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Free and Easy in February Picnics, Puppies and Great Entertainment


Desert Vista Park has Pet-Friendly Fun for the Whole Family

Skate Park PicIn November 2009, the Town dedicated nearly $3.2 million in improvements to the Desert Vista Park, including lighted athletic fields, a restroom,  picnic and shade ramadas, age-appropriate children’s playgrounds, landscaping improvements, area lighting, and new parking areas. The views from this park include both Red Mountain and Four Peaks, and include a Skate and BMX park, an off-lease Dog Park, lighted Soccer fields and handicapped-accessible walking paths and picnic areas.


dogs playingThe Off-Leash Recreational Facility, or Dog Park at Desert Vista Park is one of the most-used amenities in Fountain Hills. It is a 3-acre fenced facility that allows pet owners the opportunity to let their dogs run free. Dogs must be licensed and have proper vaccinations. The Dog Park is divided into 2 fenced areas, 1 for larger dogs and the other smaller canines. The large / active dog area can be accessed from entrances on either Tower Drive or Desert Vista. The small / passive dog area can only be accessed from Tower Drive.

  • Dog waste must be removed and properly disposed of.
  • Dogs must wear a visible and current license.
  • Aggressive dog behavior is not permitted within the facility.
  • Dog handlers must be within the facility and supervise their dogs at all times.
  • Dog handlers using this facility must carry on their person, a standard (6-foot) length leash.
  • Any damage done to the park (i.e. digging) must be repaired by the dog handlers.
  • Dogs must be leashed until completely inside the enclosed facility.
  • All dog handlers who fail to comply with these rules can be asked to leave or be cited if appropriate

Desert Vista Park      11800 N.  Desert Vista, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



Four Peaks Neighborhood Park Is a Hidden Jewel

family picnocFour Peaks Neighborhood Park, located on Del Cambre Avenue near the Boys and Girls Club, is a 15-acre park that includes a youth soccer field with spectator seating, a 100-foot pedestrian bridge and walkways, picnic tables, an 18- by 24-foot ramada, a 750-square-foot restroom/control building, two lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, two multi-purpose ball fields with lights and a children’s playground.

Ramadas in this park, like those in Fountain Park and Golden Eagle Park, can be rented for special events.  Fees vary from $24-$180, depending on size and venue.  Application is available on line at: www.fh.az.gov/513/Park-Ramada-Rental-Request

Four Peaks Neighborhood Park, 14825 N.  Del Cambre Ave  (480) 816-5252


Free Musical Entertainment Abounds in the Hills

Sofrita Spanish Restaurant

Sounds of Brazil Bossa Nova and Samba

Special Saturday evening Happy Hour at Sofrita, featuring the happy sounds of Brazil. Bossa Brazil, featuring Cleo Corcoran and Simon Ames.

Saturday, February 20, 2016; 4-7 p.m.

16848 E.  Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



The Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell

The Lucky 7 Saloon at Fort McDowell Casino offers free musical entertainment on Friday, Saturday and some Sunday nights.   Check for details at: http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com/lucky_7_saloon.php

Friday, February 12 Furious George 9:00pm – 1:00am

Saturday, February 13 Smokestack Lightning Band 9:00pm – 1:00am

Sunday, February 14  Duane Moore  Mogollon Band 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, February 19 JJ’s Band 9:00pm – 1:00am

Saturday, February 20 Furious George 9:00pm – 1:00am

Sunday, February 21 Rhythm Edition 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, February 26 The Hamptons 9:00pm – 1:00am

Saturday, February 27 Smokestack Lightning Band 9:00pm – 1:00am

Sunday, February 28 PowerDrive Band 4:00pm – 8:00pm

 Free and Easy in Fountain Hills: Fun Ways to Enjoy Our Community

Three “Free and Easy” ways to Share Our Glorious Sonoran Lifestyle When Company Comes a-callin’

Cruse in at Phils

Sunday Cruise In at Phil’s Filling Station

Sundays are a “Car Guy” (and Gal) spectacular at Phil’s Filling station.  One of the Valley’s biggest collector shows happens every Sunday between October and April in the parking lot of Phil’s Filling Station Diner.  The show often sports more than 100 cars, from customized Street Rods of the 50’s to classic restored cars from the turn of the century. Like Chrome?  Craving a Chocolate Shake and Burger?  This blast from the past is a great way walk down memory lane; with a reasonable meal (Phil’s menu has more than 60 classic diner items, so Sunday dinner can wait too!).

