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The Ladies Take the Lead On Opening Night

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

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

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

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

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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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Winter Break Boredom? Check out these fun activities to do in Fountain Hills over Winter Break!

After what seemed like a never-ending finals season, winter break is finally here! Let’s face it being, a student is exhausting! Having to deal with your classes, study groups, pop-quizzes, and exams can make a person’s head spin. It’s time to put away those gigantic textbooks and enjoy some down time. Here are three fun activities to do in Fountain Hills that will reboot you this Winter Break:

The Fountain Hills Public Library is hosting a Blackout Bash for Teens on December 16th. Bring your glow stick and join in all the fun after the library closes at 5:30 pm for some glow-in-the dark fun from playing Twister, decorating glow in the dark cupcakes, and hanging out with your friends.

For more information, please visit:

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

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The Fountain Hills Theater is hosting a “Winter Break” Theater Camp from December 19th– 30th for students from the ages of 7 to 15. All areas of theater will be explored to the performance and staging. This a great opportunity to instill an appreciation for the theater and to experience activities that build self-confidence and mastery of public speaking.

For more information, please visit: 

http://www.fhtaz.org/winter-break-day-camp/

On December 29th, the Fountain Hills Public Library will be ringing in the New Year and celebrate in the end of 2016 by inviting you to grab a cookie and mug of hot chocolate between 1pm to 4 pm. Learn how to make Snowball Cookies, and take the time to check out a new book to tide you over during Winter Break.

For more information, please visit:

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

December in Fountain Hills a Wonderful Time for Families

If You’re Lucky Enough to Celebrate December in Fountain Hills, You’re Lucky Enough!

 pic-1-four-peaks-decemberAhhhh…December in Fountain Hills!  The perfect match of traditional Holiday celebrations…enjoyed with friends and family under clear blue skies of the sunny Sonoran Desert winter.

Join your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate in enjoying the rich variety of community activities, dining and boutique shopping that make our Fountains Hills lifestyle second to none.

 

DECEMBER 1-15, 2016:  ‘Elf on the Shelf’ at the Library

pic-2-elf-on-the-shelfFind the Elf on a bookshelf in the Library. Santa’s Elf, ‘Fiddlestix’ will be hiding in a new location each day. Find him and his book trivia question. Solve the trivia question and submit your correct answers at the Front Desk for an opportunity to add your name to a drawing for tickets to Fountain Hills Youth Theater’s showing of “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” on Saturday, 12/17th, at 7:00 pm. Children 5-11 Years Old.

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

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

DECEMBER 1, 2016:  Hike 100 Miles in 100 Days!

pic-3-100-mile-hikeHave you heard about the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge? This hike at McDowell Mountain Park will be a distance of 3-4 miles to help you achieve your goal to meet the challenge. You don’t have to be participating in the 100 Miles in 100 Days program to attend this hike. All are welcome!

9:00- 11:00 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park;  16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268; (480) 471-0173

Stay tuned for more December events.  Be sure to Sign Up to “Follow-Us” to receive information throughout the months for Fountain Hills activities!

 

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

August Activities Move Inside Where It’s Cool!

 

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“How glorious a greeting the Sun gives the Mountains. – John Muir.

August in Arizona is known for its chaotic weather, including our famous dust-laden “Haboob” storms that roll across the Valley. But every morning and evening of the monsoon Fountain Hills is blessed with indescribably spectacular skies.

 

When we are fortunate enough to have an afternoon shower, our evenings cool down a bit, and Fall seems closer than three months away. Fountain Hills kids start school August 8, so we’ll want to be sure to watch them, just in case they forget they are sharing the road with us!

And please remember to patronize our area businesses in August—shopping local helps keep the variety and convenience of our unique retail and dining options prosperous and successful. Your friends at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate invite you to check in to our Blog each month for information on many interesting activities going on in and around the Fountain Hills area.

 

 

Fountain Hills Library Hosts “Code Club for Kids”

#2 teens on laptopHave you ever wanted to make your own “App for That?”  Come to the Fountain Hills library to learn the basics on how get started making apps, games, and websites. No computer or coding experience needed. Absolute beginners are most welcome! Space is limited, registration is required by July 31, 2016.

