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Fountain Hills’ February Calendar of Events!

Fun, Food, and Festive Celebrations:   February is Fine in Fountain Hills


Feb #1 Fountain Hills MorningFebruary-Various Dates

Senior Activity Center hosts dozens of interesting courses, activities and presentations each month in the Fountain Hills Community Center. Annual Membership is $20 per person, which provides free access to most classes, presentations and specialized activity groups.  A sampling of February activities is listed below, and the full listing of activities, from Bingo to Botswana is available at: http://www.fh.az.gov/230/Special-Presentations

February 3, 2016:  Heard Museum Presentation — Dine´  THE NAVAJO – Course #1640

February 4, 2016:  JUST IN FROM MARS – Course #1788

February 11, 2016:  SECRETS OF THE GRAND CANYON – Course #1790

February 17, 2016:  BOTSWANA THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM- Course #1791

All events are held at the Fountain Hills Community Center, generally 2-3:30 p.m.

13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


February 4, 2016:  River of Time Museum Volunteer Open House

Stop by the museum for coffee and bagels and lean about the different ways you can help keep the waters flowing at the River of Time. Lots of opportunities to use your talents and work with a wonderful group of volunteers.  9:00 a.m.

12901 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



February 4, 2016:  Campground Bird Walk for Beginner Birders

McDowell Mountain Regional Park; Ranger Amy will lead this 1-1/2 hour class to learn how to spot local and migrating birds. Bring your own binoculars.  8:00-9:30 a.m. 16300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Dr.

Questions? Contact Ranger Amy, amyroberts@mail.maricopa.gov

Note:  The Park Rangers and Volunteers conduct Nature Walks, fitness hikes and educational demonstrations throughout each month.  Check out the event calendar on the website or sign up for event alerts: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/EventsDetailPublishers.aspx?EventID=26077


February Various Dates:  Grapeables Wine Bar

Enjoy live Music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in February at Grapeables Wine Bar.  This Lakeside treasure offers a diverse group of musical talent and a diverse and interesting range of wine (and even some craft beer).

Friday February 5th – Brian Chartrand

Saturday February 6th – Jenny Jarnagin

Friday February 12th – Notes From Neptune

Saturday February 13th – Adam Simons

Saturday February 19th – Billy Cioffi Trio

Saturday February 20th – Walt Richardson

Friday February 26th – Lewis Ray

Saturday February 27th (2:00-5:30) – Chuck E. Baby / (7:00-10:30) Billy Cioffi Trio

12645 N. Saguaro Blvd, #9 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



February 4, 2016:  Farmers Market/ Art on the Avenue

Feb #2 Made by BeesThe Avenue of the Fountains is the place to be for the weekly Farmer’s Market/ Art on Avenue.  Artisan pastries, great Super Bowl snacks, and gourmet condiments to delight the “foodie” in you.  Artists display their one-of-a- kind creations, with many southwestern-themed gifts to delight seasonal visitors. Order ahead this week for Valentine’s Day Delivery.

11-5 p.m.  East end of the Avenue of the Fountains


February Varous Dates:  Jazz in the Hills at the Emerson Gallery

Friday February 5:  Pesce Trio with Jerry Donato

Friday February 12:  Mike Lake Quartet

Friday February 19:  Dan Sieckman Trio

Friday February 26:  Beth Lederman with Jazz Con Alma

All performances 7:00 to 9:30 pm.  Emerson Art Gallery 16930 E Palisades Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://www.fhtimes.com/calendar/music/jazz-in-the-hills/event


February 6, 2016:  Free Books for your e-readers

Fountain Hills Library is offering classes to help learn how to download library books to your reader or e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other e-device? The Library will help you use their free book-download service to read your favorites without fees.

12:30-2:00 p.m. Fountain Hills Branch   12901 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



February 7, 2016:  Become a Junior Ranger

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Feb #3 McDowell Mountain ParkBring your kids (ages 4-12) out to the park for this “on your own” program. Stop by the Visitor Center between 9am-10am to pick up the Junior Ranger booklet. Head outside to complete the activities, and have fun! Return to the Nature Center when you’re finished to pick up the Jr. Ranger badge you earned! Activities can be completed within 1-2 hours. (Please note the Nature Center closes at 4pm)

10:00 a.m.  Duration: It’s up to you! http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/EventsDetailPublishers.aspx?EventID=26077


February 11, 2016:   Library “Heart Attack”

Yikes! The library has been attacked by hearts of all sizes and colors. Help us save the library by participating in numerous “heart” activities such as shape poetry, card making, and candy dipping. For children, ages 4- 12. Adult supervision required for children 4-8-years-old.  3:30-4:30p.m. Library Conference Room.  Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Fountain Hills Library, 13001 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Contact: Christy Valentine



February 11, 2016:  Art on the Avenue/ Farmer’s Market

Feb #4Art on the ave logofixed with textA perfect time to pick up Valentine-themed gifts and specialty food items from the vendors and artists in Fountain Hills Thursday Market.

