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11th Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser at River of Time Museum

Spaghetti, Good Friends and a Great Cause!  Saturday, August 16th,  Fountain Hills Community Center

The River of Time Museum provides a spectacular look back at the area history.

The River of Time Museum provides a spectacular look back at the area history.

Amethyst is not the only gem to be found in the Fountain Hills area.  The River of Time Museum is one of the hidden nuggets that make our lives just a little bit more special. Showcasing life in the Lower Verde River area, the River of Time Museum demonstrates how this rare blessing—reliable water source in the desert—has sustained a vibrant way of life for 1000’s of years.

The annual Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraising Auction is a casual summer tradition that contributes the majority of the Museum’s operating budget.  The tasty dinner is donated by local restaurant, Phil’s Place, so 100% of the $15.00 ticket price goes to the support of the Museum.

2014 River of Time Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is Saturday, August 16th

2014 River of Time Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is Saturday, August 16th

But wait…there’s more!  Dozens of silent auction items donated by community businesses and individuals include jewelry, gallery-quality art work, restaurant and retail store coupons, and a wide variety of decorative and gift items.  Live auction items include a weekend at Poco Diablo resort on Oak Creek in Sedona, Private Wine tasting Event for 6,  Desert Jeep excursions, Concert Tickets, and a tour of Saguaro Lake with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s patrol, and many more “one of a kind” experiences.

Live entertainment will keep the night “hoppin,” and our legendary auctioneer, Rep. John Kavanaugh will entertain as he pries the last dollar out of wallets for the good of the cause.

New to the area?  No problem!  This casual event defines the feeling of “community” in Fountain Hills, and everyone is invited.  Affordable—$15 for one ticket, $25 for two…and kids are welcome at $5.00.

When:  Saturday, August 16, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Fountain Hills Community Center

Cash Bar

Advance tickets are $15 for one, $25 for two; Children 10 and under, $5, and are available at Kay Kinder’s, Sami Fine Jewelry, Gridley’s, River of Time Museum and the Times.

All tickets at the door: $15.

The Winter Thaw Continues at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate!

Winter 2014 Calendar of Events

A Chance for Snowbirds to Mix & Mingle!

The sun is shining in our part of the world and our winter visitors are enjoying the warmth of Arizona. To celebrate the coming together of fabulous weather and our wonderful winter visitors, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate will be hosting events for a chance to mingle!

We hope you join us as we meet new people and enjoy all that Fountain Hills has to offer.

Thursday February 20th, 5-8pm

Fountain Hills Then and Now at the River of Time Museum

Enjoy the rich history of Fountain Hills and the surrounding Verde River Valley. Join us for an evening of wine and cheese

Thursday March 13, 5-8pm

An Artistic Affair at Fountain Hills Artists Gallery

Fountain Hills has a wealth of artistic treasures. Please join Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at the Artists Gallery on the Avenue of the Fountains. This gallery showcases creative pieces that have been brought to life by local artists. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday March 22nd, 7pm

The Fountain Hills Chamber Players at Taliesin West

A delightful combination of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, wistful melodies and the unmistakable wine that is Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate has the pleasure of being a sponsor for this event at Taliesin West; Tickets are $25…Go to http://www.fountainhillschamberplayers.org


River of Time Holiday Mart!

River of Time Museum

River of Time Museum

The River of Time Museum offers a look back in time at how the area has changed through the centuries. Not only do they have a wonderful museum that guides you through the exhibit but they also have Docents that tell of how life really was. The gift shop has unique and special pieces that you will want to peruse on the way out.

During December, guests receive FREE ADMISSION  to The River of Time Museum!  To celebrate the Season they have an Open House on December 6th & 7th, 1-4pm with Holiday Music, punch and cookies. The Jolly Elf himself will be there to usher in Christmas on the Saturday.

This year their popular Holiday Mart will be starting soon and any donations of Christmas items would be most appreciated. It will be held in the lobby of the library and museum. All proceeds from the sales go to the Museum. The Mart will be open November 18th – December 21st, Monday-Saturday 10 – 4.

If you can help with donations to the Mart, they are looking for household items, artwork, jewelry, Christmas and home decor and whatever else you find you cannot use,  All are welcome.  Check your closets, shelves, cupboards and under the bed!  Items may be brought to the Museum now from Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 pm.  Please note that they have a receipt form which can be used for your personal income tax.  For more information go to http://www.riveroftimemuseum.org/.

