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Summer 2022’s Desert Vibe Magazine Is Here!

The second quarterly issue of Desert Vibe magazine is finally here, and it’s full of must-see information about local events, listings, and market information!

Here are some of the things you’ll see in the summer Vibe:

This Desert Vibe, as with the previous, is being released in an online-only format, with interactive links to everything you’ll need! To read the full Desert Vibe magazine, go to DesertVibe.com/Magazine.

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The Spirit of Bavaria Lives at Oktoberfest 2022!

Can you hear the polka music playing? For several years now, Fountain Hills has been home to an annual Oktoberfest for the whole town to participate in some classic Bavarian festivities.

Oktoberfest has been a tradition in South Germany for over 200 years, beginning in 1810 as a celebration for the Bavarian King Ludwig I’s marriage. Since then, Oktoberfest spread across what would become Germany, and eventually to the United States.

Oktoberfest in the United States stayed concentrated to regions with high German populations until after World War II, when it finally began to spread to the rest of the country, eventually including Fountain Hills.

This Bavarian-style celebration features live music, costumes, German foods, and of course: Beer! You’ll see authentic details such as long tables decorated with blue and white paper, perfect for meeting friends and enjoying your beer and pretzels.

Participate in various themed contests for prizes, such as the Beer Stein holding contest, the Alphorn blowing contest, and the Bavarian Costume Contest.

While you do have to be 21 or older to purchase the beer, there is a free Kidz’ Zone full of activities for young Oktoberfest fans.

This year’s Oktoberfest will take place on the evenings of September 23rd and 24th, 2022 from 5:00PM through 10:00PM. Pre-admission tickets cost $5, and tickets purchased at the gate will cost $10.

For more information on how you can get into the Bavarian spirit this fall, go to fountainhillschamber.com

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2022 Turkey Trot Ticket Giveaway!

The 32nd annual Turkey Trot is kicking off Fountain Hills’ Thanksgiving! This year, the Sonoran Lifestyle Team is the Turkey Trot’s presenting sponsor, and we’ll be there the whole time

As presenting sponsors of the event, we have five extra tickets sitting around that we’d like to give away. If you’ve run the Trot in previous years and want a chance at a free ticket, your big opportunity is here!

Runners waiting for the 2021 Turkey Trot to begin.

Leading up to this year’s Turkey Trot, we’re going to be giving away five spots at the run FOR FREE! That’s right, if you want a chance to save $30 in registration, all you have to do is:

  • Send a picture of yourself at a previous year’s Turkey Trot to Sonoran@SonoranLifestyle.com,
  • or tag @sonoranlifestyle with your photo on Instagram.

There are only five free spots available, so don’t delay! We’ll reply to the FIRST five entries with instructions for receiving their free tickets.

The Turkey Trot will take place at 7:15AM on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. We’ll see you there!

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How The “Beeline” Highway Got Its Name

For residents of the east valley, the Beeline Highway is an important part of daily life, the gateway to the Mogollon Rim. It’s the only modern highway that connects to Fountain Hills.

The official name of the road is State Route 87, so you might wonder: why is it called “The Beeline Highway?”

History of Travel from Rim to Valley

You can see in this 1937 map that the Bush Highway follows its modern route. This is 21 years before the Beeline Highway. You can also see that the only trail that passes through modern Fountain Hills is likely the Stoneman Road.

The first major car route between Mesa and Payson was the Bush Highway, named after Harvey Granville Bush. He was a lumberman by trade, and thus had homes in Mesa and Payson, where the tall pines grow.

Getting lumber to the Valley from the mountains was a huge challenge during the days of wagons and early automobiles, involving several disjointed trails that went through the dangerous Reno Pass. So, Bush pushed an initiative with the state and the lumber industry to create a unified road from the city to Payson. Completed in 1934, the path, named after Bush, was the best and most convenient route to get to and from the Mogollon Rim.

