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Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing in Fountain Hills

If you need to get tested for COVID-19, Fountain Hills has a drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of the Fountain Hills High School. This service is provided by Embry Women’s Health, a clinic based in Mesa, Arizona.

If you have health insurance, there is no co-pay. If you do not have health insurance, the testing is free. They are advertising a turn-around time for results at 3-5 days. Saliva tests are available.

Testing times are aimed to make it convenient for anyone:

  • Monday through Friday from 3:00-8:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Appointments are required to avoid long wait times. Here are the steps for making an appointment:

  • Click here to make your appointment: http://embrywomenshealth.com/testing-blitz/
  • Enter your zip code in the “search for location” bar
  • When the map pops up, click on the pin for Fountain Hills
  • This will open an appointment calendar
  • Find the date and time that works for you and click “Book Appointment”
  • Fill in the requested information
  • This whole process is very easy!

You will receive a text and an email with your appointment booking confirmation. You will need this when you arrive for your appointment.

The testing site is set up on the eastern side of the parking lot at Fountain Hills High School and can be accessed from Hampstead Drive. There are signs directing you to where to enter the parking lot.

Fountain Hills High School is located at 16100 E. Palisades Blvd.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

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Non-profit Organizations

Golden Eagle Education Foundation

January is National Mentoring Month and Fountain Hills is lucky to have an award-winning mentoring program for K-12 students in the Fountain Hills Unified School District.

MENTORING

The Golden Eagle Education Foundation took on the mentoring program in 2000 after four years under the leadership of community developer MCO Properties. The program serves students who need help with schoolwork, those who need to be challenged beyond the classroom, and students who have issues at home and need a trusted outside cheerleader and mentor.

The school principals and counselors work together to match students with mentors. Many mentors are former teachers, coaches, nurses, and therapists, but there are also individuals in the community who volunteer as mentors. Many establish bonds that continue throughout their school years.

COVID-19 has halted most program efforts this year, but mentors are ready to go once they are given the green light again. At the close of the last school year, there were 88 mentors matched with 125 students. The goal is to mentor every student in FHUSD.

To volunteer with the mentoring program, contact Isa Crespo at mentoring@fhgeef.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Another hallmark of the Golden Eagle Education Foundation began in 1994 when it distributed its first scholarships to Fountain Hills graduates. That first year, Jerry and Jacki Miles contributed three $1,000 scholarships, and our own Mike Nabers of RE/MAX Sun Properties contributed two $500 scholarships. RE/MAX has given a scholarship every year since then.

Scholarships are offered by local businesses, organizations and clubs, and individuals. Students fill out a single application and indicated which of the scholarship they qualify for and submit it in March. The high school hosts a Senior Recognition night in May when the winners are announced.

If you know a Fountain Hills high school student (homeschoolers included), direct them to apply fhgeef.org. The 2021 scholarship season begins the first week of February. Applications are due to the FHHS Counselor’s Office by March 26 at Noon. The Senior Recognition is scheduled for May 5.

If you are interested in offering a scholarship through the Golden Eagle Education Foundation, contact Marcia Hoenle at 480-664-2727.

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Real Estate

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

This home at 16334 E. Crystal Point Drive is located in the Crystal Ridge neighborhood. It is conveniently located a few blocks from the charming Town Center and Lakeside Village activities.

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

The large living spaces include a Great Room that offers a cozy media space, a fireplace, and easy access to the large island kitchen with a spacious nook.

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive
16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

There is also a grand center living/dining area with great views to the huge patio where you will want to spend all your time. You’ll have big views of the Mazatzal Mountains and Four Peaks, plus a view of the fountain from the nicely landscaped backyard. All of this outdoor living space backs up to open desert space for more privacy.

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive
16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

The split bedroom floor plan boasts 3 large bedrooms in a private wing and a large master suite on the other side of the home. The master bathroom includes a separate shower and tub along with double sinks.

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

This is a well-maintained home with all the right spaces, including a 3-car garage.

16334 E. Crystal Point Drive

4 BD | 3 BA | 2,826 SQ FT | 3CG

$620,000

CLICK HERE to take a virtual tour of this property, or give us a call at 480-837-1331 to schedule an in-person showing.

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Real Estate

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek

This updated home at 29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek is in the highly desired Tatum Ranch.

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek

There is plenty of space for everyone with multiple living spaces. The extra-large loft is a flex space for a game room, office space, or media center.

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek

The open Great Room has access to a large backyard with plenty of room for entertaining family and friends.

