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Vendor Spotlight: SERVPRO

SERVPRO is our go-to vendor for any issues related to damage from water, fire, and anything else you could imagine. Watch the video above for a quick introduction to what SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has to offer.

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The FH Sweet Corn Market is Back!

The FH Sweet Corn Market is back again for its 9th year!

Last year’s Corn Market was originally intended to be the last of its kind, but the Corn Market has returned for June of 2022.

The corn market, which takes place outside of Smith Family Chiropractic on 11673 N. Saguaro Boulevard, sells fresh-picked Arizona Sweet Corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew, Arizona Sweet Onions, Tomatoes, and much more. On top of all this, there are typically three food trucks: Noble Bread, the Tamale Store, and Good Living Greens, all with the backdrop of live music.

This year, the Market will be open every Saturday of June from 8:00 AM through 11:30 AM, ending on Saturday, July 2nd. Be sure to stop by one of Fountain Hills’ favorite summer events!

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Fireworks Rescheduled to July 1st

The “Fourth at the Fountain” is going to be the “First at the Fountain” this year!

According to Experience Fountain Hills, “Due to fireworks and pyro tech shortage, the Town was able to secure fireworks and staff for July 1st instead of July 4th. This is the SAME amazing event, just a new date for 2022.” They plan to return the event to July 4th in 2023, so this year will be a special exception. Luckily, this places the festivities on a Friday night, perfect for having an exciting night of fireworks, food, and fun!

The First at the Fountain will feature live music by Rock Lobster from 7:30 PM until 9:00 pm, which is when the famous Fountainside firework show begins. Meanwhile, the fountain will be lit red, white, and blue while food trucks give out concessions and the restaurants at the park stay open for everybody to enjoy.

As usual, this is a free, family-friendly event for the whole community! People often come from around the valley for the show and the unique Fountain Hills atmosphere.

For more information about this year’s festivities, click here.

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Home Management Inside Your Home Yard and Garden

Easy Houseplants for Southwest Homes

Elephant Food (Portulucaria afra) is very versatile, and can grow outdoors or indoors in Arizona.

The popularity of houseplants in American homes comes and goes. Although many people feel that houseplants require time-consuming upkeep, there are plenty of options available at your local plant nurseries that require very little effort to keep happy.

The following list includes pet-friendly indoor plants that require little water and are often more versatile than many other indoor plant options:

AIR PLANT (Tillandsia)

Air plants get the majority of their nutrients from the air around them. Soak new plants for 15 minutes, then allow to dry completely hanging upside down. You’ll want to ensure there is no water trapped between the leaves. Water according to the weather. Mist and soak more often when hot and dry and less when cold and dark. They do love bright, indirect sunlight and need good air circulation.

BROMELIAD (Bromeliaceae)

Bromeliads bring an exotic touch to the home and a sense of the tropics. They require medium to bright light when used indoors. They do great in shallow pots and can even thrive in low soil mediums like orchid bark, or without soil like air plants. The leaves grow to form a natural “cup” where the water is applied.

CHRISTMAS CACTUS (Schlumbergera)

Evergreen boughs, poinsettia, and Christmas Cacti are the plants of the holiday season in the southwest. The Christmas Cactus is the longest living of them and give a larger blooming of flowers year after year. It is in the same plant family as our giant saguaros! For blooming, they require cool night temperatures and plenty of hours of darkness. You may want to move them to your garage or an outdoor shed for a few weeks leading up to the holidays until they bloom. Then move them indoors away from direct sunlight. They like shady areas.

PONYTAIL PALM (Beaucarnea recurvata)

These long-living plants thrive on neglect. They are easy to grow so long as you don’t overwater them. In their native environment in eastern Mexico, they can grow up to 30 feet high but are rarely over 4 feet when grown indoors. Use a fast-draining soil in a pot with a drainage hole (clay pots are best). Give them plenty of bright, indirect sunlight, keep the soil fairly dry, and keep away from cold windows in the winter.

