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Spring Home Tour: Come Join Neighbors Nite Out!

Thursday, March 30th, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is inviting you and your neighbors to come tour 8 great homes, learn about “the ‘hood” and meet new friends.  Neighbors Nite Out is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know Fountain Hills, the homes on tour, the neighbors, and the neighborhoods.

The event is scheduled to coincide with “National Neighbor Day,” during that week.  We always wonder who our neighbors are, and finding the time to introduce yourself is usually left to chance.  But what if having the perfect setting to meet your neighbors gave you the opportunity to find a great neighborhood to live in? Whether you’re a social butterfly or homebody, getting friendly with the folks next door is an important part of living in a community.

Even though the exact origins of Neighbor Day cannot be accurately traced, the holiday seems to have popped up almost randomly in various places at various times, one thing is universally valid:

 Neighbor Day is all about fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round.

Every day can be neighbor day. There are no rules written in stone as how to celebrate Neighbor Day, and you are free to use your imagination:

  • Reach out to your neighbors! Cookies, a bottle of wine, tickets you can’t use…they’re all nice ways of acknowledging those who share your block.
  • Host a Block Party
  • Spend more time outside…especially if you can do so in the front yard!
  • Invite your neighbors to join you for one of the many activities we enjoy here in Fountain Hills….concerts, movies in the park, art festivals, Art on the Avenues (Thursdays)…there are a thousand opportunities in our wonderful community. Hint:  Music Fest is just around the corner! 

Anything can work as long it brings you closer to your neighbors, and allows you to get know them and the community better. Neighbor Day may only last for a day, but the effects are beneficial year round—and for years in the future!

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Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Top 4 Musical Artists to See at the Fountain Hills Music Festival 2017

Nothing says spring like spending time with your friends and family listening to music around the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain in Fountain Park. So, why stay inside when you can spend the evening at the Fountain Hills Music Festival? On, April 1st, the beautiful park side location and the stacked line-up of musical artists give the Fountain Hills Music Festival all the ingredients for the best spring-time memories.

From electrified strings to country flair, the Fountain Hill Musical Festival has something for everyone. This year’s headlining acts are:


Rock Lobster

Western Fusion: Formed in the late 90’s by Brian Childress, Western Fusion was a traditional country band. As the musicians and band evolved, so did the music; the standard five-piece band continues to play country, but now plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, and today’s rock.

Rock Lobster:  A Phoenix based cover band that plays the biggest hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Rock Lobster’s top caliber musicianship and their electrifying stage show makes them one of the most popular bands in Arizona for the last two decades.


Ryan Sims Band


Ryan Sims Band: Country Recording Artist and resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, Ryan Sims stylistic evolution has landed him smack dab into the arms of country music.  Although he is a country recording artist, his shows include all types of music, enriched by his award-winning vocals and warm and friendly performance style.  His self-titled debut album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Pandora!

Urban Electra:  From classic rock to alternative rock, pop, club music, and cutting edge electronic music, Urban Electra electric string quartet brings to the stage an electric repertoire of original works and chart toppers.


Urban Electra


Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends, and spend the day finding it all in Fountain Hills. This year’s music fest will begin at 4:00 pm, and admission is free. This year features various food trucks such as Loca Popa, which specializes in homemade falafels and hummus, Circle R Farms, and Queso Good, specializes in gourmet quesadillas. Fountain Hills Water and Ice will also be on site serving up their delicious kettle corn and shaved ice!
For more information please e-mail the Town of Fountain Hills at

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Find the Perfect Gift at Art on the Avenue!

If you just can’t get that perfect accessory or tasty treat out of your mind, this is a good time to visit your favorite artist at Art on the Avenue/Farmer’s Market.

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Shopping on Art on the Avenue

The growing season is early in Arizona, and most of our artists take advantage of market opportunities in the cooler climes during the summer.

The last day of the Art on the Avenue will be April 13th , then the Market will close until October. Make sure to visit the Last Chance Sell at the Market, where all the artisans will be having an end of the season sale on their jewelry, and paintings.

So call a friend to join you for the breakfast, lunch or happy hour on the Avenue, and buy that necklace—you deserve it! And as always, when you are on the Avenue, we love to have you drop by Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate and show us your treasures.

