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Fountain Hills School District Celebrates!

Fountain Hills School District is coming to the end of their school year but there is still so much going on!

If you like to be involved with children of all ages from Kindergarten to High School Seniors then there are still opportunities to help our schools.

The FHUSD has had a lot to celebrate this school year!

The Varsity Girls Soccer won the Division III State Championship which was asoccer first time event for our District. The Lady Falcons had an undefeated season. The Senior goalie for the Falcons will graduate next week and is set to attend a Division 1 University to play soccer.

Ladies Basketball also had an outstanding season this year that also saw them win the State Championship! This was also a first ever win of the State basketballChampionship for our ladies basketball program. They beat their rival Valley Christian at Jobing.com Arena 51-36!


Boys Varsity Baseball won their State Championship last year, and are currently baseballon their way to the Semi-Finals Friday May 16th against Palo Verde Magnet. They have a season of 24-4, so this season could very well be another great finish for the Falcon Baseball Team!!

The Track and Field team in Fountain Hills has had a very successful weekend trackwith Trista Smith claiing Division III State Title in Pole Vault! She cleared 11 ft, which was enough to beat her own school record. A slew of other school records were beaten this weekend on the track with Girls 4×400 relay and 4×100 Girls relay.


The FHHS Band plays at a national level and has been recognized again this year for their great accomplishments.  Director Lynn Truby drives her band to be the very best. During the Fall, come out to a football game and watch the band perform at half time! Along with the Color Guard, you will not be disappointed!

This year the Band went to California to compete in the Hollywood Heritage Music Festival. FHHS Band was awarded the following:


Outstanding Overall Program Sweepstakes Award
Highest combined scores of combined Instrumental & Vocal scores

Outstanding Choral Program Sweepstakes Award
Highest combined scores of combined Vocal Jazz & Concert Choir

1st Place – Falcon Jazz Band

1st Place – Vocal FX Jazz Choir

2nd Place – Symphonic Band

2nd Place – Percussion Ensemble

Excellent Rating – Concert Choir

*Outstanding Soloist Award- Concert Choir – Austin Hemphill

Our school district is not only excelling in sports and Band. The academic side of FHHS is also teeming with awards!

Dr. Paul McElligott received the Century Link/AzTEA Innovation in Classroom Technology Integration Grant to help complete its three-year study on the factors that influence javelina migration into Fountain Hills, Arizona.

CAD II student Alex Day won third place in the National LEED competition. Applicants had to design an energy efficient home and write an essay describing the project. Alex won a laptop from the CAD Academy for placing.

The Fountain Hills Middle School has had an exceptional year with student accomplishments as well as Teacher’s .

There is an upcoming Band Concert on Thursday May 15th. This is the last of the school year, and regrettably the last for Mr. Dixon the Band Teacher. He will beFHMS_photo_PercussionAward_040814 leaving the school district at the end of this Semester. To finish this year off with a Bang!, the school Winter Percussion Line won 1st place at the State Level.



The Four Peaks Elementary and Middle School will be awarding those student who are Reading Millionaires a celebratory day out at Sunsplash this next week. These students have read over 1 Million words this school year while reading for school.


Recognition and Awards for Seniors

This last week there was a Senior Recognition Night for the Graduating Class of 2014.falcon

These graduates have received over $5.5 MILLION in scholarships and monetary awards towards furthering their education!!

There were full Scholarships awarded for academics, sports and to the Air Force Academy.

The School District also awards certificates recognizing the students who have excelled during the school year in academics and sports.

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The Middle School library is in need of some reorganization! They are looking for volunteers who can give some time from now until May 22nd. Can you volunteer between 7.30 am and 3.30 pm? Then please give Lydia Smout a call and she would love to have you go in to help.

She can be reached at 480-664-5408 or lsmout@fhusd.org

Falcon Fiesta

Falcon Fiesta is in need of volunteers.  This all night event is a drug and alcohol free event where the graduating seniors can win prizes, play games and visit with friends. This event is an event that most Seniors attend as they can win such wonderful prizes as Mini Fridges, Laptops, iPads etc that they use as they go on to College!  In order to make this a special night for the Seniors, many volunteers are needed.

Falcon Fiesta will be held Friday May 23rd from 10:00pm to Saturday May 24th at 5:00am.

Donations are also needed to help make this a successful event.  If you are interested in being a cash or in kind sponsor, please contact one of the people below.