Club for age group 14-19 will meet on August 1,8,15,22, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Club for age group 8-13 will meet on August 3,10, 17, 24, 31, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Contact: Christy Valentine
Contact Number: 602-652-3250

Fountain Hills Library Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

August 3, 2016

Come to The Last ‘Wacky Wet Wednesday’ of the Summer!

#6 kids in sprinklerThe Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department and the Fountain Hills Fire Department invites kids of all ages to have some FREE fun in the sun at Four Peaks Park. Come on over and have a good time splashing around in the sprinklers and being sprayed by our very own Fountain Hills Fire Department. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon when it’s too hot to do anything else. These events are totally FREE, so come on out!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Four Peaks Park, 4597 N Del Cambre Ave, Fountain HillsAZ 85268

 

August 3, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Windows 10 Tips (course #2211)

New operating systems on the computer are always a bit mysterious until we unlock their secrets. Explore some of the features of this new operating system with other “newbies.” The class will look at some of the hidden features and ways to personalize your experience with the new system.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 4, 2016

“The Fort” Hosts Free Live Music Throughout the Summer

#7 ft-mogollon-band-shows-The air- conditioned Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino features free indoor live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Musical Styles range from Country Cover to Jazz, and a sprinkling of a little of everything in between.  August features two very favorite local Country bands, Mogollon and the Davey Arnold Band, (fresh off of the Country Thunder Tour). Check for specific acts and featured artists at www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows.

8/4, The Elevens; 9-11 p.m.

8/5 and 8/27, Furious George; 9-11 p.m.

8/7, 8/14, 8/14, 8/21 Mogollon, 4-8 p.m.; 8/18 Mogollon, 6-10 p.m.; 8/26 Mogollon, 9-1 am

8/14, Club Country, 4-8 p.m.; Club Country 8/20 9:30-1:30a.m.

8/13, Nine Ball 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

8/25, Shahabad’s, 6 p.m.

8/28, Davey Arnold Band, 4-8 p.m.

www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows

 

August 5,12,19,26 2016

McDowell Mountain Park Friday Fitness Hikes

Keep fit and enjoy the amazing views as your group of hearty hikers salute the sunrise.  These hikes are intended for experienced hikers, as they are in challenging terrain and range between 5-10 miles.  Each hike departs from a different trail head, so consult the events page for McDowell Mountain Regional Park, or call for more detailed information.

6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Phone: (480) 471-0173

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

 

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

 

August 6, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

#8 _PeanutsThe whole gang is back in this heartwarming story of a young man determined to impress the red haired girl, or love of his life. The film (rated G) will have you rooting for the underdog. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). For the title of the movie, contact us at 602-652-3000. Adult supervision is required at all times. For families.

Movie will be shown in the Library conference and snacks will be provided.  All kids must bring their favorite adult.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FH Library; 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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

 

August 6, 2016

Arachnid Adventures in McDowell Mountain Park

#9 arachnid adventuresCome out and see the creepy crawlers of the night!  Join the rangers as we set off on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night to look for scorpions and spiders! Be sure to bring a flashlight, and a black light if you have one. Meet the Ranger at the Trailhead Staging Area.

8-9:00 p.m.

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

 

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

 

August 8, 2016

Fountain Hills Adult Mystery Discussion Club

#10 Mystery-273iz92Do you enjoy reading “who-done-its” whether they are courtroom thrillers or cozies? Want
to discuss these books with other mystery lovers & discover new authors? Join the
Mystery Reading Group. The group will be discussing The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by C. Alan Bradley. This brilliantly wicked first novel is a Debut Dagger Award winner with historical charm and unpredictable twists and turns. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m. Library Conference room

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

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

 

August 12, 2016

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Create a “Fountain at Twilight” with Gloria M. Sanchez.  Join us for a fun evening of painting & wine! Follow Gloria as she guides you to paint a 12″ x 16” image of our beautiful Fountain and with a silhouette of Red Mountain behind it. Gloria adds Swarovski Crystals to all her art, so everyone will get some to add a little sparkle to your painting! Register today.

$30.00 all supplies included, plus a glass of wine! Class is limited to 6 participants.

