Spice Up Your Child’s Summer with Cooking Lessons

Spice up your child’s summer and get their creative juices flowing by enrolling them in the Junior Chefs program. The town of Fountain Hills is excited to offer your child an experience of a lifetime by exploring the world of culinary arts. A variety of cooking lessons are planned for the summer of 2017 at the Fountain Hills Community Center.  The lessons are geared to various ages and will teach about a wide variety of foods.

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Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking.

The Junior Chefs will learn the basic elements of cooking. Participants will receive instruction about recipes and preparation methods of various foods from around the world. Students will be taught key topics associated with cooking such as kitchen safety, cooking terms, and recipe structure. They will create a recipe book of the recipes covered during the class; so, they can repeat the recipe at home. Each class will cover a new recipe.

Classes will run one day per week this summer from the beginning of May until early August. Each class begins from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, and the age range is from 7 to 15 years old. The registration fee is $110 per child. To register for the class and to learn more information, https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/


Hoppy the Bunny and 15,000 Easter Eggs!

Easter is around the corner, and the thrill of the (egg) hunt has stirred a primal hunger in children everywhere. But where, oh where, can a parent go to satisfy these chocolate-covered cravings? Your answer is Eggstravaganza at Golden Eagle Park on Saturday April 8th, 2017.

Take the family and scramble over to Golden Eagle Park to enjoy the morning as a family. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to children up to 7 years and must be accoar-1404099201mpanied by an adult. Arrive early the hunt begins promptly at 9 am, and there will be 3 fields designated for 3 different age groups: ages 0-4. 5-7, and kids with siblings.

Get to the park early and have a hearty breakfast before the main event. The Extended Hands Food Bank will be on hand serving breakfast treats. The Fountain Hills Fire Department will have trucks to climb on and firefighters to show the kids their gears.

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Why stay inside when you can spend an evening as a family watching Pete’s Dragon at Fountain Park?

Fountain Hills is full of cool things to see and do this weekend. Here is one must do item to add to your weekend list.

Nothing says spring like spending time with your family watching a movie around the backdrop of a 560-foot fountain in Fountain Park. So, why stay insmovie-in-the-parkide when you can spend an evening as a family watching Pete’s Dragon?

After the death of his parents in a car accident, Pete finds an unlikely caregiver in the forms of a dragon named Elliot living in a forest in the Pacific NorthWest. Years later, a forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) discovers Pete and takes him in, but his attempts to adjust to a normal life are complicated by a man (Karl Urban) who wants to hunt down Elliot.

The event is free and open to kids of all ages. The movie begins at 7:00 pm in Fountain Park.

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Easter Sunrise Service in Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Community Celebration

The Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Fountain Park will draw thousands of friendly neighbors in the early hours of what promises to be a beautiful, sunny spring morning at 6:00 am by the Amphitheater at Fountain Park.


Easter Sunrise Service at Fountain Park

In this glorious setting, with the fountain providing a majestic backdrop, the Interdenominational Service is conducted by 8 participating churches and the Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association.  It is the perfect way to lift and celebrate the renewal of life.

Area residents bring blankets, lawn chairs, mugs of warm coffee and copious amounts of cheerful handshakes and hugs to greet those they might have seen last week or last year.

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Pastor Trent Renner

The service will feature Pastor Trent Renner from Christ’s Church of Fountain Hills who will give the main sermon on Easter Why’s. Lively song and music will be led by Debbie Fischer and the ensemble of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

So set the alarm, roust your family and don’t worry about donning the fancy Easter clothes.  Dress warm and be on time–it moves fast and ends promptly–then enjoy the rest of your day in the charming hometown atmosphere that is Fountain Hills!

Later, venture out to CopperWynd Resort for their annual Easter Egg Hunt which begins at 10:30 am on the CopperWynd Event Lawn. Over 1,000 eggs will be scattered for the little ones to find from the Easter Bunny himself. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to the public. Children 12 and under can participate in the fun.

May the Blessings of Easter Be With You and Your Loved Ones!

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Eggstra, Eggstra: Seven Ways to Celebrate Easter Weekend in Fountain Hills

It’s April, Easter is around the corner, and the thrill of the (egg) hunt has stirred a primEaster Basketal hunger in children everywhere. But where, oh where, can a parent go to satisfy these chocolate-covered cravings? The options are as diverse as a bag of jelly beans – and, as the first listing proves, there’s something for everybody:

Saturday April 15th

Rio Verde Community Relations Community Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Rio Verde Community Relations Community is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for grandchildren and young visitors under the age of 8 years at noon on the North-west corner of the driving range.  The hunt will take place in three age groups: ages 4 and under, ages 5 and 6, and ages 7 and 8.  In each section, there will be a golden egg, and if they find the golden egg there will be a special prize.

Sunday April 16th

Hop on over to Flourish for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch!

