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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts Feb. 24-26

The Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Shows is the venue where gifted artists and accomplished craftspeople from all around the world come together.

Festival of Fine Arts

The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts is a juried art event. The top artisans and artists exhibit their work at the event. Attendants benefit from competition since it brings forth the best in talents. Unique, one-of-a-kind works of art are displayed during the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts.

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

Now in its 49th year, the Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival is a three-day exhibition featuring approximately 500 international artists and craftspeople working in all media. This much skill in one area is staggering in its sheer enormity. The variety of outstanding work in various media is astounding. Drawing more than 150,000 people to the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival has established itself as one of the most significant and respected events for local artists in the southwest.

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, and a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older. Our neighborhood restaurants on the Avenue of the Fountains are wonderful. For those who get up early, Georgie’s has breakfast and Sofrita patio for lunch and margaritas. If you’re hungry for sushi, OKA is a favorite at the office. This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, February 24th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, February 26th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

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Top Golf Courses in Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, is home to world-class golf courses. Visitors and residents surely won’t want to miss out on these spectacular mountain view courses built into the Sonoran Desert. These Fountain Hills courses are unlike any other desert golf experience in the Valley of the Sun.

 Five of Arizona’s finest 18-hole courses are located in the Fountain Hills area surrounded by the scenic vistas of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. Designed by some of the most recognized names in golf club design, each course reflects the spirit of its designer and offers a unique blend of challenges to the golfer.

DESERT CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 10440 Indian Wells Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.1173 Website: www.desertcanyongolf.com

This scenic 6,415-yard, par-71 championship course is known for its narrow fairways and canyons. Signature hole #7 was voted one of Arizona’s best. Fountain Hills’ oldest course, Desert Canyon hosts a variety of tournaments

EAGLE MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

Address: 14915 Eagle Mountain Pkwy, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.816.1234 Website: www.eaglemtn.com

Located just a chip shot away from Scottsdale, Arizona, The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain provides golfers with a stunning desert golf experience highlighted by scenic vistas, dramatic elevation changes and award-winning course layout. The Scott Miller-designed, 18-hole course (par-71 and 6,800 yards from the back tees) incorporates the property’s natural box canyons and native Sonoran Desert into the design of the golf course.

FIREROCK COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE)

Address: 16000 E Firerock Country Club Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.836.3435 Website: www.firerockcc.com

Apart from the natural beauty of the area, the FireRock Country Club golf course is one of the finest in the state and an incredible pleasure to play. FireRock has it all…elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approach shots. As the course winds around mountain views, each hole presents a unique challenge, governed by its own set of circumstances. No matter how many times you play, there’s always something surprising and new to look forward to as you golf FireRock.

SUNRIDGE CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 13100 Sunridge Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.5100 / 800.562.5178 Website: www.sunridgegolf.com

SunRidge Canyon’s 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and shady canyons unique to the Sonoran Desert mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale, Arizona. This rugged golf course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in. This subtle elevation change lies at the heart of a dramatic golf experience.

SunRidge Canyon is the home of the “Wicked Six,” the half-dozen holes that are among the most memorable and dramatic closing holes to be found anywhere. Golfers also discover that SunRidge wasn’t so much created by a bulldozer as it was carved out over eons by the relentless pressure of wind and water. Foster had the good sense to follow Mother Nature’s lead, and in the end, the beauty and challenge of SunRidge Canyon.

WE-KO-PA GOLF CLUB

Address: 18200 E Toh Vee Cir, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 Phone: 480.836.9000 / 866.660.7700Website:www.wekopa.comThis 7,225-yard, par-72 course was featured in the April 2004 Wall Street Journal as one of 12 global courses that is beyond the reach of civilization. We-Ko-Pa is the Yavapai pronunciation for “Four Peaks Mountain.” The course features a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse and dramatic scenic views.

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Pony Express Gallops into Fountain Hills

There are few sights on the Avenue of the Fountains to rival the Hashknife Pony Express posse thundering by. Deer-skin fringed leather jackets flying, as the authentic “Old West” riders deliver and pick up mail at the Fountain Hills Post Office.

For 65 years, the Hashknife Pony Express has made this ride during January/February, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona. These swarthy riders deliver 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. This is the oldest officially sanctioned ride in the world, and the only one still authorized by the US Postal Service. Each of the 24 riders is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail. The riders will continue to Scottsdale as part of Scottsdale’s Western Week that culminates in the Parada del Sol.

