The Ancient Mystery of the Casa Grande Ruins

Love a good mystery? Just an hour south of Fountain Hills, the Sonoran Desert holds one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world.  The Casa Grande Ruins tells the story of nearly 2,000 ancient peoples known as the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert who occupied a massive compound for about 1,000 years before vanishing in the 1400’s.

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For over a thousand years, the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert inhabited the area around present day area of Casa Grande and Coolidge between 300- 1450 C.E.  In 1350, the Great House known as Casa Grande was built. Over 2,000 prehistoric farmers lived in the village, tending crops irrigated with water from the nearby Gila River diverted through extensive channels and canals. Then in 1450, the Hohokam vanished without a trace.

Since the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert left behind no written language, all that remained of this ancient culture were the ruins of villages, irrigation canals, and various artifacts. The only historic accounts of the Casa Grande ruins begin with the journal entries of Padre Eusebio Kino when he visited the ruins in 1694.

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Visit the Casa Grande Ruins to see what life was really like for the ancestral people of the Sonoran Desert. Stroll the site with a guided tour as the park rangers depict the life of these ancient people, and envision history come alive. Throughout the tour, see the outlines of several out buildings where the families lived, stored their grain, and where children played ball inside the walled compound. Bring your meal and enjoy the park grounds while you eat. The park picnic area is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Follow State Hwy 87 from Fountain Hills south 69 miles to the gates of the Casa Grande National Monument.  Guided tours from May through October are offered as staffing, weather, high temperatures, and group size allows. Entrance Fee for is $5 for ages 16 years and older. Children 15 and younger are free.  For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm.

The Jungle is Jumping this June at the Fountain Hills Theater

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

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

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

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

CONQUER TECHNOLOGY THIS SUMMER!

 

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

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN YOUR TV?

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

PERSONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH USING APPS AND THE WEB

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

TAKING BEAUTIFUL PICTURES WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE CAMERA

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

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

 

 

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

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Woods Canyon Lake

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

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

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

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

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

Summer is the Season of Two-Wheeled Thrills in Fountain Hills

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Summer is the season of Two -Wheeled Thrills in Fountain Hills

Mountain bike enthusiasts can find a never-ending supply of downhill adventures this summer in Fountain Hills. With the ability to choose from these different mountain biking events from lift-served, cross country and freestyle terrain with accessibility for all rider levels.  From a beginner to an experienced rider, you might just discover your newest athletic addiction this summer.

 

McDowell Mountain Cycles Road Ride

Are you an early-bird? Then this bike ride is for you. Join the McDowell Mountain Cycles Road Ride every Saturday morning at 6:30 am at Starbucks on Palisades. Rides are typically 40 to 50 miles, and finish back at Starbucks for coffee and snacks. As always, bring a helmet, flat-fixing stuff, and a smile and let’s have some fun on bikes!

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Night riding is a fun way to take an all-ability mountain bike ride that’s become a staple of the Fountain Hills. Ride your favorite trails and mellow terrains of McDowell Mountain Regional Park, every ride is different each week. If you want to ride fast, don’t worry you’ll have some to chase, or if you want to ride slow, you’ll have someone who will tag along. Bottom line here, no one rides alone. Join other bike riders every Tuesday at 7:00 pm, at the Four Peaks lot, and make sure to bring your helmet, lights, and a smile.

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Wednesday Nights is ladies night ride, 

McDowell Mountain Cycles Wednesday’s Women’s Mountain Bike Ride

Have you always wanted to crush single-track on a mountain bike? Then, Wednesday’s ladies’ mountain bike ride is for you. If you’re new to mountain biking, or interested in trying it out this is a great ride with a small group of fun ladies to help you. Meet at 7:00 pm at the Competition

Loops lot at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with your helmets, lights, and plenty of water.  Bring a snack to share because afterwards we crack open a bottle of wine and relax a bit!

