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Putting Down Roots in Fountain Hills

Native Plants, Desert Trails and the Desert Blooms Return

Carpet of Flowers at Saguaro lake

Desert Bloom at Goldfield Ranch

After a rainy winter like we have had in 2017, March is a riot of color in the Sonoran Highlands.  A short drive to Goldfield Ranch Subdivision, (just one exit west on the Beeline Highway past the Fort McDowell Casino), or on to the picnic areas of Saguaro Lake, the Poppies, Desert Lupine and Hedgehog cactus are indicative of the fragile season our native plants have to mature and refresh for the next growing season.

 

Theater Thursdays at the River of Time Museum  Features talk on Fountain Hills Native Plants

The River of Time Museum’s “Theater Thursdays” during the winter season are brown-bag lunch gathering featuring interesting talks on subjects of local history and interest.  The March session features Master Gardiner Rita Applegate providing interesting insights about native plants in the area, many of which have both food and medicinal value. (Rita is also a moving force behind the new Community Garden, and can answer questions about the garden after her presentation).

Bring your own lunch or snack; water and soft drinks are available for sale on site.

“Theater Thursdays” are free for Museum members ($35 per year for a family which includes extra free admissions for a guest or two) and with the modest Museum admission of $5.00.

12:00 p.m., Museum Courtyard 12901 N. La Montana Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ, 85268

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden

P Bar Dam on Botanical Trail

Desert Trail

Once you’ve learned a bit about the native plants that make our Sonoran Desert so diverse, you might want to spend some time in Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden.  Founded by Jane Haynes in 1975 as a wildlife preserve, the Garden is 8 acres with elevation from 1696 to 1800 feet.

On December 14, 2006, the Fountain Hills Botanical Society Volunteers under the auspices of the Town of Fountain Hills agreed to restore the original garden trail as an educational and hiking destination. Twenty nine Sonoran Desert plants are identified along the half mile meandering trail that has been constructed on the desert slopes. The trail allows for interesting views of rock formations, desert flora, animal life and an abandoned P-Bar Ranch campsite next to the April 25, 1941 constructed dam wall visible from the trail.

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden, open dawn to dusk

11300 N Fountain Hills Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills

#1 Desert Flowers

Beautiful Sonoran Cactus

The Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills is a group of avid hikers and trail-building volunteers who have made hiking trails a part of our everyday living in Fountain Hills.  The group organizes hikes in many of the pristine desert areas within a 50 mile view of fountain Hills, as well as work during the winter season to create and maintain significant hiking access with trailheads as close as the east side of Fountain Park.

The volunteers arm of the Conservancy, the Trailblazers, develop and maintain hiking and nature trails in the Preserve. A number of people have been trained and have gained considerable experience in trail building.  The program is generally active from October through April. Click here for contact information.

http://www.scfh.org/current_hike_scheduleNEW.html

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Fountain Hills Adventures: Saguaro Lake in its Spring Splendor…

Saguaro Lake State Park is a 20 minute scenic drive north of Fountain Hills on the Beeline Highway.  While this oasis in the desert offers boating, cruising, picnicking and lake-front dining at the Marina, in March is all about the wildflowers.

This year’s winter rains guarantee a carpet of California poppies, Indian paintbrush, and in many places, lush stands of desert lupine, (Bluebonnets to ya’ll from Texas!). Depending on the weather, you may see the beginning of a wide array of fragile cactus blooms, known to many as “Nature’s Fireworks.” Tiny purple Hedgehog Cactus, Prickly pear and Ocotillo start to show their stuff as the days warm up toward the end of the month of March.

#1 Desert Flowers

California Poppies

Catching a bite at the Marina is a pleasant respite, with both indoor and outdoor dining and a Friday Fish Fry that is a local favorite. A cruise on the Desert Belle is a perfect way to introduce visitors to the history of the area, see some primitive wild lands without hiking, and if you are really lucky, some of the mountain sheep that watch from the cliffs above.

A true “Arizona Experience” awaits at the Park’s Butcher Jones Beach area: An un-fenced herd of wild horses.  The area has top kotch picnic area with tables, barbeques, toilet facilities, and easy parking with handicapped access.  But for most visitors, it’s all about the Wild Horses. This beautiful herd of numbers 75+ and they frequent the beach area for easy access to water. It is important to note that these are wild creatures, however, and in the spring are somewhat elusive and protective of their foals. But it’s a thrill of a lifetime if you are lucky enough to capture a glance of the heard, and really something if you catch a picture or two.

4 PEAKS FROM sAGUARO lAKE

4 Peaks With Saguaro Lake

So toast the sunset from the veranda of the Marina, take a cruise, or just pack a PB and J, and catch the “March Magnificence” of the Sonoran Desert highlands.  Just another Fountain Hills Experience that is truly “one of a kind.”

Saguaro Lake Marina

14011 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215, 480-986-5546

8 a.m. – 10p.m. (call to confirm hours and weather conditions at the lake).

Desert Belle Cruises

14011 N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215; 480-984-2425

(Reservations are necessary, especially on weekends).

 

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Ready to Hit the Trail in 2017

 

So you’re ready to hear the crunch of pebbles under your feet and see the world from above. We’ve rounded up 4 of the best hiking outings going on this in week on McDowell Mountain for your next adventure. Time to lace up your boots and hit the trail…senderismo-en-irlanda

January 12, 2017

Escorted Sunset Walk in the Desert

Experience the majesty of walking in the Sonoran Desert at sunset.  Join the Ranger for this hike that will begin as the sun sets, but will end in the light of the full moon. Dress warmly, bring flashlights and come prepared for about a 3-mile hike. Meet at the Trail-head Staging Area at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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

January 13, 2017

Friday Fitness Hike Wagner Trail-head

Want to add a hike to your fitness routine? This week’s hike will begin from the Wagner Trail-head, and will be led by Kevin B. Hike distance will be between 8-12 miles. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortablesenderismo-1 shoes & clothing.  Meet at the Wagner Trail-head at 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

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

January 13, 2017

Moonlight Hike in the Desert

The Sonoran Desert by moonlight is breathtaking!  Join the Ranger for this guided night hike by the light of a full moon. Dress warmly, bring flashlights and come prepared for about a 2-mile hike. Meet at the Competitive Track at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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

Phone: (480) 471-0173

January 14, 2017

Self-Guided Hike on the North Trail

The North Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It is a 3-mile loop trail that has an accompanying interpretive pamphlet. It is rated as “easy” and suitable for most folks who want to get out and enjoy a hike. Come out and enjoy a walk, at your own pace. Interpretive pamphlets are available at the trail-head. Stop by the Visitor Center if you need directions!

