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Save the Date: July Activities in Fountain Hills

July Heralds the Return of the Monsoon —
Life-giving Rain Clouds Thunder Over the Mountains in Spectacular Array

July #1 Monsoon Sky FHMonsoon Storm watching is almost addictive in the Sonoran Desert Summer. The clouds gather every afternoon…sometimes a welcome veil of misty sun-cover, but most often pile upon pile of towering clouds climb up and over the mountains, bringing the hope of life-giving rain to the welcoming desert.

As the air cools the rain-scented air, we gather on our patios to wonder at the breathtaking color and form playing out across the gathering dusk. And if we’re lucky, the lightning and thunder will produce much-needed rain. At times like these, we can’t help thinking, “If you’re lucky enough to live in Fountain Hills, you’re lucky enough!”

July #2 lighteningYour 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.
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 below.

July 1-10, 2016

Lend Me a Tenor

The Fountain Hills Theater excels at the Musical Farce, and Lend me a Tenor is a grand addition to their catalogue of entertaining hits. Merelli is about to revive Pagliacci for the ten-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. Who is cavalier enough to replace him?

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

July 1-31, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike, McDowell Mountain Preserve
Friday Fitness Hikes at McDowell Mountain Park are a favorite of experienced hikers. Each hike leaves from a different trail area, so consult the Park’s event calendar for details.
This hike distance will be between 8-12 miles, and starts OUTSIDE OF THE PARK at the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, off of 128th Street in Scottsdale (off of Dynamite). This is a difficult hike that involves a good amount of elevation and loose rocks. A hiking pole is recommended for this hike that starts in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Please call the Park if you need directions to the Trailhead. Hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have comfortable shoes & clothing.
6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268


July 4, 2016

Pic #5 4th ath the FountainThe Fabulous 2016 “Fourth at the Fountain” in Fabulous Fountain Hills

Everyone’s invited to join in a Town-wide celebration of Independence Day, The Fourth at the Fountain. Admission and all games and entertainment is free! The sight of the amazing fireworks reflected in Town Lake is unforgettable.
Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic, and plan to join friends and neighbors for a fun-filled celebration at Fountain Park. Food vendors will be on hand with Italian Ice, Frozen Lemonade, and other goodies to help you beat the heat. Please note the following considerations:
 No glass containers
 No alcoholic beverages
 No personal fireworks or sparklers
 Pets should be left at home for their safety and the safety of others.

Picnic and family activities start at 6:00 p.m., including bounce houses and slides and DJ on the stage playing a wide range of music. The amazing fireworks over Town Lake starts at 9:00 p.m.
Details of the evening’s festivities can be found at:
Park Address: 12925 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 4, 2016

#6 John Michael MontgomeryJohn Michael Montgomery Headlines “4th! at the Fort”

Country legend, John Michael Montgomery headlines the 4th of July celebration at Fort McDowell Casino. He has had more than thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, of which seven have reached number 1: “I Love the Way You Love Me”, “I Swear”, “Be My Baby Tonight”, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, and “The Little Girl”.
Thirteen more have reached the top 10. “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” were named by Billboard as the top country songs of 1994 and 1995, respectively. Several of Montgomery’s singles crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, his highest peak there having been achieved by “Letters from Home” in 2004.
The doors open for this outdoor concert at 6:00; the show starts at 8:00, with fireworks following the music and dancing in the isles. Tickets start at $15.00 and can be purchased at the Casino or at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Fort McDowell Casino, 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(800) THE.FORT

July 8, 2016
#7 boxing imagesThe theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Get motivated by watching these inspirational sports films! A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid-1980s. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library. Note: Due to film licensing rules, the title of the film cannot be published, but if you Google “Irish” Mickey Ward, you’ll find it easily on line.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fountain Hills Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 9, 2016

