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Roll in Monsoon Season with McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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Join McDowell Mountain Regional Park celebrate monsoon season, and learn about the perils of impervious surfaces.

Water is an important part of desert living. Since much of the land is covered by nonporous surfaces such as roads, rooftops, and parking lots, the urban lifestyle has a big impact on water quality. You know it’s monsoon season in Arizona when the weather enthusiasts start to gather.

Join McDowell Mountain Regional Park celebrate monsoon season, and learn about the perils of impervious surfaces.  The park will hold an interactive demonstration with an Enviroscape model. Participants will learn about watersheds, storm water, and water pollutants on July 13th, 2017.  Test your knowledge of storm water with trivia, and win a prize.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center of McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

The Maricopa County Parks are getting Wet ‘n” Wild this Summer! That means participants in the Perils of Impervious program 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.

 

  1. Families can only win one 4-pack of Wet ‘n’ Wild ticket for the 2017 season.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Only one 4-pack will be issued per program.

 

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

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

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The Town of Fountain Hills wants you to “Get Your Play On.”

This July, discover the power of play and adventure. It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, and for anyone who loves being outdoors this month is for you. The Town of Fountain Hills wants you to “Get Your Play On.” Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand. Here are 3 ways that you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month in Fountain Hills:

1.Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Fountain

Put on your patriotic best, and take the family to Fountain Park on Tuesday July 4th to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday. The celebration kicks off at 5:00 pm with music, games, and kid’s entertainment, and a wide variety of food. The night will be capped off with a majestic firework display over the park’s beautiful lake. There is no better place to celebrate America than in one the of most beautiful places in the United State- our own Fountain Hills.

2. Head Over to Four Peaks Park to Enjoy Wacky Wet Wednesdays

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Come on over to Four Peaks Park, and enjoy some fun in the sun. Bring the family to have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers, and being sprayed by the Fountain Hills Fire Department. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon to cool down, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Four Peaks Park on July 12th and 26th.

3. Participate in Yoga at Fountain Park

On Saturday, July 22nd, enjoy a gentle flowing practice of Yoga surround by the majesty of nature, and a 560-foot fountain in the backdrop. Join TruFits Studios has they lead this evening twilight class.at the Amphitheatre in Fountain Park. The fee for the class is $12 dollars, and drop-in is only allowed if they have a minimum of 5 participants pre-registered. The drop-in fee is $15.

For more in formation please visit, https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh.

4th at the Fountain: Come Celebrate America’s 241st Birthday in Fountain Park

Birthdays often deserve big celebrations — and nobody will celebrate America’s 241st birthday better than Fountain Hills. If you’re looking to plan your annual firework viewing extravaganza, you’re in luck. Put on your red, white and blue, and come celebrate an action-packed Independence Day at Fountain Park in Lakeside Village. The

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The 4th at the Fountain is a local celebration that is free,and open to the community.

celebrations will begin at 6:00 pm with music, games, and prizes.  Enjoy great music from DJ Steve Grosse who will keep you moving and grooving throughout the night.

The 4th at the Fountain is a local celebration that is free, and open to the community. While you’re here, take advantage of the scenic views by bringing your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to relax and enjoy an evening full of excitement. Bring your frisbees, balls, and other games to enjoy the evening. Food vendors will also be on hand with Italian ice, frozen lemonade, and other goodies for you to beat the summer heat.

And what 4th of July would be complete without some beautiful pyrotechnics igniting the night skyline? The 4th at the Fountain will cap the night off with a majestic firework display at 9:00 pm over the picturesque lake at Fountain Park. No personal fireworks, sparklers, or other open flames are allowed. Due to the noise of the fireworks, the Town of Fountain Hills suggests that all pets be kept at home for their safety.

Public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills will be available. Please note temporary road closures will be in effect at the end of the program to help allow pedestrians to exit the park.

For more information regarding the event, please visit http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/p/events

 

SPEND A DAY IN THE OLD, OLD WEST!

