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Prepare for Freezing Overnight Temperatures

One of the benefits of living in the Sonoran Desert in the winter is only having to contend with a few nights of freezing temperatures. Even so, you will want to do a few quick and easy things to protect your home and foliage. These tips will allow you to sleep in your warm, cozy bed without worrying about what’s happening outside.

PIPES

Exposed pipes and outdoor faucets can be the source of trouble in freezing temperatures if not cared for properly.

  • Cover exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation which can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Turn off faucets and cover them with foam insulation or a heavy blanket.
  • It’s recommended to have a professional winterize a misting cooling system to avoid broken lines in the Spring. Don’t delay and schedule your winterization. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit.  (602) 908-7676

PLANTS

  • Bring potted plants indoors or place them close to the house for added protection.
  • Watering the roots can increase their chance of survival if they cannot be moved.
  • Cover plants and gardens with burlap, frost cloth or blankets, but never use plastic.
Snow on Golden Eagle
Snow on Golden Eagle

VEHICLE

  • If your car is not parked in a garage or under a carport, you can prevent frost and ice accumulation by covering the windshield with a towel, blanket or cardboard.
  • If your windshield gets covered in frost and you don’t have a scraper, an old credit card or gift card can be used to scrape it. Be sure it’s not an important card because it will take a bit of a beating.
  • Turn on your car and crank up the defrost, letting it sit for a while until the frost thaws.
  • NEVER pour warm or hot water on your windshield. Although it will not shatter, the water will seep into any cracks or chips. As it re-freezes, it could crack your windshield.

Freezing temperatures are now upon us. You’ll thank yourself for taking a small amount of time to prepare for it.

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Cornhole League Fall Season is Wrapping Up

Fountain Hills Corn Hole League
Fountain Hills Corn Hole League

The Fountain Hills Cornhole League has been a huge hit once again this fall, and there are only a few weeks left until the December 6th Final Tournament. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the Premier Sponsor for the Fall Corn Hole League hosted by the Town of Fountain Hills!

This is the second year of the Cornhole League, and it has turned out to be the hot spot in town over the past few months. The spring season was a blast and a great place to make new friends in town, but this fall season has undoubtedly been a major win for outdoor recreation in Fountain Hills.

According to Fountain Hills Parks and Rec coordinator, nightly participation at the Fountain Hills Cornhole League has ranged between 20 and 30 players.

The players have been engaging in weekly tournament-style games, perfecting their skills in preparation for the final competition on the evening of December 6th.

Feel free to head over to Desert Vista Park that evening, beginning at 6:00 PM, to be a part of the audience for this final set of matches. It’s sure to be a night of great competition and season rivalry in the history of Fountain Hills sports.

Interested in joining the Cornhole League? Their spring season is set to begin mid-February, 2023. Go to fountainhillsaz.gov to see more information and to check for developments on the specifics for the Spring 2023 Cornhole Season.

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Thanksgiving Day Recap

The 2022 Thanksgiving Parade was a few days ago, and it was an absolute blast! The Turkey Trot, parade, and the Muffins, Mimosa, and Marys bar at our office made for a great start to Turkey Day.

Turkey Trot 2022
Starting Line 2022 Turkey Trot


The Sonoran Lifestyle Team sponsored the Turkey Trot that began Thanksgiving morning. Our team member John Weil and his entire family ran the 5K around Fountain Park while others manned the tent and gave away cooling towels, hats, and ChapStick.

Toni Lepoer and Mr. Gobble

After the Turkey Trot Finished, the Avenue of the Fountains reconfigured itself in preparation for the parade. The wise Spector’s arrived early for the best seat on the Avenue. This was the second year in which the parade would pass both up and down the Avenue, and right in front of the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office.

Movie magic is this year’s theme

Thousands of people lined the streets along the route of the parade. As usual, the announcer made puns as each float passed. Movie Magic was this year’s theme as floats of Whoville, The Grinch, and Buddy the elf delighted the crowd. Parade participants ranged from the Fountain Hills High School Marching Band to the International Dark-Sky Association to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is truly a broad spectrum of Fountain Hills organizations represented.