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

August 13, 2016

Arizona Young Actor’s Cabaret

#11 AYAA Logo forCome and enjoy the Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance Cabaret featuring young actors and actresses from around the valley performing musical selections from popular musicals! The show will feature Andrey Lull, Anson Romney, Benny Cowans, Bryce Dilullo, Carter Palumbo, Darian Lorrain, Ethan Shanker, Haylee Klein, Jasmine Bassham, Joey J Grado, Mackenna Goodrich, Nathan Sheppard, Nicholas Hambruch, Sam Primack, Sarah Davidson, Sarah Pansing, Spencer Claus, Summer Beckman, and Vincent Pugliese!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Act Out! outreach program. www.actoutaz.org Learn more about Arizona Young Actors’ Alliance athttp://azyoungactors.blogspot.com/

8:00 p.m.; tickets are $8.00 online and $12.00 at the door

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

 

August 13, 2016

Annual River of Time Spaghetti Dinner & Spectacular Auction – Tickets Available!

#12 Mini FountainHow about winning Free Pizza for a year from Little Caesars? Or a week in Mexico at one of the luxurious Vidanta Resorts? (The Mayan Palace in Rocky Point is one of their properties, as it the gigantic Grand Mayan in Cancun). Maybe an interior design refresher from Barbara Kaplan of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate—while munching $50 of chocolates from Chocofin?

You’re going to find things you didn’t even know you needed at the most amazing summer fundraiser of the season!

The River of Time Museum’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is one of Fountain Hills most enjoyable Fundraising events. But this year, the Dinner committee has really “kicked it up a notch!”   Tommy Holloway will entertain us while people are selecting items from the silent auction and during dinner!  More than 50 local businesses have donated goods and services, and a complete table for 8 is only $100!

Advance tickets are $15 for one person or $25 for two and can be purchased at Gridley’s, Sami’s, Kay Kinder’s Fountain Fashions, the FH Times or at the River of Time Museum between 10:00 to 2:00, Tuesday through Saturday.  Cost is $20 per person the night of the event.

There is still time to donate.  You may drop off at the Museum or call Debbie Skehen at 480-816-4186 to make other arrangements.

5:30 No host Cocktails and auction; dinner (Donated by Phil’s Filling Station) at 7:00.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 13, 2016

 

Summerland Tour 2016 at Fort McDowell Casino

Named one of the Ten best summer Package Tours by Rolling Stone!

#13 -summerland-tour-The 2016 edition features Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge.

Sugar Ray was one of the quintessential rock bands of the 90’s. Musical styles – from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop – are mixed and matched, resulting in a celebratory, swaggering collection that is distinctively and delightfully Sugar Ray.

Everclear is heavier, darker and more aggressive than ever. And frontman Art Alexakis has never been happier. As familiar as the sound of a jet engine and as visceral as a ride on a speeding motorcycle.

Lit, best known for their hit song “My Own Worst Enemy”, is prepared to both re-excite their longtime fans and win over new ones. Lit incorporates elements of punk, pop, grunge, heavy metal, and alternative.

Sponge is one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters, gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata”. With hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles),” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and MTV. Tickets Starting at $35 | Buy Tickets > 

Doors Open 6PM, Show Starts 7PM | This Is an Outdoor Event.

www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/promotions/summerland-tour-2016

 

August 16, and 21, 2016

 14 Thread paintingFountain Hills Artists Gallery Summer Art Class Series

Thread Painting-Rita Chester

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

Tuesday, August 16, 12-4 p.m.

Sunday, August 21, 1-5 p.m.

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

info@fountainhillsartistsgallery.com

 

 

August 17, 2016

Community Center Computer Skills Classes

There’s an App for That!  Unleash the power of your I-devices. There are millions of apps available including games, entertainment, weather, and news programs, so we will share some of our favorite picks with you.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fountain Hills Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

August 18, 2016

#15 moonlight hikesMcDowell in the Moonlight —Adults Only

Join the Ranger for a guided hike as the sun sets and the full moon rises. There is a beautiful time to experience the desert. Plan for up to a 4-mile hike. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

7-9:00 p.m., McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr., MMRP, AZ 85268

Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/

 

August 19-28, 2016

#16 30yearsTheShowwt-300x263Fountain Hills Theater Retrospective

30 Years: The Show!

Fountain Hills Theater celebrates 30 Spectacular seasons with a special summer cabaret.

Take a nostalgic romp back through the dozens of shows you’ve loved over the years. Thirty of our finest performers will present a musical revue of three decades of award-winning shows. Enjoy this trip down memory lane.

