Category Archives: Mountain Trails, Scenery & Life

Make This A Summer to Remember

“I’m bored.”

The two most dreaded words parents may hear from children who are free from the routine of school and uncertain about how to spend their time during summer break. Thankfully, parents have options. Planning is the key to making sure your child has a rich, fulfilling and memorable summer break. This year, why not forgo the traditional summer break for activities that gets your creative juices flowing.

Now is the time to sit down with your child and ask them what interests them or what they would like to try for the first time. Get your child involved in the planning process so they can point you toward a program that satisfies their curiosities. The Town of Fountain Hills offers a wide variety of activities this summer from sports camps to a Lego Robotics Workshop. The Fountain Hills Community Services has is at all to give your child an enriching, fulfilling summer they won’t ever forget!

Lego Robotics Workshop

Have you ever wanted to create a bird and programming it to chirp, or a lion and making it roar? The Fountain Hills Community Services is hosting a series of Lego Robotics Workshops through June, July, and August. This workshop will introduce

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Lego Robotics Workshops

students to Lego Mindstorm Robotic Kits, and the programming it takes to make them do all the fun stuff. Learn how to design, build, and program the Lego Mindstorm NXT robots. The Registration fee is $30.00, and open to ages 8 – 14 years old.

Party in the Park

The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department invites Middle School Students to participate in their annual “Summer Party in the Park” series.  The event will run through June, July, and August.  Drop in to Golden Eagle Park from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a variety of games, music, and fun. No registration is required, and its students going into 6th -8th grades.

Family Fun Trip

Have you ever wanted to go tubing on the Salt River, but don’t want to have to drive to

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Family Trip Tubing Down The Salt River

the venue? The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is hosting the second annual Family Fun Trip. Enjoy an awesome trip to the Salt River with your family. This trip is open to all families of all shapes and sizes. The event will take place on Saturday, July 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The registration fee is $25.

 

For more information on this and other summer activities, please check out the Fountain Hills Community Services website at https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Home.

 

 

Fountain Hills Adventures… Hi Ho—Hi Ho! It’s Amethyst You Know

We never tire of watching the purple shadows slipping across 4 Peaks and the Mazatzals at sunset. But unlike the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, our beautiful amethyst-colored hills actually contain that popular gem! Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills is fortunate to be the exclfour_peaksusive purveyor of 4 Peaks Amethyst, one of the most intensely-colored Amethyst varieties in the World. And Sami’s offers a rare opportunity to tour this amazing mine—accessible only on foot or helicopter—during their twice-yearly “I Took a Peak” Mine Tour.

 4 Peaks Amethyst in 5 Country’s Crown Jewels

As the light reflects a fiery magenta spark within the deep aubergine-colored stones, it’s easy to see why the Spanish explorers took this very same 4 Peaks Amethyst back to the Old World to Pic #2grace the crown jewels of 5 European countries. And you’ll feel that sense of history as you embark on this adventure of a lifetime atop 4 Peaks, or WeKoPa, a mountain held sacred for centuries by Native Americans long before the Spanish discovered its treasure.

Become an Amethyst Miner for a Day

#3 helicopter landing 054The helicopter trip is exciting in itself, but the second you step onto the tennis court-sized landing and walk to the mouth of the mine on a path paved with glittering crushed lavender amethyst, you might hear the Seven Dwarfs singing “Hi Ho, Hi Ho” to Snow White in the back of your memory. But these glittering stones give you a measure of how many un-usable crystals are chipped out of the mine—by hand, with a hammer and chisel—to produce a single gem-quality nugget.

4 Peaks Amethyst is Unique in the World

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Unlike the typical geode clusters of Amethyst crystals, the 4 peaks amethyst is found in very large single crystals embedded in the granite of the mining cavern. The unique color of the stones is a product of high concentrations of manganese and iron which is also visible in the reddish color of the granite walls.

As a visiting ‘Miner’ you will don protective headgear, including lighted helmet, hammer and chisel and will be guided by one of the resident miners how to find and dislodge an amethyst crystal. You’ll notice that the mine is reinforced with sturdy timbers, and lighted by generator-driven lights.  Each timber is painted with an iridescent green arrow pointing toward the mouth of the mine that keeps you oriented deep inside the mountain.