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Looking to bring out your artistic and creative side? Join the Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery!

Looking to bring out your artistic and creative side? They have for fun workshops in March and April. They have something for everyone and no experience is necessary!


Wet Felting 101 with Rita Chester

“Wet Felting 101” with Rita Chester

Tuesday, March 21, 5pm-9pm

$65.00 all supplies included.

Learn the centuries old craft of wet felting with fiber artist, Rita Chester. Using wool, Rita will teach you the basics of wet felting to make your own original “Jewelry Bowl”. Your primary color will be black or white, and you will also have several accent colors to decorate your bowl. Each bowl will be approximately 6-7 inches in diameter. Class is limited to 6


Paint Your Pet Classes with Kelly Bowman

“Paint Your Pet” with Kelly Bowman

Wednesday, March 22,5pm–9pm

$45.00 all supplies included.

Acrylic artist, Kelly Bowman will guide students on a journey of painting a colorful portrait of their pet. After registration, students will email Kelly a picture of their pet, she will outline it on a 9”x12” canvas and you will be ready to paint when you arrive! The image you send Kelly needs to be the face of your pet; please make sure it is well lit with their face clearly visible. Kelly’s email will be given at registration.

Saguaro: “The Sonoran Giant” with Chris Demma

Sunday, March 26, 4pm-8pm

$55.00 all supplies included

We are very excited to have Chris Demma, who is very well known for her Sonoran Desert landscapes and botanicals teach a workshop here at the gallery. Chris will guide students in the application of paints and mediums to paint “Saguaro: The Sonoran Giant” in oils. Your painting will be on a 10″x10″ by 1.5″ gallery wrapped canvas. Class is limited to 8.


Acrylic Painting with Gloria Sanchez

“Sunset Stroll” with Gloria M. Sanchez

Tuesday, March 28, 6pm-8:30pm

$35.00 all supplies included.

During this 2 1/2-hour workshop, Gloria will guide students to paint a family of Quails out for a sunset stroll in acrylics using the bright vivid colors of the Arizona sky! Plus, everyone get black Swarovski crystals for the tip of their Quail’s Plumes. Gloria will also provide templates for the Quails. Class is limited to 8.

“Meow, Meow” with Colleen Brown

Sunday, April 9, 4pm-7pm

$48.00 all supplies included

Colleen will guide students to create a mixed media cat on a Birchwood square canvas. Class limit 8.

For more information, please email:

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Kids Who Grow up in Multi-Generational Households Feel More Loved

An interesting thing happens when a single family household makes room for Grandma and Grandpa…everybody feels more loved and valued.  Starting at the top of the generational pyramid, combining households allows the senior generation to:

  •                 Give their time to childcare/car pool/housekeeping duties
  •                 Contribute financially to the whole family’s welfare
  •                 Live in a mentally stimulating, vibrant environment.

For the second, or “Sandwich Generation”— those who care for both their parents and children— the creation of a three generation household can significantly ease the press of day to day logistics.   In 60% of US households, (April 2015 statistics),


Multi-Generational Family Households

both parents working equates to “no time left over” for anything else…In single parent households, 90% of the adults work full time away from home, so the time press is even greater. When Grandparents can assume some of the chauffeuring for kids’ activities, grocery shopping, even waiting for deliveries and home maintenance visits, it reduces stress on the working adults in the family. Dependable after school care and oversight as the kids get older lifts a major financial burden from the parents as well. Even if the older family members don’t drive and are in need of assistance with their health and personal care routines, the family receives a significant gift of time and ease of mind to care for their parents in their own home.


But the most significant beneficiaries of grandma and grandpa just down the hallway come to the third generation.  Katie and Anna Myhr, whose grandmother lived with them for more than 15 years, say they “loved being with their Grandmother” every day after school, and like many other kids whose nurturing grandparents were woven into their lives, felt like they were more loved and cherished than other kids. Anna notes that it didn’t seem unusual for their grandmother to be woven into their lives, “it was just the way our family was.” Katie describes it as “comforting” when they were little and their grandmother made their after-school hot chocolate and snacks, but on the other end of the spectrum, “comforting” to be able to schedule her personal care assistance into their daily lives when she needed their help.