If you have questions about the activities, please contact

Nicole Chalmers nfchalmers@cox.net(480) 323-5690 or

Kay Engler kayengler11@gmail.com








Easter Sunday Sunrise Service

0506 EVENTS, EASTER SUNRISE SERVICESunday April 20th will bring all denominations together to celebrate Easter.

The beautiful setting of the Fountain and as the sun starts to peak over our majestic Four Peaks, an Easter Sunrise service will welcome everyone to celebrate Easter. 4 peaks for webcast

The event is coordinated by the Fountain Hills Ministerial Association and it encompasses all faiths, and encourages us all to join together as one.

The event will start at 6am.

Tour de Scottsdale Rides Again!

Tour de ScottsdaleSunday October 13th brings Cyclists in to Scottsdale and surrounding areas for the Tour de Scottsdale Citizen Rides . This year there will be 2 citizen rides, a 30 mile and a 70 mile ride both of which are presented by Lexus. They begin and end in DC Ranch but both take different courses. The 70 mile ride takes the cyclists out of North Scottsdale and they circumnavigate the Preserve. The Ride takes the cyclists over into the McDowell Mountain Park area, through Fountain Hills and back in to Scottsdale as they travel down Shea Boulevard. The 30 mile ride keeps the riders in North Scottsdale but still in beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape.

The rides benefit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization in Scottsdale that protects and promotes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

For more information on this event and to register for the rides please read more at www.tourdescottsdale.net/event-info/

Spring Brings Beautiful Butterflies in Arizona!

Spring wildflowers invite butterflies and hummingbirds, but in Arizona, we celebrate in a very special way.  In Fountain Hills, nature gives us bright yellow Palo Verde and Brittle Bush flowers to attract Monarch Butterflies on their annual migration back from the highlands of Central Mexico.

Our Spring foliage attracts the butterfly's as they Migrate.

Our Spring foliage attracts the butterfly’s as they Migrate.

But for a few short weeks each spring, the Desert Botanical Garden invites us to a truly “once in a lifetime” experience in their fabulous Butterfly Pavilion.


This handicapped accessible exhibit is a wonderful multi-generational outing.  The wonder of hundreds of butterflies…sipping nectar from an orange slice or resting on one of the lovely water features is a delight for all ages.  The Botanical garden rents electric scooters and strollers, and the pathways inside the shady pavilion provide wheelchair access.

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The photo opportunities are boundless, and kids have a definite advantage in the close-up department!  Plan to spend at least 2 hours…the time will fly by. You do not have to tour the entire Botanical Garden to see the exhibit, but you may not be able to help yourself, as it is one of the top 5 attractions in all of Arizona.

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Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

$3.50 with paid Garden admission; free for Members and children under three

Now through May 12; 9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m. Daily


Watch as hundreds of kids scramble to pick up more than 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes. Held on the ball fields at Golden Eagle Park, this event is a special way for our little tykes to celebrate the spring season. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will be available for hugs and pictures throughout the event. Clucky the Chicken will join Hoppy Bunny again this year to hang out with kids and take photos. The event is open to children up to seven years old who must be accompanied by an adult. The kids are separated into different age groups so that toddlers can enjoy the wonder of finding an egg of their own and not be trampled by the 5-7 year-old “veterans of the hunt.”

The Easter Egg Hunt sarts promplty at 9 am

The Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 9 am

Arrive early and be in place by 9:00 a.m. sharp!  This lightning-fast event is all over but the pictures by 9:15!  In the event of inclement weather, or bad field conditions, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2013.

The Kiwanis will be at the park again this year for their popular “Pancake Breakfast”. Get to the park early and have a hearty breakfast before the main event. You can also visit with the Fountain Hills Fire Department, which will have trucks to climb on and firefighters, showing the kids their trucks and gear. No event would be complete without inflatable bouncers for the kids

Kite Festival at Fountain Park – Basant Mela

The Academy-award-winning movie, “Kite Runner” may have bought kite-flying competitions to the attention of the American public, but they have been a popular international festival for centuries. On March 23, 2013, the skies above Fountain Hills will be a photographer’s delight as hundreds of colorful hand-made kites take flight during the Besant Mela kite flying festival.