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

 

 

November Activities in Fountain Hills

 

november-pic-1hello-novemberThe Cup of Festivities “Runneth Over” in November!

Some celebrations are reflective, like our observance of Veteran’s Day at Fountain Park, while other events, like the Thanksgiving Day Parade, offer opportunities to share happy traditions with friends and family. But most of all, the beautiful Fall weather in Arizona beckons us outside to enjoy Sonoran Lifestyle at its finest.

 

World-class Tennis, Internationally ranked endurance Cycling races, The Fall Festival of the Arts, the Turkey trot, and the Southwest’s largest Thanksgiving Day parade…just a few of the hundreds of multi-generational happenings in the lush Desert Foothills we call home.

 

NOVEMBER 1, 2016:  Join the Teen Outreach to our Military Personnel

pic-2-letters-from-homeIf you are a Teen looking for a simple way to make a positive difference in the lives of others, why not take a few minutes and send a supportive message to a US military member? With family holiday time approaching, your thoughtfulness will lift the spirits of the men and women serving far from home.  This project will run throughout the month of November, just drop by the Teen area in the Fountain Hills Public Library, and write a heart-felt note.

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

NOVEMBER 1, 2016:  Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Adult Book Discussion Group at Fountain Hills Library

Made a few orbits around the Sun since you studied “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau in High School or College? Take another look at this hallmark of American Literature as seen through the lens of your life experiences. The Fountain Hills Reading Club meets monthly to explore unique and interesting best sellers, some new and unusual, and some, like this one, standards worth revisiting.  Discussion questions and meeting dates are available in our Reading Club booklet at the Customer Service Desk.  3-5 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

November 1-5, 2016:  The CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament 

24-octoberpro-challenge-aceing-autismSonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is proud to once again be among the sponsors bringing the Copperwynd Pro Challenge Tennis Tournament to Fountain Hills. This nationally-ranked professional event is taking place literally in our “back yard,” and it affords a rare opportunity to watch the professional elite in action.

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging $10,000 to $100,000, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. This is only one of two USTA events held in Arizona, and the circuit has an international following.

pc-player-montage-women-ticketThe USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, James Blake, Li Na, Andy Murray and Mardy Fish are among top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The field for the CopperWynd Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level typically feature players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world. They are stepping-stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like the Australian and US Open.

All seats are excellent, but the ticket sales are brisk.  Don’t miss this adventure; Click here for event schedule and tickets:  CopperWynd Resort 480 333-1900

 

NOVEMBER 2, 2016:  Break out your Hiking boots!

nov-3-bootsThe North Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It is a 3-mile loop trail that has an accompanying interpretive pamphlet. It is rated as “easy” and suitable for most folks who want to get out and enjoy a hike. Come out and enjoy a walk at your own pace, surrounded by the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Ranger Amy will be roving around on the trail to greet you and help answer any questions between 9am-11am. Interpretive pamphlets are available on the trail (approximately 0.1-mile past the trailhead). Stop by the Visitor Center if you need directions.  (480) 471-0173

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

 

NOVEMBER 2,9,23, 30, 2016:  Join Teens Across the Nation for National Novel Writing Month 

Are you one of the talented teens participating in National Novel Writing Month?  The staff at the Fountain Hills Library wants to help you reach your 50,000 word goal! Take a break from writing at home and visit the library for a change of scenery and maybe some much-needed encouragement–they’ll have computers, supplies for those of you who prefer writing by hand, snacks, and writing challenges.

Come connect with other NaNoWriMo participants, have some fun, and add to your word count!  2:30-4:30 p.m., Library Reading Lounge

Fountain Hills Public Library:  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2016:  Fountain Hills Art of the Avenue/Farmer’s Market

 

nov-4-art-on-the-avenueArt on the Avenue’s 7th season is underway once again. The event is held each Thursday from 11-5 p.m. on the East median of the Avenue of the Fountains. 50 Artists display one of a kind art, including many reasonably-priced gifts. If you love the quality of the juried artists during the mega-Art Fairs in Fountain Hills, but don’t care for the crowds, this is the perfect Show for you.

 

Convenient parking in the lot behind Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate puts you at the center of the market, and we love to see your treasures on the way home!  (Interested in participating? Call Judi Yates at 480-837-6645.)  11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Avenue of the Fountains.

From Shea Blvd, take Saguaro Blvd North approximately 2 miles to the Avenue of the Fountains.

 

NOVEMBER 4-20, 2016:  “The Assassins” at Fountain Hills Theater


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“Assassins” lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.  (note: adult themes and language).

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/

 AND—-The Theater’s on-going “Rafflemania” Fundraiser.

nov-5-a-fht_rafflemania“Rafflemania” is a fun and rewarding fundraiser to benefit theater operations.  Raffle tickets are available at four levels: $30; $60; $90; $100.

Each of the ticket levels represents a different level of prize—a winning $30 ticket = Theater tickets, while higher levels of ticket sales represent tickets, jewelry, meals and a variety of other valuable prizes.  Tickets can be purchased at the theater office any time or during regular performances.

Next Drawing:  after Theater performance on December 18th, 2016

CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE TO PURCHASE: 480-837-9661 x3

 

NOVEMBER 4, 11, 18, 25, 2016:  Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park

Keep fit and enjoy the amazing views as your group of hearty hikers salute the sunrise.  These hikes are intended for experienced hikers, as they are in challenging terrain and range between 5-10 miles.  Each hike departs from a different trail head, so consult the events page for McDowell Mountain Regional Park, or call for more detailed information.  6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Phone: (480) 471-0173

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

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 4, 2016:  Fountain Hills Artists Gallery Class Series

Wire Wrapped “Dream Catcher” with Jeweler Elizabeth Tucker

Jeweler Elizabeth Tucker will help 10 students create a unique 3-inch wire wrapped Dream Catcher

You will have two choices of wire to choose from, (non-tarnish silver-plated or an antique copper) and a   variety of beads to choose from. There will be additional beads available to purchase. Class is limited to 10 participants, and the $38.00 fee covers instruction and supplies.

Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)

 5-7pm (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 6, 2016:  “A Four Peaks Christmas” Art Class with Gloria M. Sanchez at FH Artists’ Gallery

Join Gloria for 2 ½ hours of FUN as she guides you to paint “Four Peaks with a Holiday Saguaro” under a star filled moon! You will have various crystals & ornaments to decorate your saguaro plus, choices between a 3D Santa hat or a bright shiny star to top off your saguaro.  You finished acrylic painting will be on a 12”x16 canvas. Templates will be provided for those who wish to use them. Class limit is 8.  

$35.00 all supplies included & No Experience Necessary

 Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)

 4-6:30 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

 NOVEMBER 6, 2016

Free Family Movie in the Park (scheduled)

Check Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Website for more details.  http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/events/2016/movie-in-the-park

 

NOVEMBER 6, 2016:  Mountain Bike Fun Group Ride

Join this beginner-friendly group social ride at McDowell Mountain Park.

Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area; all skill levels are welcome. Many of McDowell’s trails are beginner friendly.  Join other like-minded folks to hit the trails in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Ride will be led by a park volunteer(s). Riders must wear a helmet and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike). Wheels down at 8:00am, so please arrive early for any prep time you may need. Please contact amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov with any questions.

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 7,14,21,28, 2016:  Preschool Weekly Reading Group:  “Folklore and Turkey Tales”

Children 3-5 years old are invited to join us on the first four Mondays of each month for age appropriate stories, activities, & crafts that focus on developing early literacy skills. This month’s theme is “Folklore and Turkey Tales”; all kiddos must be accompanied by an adult.  10-11 a.m.; Library: Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

NOVEMBER 8,10,15,17, 2016:  Teens Make Decorations for the Fountain Hills Candy Cane Carnival

 

nov-8-hand-made-tree-decoThanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and we’re starting to feel the holiday spirit!  Grab a friend and stop by the teen area and help us make holiday decorations for our tree at the Fountain Hills Candy Cane Carnival. We will be decorating the Tree on November 19th—we’re counting on our Teen’s creativity to make our tree the most festive!

4 Craft Sessions; Tree Decorating on November 19; 3-5:00 p.m.

 

Teen Corner

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2016:  “Arizona Cardinal” with Ruth Stewart

nov-9-az-cardinalDiscover hidden talents and create your own “Arizona Cardinal” painting as Ruth Stewart guides her class of budding artists through her fail-safe instruction process. Using completely safe, non-toxic water miscible oils, her step by step approach will result in a charming 5”x7” painting on a gallery wrapped canvas featuring one of Arizona’s best loved birds, and there’s even pizza during a mid-class break!

Class is limited to 10 participants, and the $45.00 fee covers instruction and supplies.

 

Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. Questions? Call the Gallery at 480-836-9919.

 5-9pm (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2016:  Fido-friendly Social hike at McDowell Mountain Park

Meet the Ranger at the Wagner Trailhead for this Fido friendly dog walk.  Meet your neighbors, and their furry friends on this easy, social hike. Learn tips to help keep your dog safe while you camp in the desert. Please make sure to have enough water for you and your dog. All dogs must be on a leash, and owners are required to clean up after their pets.

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2016:  Veteran’s Day Celebration at Memorial in Fountain Park

 

nov-10-vfw-colorguardLocal veteran’s organizations will honor Veterans with a traditional color guard and remembrance at the War Memorial in Fountain Park.  The stirring setting is an uplifting backdrop to remember our men and women in uniform who have bravely fought for justice. This year’s event is organized by FH AmVets, with color guard by the FH VFW.

 

9 a.m.  Fountain Park on the South side; entrance and parking on El Lago Blvd.

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2016:  Sunset to Star-gazing Hike
nov-11starlight-hike-2Join easy hike to enjoy some stargazing! On Friday, 11/11/16, Veteran’s Day, all active and inactive military personnel will receive free day-use entry to Maricopa County Parks!

As the sun sets over the Sonoran Desert, join the Park Ranger and Fountain Hills Astronomy Club for a 3-mile hike to learn about the stars above. There will be frequent stops on this hike to provide an opportunity for stargazing. Please bring a flashlight, water, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing to be outside for a few hours.

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 11, 12, 13, 2016:  FOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CRAFTS

nov-12-fountain-hills-festivalImagine this:  kick off the day with an affordable “lumberjack breakfast” at the Kiwanis booth, lunch with the Rotary Club, and evening cocktails at the VFW Biergarten! And in between munches, you can stroll the Avenue of the Fountains, select Christmas gifts from your favorite vendors, find new treasures with a wide variety of Artisans, and revel in your good luck to be living in beautiful Fountain Hills.

The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts is one of the premier arts and crafts events in the entire Southwest, drawing nearly 500 artists of all types are center stage for three days each November in Fountain Hills. For everyone’s safety and security, you are encouraged to leave your pets at home, but kids and husbands are “OK.”

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Blvd

 

NOVEMBER 12, 26, 2016:  Unleash the Power of your E-devices!

 

nov-13-kindle-e-readerFancy E-devices can be very handy—if you know how to unlock their mysteries, that is. Bring your questions about downloading library items to your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other device, and we can help you feel “smarter than a 5th Grader.”  Please bring your fully charged portable device, device instructions, USB connection cable, library card and laptop (if you have one). Devices should be set up with e-mail account access and passwords.  12:30-2:00 p.m.; Library Conference room

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2016:  Free Animated Family Movie and Popcorn at the Library

 

Land Before Time

Land Before Time

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus makes an unlikely human friend in this animated film (Rated PG). (Perhaps “The Land Before Time?”) 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. A related children’s activity sheet will be available at the end of the movie. Once completed, it may be exchanged for a small prize.  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Library Conference Room

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 14, 2016:  “Holiday Art Cards” with watercolor & collage With Metal Artist April Bower

 
apri-brower-holiday-cardsJoin metal artist, April Bower to create a collection off hand-made Holiday Art Cards!  Glittering gold & silver, copper & red will add sparkle to your unique watercolor art cards.  April is a gifted artist and teacher, and you will have her guidance and the choice of art papers, metallic leaf and paint. By the end of the evening you will have created six cards and envelopes that you will be proud to mail to friends and family. Class size is limited to 10; $49 fee covers all supplies.

Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by cash or check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. Questions? Call the Gallery at 480-836-9919.   5-9 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2016:  “A Four Peaks Christmas” Art Class with Gloria M. Sanchez

Join Gloria for 2 ½ hours of FUN as she guides you to paint “Four Peaks with a Holiday Saguaro” under a star filled moon! You will have various crystals & ornaments to decorate your saguaro plus, choices between a 3D Santa hat or a bright shiny star to top off your saguaro.  You finished acrylic painting will be on a 12”x16 canvas. Templates will be provided for those who wish to use them. Class limit is 8.  

$35.00 all supplies included & No Experience Necessary.

 Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)   5-7:30 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2016:  Celebrate National “Take a Hike” Day

nov-16take-a-hikeTake advantage of National Take-a-Hike day with FREE entry into the park today! Join the Ranger for an interpretive walk along a desert wash trail. We will hike along the wash and discover some of the secrets of this beautiful area. Hike will be approximately 2 miles. Please make sure to have plenty of water and closed–toed shoes. Portions of this hike will be in a desert wash trail which can have deep sand, so please plan accordingly. Meet at the 4 Peaks/Horse Staging Area (make the first right turn after park entry station).  10-11:30 a.m.

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2016:  Fountain Hills Library “Teens Giving Back” Program

If you’re looking for service learning hours or are looking for something nice to do for others with Thanksgiving approaching, then visit the library for our Teens Giving Back program. Come make “Blessing Rocks” for the volunteers of Meals on Wheels to give out with the meals they deliver.  Missing your Grandma or Grandpa or an Auntie or Uncle you hold dear?  Brighten the day for someone just like the ones you hold dear. We’ll be crafting from 5:30-7:30, so drop by and stay for as long as you can!

Fountain Hills Library Teen Corner; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

NOVEMBER 18, 19, 20, 2016:  Orme Dam Victory Days

nov-17-ft-mcdowell-reservationEach November, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona celebrates their 1981 victory over the federal government, who proposed to construct the Orme Dam at the confluence of the Verde and Salt Rivers. The project would have flooded the reservation and relocated the Yavapai people. With limited financial resources, individuals from the community spearheaded an opposition movement that rallied the support of fellow tribal members, other Indian tribes and non-Indian groups.

By referendum in 1976, the community members voted 144 to 57 against selling their land to the federal government for the dam site. Then on November 12, 1981, after consulting with the Fort McDowell Tribal Council and the Governor’s Advisory Committee, Interior Secretary James Watt announced that Orme Dam would not be built.

The annual victory celebration includes:

  • Intertribal Powwow
  • All-Indian Rodeo
  • Basketball, softball, and golf tournaments
  • Yavapai Village, showcasing cultural performances from different tribes of the Southwest
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Authentic native food vendors

The Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds located on Hwy. 87 about 3 miles east of Shea Blvd.

https://nativeamerica.travel/experiences/fort-mcdowell-orme-dam-victory-days-pow-wow

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Introduction to Archery at McDowell Mountain Park

Archery is fun for people of all ages.  Participants will experience a safe introduction to international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. Space is limited. RSVP required. To RSVP, email amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov.  Additional details will be provided.  10-11:30 a.m.

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

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

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  “12 Hours of Fury” Cycle Race at McDowell Mtn Park

Fury NoBACKThe 12 Hours of Fury will test your body, mind and mountain biking skills. Beginning and ending at The Four Peaks Staging Area in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the 15 mile loop is smooth, fast and fun. The most loops in 12 hours wins the championship!

10 a.m. start; pre-registration required. Print and mail your application:  12 Hours of Fury

http://4peaksracing.com/events/12-hours-of-fury-2016/

Location: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 United States

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Celebrating Native American Heritage Month  In Fountain Hills

nov-19-jay-begayCelebrate Native American Heritage month with the dancing and stories by Jay Begay and Sons, and cultural foods and snacks by Chef Chrys Kill. Children will be invited to create his or her original sand painting.  Join us in the Centennial Circle between the Library and the Community Center. Join in this festive family celebration of Native American Heritage in Arizona.  10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Centennial Courtyard

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Celebrate International Games Day at the Library

It’s International Games Day, so bring the entire family to the library and let the play begin! If you enjoy playing tabletop games like Fluxx, Cranium, and Apples to Apples then this program was made for you! Games are multi-generational, and this perfect for all ages form teens to adults of all ages.  12:30-4:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2016:  Join the 26th Annual Fountain Hills Turkey Trot

turkey-trot-2016We are celebrating 26 years of trotting!

Thanksgiving morning is the day for a great Fountain Hills tradition and some exercise before you hit the mashed potatoes and gravy!

Registration will be open through November 17 in person at Fountain Hills Town Hall or Community Center or online the Town website: Turkey Trot Registration. http://www.fh.az.gov/293/Turkey-Trot-5K-Fitness-Walk

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2016:  Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade Ranks 4th and 5th on Google!

nov-21-thanksgiving-day-paradeWhen anyone “Google’s” Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Day Parade is in the Top % nationally—like in the same company as the Famed Macy’s Parade in NYC!  While we wouldn’t say there is actually a comparison with a multi-million dollar extravaganza, it is one of our Town’s most treasured traditions.

The Southwest’s largest Thanksgiving parade goes “Glam” this year.  The theme of the floats and exhibits promises a glittering display of “Hollywood Holidays.”  Families line the route with chairs, tailgate parties, with cameras ablaze.

So stuff that turkey, then join the fun starting at 9 a.m. — Parade route runs from Saguaro and El Lago to Palisades to La Montana.  Pack up the hot chocolate and doughnuts and come on Down!

