Category Archives: Mountain Trails, Scenery & Life

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

#1 Desert Flowers

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.

#1 Desert Flowers

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

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

NOVEMBER 8,10,15,17, 2016:  Teens Make Decorations for the Fountain Hills Candy Cane Carnival

 

nov-8-hand-made-tree-decoThanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and we’re starting to feel the holiday spirit!  Grab a friend and stop by the teen area and help us make holiday decorations for our tree at the Fountain Hills Candy Cane Carnival. We will be decorating the Tree on November 19th—we’re counting on our Teen’s creativity to make our tree the most festive!

4 Craft Sessions; Tree Decorating on November 19; 3-5:00 p.m.

 

Teen Corner

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2016:  “Arizona Cardinal” with Ruth Stewart

nov-9-az-cardinalDiscover hidden talents and create your own “Arizona Cardinal” painting as Ruth Stewart guides her class of budding artists through her fail-safe instruction process. Using completely safe, non-toxic water miscible oils, her step by step approach will result in a charming 5”x7” painting on a gallery wrapped canvas featuring one of Arizona’s best loved birds, and there’s even pizza during a mid-class break!

Class is limited to 10 participants, and the $45.00 fee covers instruction and supplies.

 

Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. Questions? Call the Gallery at 480-836-9919.

 5-9pm (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2016:  Fido-friendly Social hike at McDowell Mountain Park

Meet the Ranger at the Wagner Trailhead for this Fido friendly dog walk.  Meet your neighbors, and their furry friends on this easy, social hike. Learn tips to help keep your dog safe while you camp in the desert. Please make sure to have enough water for you and your dog. All dogs must be on a leash, and owners are required to clean up after their pets.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2016:  Veteran’s Day Celebration at Memorial in Fountain Park

 

nov-10-vfw-colorguardLocal veteran’s organizations will honor Veterans with a traditional color guard and remembrance at the War Memorial in Fountain Park.  The stirring setting is an uplifting backdrop to remember our men and women in uniform who have bravely fought for justice. This year’s event is organized by FH AmVets, with color guard by the FH VFW.

 

9 a.m.  Fountain Park on the South side; entrance and parking on El Lago Blvd.

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2016:  Sunset to Star-gazing Hike
nov-11starlight-hike-2Join easy hike to enjoy some stargazing! On Friday, 11/11/16, Veteran’s Day, all active and inactive military personnel will receive free day-use entry to Maricopa County Parks!

As the sun sets over the Sonoran Desert, join the Park Ranger and Fountain Hills Astronomy Club for a 3-mile hike to learn about the stars above. There will be frequent stops on this hike to provide an opportunity for stargazing. Please bring a flashlight, water, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing to be outside for a few hours.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

NOVEMBER 11, 12, 13, 2016:  FOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CRAFTS

nov-12-fountain-hills-festivalImagine this:  kick off the day with an affordable “lumberjack breakfast” at the Kiwanis booth, lunch with the Rotary Club, and evening cocktails at the VFW Biergarten! And in between munches, you can stroll the Avenue of the Fountains, select Christmas gifts from your favorite vendors, find new treasures with a wide variety of Artisans, and revel in your good luck to be living in beautiful Fountain Hills.

The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts is one of the premier arts and crafts events in the entire Southwest, drawing nearly 500 artists of all types are center stage for three days each November in Fountain Hills. For everyone’s safety and security, you are encouraged to leave your pets at home, but kids and husbands are “OK.”

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Blvd

 

NOVEMBER 12, 26, 2016:  Unleash the Power of your E-devices!

 

nov-13-kindle-e-readerFancy E-devices can be very handy—if you know how to unlock their mysteries, that is. Bring your questions about downloading library items to your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other device, and we can help you feel “smarter than a 5th Grader.”  Please bring your fully charged portable device, device instructions, USB connection cable, library card and laptop (if you have one). Devices should be set up with e-mail account access and passwords.  12:30-2:00 p.m.; Library Conference room

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2016:  Free Animated Family Movie and Popcorn at the Library

 

Land Before Time

Land Before Time

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus makes an unlikely human friend in this animated film (Rated PG). (Perhaps “The Land Before Time?”) Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). For the title of the movie, contact us at 602-652-3000. Adult supervision is required at all times. A related children’s activity sheet will be available at the end of the movie. Once completed, it may be exchanged for a small prize.  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Library Conference Room

Fountain Hills Public Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

NOVEMBER 14, 2016:  “Holiday Art Cards” with watercolor & collage With Metal Artist April Bower

 
apri-brower-holiday-cardsJoin metal artist, April Bower to create a collection off hand-made Holiday Art Cards!  Glittering gold & silver, copper & red will add sparkle to your unique watercolor art cards.  April is a gifted artist and teacher, and you will have her guidance and the choice of art papers, metallic leaf and paint. By the end of the evening you will have created six cards and envelopes that you will be proud to mail to friends and family. Class size is limited to 10; $49 fee covers all supplies.

Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by cash or check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. Questions? Call the Gallery at 480-836-9919.   5-9 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2016:  “A Four Peaks Christmas” Art Class with Gloria M. Sanchez

Join Gloria for 2 ½ hours of FUN as she guides you to paint “Four Peaks with a Holiday Saguaro” under a star filled moon! You will have various crystals & ornaments to decorate your saguaro plus, choices between a 3D Santa hat or a bright shiny star to top off your saguaro.  You finished acrylic painting will be on a 12”x16 canvas. Templates will be provided for those who wish to use them. Class limit is 8.  

$35.00 all supplies included & No Experience Necessary.