One of a Kind Adventure: Summer Night Ride at McDowell Mtn Park
Get out and enjoy the cool desert nights! These rides provide a great way to get together with your fellow mountain bikers during the long, hot summer. Riders must have a helmet, and a light system designed for mountain biking with batter power for 3 hours of riding. It is highly recommended that you ride this trail during the day before coming out for a night ride. Fountain Hills Bikes ( http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/) supports these rides and the local biking community by providing an after-ride snack, and often a movie. Meet at the Competitive Track in McDowell Mountain Park.
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Phone: (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

July 9, 2016

Free Family Movie at the Library

Join us to watch a movie about baseball and one man’s search for a star pitcher. The film (rated PG) teaches lessons about team work and family. Call 602-652-3000 for the movie’s title. Enjoy free popcorn and juice or water! Bring a blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor (chairs provided for grown-ups). Adult supervision is required at all times.
10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Room, 12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 12, 2016

Children’s Ice Cream Social at the Library
Cool down the summer by making your own ice cream in the Library. Follow a simple recipe using a few basic ingredients and toppings to create a perfect treat. This is a family activity for “Children of All Ages,” but each kidoo needs to bring along an adult.
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Fountain Hills Library Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 14,2016

Julu #11 Robotics PicRobotics Workshop-Heat Sync Labs
Let’s face it…The Fountain Hills Library is a hive of fabulous hands-on learning opportunities…and Robotics projects are a perennial favorite.

Eric Ose of HeatSync Labs is returning to the Library with a continued robotics program. Using an Arduino based robotics kit, with everything you need to connect the robots to computers and program them to drive around, learn about driving the robots. In 1 hour you will drive the robots in free autonomous mode. In 2 hours you will connect the whiskers and electronic components to use the bump sensing. For Teens 12-17 Years Old.

→Prior On-site Registration required…drop in today as registration closes July 14, 2016 at 1 p.m.

2:00-4:00p.m. Fountain Hills Branch Library, Conference Room

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 16, 2016

July 9 Sonoran ToadCreepy Crawly Critters- Wet n’ Wild Program at McDowell Mountain Park
During the monsoon season, we see some creepy crawly desert dwellers that are active only during summer rains. We will have some of these LIVE creepy crawly critters on hand for you to learn about thanks to staff from Mesa Community College. They will bring out a few native toads, invertebrates and reptiles for you to see up close and personal. Stick around for a short hike after the presentation to look for these nocturnal critters! Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE; The County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this Summer!” That means program participants 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 tickets for the 2016 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.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (480) 471-0173
McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016

July 10, LegosLegos at the Library—A Full Week of Family Fun

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

2:30-4:00 p.m. Daily, Monday through Friday, daily for one week

Fountain Hills Library, Children’s Areas

12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


July 18, 2016

July 12- kids at campTown of Fountain Hills Partners to Bring Real Summer Camp to Town!

What summer is complete without a trip to summer camp? The Town of Fountain Hills Community Services Department is partnering with Camp Colley to present an unforgettable summer camp experience for kids ages 8 to 17 years. This three or five-day camp is designed to teach riding skills, horse care, and outdoor recreational skills.

Life skills such as responsibility, empathy, and communication are emphasized in each activity. Campers ride a minimum of two hours per day in a series of riding lessons, games, and trail rides. Camp Colley partners with Hunkapi Horse Programs to provide this unique equine adventure. Campers will have additional activities including, but not limited to, hiking, nature education, mountain biking, archery, and arts and crafts.

Campers depart from Fountain Park (Splash Pad area) at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and return at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday depending on which camp. A detailed itinerary and required waivers will be made available upon registration.
Space is limited for these Camps; early registration is highly encouraged.

Camp Activities include:
o Archery
o Mountain biking
o Field trips to the local fire tower
o Nature education
o Hiking
o Arts and crafts
o Trail riding
o Evening camp fires
o Canoeing (5-day camp only)

Overnight camp inclusions:
o Transportation to and from camp
o Daily riding
o 1:4 Staff to Camper Ratio
o All meals and snacks
o Tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads

July 22, 2016

July 13 Field of Dreams photoKeep Cool with Free Adult Movie at Fountain Hills Library

Motivational Sports-themed movies are a continuing part of the Adult summer reading program. Due to film licensing agreements, we can’t publish the name of this movie, but think of the Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, who then interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields: “If you build it they will come”.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 25-27, 2016