11-5 p.m.  East end of the Avenue of the Fountains


February 12-28, 2016:  Into the Woods

Feb #5 Into-Woods_color-300x161Fountain Hills Youth Theater winter production

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The TONY Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.  February 12-28; Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

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



February 13, 2016:  Front Porch Concert Series:  Territorial Brass

Territorial Brass was formed in February 1987 and was quickly recognized by museums across Arizona as an entertaining living history resource. Dressed in turn-of-the-century costume (modeled after the Prescott and Bisbee brass bands), Territorial Brass recaptures the golden age of the American town band. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THIS PROGRAM. They can be picked up at the Customer Service Desk at the library.   2:00-3:00 p.m., Fountain Hills Community Center



February 13, 2016:  Adult CPR Class

The purpose of this course is to train individuals to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in children or adults. The classes cover adult, child and infant CPR; the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and first aid for choking. The Fountain Hills Fire Department provides the certified CPR instructors. Registration and Fee payment required. https://apm.activecommunities.com/townfh/Activity_Search/cpr-aed-for-the-community-and-workplace/1764

9:00 -12:00, Community Center, Navajo Room,  13001 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


February 13, 2016:  Wolves in Arizona – McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Are you curious about wolves in the Wild West? Join biologist Jeff Dolphin from the Arizona Game & Fish Department as he discusses his work with the Mexican Gray Wolves! Program will be held at the Visitor Center.  3:00 p.m.    16300 N. McDowell Mountain Park Dr.




February 13, 2016:  Concours in the Hills

Feb #6Concours_in_the_Hills_AerialThis is the third annual celebration of Collector Cars in Fountain Hills, and as many as 600 Classic cars are expected. The event benefits the Scottsdale Area (including Fountain Hills Branch) of the Boys and Girls Club. Concours showcases a diverse range of ultra-high performance, luxury, and classic vehicles from both imported and domestic manufacturers. Spectator admission is free and there will be lots of free parking in the lot behind Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate.  Fountain Park;  10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


 February 14, 2016:  Love in the Hills

#7 renew-your-vowsSnuggle with your Valentine at the fourth annual “Love in the Hills” Celebration

Surprise your sweetie and make plans to attend this tribute to the power of love. Registration is free, on-line or at Sami Fine Jewelry on the Avenue of the Fountains.  At sunset the vow renewal ceremony will be shared by more than 700 couples, but pre-registration is required on line or at Sami Fine Jewelry. Stop by the Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate booth as you enjoy the offerings of the food trucks, free entertainment, professional photographs, and an ever-increasing list of special ways to share Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.  2-6:30 p.m.

Fountain Park   http://www.loveinthehills.com/event-details


February 15-17, 2016:  Cliff Drysdale/Town of Fountain Hills Youth Tennis Lessons

Feb #8Kids playing TennisThree levels of classes, from beginners to tournament preparation will be taught by the Cliff Drysdale professionals.  Pre-registration and fee payment must be completed before the start of classes on February 14, 2016.

Tennis Professional: Steve Etchells,   s.etchells@cliffdrysdale.com  480 333.1842



February 16, 2016:  Fountain Hills Community Band Concert

#9 Community bandFabulous, free entertainment provided by your friends and neighbors who make the Community Band a great celebration of fun and fellowship.

7 p.m.

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268


February 18, 2016:  River of Time Museum’s Theater Thursday

Who are the Ft. McDowell Yavapai?

Who are the Ft. McDowell Yavapai? is presented by Karen Ray. Karen is the Cultural Specialist and Museum Manager for the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation and co-author of the book Speak Yavapai Right Now.

The event is free but box lunches are available $6 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Box lunches include a choice of macaroni or potato salad, a cookie, and one of three sandwiches.

River of Time Museum   12901 N. La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 http://rotmuseum.org/contact


February 21, 2016:  FHCCA In-Home Concert: Dmitri Matheny Group

At the home of Sanford and Barbara McCormick, 13632 Cat claw Place, Fountain Hills, 85268.  4 p.m.


February 18, 2016:  Art on the Avenue/ Farmer’s Market

Invite your friends from across the Valley.  Shop the market, have a bite at one of our restaurants, and show off Fountain Hills at its “Sundrenched Winter” finest.