 Important note:  All classes require pre-registration at the Gallery, and fees are payable by check made out to the instructor.  No credit cards will be accepted. (480-836-9919)   5-7:30 p.m. (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2016:  Celebrate National “Take a Hike” Day

nov-16take-a-hikeTake advantage of National Take-a-Hike day with FREE entry into the park today! Join the Ranger for an interpretive walk along a desert wash trail. We will hike along the wash and discover some of the secrets of this beautiful area. Hike will be approximately 2 miles. Please make sure to have plenty of water and closed–toed shoes. Portions of this hike will be in a desert wash trail which can have deep sand, so please plan accordingly. Meet at the 4 Peaks/Horse Staging Area (make the first right turn after park entry station).  10-11:30 a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2016:  Fountain Hills Library “Teens Giving Back” Program

If you’re looking for service learning hours or are looking for something nice to do for others with Thanksgiving approaching, then visit the library for our Teens Giving Back program. Come make “Blessing Rocks” for the volunteers of Meals on Wheels to give out with the meals they deliver.  Missing your Grandma or Grandpa or an Auntie or Uncle you hold dear?  Brighten the day for someone just like the ones you hold dear. We’ll be crafting from 5:30-7:30, so drop by and stay for as long as you can!

Fountain Hills Library Teen Corner; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

NOVEMBER 18, 19, 20, 2016:  Orme Dam Victory Days

nov-17-ft-mcdowell-reservationEach November, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in Arizona celebrates their 1981 victory over the federal government, who proposed to construct the Orme Dam at the confluence of the Verde and Salt Rivers. The project would have flooded the reservation and relocated the Yavapai people. With limited financial resources, individuals from the community spearheaded an opposition movement that rallied the support of fellow tribal members, other Indian tribes and non-Indian groups.

By referendum in 1976, the community members voted 144 to 57 against selling their land to the federal government for the dam site. Then on November 12, 1981, after consulting with the Fort McDowell Tribal Council and the Governor’s Advisory Committee, Interior Secretary James Watt announced that Orme Dam would not be built.

The annual victory celebration includes:

  • Intertribal Powwow
  • All-Indian Rodeo
  • Basketball, softball, and golf tournaments
  • Yavapai Village, showcasing cultural performances from different tribes of the Southwest
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Authentic native food vendors

The Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds located on Hwy. 87 about 3 miles east of Shea Blvd.

https://nativeamerica.travel/experiences/fort-mcdowell-orme-dam-victory-days-pow-wow

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Introduction to Archery at McDowell Mountain Park

Archery is fun for people of all ages.  Participants will experience a safe introduction to international-style target archery. Equipment is provided. Space is limited. RSVP required. To RSVP, email amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov.  Additional details will be provided.  10-11:30 a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  “12 Hours of Fury” Cycle Race at McDowell Mtn Park

Fury NoBACKThe 12 Hours of Fury will test your body, mind and mountain biking skills. Beginning and ending at The Four Peaks Staging Area in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, the 15 mile loop is smooth, fast and fun. The most loops in 12 hours wins the championship!

10 a.m. start; pre-registration required. Print and mail your application:  12 Hours of Fury

http://4peaksracing.com/events/12-hours-of-fury-2016/

Location: 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 United States

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Celebrating Native American Heritage Month  In Fountain Hills

nov-19-jay-begayCelebrate Native American Heritage month with the dancing and stories by Jay Begay and Sons, and cultural foods and snacks by Chef Chrys Kill. Children will be invited to create his or her original sand painting.  Join us in the Centennial Circle between the Library and the Community Center. Join in this festive family celebration of Native American Heritage in Arizona.  10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Centennial Courtyard

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2016:  Celebrate International Games Day at the Library

It’s International Games Day, so bring the entire family to the library and let the play begin! If you enjoy playing tabletop games like Fluxx, Cranium, and Apples to Apples then this program was made for you! Games are multi-generational, and this perfect for all ages form teens to adults of all ages.  12:30-4:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Public Library;  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2016:  Join the 26th Annual Fountain Hills Turkey Trot

turkey-trot-2016We are celebrating 26 years of trotting!

Thanksgiving morning is the day for a great Fountain Hills tradition and some exercise before you hit the mashed potatoes and gravy!

Registration will be open through November 17 in person at Fountain Hills Town Hall or Community Center or online the Town website: Turkey Trot Registration. http://www.fh.az.gov/293/Turkey-Trot-5K-Fitness-Walk

 

NOVEMBER 24, 2016:  Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade Ranks 4th and 5th on Google!

nov-21-thanksgiving-day-paradeWhen anyone “Google’s” Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Day Parade is in the Top % nationally—like in the same company as the Famed Macy’s Parade in NYC!  While we wouldn’t say there is actually a comparison with a multi-million dollar extravaganza, it is one of our Town’s most treasured traditions.

The Southwest’s largest Thanksgiving parade goes “Glam” this year.  The theme of the floats and exhibits promises a glittering display of “Hollywood Holidays.”  Families line the route with chairs, tailgate parties, with cameras ablaze.

So stuff that turkey, then join the fun starting at 9 a.m. — Parade route runs from Saguaro and El Lago to Palisades to La Montana.  Pack up the hot chocolate and doughnuts and come on Down!

Include your company or organization in the festivities—The Chamber of Commerce encourages interested parties.  For registration rules and participation details, check: http://fountainhillschamber.chambermaster.com/events/

9-10 a.m.; For best seating, plan to arrive between 8-8:30a.m.

4-6p.m. on Sunday evening (classes start promptly)

The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

NOVEMBER 29, 2016:  Join the Fountain Hills Library Teen Council

Fountain Hills Branch Library wants YOU to join our Teen Council! The Fountain Hills Library, with the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library, provide hundreds of one of unusual activities and learning activities for the teens in the Fountain Hills area.  The Teen Council has a major role in the planning of activities and performances, and for improving the cozy Teen Corner.  This opportunity is open to teens from 12-18 years old.  Contact Heather Nelson for more information or drop in for more information on the 29th.

2:45-4:00 p.m. Library Conference Room

Fountain Hills Public Library

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Fall in the Sonoran Desert! Plenty of Celebration in Fountain Hills!

 

1-october-opening-quoteNorthern or southern hemisphere, October is a grand month to enjoy outdoor living.  In the Desert Southwest, the light becomes softer, and the cooler breezes draw you outside to walk, hike, or just sit in the shade and enjoy a good book.