July #14 Kids basketballBall Handling & Basketball Shootout Camp

If you’re between the ages of 6 and 18, you like basketball, want to learn the game or improve your technique, are willing to work hard, and you want to make friends and have fun in the process, Advantage Basketball Camp (ABC) is for you.
All skill levels are welcome, this camp will be geared toward beginner and intermediate players who want to develop skills, or any basketball players who simply needs to learn the value of self –discipline, practice, and enhanced self-confidence.
Community Services has partnered with Advantage who was named by Sports Illustrated for Kids as one of the top basketball camps in the country. Work with one of the top coaching staffs in the world. Our students will build on their ball-handling and court awareness skills by learning lightning-quick, one-handed moves off the dribble and a whole lot more.
PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more detail, including fees and schedules, http://www.fh.az.gov/266/Parks-Recreation

July 28, 2016

July #15Tibetian Bowl Hatha YogaHatha Yoga Class Refreshes and Restores

The Fountain Hills Library is offering an adult hatha yoga class to enhance your self-care. Long time yogi, Melanie Albert offers powerful, positive intentions for your life anchored with the music of her signature Tibetan Singing Bowl, along with Pranayama (yogic breathing), hatha yoga asana practice (poses with steady movement), and restorative Sava Sana with the beauty of the singing bowl.
You will feel energized, refreshed and restored with this class. The class is open to all levels: new to yoga, beginners and experienced. Please bring your own yoga mat or large beach towel for your practice.
3:00-4:30 p.m., Fountain Hills Library, Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 29, 2016

July pic #16“Didgeridoo Down Under” at the Library

Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy fusion of Australian music, culture, fitness puppetry, comedy, storytelling and audience participation. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for everyone. For Families (All Ages). Young children under 10 yrs. need to bring a pet adult.
10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

July 29, 2016
Library Lockdown: Gaming Overload for Teens (Registration Needed)
Start Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00
Play traditional games gone rogue! Oversized Dominoes, Jenga, and more. Each winner at a game will choose between a given prize or an additional submission to our ultimate Summer Reading Drawing Prize. Registration is required and a signed parent permission slip must be presented before entering the program. For Teens 12-17 years old. Registration at the Library information desk.
6:00-9:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Library
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The “Beach Boys” Are Coming to Fountain Hills!

Saturday, June 25th at Fort McDowell Casino

BeachBoys_#!The “Beach Boys” are on tour, and Fountain Hills is their only Arizona appearance! Just to be clear—this is not a “tribute group”, but is a part of the official Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour.

For millions of Beach Boys fans spanning multiple generations, this 50th Anniversary Tour and new album called That’s Why God Made The Radio — due June 5th from Capitol/EMI — represents a dream come true and an almost religious experience. That’s right; this legendary group is not just going to “Do It Again” on the road. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks also recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles’ famed Ocean Way Studios for That’s Why God Made The Radio, the band’s 29th studio album, the first in decades to feature all of the band’s surviving original members.

beach-boys -#2Impressively, The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world.

“Good Vibrations” really are forever!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT, and tickets should be purchased ahead of time. Tickets start at $35.00, and can be purchased at the Fort McDowell Casino Gift Shop, or on line from Ticketmaster.com.  All sales are final. No refunds.


Fort McDowell Casino

10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264-(800) THE.FORT

April in Arizona…Sonoran Lifestyle at its Finest


“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”  Richard Bach

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”  Richard Bach

April in Arizona reminds us, “If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sonoran Desert foothills, you’re lucky enough!”

Spring wildflowers are in abundance, sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and outdoor living, dining and recreation are the order of every sun-filled day. The twilight hours lengthen, patios become our prime living spaces…Life is good in Fountain Hills.


April 1, 2016

Pic: April 1 Disney’s inside out

Movies in the Park

The Town’s popular Movies in the Park returns for the 2016 season, and Pixar’s animated movie, “Inside Out” is the first amusing offering.  “Inside Out” is PG rated, so gather up the kids, the neighbors and even Auntie Lou.