Phil’s Filling Station;  16852 E Parkview Ave, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Strike up the Band

Photo Op’s with the Town’s Spectacular Public Art Collection

The Town of Fountain Hills Public Art collection provides at least 100 settings to take amazing photos with your seasonal visitors.  The sculptures in the Community Center area provide a fun background to creative photos that are a big step above the boring, “Say Cheese” group pictures we all have in our collections.  The area has on-site parking and is handicapped-accessible, making it a snap to snap festive pictures and enjoy a major part of the collection in close proximity.

Posing with cowboy sculpture

Kids love to clown around with the whimsical pieces at the entrance to the library, but there are opportunities to capture the majesty of our mountains and the fountain as well. Taking in the docent-led tours are organized around the collection in the Community Center area and Fountain Park are a wonderful way to showcase the rich Cultural resources of Fountain Hills. Docent-led tours are given each week from October to April as well.

Early Morning Art Walk Docent Tour – 9-10:30.  Centennial Circle in front of Library/Museum.  Mid-Day Art Walk, Fountain Park – 11-12:30


  1. Gallery Hopping/Art on the Avenue

Every Thursday, during Art on the Avenue, an impressive gathering of artisans bring their one of-a-kind creations to the Avenue of the Fountains.  Some of the art work is southwestern-themed, and many photograph, cards, paintings and home décor items feature our breath-taking mountains.  Gift items abound, as well as beautiful items to bring life and color to everyday use.

# 4 colorful totesThe Fountain Hills Artists Gallery, Sunset Gallery and Gridley’s are also on the Avenue of the Fountains, and provide enjoyable browsing between snacks at Sofrita or the All American Grill. These local restaurants have outdoor seating to boot…just one more way to showcase the pure pleasure of living in Fountain Hills.

Fountain Hills Wine Week 2011: A New Event Is Born!

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”  –  Benjamin Franklin

Peggy Fiandaca, Great Grape Stomp, Fountain Hills

Peggy Fiandaca and the Winners of the Fountain HIlls Great Grape Stomps, 2011

The Great Grape Stomp on November 5, turned out to be a fantastic way to launch what I’m sure will be an annual tradition in Fountain Hills.  A 5-k run (2.5 times around fountain park!), wine tasting garden and lots of talented local artists in a street fair atmosphere all enjoyed what started out to be a rainy morning but ended up to be a beautiful fall day!  The event was held at the Plaza Fountainside, home of Fountain Hills own Grapeables Wine Bar.

Fountain Hills Residents John & Pam Pucentas enjoy the Grape Stomp Wine Garden with Friends

Fountain Hills own Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham of Lawrence Dunahm Vineyards, along with Su Vino Winery of Scottsdale and Kokopelli Winery of Chandler presented some fantastic wines and proved to more, unsuspecting wine enthusiasts that Arizona Wineries can really hold their own!  Peggy is President of the Arizona Wine Growers Association  and was pleased to present the 4th in a series of these events in her home town.  Earlier stomps occured in Wilcox, Verde Valley and Elgin/Sonoita.

A Grape Stomp Runner-With a Winning Smile!

Additional events included a Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Tasting at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate on Thursday, Nov. 3rd, followed by a Wine Maker’s Dinner at Sofrita Restaurant.

Next year, stay tuned for more and bigger events and celebrations.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and you’ll get a chance to learn, firsthand, just how good the Arizona Wines have become.  My favorite are their Grenaches, in particular the Sky Island Grenache, that is reminiscent of some of the finer pinot noirs of my home state of Oregon.  Recently, though, the 2009 Grenache, aged 11 months in new French oak, has got my attention.  You’ll also find some beautifully crafted Syrahs and Petite Syrah’s and the quality of their blends will impress the most discerning enthusiast!