 

And speaking of books, the Library’s activities form the “Bookends” of a month chock-full of fun! “Banned Book Week” on one end of the month—Friends of the Library’s huge 2-day Book Sale on the other. 

 

Enjoy theater, star-gazing, hiking, biking, Art on the Avenue, Farmer’s Market, music and marathons—and especially Sonoran Lifestyle’s Spooky “Spider Village” during Fountain Hills “Halloween in the Hills” Extravaganza.

 

Check out Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate’s monthly “Save the Date” listings, and as always, use the links below for the websites listed, or call to confirm details—sometimes things change last minute between the original listing of an event and when it actually takes place.

 

OCTOBER 1, 2016

2-oct-banned-book

 

BANNED BOOK WEEK at the Fountain Hills Library

Banned Book Week is upon us, so come to the library stand up for your right to read!

Drop by during the week, check out our “Banned Book Week” displays, and find a frequently challenged book to take home!

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

OCTOBER 1-31, 2016:  Town Sponsored Classes Gear Up in the Fall

3-adult-classesThe Town of Fountain Hills offers hundreds of classes throughout the year, and October marks the beginning of many of the regular sports, education, exercise and support group activities. But is it also the time many new classes launch for the entire winter season.  Lots of new classes this year are offered through partnerships with area “Pros” in Dance, Golf, Tennis, Archery, Fitness and Cycling, to name a few. Some of the newer offerings for Adults include:

  • Wine tasting and Education
  • Beginner to Tournament-training level Tennis
  • Beginner and Advanced Archery
  • MELT Exercise for pain reduction
  • American Sign Language
  • Tap Dance Lessons

A few of the new offerings for kids:

  • French Language Immersion Camp
  • Junior Chef Cooking Classes
  • Tennis for Beginners and Intermediates
  • Archery Fundamentals
  • Think Outside the Box Engineering
  • Cheer Dance
  • Hip Hop Dance

 

In addition to the classes offered by Parks and Recreation, the Community Activity Center offers a wide range of continuing education, peer support and respite groups, and recreational activities like Bingo, Yoga and Bridge.

A complete listing and enrollment information, including fees, if any, can be found on the Town website, www.fh.az.gov.

 

 

October 1-23, 2016:  Charlotte’s Web—Help From Above!

4-charlottes-webCharlotte’s Web is the musical version of the classic story by E. B. White. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” This is a beautiful play about friendship.

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/

 

OCTOBER 1-23, 2016:  Curtain Call Cuisine to Benefit the Fountain Hills Theater

 

 

5-curtain-call-cuisineThe Fountain Hills Theater’s fall fundraiser is one of the best reasons to live in Fountain Hills. Local amateur chefs open their homes and display their talents to prepare special culinary delights for you and your chosen friends and family.

 

Please note:  These venues are in high demand, and sell out early, so do not delay! Check out all the options from dinners like “Mignon and Moonlight” to “Howl at the Moon Pizza Party.” The reservation and purchase time will expire shortly. Each activity is priced individually, with options to buy the entire event out or to book individually.

For the complete listing of opportunities and to make and pay for your adventure, call or visit the Theater website at 480-837-9661 ex. 3.

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

OCTOBER 2 AND 16, 2016:  Mountain Bike Fun Group Rides

Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area. All skill levels are welcome. Many of McDowell’s trails are beginner friendly, and no rider will be left behind. Distances and trails will vary each ride depending on the group. Join other like-minded folks to hit the trails in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Ride will be led by a park volunteer(s). Riders must wear a helmet and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike). Wheels down at 7:00am, so please arrive early for any prep time you may need. Contact amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov with any questions.

7-8 a.m., McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016:  “School of Rock” in Fountain Hills

23-oct-school-of-rockA Teen experience unique to Fountain Hills—Scott Hallock’s Music Class for motivated Teens who play guitar, piano, bass, percussion, ukulele, mandolin, flute, sax, cello, or have vocal talent.

If you are an intermediate musician, join our band under the direction of Scott Hallock. During this seven week band camp, Scott will teach rhythm, timing, pitch and stage presence. Participants are required to practice at home to be prepared for the class each week. At the end of the eight- week session our band will present a concert for family and friends.

For teens 12-18; Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

4-5:30 p.m. Library Conference Room, 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

October 3, 2016:  Youth Tennis Program with Cliff Drysdale Tennis Pros

 

6-oct-kids-tennisThe Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is proud to partner with Cliff Drysdale Tennis to feature top quality tennis lessons and exceptional service.

The classes will Introduce tennis-related techniques, movement, and the concept

of rallying. Instructors will use tennis related games designed to help learn the concepts of tennis in a fun and enjoyable style.

COURSE DAY DATE TIME AGE FEE

2369 M 10/3 – 12/5* 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 4 – 6 yrs. $104

2371 W 10/5 – 12/7** 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 4 – 6 yrs. $104

2373 F 10/7 – 12/9*** 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. 4 – 6 yrs. $104

 

OCTOBER 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2016:   Teen “Redesign a Book Jacket “Contest

In honor of Teen Read Week, taking place from October 9th through October 15th, join in on our teen “Redesign a Book Jacket” competition! Competitors will have until October 15th to submit their revamped book jackets. Voting for the best jacket will open October 16th and run through the end of the month, and the winning entry will win a $10 gift card to Harkins Theater. Additionally, all participants will have their book jacket put on display in the library to showcase their artistic ability to the town.

Contest prize funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

 

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 5, 2016:  Grand Canyon Readers Award Kick Off

Calling kids from 8-11 years old…Learn about the Grand Canyon Readers Award and discover this year’s ten nominees in the Intermediate (chapter book) category. Pick up your reading game card, select your first book, make a 3-D gecko, and enjoy some prickly pear jelly on crackers.

Children across the state of Arizona have nominated 10 books in 5 categories (Picture books, Nonfiction, Intermediate, Tween, & Teen) that they believe are the best books recently published. Kids are encouraged to read the nominated books and vote for their favorite to be awarded a Grand Canyon Reader.

