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August Activities Move Inside Where It’s Cool!


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“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 


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

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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. Learn more about Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance at

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



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.


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



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


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

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


→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

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

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:
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
Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(800) THE.FORT

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

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 ( 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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:

Live “Spooky Bird” Event at McDowell Mountain Park

Vultures, Ravens and Owls…Oh, My!

OwlMcDowell Mountain Park, just North of Fountain Hills, is one of the most innovative recreation centers in Maricopa County.  Home to dozens of national and international endurance competitions featuring runners and bicyclists, it is a hiking, camping and picnicking paradise. But this is not your ordinary campground!  The Rangers have developed a full range of exciting activities designed to help the curious of all ages explore and learn about the amazing creatures that call the Sonoran Desert home.

Some hikes are regularly scheduled, like the Friday morning fitness walks and the nighttime “Full Moon” adventures.  Black light flashlight hikes to find scorpions and crawly creatures of the night are a pre-teen delight. Tortoise-feeding and plant identification are regulars, but the in-depth sessions on our wildlife neighbors are some of the most intriguing and interactive educational experiences at the Park.  Just in time for haunting and Halloween, McDowell Mountain Park staff are offering Vultures, Ravens and Owls.

This experience is a LIVE ‘Spooky’ Bird Experience and Birdwalk.

Date: 10/30/2013

Time: 8 a.m.

Exquisite Sunsets...One of the Many Reasons We Love the Sonoran Desert

Exquisite Sunsets…One of the Many Reasons We Love the Sonoran Desert

Description: Did you know that vultures urinate on their feet to cool down? And that ravens hold’funerals’ for dead flock members? Or that owls ‘throw up’ bones and fur or feathers after eating?

Celebrate the ‘Eve of All Hallow’s Eve’ with a chance to view and learn all about these ‘spooky’ birds on a pre-Halloween bird walk at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Liberty Wildlife will be on hand with a live vulture and owl for a presentation before the bird walk! Bring your binoculars and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds… and an interest in the macabre! This is a less than one mile, level, easy and ADA Accessible birdwalk. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead at 8 a.m.

Take a Hike in the Hills!

The weather is perfect and the views are beautiful.  It’s time to head out for a hike in and around Fountain Hills.  Local residents have a surprising number of trails that provide various challenges, scenery and time requirements.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real EstateLake Park Trail at  Fountain Park is perhaps one of the best known (and easiest) to enjoy.  With gentle slopes, wide sidewalks and plenty of park benches or ramadas to enjoy the fall weather, the Lake Park Trail is busy from dawn till dusk with thousands each day who also like to stop in at Mountain View Coffee, Euro Cafe or Oyo Yogurt Shop for a treat.

Lake Overlook Trail is a more challenging portion of the Lake Park Trail and takes hikers through desert vistas on the upper reaches of Lakeside Village.  At the very top, hikers get magnificent views of Fountain Hills, the Verde River and Valley,   Four Peaks Mountain, Fort McDowell Reservation, Goldfield Mountains and the Superstition Mountains.    Trails are gravel and well marked, providing a great start to your hiking adventures before moving to more difficult mountain trails.  

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The Dixie Mine Trail is accessed through the gated community of Eagles Nest with a lovely trail head building and parking area.  The Dixie Mine was established in 1877, when scouts noticed expanses of red quartz in this area. Apparently, red quartz often occurs in proximity to gold and silver deposits, so the mine was established. Although some silver and gold was extracted from the mine, signicant profits were never realized.  It finally closed in 1917 and was given to the state. There are petroglyphs believed to have been created between 1000 and 1500 A.D., when the Hohokams populated this area. Where the Hohokam people went remains a mystery; and no living descendants can be claimed. The trail is 4.3 miles round trip.

Ft Hills ScenicThe West View Overlook Trail is accessed at the end of Eagles Nest Drive, near CopperWynd Resort.  Because the first 1.7 miles of this trail are through private property, trail stewards often organize guided hikes.  When the trail progresses (in beautiful, high vistas overlooking Fountain Hills and the Eastern Mountain chains) there are various trails like West Overlook, Wayne Trail, Western Loop and Sonoran Trail that place hikers near the crests of many of the McDowell Mountains.  For a copy of the local trail maps go to:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve Map

North of Fountain Hills, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park provides a number of hiking trails that  range from .5 miles to 3 miles.  The Park is accessed off McDowell Mountain Road, and Park Ranger Amy is often there to assist with trail selection, information about the Sonoran Desert and guided hikes.  McDowell Park Map at:  McDowell Mountain Park Trails

The Sunrise Trail is a slightly more engaging trail that begins over the hill in Scottsdale on Via Linda at approx. 140th Street. The trail climbs high up behind the homes and then to the canyon that offers more views.  You can see the Fountain in the distance and the different mountain ranges around the valley. The hike is about an hour up and an hour back. Dogs and horses are also welcome on this trail.  See the map:  Scottsdale Mountain Preserve Maps


McDowell Mountain Park is Alive with Nature!