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek
29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek
29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek

The kitchen feels open and has upgraded granite counters, newer stainless steel appliances, a huge, walk-in pantry, and plenty of storage.

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek

A sizable master suite offers a large walk-in closet with upgraded granite, new tile, and double vanity.

Enjoy a covered patio with room for a grill and plenty of space for a pool.

29001 N. 51st Place in Cave Creek
29001 N 51st Pl

This home was updated in 2018 with roof and windows, both with a warranty, fresh paint, plank tile floors, carpets, tile in the bathrooms, landscaping, appliances and cooktop, granite in kitchen and bath, and outdoor lighting.

29001 N. 51st Street in Cave Creek

4 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,771 SQ FT | 2 CG

$600,000

CLICK HERE to take a virtual tour of this property, or give us a call at 480-837-1331 to schedule an in-person showing.

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Real Estate

Relocation Guide

Are you tired of shoveling snow and scraping your windshield? Had enough of crowded cities? Whatever your reason for exploring other places to live, our Relocation Guide will acquaint you with individual neighborhoods in Fountain Hills, the East Shea Corridor of Scottsdale, and the Verde Communities.

Although we are located on the edge of the desert with national forest, county park, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community on all sides, we are a stone’s throw from hundreds of fun activities, museums, outdoor recreation and more.

Learn more about our communities in our digital Relocation Guide.

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The Verdes

Rio Verde Saddle Club

Do you dream of retiring and riding horses?

The Rio Verde Saddle Club offers a unique opportunity for residential property owners in the communities of Rio Verde and Tonto Verde. Since 1979, this member-owned, non-profit group has brought together people who share a love for riding horses.

There are many miles of excellent trails in the forest and adjoining county parks. The Verde River is easily crossed on horseback most times of the year. Opportunities for exploration, native plant and wildlife sightings, scenic vistas, and panoramic views are limitless. Riders often carry a picnic lunch and enjoy both hourly and full-day rides in the mountains and desert washes.

The club facility is located at Rio Verde Ranch near the riverside picnic area. It features a riding arena, round pen, horse wash stall, outdoor covered paddocks, a fourteen-stall barn, tack room, two guest stalls, and trailer parking. The Club contracts with an experienced caretaker for feeding, cleaning, and general care of the horses and maintenance of the facilities. The caretaker has living quarters next to the facility.

The riding season is open from November 1 through April 30 but extended and year-round accommodations may be available. The club allows a maximum of 22 regular memberships, plus two temporary members. Regular members have full voting privileges and full use of the facilities.

For more information about the club, contact club president Kim Nelson at 612-710-7484.

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Around Arizona

Salt River Wild Horses

The Salt River wild horses are historic and majestic creatures that are the pride of our state, a favorite subject of photographers, and the icon of the wild, free spirit of Arizona and the American West.

Records indicate that missionary Father Eusebio Keno journeyed to the area in the 1680s and established missions and stockyards. He left hundreds of horses and cattle at each mission. By the 1800s, settlers and explorers reported large herds of wild horses roaming the planes.

The Spanish word mustengo means “ownerless beast”. Once the original mustangs escaped confinement, they evolved without human influence to become the durable and tough breed we know today.

For over one hundred years, wild horses across America have faced threats of mass extermination. When local photographer Billy Ristuccia took his first photo of the Salt River wild horses, it led him to research them.

“I found a Forest Service notice that announced their intent to round them up to remove them from their natural home. I posted my photo with the notice online which sparked the entire effort to get legislation to protect them.”

In May 2016, Governor Ducey signed the Salt River Wild Horse Act into law. The act establishes a management structure to provide humane management for the horses who reside in the Tonto National Forest. The management responsibility has been given to the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.

Seeing the horses is an amazing experience. Some great places you can visit to catch a glimpse of them include Saguaro Lake, kayaking or tubing along the Salt River, Butcher Jones Recreation Site, Phon D Sutton Recreation Site, Granite Reef, and Coon Bluff.

For more information about this Arizona treasure, visit SaltRiverWildHorseManagementGroup.org.

PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Ristuccia

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Holidays

9 Ways to See Holiday Lights

Do you have a family tradition of driving around to see holiday lights? Instead of wandering aimlessly while the kids get restless, check out these great locations for lots of oohs and aahs.

Avenue of the Fountains

This is a great place to get out of the car and walk along the light display. The sidewalk down the middle of the boulevard offers a safe way to view away from traffic.

Light the Town Holiday Drive

The Town of Fountain Hills has organized a fun holiday light drive, complete with a map and a fun competition. Drive past each of the homes and vote using the QR codes placed in the front yard of each entry home. CLICK HERE to get a map and addresses for each entry.