2-3 p.m. Watch calendar for upcoming Grand Canyon Readers Awards Events.  12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 OCTOBER 6 and 20, 2016:  Wine Tasting and Education Class

7-oct-wine-tasting-classIn this new and exciting class, participants will learn about wine from a local wine expert. In this class, students will learn about topics such as sugar, tannins, fruit, and acid and how they relate to differing types of wine. Each topic will involve two tastes of wine with a grand total of eight wine tastings per class. This is a great opportunity to taste delicious wine and learn about what makes wine some great or not, depending on your taste buds.

Prior registration is required.  Go to: http://www.fh.az.gov/269/Special-Interest-Programs,

to register and pay your fees.  Wine Tasting Classes are offered at Grapeables Wine Bar next to Fountain Park; 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

www.grapeableswinebar.com

Class # 2469 Th 10/6 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. 21 yrs. & up $60

Class # 2470 Th 10/20 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. 21 yrs. & up $60

 

OCTOBER 6, 2016:  Ping Pong Tournament at the Library

Area teens—Come on Down! Practice up and join us in the library for our inaugural ping pong tournament. Participants will compete in a double-elimination bracket for a chance to win both bragging rights and Starbucks gift cards…don’t miss it!

Free, but pre-registration required. 10/1 through 10/5/2016.

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Library Conference Room; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 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/

 

OCTOBER 8, 2016:  Creative Engineering for Kids 6-14 Years

Kids will design and build bridges, towers, vehicles, devices and more using everyday materials. Brainstorming, building, testing, and re-designing are the engineering processes practiced while students have fun being innovative in so many ways. This class will foster students’ engineering and building skills and challenge them to think outside-the-box.

Go to: http://www.fh.az.gov/269/Special-Interest-Programs, to register and pay your fees.  Dozens of classes are offered every quarter by the Town of Fountain Hills.  Check out the town’s on-line activities magazine, “In the Loop” for each quarter’s offerings.

 

OCTOBER 8, 2016:  “Rattlesnake Restaurant” at McDowell Mtn Park

 

8-oct-rattlesnakeWhat’s on the menu? Mice! Find out if desert reptiles prefer fast food, or casual dining. Stop by the rattlesnake restaurant, a.k.a. the park Visitor Center, to watch our resident rattlesnake, and other native reptiles eat their lunch.

11- 11:30 a.m.  (Come a bit early so you don’t miss a thing!).

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

OCTOBER 8, 2016:  Front Porch Performance Goes Irish

With Patrick McCrossan

9-pat-mccassanPat McCrossan was born in Derry, Ireland and his musical education began at an early age at the urging of his entertainer father.  Pat has been an Irish entertainer and musician for more than fifty years. Enjoy folklore, stories, and traditional songs of Ireland.

The Friends of the Library Bookstore and a very active group of members bring Free Front Porch Performances and other special activities to the Library for the education and enjoyment of the fountain Hills community. 2-3 p.m. Library Reading Lounge

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 8, 2016:  Hey Kids!  Become a Junior Ranger at McDowell Mtn Park

Bring your kids (ages 4-12) out to the park for this “on your own” program. Stop by the Nature Center between 9-10am to pick up the Junior Ranger Booklet. Head outside to complete the required activities and have fun! Return to the park’s Visitor Center when you’re finished to pick up the Jr. Ranger badge you earned! You can complete the activities in this program in 1-2 hours. (Please note that the Visitor Center closes at 3pm).

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

OCTOBER 8, 2016:  Soup’s On with Chef Larry…

Chef Larry Canepa will discuss the basics of soup making as well as what the national soups around the world are. You will also learn as he makes soups you can imitate from scratch!

 

10-11 a.m., Library Conference Room 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2016:  Tour De Scottsdale for Dedicated Cyclists

 

10-tour-de-scottsdale-bikerace-480The thirteenth annual Tour de Scottsdale is Sunday, October 9, 2016. The course begins at Market Street in DC Ranch, meanders through Fountain Hills and returns to DC Ranch. The event features a 70-mile and 30-mile citizen’s ride.  The Tour de Scottsdale event is capped at 2,000 cyclists so register now!

 

The event beneficiary is the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization in Scottsdale that protects and promotes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  http://www.tourdescottsdale.net/event-info/

 

OCTOBER 9, 2016:  Painting “Pumpkin with Mums” with Ruth Stewart at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

 

11-ruth-stewart-pumpkinEven if you have never painted before, you can paint this! Ruth will guide you step by step using completely safe water miscible oils. Your 16″x20″ painting will be on a gallery wrapped canvas. No Frame Needed!  Fee is $49.00, and check should be made payable to the Artist, Ruth Stewart.  You may also register by phone (480-836-9919) and mail your check to: The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

OCTOBER 10 THROUGH 14, 2016:  Beginner French Camp for Kids

The Town of Fountain Hills is offering a 5-day French Immersion camp for kids to learn conversational French. Students will learn while acting out typical exchanges (ordering food in a café, going to school), so they have a feel for the phrases they need to master to travel in a French-speaking country. Additionally, they will watch movies and play games in French.  On the last day of class, students will celebrate with a French picnic.  Ages 7-15 years; preregistration and payment is required.  Go to: http://www.fh.az.gov/269/Special-Interest-Programs, to register and pay your fees.  Dozens of classes are offered every quarter by the Town of Fountain Hills.  Check out the town’s on-line activities magazine, “In the Loop” for each quarter’s offerings.

 

OCTOBER 10, 2016:  Paint a Spooky Halloween Picture with Gloria

 

12-gloria-sanchezFollow Gloria during this two hour class as she guides you to paint a spooky Halloween Night filled with bats, tombstones, a raven and a black cat under a really BIG full moon! Plus, everyone gets Swarovski Crystals to add a scary glow to their windows! Class is limited to 8 students. Fee is $49.00, and check should be made payable to the Artist, Gloria Sanchez.  You may also register by phone (480-836-9919) and mail your check to: The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268.