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Hashknife Pony Express posse

The riders are expected to arrive in Fountain Hills at approximately 3:00 PM on February 2nd, 2022. Delivering mail to the Fountain Hills Post Office at the intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and La Montana Drive. The public is invited out to greet the riders at the Post Office. There is usually a good group to cheer them on as they ride up the Avenue. The RE/MAX Sun Properties office is a great place to see the action and enjoy a beverage. Join us!

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Cruisin’ Car Show @ Phil’s

Roll-In every Sunday from now until May 21st, 2023, Phil’s Filling Station is the home of a free-to-attend car show! John Weil went to the car show in the video above to talk about it. The shows run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and the only cost of admission is to be a customer of Phil’s!

Phil's car show

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January is Car Month in the Valley!

The last week of January in particular is known as “Arizona Car Week” to enthusiasts and is going to be jam-packed with auctions across the Scottsdale area.

  • Barrett-Jackson, 1/21- 29: This is the big one, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction!” People from around the world gather in Scottsdale to see one-of-a-kind vehicles, celebrities’ cars, and memorabilia of all sorts. It is known for its celebrity visitors and huge donations to philanthropic efforts. This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction will be located at West World, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale.
Barrett Jackson car week
  • Russo and Steele, 1/26-1/30: At the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, you’ll find the primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Not only that, but renowned memorabilia dealer Kevin Martin is bringing his collection of autographed and historical items signed by stars of music and film. Russo and Steele is hosted at 7722 East Gray Road, Scottsdale.
  • RM Sotheby’s, 1/26: Formerly known as the RM auction, RM Sotheby’s is a well-established event that will play host to a wide variety of marques and eras across all different price points, making it a big destination for Arizona Car Week. This year, it will be hosted at the Arizona Biltmore Resort at 2400 E Missouri Avenue, Phoenix.
  • Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, 1/27: Now in its 12th year, Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction is a major highlight on the international Motoring Auction Calendar. We are pleased to return to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a live auction of exceptional motorcars. 2023 promises a carefully selected line up, which will be painstakingly promoted to the largest worldwide audience in the business. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway, Phoenix.
  • MAG Auctions WeKoPa, 1/27-1/28: Formerly known as the Silver Car Auction, the MAG Collector Car Auction at WeKoPa is a great place for new car collectors to get started. You can get some amazing deals at a smaller, more personalized auction like this. This year, the MAG Auction will be hosted at the WeKoPa Resort & Casino, 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell.motorsportsauctiongroup.com
  • AZ Concours D’ Elegance On 1/22: at The Scottsdale Civic Center. The Concours invites roughly 100 select rare and exotic automobiles to be considered for judging and exhibition, with the best among them awarded class prizes and the coveted Best-of-Show. Scottsdale Civic Center Park939 N Drinkwater Blvd Scottsdale, AZ https://arizonaconcours.com/

Concours in the Hills

All of these January events are a prelude to the spectacular Concours in the Hills on February 4, 2023, in Fountain Park.

Concours in the Hills continue to grow every year. The event now takes over the entire park around the lake in Fountain Hills. Because of the spectacular venue, this event is deemed “The Greatest Car Show on Grass.”  

Cars come from all over Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico to participate. The event is supported by leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mustang, Jaguar, Cadillac, Lotus, and others. https://phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/signature/concours/

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Fitness Goals 2023 -Local Biking Trails

Leaving the stresses of daily life and pedaling away without a care in the world. Whether it’s on your local biking trails or high in desert mountains miles from civilization. There’s little that can beat the beautiful simplicity of a bike ride. Whether you’re a cycling newbie or an experienced rider, cycling offers many different mental and physical health benefits. Outdoor activities in nature are proven to lower your blood pressure so ditch the Pelton and hit the local biking trails this year.  

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Mountain biking is one of the top activities of choice at nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park. With over 40 miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, there is something to suit all riding abilities. There is even a Technical Loop for expert riders to sharpen their skills. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers several free guided rides each month from beginner to advanced and women-only rides.

Adero Canyon Trailhead in Fountain Hills via Andrew/Kinsey Trail junction will take you up and over the McDowells. Approximately 9 miles and a 2,287 elevation gain with some rocky sections will lead you back to Lost Dog Wash on the Scottsdale side. The Adero trailhead also connects to the north to McDowell Mt. Regional Park via the Sonoran Trails a slightly easier ride with panoramic views of the 4 Peaks, Dixie Mine, and weavers needle in the distance.