History Buff? Fascinated with the Wild West? Look no further than Tombstone, Arizona, the gateway to the Wild West. Hop in your car and take a road trip to Tombstone, a three-hour drive from Fountain Hills. Here are the 3 must places to visit in Tombstone, and relive the evolution of the American Cowboy and the gun-slinging wild west:

  1. OK-Corral

Relive the gunfights of Wyatt Earp and his band against the McLaurys / Clantons in daily reenactments at the OK-Corral, and in the streets of Tombstone Theater. Stand on the exact spot in which the gunfight began next to l512px-Gunfight_at_the_OK_Corral_2ife-size figures of the eight gunfighters, and learn the cause behind the 30 second showdown that left three cowboys dead.  The Ok Corral is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission with the live gunfight reenactment is $10, and includes admission to the Ok Corral Historic Complex, the Historama, and free copy of the 1881 reprint of the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper with the original reports of the Gunfight at the O.K Corral.

  1. The Bird Cage Theatre

If you are a “cowboy” history buff, this is a must see. It’s all original – curtains, wall paper, and bullet holes! Take an unforgettable self-guided tour through the Bird Cage, and experience the early days of Tombstone. Step back i2e2bc89998fee75fdcc9b2f804b96a58n time, and listen to the barmaid at the front entrance entice you with stories of the Bird Cage.  Stick around for the ghost tour to hear laughter, music, and see spirits of men in cowboy hats as though the parties of the Old West were still raging. The tours run daily 6:15 PM, and they admission is $20.

 

  1. Boothill Graveyard

Boothill-Cemetery-Tombstone-ArizonaIf you love the mystic of Tombstone, then finish off the experience at Boothill Graveyard on your way out. A must see for history buff who love the era of the Wild West.  Stroll through the cemetery and read the gravestones of those famous names in history. The most unique part of is the marking on the grave sites mention how each person died, or who killed them. These gravestones server as testimony to how violent death could be in the Wild West.  The entrance fee is $3.00 and comes with a self-guiding brochure that is provided for further information on each grave. The place adds to the experience of the town and closure to a reality once lived.

 

 

 

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.

The Jungle is Jumping this June at the Fountain Hills Theater

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

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

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

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

CONQUER TECHNOLOGY THIS SUMMER!

 

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

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN YOUR TV?

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

PERSONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH USING APPS AND THE WEB

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

TAKING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA

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

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

 

 

Stuck Close to Home This Summer? Discover Woods Canyon Lake!

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As summer overtakes Fountain Hills, the heat comes, and we retreat inside. The beautiful thing about the landscape of Arizona is its diversity. You can find a comfortable retreat any time of the year.  But for those eager to get outside during the summer and be one with nature, that usually means traveling to higher elevations. So, we recommend that you plan that kind of summer- one filled with excitement, big plans, and endless possibilities.  One spot to discover is Woods Canyon Lake.

As summer overtakes Fountain Hills, the heat comes, and we retreat inside. The beautiful thing about the landscape of Arizona is its diversity. You can find a comfortable retreat any time of the year.  But for those eager to get outside during the summer and be one with nature, that usually means traveling to higher elevations. So, we recommend that you plan that kind of summer- one filled with excitement, big plans, and endless possibilities.  One spot to discover is Woods Canyon Lake.

Spend the weekend, and choose from a variety of activities that include hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping. If you do choose to camp at Woods Canyon Lake, you can camp in of the lake’s estabpic9lished campgrounds, or follow the Rim Lake road to the backside of the lake for dispersed camping. Make sure to book in advance at www.recreation.gov for a guaranteed spot at the Aspen or Spillway campgrounds. The campgrounds are simple, and convenient to the lake.

Love to hike? Venture onto the Rims Lakes Vista Trail, less than a mile from the campground, and others lead to the spectacular views of the Mogollon Rim. This easy trail snakes around the lake, and the roads are paved which makes for a great afternoon for bike rides. Finished the hike? Take the family, and spend a couple of hours fishing on the lake. Trout fishing both in the lakes and streams is a favorite pastime. If you’re are planning fishing, make sure to remember Woods Canyon Lake only allows electric boats.

One of the most visited lakes in the Mogollon Rim, Woods Canyon Lake, offers spectacular views, and endless opportunities for an amazing getaway. If you need beauty and serenity, this lake is the place for a peaceful weekend away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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.