There are many advantages to the multi-generational household.

Sandy Myhr, whose mother Thelma Feehan lived with her and husband Bill for nearly two decades feels like there were so many advantages to the multi-generational lifestyle.  “At one point Bill and I each had a parent in our household. I think it was clear that it gave our parents a real sense of purpose to be helping us with the over-all household management, but it also gave structure to their daily lives, and made them feel wanted. When we combined resources from the sale of both of our homes, we could buy a well-designed house in Fountain Hills that gave us both space and privacy. “It wasn’t a ‘Grandma lives with us’ situation; both of us were owners of a single home.  And although it is not always easy when two adult women want to manage a single household ‘their way’, the plusses far outweighed the minuses. We never had to have the heart-wrenching “you just can’t live on your own” crisis because multi-generational living situations tend to transition into new form as the need arises.”

The numbers of two, three and even four generations sharing a home has nearly tripled in the US since the dawning of the new Millennium. While financial considerations may play a large part, new patterns of family life seem to be emerging, with each generation contributing to enrich the fabric of the family unit.

At Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, we enjoy helping Multi-Gen Families find their happy place.  Contact us to see a variety of custom homes offering nurturing environments, beautiful views and fun outdoor spaces.

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Spring Break “Staycations 2017” Abound in Fountain Hills

Learning to ride horseback is one of the very special adventures available to Fountain Hills kids this spring break.  And what Arizonan doesn’t want to know how to ride?   Twelve lucky kids will have the experience of a life time learning about all things “horse.”  The riding lessons will include mastering some of the many grooming and care that creates that wonderful bond between horse and rider.


Horse Camp begins Monday March 13th.

Horse camp will start Monday, March 13th and will end Wednesday, March 15th. Drop your kids off at 8am and pick them up at 1pm.  The ranch is located in Rio Verde (about 25 minutes from Fountain Hills), and the price is $300 per child. The camp is limited to x12 kids, so sign up ASAP with Lori Bridwell at 480-471-3151. #springbreak #horsecamp

Fountain Hills Youth Theater’s Spring Break Camp wants to make your kid a “Star.” 

Maybe our local kids won’t make the “big Times” like Emma Stone, but we might be nurturing the next Oscar winner! Card tricks, magic, vocal and instrumental music, dancing, gymnastics—even aspiring stand-up comedy routines are invited to the 2017 Spring Break Camp at the Theater.


Begins on March 13th-17th .

This camp is devoted to taking each participant’s natural talents and developing them into an act for school talent show or other competitive auditions.  Each act will be part of the finale variety show to be performed for friends and family at the end of the camp. No need to be shy—this camp offers opportunities for all experience levels and all kinds of skills.


Due to differing Spring Break schedules, two full week camps are offered:

March 6-10, 2017 and March 13-17, 2017.

9am-12pm Half-day option $150* 9am -3pm Full-day option $250*

*Sign up by Feb 22 for $50 off early bird rate for full-day, $25 discount for half-day

Call 480-837-9661 x3 or visit

Fieldtrips, Fun and Hands-on Activities at Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club

Kids from 5 to 15 are welcome at the Boys and Girls Club Spring Break camp.  Age-


Boys and Girls Club Spring Break Camp

appropriate field trips delight both the younger and older ends of the age spectrum, and a variety of interesting activities are planned throughout the day. Kids will need to bring their lunch and two snacks each day.


Perfect for working families with busy schedules, the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registered after-school program kids: $85 for first family member/$75 for additional kids.

Non-registered kids:  $110 for first family member/$100 for additional kids.

14605 N Del Cambre Ave, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Phone: (480) 344-5400


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The Ladies Take the Lead On Opening Night

The Fountain Hills Theater debuts the opening of play Ken Ludwig’s comedy, Leading Ladies on March 10th.  In this hilarious gender-bending comedy, two Shakespearean actors find themselves down on their luck, and when they hear that an old lady is about to die, they try to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives, and get the cash.

leadingLeading ladies is produced by Patty Torrilhon and directed by Petey Swartz. It stars; Terry Gadaire, Donna Georgette, Alexia Lorch, Dan Marburger, Morgan Ottersbach, Karl Roger Perry, Darryl Poenisch and Roger Prenger. Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.