Paved paths more your speed

For those who prefer paved pathways, the Valley of the Sun offers options, such as the nearby Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt in Scottsdale and the Rio Salado Pathway in Mesa.

The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt (and its extensions both north and south) is an oasis of parks, lakes, paths, and golf courses that runs through the heart of Scottsdale. It is rated among the top urban “green spaces” in Arizona. Riders can park near Jade Palace across from the hospital on Shea and ride to Tempe Town Lake.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

The Rio Salado Pathway connects to several other bike paths that can take riders as far as Chandler Heights, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. The Pathway follows Riverview Park near the Loop 101 and Loop 202 interchange. Riders can get started from the Sloan Park parking lot and head west until the trail ends near the airport or veer onto other connecting paths for a longer ride.

If you’re looking to ease back into biking this year or need a little help getting up all the hills here in town. Try renting an electric-assist mountain bike from McDowell Mountain Cycles for the Day and you may just find your next passion.

McDowell MOUNTAIN CYCLES

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Stroll and Roll in the Glow

The Avenue of the Fountains is just magical this season with dancing white and red lights adorning the trees, the majestic blue First Responders’ Christmas trees, and storybook figures lining the street. The town of Fountain Hills has transformed the Avenue into a lighted wonderland for Stroll in the Glow.

The Annual lighting for the Avenue at “Stroll in the Glow” was a rainy night. Many still braved the rain and enjoyed the night visiting the local business. A little rain could not keep Santa away as he made his annual arrival to the delight of the young and old by the Fountain Hills Fire truck.

The star of the night was the “Whoville” at the RE/MAX Sun Properties office. You could hear the DJ playing all the holiday hits all down the Avenue while the building glowed in holiday lights. Just inside the door were the Grinch, Cindy-Lou, and Max waiting to meet you and take a fun photo. The Mayor of Whoville greeted all who entered and shared his brand of good cheer.  There wasn’t a “humbug” uttered!

The Stroll in the Glow was so much fun the RE/MAX  Sun Properties team was ready for a repeat performance at Roll in the Glow the following Sunday. The “Grinch team” moved on down the AVE to the Sonoran Team office location to be closer to the action that night.

Everyone enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies and photos with the Grinch. The selfie station props made for extra fun photos all night.

Roll in the Glow

Next, the annual lighted bike parade was a huge hit. Where hundreds of bikes were decked out in holiday lights and costume riders peddled through the Avenue. Contestants ranged from Little Santa riders to Grinch-filled bike baskets and everything in between.

The Avenue was filled with fun activities for all. Huge inflatable slides, live music, and photos with Santa. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office enjoyed seeing everyone and welcoming in the holiday season.

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“Light the Town Holiday Drive!”

Gather up your loved ones, grab a hot cocoa and some sugar cookies then head out on “Light the Town Holiday Drive,” a house decoration contest where you get to decide who wins.

Holiday lights are going up around town and many homes are all decked out for the season. Make it an annual tradition to take the Holiday Lights Tour in Fountain Hills. 

Twenty-plus homes around Fountain Hills have joined this year’s competition. A map of where to find all of this year’s entries will be available at this link from December 12th to 31st. Once you have your route planned out, it’s time to take a nice drive around town!

Holiday Lights

Houses that have entered the contest will have prominently-displayed signs in their front yards. Each sign should have an original name written on it, such as “Peace on Earth,” “Santa and Elves,” “Elegance,” etc. 

The three categories that you get to vote on include:

  • “Brightest”
  • “Most Creative”
  • “Traditional Elegant”

The winners will be announced on January 2, 2023

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The November concert series has wrapped.

The November concert series is over, but we can’t wait for next spring. Here’s a taste of the last concert of the season for 2022.

Copper State Blues Band
Copper State Blues Band

The night of November 30th, 2022 saw the final night of three Concerts on the Avenue for the Fall. This series of events has become a tradition, taking place on three evenings in November and three evenings in April every year. The Copper State Blues band is a town favorite performing everyone’s favorite upbeat music from Clapton, Stevie Ray, Fabulous T-Birds, Santana Bob Seger, B.B., ZZ Top, The Stones, and more.

This Fall’s concerts had a great showing, with hundreds of people gathered around the two performances happening on either side of the Avenue of the Fountains.

Fall Concerts

The loyal followers gathered early for the best seat for the live music, and others came to our office for charcuterie cups and SonoraRitas. Overall, everybody had a blast spending time with friends and family at this free event proudly sponsored by The Sonoran Lifestyle Team with RE/MAX Sun Properties.

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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.