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Posted by Dori Wittrig,  Designated Broker, Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate. For more information about the neighborhoods, homes, condos or land of  Scottsdale or Fountain Hills, contact her at DoriW@SonoranLifestyle.com
or by phone at 602-558-5901

Fountain Hills Becomes the Center of the Wine Country, November 5th

The Great Grape Stomp

The Great Grape Stomp Comes to Fountain Hills Nov. 5

Arizona is quickly becoming known for its wine industry.  As part of the emerging wine culture of the area, Fountain Hills will host the Phoenix-area “Great Grape Stomp” to be held the weekend of November 5th.  The family-oriented event will include a 5K race/walk, a 2K kids walk and a series of tasting, dining and entertainment events featuring a significant sampling from Arizona’s 200+ vineyards.

One of four “stomps” taking place across the state, this event will feature tastings from vineyards representing the four main wine regions of Arizona. Participation in the Great Grape Stomp is a unique way to have fun, become  more  knowledgeable about the maturing Arizona wine culture, and it supports
the development and promotion of this significant addition to our quality of
life.   For more information about the upcoming “Stomp” go to www.arizonawine.org.

Sofrita Wine Maker Dinner November 3

On Thursday, November 3rd, plan to attend an afternoon of Art on the Avenue
and Farmer’s Market, followed by a wine tasting event by Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate,  4:30-6:00 pm.  Cost is $8 per flight and tickets to the Saturday Stomp event will be available.   Later that evening, enjoy a wine makers dinner at 6:30-8:00 pm at Sofrita Restaurant co-hosted by Lawrence Dunham Vineyards.  The dinner includes a 4 wine pairings with dinner and desert for $55.  For dinner reservations call 480-816-5316.  Both events take place on the Avenue of the Fountains.

Fountain Hills: Not Exactly Wine Country

Fountain Hills-The Center of the Wine Universe??

Now, a quick geography lesson:  Fountain Hills, Arizona, smack dab in the
middle of the state, only minutes from Scottsdale and nestled at the foothills
of the arid McDowell Mountains, is at least an hour and half drive from any notable vineyards.   But here’s the irony.  Many local residents are under the misguided belief that Fountain Hills is wine country!

Now, to be fair, I have seen a few meager grape vines at private homes during my 25 years as a Realtor in Fountain Hills.  However, these aren’t the bountiful vines serious vintners work so hard to nurture on their way to delivering a consistent bottling of wine.  All that being said, spare yourself the grief and don’t try to debate with any of the local wine enthusiasts that Fountain Hills is anything but a respectable haven for great wines, wine aficionados and wine events.

To emphasize…do not suggest to Dave and Diane Links, owners of Grapeables Wine Bar at the Plaza Fountainside, that Fountain Hills residents can’t hold their own when it comes to an appreciation and knowledge of the finest vintages.  Here, at the base of the World’s Tallest Fountain, Dave and Diane play host to an enthusiastic group of local wine devotees.  These folks don’t hesitate to invest in the latest and greatest vintages, delivered by regional and international wine experts who bring their bounty to Grapeables by the truck load for event
tastings and various presentations.

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wines-Part of the Fountain Hills Wine Culture!

And for sure don’t try to tell Peggy and Curt Dunham, the owners of Lawrence Dunham Winery in the Chiricaua Mountains of Southern Arizona, that Fountain Hills isn’t a good place to promote and sell fine wines.  Their schedule of release and tasting events are always well attended.  The bulk of their founders group, The Chiricahua Circle is made up of Fountain Hills residents who eagerly await each event and opportunity to taste the latest samplings.  If the hands-on vineyard experience appeals to you, check out the Chiracahua Circle Founder’s Guild at www.Lawrencedunhamvineyard.com.

Finally, it would be sheer folly to tell the folks who plan to attend the Fountain Hills Great Grape Stomp that “stomping grapes” in Fountain Hills might be a little out of place among the Saguaro and Prickly Pear cactus.  The participants in the “Stomp” might be devastated if you even suggested that Fountain Hills isn’t the center of the wine industry…at least for that week-end!

For information about the diverse and interesting lifestyle in Fountain Hills, real
estate opportunities or the local events and celebrations , check out   www.TheSonoranLifestyle.com.  Go to “calendar” for weekly event details. Or, call me, Dori Wittrig, Designated Broker for Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 602-558-5901. I love telling folks about the community of Fountain Hills and the mountain and desert lifestyle we enjoy!