It is intense work—every stone is harvested individually, evaluated, sent to a professional lapidary to be cut to best advantage, and then returned to Sami’s for design and setting. Most of the harvested crystals will be too light to be considered gem quality. But if you have beginner’s luck on your mining adventure, you might just find a perfect amazing stone for the ages. In Greek mythology, amethyst is said to ward off drunkenness, so even a medium quality stone will be a great find!

There is a little sadness in the helicopter ride back to reality.  You’ll see the silver of the life-giving creeks flowing with snow melt, and sometimes the coyotes and deer of the Tonto National Forest.  But some part of you will want to go right back and do it again—just to be sure it was real and not just a dream.

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Putting Down Roots in Fountain Hills

Native Plants, Desert Trails and the Desert Blooms Return

Carpet of Flowers at Saguaro lake

Desert Bloom at Goldfield Ranch

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden

P Bar Dam on Botanical Trail

Desert Trail

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

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

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden, open dawn to dusk

11300 N Fountain Hills Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills

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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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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:

https://www.facebook.com/thecactuscup/

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10 Reasons Why Fountain Hills is a Great Place to Raise a Family!

If you’re looking for a place that meets all your needs and you’re curious as to what some of your best options must offer, here are 10 reasons why Fountain Hills, Arizona is a best place to start and raise a family:

#10.  Small Town with A Big Heart: Every year in October, Make A Difference Day is held, and brings together various individuals and organizations to provide assistance where ever it may be needed.  There are numerous civic groups focused on volunteering and the school district has a volunteer mentor program that has been a model for the state and country, supporting kids at all levels of development from challenge to gifted.

#9. Caring and Friendly: Fountain Hills offers their residents a small-town lifestyle. The town has 25,000 full and part-time residents, and people enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a close community.  Imagine raising your kids 1004-mountains-four-peaks-hi-res-copywhere folks actually know them!

#8. Beautiful Location: Nestled amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Arizona with mountain ranges and natural desert beauty all around, everyone in the family will be inspired to slow down and appreciate life.

#7. Great Schools: Fountain Hills has low student-to-teacher ratios with high student achievement records. The educational curriculum is partnered with creative extra-curricular opportunities, with a high level of parent and community involvement which further enhances the education of the students.
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#6. Town Parks and Rec Department:  Fountain Hills offers a variety of recreation with unique and fun opportunities for all ages. The Rotary Musical Park offers families a unique play experience with a variety of fourteen musical instruments. Golden Eagle Park is a must for families, boasting multiple ball fields, tennis, volleyball and sport courts plus shaded playgrounds.

#5. The Great Outdoors: Families will love the wonderful access to hiking, biking, and walking trails. The trails begin right in the heart of the city and many residential communities offer immediate access to ways to enjoy the desert landscape.  Only 20 minutes away is a favorite for boating, jet skiing and saguaro-lake-boatsfamily water fun.

#4. Citizenship 101:  Fountain Hills is a model for volunteerism and philanthropy.  Civic, cultural and faith based groups provide an opportunity for kids to learn about giving back to their world.  There are hundreds of fun activities throughout the year that encourage kids to pitch in and participate in team or individual activities.

#3. Public Library Programs: Looking for things to do with your children in Fountain Hills?  The Fountain Hills Public Library has you covered. The library offers a range of activities from STEM based programs to promoting a youth gardening club.library-kids-reading-room

#2. Art and Culture: One of Arizona’s most award-winning community theaters is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Fountain Hills, offering youth theater, seminars and camps designed to encourage kids to bloom. Fountain Hills has an extensive public art collection and is home to art galleries, art shows and performing arts. Ballet Arizona presents “Ballet under the Stars” each year in Fountain Hills Park with free admission for residents.

#1. A Hometown Community:  No other community in Arizona offers the friendly, hometown atmosphere found in this little berg that has received numerous accolades as one of the finest places in America to raise a family or retire.  Come check us out! 