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The McDowell Mountain Regional Park is here in our back yard and it is brimming with life and excitement! We are lucky enough to have wonderful Rangers that offer a calendar of events to help bring that nature to us.

They offer Early Bird Desert Birdwalks and feedings of Reptile and Live Animals which are sure to intrigue and give us a new appreciation for the wildlife we share this beautiful Sonoran Desert with.

They also lead informative lectures that teach us about Living with Rattlesnakes and also Nature’s Grocery Store, a hike that introduces us to what is edible in the desert.

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

The calendar of events and for more interesting information on The McDowell Mountain Regional Park please go to

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Hosts Special Summer Events

Not everything slows down in the summer.  McDowell Mountain Regional Park, one of Fountain Hills most interesting assets, stages special summer-appropriate events featuring some of the area’s most elusive critters.

Come Face to Face with  Desert Tortoise at McDowell Mountain Park

Come Face to Face with Desert Tortoise at McDowell Mountain Park

“Meet the Tortoise” Feedings, led by ranger Amy Burnett introduce locals to these slow-moving desert dwellers that are a local connection to the days when dinosaurs walked the earth.  Slow-moving and docile, these small animals offer an excellent opportunity to touch, feed and photograph while learning about their habits from Ranger Amy. Perfect for children as young as young as 3-4 years of age, the event is thrilling to anyone who has not seen these rare species native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts of the Southwest.

Date: 6/20/2013 and each Thursday through August

Drop in and Feed them Breakfast:  11:00-12:00

Friday Fitness Hikes

Join the Friday Fitness Hikers

Join the Friday Fitness Hikers

Fridays Fitness Hikes are staged to showcase different locations in Park.  Visitors are invited to come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, held every Friday. You will build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water.  Check the website for the location of each hike.

When:  Every Friday through August

Time: 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours

Leader: Ranger Amy Burnett

The Park offers a variety of nocturnal “flashlight” hikes where both children and adults have the opportunity to explore the lively “night-life” of our desert creatures.

The park is one of the most interesting multi-generational assets in Arizona, and attracts visitors from across the globe.  From wildflower identification to exploration of its rare collection of desert denizens, it is a rich part of the Fountain Hills experience.

Contact: 480-471-0173×201

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  85268

Saguaro Lake Makes Summer Sparkle in Arizona


Saguaro Lake Marina Offers a host of services and dining

Saguaro Lake Marina Offers a host of services and dining


From darling ducklings to majestic mountains, a day a Saguaro Lake is the perfect celebration of summer in Arizona.  Viewed from a relaxing cruise on the Desert Belle, the 9-mile long lake is a pure pleasure for fun-seekers of all ages.  A perfect choice for special celebrations, the Belle is handicapped accessible as well as very “kid-friendly.”

The Desert Belle cruises Saguaro Lake (photo courtesy Teresa Arbisi)

The Desert Belle cruises Saguaro Lake (photo courtesy Teresa Arbisi)

The smooth-riding pontoon boat has two open-air decks and an air-conditioned cabin where you can purchase light refreshments for the ride. (No coolers allowed).  Be sure to take a camera, as the scenery is breath-taking. 

During the 90 minute daytime tours, the Captain’s pleasant narration provides a humorous overview of Arizona’s chain of lakes that maintain the water supply for the Valley of the Sun, and provide a sizable amount of the hydro-electric power for the area.  His tall tales are entertaining but never overwhelm the pure pleasure of time on the water in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Desert Belle Boat Riders But most of all, it is a totally relaxing way to share a day with friends and family…listening to some soft music, feeling the cool breeze, and enjoying more than 40 miles of beautiful shoreline.  Revelers on the early evening live music Cruises, are often thrilled to see families of Mountain Sheep looking down from the craggy peaks beside the steep canyons of the narrow ends of the lake.

Waterskier with 4 Peaks in BackgroundIn case you’re not quite ready to call it a day after the cruise, the Lakeshore Restaurant invites you to stay just a little bit longer. Better than average “Diner Fare” is a draw all its own to Valley dwellers, but bring an appetite…portions are very generous!

Reservations for the Desert Belle are a must, and special arrangements are available for groups and special events.

You may purchase tickets:

  1. in advance online, with a credit card.
  2. in advance by phone, with a credit card, to 480-984-2425 or 877-749-2848.
  3. at the ticket booth at Saguaro Lake, cash or checks only.