Kites with converge at Fountain Park in Celebration of Basant Mela

Kites will converge at Fountain Park in Celebration of Basant Mela

Basant is a seasonal festival celebrated at the end of winter to welcome spring. “Kite flying” is the major and most colorful event of this festival. The sky is covered with colorful kites that are of medium size normally from 1 foot to 4 feet in diameter; kites are usually made of paper and made especially for this purpose. Kites are of different shapes and sizes and are tied with specially made thread called “Doore.”Henna tattoos of all types and styles will be available as well, or if you are not looking for a “walk on the wild side,” authentic middle-eastern jewelry vendors will present an array of sparking treasures.

“Yellow” is the color of the festival and is visible everywhere i.e. from kites to clothes. Basant is not only a kite flying event, it’s a cultural festival for the entire family.

Henna artitsts and other Pakistani art will be at the Festival.

Henna artitsts and other Pakistani art will be at the Festival.

Where:  Fountain Park, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268   (Shea Blvd to traffic light at Saguaro Blvd;  2 miles North to Fountain Park.  Free parking on Avenue of the Fountains and large lot northwest of Fountain Park.)  The park is handicapped accessible, and restrooms are near the children’s playground.

When:  Saturday, March 23, 2013; 11-6 p.m.

Event Sponsor:  Pakistan Information & Cultural Organization (PICO) www.pakistaninformation.org

Omar Hameed  480-586-1840

Green Fountain part of St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!!


Sunday, March 17, Fountain Park; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gather at the Fountain Park Amphitheater on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy Irish music, corned beef and cabbage and a beer garden. In a tradition that dates back to the early 1980s, watch as the World Famous Fountain turns emerald green at noon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The event is presented by Sons of AMVETS Squadron #7 in cooperation with the Town of Fountain Hills.

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 12 Noon on St. Patricks Day

The Beautiful Green Fountain at 12 Noon on St. Patricks Day (photo credit Jennifer Colitre)

Admission to the Beer Garden is $5.00 for adults 21 and older, but as many as 5,000 people from across the Valley gather to see and photograph the amazing sight of the Green ountain, which is visible from as far as 30 miles away.  Nearly all Fountain Hills restaurants get into the act, with nearly a ton of corned beef consumed in honor of “the Wearin’ of the Green.”

Irish Coffee, Frisbees & Fountain Note Cards at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate:   The team at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, at 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, celebrates in their own Java-laden way with gallons and gallons of Irish Coffee served to their clients and guests.   Lucky guests will also receive a pack o’Green-Fountain Note Cards and Frisbees for the kids to enjoy at Fountain Park.  Start your celebration in the true spirit of St. Patricks Day with some warm Irish Cheer before heading to Fountain Park. We will be sharing our Luck O’ The Irish from 11 am-3 pm on Sunday the 17th. We look forward to seeing you!

Fountain Hills Great Fair – February 22nd, 23rd and 24th

The Southwest’s Premier Art Fair returns to Fountain Hills!

The Fountain Hills Great Fair is held the last full weekend of February. This three day juried art fair features 500 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe, and attracts 200,000+ visitors.  There is plenty of food and drink, and the local AM Vets offer their Beer Garden for those who want the just enjoy friends, food

The Beer Garden with the scenic Fountain as the backdrop. February 22,23,24.

The Beer Garden with the scenic Fountain as the backdrop. February 22,23,24.

Truly something for everyone, and never the same from year to year, the Great Fair is one of the top 5 Art venues in the Southwest.  Dozens of talented musicians lighten the mood, providing free entertainment throughout the show and at the central stage on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday is traditionally the day for “serious shoppers”… vendors look forward to seeing their regular customers who take advantage of the smaller crowds to have an unhurried visit.  Although many Artists have been part of the Great Fair family for more than 2 decades, the juried show welcomes fresh talent every spring.  Buying direct from the artists makes Gallery-quality art very reasonable.

One of the many artists that have unique and fun items

One of the many artists that have unique and fun items

The Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Team invites you to take a break with us when you come downtown to the Fair.  Catch your breath and  show us your treasures…we never tire of seeing all the treasures you can’t resist!

and a wonderful view.

Condominium Living in Fountain Hills, Arizona: Time to Try Out a Winter Residence!