Over 1,000 eggs will be scattered for little ones to find from the Easter Bunny himself! Then, come into Flourish and enjoy the Easter Brunch Buffet with delicious culinar-1404099201ary creations – such as decadent bourbon honey mustard glazed spiral ham, pesto roasted leg of lamb, and more from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm! The CopperWynd Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 am on the CopperWynd event lawn is free and open to the public. Children 12
and under can participate in the fun.

Easter Brunch Extravaganza at Mesquite Grill

Join Mesquite Grill for Easter Brunch on Sunday April 16th, beginning at 10:30 am for brunch, and their famous seafood display.  The Chef’s creative entrees will include omelet, seafood, salad, and craving stations and hand crafted desserts. Dine in their award-winning patio, or in their spectacular dining roos. This event will sell out, so make sure to make your reservation early.  The brunch is $54 dollars for adults, $20 children from 6-12 years, and children 5 and under are free. Call the Mesquite Grill for more details at 480-471-0438.

Easter Buffet at DC Bar and Grill

DC Bar and Grill’s annual Easter brunch will feature a variety of items from the DC Eggs Benedict, Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, Country Potatoes, Prime Rib, and other items. Their brunch costs $29.95 a person and that includes coffee, juice, and mimosas. The drink specials include $5 Tito’s Bloody Mary or screwdrivers.  A fresh strawberry shortcake offers a sweet finale. Serving times are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Reservations are required, please call 480-837-1561.

Wicked Six Bar & Grill Extended Breakfast Hours

Wicked Six Bar & Grill in Sunridge Canyon will celebrate the holiday with extended breakfast hours from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Serving Eggs Benedict, and various other breakfast items. Reservations are needed, please call 480-837-5396.

Easter Buffet at the Fireside Grill/ Lexington Hotel

 Fireside Grill (located in the Lexington Hotel) will open its doors at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Honey Glazed Ham, Chicken a La Minute, and Cod with Lemon Butter Sauce will be offered.  The Easter Bunny will deliver a large selection of Sweet Secrets. The Easter Buffet prices for adults is $19.95, and for kids is $9.95. For reservations, please call 480-816-9047 or 602-349-1261.

Easter Champagne Brunch at Ahmala Mesquite Room

For its holiday brunch, Ahmala Mesquite Room at We-Ko-Pa Resort will prepare Cinnamon Swirl Banana French Toast, Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Topped with Shrimp Scampi, and Rosemary & Garlic Leg of Lamb, and Ahnala Smoked Salmon Pastrami. They’ll also have a la carte items such as omelets, pasta, crepe & waffle, and dessert stations.  Brunch hours will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Easter Buffet prices are $45 for adults, and $15 for kids 12 and under.  Call 480-789-5505 for reservations today.

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

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

 4 Peaks Amethyst in 5 Country’s Crown Jewels

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

Become an Amethyst Miner for a Day

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

4 Peaks Amethyst is Unique in the World


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

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

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

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

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Spring Home Tour: Come Join Neighbors Nite Out!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rock Lobster

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

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


Ryan Sims Band


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

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


Urban Electra


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

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Find the Perfect Gift at Art on the Avenue!

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

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Shopping on Art on the Avenue

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

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

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

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Animal Love: How Fearless Kitty Rescue Is Saving the Lives of Cats in Fountain Hills

Finding your passion is sometimes about finding your mission and place in this world. Such is the case for both Paula Stefan and Kim Kamins, founders of Fearless Kitty Rescue, traveled different paths until their love for animals brought them together in 2011. Both Paula and Kim met while volunteering with another cat rescue group, and their passion
was evident from the get-go. Their motivation and dedication to help find loving homes for theses cats ensured the success of that group. However, when the cat rescue group decided to move in a different direction; both Paula and Kim found themselves at a crossroads.


Fearless Kitty Rescue is a free-roaming adoption center in Fountain Hills.

Their love for rescuing and the adoption of cats led them to the founding of Fearless Kitty Rescue in August of 2012. In September 2012, Fearless Kitty Rescue became recognized as a non-profit
organization. Doing what they love and loving what they do has turned their non-profit organization into a free-roaming adoption center that allows cats to transition from rescues and placing these animals in loving homes.Every year, Fearless Kitty Rescue holds  an annual 5K Run and Walk at the Scottsdale


Some of the rescues at Fearless Kitty Rescue.

Sports Complex to raise funds to continue their mission to protecting the most vulnerable. On March 26th, you will be welcomed by cat lovers of all ages as they run and walk to support Fearless Kitty. The course is an easy, flat course which takes place in 2 laps and wraps around soccer fields that are accompanied by beautiful landscaping.

You can register by online or the day of the race. To register online, please visit www.fearlesskitty5k.org, and to register now is $40. If you register on the day of the race, the registration will be $45. Each registrant will receive a Fearless Kitty Rescue Medal and a t-shirt with their registration. If you can’t attend the event in person, there is a virtual option which enables you to participate, and get a medal and t-shirt from the comfort of your home. The 5K registration begins promptly at 7:00 am, and registration costs $45 on the day of the race. The race will begin promptly at 8:00 am. For more information on the 5K run, please contact Lisa Cargill at lisa@fearlesskittyrescue.org.

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