11-5 p.m.; East end of the Avenue of the Fountains


February 18, 2016:  State of the Town Address with Mayor Linda Kavanaugh

The Fountain Hills Chamber hosts the annual “State of the Town” meeting featuring a look back and the forward.  This informative address will be presented at the February Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting, and will include the opportunity to gain some in-depth knowledge about the triumphs as well as the challenges facing the town.  7:30-8:45 a.m. Community Center

Full breakfast is included; $20 for Members, $25 non-members  http://www.fountainhillschamber.com


February 25, 2016:  Art on the Avenue/ Farmer’s Market

Seating and shade on AvenueIf you haven’t experienced the newly revamped Avenue of the Fountains, you owe it to yourself to shop the market or one of our downtown merchants, have a bite at one of our restaurants, and bask in the sunshine of our legendary Sonoran Desert winter weather.

11-5 p.m.; East end of the Avenue of the Fountains


February 26, 27, 28, 2016:  Fountain Hills Great Fair

Feb#11 Glass at the Great FairMore than 500 artists show their wares ranging from small gift and décor items to larger than life sculptures. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, a wide variety of food fare is also available in the centrally located food court and on Saguaro in front of the fountain. Live music all day is a delight.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Avenue of the Fountain/Saguaro Blvd.


February 28, 2016:  Artists Gallery

Fountain Hills Artists Gallery is the largest cooperative gallery in Fountain Hills. Monthly receptions provide the opportunity to meet and mingle with a different group of featured artists each month.  Refreshments will be provided.

5-7:30 p.m.  16858 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



February 28, 2016:  Community Band Concert

Stirring Community Band concert in a venue with some of the best acoustics in Fountain Hills.  Sure to delight!  3 p.m.;  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 16150 E. El Lago Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

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.



January 22, 2016#2 BossaBrazil-14-300x225

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/

CopperWynd Resort Hosts “Jazz In the Hills”

Armand Boatman Trio at CopperWynd Resort, Friday, February 1, 2013

A variety of jazz styles and artists visit Jazz in the Hills

A variety of jazz styles and artists visit Jazz in the Hills

Fountain Hills is blessed with an enterprising group of Jazz enthusiasts, known as “Jazz In the Hills” whose mission is to promote the art of improvisational jazz music.  You can enjoy that music each week at local hot spots, including CopperWynd Resort and SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.

Jazz in the Hills is committed to preserving and sustaining the improvisational art form of jazz. To preserve the music, they present weekly concerts featuring musicians who have mastered the art of improvisation. They sustain the art form through education in schools and during concerts. Stories behind the music make it memorable and meaningful.

This week’s concert features trumpeter, Fred Forney with the Armand Boatman Trio. The concert is presented at $10.00 per person for general admission; $9.00 per person for members. Come and enjoy the wonderful music and incomparable views from the summit overlooking Fountain Hills at CopperWynd Resort

Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd offers the best Jazz Patio in the Valley!

Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd offers the best Jazz Patio in the Valley!

Want a real treat?  Call CopperWynd’s Alchemy Restaurant to reserve a table for  the dinner service, one of the Valley’s best locations where the spectacular 50-mile view is every bit as stunning as the culinary choices.

Come early between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for special drink and food prices. Drinks, starters and small plates and meals from the full dinner menu are also available before and during the concert. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available now at www.jazzinthehills.org

Jazz is a musical art form originating in the USA around 100 years ago. Jazz is unique from other music because it is based on the practice of improvisation; spontaneously creating melodies based on the underlying harmonic structures of the tune. Many of the popular musical forms of today are based on the rhythmic and harmonic structures of jazz.

The majority of the musicians who perform at Jazz in the Hills concerts are teachers at the College level. In their day job they teach students how to play the instruments in solo and ensemble settings and to understand the history and theory of jazz music. They promote the mastery of the techniques, patterns and music theory that create the sounds of jazz. Most importantly, these musicians can and do perform this improvisational musical style professionally where and when they have the opportunity. Performances are as essential to learning music as hearing a spoken language is essential to learning the language. Reading about art or language or music does little to give it meaning. It is essential to provide an outlet for live performance of the art.

Jazz in the Hills provides a unique outlet for performance of traditional jazz. While pop music venues are common, the number of Jazz venues is rapidly diminishing. Our mission to preserve jazz means teaching and demonstrating the skills required for improvised jazz music. Our mission to sustain jazz means bringing this music in the form of workshops to younger students (K-12) who would be unlikely to ever be exposed to the music.

Through these two interwoven methods of public performance and teaching we will create an environment where the original musical art form can be presented and heard, taught and learned, preserved and sustained.