Simplicity, Value and Resort Lifestyle: All for only $130,000:  14849 N. Kings Way, #207, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Center Court Villas in Fountain Hills offers the perfect chance to “Try Out” Winter Residence Ownership

A 2 Bedroom Condominium in Fountain Hills, Arizona is a great way to “try-out” the possibility of a part-time, winter residence home in the sunny Southwest.  This freshly updated, fun condo home offers a relaxed, resort atmosphere in a world-class town that features art galleries, great restaurants and watering holes and all the services you expect, all within walking distance!  Fountain Hills is abundant with opportunities for hiking, walking, golf, cycling and other nearby outdoor recreation like fishing, horseback riding and water sports.

Balconies offer the chance for privacy and big views!

Move right in & enjoy your place in the Arizona Sun. Very Nicely Updated upper level 2 bedroom condominium home has a view-oriented deck that looks over the famous Four Peaks Mountain and Mazatazal Range with views to the 22,000 acre McDowell Regional Park only a short walk away.    Located on the outside end of a six-unit building within the quiet community of Center Court Villas, you’ll have the option of enjoying the relaxed, warm-weather lifestyle or renting out the home for an attractive winter visitor home for your friends, family or managed guests.

Newly Updated Interiors Provide for Sophisticated Lifestyle in the Casual, Southwestern Style.

Condominiums provide a great “transitional property” for Northerners who want to experiment with the convenience of winter-time living in the Sunny Southwest.  Indeed, most residents start small and will move up to more spacious quarters in a few years to accommodate visiting family members, a great way for multiple generations to reconnect for a few weeks at a time.

Priced reasonably at $130,000, the 2-bedroom 2-bath home at 14849 N KINGS WAY #207, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 is the perfect way to begin.  Features include a fireplace, large windows for lots of sunny, view oriented opportunities, gated courtyard area & storage room and a low monthly HOA fee of only $150/month that includes all exterior maintenance, cable, garbage and insurance…it doesn’t get any easier than that!

Don’t want the hassle of shopping for furnishings and household items?  No problem…most furnishings are available for sale separately. Don’t want to worry about interior systems?  No problem!  The seller of this home is meticulous about its condition and has replaced all of the following in the past few years:  Lighting, paint, tile floors, carpets, bathrooms, A/C and Heat, granite kitchen counters, and more.  Taxes are only $570 for 2012.  What are you waiting for??

For more information about the community of Fountain Hills, check out our Relocation Guide where you learn why Business Week Magazine named Fountain Hills the “Most Affordable Suburb” in 2010, plus other national accolades that make Fountain Hills one of the true hidden treasures of the Southwest.  Check out the Public Arts Collection, the best in the Southwest for a town of its size…perhaps the United States.

Jay Schlum and Dori Wittrig, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate

Contact Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate Listing Agents Jay Schlum, GRI, and former Mayor of Fountain Hills or Dori Wittrig, GRI, Designated Broker and President of Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  We offer expert representation, community orientation and transactional excellence!  Call us at 602-301-7855 or 602-558-5901 or check out www.SonoranLifestyle.com.  Our Relocation Guide is online at www.150Ways.com.  We look forward to working with you!

Boomers Want More than Sunshine to Make a Move

Part III of a 3-part story about the Baby Boomer Seniors.

Today’s post-50’s are looking for specific lifestyle amenities in their ideal retirement spot. In addition to low local taxes, affordable recreation and community size, Boomers polled in a recent study by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast indicated a number of more specific preferences that make Fountain Hills a top contender as a perfect retirement location.    Continued from Part I, September 9, 2012  and  Part II, October 10, 2012

7.  Arts and Culture

First Love is part of the extensive Fountain Hills public art collection, featuring over 100 works.

Within 5 minutes of cruising downtown Fountain Hills, visitors have a sense that Art is a big deal in Fountain Hills.  Our public art collection approaching 100 pieces of sentinel public art is stunning by any standards. A small public art levy commits a percent of the funds received for commercial building permits to fund the on-going display of public art.  Placed throughout the central downtown and Town Lake area, the variety of western and contemporary art is a joy to stroll through or enjoy on an escorted tour.

8.  Elder Care Services

Fountain View Village offers continuing care for Fountain Hills’ residents or their family members

Fountain View Village is a senior living community in Fountain Hills Arizona that provides independent living, assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing.  Located in the center of town, the elegant facility provides transportation for residents, dining, recreation and a wide range of resort-quality amenities.  Looking for a more personal approach?  Fountain Hills has a variety of in-home senior care services, from daily support help to 24 hour care professionals.

