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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!


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.

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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.


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


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, or contact Judi Beischel of the American Legion at 480-229-1581.

Ready for Action! Nerf Wars Might Just Be Up Your Alley

Are you looking for some active fun for your family this summer? Is your child ready to complete daring action-packed missions? The Fountain Hills Community Services is offering the newest and most exciting session of Nerf Wars here in Fountain Hills.


Ready for Battle!

Now don’t let the fact that this session utilizes those Nerf Blasters we all grew up with to lead you to think that this is just for kids. Players of all ages and even parents have realized that this just as fun as any other activity as you maneuver through indoors with your elite squad or as one man army.

Nerf Wars is a fun group activity that competing teams use their brains, bodies, and their toy blasters to compete missions. All missions are safe and family-friendly, allowing ages 6 and above to compete. Parents wanting to take in the fun must register themselves as their children.  Fountain Hills Community Services need a minimum of 10 participants to hold a battle, and a maximum of 18. If they do not reach the minimum number of participants before the schedule of Nerf Wars, they will cancel the battle.


Fun Group Activity of competing teams using their brains and toy blasters to complete missions.

Blasters, eye protection, darts and dart pouches will be on loan, but you may bring your own. Blasters must be stocked, and unmodified. All Nerf Blasters must be compatible with Nerf Elite or Boomco darts. No blowguns allowed.

Nerf Wars begins on Saturday, May 6th, and runs through Saturday, August 26th, 2017.  The registration fee is $10.00, and time is subject to change. To learn more , visit



Make This A Summer to Remember

“I’m bored.”

The two most dreaded words parents may hear from children who are free from the routine of school and uncertain about how to spend their time during summer break. Thankfully, parents have options. Planning is the key to making sure your child has a rich, fulfilling and memorable summer break. This year, why not forgo the traditional summer break for activities that gets your creative juices flowing.

Now is the time to sit down with your child and ask them what interests them or what they would like to try for the first time. Get your child involved in the planning process so they can point you toward a program that satisfies their curiosities. The Town of Fountain Hills offers a wide variety of activities this summer from sports camps to a Lego Robotics Workshop. The Fountain Hills Community Services has is at all to give your child an enriching, fulfilling summer they won’t ever forget!

Lego Robotics Workshop

Have you ever wanted to create a bird and programming it to chirp, or a lion and making it roar? The Fountain Hills Community Services is hosting a series of Lego Robotics Workshops through June, July, and August. This workshop will introduce


Lego Robotics Workshops

students to Lego Mindstorm Robotic Kits, and the programming it takes to make them do all the fun stuff. Learn how to design, build, and program the Lego Mindstorm NXT robots. The Registration fee is $30.00, and open to ages 8 – 14 years old.

Party in the Park

The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department invites Middle School Students to participate in their annual “Summer Party in the Park” series.  The event will run through June, July, and August.  Drop in to Golden Eagle Park from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a variety of games, music, and fun. No registration is required, and its students going into 6th -8th grades.

Family Fun Trip

Have you ever wanted to go tubing on the Salt River, but don’t want to have to drive to


Family Trip Tubing Down The Salt River

the venue? The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is hosting the second annual Family Fun Trip. Enjoy an awesome trip to the Salt River with your family. This trip is open to all families of all shapes and sizes. The event will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The registration fee is $25.


For more information on this and other summer activities, please check out the Fountain Hills Community Services website at



3 Summer Activities to Keep Your Little Ones Busy and Happy

Oh, the creativity begins!  Encouraging toddlers to explore the right things and not get into too many of the wrong ones is a challenge!  Attention span plays a part. Finding a fun activity this summer to keep your child happy and busy requires a little imagination and help from the Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department. Here you’ll find three amazing activities for your toddlers and preschoolers:

Parent-Tot Multi-Sport

Introduce your little one to the wide world of sports. Parents play an active role in this fun and active program. Your little ones will be introduced to a variety of sports,


Parent-Tot Multi-Sport Class

including: soccer, basketball, football, and more. The program focuses on teamwork, socialization, and motor-skill development. Two class sessions are offered in May and June. The first class begins on May 2nd which runs through May 30th. Class times begin promptly at 9:30 am at the Fountain Hills Community Center, and the registration fee is $36 dollars.