Fountain Hills Parade

Meanwhile, at the Sonoran Lifestyle office, our team members made muffins, mimosas, and the crowds lined up for John’s Famous Bloody Mary bar. Clients and runners enjoyed the hot cocoa, and coffee while waiting for the start of the parade. Fun to see so many friends, family, and clients catching up with each other, all while feasting on the food and drinks we made and having a great time.

It was a fun start to Thanksgiving for sure, and we hope that the rest of your day was full of food and merriment. We’ll see you at next year’s Turkey Trot and Parade!

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Stroll In The Glow

The Stroll in the Glow event welcomes the magic of the holiday season to the streets of Fountain Hills. Every year, the town spends the fall putting up thousands of lights – more than 65,000 to be more exact – on the Avenue of the Fountains.

On Saturday evening December 3rd, the lights are turned on for the town’s “Stroll in the Glow” event, where the Avenue comes alive with the multicolored cheer of the holiday season.

Fountain Hills Stroll in the Glow Evening

Bring your friends and family to experience the first night of lights including the lighting of the Fountain Hills Christmas Tree! Shortly after, Santa Claus himself will arrive on a fire truck to greet the children.

Santa arrives via FH Firetruck

Here at the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office, we’re planning on hosting a holiday backdrop photo-op that we call “The Selfie Station” and serving drinks, so please feel free to come and hang out with us. At the RE/MAX Sun Properties office, you and your kids can take pictures with the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa.

Stroll in the Glow comes with a special event Roll-in-the Glow. The eastbound lane of the Avenue will be partitioned off for bikes in “Roll in the Glow!” Decorate your bicycles with lights and parade them down the Avenue. A bike decoration contest will begin at 6:00 PM. Be sure to really deck your bikes like you’re decking the halls. Registration is Required Sign up here.

Stroll in the Glow begins at 5:00 PM, and Santa will arrive by firetruck at around 5:45 PM. Roll in the Glow officially begins at 5:00 PM. The event is totally free to attend and is one of Fountain Hills’ most fun yearly traditions. Click here to learn more about Stroll and Roll.

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FH Kids Are Returning to Recess!

Fountain Hills Community Services is getting kids off those screens and back outside! Return to Recess is back for the Fall 2022 season, after a super successful performance in 2021! The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is proud to sponsor this youth program.

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.

Youth Sports Volleyball
Return to Recess and Fountain Hills HS Beach Volleyball Team

Every week, a local expert shows the kids the fundamentals of a different sport. From pickleball to beach volleyball to soccer to E-Sports. Every week is a completely different Recess Experience. A big thank you to the local Fountain Hills Clubs and HS teams for sharing your skills with the young athletes.

New this season the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club 🥍 Participants learned how to scoop, pass, cradle, and shoot on goal while having fun!

Youth Sport Lacrosse
Youth Sports Lacrosse

Caleb Dassinger with Brilliant Victory Skateboards introduced and taught the participants the basics of skateboarding.

Skateboarding
Return to Recess Skateboarding

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, who sponsored the event, provided pizzas for the young athletes at the end-of-the-season party. For more information on Fountain Hills youth, activities CLICK HERE

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The Thanksgiving Day Headquarters

Fountain Hills will be celebrating its 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to burn some calories before enjoying that turkey and pumpkin pie. Runners can choose between a 1-mile fitness walk or a 5K run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division at 8:15 am.

Please be sure to look for the Sonoran Lifestyle team at the RE/MAX Sun Properties blue tent. We will have cold water and cooling towels for you before and after the race. We are proud to be your premier sponsor of the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot. For more information and to register, visit FHTurkeytrot.com

Turkey Trot Tent
Mr. Gobble and Dori

After the Turkey Trot join us for Muffins, Mimosas, and Marys at The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of The Fountains. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy the parade as it rolls on by. We’ll have hot cocoa, coffee, fresh muffins, and baked goods waiting for you. And, Johnny’s Handcraft Blood Mary bar is not to be missed!