PURPLE HEART (Tradescantia zebrina)

This plant requires bright, indirect sunlight. The soil needs to be slightly moist, but don’t water directly into the crown since it will cause rot. Be sure it doesn’t get too dry in the winter. Misting can help maintain necessary moisture in between waterings. These are short-lived plants but can be prolonged by pinching back any vining tendrils.

SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is one of the most adaptable and easiest to grow, thriving in a wide range of conditions with few problems. They tolerate plenty of abuse. The soil needs to drain well, and they should be watered without allowing them to get soggy. They prefer to dry out a bit between waterings. They like bright, indirect sunlight and cooler temperatures, so keep them away from air vents during the winter. They reproduce with “spiderettes” which can be clipped and placed in another pot of soil.

TRUE YUCCA (Yucca gigantea)

These plants are striking and low maintenance, the perfect combination for houseplants. They thrive in a partly shaded location that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Place in soil that is heavy enough to hold the plant upright and that retains water well without getting soggy. They like to be root-bound in small pots.

The String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) is another great option for low-maintenance indoor plants.

Think about adding houseplants to your home to increase oxygen and purify the air. When you bring nature indoors, it promotes an increased sense of well-being. Don’t let past failures with humid-loving plants prevent you from beautifying your living space with low-maintenance plants.

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Important Features of a Successful Family Home

Selecting a home in which to raise your family is one of the most important decisions you can make. Likely, it’s a decision you’ll make only a few times during your young family’s life.

While most kids would focus on “their room” and the pool area, parents know there are other features that are important. Aside from the obvious choices of updated features, interiors, good quality finishes, and appliances, here are a few others that might improve family communications.

Traffic flow is an element that may not get as much attention as it should. Having a kitchen that is accessible to living areas and outdoor recreation helps to maximize opportunities for good communication.

A breakfast bar can do much to enhance your communication opportunities with your kids. It creates a place for them to chat about their school day while enjoying a snack and gives them a place to get homework done where you can easily help.

Convenience and storage are other important factors. An easily accessible laundry room that is out of sight makes laundry day easier for the whole family. Having storage for those Costco shopping runs takes the stress out of figuring out where to keep the necessities close at hand.

Our current Fountain Hills family homes give young families room to sprawl while maintaining a convenient home life. For full details, photos, and videos of our homes, visit our site at www.SonoranLifestyle.com .

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Desert Plants and Wildlife Outdoor recreation

Good Early Morning Hikes in Town

During the summer months, hiking in the middle of the day is strenuous and often dangerous. Luckily, our summer mornings are beautiful, and you can go on some great hikes in Fountain Hills before the sunlight gets too direct.

Lake Overlook Trail

The view from the top of the lake Overlook Trail

As the name might suggest, the Lake Overlook Trail is a quick hike that overlooks the Fountain Lake and the whole of Fountain Hills to the west. You can see the Superstitions, Four Peaks, the Mazatzals, and more in their full glory to the east. Reaching the top of the hill at sunrise will give you some of the best views Fountain Hills can offer.

Click here to locate the trail.

Promenade Trail

The view from the rim of the Promenade Trail

The Promenade Trail is just one of the many larger trails that begins at the Adero Canyon Trailhead. A quick hike along the Promenade Trail is only about 2 miles if you turn back before the more difficult section that makes up the “Western Loop Trail” begins.

Click here to locate the trail.

Fountain Hills Botanical Garden

The view from the entrance to the Botanical Garden Trail

The Fountain Hills Botanical Garden is a short set of small loops along the south side of the Emerald Wash in the middle of town. The views are beautiful, and the wash is full of stunning specimens of desert wildlife, all labeled with their common and scientific names for educational purposes.

Click here to locate the trail.

Of course, there are dozens of great hikes around town. These three are just some of the quickest you can get done in the morning before the summer heat takes hold, all while getting the best views around.