mediums and how to begin and execute a simple painting. This class will take you step-by-step and you will come away with a true understanding of how to paint with oils. The first class will be about paints, brushes, mediums and supports. A basic drawing class is preferred but no experience is needed and intermediate students are welcome.

This class is all about learning to be expressive and excited about painting! It will be a fun class to learn about the joy of painting and the use of other media. A supply list will be provided upon registration. This class meets every Wednesday beginning June 7th, and starts at 6:15 to 8:15 pm.

Oil and Acrylics

This class is for students with some experience in painting with acrylics or oil paint. After a brief review of color dynamics and painting techniques, students will each paint separately … each expressing their vision as they see it. Students will use photographs or their own still life setup when they paint. This is not an analytic or academic approach, but is designed to encourage each painter to paint from within and express themselves visually with color, shape and form such as landscapes, floral, portraits,abstracts … in realistic, contemporary, impressionistic techniques are encouraged. Instructor works with everyone as needed.  Oil and Acrylics begins on June 8th, and runs for six weeks. Classes meet every Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For more information on each class, please visit the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services website: https://apm.activecommunities.com/

 

Get Dancing this Summer, Fountain Hills!

Summer is near, Fountain Hills! And lucky for you, the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is offering plenty of opportunities to get involved in the dance scene this May. Whether you’re a professional dancer or an enamored spectator, be sure to check out these classes we’ve rounded up here!

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The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is offering plenty of dance lessons this summer.

Country Two-Step Dancing

If you enjoy country music and line dancing, then this is the class for you! From Two Stepping to Country Swing and Country Waltz, you will soon see how exciting is to Country dance! Get noticed on any country dance floor with country dance lessons this summer, and watch your confidence soar. Classes run from May 6th to June 7th on Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm.

Swing Dance

Got that swing? Interested in learning to swing dance!? We have tons of great classes that will get you dancing the night away in no time! It’s a very simple structure that focuses on your footwork with basic movies and style. Dance to music such as rock, blues, and other fast and slow tempos. Let’s dance!  Classes run from May 3rd to June 7th on Wednesday from 6:00 to 6:50 pm.

Beginner Salsa Lessons

Salsa isn’t just a topping at Mexican restaurants—it’s also a spicy dance technique. Learn the fancy footwork, hip sways and spins of the social dance, so make sure to sign up for these dance classes for adults and steal the spotlight the next time you go out dancing. Classes run from May 3rd to June 7th on Friday from 7:00 pm to 7:50 pm.

Registration for each class is $60.00, and will be held at the Love 2 Dance Studio on 16719 East Palisades Blvd.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Home

Make the Month of May one to Honor and Remember Our Fallen Veterans and Emergency First Responders

With May upon us, it’s time to honor and remember our fallen veterans and emergency first responders of families across Arizona. May has been declared Honor and Remember Month, and to honor the memory of those whose who sacrificed their lives the American Legion, and the Arizona state chapter of the Honor and Remember Organization will be hosting a week-long of remembrance starting on May 14th, 2017. The Honor and Remember Organization pays tributes to all military lives lost, not only while serving active duty but also as result of serving; this year it has also included the lives of emergency first responders.

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The Honor and Remember Flag has the name, rank, and date of death  of the service member.

Three Hundred and Forty “Honor and Remember” Flags will be placed east of the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial in Fountain Park. The “Honor and Remember” Flag is a specific and dedicated symbol of remembrance. Each flag has the name, rank, and date of death, and represents a family in Arizona that has loss a service member. The flags will be on display in Fountain Park from May 14th through May 21st. On Saturday, May 20th, an Honor and Remember Ceremony will take place.

Mayor Linda Kavangh will be presenting the proclamation at 10:00 am, and Master of Ceremonies is Mike Broomhead, Radio Show Host with KFYI. The Keynote Speaker will be Amanda Marsh, wife of Superintendent Eric Marsh, the man who led the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Various organizations from around Fountain Hills

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Flags will be on display in Fountain Park from May 14th through May 21st.

will be assisting with the ceremony to honor and remember the veterans and emergency first responders.

Come bring your family and join the crowd, as we honor those that proudly served and protected our great nation…all while enjoying the beauty of our community and fountain in the background.

For more information go to www.honorandremember.com, or contact Judi Beischel of the American Legion at 480-229-1581.