The free  movies are played under the stars at the Fountain Park Performance Pavilion; bring chairs or blankets and arrive a bit early to snag the perfect spot.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Corey Povar at 480-816-5170 or visit the Town of Fountain Hills website at www.fh.az.gov.


April 1-17, 2016

Play It Again Sam

April #2play-it-again-samWoody Allen’s career as a playwright and later actor/director accelerated with the success of his 1968 play, “Play it again Sam.” Fountain Hills Mainstage Theater’s April offering is a “Hilarious… a cheerful romp. Not only are Mr. Allen’s jokes and their follow ups, asides and twists audaciously brilliant, but he has a great sense of character.” – The New York Times

Nominated for 4 Tony awards, the play follows newly divorced playwright Allan Felix who has this thing about Humphrey Bogart. If only he had some of Bogart’s technique… Bookish and insecure with women, Allan’s hero, Bogey comes to the rescue, with a fantastic bevy of beauties played out in hilarious fantasy

sequences. Fixed up by friends with gorgeous women, he’s so awkward that even the mythical Bogey’s patience is tried.

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ex: 3

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


April 1, 2016

shutterstock_87765880Painting Workshop: Oil and Acrylics

Fountain Hills Recreation offers a variety of affordable painting and art classes for a wide range of skill levels and interests.  Art classes are held on consecutive weeks over the span of one month, and the purchase of supplies are generally required.

Thursdays: March 31, 2016 to April 28, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or the Tuesday evening classes-

Tuesdays: April 5, 2016 to April 26, 2016
6:15p.m. to 8:15p.m.

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


April 1-April 31 2016

Lucky Seven Lounge at Fort McDowell Casino

On Friday & Saturday nights, Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino features a continually changing lineup of talented performers. There is no cover charge so you might want to plan to come a bit early for the best seating. Dates and times vary, so check out the schedules at:  http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/showsM



For the past 25 years, Str8 Up has been entertaining party-going, music-loving audiences! There are NO LIMITS on what they do. They come prepared to give their very best, covering every genre of music one could possibly want to hear; specializing in old school R&B and Latin favorites.


The Rhythm Edition is a party band for all occasions, they can perform as a 6 piece to a 9 piece band. If you’re in the mood to go dancing to a variety of music this is the band you want to party with!


April #5 duane-moore-ft-mogollon-band-shows-duane-moore-ft-mogollon-band-imageMogollon, (pronounced Mug-e-on) began in the small Northeastern Arizona town of Overgaard. The name of the band is derived from the “Mogollon Rim”. Mogollon has earned the reputation as one of the Premier Country Rock Entertainment groups in the West and continues to keep their high standard. Their scope of performing ability is truly amazing! They can play about anything, from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd to their original written songs.


Smokestack Lightning is made up of all Gila River Indian Community members and been together since 2009. They were nominated for a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) in 2011 for Best Blues Recording for their album “Soul Left Blind.” In 2014 they came in second place in the Arizona Blues Showdown in the band category. In 2015 they came in first place in the Arizona Blues Showdown in the same category.


Furious George provide exciting, live, musical entertainment! They are a five-piece wedding band featuring talented vocalists and musicians to create the ideal atmosphere!


Arizona’s favorite Big Band, playing your favorite Latin and top 40 music!



April 1-31, 2016

April brings the perfect weather for a good game of Pickleball!

Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. In the oddly named sport, singles or double teams hit a waffle ball over a low net with wooden or composite paddles.

Parks and Recreation provides the paddles and waffle balls but players are encouraged to bring their own. Pickleball is a fun, easy sport to learn, and regular players are eager to teach newcomers. There is drop-in play daily and schedules are posted at the Palisades Courts.

