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2022 FH Holiday Mart Seeking Donations

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Every holiday season, the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum at the Fountain Hills Community Center is the home of the “Holiday Mart Funraiser.” If you haven’t been there, it’s a big sale of lightly-used holiday supplies that runs through November and December to raise funds for our local museum. It’s actually the second-largest fundraiser of the year and is vital for the museum’s maintenance.

Throughout the year, the T. Kay Bertoldi and her sister Sharon Hunter lead the charge collecting donations from the people of Fountain Hills to stock up for the following holiday season’s drive.

After a very successful 2021 Holiday Mart, the team is looking for more donations of holiday decor, Christmas trees, and everything jolly so that the 2022 fundraiser will be just as much of a success.

The Bertoldi’s and the Bryan’s, two very special clients of ours, are hosting this donation drive. Donations for the Holiday Mart are accepted throughout the year. If you are interested in helping the River of Time Museum, contact You can visit the museum Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM.

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Meet Us at the Irish Fountain Fest!

On March 12th, get your green on at the Fountain Park for the annual Irish Fountain Fest!

Embrace the Saint Patrick’s Day traditions of beer, games, and every benefit of the Arizona springtime weather.

The Fountain is famous for turning green during the annual Irish Fountain Fest.

At noon, the Fountain will turn bright green, as it does every year. This year, however, there’s going to be twice as much green… That’s right! The fountain will turn green a second time at 4:00PM, and then twice again that next Thursday, March 17th. That’s four opportunities to witness the famous greening of the fountain.

This billboard will be seen on the 202 East for the next few weeks.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team is excited to be the premier sponsor of this year’s Irish Fest. As such, we’ll be out there with some tents all day long, providing shade, seats, a photo backdrop, and complementary frisbees for kids!

These frisbees will be given out to those who visit our tent at the Irish Fest.

Stay tuned for a Photo Trivia Contest hosted on our Instagram account! We’ll give out 10 things to take pictures of around the park, and whoever shows us that they found them and tagged @sonoranlifestyle on their post will receive a prize (yet to be determined).

We’re excited to see you all there! Go to the Desert Vibe calendar to learn more!

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The Snowiest Day in Arizona History

If you’ve lived here for a while, you know that every couple years, a little bit of snow (or snow-like precipitation called “graupel”) isn’t unheard of. The high country of Arizona is often coated in brilliant blankets of snow for a good part of the year. This is expected.

Once in a blue moon, however, some wild winter storms hit our state, bringing heavy snow to areas that usually don’t experience much at all. In 2019 Fountain Hills and Rio Verde were treated to “Snowpocalypse,” touted by many as the most snowfall seen in the area.

However, an even larger storm brought the state to a standstill over 50 years ago.

On December 12th, 1967, a winter storm front covered nearly the entire state. Snow began falling on the Mogollon Rim that day, but nobody paid much attention. It always snows on the Rim in the winter. The tone started to change when the snow didn’t stop. For an entire week.

As the storm front lingered and intensified, the temperatures descended much lower than usual. Even at elevations as low as the Valley of the Sun, sub-freezing temperatures were no longer out of the question.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm reached its peak on December 17th. By then, nearly 77 inches of snow accumulated in Payson, 86 inches in Flagstaff, 91.5 inches in Heber, 2.5 inches in Gila Bend, and even trace amounts in Yuma. The Navajo Nation was completely buried, causing significant damage and even deaths.

The Fountain Hills “Snowpocalypse” of 2019 left more than six inches of snow in some parts of town.

Fountain Hills was still the P-Bar Ranch at this point in history, but kids were building snowmen in downtown Phoenix that day, so it’s quite likely the area our McDowell Mountain Foothills would have seen dramatic accumulation to rival the 2019 Snowpocalypse.

So, while a winter storm that brings measurable and lasting snow to the Valley is not a common sight, it’s also not unprecedented. Luckily, freak storms like these usually only bring enough snowfall for us to take pretty pictures and make a snowman.

(for photos: credit to Paul Handverger and the Associated Press on their respective image files)

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5 Features That Catch a Buyer’s Attention

When you know you will be selling your home in the future and it’s a year or more away, you have an opportunity to improve your selling outcome. Now is the time to think about features that will get the attention of buyers and bring you top dollar. The bonus is that you will get to enjoy these features until you decide to move.

Reality real estate TV and Instagram have created savvier buyers with more sophisticated tastes. Focusing on these features can catch the attention of buyers so you can get your home sold quickly with more money in your pocket

1: Curb appeal. Making a good first impression with good curb appeal cannot be overemphasized. Attention to good landscaping that is well-manicured, a clean and beautiful entrance with a nice front door, and a quality garage door go a long way to giving buyers the right impression as soon as they drive up.

2. Updated bathrooms and kitchen. Buyers place tremendous importance on these rooms and so should you. Upgrading to stainless steel appliances, natural-stone countertops, and updated cabinet faces will help your home meet the expectations of buyers today. A spa-like bathroom with attention to fixture details are not overlooked. Take it up a notch with custom LED lighting to give it a special touch.

3. Green features. Today’s environmentally conscious buyer will be impressed if your home is energy efficient and uses environmentally friendly materials. Add LED lights throughout the interior and exterior of the home, use low-VOC paint, add ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms, and install a whole-house water filtration system. If you update flooring or countertops, choose a natural material such as hardwood, bamboo, or natural stone. Adding solar panels may not be worth the cost.