Want to introduce your little one to the world of baseball? Let them learn the fundamentals of baseball in a fun, safe environment! This class will focus on the basics of throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, and base running. This introduction class is a great way to start your future ballplayer out on the right track. Players must bring a baseball mitt. Two sessions will be offered in May and June. Class begins at 10:15 am on May 2nd and runs through the end of May. The age requirement is between 3 to 5 years of age, and the registration fee is $55.


Indoor Soccer League

Indoor Soccer League

Want to learn the fundamentals of soccer? Than this might be the class for your child. This program strives to provide a fun and safe atmosphere in which your child can learn respect, sportsmanship, and soccer skills.  All players receive equal playing time, and introduction to the fast-paced game of indoor soccer. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, and award. Two sessions will be offered at the end of June, and runs through the middle of July. The two sessions are being offered for two age groups one for  3-5 years, and 6 -10 years old. The registration fee is $65 dollars.

To sign up  for this or any other activity click here,

Spice Up Your Child’s Summer with Cooking Lessons

Spice up your child’s summer and get their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in the Junior Chefs program. The town of Fountain Hills is excited to offer your child an experience of a lifetime by exploring the world of culinary arts. A variety of cooking lessons are planned for the summer of 2017 at the Fountain Hills Community Center.  The lessons are geared to various ages and will teach about a wide variety of foods.

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Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking.

The Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking. Participants will receive instruction about recipes and preparation methods of various foods from around the world. Students will be taught key topics associated with cooking such as kitchen safety, cooking terms, and recipe structure. They will create a recipe book of the recipes covered during the class; so, they can repeat the recipe at home. Each class will cover a new recipe.

Classes will run one day per week this summer from the beginning of May until early August. Each class begins from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, and the age range is from 7 to 15 years old. The registration fee is $110 per child. To register for the class and to learn more information,


Hoppy the Bunny and 15,000 Easter Eggs!

Easter is around the corner, and the thrill of the (egg) hunt has stirred a primal hunger in children everywhere. But where, oh where, can a parent go to satisfy these chocolate-covered cravings? Your answer is Eggstravaganza at Golden Eagle Park on Saturday April 8th, 2017.

Take the family and scramble over to Golden Eagle Park to enjoy the morning as a family. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to 7 years and must be accoar-1404099201mpanied by an adult. Arrive early the hunt begins promptly at 9 am, and there will be 3 fields designated for 3 different age groups: ages 0-4. 5-7, and kids with siblings.

Get to the park early and have a hearty breakfast before the main event. The Extended Hands Food Bank will be on hand serving breakfast treats. The Fountain Hills Fire Department will have trucks to climb on and firefighters to show the kids their gears.

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Why stay inside when you can spend an evening as a family watching Pete’s Dragon at Fountain Park?

Fountain Hills is full of cool things to see and do this weekend. Here is one must do item to add to your weekend list.

Nothing says spring like spending time with your family watching a movie around the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain in Fountain Park. So, why stay insmovie-in-the-parkide when you can spend an evening as a family watching Pete’s Dragon?

After the death of his parents in a car accident, Pete finds an unlikely caregiver in the forms of a dragon named Elliot living in a forest in the Pacific NorthWest. Years later, a forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) discovers Pete and takes him in, but his attempts to adjust to a normal life are complicated by a man (Karl Urban) who wants to hunt down Elliot.

The event is free and open to kids of all ages. The movie begins at 7:00 pm in Fountain Park.

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Easter Sunrise Service in Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Community Celebration

The Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Fountain Park will draw thousands of friendly neighbors in the early hours of what promises to be a beautiful, sunny spring morning at 6:00 am by the Amphitheater at Fountain Park.