Did you know that Fountain Hills has the only Thanksgiving Day parade in the western United States? This year’s theme is “Holiday Movie Magic”. Enjoy floats, dance teams, car clubs, horses, Santa, and more brought to us by local veteran’s organizations, schools, Girl Scout troops, non-profit organizations, and more.

The parade route is on the Avenue of the Fountains in downtown Fountain Hills. Right out the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office front doors. The parade begins at 9:30 AM and lasts approximately an hour; parking is free! You are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 am and enter the parking lot from Parkview Avenue.

Santa and Fire Truck
Santa arrives

Don’t forget – Santa Claus himself arrives in Fountain Hills for the first time this holiday season at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! He is the event’s finale, so make sure to stick around at the end to give Santa a wave!

For more information on the parade, visit https://www.fountainhillschamber.com/thanksgiving-day-parade/

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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts Begins Friday, Nov. 11th

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

Fountain Hills Art Fair

500 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. This is happening right outside the doors of The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of the Fountains. Stop in and say hello and enjoy a bottle of water and get recharged for more shopping.

Buyers will be happy because this is a juried show. Artists compete just to be able to show their work in the festival. That means only the top artists in each category are accepted. So buyers know the art on display is of the highest quality!

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.

Fountain Hills Art Festival

This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, November 11th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, November 13th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

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 FountainHillsAZ.gov.

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What exactly is the NPOA?

We have all seen that bright blue eyesore on the corner or the architectural anomaly down the street. This is why the Neighborhood Property Owners’ Association of Fountain Hills, Arizona (NPOA) was formed to protect your property by maintaining quality architectural standards and guidelines in your neighborhood. 

When looking for a home to purchase in Fountain Hills you most likely have come across properties that are located in the NPOA area.

Good News! The NPOA is not a homeowners association with monthly dues or assessments. A one-time transfer fee of $335 is required when a property changes ownership. The main reason for NPOA’s existence is to preserve the beauty and uphold the guidelines that were initially put into place by Robert McCulloch, the master developer of Fountain Hills. This is just one of the many benefits of living in the beautiful Fountain Hills community.

Today there are over 4,400 properties in 66 plats that fall within the NPOA’s jurisdiction. To see if your home is included visit the NPOA website @ www.npoafh.org 

Then it is subject to the architectural and aesthetic guidelines listed in the Development Guide and enforced by The Neighborhood Committee of Architecture (NCOA), which meets weekly and maintains architectural control of Member plats. This entails a review of building plans for new construction and all other architectural alterations, including but not limited to repainting, demolitions, remodels/additions, porches, patios, walls, fences, solar, pools, awnings, gazebos, recoating a flat roof or installing new windows, etc. Appropriate permit fees and compliance deposits apply. For more information, NPOA can be reached at email: info@npoafh.org or by phone: 480-837-5317.

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Misting System Winterizing

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Your outdoor misting system has been working hard to keep you cool all summer. Now that temperatures are finally starting to drop, however, it’s time to shut the system down for the season. Simply turning off the water isn’t enough to keep your misting system in good shape for next year. Standing water can damage the pipes in winter temperatures, and the pump system can sustain damage as well without some general maintenance.

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AZ Mist Systems Photo

Why your misting system needs professional seasonal maintenance

The most significant risk of skipping winter maintenance on your outdoor misting system is damage from frozen water. As water freezes, it expands. So, when there is standing water in the pipes in your misting system, it can cause the pipes to burst on those cold nights when temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, standing water poses a risk for mold and mildew growth.

Another important aspect of seasonal maintenance is keeping the system clean. Replacing filters will keep the system spraying clean, odorless water. A technician will keep the pump in peak condition by changing its oil. While you may be tempted to take on winterization as a DIY task, it is ideal to call a professional. This is recommended because a professional technician can thoroughly inspect the system and make any necessary repairs. Furthermore, professional maintenance will be in line with warranty requirements for your system.

Don’t delay and schedule your winterization today. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit. (602) 908-7676