6-8:00 p.m. Questions? Go to http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

OCTOBER 10,11,12,13,14,2016:  Young Voices on Censorship

If you are an aspiring artist or writer and want to share your creativity with others, stop in at the library anytime from September 15th through October 15th and let your creative voice be heard. Choose one of the prompts posted in the teen area (or combine several together!) and create something…a comic strip, a sketch, a short story, an essay, whatever medium you prefer…that describes your feelings on your chosen prompt. Then submit your piece to be featured in our Young Voices on Censorship.

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 10, 11,12,13,14, 2016:  Teens Make a Difference Blanket Bee Preparation

Teens and Tweens—-Come help us prep fleece blankets for the library’s “Make a Difference Day” program in collaboration with Project Linus. We will be squaring fleece material, rounding corners, cutting strips, and hole-punching fabric for ties or crochet edging. All completed blankets will be donated to Project Linus in an effort to reach their mission of providing homemade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

1-3 p.m. Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 10, 2016:  Mystery Reading Group Explores The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its,” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Want to discuss these books with other mystery lovers & discover new authors? Join the Mystery Reading Group.

The group will be discussing The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill.

6:30—8:00 p.m., Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 11, 2016:  Out of this World “Star Party”

14-oct-star-partyThe desert southwest is the astronomy capital of the United States. Here the sky is always a source of spectacle, inspiration, and discussion. Bring your lawn chairs and telescopes for a unique experience of direct observation of the moon, planets, their moons, galaxies, star clusters, and gaseous nebulae. Fountain Hills is a “Dark Skies” Town, so be prepared to be awed by this natural spectacle!

6-9:00 p.m.  Centennial Circle Courtyard

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 11, 2016:  Have You Read this Movie?

See a great movie that began as a great book! Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande (Rated R). Popcorn and soda will be provided! For the title of the movie, please call 602-652-3000 or ask at the Customer Service Desk.

5:00-7:00 p.m., Library Conference Room.

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 13 & 26, 2016:  Create Stunning Arizona Landscape String Painting with Rita Chester

15-rita-chester-string-paintingCome play with fiber artist Rita Chester & create your own Cactus “String Painting”. You will be using threads in an assortment of colors as well as various beads to complete your painting.  And no sewing is involved! After you complete your painting, Rita will frame it and it will be ready to hang when you get home! No Experience Necessary; Class is limited to 6; $55.00 all supplies included. Please pre-register at the Gallery.

12-4:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery,

16858 E. Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

OCTOBER 14, 2016:  Free Family Fun—Movie in the Park

Family Fun Night under the stars, compliments of the Town of Fountain Hills.  The Animated movie, “Zootopia” is a hilarious adventure for the whole Family. Remember to bring a blanket or chairs to make your movie experience more comfortable. Refreshments will be sold at the event.

7-9:00 p.m., Fountain Park at the Corner of Saguaro Blvd. and Palisades Blvd.

 

OCTOBER 14-30, 2016:  The Glass Menagerie Opens at FH Theater

17-oct-the-glass-menagerieEnjoy a superbly-acted version of this American classic, written by Tennesee Williams. Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility, which lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. The awkwardness of the family dynamics comes to light when Tom invites a gentleman friend to their home for dinner with the family.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday Matinee at 2:00 P.M.; October 14 through 30, 2016. Reservations on line or by phone: 480-837-9661 ex. 3.

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

 

OCTOBER 15, 2016:  Two Unique Adult Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park

 

October 15, “Sunset to Full Moon” Hike

October 20, “Happy Hour Hike” from Campground

Go on-line or call Ranger Amy for Full details, (480) 471-0173.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

OCTOBER 16, 2016:  Craft Brew Half-Marathon

18-craft-brew-marathon

 

What could be better than a celebration of both “Running” and “Beer”?  Enjoy a timed race for brew aficionados of all speeds, and then join the fun after party! Quench your thirst at the post-race celebration of your local craft brew scene.
The Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K is a running experience like no other! Presented by Adidas Running and HUSS Brewing, this event features a Half Marathon and 5K distance. Cross the finish at an Epic Craft Brew after-Party with Huss Brewing!

6:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Questions? Call 480-816-5185

http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/events/2016/craft-classic

 

 

OCTOBER 17, 2016:  Watercolor Greeting Card Workshop with April Bower at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, Avenue of the Fountains

19-april-bower-bird-cardsLearn to make stunning bird-themed greeting cards featuring your bird stamp in the image of a Raven, Hummingbird or Songbird.  Watercolors, special watercolor papers and all supplies will be provided. You will have the bird stamp of your choice to make additional cards for friends and family.  Class size is limited to 8 participants. Fee is $49.00, and check should be made payable to the Artist, April Bower. You may also register by phone (480-836-9919) and mail your check to: The Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery, 16858 E Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com/artworkshops

 

 

OCTOBER 17, 18,19,20,21, 2016:  Legos in the Library

July 10, LegosBe creative while improving lateral thinking skills during one week a month at Legos in the Library. Kids will think in three dimensions as they problem solve, organize, and create with Legos. Work as a team on our Library Display Project or work individually on our monthly Lego Challenge. For Children 5-11 Years old. Adult supervision required at all times. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

3:30-5:00, Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 20, 2016:  Teens Giving Back

20-best-buddies-logoIn honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we are beginning our Teens Giving Back program series by putting together care bags for victims of domestic violence. Visit the Teen Corner and help us make tee shirt tote bags to fill with toiletries, hats, and books for domestic violence victims in need.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Teen Corner, Fountain Hills Library

 

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 22, 2016:  “Fresh Paint” Gallery Reception

The Fountain Hills Artists Gallery is a feast for the senses, and the Gallery is welcoming an additional group of talented artists to their cadre.  Welcome the new artists to Fountain Hills at the Gallery’s Fall Reception, “Fresh Paint.” Knowing the artist who created your latest purchase adds to the enjoyment of owning a one of a kind work of art.