Golden Eagle Park, northwest of Fountain Hills High School; 15900 Golden Eagle Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016

April #6 Hikers“Friday Fitness” Hikes at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Come to one, or come to all of MMRP fitness hikes that are held every Friday. (Check website for location, as they vary).  The April Fool’s Day hike will meet at the Dixie Mine Trailhead – at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, in Fountain Hills (outside of park). Park entry fee is $2. Hike distance is between 8-12 miles. Hike will be led by Kevin B. Bring plenty of water, and snacks and make sure to have sturdy comfortable shoes & clothing. http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/events/friday-fitness-hike-/


April 7, 2016

The Mysterious World of Johannes Vermeer

 Senior Activity Center Lecture Series

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 11-12 p.m.

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



April 7, 2016

Herbs at Fountain Hills Farmers MarketFarmer’s Market/ Art on the Avenue

Support local artisans, foodies and farmers. Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market goes away like Cinderella for the summer.  Local products…salsas, sauces, spices that will represent us well as your hostess gifts as you travel over the summer. Only two markets left until April,14, 2016 when they adjourn until October, 2016.

Thursday, 11-5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, in front of

Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate,16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268;

plenty of free parking in the lot behind our office as well.


April 9, 10, 2016

April #8 Community ChorusFountain Hills Community Chorus 25th Anniversary Concert

The Fountain Hills Community Chorus is staging a spectacular “Silver Reflections” concert to highlight its 25th Year of delightful entertainment.

The concerts will be presented in the Community Center Ballroom, and theater-style seating (with your tickets in hand) is on a first come-first served basis.  Tickets are at Gridley’s, on the Avenue of the Fountains near the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate office, and at CardSmart, at Fountainside Plaza until April 8, 2016. The Chorus will be accompanied by the Community Band.

Saturday, April 9, 2016   4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m.

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


April 14, 2016

“Laughter” Yoga

Senior Activity Center

Stretch your body and lighten up your day with “Laughter Yoga” class # 796.  Pre-registration is required at the Senior Activity Center.

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


April 14, 2016

April #9 Original ArtArt on the Avenue/ Farmer’s Market


Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market adjourns in the for the summer when our artisans and vendors move to cooler climes.  Shopping our market shows our vendors we support them:  local products…salsas, sauces, spices will represent us well as your hostess gifts as you travel over the summer.  

Thursday, 11-5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, in front of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, with plenty of free parking and easy access from the lot behind our office.



April 17, 2016

April #10Community BandCommunity Band Concert

Fountain Hills Community Band is a rollicking but inclusive group of instrumental music fans who welcome anyone with at least High School band experience—and the commitment to rehearse during their winter/spring season. The band serves as an advocate for a variety of music-big band, military marches, and other concert band classics to ensure that this wonderful instrumental music continues to be performed and enjoyed by all ages.

Sunday, April 17,2016,  4 p.m. Seating is first come-first served.

Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


April 22-May 1, 2016

April #11 Dear EdwinaDear Edwina, Jr,

Fountain Hills Youth Theater Spring Production

Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple has very talented siblings. But because of this, she thinks that she isn’t special or talented. Yet Edwina has many talents including leadership, singing and advising, and she combines all of them by directing musicals out of her garage.

The topic of these musicals is letters written to her by neighborhood kids who need advice. One of the main themes of Dear Edwina is Edwina’s desire to be in the “Advice-a-palooza” festival because she feels it will prove that she is as talented as her siblings.

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

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


April 22, 2016

Full Moon Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Set off into the desert under the light of the full moon. Join the Ranger on this guided walk on the popular North Trail. Hike will be 3-miles. Trail rating is easy, but the trailhead is 5 miles from entrance, so allow appropriate driving time. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.

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



April 22, 2016

River of Time Museum’s “Theater Thursday”

Tommy with Merchants

Tommy with Merchants

Featuring the Musical Stylings of Tommy Holliday

April’s “Theater Thursday” is a cozy lunchtime gathering with free entertainment.  Held in the courtyard of the River of Time Museum, you can munch your lunch—bring one from home, or order one of ours—and listen to an interesting lecture, poetry, or musical entertainment. Seating is limited, and registration is required. http://rotmuseum.org/event-details-register?id=26

12:00 noon at River of Time Museum, 12901 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, 85268


