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“Cool it” This Summer In Fountain Hills

Escape the Heat with Two Remarkable Local Treasures

Pic #1 Bright SunFountain Hills offers such a wide array of things to do that we sometimes overlook some amazing assets that are literally “just around the corner.”


River of Time Museum

river of time diaramaIn 2003 the River of Time opened its doors with an innovative mission. Using a variety of tools including: history, archaeology, anthropology, art, geology, and geography, the museum presented the past of the Lower Verde River Valley through water.  Exhibits include:

  • Ancient Lower Verde River Civilization
  • Mining for Minerals, including an eye-popping Amethyst exhibit
  • Rio Verde Ranches that combined to become the community of Fountain Hills
  • Salt River Project — how it tamed the rivers to became the electrical power and water supplier that allowed the development of the greater Phoenix area
  • Fort McDowell history —the Historical Fort, and today’s Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

At $5.00 for admission, you can host a friend to a delightful tour with you for less than a Big Mac Meal!  But you may want to consider supporting the River of Time through a membership.  $25.00 covers an individual membership, $35.00 is a membership for your whole family, and sustaining memberships—at a variety of levels from $100.00 and up—put you in the company of other like-minded supporters who help maintain and grow the educational mission of the River of Time. It’s very nice company to keep!


12901 N La Montana Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 – Call for Summer Hours – 480-837-2612


 Emerson Art Gallery

Arlon Sieve and "Poppies" on display with dozens of other artists at Emerson Gallery

Arlon Sieve and “Poppies” on display with dozens of other artists at Emerson Gallery

Visiting the Emerson Gallery is an uplifting experience of color, texture and technique.  Representing the work of 40+ regional artists, this elegant collection challenges and delights the senses.

In addition to an ever-evolving display of paintings, sculpture and photography, numerous artists offer classes ranging from sculpture to painting to cake decorating.  Call the Gallery for up to date information and check out the class descriptions at:


Hours: 9AM–6PM

16930 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 – 480-296-0178

January Free and Easy in Fountain Hills

Community is Humming with Innovative Cultural Offerings

WildHorsesRunning-MustangMonumentcAaronMillarFountain Hills has a rich variety of Free and Easy cultural offerings every month, but the choices this January are exceptional.  Interested in our Salt River Mustangs?  There is a book talk about his wild horse sanctuary for you by Alan Day.  Gallery hopping and enjoying art your thing?   Opportunities abound in January.  Want to keep fit while enjoying our fabulous winter weather?  Fountain Park is calling!

Fountain Hills Library Programs:

The Fountain Hills Library is not your Grandma’s musty book and “shsssh—quiet please” kind of place.  In the more traditional mode, they offer a multitude of free classes and resources, ranging from abundant computer access, free use of books, movies and even e-books for your e- readers. A complete schedule of programs for kids and adults are available.

But we have an added “super-power…The Fountain Hills Friends of the Library, who sponsor regular book talks, films and musical concerts.

On January 21, 2016, The Horse Lover will be discussed by authors Alan Day, brother to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Lynn Weise Sneyd.  The book chronicles Day’s journey to establish the first Government-sponsored Wild Horse Sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses. For anyone who is interested in the on-going saga of our near-by Salt River horses, this si a wonderful opportunity to learn in depth facts about this very “western” dilemma. 2-3 p.m. in the Community Center.

Another notable Film sponsored by the Friends of the Library in January is Code Girl a full length film documentary —Exclusive in Arizona—and of special interest to “Tweens” who are interested in technology and coding as a career path.

#11Code Girl logo shoeBy 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way. 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. Saturday, January 16, 2-4 p.m. at the Community Center.

Check out the Library’s Full docket of free programs and registration at: http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&EventType=ALL&libnum=3

Fountain Hills Juried Art Show, Emerson Art Gallery , and Fountain Hills Artist’s Gallery:

Emerson Gallery Pat SerieThe Fountain Hills Juried Art Show showcases area artists is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Fountain Hills.  Enjoy these inspiring pieces on exhibition throughout the Community Center from January 6- 28, 2016.

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

The Emerson Art Gallery, Fountain Hills newest Art Gallery, features the work of 20 artists, and offers a variety of classes. This cozy Gallery is also the venue for Jazz in the Hills throughout the winter and spring months.

Open 9-6 p.m. daily.

16930 E. Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  Phone: (480) 296-0178


FH Gallery viewFountain Hills Artist’s Gallery is a 40-artist cooperative located in the heart of Downtown Fountain Hills. Elegant jewelry by a variety of artists is truly wearable art, but the constantly changing collection is rewarding with each visit. 10-5 p.m. daily


Fountain Park Fitness and Art Walk:

Fountain Park is the heart of the Town, with a 64 acre recreational area encompassing 1.25 miles of walking paths, two children’s playgrounds, a splash park, 18 holes of disc golf, restrooms, entertainment pavilion, and nearly half of the Town’s public Art collection.  Hundreds of residents and guests walk the loop around our namesake Fountain several times a week.  Visitors love taking pictures of the Fountain against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. The interesting sculpture in this inspiring setting is a joy, and guided docent-led tours are also available.

Fountain Park Docent-led Tour 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fall2015-Loop-ArtWalk.pdf

Jazz in the Hills Winter Season Lights up the Emerson Gallery

logojazz (1)The Emerson Gallery is the setting for the 2016 “Jazz in the Hills” concert series.  The intimate venue within this exceptional Gallery enhances the experience and delights all the senses.  The Gallery features the work of 40 local artists, and each seat affords an “up close and personal” experience.

Due to the intimate nature of the setting, tickets are at a premium. All performances will take place at:

The Emerson Art Gallery
16930 E Palisades Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

$25 at the door, $20 in advance, $15 members.  Call 480-559-8975  or online at   http://jazzinthehills.org/wordpress/calendar/http://jazzinthehills.org/wordpress/calendar/


January 15, 2016Jack Radovich

An evening of “Hard Bop” featuring artists Denny Monce on Trumpet, Bryon Ruth on Sax, Jack Radavich on Bass, Dave Henning on Piano, and Ryan Anthony on Drums.

“The quintet will be playing tunes from some favorite hard-bop jazz musicians such as Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, and Duke Pearson”.  7:00-9:30 p.m.



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Cleo Corcoran – Brazil! @ The Emerson Art Gallery

Singer Cleo Corcoran, originally from Rio de Janeiro, has a great love of bossa nova and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her influences include Astrud Gilberto, Elis Regina, and Gal Costa. Cleo is backed by some of Phoenix’s finest bossa nova musicians with a repertoire that includes the entire classic as well as some more unusual musical gems. Cleo appears in the intimate setting of The Emerson Art Gallery.  7:00-9:45 p.m.


January 29, 2016

Jack Radavich Trio

Bassist Jack Radavich brings his trio to Jazz in the Hills!

Jack has played bass for, well, everyone! His shows at Jazz in the Hills always have a theme and tend to be some of the most entertaining of the season. Jack has played with groups as diverse and the Mood Blues and that Master of the Blues, B.B. King—the Coasters, the Drifters, Steve and Edie…you get the picture.  7:00-9:30 pm

$25 at the door, $20 in advance, $15 members.  Call  480-559-8975.  Tickets and additional information is available on line at:   http://jazzinthehills.org/wordpress/calendar/