5-7:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E Ave of the Fountains #103, Fountain Hills, AZ., 85268

http://www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

OCTOBER 22, 2016:  Fountain Hills “Make A Difference Day”

 On Oct. 22, 300 volunteers in Fountain Hills will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others in the town. The “8th Annual Make a Difference Day” event will take place that day. Town volunteers come together to serve residents who could use assistance with a variety of projects in their homes in Fountain Hills.  If you can clean a cabinet, rake a yard, trim bushes, we need you! Anyone can help…no special skills needed…just the desire to be part of a group of friends and neighbors who “move mountains” on this wonderful day of service.

Questions about Make a Difference Dayor know someone who can use some help? Call Heather Ware, Coordinator of the program, at 480-816-5108 or emailing hware@fh.az.gov.

 

OCTOBER 22, 2016:  “Day of the Dead” Celebration

21-day-of-the-deadThe festive Day of the Dead celebration originated in Mexico, and is now celebrated in conjunction with All Saints Day across much of South and Central America.  It is a joyous time when dead loved ones are remembered and their lives are celebrated with prayer and feasting.  Children are traditionally given small sugar candy skulls, and brightly decorated skeleton icons are traditionally depicted dancing and celebrating with their families.

More details to come— http://www.sofrita.com/

16848 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 816-5316

 

OCTOBER 27, 2016: Art on the Avenue and Farmer’s Market Return to the Avenue

Thursday Farmer's Market is Back for the Season on Avenue of the Fountains! Stop by!

Thursday Farmer’s Market is Back for the Season on Avenue of the Fountains! Stop by!

The 7th season of Art on the Avenue and Farmer’s Market opens on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Each Thursday, October through April, the Avenue of the Fountains is transformed into one of the area’s most popular markets. More than 50 area artists display their juried works, ranging from indoor and outdoor décor to wearable art in the form of hand-painted clothing and jewelry. Information?  Call Judi Yates at 480-837-6645.

Fountain Hills oldest and largest farmers market brings fresh produce, honey, breads, baked goods, grass-feed beef, eggs, bacon, tamales, tea, and other locally hand-crafted gourmet food items. If you are what you eat, you’ll love eating from here!

11-5 p.m. Thursdays (weather permitting)

Start your stroll through the Market in front of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  We love to see what treasures you’ve found at the Market.

16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills AZ, 85268

 

OCTOBER 27, 2016:   It’s Time to ROCK ON! “School of Rock” Live Performance

 

This is sure to be a rewarding celebration of Fountain Hills youth’s musical talent. Come rock out with Scott Hallock and our teen band, featuring Logan Derksen, Daniel Quan, and Harrison Woods, in their second annual concert! The band will be performing an hour-long set of songs such as Wagon Wheel by Bob Dylan, Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum, and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. Join in the fun and dance the night away in the Centennial Courtyard!

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Centennial Courtyard between Community Center and Library

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

OCTOBER 28-29, 2016:  Annual Friends of the Library “Big Book Sale”

Are you and your friends book nuts?  Imagine delivering a huge basket of gently-used books for each of your avid-reader friends—-Hardbound Classics to contemporary paperbacks priced from $.25 and hard-bound books for $1.00!!!

There are children’s books, young readers books, and a wide range of adult genres from mystery to history to romance, and always some great DIY and Cook books.

This fabulous semi-annual Book Sale will be held in the Library Lobby and Conference Room from 9am until 4pm on both Friday and Saturday. All proceeds from the Book Shop and Sale go to support library projects and needs. Stop by for some great bargains!

9:00a.m. – 4:00a.m. Library Lobby/Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

OCTOBER 30, 2016 THROUGH NOVEMBER 6, 2016;  

Copperwynd Pro Challenge Tennis Tournament

24-octoberpro-challenge-aceing-autismOnce again Copperwynd is host to this International Women’s Professional Tennis Tournament, and Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate is proud to be a returning sponsor. The CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event, is the largest women’s professional tennis tournament in Arizona, and only 1 of 2 women’s professional tennis tournaments in the state.

Imagine sitting just feet away from some of the world’s emerging Tennis stars as they qualify for the major events we see on TV.  But you will be seeing it live and in one of the most breathtaking settings in the Southwest!  Tickets and schedules are available on line at: http://www.arizonachallenger.com/schedule

Copperwynd Resort and Club

13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480-333-1900

 

OCTOBER 30, 2016:  Silver Leaf Painting on Copper with April Bower

25-oct-april-bower-copper-paintingLearn the art of Silver Leafing during this workshop with April. She will guide you using silver leaf to paint an image of several irises on an 8″x18′ copper panel. No frame needed. The $75 fee covers all materials to make a beautiful finished product. Class is limited to 8 students. Preregistration and payment can be done by dropping into the Gallery or by calling and mailing your check, payable to April Bower.

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
480.836.9919; info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

OCTOBER 31, 2016

Halloween in the Hills

26-oct-spooky-haunter-houseHalloween in the Hills has become one of the largest celebrations of its kind in Arizona! On Monday, October 31st 2015, from 4pm-8pm, The Town of Fountain Hills will shut down the entire Avenue of the Fountains.  More than 40 local businesses and charities will be providing family game booths along the avenue. Plus businesses stay open for trick or treating! Booths are carnival style, and kids can win candy and toys.  Originator of this great celebration, Sami Fine Jewelry, will sponsor the “Pets and their People” costume contest, a “not to be missed” celebration of hilarious and creative costuming.

But the best spot on the Avenue is Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate’s “Spider Village.”  There are treats for both kids and adults, and a creepy haunted house-type experience that gets better every year.  Venture into the Spider’s lair to enjoy a fun-filled haunted experience for young and old alike.  The Spider Experience starts at 5:30pm.

4-8 p.m., East End of the Avenue of the Fountains

http://www.halloweeninthehills.com/

September in Fountain Hills is time to Connect and “Regroup”

williambutleryeats383082Whether your “group” likes to listen to live music, play ball, dance, sing, or just enjoy the splendor of a desert hike, September is not the end of summer in Arizona,  it is the beginning of the 2016-17 season of fun in Fountain Hills!