April 23, 2016

April #13 desert tortoiseDesert Tortoise – “Hands on” Exploration Day

at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Did you know that we have desert tortoises that live in the wild? What should you do if you see one of these amazing animals? Learn about these unique creatures and see them in person at our Visitor Center. You can also check out the other animals on display including a rattlesnake, gila monster, kingsnake, gophersnake, scorpions and a tarantula! Program takes place at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, April 23, 2-3 p.m. 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP, AZ 85268 (480) 471-0173


April 30, 2016

April #14BurnettFamily-53-1024x682Burnett Family Bluegrass Band-Front Porch Performance

Well known as one of the premier Arizona Bluegrass Bands, this family of talented musicians is known for its hard driving instrumentals and fine-tuned harmonies and were the 2004 winners of the esteemed Telluride Bluegrass Festival! FREE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM. They must be picked up at the Customer Service Desk at the library prior to the performance in the Community Center.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2-4 p.m. Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


April 30, 2016

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Fort McDowell Casino Entertainment Series

Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and released the album “Recollection.”

This is an outdoor event—DOORS OPEN 7 PM, SHOWTIME 8 PM; Starting at $35 at Casino Gift Shop or Ticketmaster: https://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/index.php/shows/creedence-clearwater-revisited


April/May, 2016

Registration for Boys and Girls Club Summer Camps

Boys and Girls club logoSummer fun abounds at the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls club. Children and teenagers are placed on appropriate age groups and participate in a wide range of fun activities.  Camps run from May to August and include crafts, computers, games and field trips, sports, ice cream socials and picnics.

14605 N. Del Cambre, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

480 344-5400   McKee@bgcs.org



Valley of the Sun “Gears Up” for Car Auctions

Barrett Jackson by Bill Meehan

Barrett Jackson by Bill Meehan

January is car month in Arizona.  Across the Valley of the Sun, classic and exotic car auctions set the tone for the busiest month on the calendar.

Barrett Jackson:  The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction to Scottsdale. This means some of the most sought after cars in the world will be in our back yard for you to see. There are not only the cars to draw you but also all the fun and socializing as you rub shoulders with celebrities that fly in to enjoy the event.  The cars this year are spectacular and  available to view and bid on. They have a family day on Sunday January 12th. Not only are the tickets affordable for the whole family, but you can enjoy seeing all the cars that will be up for auction later in the week.   They have everything from day passes, family day passes and week passes available.  To choose your days and times of viewing, purchase tickets and for more information please logon to: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/

Sonoran Lifestyle President Dori Wittrig at the Silver Car Auction,

Sonoran Lifestyle President Dori Wittrig at the Silver Car Auction in her Cord replica

Silver Car Aution:  January 17-18, 2014, Silver has skillfully established a solid reputation for auctioning affordable collector cars in this January-in-Arizona extravaganza. Silver’s auction continues to grow each year because it is filling a much-needed auction alternative. Thousands of buyers and sellers want an auction where they can buy and sell in an arena that they are personally comfortable in. Silver provides that alternative for the greater Phoenix area since 1992. Silver’s Fort McDowell auction offers real buyers and sellers, real cars and real deals. Held at Fort McDowell Casino, for more information go to Silver Auction.  Gates open both days at 8:00 am, admission is $20.

Russo and Steele:   Held in Scottsdale near the 101 and Scottsdale Road, European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs are the focus at Russo and Steele. The organization refers to the auction as an event “for enthusiasts by enthusiasts.”  In 2014, they are continuing with their signature “Auction in the Round” format, and will offer 5 days of Auction excitement and over 700+ classic cars.  January 15-19, check out more at Russo and Steele.

RM Auctions:  Beginning as a car restoration company in 1976, RM Auctions has grown into a well-respected investment-grade collector car auction company, offering the finest motor cars to a discerning clientele. Collectors and admirers of vintage automobiles flock to Arizona each winter, and RM Auctions is high on the list of must-attend classic car auctions. In October 2011 RM Auctions sold the world’s oldest running motor car, a historic 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, for an impressive $4.62 million. That was a record!  January 15-17 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.  For more information:  RM  Auctions