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

 

 

The Golfers Guide To Fountain Hills

We get it. Some days, you want to challenge your skills.  Others, you just want a nice friendly round and time to enjoy friends.  Fountain Hills offers a wide range for all golfers…and sometimes even on the same course! golfer2

Here are our four favorite public golf courses around Fountain Hills:

  1. SunRidge Canyon: sunridgegolf.com

It might seem intimidating to play a course nicknamed “The Wicked Six.”  In fact, people come from all over the world to enjoy that challenge.  Yet, for those who may not hit as long (or wide!) it’s a fun day on one of the most beautiful tracks in the Southwest.  The course starts at the upper mouth of the namesake canyon, and works its way slyly downhill to the bottom.  Then, it’s time to play the back nine uphill and it’s those last 6 holes that will remind you of its wicked nickname.  Relax, just enjoy the incredible canyon atmosphere and look forward to your stop at the 19th Hole with a presentation style kitchen, great bar and killer outdoor fireplace! The Jim McLean Golf School on premises is idea for “tune-ups.”

  1. Golf Club at Eagle Mountain: eaglemtn.com

The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain can be either challenging or golfer friendly. If you like the challenge of fast greens and a true desert atmosphere, you’ll be excited.  Yeteagle-mountain-2, the stadium design of this golf course helps the fairway shots roll toward the middle if you’re not too far in the rough. Eagle Mountain has lots of rolling fairways with up-hill and down-hill trajectories to the greens. And, every fairway on the course offers an incredible view.  This course has character with a unique layout, and is fun to play.

  1. Desert Canyon Golf Club: http://desertcanyongolf.com/

Desert Canyon’s setting is stunning, the layout interesting, and provides a challenge for all levels of golfers. With more turf than the other courses, DCGC twists through hills and valleys with mountain views all around.  The view from the elevated tee on the signature “Sweet 16,” (where the sure-fire promise of a hole-in-one may prove a bit fickle) the 10th with a view to Red Mountain, and the 18th with a drive directly toward the Four Peaks are each alone worth the trip.  The staff is friendly and will ensure you have an enjoyable time.  Stop in afterward at the DC Grill, and it’s a perfect day.

  1. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club: https://wekopa.com/

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is the hallmark of the Fort McDowell Casino Resort, offering two award-winning golf courses that provide different levels of play and different experiences, but in a pristine natural environment rarely seen these days.  We-Ko-Pa is Yavapai for “Four Peaks,” and indeed, the stately mountain casts a long shadow over this2-cholla-lonna-tucker beautiful region, with its breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, and the Superstitions. The Cholla course is a quintessential target style desert golf course.  The Saguaro course was designed as a more traditional style golf course with greens closer to tees.  It is ideal for walking and follows the natural contours of the land.

3 Amazing Parks in Fountain Hills: Something For Everyone

There is never a bad time to visit Fountain Hills amazing parks. We rounded up 3 parks that are unique and fun:

1. Rotary Musical Park in Fountain Park:img_0444

Located in the heart of Fountain Park, the Rotary Musical Park offers a unique play experience by providing children and adults the opportunity to play with a variety of fourteen different musical instruments. These innovative instruments offer people away to express their creativity through a unique soundscape and sculptural design in an outdoor environment.

2. Dog Park at Desert Vista Park:

One of the places to visit is the Dog Park at Desert Vista Park. One of trecreation-blog-photos-11he premiere dog parks in Fountain Hills provides a convenient place for your canine to take a quick exercise break. This beautiful and pristine dog park provides a three- acre fenced facility that allows pet owners the opportunity to let their dogs run free. Shaded benches are available to sit and chat with other like-minded dog lovers. Trash bins all around
and baggies provided so the area stays clean. Your dog will thank you for visiting this lovely park!

3. Golden Eagle Park:

Golden Eagle Park is a must place for families. This diverse park occupies twenty-five acres off Golden Eagle Boulevard, just north of Fountain Hills High Scimg_0501hool on Palisades Boulevard. This parks boasts a hardball diamond, three lighted multi-purpose fields for softball, little league baseball, and youth soccer. Families bring their children to play in two shaded “tot lot” play structures, one is designed for toddlers and the others for older children. This park is a must visit for families.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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