 

September is the time to renew friendships and catch up on “What I did last summer,” take in a class and master a new skill. So open your calendar and note the opening of the Fall activity season with musicals, a fabulous Homecoming Parade, Slide the City, Oktober Fest, and of course, Ballet Under the Stars.

Your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog frequently for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.

Please note: Some activities may change between the time we assemble our monthly list, so it’s best to call and confirm the information provided in our monthly “Save the Date.”

 

SEPTEMBER 1-30, 2016

The Town of Fountain Hills Dozens of NEW Classes Starting in September

Pic #1 Adult Art Class

The Town of Fountain Hills Recreation and Community Services Department launches another great season in September with dozens of NEW classes. New Hip Hop/Gymnastics, Ballet, Soccer and Basketball youth classes. Who could resist Fitness Bootcamp featuring jump ropes, two new exercise classes called “Melt”? Nerf Wars…French Camp for kids…Tap Dancing for Adults…Check it all out on line or in the Fall issue of The Loop.

Check out these and dozens of other interesting classes offered by the Town of Fountain Hills.

Register for adult and children activities online by visiting our website, www.fh.az.gov/recreation  or contact Anjelica Giardino at (480) 816-5132.

It’s easy and fast!

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 2016

sept-2-toddlers-at-libraryStory Time for Toddlers at the Library

Children 18 -36 months old are invited to enjoy a special Toddler’s reading group during Story time on the first four Thursdays of each month.  This is a perfect opportunity to familiarize your child with the Library, a lifetime resource. Children will be introduced to early literacy skills through stories, songs, finger plays, crafts, and creative play. This month’s theme is “Animals”.

10-11 a.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 2,9,16.23,30,2016

Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park

This week’s (9/2/16) hike will begin from the Trailhead Staging Area. Hike distance will be between 8-12 miles. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes & clothing. Hike will be led by Kevin B.

The Friday Fitness hikes are for experienced hikers who can manage 5 miles or more.  They are held each Friday and launch from a different location.  Check the Park monthly calendar for locations.

6:30 AM – 9:30a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 2-30, 2016

3-furious-georgeFree Live music at the Lucky 7 Saloon, Fort McDowell Casino

Visit the fort McDowell Casino’s Lucky 7 Saloon for live music, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights.  Bands featuring Jazz, Country, Reggae and even an 80’s tribute band—David Bowie and Duran Duran come to mind!

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2- 18, 2016

4chitty-chitty-bang-bang“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” comes to the Fountain Hills Theater

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas! Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious”.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 2pm; Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3.

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

sept-5-reptileReptile Feeding at McDowell Mountain Park

The Park’s resident reptiles will wow you with their appetites as they devour their dinner! Learn about these fascinating creatures and experience a part of nature that is rarely observed in the wild. Meet at the Visitor Center for this program.

1:30 – 2:00p.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr, MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

Mountain Bike Fun Ride

Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area in McDowell Mountain Park. All skill levels are welcome. Many of McDowell’s trails are beginner friendly. No rider will be left behind. Distances and trails will vary each ride depending on the group. Join other like-minded folks to hit the trails in a supportive, non- threatening environment. Ride will be led by a park volunteer. Riders must wear a helmet and BYOB (Bring your own bike). Wheels down at 6:30am, so please arrive early for any prep time you may need. Please contact amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov with any questions.

6:30 – 8:30a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park; 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr,MMRP, AZ 85268 http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

sept-6-cheng-and-engMonthly Book Discussion Explores the Strange Life of Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world’s stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage.

3-5 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016

Adult Coloring and Relaxation Group

Coloring exotic creations is soothing and fun. Come relax and color with others who love this quiet and rewarding exercise. Supplies as well as refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch! Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

12-2 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

sept-7-night-rideSummer Night Ride Series

Get out and enjoy the cool desert nights! These rides in McDowell Mountain Park provide a great way to get together with your fellow mountain bikers during the long, hot summer.  Riders must have a helmet, and a light system designed for mountain biking with batter power for 3 hours of riding.  Fountain Hills Bikes supports these rides and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack. Meet at the PB Trailhead Staging Area

7:30 – 10:00p.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

sept-7atheatermania“I’ll take Fountain Hills for 800, Alex”

Are you a novice theater-goer or a know-it-all aficionado? Join our actors, techies, staff and board members as we play the ultimate game of theatrical knowledge. From show tunes to scenery, leading ladies to lighting cues, this will be the ultimate opportunity to see where your knowledge lies. Join our live “studio audience” and enter for a chance to challenge the contestants on the Fountain Hills theater stage as our own ‘Alex Trebek’, Peter J. Hill, poses questions, takes wagers and is joined by surprise guest performers with live clues!

The evening will consist of four games culminating in the ultimate play-off Daily Double show down! Win prizes, enjoy snacks, a cash bar and a whole lot of laughs! Admission is $20 per person.

→PLEASE NOTE: Event will be held at the Fountain Hills Community Center

13001 N La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

sept-8-mystery Adult Mystery Book Discussion Group at the FH Library

Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Join the

Mystery Reading Group and learn about new authors to explore. This month the group will be

discussing Memory Man by David Baldacci. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

6:30-8p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 19, 26, 2016

Fountain Hills Teen Coding Club

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? Come to the Fountain Hills library to learn the basics on how get started making apps, games, and websites. No computer or coding experience needed. Absolute beginners are most welcome! Space is limited; prior registrations required by September 11, 2016. Contact Number: 602-652-3250.

Club for age group 14-19 will meet on September 12, 19, 26, and 2016;

3:30-5:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.as

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

sept-9-solar-ovenSolar Oven Cooking for Kids 5-11 Years Old

Solar energy is a form of energy from the sun. Like electricity and gas, solar energy can also be used as power. Harness the power of solar energy to cook s’mores with a solar oven. For Children 5-11 Years Old. Registration needed prior to 9/17/2016.