Include your company or organization in the festivities—The Chamber of Commerce encourages interested parties.  For registration rules and participation details, check: http://fountainhillschamber.chambermaster.com/events/

9-10 a.m.; For best seating, plan to arrive between 8-8:30a.m.

4-6p.m. on Sunday evening (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 29, 2016:  Join the Fountain Hills Library Teen Council

Fountain Hills Branch Library wants YOU to join our Teen Council! The Fountain Hills Library, with the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library, provide hundreds of one of unusual activities and learning activities for the teens in the Fountain Hills area.  The Teen Council has a major role in the planning of activities and performances, and for improving the cozy Teen Corner.  This opportunity is open to teens from 12-18 years old.  Contact Heather Nelson for more information or drop in for more information on the 29th.

2:45-4:00 p.m. Library Conference Room

Fountain Hills Public Library

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

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

August Activities Move Inside Where It’s Cool!

 

#1 4 peaks morning 008

“How glorious a greeting the Sun gives the Mountains. – John Muir.

August in Arizona is known for its chaotic weather, including our famous dust-laden “Haboob” storms that roll across the Valley. But every morning and evening of the monsoon Fountain Hills is blessed with indescribably spectacular skies.

 

When we are fortunate enough to have an afternoon shower, our evenings cool down a bit, and Fall seems closer than three months away. Fountain Hills kids start school August 8, so we’ll want to be sure to watch them, just in case they forget they are sharing the road with us!

And please remember to patronize our area businesses in August—shopping local helps keep the variety and convenience of our unique retail and dining options prosperous and successful. Your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog each month for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.

 

 

Fountain Hills Library Hosts “Code Club for Kids”

#2 teens on laptopHave you ever wanted to make your own “App for That?”  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, registration is required by July 31, 2016.

Club for age group 14-19 will meet on August 1,8,15,22, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Club for age group 8-13 will meet on August 3,10, 17, 24, 31, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Contact: Christy Valentine
Contact Number: 602-652-3250

Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

August 3, 2016

Come to The Last ‘Wacky Wet Wednesday’ of the Summer!

#6 kids in sprinklerThe Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department and the Fountain Hills Fire Department invites kids of all ages to have some FREE fun in the sun at Four Peaks Park. Come on over and have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers and being sprayed by our very own Fountain Hills Fire Department. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon when it’s too hot to do anything else. These events are totally FREE, so come on out!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Four Peaks Park, 4597 N Del Cambre Ave, Fountain HillsAZ 85268

 

August 3, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Windows 10 Tips (course #2211)

New operating systems on the computer are always a bit mysterious until we unlock their secrets. Explore some of the features of this new operating system with other “newbies.” The class will look at some of the hidden features and ways to personalize your experience with the new system.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 4, 2016

“The Fort” Hosts Free Live Music Throughout the Summer

#7 ft-mogollon-band-shows-The air- conditioned Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino features free indoor live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Musical Styles range from Country Cover to Jazz, and a sprinkling of a little of everything in between.  August features two very favorite local Country bands, Mogollon and the Davey Arnold Band, (fresh off of the Country Thunder Tour). Check for specific acts and featured artists at www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows.

8/4, The Elevens; 9-11 p.m.

8/5 and 8/27, Furious George; 9-11 p.m.

8/7, 8/14, 8/14, 8/21 Mogollon, 4-8 p.m.; 8/18 Mogollon, 6-10 p.m.; 8/26 Mogollon, 9-1 am

8/14, Club Country, 4-8 p.m.; Club Country 8/20 9:30-1:30a.m.

8/13, Nine Ball 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

8/25, Shahabad’s, 6 p.m.

8/28, Davey Arnold Band, 4-8 p.m.

www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows

 

August 5,12,19,26 2016

McDowell Mountain Park Friday Fitness Hikes

Keep fit and enjoy the amazing views as your group of hearty hikers salute the sunrise.  These hikes are intended for experienced hikers, as they are in challenging terrain and range between 5-10 miles.  Each hike departs from a different trail head, so consult the events page for McDowell Mountain Regional Park, or call for more detailed information.

6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Phone: (480) 471-0173

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

 

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

 

August 6, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

#8 _PeanutsThe whole gang is back in this heartwarming story of a young man determined to impress the red haired girl, or love of his life. The film (rated G) will have you rooting for the underdog. 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. For families.

Movie will be shown in the Library conference and snacks will be provided.  All kids must bring their favorite adult.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FH Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

August 6, 2016

Arachnid Adventures in McDowell Mountain Park

#9 arachnid adventuresCome out and see the creepy crawlers of the night!  Join the rangers as we set off on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night to look for scorpions and spiders! Be sure to bring a flashlight, and a black light if you have one. Meet the Ranger at the Trailhead Staging Area.

8-9:00 p.m.

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

 

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

 

August 8, 2016

Fountain Hills Adult Mystery Discussion Club

#10 Mystery-273iz92Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Want
to discuss these books with other mystery lovers & discover new authors? Join the
Mystery Reading Group. The group will be discussing The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley. This brilliantly wicked first novel is a Debut Dagger Award winner with historical charm and unpredictable twists and turns. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m. Library Conference room

FH Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

August 12, 2016

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Create a “Fountain at Twilight” with Gloria M. Sanchez.  Join us for a fun evening of painting & wine! Follow Gloria as she guides you to paint a 12″ x 16” image of our beautiful Fountain and with a silhouette of Red Mountain behind it. Gloria adds Swarovski Crystals to all her art, so everyone will get some to add a little sparkle to your painting! Register today.

$30.00 all supplies included, plus a glass of wine! Class is limited to 6 participants.