As Phoenix’s population boomed after World War 2, camping became a larger and larger pastime, and the traffic up the Bush Highway increased drastically. This came to the attention of Grady Gammage, president of Arizona State Teachers College in Tempe. Gammage lobbied the state government and worked with James G. Hart of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to begin the creation of an official State Route to access and pass Payson.

After receiving permission from the Salt River Indian Reservation and Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, construction began.

A new, more convenient route was then built west of the Bush Highway. It was a significant shortcut for most Phoenix residents, considering it connected to West Mesa on Country Club Drive instead of all the way in Apache Junction.

The shortcut was so obvious, that it was considered “taking a bee-line” up to the Rim, with the term “bee-line” being a slang term referring to a shortcut.

While the Bush Highway passes through scenic and mountainous terrain, the Beeline shortcut cuts distance and time and travels along mostly smooth ground.

From then on, the Beeline Highway was paved and expanded on top of, and sometimes next to, the old Bush Highway. The original “bee-line” shortcut ends where the modern Bush Highway meets the Beeline, just north of Goldfield Ranch. You can still see the original route along the modern Beeline to this day, all the way to Payson.

The Beeline Highway as we know it today was fully realized in 1966, with the merging of the old State Route 65 (which connected Winslow to Strawberry) and the ever-expanding path of Route 87.

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FHUSD Begins School August 9th!

School’s back for the fall! Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) is bringing the kids back to school starting Tuesday, August 9th for the 2022-23 school year.

This year will be the first year featuring the return of Dr. Cain Jagodzinski! After serving as principal of Fountain Hills High School from 2016 through 2020, “Doctor J” will now be assuming the role of superintendent of FHUSD.

As usual, the school year will begin on a Tuesday, this year on August 9th. The first day of school is usually a half-day for students, so make sure the kids have a ride home.

To earn more about what to expect for the 2022-23 school year in Fountain Hills, go to fhusd.org.

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Father’s Day Feasts in Fountain Hills

Father’s Day is this Sunday! Here are a few local restaurants to take your dad to this weekend to celebrate.

Bone Haus Brewing

Bone Haus Brewing is a local Fountain Hills brewery located at 14825 E Shea Blvd, known for its live music, daily food trucks, excellent beers, and baroque atmosphere. This Sunday, you’ll find the Pizzart Food Truck and a live performance by I Am Hologram.

Batchelor’s BBQ

Batchelor’s is one of the newest restaurants in town, and, as a southern barbecue grill, it’s the perfect place to go on a day like Father’s Day! Experience their amazing homemade sauces and their fresh barbecue meats. Batchelor’s is located at 13407 N La Montana Dr.

Parkview Tap House

Tap House describes itself as the “unpretentious American Bar and Grill.” Located at 16828 E Parkview Avenue, it is a great place to sit down for a burger, fries, and a beer. Most evenings live music fills either the dining room or the bar room. The dining room has a relaxed, western vibe, while the newly-remodeled bar has billiards, a wall of liquor, and everything you need to have a classic bar experience.

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Monsoon Season Begins!

The temperature is high, the winds are getting stronger in the afternoons, and the thunderhead clouds are building up in the north.

If you’re familiar with our weather patterns, you’ll know these are some of the early signs of monsoon season, perhaps the most interesting time of the year when it comes to meteorological phenomena.

The National Weather Service declares that June 15th is the “official” start date for the monsoon season, and it runs through September 30th. These dates are the average, but there are other ways to tell when the season has begun.

Map of “Precipitable Water” compared to air pressure in 2021. Higher millibars (mb) signify lower air pressure, which also contributes to stronger storms.

Dew Point

Scientifically speaking, the monsoon has begun when three consecutive days pass in June during which the Dew Point at night exceeds 55 degrees. That means that water vapor reaches its saturation point, turning to cloud at air temperatures of 55 and below.

Cicadas

Another way to tell when the season has begun is to listen for cicadas. Cicadas begin their chirping during the hottest, driest weeks of the year. These weeks just happen to often coincide with the dew point exceeding 55 degrees. Once you hear cicadas outside for several days in a row, you’ll know it’s only a matter of time before the first storms begin.