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

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

August 24, 2016

Community Center Classes for August

Where did my file disappear to?  (Class #2213W)

Have you ever had difficulty finding a file or photo that you know you saved on your computer? Learn how (where) to save, copy, move, delete and find your files.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00; F H Community Center; 13000 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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→Please Note:  Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events.  Please consult the websites or better yet, call to confirm information about any events listed herein.

Art on the Avenue & Farmer’s Market in Fountain Hills

Avenue of the Fountains is the Place to be Thursdays this winter!

#3 Farmers Market Patio deco Art on AveEast end of the Avenue of the Fountains:  Hundreds of one of a kind Art pieces, ranging from clothing and jewelry to thoughtful gifts, note cards, and home décor.  11-5 p.m. Thursdays through April, weather permitting.

Art on the Avenue is one of the best places in Fountain Hills for visitors and guests.  Many opportunities to select clothing and gifts with a southwestern flair, grab breakfast or lunch, and enjoy the majesty of our namesake Fountain.

11-5 p.m. Thursdays through April, weather permitting. Ample parking in the lot behind Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate as the spots on Avenue of the Fountains fill up fast.

 

Welcome to a Bountiful 2016: January Activities in Fountain Hills

 

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“Tomorrow Is the beginning of a 365 page book. Write a good one” — Brad Paisley

January, 2016

Happy New Year with good wishes for a joy-filled 2016 from all your friends and associates at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.

Maybe this is your year to learn to speak French, paint a picture of a stunning mountain view, perfect your golf swing, or spend more time celebrating the Arts…

It’s all here—lifetime learning, entertainment, and camaraderie, including opportunities to make a difference in our community.  New classes of all kinds…Pet CPR—French Language lessons—Kid Chefs—Tennis—Yoga—weight-loss coaching—these and many more adventures help you launch into an interesting New Year.

Check out the hundreds of classes, tours and experiences offered by the Town of Fountain Hills, The Fountain Hills Library, and the Community Center Activity Center.

 

Please note that activities listed below may change without notice, and that we have represented information to the best of our knowledge as of January 1, 2016.

 

January, 2016 at #2 jan View  from GrapeablesGrapeables Wine Bar & Lounge

Free musical entertainment in a relaxed lakeside bistro environment each Friday and Saturday evening.  Find them at Plaza Fountainside,  12645 N. Saguaro Blvd, #9, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Tel: (480) 816-5959

1/2/2016:  Renowned Jazz and Reggae artist, Walt Richardson

Friday, 1/8/2016:  Jenny Jarnagin;  Saturday, 1/9/2016: – Cecile Hortensia; Friday 1/15/2015 – Billy Cioffi Trio; Saturday January 16th – Hans Olson; Friday 1/22/2015 – Notes From Neptune;  Saturday 1/23/2015– Adam Simons;  Friday 1/29/2015– Blue Goats, http://www.reverbnation.com/thebluegoat;  Saturday 1/30/2015 – Strong Devoted

Fountain Hills In-Home Concert Series

One of the most unique activities in Fountain Hills is the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association’s (FHCCA) In-Home concert series.  Two separate ticket series are available—Classical and Jazz.  The venues are spacious private homes affording each participant an intimate musical interface with the artists.

TICKETS SELL OUT FAR IN ADVANCE, BUT THIS SPECIAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS YOURS BY RESERVING AND PURCHASING YOUR SERIES IN ADVANCE PRIOR TO EACH SEASON.

Classical Series

SEDONA WINTERMUSICFEST TRIO, Featuring:   Alexander Filterstein, clarinet;  Nicholas Canellakis, cello and Michael Brown, piano

http://www.fhcultural-civic.org/#!in-home-concerts/mdyw6

 

 

 

 

January 5, 2016

Jan #3 TaichiWatercolor classes, Yoga, Adult softball, Tennis, French, Tai chi and dozens more.  Many unusual classes are scheduled for Youth and Adult audiences…Lego Robotics to Conversational French Camp and Archery.

Check Town website for schedule and on-line registration; fee and equipment requirements available on line.

http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

 

January 5, 2016

Youth Golf at Sunridge Canyon Golf Club

Jan #4 Lessons at SunridgeJoin us each week every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for our after school JR Golf program taught by Jake Houston. For more information on Jake and the scope of the program, please visit jakehoustongolf.com and click the link below for the schedule of events each week! Reserve your child’s spot now by calling (480) 837-5100.