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

August 13, 2016

Arizona Young Actor’s Cabaret

#11 AYAA Logo forCome and enjoy the Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance Cabaret featuring young actors and actresses from around the valley performing musical selections from popular musicals! The show will feature Andrey Lull, Anson Romney, Benny Cowans, Bryce Dilullo, Carter Palumbo, Darian Lorrain, Ethan Shanker, Haylee Klein, Jasmine Bassham, Joey J Grado, Mackenna Goodrich, Nathan Sheppard, Nicholas Hambruch, Sam Primack, Sarah Davidson, Sarah Pansing, Spencer Claus, Summer Beckman, and Vincent Pugliese!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Act Out! outreach program. www.actoutaz.org Learn more about Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance athttp://azyoungactors.blogspot.com/

8:00 p.m.; tickets are $8.00 online and $12.00 at the door

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/

 

 

August 13, 2016

Annual River of Time Spaghetti Dinner & Spectacular Auction – Tickets Available!

#12 Mini FountainHow about winning Free Pizza for a year from Little Caesars? Or a week in Mexico at one of the luxurious Vidanta Resorts? (The Mayan Palace in Rocky Point is one of their properties, as it the gigantic Grand Mayan in Cancun). Maybe an interior design refresher from Barbara Kaplan of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate—while munching $50 of chocolates from Chocofin?

You’re going to find things you didn’t even know you needed at the most amazing summer fundraiser of the season!

The River of Time Museum’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is one of Fountain Hills most enjoyable Fundraising events. But this year, the Dinner committee has really “kicked it up a notch!”   Tommy Holloway will entertain us while people are selecting items from the silent auction and during dinner!  More than 50 local businesses have donated goods and services, and a complete table for 8 is only $100!

Advance tickets are $15 for one person or $25 for two and can be purchased at Gridley’s, Sami’s, Kay Kinder’s Fountain Fashions, the FH Times or at the River of Time Museum between 10:00 to 2:00, Tuesday through Saturday.  Cost is $20 per person the night of the event.

There is still time to donate.  You may drop off at the Museum or call Debbie Skehen at 480-816-4186 to make other arrangements.

5:30 No host Cocktails and auction; dinner (Donated by Phil’s Filling Station) at 7:00.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 13, 2016

 

Summerland Tour 2016 at Fort McDowell Casino

Named one of the Ten best summer Package Tours by Rolling Stone!

#13 -summerland-tour-The 2016 edition features Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

Sugar Ray was one of the quintessential rock bands of the 90’s. Musical styles – from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop – are mixed and matched, resulting in a celebratory, swaggering collection that is distinctively and delightfully Sugar Ray.

Everclear is heavier, darker and more aggressive than ever. And frontman Art Alexakis has never been happier. As familiar as the sound of a jet engine and as visceral as a ride on a speeding motorcycle.

Lit, best known for their hit song “My Own Worst Enemy”, is prepared to both re-excite their longtime fans and win over new ones. Lit incorporates elements of punk, pop, grunge, heavy metal, and alternative.

Sponge is one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters, gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata”. With hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles),” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and MTV. Tickets Starting at $35 | Buy Tickets > 

Doors Open 6PM, Show Starts 7PM | This Is an Outdoor Event.

www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/promotions/summerland-tour-2016

 

August 16, and 21, 2016

 14 Thread paintingFountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Thread Painting-Rita Chester

 Come play with fiber artist Rita Chester & create your own Cactus “Thread Painting”. You will be using threads in an assortment of colors as well as various beads to complete your painting.  And no sewing is involved! After you complete your painting, Rita will frame it and it will be ready to hang when you get home! No Experience Necessary; Class is limited to 6; $55.00 all supplies included.

Tuesday, August 16, 12-4 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, 1-5 p.m.

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

 

August 17, 2016

Community Center Computer Skills Classes

There’s an App for That!  Unleash the power of your I-devices. There are millions of apps available including games, entertainment, weather, and news programs, so we will share some of our favorite picks with you.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 18, 2016

#15 moonlight hikesMcDowell in the Moonlight —Adults Only

Join the Ranger for a guided hike as the sun sets and the full moon rises. There is a beautiful time to experience the desert. Plan for up to a 4-mile hike. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

7-9:00 p.m., McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/

 

August 19-28, 2016

#16 30yearsTheShowwt-300x263Fountain Hills Theater Retrospective

30 Years: The Show!

Fountain Hills Theater celebrates 30 Spectacular seasons with a special summer cabaret.

Take a nostalgic romp back through the dozens of shows you’ve loved over the years. Thirty of our finest performers will present a musical revue of three decades of award-winning shows. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.

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/

August 24, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Where did my file disappear to?  (Class #2213W)

Have you ever had difficulty finding a file or photo that you know you saved on your computer? Learn how (where) to save, copy, move, delete and find your files.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00; F H Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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→Please Note:  Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events.  Please consult the websites or better yet, call to confirm information about any events listed herein.

Save the Date: July Activities in Fountain Hills

July Heralds the Return of the Monsoon —
Life-giving Rain Clouds Thunder Over the Mountains in Spectacular Array

July #1 Monsoon Sky FHMonsoon Storm watching is almost addictive in the Sonoran Desert Summer. The clouds gather every afternoon…sometimes a welcome veil of misty sun-cover, but most often pile upon pile of towering clouds climb up and over the mountains, bringing the hope of life-giving rain to the welcoming desert.

As the air cools the rain-scented air, we gather on our patios to wonder at the breathtaking color and form playing out across the gathering dusk. And if we’re lucky, the lightning and thunder will produce much-needed rain. At times like these, we can’t help thinking, “If you’re lucky enough to live in Fountain Hills, you’re lucky enough!”

July #2 lighteningYour friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog each month for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.
Please Note: Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events. Please consult the websites or better yet, call to confirm information about any events listed below.

July 1-10, 2016

Lend Me a Tenor

The Fountain Hills Theater excels at the Musical Farce, and Lend me a Tenor is a grand addition to their catalogue of entertaining hits. Merelli is about to revive Pagliacci for the ten-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. Who is cavalier enough to replace him?