Valley Jazz Favorite Margo Reed entertains residents at Fountain View Village

The Area Agency on Aging “Meals on Wheels” and “Give a Lift” programs use the Senior Center as its hub, providing care and rewarding volunteering opportunities for volunteers and recipients alike.

The Town has no fewer than six gyms, and Anytime Fitness is home to the “Silver Sneakers” program for residents with one of the AARP PPO or HMO Medicare plans.

9.  Affordable Housing

Affordable townhomes and duplexes in the Town Center of Fountain Hills, AZ start in the mid $100’s

Fountain Hills has also earned a top accolade from the magazine, Business Week. In its February 2009 edition, the magazine named Fountain Hills the “Best Affordable Suburb” in all of Arizona. They evaluated suburbs on a variety of factors but weighted affordability most heavily. They also considered lifestyle (short commutes, clean air, low crime, good weather, and green space), the quality of schools, and the strength of the local economy. None of the places evaluated had populations of more than 60,000 or less than 5,000. Only one suburb per state was selected. (Source: www.fh.az.gov )

Fountain Hills occupies a unique position in the greater Phoenix area market. Well-built homes, condos, apartments and Gemini homes, (no home in the entire Town was built before 1970), offer stunning mountain views from nearly every part in the Town.  Efficient condos or Gemini homes, with pools, meeting facilities, and in some cases, tennis, shuffleboard and grassy areas for pets start in the $90’s.  Upscale gated condominium range from $275,000 to the mid $400’s, with a wide range of amenities.

Beautiful mountain-view homes are the hallmark of Fountain Hills, many starting in the high $300’s.

Free-standing homes offer the biggest range of options, ranging from fixer-uppers in the low $200’s to homes with large lots, refreshing pools and 180 degree views for under $500,000.  There are several  lovely communities focused on golf and/or tennis that occupy select locations.  Names like SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, CopperWynd, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Desert Canyon Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club at the Fort McDowell Raddisson Resort and Casino conjure images of pristine desert golf for enthusiasts and hackers alike.   Many of the homes  in these communities offer sweeping views up to 100 miles and provide an luxury unparalleled for the price in the entire Greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

10.  Lifelong learning

Just as Fountain Hills is a community of volunteers, it is also a community that nurtures an environment of learning and exploration.  The Town underwrites a significant Senior Center with dozens of affordable options from exercise to political debate, crafts, to nationally recognized senior-net classes for computer relevancy.  Yoga, stretching, tai chi, language classes, painting and drawing, fishing, woodworking, knitting, quilting…all for a $10.00 per year membership fee. (Class supplies may be extra).

The River of Time Museum sponsors a series of rollicking dinner meetings where the history of the area is brought to life by a series of entertaining historians.  One of the 2011 highlights was a talk by one of America’s three remaining Navajo “Code-talkers” from World War II.  One of this season’s dinners will include a talk on the “Harvey Girls” at the world-famous La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, which borders Fountain Hills on the North has an on-going program of nature walks where their entertaining rangers educate visitors about the amazing assortment of unusual plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home.

Fountain Lake in Fountain Hills Town Center is the centerpiece of activity for all ages.

The Town of Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation department offers year-round classes in three categories:

  • Lifetime learning
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Health and Wellness

In 2006, Fountain Hills was named by Phoenix Magazine as the best place to live in the Valley of the Sun and was cited as “a welcome oasis on the outskirts of a metropolis.” The magazine measured the quality of life in 22 Valley communities, including the statistical analysis of each community’s population, income, home price, crime rate, miles to Sky Harbor Airport, and square feet of retail.

The low density, cooler and cleaner air quality, 75 mile views, amenities and welcoming community spirit make Fountain Hills the best value and the best quality of life in all of Arizona.

Let Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate be your guide in Fountain Hills.  For more information about this world-class community, its beautiful vistas, vibrant Town Center, lovely neighborhoods and fantastic real estate values, go to www.SonoranLifestyle.com.   Check out the area relocation guide at www.150Ways.com  where you’ll  find links to 150 area recreation, sports, entertainment and cultural attractions.   In Fountain Hills, be sure to stop by the Sonoran Lifestyle visitor center on the Avenue of the Fountains, only ½ block from the World Famous Fountain, or call 480-816-5557.