River of Time Museum Hosts Native Musicians in Concert

Popular Maldonado Family Duo on April 13th

Alex Maldonado to Play at River of Time  Museum April 13

Alex Maldonado to Play at River of Time Museum April 13

The Friends of the Library are pleased to sponsor the award winning Native American flute and drum player/maker, Alex Maldonado, and son, Nick, at the Fountain Hills Community Center on Saturday, April 13th, at 2 p.m., another very special Music in the Library concert.

Alex and Nick Maldonado are a father and son duo who play a mixture of Cultural and Contemporary Native American music. They have been performing together for the past 13 years.

Mr. Maldonado has three LPs to his credit, two of which were nominated for the Native American Music Awards.  Other honors that Mr. Maldonado has received include awards from the Heard Museum Indian Market, Santa Fe Indian Market, Red Earth Festival, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Jackson Hole.  The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., has purchased this art, as well as the Music Instrument  Museum in north Phoenix.

As a child artist, Nick Maldonado won “Best of Show” for the Children’s Art Competition at Oklahoma’s Red Earth Festival.  His high style of drumming brings a sense of excitement to the audience and his softer beats add a bit more to each song.

Together, this father and son duo present an energetic and fun performance with a combination of heart racing melodies and haunting “soundscapes”.

For information, call the River of Time Museum at 480-837-2612.

River of Time Museum Postcard Design Contest

The L. Alan Cruickshank River of Time Museum is sponsoring a postcard design contest to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The contest has two divisions. One is open to children of any age through middle school and the other is for high school students and adults. Professional artists and photographers are excluded as are current and former Museum Board members and current museum volunteers.

US Army Post Fort McDowell

US Army Post Fort McDowell

Any medium of art or photography is acceptable as long as it meets the contest’s criteria. Matter submitted must depict the Museum, its exhibits, or the historical aspects of the immediate area including anything from ancient to modern times.The standard size for postcards is 4 x 6 inches. Artwork can be any size as long as it has an aspect ratio of 4 x 6 and will reproduce well to 4” x 6”, since actual postcards of the winning art may be produced. Artwork should be submitted to the Museum’s store any time between March 1 and March 23, 2013. The children’s winner will be able to choose and receive free any book in the River Bank Store and the adult winner will receive a $50 store certificate.


Winners will be notified and receive prizes on March 30th when photographs will be taken for an announcement in the Fountain Hills Times and Museum’s Legacy publication. Local Western artist, Carlos Hadaway will lead the panel of judges. Winning entries and runners-up will be on display in the Museum for a time following the contest.

Native American women in a village scene

Native American women in a village scene

“Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing,” said Debbie Skehen, the Museum’s president. “Draw, paint or photograph something related to the Museum and Fountain Hills Historical Society, and you may be a winner!”

For more information visit the Museum’s website: www.riveroftimemuseum.org

Fountain Hills Historical Society Honors Dr. Clinton Pattea

Leader of the Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation honored with film documentary

Dr Pattea helping Megan Barella with School Project

Dr Pattea helping Megan Barella with School Project

The Fountain Hills and Lower River Valley Historical Society monthly dinner on January 16, 2013, will feature a documentary on the life of Dr. Clinton Pattea, President of the Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation.  More than three years in the making, the film documents the history of the Yavapai Nation, its modern emergence as a regional economic development engine, known nationally for hosting the Fiesta Bowl Parade.

Professional filmmaker Michael Renaud has put this documentary together with producer Judy Confer. Michael has worked for many of the major studios in California, has been nominated for 15 Emmy’s and is known for his World War II biographical segments shown on the History Channel and a popular series on the US Astronauts.

Confer and Renaud met with Dr. Pattea weekly over a three year span to listen to the history and accomplishments of the Ft McDowell Yavapai nation.  The tribes stand-off with the FBI and the State of Arizona on their rights to develop Indian Gaming is documented, and its impact is felt in every state in the continental US.  Ft McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Town of Fountain Hills are the only joint Indian Nation/Municipal visitor’s bureau in the US.

Reservations are essential and can be made by telephone to Jean Linzer at (480) 837-0762 (please do not call the Museum) or by sending an E-mail to reservations@riveroftimemuseum.org on or before Sunday, January 13, 2013. Reservations can also be made on-line by going to http://www.riveroftimemuseum.org and clicking on “Dinner Reservations”

Open House at the River of Time Museum: Public is Welcome!