Easter Sunrise Service at Fountain Park

In this glorious setting, with the fountain providing a majestic backdrop, the Interdenominational Service is conducted by 8 participating churches and the Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association.  It is the perfect way to lift and celebrate the renewal of life.

Area residents bring blankets, lawn chairs, mugs of warm coffee and copious amounts of cheerful handshakes and hugs to greet those they might have seen last week or last year.

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Pastor Trent Renner

The service will feature Pastor Trent Renner from Christ’s Church of Fountain Hills who will give the main sermon on Easter Why’s. Lively song and music will be led by Debbie Fischer and the ensemble of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

So set the alarm, roust your family and don’t worry about donning the fancy Easter clothes.  Dress warm and be on time–it moves fast and ends promptly–then enjoy the rest of your day in the charming hometown atmosphere that is Fountain Hills!

Later, venture out to CopperWynd Resort for their annual Easter Egg Hunt which begins at 10:30 am on the CopperWynd Event Lawn. Over 1,000 eggs will be scattered for the little ones to find from the Easter Bunny himself. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to the public. Children 12 and under can participate in the fun.

May the Blessings of Easter Be With You and Your Loved Ones!

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Fountain Hills Adventures… Hi Ho—Hi Ho! It’s Amethyst You Know

We never tire of watching the purple shadows slipping across 4 Peaks and the Mazatzals at sunset. But unlike the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, our beautiful amethyst-colored hills actually contain that popular gem! Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills is fortunate to be the exclfour_peaksusive purveyor of 4 Peaks Amethyst, one of the most intensely-colored Amethyst varieties in the World. And Sami’s offers a rare opportunity to tour this amazing mine—accessible only on foot or helicopter—during their twice-yearly “I Took a Peak” Mine Tour.

 4 Peaks Amethyst in 5 Country’s Crown Jewels

As the light reflects a fiery magenta spark within the deep aubergine-colored stones, it’s easy to see why the Spanish explorers took this very same 4 Peaks Amethyst back to the Old World to Pic #2grace the crown jewels of 5 European countries. And you’ll feel that sense of history as you embark on this adventure of a lifetime atop 4 Peaks, or WeKoPa, a mountain held sacred for centuries by Native Americans long before the Spanish discovered its treasure.

Become an Amethyst Miner for a Day

#3 helicopter landing 054The helicopter trip is exciting in itself, but the second you step onto the tennis court-sized landing and walk to the mouth of the mine on a path paved with glittering crushed lavender amethyst, you might hear the Seven Dwarfs singing “Hi Ho, Hi Ho” to Snow White in the back of your memory. But these glittering stones give you a measure of how many un-usable crystals are chipped out of the mine—by hand, with a hammer and chisel—to produce a single gem-quality nugget.

4 Peaks Amethyst is Unique in the World


Unlike the typical geode clusters of Amethyst crystals, the 4 peaks amethyst is found in very large single crystals embedded in the granite of the mining cavern. The unique color of the stones is a product of high concentrations of manganese and iron which is also visible in the reddish color of the granite walls.

As a visiting ‘Miner’ you will don protective headgear, including lighted helmet, hammer and chisel and will be guided by one of the resident miners how to find and dislodge an amethyst crystal. You’ll notice that the mine is reinforced with sturdy timbers, and lighted by generator-driven lights.  Each timber is painted with an iridescent green arrow pointing toward the mouth of the mine that keeps you oriented deep inside the mountain.

It is intense work—every stone is harvested individually, evaluated, sent to a professional lapidary to be cut to best advantage, and then returned to Sami’s for design and setting. Most of the harvested crystals will be too light to be considered gem quality. But if you have beginner’s luck on your mining adventure, you might just find a perfect amazing stone for the ages. In Greek mythology, amethyst is said to ward off drunkenness, so even a medium quality stone will be a great find!

There is a little sadness in the helicopter ride back to reality.  You’ll see the silver of the life-giving creeks flowing with snow melt, and sometimes the coyotes and deer of the Tonto National Forest.  But some part of you will want to go right back and do it again—just to be sure it was real and not just a dream.

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