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/

July 1-31, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike, McDowell Mountain Preserve
Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park are a favorite of experienced hikers. Each hike leaves from a different trail area, so consult the Park’s event calendar for details.
This hike distance will be between 8-12 miles, and starts OUTSIDE OF THE PARK at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, off of 128th Street in Scottsdale (off of Dynamite). This is a difficult hike that involves a good amount of elevation and loose rocks. A hiking pole is recommended for this hike that starts in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Please call the Park if you need directions to the Trailhead. Hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes & clothing.
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

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

July 4, 2016

Pic #5 4th ath the FountainThe Fabulous 2016 “Fourth at the Fountain” in Fabulous Fountain Hills

Everyone’s invited to join in a Town-wide celebration of Independence Day, The Fourth at the Fountain. Admission and all games and entertainment is free! The sight of the amazing fireworks reflected in Town Lake is unforgettable.
Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic, and plan to join friends and neighbors for a fun-filled celebration at Fountain Park. Food vendors will be on hand with Italian Ice, Frozen Lemonade, and other goodies to help you beat the heat. Please note the following considerations:
 No glass containers
 No alcoholic beverages
 No personal fireworks or sparklers
 Pets should be left at home for their safety and the safety of others.

Picnic and family activities start at 6:00 p.m., including bounce houses and slides and DJ on the stage playing a wide range of music. The amazing fireworks over Town Lake starts at 9:00 p.m.
Details of the evening’s festivities can be found at:
http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/events/2016/fourth-at-the-fountain
https://www.facebook.com/fourthatthefountain/
Park Address: 12925 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 4, 2016

#6 John Michael MontgomeryJohn Michael Montgomery Headlines “4th! at the Fort”

Country legend, John Michael Montgomery headlines the 4th of July celebration at Fort McDowell Casino. He has had more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, of which seven have reached number 1: “I Love the Way You Love Me”, “I Swear”, “Be My Baby Tonight”, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, and “The Little Girl”.
Thirteen more have reached the top 10. “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” were named by Billboard as the top country songs of 1994 and 1995, respectively. Several of Montgomery’s singles crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, his highest peak there having been achieved by “Letters from Home” in 2004.
The doors open for this outdoor concert at 6:00; the show starts at 8:00, with fireworks following the music and dancing in the isles. Tickets start at $15.00 and can be purchased at the Casino or at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(800) THE.FORT
https://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/promotions/john-michael-montgomery

July 8, 2016
#7 boxing imagesThe theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Get motivated by watching these inspirational sports films! A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid-1980s. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library. Note: Due to film licensing rules, the title of the film cannot be published, but if you Google “Irish” Mickey Ward, you’ll find it easily on line.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 9, 2016

One of a Kind Adventure: Summer Night Ride at McDowell Mtn Park
Get out and enjoy the cool desert nights! These rides 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. It is highly recommended that you ride this trail during the day before coming out for a night ride. Fountain Hills Bikes ( http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/) supports these rides and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack, and often a movie. Meet at the Competitive Track in McDowell Mountain Park.
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

July 9, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

Join us to watch a movie about baseball and one man’s search for a star pitcher. The film (rated PG) teaches lessons about team work and family. Call 602-652-3000 for the movie’s title. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). Adult supervision is required at all times.
10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Room, 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 12, 2016

Children’s Ice Cream Social at the Library
Cool down the summer by making your own ice cream in the Library. Follow a simple recipe using a few basic ingredients and toppings to create a perfect treat. This is a family activity for “Children of All Ages,” but each kidoo needs to bring along an adult.
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 14,2016

Julu #11 Robotics PicRobotics Workshop-Heat Sync Labs
Let’s face it…The Fountain Hills Library is a hive of fabulous hands-on learning opportunities…and Robotics projects are a perennial favorite.

Eric Ose of HeatSync Labs is returning to the Library with a continued robotics program. Using an Arduino based robotics kit, with everything you need to connect the robots to computers and program them to drive around, learn about driving the robots. In 1 hour you will drive the robots in free autonomous mode. In 2 hours you will connect the whiskers and electronic components to use the bump sensing. For Teens 12-17 Years Old.

→Prior On-site Registration required…drop in today as registration closes July 14, 2016 at 1 p.m.

2:00-4:00p.m. Fountain Hills Branch Library, Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 16, 2016

July 9 Sonoran ToadCreepy Crawly Critters- Wet n’ Wild Program at McDowell Mountain Park
During the monsoon season, we see some creepy crawly desert dwellers that are active only during summer rains. We will have some of these LIVE creepy crawly critters on hand for you to learn about thanks to staff from Mesa Community College. They will bring out a few native toads, invertebrates and reptiles for you to see up close and personal. Stick around for a short hike after the presentation to look for these nocturnal critters! Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE; The County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!” That means program participants 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. 2. Families can only win one 4- pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild tickets for the 2016 season. 3. 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. 4. Only one 4-pack will be issued per program.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016

July 10, LegosLegos at the Library—A Full Week of Family Fun

Be creative while improving lateral thinking skills during one week a month at Legos in the Library. Kids will think in three dimensions as they problem solve, organize, and create with Legos. Work as a team on our Library Display Project or work individually on our monthly Lego Challenge. For Children 5-11 Years old. Adult supervision required at all times.

2:30-4:00 p.m. Daily, Monday through Friday, daily for one week

Fountain Hills Library, Children’s Areas

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

July 18, 2016

July 12- kids at campTown of Fountain Hills Partners to Bring Real Summer Camp to Town!

What summer is complete without a trip to summer camp? The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is partnering with Camp Colley to present an unforgettable summer camp experience for kids ages 8 to 17 years. This three or five-day camp is designed to teach riding skills, horse care, and outdoor recreational skills.

Life skills such as responsibility, empathy, and communication are emphasized in each activity. Campers ride a minimum of two hours per day in a series of riding lessons, games, and trail rides. Camp Colley partners with Hunkapi Horse Programs to provide this unique equine adventure. Campers will have additional activities including, but not limited to, hiking, nature education, mountain biking, archery, and arts and crafts.

Campers depart from Fountain Park (Splash Pad area) at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and return at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday depending on which camp. A detailed itinerary and required waivers will be made available upon registration.
Space is limited for these Camps; early registration is highly encouraged.