The River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills Civic Center

Looking for an unusual holiday gift?  Something unique to our Town?  You can find it in the River Bank Store!  The museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization so you pay no sales tax and members receive a discount!

Cookies and punch will be served to all visitors to the Museum at the annual Open House on November 30, December 1, 7 and 8 between 1 and 4 pm.   Come by to see the holiday decorations and enjoy the refreshments.  A Bake Sale will be held in the building’s lobby and holiday decorations will also be on sale on the Museum’s patio.  Admission to the Museum is free for the whole month of December, so tell your neighbors and friends.  We thank Pier 1 for decorating the patio!

 A great gift suggestion might be the Fountain Hills History Book, Rising Above the Rest,  for adults, the River of Time History Coloring Book for children and a paid membership in the  society for a good friend!  The exciting history book, Rising Above the Rest — The Story of Fountain Hills, AZ, is now available for Holiday giving at a specially reduced price of only $16.15 or for $17.95 to non-members!


River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills

The museum and River Bank store are located in the museum/library building, 12901 La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills. Store hours are 1:00 to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday. No sales tax is charged by the Museum store on any item it sells.

Smithsonian Day at River of Time Museum: Free Admission!

Saturday, September 29, 2012:  12901 N. LaMontana Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 in the Fountain Hills Community Center Complex

L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum, Fountain Hills, Arizona

Learn about the history of Fountain Hills and the Verde Valley, dating back to ancient times at the River of Time Museum.

The River of Time Museum recounts and preserves the captivating past of the Lower Verde River Valley illustrating the vital role of water in the Sonoran Desert. It tells the story from early geologic time through the many people who lived here up to today.


In the Pattea Gallery, you’ll find panels telling the story of the Yavapai Nation, the Native American tribe that lives adjacent to the Lower Verde River and the Town of Fountain Hills.

Be sure to visit the “Mountain Spirit Dancers” exhibit, honoring the spiritual keepers of the Yavapai Tribe.  Check out the “Explorers and Trappers,” celebrating the Spanish who found the Verde River in the late 1500’s, as well as the trappers and miners who came later in the 1800’s and settled the area.

Marvel at the natural resources of the area when you learn about the Dixie Mine and the Four Peaks Amethyst mining operation.  The area’s Western history days are featured with stops at the P-Bar Ranch, Fort McDowell and water ranching exhibits.  There’s all this and more, and on Saturday, September 29, from 1-4 pm, it’s all free!  Be sure to grab a youngster and don’t forget to stop by the “Riverbank Store” to do some early holiday shopping!

For more information, check out the River of Time Museum website, or call 480-837-2612.  This is a one-day, annual event co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution

Third Annual “Antiques Road Show” Fountain Hills Style

Fountain Hills River of Time Museum Hosts "Antique Road Show" on Saturday, March 3

If you’ve ever wondered what your family heirlooms, yard sale treasures, and collectibles are worth, the River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills, AZ has a deal for you!  On Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, expert volunteer appraisers can tell you the approximate quality and value of your treasures. Appraisers will evaluate books, coins, jewelry, cut glass, pre-1900 clocks, guns and WWII memorabilia, native American rugs, baskets, jewelry and more.

This  “Antiques Road Show” style event is free for those who want to watch and listen to the appraisals. If you wish to have items evaluated, the cost is a $10 donation to the Museum for the first 1-2 items, and $5 for each additional item. The evaluations will take place in front of the Museum/Library complex adjacent to the Centennial circle.

As a special bonus, admission to the River of Time Museum is free to the visitors throughout the day, and lunch-time entertainment will be provided by western music stylist Jim Doeden.  Hot dogs and drinks will be available on site. During the event the Museum’s store will be open. Take time to browse high quality hand-crafted Native American Jewelry, plus a great selection of books, original art and photos and items celebrating Arizona and our Centennial. Also featured are many quality keepsake items ideal for your visitors and guests.

The Library/Museum complex is located at 12901 N. La Montana Blvd, Fountain Hills AZ 85268.  For more information on this and other River of time Museum events, check out the Museum’s monthly newsletter .

For information about Fountain Hills–the world-class community with the hometown charm— contact Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 480-816-5557 or drop by their office at 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ.  An area Relocation Guide can be found at www.SonoranLifestyle.com