Summer Night Ride Series at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

As the summer overtakes Fountain Hills, the heat comes and mountain bike enthusiast get out to enjoy the cool desert nights. Get together with your fellow mountain bike enthusiast, and enjoy a beautiful night ride.  McDowell Mountain Regional Park is hosting a Summer Night Ride Series at Pemberton Trail, 15 mile moderately trafficked loop beginning on June 17th from 7:30 10 00 pm. Riders must have a helmet, and a light system designed for mountain biking with battery power for 3 hours of riding. Fountain Hills Bikes supports these rides, and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack.

For more information on any of the McDowell Mountain Cycles events, please contact Marty or Rob at 480-272- 8741.

 

 

 

 

Get Your Hike On, Fountain Hills!

Summer is here!  Specifically June, which can be one of the most glorious months of the year in Fountain Hills.  For those eager to be outside, McDowell Mountain Regional Park certainly has no shortage of guided hiking opportunities.  So, pack your bag, bring a lot of water to balance out the triple-digit temperatures, and get ready to kick off summer by hitting the trails.

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McDowell Mountain Regional Park has guided hiking opportunities throughout June. 

Friday Fitness Hike Wagner Trailhead – June 2, 2017 Join Kevin B. on this week’s hike that will begin from the Wagner Trailhead, a beautiful trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Hiking distance will be between 8 to 12 miles.  Meet at 6:00 am, and make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, comfortable shoes, and clothing.

Friday Fitness Hike 4 Peaks Horse Staging Area – June 09, 2017

Want to explore the 4 Peaks Horse Staging Area? Join Kevin B at 6:00 am for this incredible and beautiful hike. This week’s hike distance will between 8 to 12 miles, and plan on bringing comfortable shoes for the intense hike. Always ways bring plenty of water and snacks to keep hydrated.

Friday Fitness Hike Dixie Mine -June 16, 2017

Need views of Four Peaks in the distance? This week’s hike will take your breath away. Join Kevin B. has he leads this hike through the beautiful Dixie Mine Trailhead, through rolling hills, views that are second to none, and a variety of cacti and lush vegetation. Meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd at 6:00 am. Don’t forget to bring $2.00 for the park entry fee, plenty of water, snacks, and comfortable hiking gear.

For more information, please contact McDowell Mountain Regional Park at  (480) 471-0173.

 

 

Go wild this summer with Scorpions and McDowell Mountain Regional Park

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Join the rangers of McDowell Mountain Regional Park search for scorpions.

Curious about why scorpions glow in the dark, but not so wild about going into the desert at night to look for them? Join the rangers at McDowell Mountain Regional Park to set off on a short, slow walk into the Sonoran Desert at night-just to look for scorpions. Bring a black light if you have one. Meet at the Nursey Tank Trailhead about 4 miles from the park entrance on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00 pm.

The Maricopa County Parks are getting Wet ‘n” Wild this Summer! That means program participants in the Scorpions in the Wild outing will be eligible to win a 4 pack of tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix.

1. Tickets will be issued one 4-pack per family.

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

3. Visitors must attend the program in full and must be present to win. At the end of the program, a winner will  be selected at random.

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

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

 

 

McDowell Mountain Park and Kids: The Perfect Combination!

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is the ideal playground to explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert for families in the month of June. Whether you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat adventures or something a little more low-key, here are four great activities to explore at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park:

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The Desert Tortoise and Friends

Did you know that we have desert tortoises that live in the wild? What would you do if you saw one of these amazing animals? Visit the McDowell Mountain Regional Park Visitor Center on June 3rd to learn all about these unique reptiles and see them in person. Make sure to see all other animals on display including rattlesnakes, gila monsters, and many other desert animals.

Animal Tracks and Desert Holes

Love a good mystery? Have you ever wondered what passed on the trail before you? Or who lives in that hole? Let’s go looking for animal’s tracks! Take an easy walk with the Ranger as they take look for signs of wildlife and discuss who may be living in that hole. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead on June 8th, at 7:30 am, and make to bring plenty of water.

 

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Feeding the Reptiles is no easy task.

Reptile Feeding

Feeding the reptiles at the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is no easy task. It takes a team of hardworking people. Join the staff at 11:00 am on June 10th for an afternoon break and see for yourself how our cold-blooded residents eat their monthly meals. Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Program takes place in the Visitor Center.