Leading Ladies will play March 10 -26, 2017 Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $30.00 for Adults and $23.00 for Youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5.00 discount on all Thursday and Saturday performances. Group rates and student rush discounts are available. Veteran and Active Duty discounts. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3 or by visiting Box Office Hours are 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

For additional information not contained in this press release, please call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director, Peter J. Hill at (480) 837-9661 EXT. 7.

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2017 Fountain Hills Saint Patrick’s Day Festivities: Everything You Need To Know

There’s no better place to celebrate the Wearin O’ the Green than FountSt-Patricks-Day-Printable-Leprechaun-Juiceain Hills’ Fountain Park.  Relax on the grass at the Amphitheater as the day unfolds with Irish music, contests, games for the kids, and—of course—great food and beer.

On, Friday, March 17th, at 9:00 am visit Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate  as we serve up Irish Coffees, Irish Pastries, and lots of shenanigans throughout the day.  We’ll have green beads and other fun St. Patrick’s items to help you “get your green on!”

At 10:00 am, Magic Bird Festivals Presents: Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, that will be held on459c61e1bcf9534411cbf79b8b1b1d88 the weekend of March 17th-19th. There will be 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, holiday themed vendors, live music, and dance performance are planned.

At 12:00 pm, stroll down to Fountain Park to watch the Greening O’ the Fountain and then make your way down Avenue of the Fountains to  participate in the community activities.

At 3:00 pm, head to down to Parkview Ave, to celebrate Arch Mehaffey’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off. There will be food vendors, a beer tent, music, and loads of chili. The Annual Chili cook off will benefit Extended Hands Food Bank, and will host a food drive. If you are a chili fanatic, and love to make a mean bowl of chili, sign up to show off your cooking skills. There will be a cash prize for the best chili, and festivities will continue until 10:00 pm.

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Fly High This Weekend with the 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival in Fountain Park

It’s that time of year when people yearn for spring. People are inspired to step outdoors on a more regular basis, enjoy the warmer weather, and perhaps watDSC07635ch the colorful kites take to air during the 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival “Basant Mela”. This exciting event is presented by the Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization, and it is a celebration to celebrate the arrival of spring. Kite flying is a cultural tradition that is common in India and Pakistan.

One of Arizona’s largest kite festivals is one of a kind of event, and sponsored by the town of Fountain Hills. Families are encouraged to bring their own kites, or purchase one for a nominal cost of $5.00. Last year many of the kites flown were large custom made kites, and Fountain Park provided the right wind conditions for an amazing kite flying kiteflying6experience. In addition, there will be live music, various ethnic foods, henna tattoos, and the star of the festival “hundreds of flying kites.”

Last year, approximately 2000 people attended the festival, and this year another 2000 people are expected. This year’s festival  is on March 11th, and will begin at 11:00 am, and go on throughout the day until 6:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization at 480-586-1840 or through email at

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The Cactus Cup: Time to Get Tough

March 10-12, 2017

The Cactus Cup is one of the toughest competitions of its kind in the Country.  Three days of completion, including a 40-mile single day race, will challenge even the most seasoned riders.  Professional teams sponsored by bicycle manufacturers from around the world send their riders to this competition in the hopes that their equipment will emerge victorious.  Both amateur and pro riders compete for daily and over-all cash prizes. Cash purse is $3500.

MBA_1tomac1000Specialized Bikes is the named sponsor of this event, which started in 1991.  Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Cycles is the Main Stage sponsor for the after-race party, featuring the band, “Elvis Before Noon.”

The race also includes a junior category for Mountain Bike Racers aged 12-18 years old, with a free Specialized branded helmet given to the first 50 youngsters who sign up. This race is for serious bikers, as it covers the full three-day gamut.

The cutest event of the three-day schedule is the “Strider” class race for kids from 2 to 5 years old. These cuties will compete on “Striders”, a unique balance bike designed to make it easy and fun for beginners who will compete for ice cream and prizes.

This event is a spectacular opportunity for action photography.  There is an admission fee for McDowell Mountain Park, but the event is free for spectators.

Details about the cash awards, course descriptions, after party and sign up links are available at:

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