4-5 p.m. after school program;  Tuesdays age 3-7;  Wednesdays age 8-12;  Thursdays 13-15

13100 Sunridge Drive; Fountain Hills, AZ 85268   (480) 837-5100

http://www.sunridgegolf.com/golf-instruction/

 

January 6, 2016

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Nature Walks and talks…various topics throughout the month.  Free with Park admission or Annual Pass.

The Desert Tortoise

Did you know that we have desert tortoises that live in the wild?  Learn about these unique creatures through a brief presentation by Ranger Amy.

Dozens of different seasonal talks that include easy on-site tours.  You can also check out the live animals on display in the Visitor Center, including a rattlesnake, Gila monster, gopher snake, scorpions and a tarantula! Program takes place at the Visitor Center

Time: 1:00 PM    Duration: up to an hour; Speaker: Ranger Amy R.

Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/

 

 

 

January 6-28, Fountain Hills Juried Art Show

Jan #5 Juried Art ShowThis showcase of area artists is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Fountain Hills.  Mingle with the artists during the reception, and enjoy these inspiring pieces on exhibition in the Community Center all month long.

Artist Reception, Wednesday, January 6, 2016,   5:30 to 7 p.m.

Exhibition will hang throughout the Community Center, January 6-28, 2016.

13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 8-17, 2016

Fountain Hills Theater presents:  Talley’s Folly

Pic #6 Jan tallys FollyPulitzer Prize winning romantic play also won the Drama Critic Circle Award for Best Play. Follow as the road to romance bumps through its interesting and amusing course.

Tickets on line or by Phone at 837-9661, ex 3

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

January 8, 2016

Fridays Fitness Hike – Dixie Mine Trailhead (End of Golden Eagle Blvd)

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Meet at Dixie Mine Trailhead – at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park). This hike will offer a slower/shorter option (no more than 5-miles) and an option of a faster hike with a distance of between 8-12 miles. Park entry fee is $2. Long hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes and clothing.

Time: 8:00 a.m.   Duration: up to 4 hours Hike Leader: Kevin B.

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/

 

January 9, 2016

Babysitter Safety and CPR Class

9am-12 p.m. Navajo room, Community Center

13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

 

January 11, 2016

Community Chorus Concert

#7 Jan Community chorusMonday, January 11, Community Center

Take in the Juried Art Exhibition and the winter concert of the Community Chorus. Quality free entertainment to share with friends and neighbors provided by two if the member organizations of the FHCCA.

7 p.m.  Community Center;   13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 11, 2016

Junior Chefs (New Class Offering)

#8 Jan Kids mini chefsJan 11, 2016 to Feb 8, 2016

Move over, Gordon Ramsey! Coed students in this class will learn the basic elements of cooking. Students will be taught recipes and preparation methods for various foods from around the world, kitchen safety, cooking terms and recipe structure. They will make a recipe book of the recipes they learn in class so they can repeat the recipes at home.

Ages 7-15; Mondays, 5:30-7p.m; Pre-registration required plus fees; 15 students only.  Community Center Kitchen;  31001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 13, 2016

Got New Year’s Resolutions? The Library Can Help!

Come to an orientation to more than 300 Free, on-line classes.  Gale Courses go for 6 weeks, are designed to work at your own pace, through topics as diverse as “Lose Weight and Keep it off,” “Computer Skills for the Workplace,” and “Where does all my Money go?”

Registration is needed; group will meet in the Computer Area of the Library.

9:00-10:30a.m.

Fountain Hills Branch Library; 12901 La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

 

January 13, 2016

#9 Jan  European TravelEurope on a Budget!

The theme of this year’s Winter Reading Program focusses on planning European Travel, with emphasis on France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England, but also general facts on planning your trip to many destinations in the Old Countries.  Places to stay, best guide books for pre-planning, historical commentary, ways to travel, personal security, and much more!

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Note:  Location in the Community Center adjacent to the Library;

13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 14, 2016

Beginner French

Jan 14, 2016 to Feb 11, 2016; Each Thursday 5:30pm to 7pm

Class is open to kids from 7-15 with a “French Camp,” where the language is used for three days, topped off with a “French” picnic.