3:00-4:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2016

sept-10pink-cactus-flowerCreate a beautiful “Pink Cactus Flower” on the 18th

Create a beautiful “Yellow Cactus Flower” on the 19th with Ruth Stewart 

 

Ruth Stewart will guide you using non-toxic water miscible oils to paint on a 12”x12” gallery wrapped canvas. No Frame Needed!  All supplies included except paint brushes which can be rented from Ruth for $5.00 or you may bring your own. Students may also buy brush kits for $40.00.

Cost of each class is $55.00, or you may register for both for $100.

9:30 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenues of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Family Movie at the Library

This unanimated film (rated PG) stars a young woman with the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and stepmother who are out to ruin her life. She meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with a little help from her fairy godmother. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). For the title of the movie, contact us at 602-652-3000. Adult supervision is required at all times.

10a.m. -12 p.m.  Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendaR

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

sept-11paint-your-petFountain Hills Artists Gallery Presents: “Paint Your Pet” with Kelly Bowman 

Acrylic artist, Kelly Bowman will guide students on a journey of painting a colorful portrait of their own pet; starting with the layout, then the actual painting. Your finished painting will be on a 9”x12” canvas.

Please register in advance as class size is limited.

1-5 p.m. Fee: $45 for class and supplies

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

 Driver’s Permit test just around the corner?

Free 90-minute teen traffic safety workshop! AAA’s new 90-minute program – free for parents and teens – is a game show style workshop that offers education and resources to teens preparing to take their written permit test. This program is open to any adult or teen student getting ready to take their permit test. Registration ends 9/18/2016.

6:00-7:30 p.m.   Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 22 & 28, 2016

pic-1-adult-art-class“Sunset Stroll” with Gloria M. Sanchez at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

 Join Gloria for a Fun evening of painting & wine! During this two hour class you will paint a 12”x16”image of a family of Quails out for a “Sunset Stroll” in acrylics using the bright vivid colors of the Arizona sky. Absolutely no drawing experience needed. She will provide templates for the Quails and cacti for those who would like to use them. Drop into the Gallery to register and pay $35.00 fee.

6-8 p.m.   Fee: $35 for class and supplies

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Adult Book Discussion Group:  Jodi Picoult

Discuss Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Discussion questions and meeting dates for all books and authors are available in our Reading Club booklet at the Customer Service Desk. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Fountain Hills Library Conference Room;

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar

 

SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 9, 2016

 Fountain Hills Youth Theater Presents Musical ‘Charlotte’s Web’

The Musical version of the classic story by E. B. White has all the enchanting characters we love: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte takes them on an amazing journey in this beautiful play about friendship.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7pm & Sundays at 2pm; Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Ballet Under the Stars

Jay Schlum in Tutu

Yes, that’s a pink tutu on Fountain Hills Former Mayor Jay Schlum!

Don’t miss the Sonoran Lifestyle Gang’s favorite event — Ballet Under the Stars and the “Tutu Previw.”  Friday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Fountain Park, Ballet Arizona kicks off its 2016-17 season. This free celebration of dance is a family tradition in Fountain Hills.

But Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate’s pre-ballet party is another fun tradition to be savored. We are offering pre-ballet treats, with a new twist: a “Best Tutu Adornment” contest! This is a great time to reconnect with friends after the long summer, so give them a call and bring them along!

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Pre-Party

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains

Ballet Under the Stars, Fountain Park, Saguaro Blvd and Palisades Blvd

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Front Porch Concert Series- Nouveau Papillon

The name “Nouveau Papillon” means New Butterfly, the contemporary duo Mark Bensette Aux Bois and Scott. Scott had the initial idea for the name due to the free flowing nature of the music they were creating together. Mark suggested adding “Nouveau” because what they had to offer to the world was new and refreshing and could be difficult to pigeon hole into a known genre. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

2:00-3:30 p.m. Reading Lounge

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

“Early Bird” Walk in the Park

Join birder Joe Ford for an early morning walk along the Mule Deer Trail to look and listen for the many bird species that live in and pass through the White Tanks. Bring your bird book, binoculars and water.  Please leave your dog at home, as they will interrupt the birding experience. Hikers should gather by 7:15 at the Nature Center.

7:30 – 8:30a.m.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

sept-16-child_guitarSchool of Rock with Scott Hallock for Tweens and Teens, 12-18 years

If you are an intermediate musician (piano, guitar, bass, percussion, ukulele, mandolin, flute, sax, cello or vocals), join our band under the direction of Scott Hallock. During this 8 week band camp, Scott will teach rhythm, timing, pitch and stage presence. Participants are required to practice at home to be prepared for the class each week. At the end of the eight- week session our band will present a concert for family and friends. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library. REGISTRATION MUST BE MADE BEFORE 9/20/2016 – Contact: Heather Nelsen: 602-652-3256

4:00-5:30 P.M. Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2016

17-oktoberfest-2016Oktoberfest is Full of Family Fun

Fountain Hills annual Oktoberfest in the Park has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of all things German in the Valley. German music and dancing, brats and German beer, and bouncy entertainments for the kiddies make this a rollicking family event.

Of course there will be dozens of opportunities to do the “Chicken Dance”, and the polka is the dance of choice all evening. The Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is a celebration of authentic German traditions. Our band is flown in from Germany, our brats, apple strudel and pretzels are prepared with secret recipes, and the beer is brewed in Germany guided by the German purity law that originated in 1516! Everyone is encouraged to compete in contests for fun and prizes such as the famous Bier Stein holding competition and the Alphorn blowing contest.

For more information call 480-­235­-7134 or visit www.Oktoberfestfountainhills.com.

5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday in Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd, 85268

 

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

sept-18-silver-aspenFountain Hills Artists Gallery presents “Silver Aspen/Copper Sky” with April Bower  

Metal artist, April Bower will teach you the art of silver leafing to create a unique painting on copper. You will also learn some simple tricks to give your trees a natural look. Plus, using Gold leaf you will give your leaves the shimmering essence of autumn aspen. Your finished piece will be 11×14” and ready to hang! No experience necessary

4-8 p.m.   Fee: $75 for class and supplies

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, 16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480.836.9919