Wildlife Watch at Nursery Tank

Love watching the wildlife? Well, Ranger Amy has just the activity for all your nature lovers. Join Ranger Amy on June 22nd, at 7:00 am on the barrier-free Nursery Tank Trail for this easy 0.6-mile walk. She will set up spotting scope, and enjoy the quiet morning waiting for the wildlife. Several benches are available, to sit, wait, and watch all the wildlife stir. Bring a camera, binoculars, and plenty of water.

For more information, please contact McDowell Mountain Regional Park at  (480) 471-0173.

 

 

This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Served with the Marine Corps League Detachment #1439

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend.  At its heart, it is a time-honored opportunity to focus and pay tribute to those who served in our American Armed Forces. More than a good excuse for a backyard barbecue, it’s a chance to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for this nation and our freedoms, and the opportunity to say thanks to all those, past and present, who have served.

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Memorial Day is a time-honored opportunity to say thanks to all those, past and present, who have served in the Armed Forces.

One of the keystones of Fountain Hills is the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park, created with the support of local veterans’ organizations.  A beautiful tribute to the individuals as well as the conflicts, the Memorial is the site of several remembrances and celebrations throughout the year.

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This Year’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will acknowledge and highlight Fountain Hill’s commitment to our Military Veterans.

This year’s Memorial Day Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 9:00 am. Hosted by the Marine Corps League Detachment #1439, this year’s Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony will acknowledge and highlight the town’s commitment and dedication to our military veterans. This year’s speakers will include Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh, who officially proclaimed the town of Fountain Hills to be a Purple Heart Town at the Town Council Meeting on April 6th, and Mike Ferguson, Vietnam veteran, and Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 2560. The keynote speaker will be Barbara Hatch, whose organization, Veterans Heritage Project, is dedicated to connecting students with Veterans. Their stories of service to our nation are written, recorded and

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The American Flag will presented by the American Legion Post 58 Color Guard.

preserved in the Library of Congress. There is also a special addition to the program in which guests are invited to share their own personal memorials of their fallen loved ones, who through their service, gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Come join the crowd, salute the flag proudly as it is presented by the American Legion Post 58 Color Guard,  and reflect on all the reasons you love this country…all while enjoying the beauty of our community and fountain in the background.

 

New To Yoga? Here are 3 Yoga Classes to Start Off Your Summer

Whatever your age or fitness level, yoga is one of the best ways to stay healthy, look good, and feel great. But, if you’re new to yoga, it can be hard to know where to start. The Town of Fountain Hills Community Service Department and Trufit Studios has partnered up to provide you with three different yoga classes this summer:

Vinyasa Power Flow Yoga

Looking for a little challenge? Want to take your yoga practice to the next level? Vinyasa yoga, also called Flow Yoga is one of the most popular styles of yoga for fast paced, fitness approach. This class is designed for all levels with modifications and breaks whenever needed.

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Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most popular styles of yoga. 

Give it a try! Two sessions will be held Wednesday nights from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm during May and July. The registration fee is $65.

 

Gentle Balancing Yoga

The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services has partnered with TruFit Studios to offer gentle yoga, which can reduce stress, assist with weight loss, and lower high blood pressure. Through gentle yoga, students will become more flexible, centered, present and mindful as well as improve alignment and posture, which can alleviate back, neck, hip and knee pain. Trufit provides yoga equipment at no charge, including yoga mats, towels, and props such as blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets. The Registration fee is $60, and classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of May, June, July, and August at TruFit Studios, 16838 E Palisades Boulevard.

Yoga at Fountain Park

In Fountain Hills, there’s a 560-foot fountain overlooking the park and lake, the perfect place to watch the clouds roll by. Turns out, it’s also the perfect place to have yoga class.

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Fountain Park is the perfect place have yoga class. 

 

Join TruFits Studios has they lead this evening twilight class at the Amphitheater in Fountain Park. The fee for the class is $12 dollars, and drop-in is only allowed if they have a minimum of 5 participants pre-registered. The drop-in fee is $15.  Classes are being held on June 17th and July 22nd  on  a Saturdays  from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

 

For more information or to register for these activities, please visit: https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Home