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The Ancient Mystery of the Casa Grande Ruins

Love a good mystery? Just an hour south of Fountain Hills, the Sonoran Desert holds one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.  The Casa Grande Ruins tells the story of nearly 2,000 ancient peoples known as the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert who occupied a massive compound for about 1,000 years before vanishing in the 1400’s.

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For over a thousand years, the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert inhabited the area around present day area of Casa Grande and Coolidge between 300- 1450 C.E.  In 1350, the Great House known as Casa Grande was built. Over 2,000 prehistoric farmers lived in the village, tending crops irrigated with water from the nearby Gila River diverted through extensive channels and canals. Then in 1450, the Hohokam vanished without a trace.

Since the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert left behind no written language, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins of villages, irrigation canals, and various artifacts. The only historic accounts of the Casa Grande ruins begin with the journal entries of Padre Eusebio Kino when he visited the ruins in 1694.

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Visit the Casa Grande Ruins to see what life was really like for the ancestral people of the Sonoran Desert. Stroll the site with a guided tour as the park rangers depict the life of these ancient people, and envision history come alive. Throughout the tour, see the outlines of several out buildings where the families lived, stored their grain, and where children played ball inside the walled compound. Bring your meal and enjoy the park grounds while you eat. The park picnic area is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Follow State Hwy 87 from Fountain Hills south 69 miles to the gates of the Casa Grande National Monument.  Guided tours from May through October are offered as staffing, weather, high temperatures, and group size allows. Entrance Fee for is $5 for ages 16 years and older. Children 15 and younger are free.  For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm.

Summer is the Season of Two-Wheeled Thrills in Fountain Hills

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Summer is the season of Two -Wheeled Thrills in Fountain Hills

Mountain bike enthusiasts can find a never-ending supply of downhill adventures this summer in Fountain Hills. With the ability to choose from these different mountain biking events from lift-served, cross country and freestyle terrain with accessibility for all rider levels.  From a beginner to an experienced rider, you might just discover your newest athletic addiction this summer.

 

McDowell Mountain Cycles Road Ride

Are you an early-bird? Then this bike ride is for you. Join the McDowell Mountain Cycles Road Ride every Saturday morning at 6:30 am at Starbucks on Palisades. Rides are typically 40 to 50 miles, and finish back at Starbucks for coffee and snacks. As always, bring a helmet, flat-fixing stuff, and a smile and let’s have some fun on bikes!

McDowell Mountain Cycles TNR Ride

Night riding is a fun way to take an all-ability mountain bike ride that’s become a staple of the Fountain Hills. Ride your favorite trails and mellow terrains of McDowell Mountain Regional Park, every ride is different each week. If you want to ride fast, don’t worry you’ll have some to chase, or if you want to ride slow, you’ll have someone who will tag along. Bottom line here, no one rides alone. Join other bike riders every Tuesday at 7:00 pm, at the Four Peaks lot, and make sure to bring your helmet, lights, and a smile.

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Wednesday Nights is ladies night ride, 

McDowell Mountain Cycles Wednesday’s Women’s Mountain Bike Ride

Have you always wanted to crush single-track on a mountain bike? Then, Wednesday’s ladies’ mountain bike ride is for you. If you’re new to mountain biking, or interested in trying it out this is a great ride with a small group of fun ladies to help you. Meet at 7:00 pm at the Competition

Loops lot at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with your helmets, lights, and plenty of water.  Bring a snack to share because afterwards we crack open a bottle of wine and relax a bit!

Summer Night Ride Series at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

As the summer overtakes Fountain Hills, the heat comes and mountain bike enthusiast get out to enjoy the cool desert nights. Get together with your fellow mountain bike enthusiast, and enjoy a beautiful night ride.  McDowell Mountain Regional Park is hosting a Summer Night Ride Series at Pemberton Trail, 15 mile moderately trafficked loop beginning on June 17th from 7:30 10 00 pm. Riders must have a helmet, and a light system designed for mountain biking with battery power for 3 hours of riding. Fountain Hills Bikes supports these rides, and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack.

For more information on any of the McDowell Mountain Cycles events, please contact Marty or Rob at 480-272- 8741.

 

 

 

 

Get Your Hike On, Fountain Hills!

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

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McDowell Mountain Regional Park has guided hiking opportunities throughout June. 

Friday Fitness Hike Wagner Trailhead – June 2, 2017 Join Kevin B. on this week’s hike that will begin from the Wagner Trailhead, a beautiful trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Hiking distance will be between 8 to 12 miles.  Meet at 6:00 am, and make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, comfortable shoes, and clothing.

Friday Fitness Hike 4 Peaks Horse Staging Area – June 09, 2017

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

Friday Fitness Hike Dixie Mine -June 16, 2017

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

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

 

 

Go wild this summer with Scorpions and McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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Join the rangers of McDowell Mountain Regional Park search for scorpions.

Curious about why scorpions glow in the dark, but not so wild about going into the desert at night to look for them? Join the rangers at McDowell Mountain Regional Park to set off on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night-just to look for scorpions. Bring a black light if you have one. Meet at the Nursey Tank Trailhead about 4 miles from the park entrance on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00 pm.

The Maricopa County Parks are getting Wet ‘n” Wild this Summer! That means program participants in the Scorpions in the Wild outing 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 ticket for the 2017 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.

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

 

 

McDowell Mountain Park and Kids: The Perfect Combination!

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is the ideal playground to explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert for families in the month of June. Whether you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat adventures or something a little more low-key, here are four great activities to explore at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park:

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The Desert Tortoise and Friends

Did you know that we have desert tortoises that live in the wild? What would you do if you saw one of these amazing animals? Visit the McDowell Mountain Regional Park Visitor Center on June 3rd to learn all about these unique reptiles and see them in person. Make sure to see all other animals on display including rattlesnakes, gila monsters, and many other desert animals.

Animal Tracks and Desert Holes

Love a good mystery? Have you ever wondered what passed on the trail before you? Or who lives in that hole? Let’s go looking for animal’s tracks! Take an easy walk with the Ranger as they take look for signs of wildlife and discuss who may be living in that hole. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead on June 8th, at 7:30 am, and make to bring plenty of water.

 

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Feeding the Reptiles is no easy task.

Reptile Feeding

Feeding the reptiles at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is no easy task. It takes a team of hardworking people. Join the staff at 11:00 am on June 10th for an afternoon break and see for yourself how our cold-blooded residents eat their monthly meals. Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Program takes place in the Visitor Center.

Wildlife Watch at Nursery Tank

Love watching the wildlife? Well, Ranger Amy has just the activity for all your nature lovers. Join Ranger Amy on June 22nd, at 7:00 am on the barrier-free Nursery Tank Trail for this easy 0.6-mile walk. She will set up spotting scope, and enjoy the quiet morning waiting for the wildlife. Several benches are available, to sit, wait, and watch all the wildlife stir. Bring a camera, binoculars, and plenty of water.

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

 

 

Putting Down Roots in Fountain Hills

Native Plants, Desert Trails and the Desert Blooms Return

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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