While the season may begin halfway into June, June is still the driest month of the year in the valley. Typically, the first raindrops of the season won’t hit the ground until the first week of July.

If a monsoon storm brings in enough moisture, the clouds can descend and even cover parts of the McDowells in the mornings. This happened a few times in the 2021 monsoon season.

This was the case in 2021, which turned out to be a record-breaking monsoon season in many parts of Arizona. Check out Weather.gov’s 2021 Monsoon Review for more details on what made last year’s season special.

The NWS explains its prediction of an above-average monsoon season in this short video.

The National Weather Service is predicting another above-average storm season for the summer of 2022, so stay tuned for some of the best shows of nature that Arizona 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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RE/MAX Awards Night!

Last Night, RE/MAX Sun Properties held its Awards Night for the achievements of its agents in 2021. It was a fun night at the Desert Canyon Golf Club’s Bar and Grill!

Anita, Cyndi and Michelle

While everybody had appetizers and socialized, Dori announced winners one by one of plaques and trophies representing various milestones in Real Estate Sales.

Toni LePoer
John Weil
Debbie Weinrich
Kristy Coup was the big winner last night, entering the RE/MAX Hall of Fame and selling more than $25 million in 2021.

These are just a few photos from an absolute blast of a night!

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Tips for Summerizing Your Home!

It’s never too early to start preparing your home for the onslaught of scorching summer temperatures. While those temperatures are great for lounging around the pool, they can be rough on your home and outdoor equipment. They also make you gulp hard when you see your power bill.

Stay one step ahead of the heat, especially if you plan to leave for the summer. These simple steps will give you peace of mind so you can sail into summer without a sweat.

SERVICE YOUR A/C UNIT

This is one of the most important things you can do in preparation for summer. Schedule an appointment with a professional air company. They will check refrigerant levels, electrical components, motors, evaporator coils, condenser belts, and more. These maintenance checks can uncover potential issues early when they are still easy and cheap to repair. It will also give you peace of mind to know your unit is ready to get you through the triple-digit temps.

REGULARLY REPLACE AIR FILTER

The single most important bit of A/C maintenance you can do yourself to extend the life of your unit and keep it running efficiently is changing the air filter. During the summer, it needs to be replaced every month since the unit runs for hours every day.

FIX AIR DUCT LEAKS

You pay a premium for cool air during the summer, so don’t let it escape through leaks before it has a chance to cool your home. If you have rooms that seem to feel stuffy or never really cool all the way, it could be a sign you have a leaky duct. Other signs include increased energy bills without increased usage, faster dust buildup, and dirty ducts. Making repairs can save you hundreds of dollars every year and extend the life of your unit by not overworking it.

Hot weather in the summer overheats a home’s roof from sunburn.

INCREASE INSULATION

Insulation tends to compact over time, resulting in less coverage. This is particularly important around ductwork and pipes. Adding insulation is a messy job! If you decide to do it yourself, be sure to use a respirator, not just a dust mask.

INSTALL CEILING FANS

Ceiling fans help you feel cooler without turning the thermostat down by distributing the cool air. Bedrooms and living rooms are important areas to add ceiling fans and will help cut down the cost of your electric bill.

ADD A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Programming a thermostat for the way you live in your home can make a big difference on your electric bill. If you are gone for several hours every day, program those hours to raise the temperature by a few degrees, then have it return to your favorite temperature right before you’re due to be home. There is no sense in cooling an empty house all day. If you have pets, be sure to take them into consideration when setting your programs.

PREP WINDOWS AND DOORS

Windows and doors are your home’s greatest weakness. Check for leaks by feeling for drafty air both inside and out. Fill gaps with caulking or new weather stripping. Shade windows with reflective film, roller shades, window screens or sunscreen curtains.

ADD A PATIO MISTING SYSTEM

A little spray of water can go a long way in turning a patio into a backyard oasis in the summer. With a misting system, you can enjoy more outdoor entertainment throughout the hottest parts of the year.

The summer heat and sun are harsh on our homes and power bill, but with some advance preparation, you won’t have to sweat it.