Camp Activities include:
o Archery
o Mountain biking
o Field trips to the local fire tower
o Nature education
o Hiking
o Arts and crafts
o Trail riding
o Evening camp fires
o Canoeing (5-day camp only)

Overnight camp inclusions:
o Transportation to and from camp
o Daily riding
o 1:4 Staff to Camper Ratio
o All meals and snacks
o Tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads

July 22, 2016

July 13 Field of Dreams photoKeep Cool with Free Adult Movie at Fountain Hills Library

Motivational Sports-themed movies are a continuing part of the Adult summer reading program. Due to film licensing agreements, we can’t publish the name of this movie, but think of the Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, who then interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields: “If you build it they will come”.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 25-27, 2016

July #14 Kids basketballBall Handling & Basketball Shootout Camp

If you’re between the ages of 6 and 18, you like basketball, want to learn the game or improve your technique, are willing to work hard, and you want to make friends and have fun in the process, Advantage Basketball Camp (ABC) is for you.
All skill levels are welcome, this camp will be geared toward beginner and intermediate players who want to develop skills, or any basketball players who simply needs to learn the value of self –discipline, practice, and enhanced self-confidence.
Community Services has partnered with Advantage who was named by Sports Illustrated for Kids as one of the top basketball camps in the country. Work with one of the top coaching staffs in the world. Our students will build on their ball-handling and court awareness skills by learning lightning-quick, one-handed moves off the dribble and a whole lot more.
PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more detail, including fees and schedules, http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

July 28, 2016

July #15Tibetian Bowl Hatha YogaHatha Yoga Class Refreshes and Restores

The Fountain Hills Library is offering an adult hatha yoga class to enhance your self-care. Long time yogi, Melanie Albert offers powerful, positive intentions for your life anchored with the music of her signature Tibetan Singing Bowl, along with Pranayama (yogic breathing), hatha yoga asana practice (poses with steady movement), and restorative Sava Sana with the beauty of the singing bowl.
You will feel energized, refreshed and restored with this class. The class is open to all levels: new to yoga, beginners and experienced. Please bring your own yoga mat or large beach towel for your practice.
3:00-4:30 p.m., Fountain Hills Library, Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 29, 2016

July pic #16“Didgeridoo Down Under” at the Library

Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy fusion of Australian music, culture, fitness puppetry, comedy, storytelling and audience participation. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for everyone. For Families (All Ages). Young children under 10 yrs. need to bring a pet adult.
10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

July 29, 2016
Library Lockdown: Gaming Overload for Teens (Registration Needed)
Start Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00
Play traditional games gone rogue! Oversized Dominoes, Jenga, and more. Each winner at a game will choose between a given prize or an additional submission to our ultimate Summer Reading Drawing Prize. Registration is required and a signed parent permission slip must be presented before entering the program. For Teens 12-17 years old. Registration at the Library information desk.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Cyclists Find Fountain Hills a ‘Match Made in Heaven’

bicyclistWith more than 390 miles of dedicated bike lanes, cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the astounding views in Fountain Hills. Bicycling and hiking are in the top 5 reasons regional folks visit the Fountain Hills. Serious riders find the Hills a challenging place to build strength and endurance for competitive riding, but all levels of riders come to enjoy our special slice of Sonoran Desert heaven.

 

Two local Bicycle stores serve local and regional riders alike.  Fountain Hills Bikes is located at the far north end of the city, convenient to the popular off-road trails available at McDowell Mountain Park. Offering sales, service and rental bikes for short or long term, this experienced crew has served more than two generations of area riders.

Biking GearFountain Hills Bikes   15225 N. Fountain Hills Blvd   480 836-8827

http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/

The world-renowned mountain bike tracks in McDowell Mountain Park offer three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders’ skills. The first track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain bikers who want to test their skills as riders. Joggers and equestrian riders are welcome to give the track a try too. The Long Loop of the track was designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider. This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, and steep inclines.  Recent competitions on these breathtaking hills have drawn more than 30,000 spectators.

 http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/Biking.aspx

McDowell Mountain BikesServing all ages and skill levels of riders, McDowell Mountain Cycles (MMC) is located on the south end of Saguaro Blvd.  Offering service, products, clothing and training, MMC hosts a number of rides offering exercise, coaching and fellowship.

Their popular Saturday “MMC Road Run” features three levels of riders, from Pro’s to the “Slow Go’s” starts at 7 am from Starbucks.  Schedules and activities vary, so check their website for details. Other rides of interest to area riders include:

mountain BikeDec 5: AES McDowell Mountain 60 – Fountain Hills, AZ

Dec 12: Dawn to Dusk – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 16: MBAA McDowell Meltdown – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 30: MBAA Estrella Hedgehog Hustle – Goodyear, AZ

Feb 12-14: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Tucson, AZ

MMC also hosts periodic all-ladies rides, which includes all skill levels and is beginning to draw riders from across the valley; details are posted on their informative website.

McDowell Mountain Cycles  11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  480 272-8741

http://mcdowellmountaincycles.com/mmc-life/

Desert Bloom 08 029Trails through Fountain Hills, McDowell Mountain Park and the McDowell Mountain Preserve are accessible from across the valley, giving thousands of outdoor enthusiasts’ access to some of the most pristine desert beauty in the world. So if you want to rent a bike for a few hours at Fountain Hills bikes, or biking is your “daily dose” of fitness, Fountain Hills is the perfect place to glide along under perpetual blue skies.  See Map My Ride link below for thousands of connecting trails across this glorious State.

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/fountain-hills-az/

New Trail Connecting Scottsdale and Fountain Hills!

June brings the opening of a new trail in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert 

Hikers will get to the new trail via the Sunrise and Lost Dog Wash Trailheads at the south end of the preserve. The land that is connected is the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. This new hike will be 2.5 miles long and will now give hikers direct access to the eastern McDowell Mountains and the land leading up to the Tonto National Forest.

The trail has yet to be officially designated, but they expect it to be named after the 2 gentlemen that were key in creating the preserves. The new path proposed name is Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

 

Friday Fitness Hikes!

The New Year is almost upon us and that means a fresh new start for 2014! McDowell Mountain Park is offering Friday Fitness Hikes starting on January 3rd with the Escondido Trail.

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Join Ranger Amy for an 8 am start to a 3 hour hike of the McDowell Mountain Park. Each week features a different trail so the exercise keeps fresh and the scenery stays engaging!

There is no fee for the activity but there is a vehicle entrance fee to the park of $6.

For more information please visit:    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/