4. Versatile space. Find a room in your house that has the potential for use as a specialty room and enhance its features. Think home office, playroom, exercise room, game room, or craft room.

5. Garage storage. A garage that has no storage space is difficult to overlook. Buyers want to know where they are going to store yard tools, sports equipment, bikes, and holiday decorations. Shelves, cabinets, drawers, and hooks provide plenty of storage options so a garage can remain tidy and attractive to a buyer.

6. Backyard oasis. Buyers are not inspired by a yard that is granite from wall-to-wall. When you make your patio an extension of your indoor space, buyers take note. Add some appropriate low-water landscaping and a water feature, whether that be a pool, a fountain, or a bird bath, and you have created an oasis to entice them to stay. And buy.

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FH Theater’s Spring Break Camp

This March, the “We Are Monsters” Spring Break Camp will be hosted by Fountain Hills Youth Theater! If your kids are looking for something to do during the week of spring break and are interested in acting, singing, and everything theater, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Sign up now for the Spring Break Theater Camp at Fountain Hills Youth Theater! Students ages 8-15 will be rehearsing for and then performing in “We Are Monsters” for family and friends. The synopsis of the musical the kids will be presenting goes as follows, according to the Theater.

“This hilarious new musical follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Campers will not only learn how to perform in this show, but also be educated along the way with the terminology, and techniques needed to be in any production. Most importantly, these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating the attributes that make each of us different and unique.”

There will also be the opportunity for those students interested in the technical aspect of theater, to sign up for a tech class alongside the performance camp. These students will learn to run lights and work backstage on a live production!

Camp will take place March 14 -18 from 10AM to 4PM Monday through Friday. Visit or call 480-837-9661 x3 to enroll. Tuition is $200 and scholarships are available (please call for information). Class size limited!

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Five Guys Roofing – Vendor Spotlight

Five Guys Roofing has been one of our vendors for over seven years now, providing great services for our customers in Fountain hills and around the Valley! Hear what Jake Stowell, one of the main “five guys,” has to say about the services they provide and their relationship with RE/MAX Sun Properties. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more!

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Local Business Spotlight: Aline Health

Last week, Dori Wittrig went to Aline Health, a new Holistic Wellness Center on the Avenue of the Fountains to see what kind of services they had to offer. Watch the video above to find out more, and check out to see more of Clair’s services!

Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos like this, covering local subjects from real estate to town events and beyond!

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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts Begins 2/25

Twice a year, the Avenue of the Fountains is home to one of the biggest gatherings in the Phoenix areas. The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, also known as the Fountain Hills Art Fair, is back later this month!

Artists from Fountain hills, around Arizona, and around the world will display and sell their works to an audience that also convenes from around the state and the world for this famous festival.

The intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard will again be converted into a massive food court full of kettle corn, fry bread, funnel cake, a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older, and much more.

This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, February 25th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, February 27th. Attendance is yet again expected to be in the tens of thousands each day, so be sure to get there early for good parking.

For more information, see

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Dawn Woods is “Administrator of the Year!”

Everybody in RE/MAX Sun Properties, including Dawn Woods and the Sonoran Lifestyle Team at this morning’s meeting.

Accolades are coming to RE/MAX Sun Properties and the Sonoran Lifestyle Team left and right lately for the group’s amazing performance in 2021.

Despite the market’s volatility, the team at RE/MAX Sun Properties continues to stand out as leaders in Fountain Hills and Rio Verde, following up on a successful year when the company led the local market with $177 million in local area sales volume.

Diane Graham earned a spot as Buyer’s Agent of the Month for January. The award for Listing Agent of the Month as well as Overall Highest Producer for January went to Merry Silbaugh, who also recently received national recognition from RE/MAX International with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rio Verde Agent of the Month was Kristy Coup, who specializes in Trilogy at Verde River.  The Sales Team of the Month award went to the Sonoran Lifestyle Team, consisting of Dori Wittrig, John Weil, Toni LePoer, and Michelle Campbell.

The biggest award, however, was for our very own Operations Manager, Dawn Woods.

Announced with a special visit from Jami Kitchen, the RE/MAX Franchise Development Consultant for the Western Region, Dawn was awarded the “Administrator of the Year” award.

This is a huge award, given out to five office administrators in the entire Western United States for excellent performance. She was nominated for this award by everybody here at RE/MAX Sun Properties, and when she won, to say she was pleasantly surprised is an understatement.

The award reads “You were nominated by your office and peers because of your outstanding professionalism and work ethic. Your dedication and commitment to your office while serving clients has truly set you apart. The success of your brokerage is a direct result of the value you provide in your role.”

We couldn’t agree more, and we’re so happy for Dawn!

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FH Kids Are Returning to Recess!

Fountain Hills Community Services is getting kids off the Nintendo Switch and back outside to Recess! Return to Recess is back for the Spring 2022 season, after a super successful performance in the fall of 2021!

Return to Recess was recognized by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association as one of 2021’s “Outstanding Youth Recreation Programs in Arizona” for the creativity and originality of its concept.

Every week, a local expert shows the kids the fundamentals of a different sport. From pickleball to volleyball to soccer to E-Sports, every week is a completely different Recess Experience.

The first meeting of the season is tonight at 4:00 PM, and will be hosted mostly at Four Peaks Park every Tuesday until April 5th, concluded with a pizza party!

Watch the video above to learn more about this spring’s recreation programs. Return to Recess is proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team!