Neighborhood Property Owners Association Competition

Each year, the NPOA holds a holiday light contest for its members. Visit npoafh.org to download a map of participating homes. Learn more HERE.

Fountain Hills Community Center

The Community Center has a long-standing tradition of displaying Christmas trees that are decorated by local clubs and organizations. Each has a unique theme. Visit on December 18 and you’ll also get to see the annual model train display.

Desert Botanical Garden

Experience the simplicity and beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the garden. Enjoy a festive drink while listening to holiday melodies. CLICK HERE.

Phoenix Zoo Lights

The Valley’s most cherished holiday tradition is filled with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures, and the Wildlife Lantern Safari. This year offers walk-thrus, cruise-thrus, and more. CLICK HERE.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

What are the winter holidays without a trip to see the lights at the Train Park? Ride the train and the carousel and enjoy the spirit of the season. CLICK HERE.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Not only will you see loads of lights, but you can enjoy a wide range of other fun activities, too. Roast marshmallows, go ice skating, ride the train, and more. CLICK HERE.

Butterfly Wonderland

Enjoy the festive décor, beautiful butterflies, and live music during your visit to Christmas in the Rainforest. CLICK HERE.

Each location is implementing careful plans that follow CDC guidelines for events. Visit each website to find important information before making your plans. And don’t forget to let the kids follow NORAD’s Santa tracker at NoradSanta.org or by downloading the mobile app. This Christmas Eve tradition has continued every year since 1955.

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Faces of Fountain Hills

Meet Fountain Hills Author Debi Novotny

When Debi Novotny retired after twenty years as an early childhood educator, she missed teaching so much that she decided to find another avenue for educating kids and helping teachers. Turning her hand to authoring children’s books was a natural choice.

As a teacher, some of her students struggled with learning how to read. Her solution was to write a series of books that would entertain while helping them fine-tune their reading skills. In 2017, many of these stories were collected for her first published book, My Magic Hat Rules! It was followed by the sequel, My Magic Hat Goes to School! Kids love the rhythmic narration and whimsical illustrations.

Her third book, What Do You Do When the Couch Eats Your Shoe (and other things, too!) recently received the Second Prize in Children’s Literature by the Arizona Authors Association.

Her most recent book, Where Do Hearts Grow?, is a beautiful children’s picture book. The book started when she found a heart shape in a pine tree years ago. A few months later she found a heart shape inside of a watermelon and her collection of heart photos continued to grow. She has plans for a board book for infants with pictures of hearts found on animals.

Debi’s current work of love is a book about a little girl who has a wheelchair but imagines it as a spaceship for taking adventures. This book is close to Debi’s heart because of a time in her life when she was in a wheelchair. After being diagnosed with bone cancer in her thirties, her treatment included the removal of her femur bone and reconstruction. This left her in a wheelchair for an extended time.

“When I was in a wheelchair, I felt different from everyone else,” says Debi. “But I realized there were other things I had in common with people that did not make me so different after all. My experience gave me the idea for writing this book for kids.”

While Debi’s writing style is educational, it is also inspiring, fun, and filled with humor. She loves to do author visits to classrooms, libraries, and virtual events. She brings along costumes, props, and puppets to engage the kids.

To learn more about Debi’s books, visit DebiNovotny.com.

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Holidays

Stroll in the Glow Selfie Station

The holidays may look different this year, but we are grateful to the Town of Fountain Hills for doing everything they can to give residents a happy holiday experience on the Avenue.

Stroll in the Glow is still on the calendar for Saturday, December 5th at 4:00 PM. The lights will be illuminated all along the Avenue, and a pandemic-friendly Santa Claus experience is still planned.

New to this event this year will be “TubaChristmas”. TubaChristmas concerts and events have been presented all over the world for 47 years, and this year they are coming to the Avenue with their ensemble of instruments from the tuba family.

Although most businesses will not be hosting their own indoor gatherings or tables on the sidewalk, RE/MAX Sun Properties will have a self-serve selfie station up in front of each of our offices for you and your family to capture your magical holiday smiles.

Visit 16704 E. Avenue of the Fountains #101 for our west-end location.

Visit 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains #12 for our east-end location.

We will have some fun holiday headbands for the kiddos to use in their selfie that they can take home as a gift.

We look forward to seeing you and yours as we enjoy the holiday lights and open the season together. We hope that you and your family stay strong and healthy through the holiday season and find magic in the little things.