This class is designed for kids to learn conversational French. Students will learn through interacting with one another and playing out scenes (such as meeting at a cafe or going to school). Additionally, they will also watch movies and play games in French. On the last day of class, students will celebrate with a French picnic.

***Note:  Adult French classes available as well. Registration required, and class is held to intimate number.

http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

 

January 16, 2016

Adult Tennis for Beginners- Course # 1911

Jan 16, 2016 through Mar 5, 2016; pre-registration required plus fee

Saturday, January 16, 11-12 p.m.  Golden Eagle Park;  Ages:     18 and up Gender: Coed; 8 openings remaining.  http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

 

January 16, 2016

#10 mcdowell-meltdownMcDOWELL MELTDOWN — Mountain Bike Race and Event

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is arguably the premier home XC race course for many AZ mountain bike events.  The McDowell Meltdown event includes more than 12 levels of prizes, youth to experienced racers. Bring the whole crew; there’s a sweet new pump track for everyone to enjoy.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr,  McDowell Mountain Regional Park,  85255

 

January 16, 2016

CODE GIRL- inspiring feature-length documentary

#11Code Girl logo shoePresented by the Friends of the Library—exclusive in Arizona

Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.

This is a free showing of the feature-length documentary, but you’ll need to pick up a free ticket at the library. Tickets will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie; show your free ticket for admission to the Hopi/Pima room in the Community Center next to the Library.

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

 

January 19, 2016

Archery Classes—*New To Fountain Hills Recreation*

Ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow? Well here’s your chance! In this class, you will learn the safe and proper way to shoot a compound bow. The instructor will teach you the 11 Steps to Archery Success. This class is NOT just for children; anyone who would like to learn a new skill is welcome. January 19 through February 23, 2016.

Each Tues; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm—Four Peaks Park; Ages: At least 8 to adult; registration required.  http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

 

January 21, 2016

Horse lover alert!  Special Author presentation relating to our area’s wild horse herds.

The Horse Lover is a personal history of H. Alan Day’s efforts to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses being warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. Day lobbied Congress to allow him to turn 35,000 acres that he had purchased into Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States.

Note: Due to popularity of the topic, this book talk will be held in the Community Center.

2:00-3:00 p.m.  13001 N La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 22, 2016

Fountain Hills Theater Presents La Cage Aux Folles!

12-la-cage-logo2-243x300Certain to be a ‘Sell-Out’

January 22 – February 7, 2016

Before there was the popular movie The Birdcage, there was the Tony award- winning, smash hit Broadway musical, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Hysterical, modern fun; Note: Adult content, please.

Tickets on line at  http://www.fhtaz.org/or by Phone at 837-9661, ex 3

 

 

January 24, 2016

Fountain Hills In-Home Concert Series

The Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association’s (FHCCA) In-Home Concert Series is one of the area’s most unforgettable Cultural experiences.  Two separate ticket series are available—Classical and Jazz.  The venues are spacious homes affording each participant an intimate musical interface with the artists.

TICKETS SELL OUT FAR IN ADVANCE, BUT THIS SPECIAL MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS YOURS BY RESERVING AND PURCHASING YOUR SERIES IN ADVANCE PRIOR TO EACH SEASON.

JAZZ SERIES:  JAZZ DIVAS Featuring:

Delphine Cortez, Diana Lee, Sherry Robertson

http://www.fhcultural-civic.org/#!in-home-concerts/mdyw6

 

 

January 27, 2016

Fountain Hills Activities and Volunteer Expo

13- Volunteer Expe FlyerThe Cultural and Civic wealth we enjoy in Fountain Hills is fueled by the power of our volunteers.  Attend this great event to explore community organizations that provide ways to get involved in activities that warm your heart and use your talents to advantage.  Sponsored by Fountain View Village.

2:00-4:00p.m. Community Center

13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fh.az.gov/227/Special-Events

 

January 31, 2016

Front Porch Performance, Presented by Friends of the Library

marchipasioncorp#14Mariachi Pasion started in a music class at Arizona State University. On a whim and with a whole lot of “GANAS”, eight girls thought it would be fun to play for a close relative… the rest is “HERSTORY”! The group has grown into a fifteen member group with the majority of musicians having worked their way through their education playing mariachi music!

2:00-4:00p.m, Community Center

13001 N. La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

January 31, 2016

Fountain Hills In-Home Concert Series

SUNDAY SOIREE  Featuring:  Elizabeth Buck, flute and Lynne Aspnes

Cyclists Find Fountain Hills a ‘Match Made in Heaven’

bicyclistWith more than 390 miles of dedicated bike lanes, cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the astounding views in Fountain Hills. Bicycling and hiking are in the top 5 reasons regional folks visit the Fountain Hills. Serious riders find the Hills a challenging place to build strength and endurance for competitive riding, but all levels of riders come to enjoy our special slice of Sonoran Desert heaven.

 

Two local Bicycle stores serve local and regional riders alike.  Fountain Hills Bikes is located at the far north end of the city, convenient to the popular off-road trails available at McDowell Mountain Park. Offering sales, service and rental bikes for short or long term, this experienced crew has served more than two generations of area riders.

Biking GearFountain Hills Bikes   15225 N. Fountain Hills Blvd   480 836-8827

http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/

The world-renowned mountain bike tracks in McDowell Mountain Park offer three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders’ skills. The first track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain bikers who want to test their skills as riders. Joggers and equestrian riders are welcome to give the track a try too. The Long Loop of the track was designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider. This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, and steep inclines.  Recent competitions on these breathtaking hills have drawn more than 30,000 spectators.

 http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/Biking.aspx

McDowell Mountain BikesServing all ages and skill levels of riders, McDowell Mountain Cycles (MMC) is located on the south end of Saguaro Blvd.  Offering service, products, clothing and training, MMC hosts a number of rides offering exercise, coaching and fellowship.

Their popular Saturday “MMC Road Run” features three levels of riders, from Pro’s to the “Slow Go’s” starts at 7 am from Starbucks.  Schedules and activities vary, so check their website for details. Other rides of interest to area riders include:

mountain BikeDec 5: AES McDowell Mountain 60 – Fountain Hills, AZ

Dec 12: Dawn to Dusk – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 16: MBAA McDowell Meltdown – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 30: MBAA Estrella Hedgehog Hustle – Goodyear, AZ

Feb 12-14: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Tucson, AZ

MMC also hosts periodic all-ladies rides, which includes all skill levels and is beginning to draw riders from across the valley; details are posted on their informative website.

McDowell Mountain Cycles  11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  480 272-8741

http://mcdowellmountaincycles.com/mmc-life/

Desert Bloom 08 029Trails through Fountain Hills, McDowell Mountain Park and the McDowell Mountain Preserve are accessible from across the valley, giving thousands of outdoor enthusiasts’ access to some of the most pristine desert beauty in the world. So if you want to rent a bike for a few hours at Fountain Hills bikes, or biking is your “daily dose” of fitness, Fountain Hills is the perfect place to glide along under perpetual blue skies.  See Map My Ride link below for thousands of connecting trails across this glorious State.

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/fountain-hills-az/

River of Time Museum Re-Opening Kicks off “Stroll in the Glow” Afternoon

 

Saturday, December 5, 2015;  11-4 p.m.

#1 Fountain ModelThe staff and volunteers at the River of Time Museum have been very very busy this fall.  The fruit of their labor are new interactive exhibits highlighting the impact of water on the growth and development of the Valley of the Sun.

The new scale model of our namesake “Fountain Hills” fountain shows how the “world’s tallest fountain” drew adventuresome visitors to this amazing desert enclave.  The McCulloch Corporation (known in the 70’s more for their chain saws than land development), created the Fountain to attract buyers to look at land in the lush Sonoran foothills.

#2 Visiting new ExhibitOther new exhibits show how the Central Arizona Project (CAP) became the lifeline for Arizona desert dwellers.  The exhibition demonstrates how the Central Arizona Project water makes its way from mountain lakes to sustain the homes and agriculture across central Arizona.

A special open house and tour of the Museum will take place on Saturday, December 5, from 11-4 p.m.  Special pricing for Family memberships will be available for $25, which also includes free admission to 5 additional historical museums around Arizona!  A family membership lets you host visitors as well, giving them a bit of historical perspective of the lush area that has become Fountain Hills.

The River Front Store will be stocked with interesting historical books and gift items, and as always, there is no sales tax on items purchased to benefit the operating overhead of the L Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum programming.

12901 N. La Montana Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268