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!
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.
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.
If you search the Internet for reasons to move to the Phoenix metro area, you’ll find plenty of great reasons to entice you. But for every one of those reasons, Fountain Hills always gives several more special and unique reasons to choose this hometown community in the East Valley.
Here are 7 reasons why you should move to the Valley of the Sun and why Fountain Hills is the best location.
Haven for sun worshippers. Days with bad weather are few and far between. Bad weather here is an occasional dust storm or a strong monsoon. These are nothing when compared to what Mother Nature dishes out in other parts of the country. It’s nice to not live in fear of catastrophic weather. We enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year.
LOCALLY: Fountain Hills is slightly cooler than the rest of the Phoenix metro area and tends to enjoy a bit more rain. We even get an occasional, although rare, dusting of snow.
Foodie’s delight. The Phoenix area offers flavors of food from around the world. It grows more foodie-friendly each year and has a growing coffee culture.
LOCALLY: Fountain Hills has a growing reputation for amazing restaurants. Some even offer live music throughout the week. Enjoy Puerto Rican and Latin cuisine at Sofrita, Mediterranean European food at Euro Pizza Café, Italian dishes at Arrivederci, Mexican meals and décor at El Encanto, Japanese at Oka Sushi, and of course All American Grill for a great burger and bar. Fountain Hills also has its own pub at Bone Haus Brewing and wine bars at Grapeables and Aguamenti.
Beautiful desert views. Much of the Phoenix metro area is flat, but there are gorgeous views to enjoy from the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, South Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain, and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
LOCALLY: One thing we are not short on in Fountain Hills is views! Gorgeous views in every direction! We are surrounded by Four Peaks, the Mazatzal Mountains, and the McDowell Mountains.
Bucket list extravaganza for those with wanderlust. Arizona is filled with spectacular bucket list locations. Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott’s Whiskey Row, Jerome, Bisbee, Tombstone, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon. We could go on and on.
LOCALLY: Fountain Hills attracts people to see one of the world’s largest manmade fountains and to visit the River of Time Museum. People also come to the area to get a glimpse of the famous Salt River Wild Horses.
Outdoor adventure. Arizona does not disappoint those who want to get out in nature and explore. There is Tonto Natural Bridge, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Slide Rock State Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Saguaro National Park, and more.
LOCALLY: For hiking, biking, and horseback riding, we have the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Adero Canyon Trailhead, Golden Eagle Trailhead, Dixie Mine Trail, and Overlook Trail. For water recreation, Saguaro Lake and the Salt River are less than 30 minutes away. The desert also affords opportunities for off-road adventure.
Education. The Phoenix metro area has top-rated secondary education options with Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and the Maricopa County Community Colleges.
LOCALLY: The Fountain Hills Unified School District has top-quality schools at all grade levels, with A-ratings from the Arizona Department of Education. Just minutes away in Scottsdale, BASIS charter school offers an alternative as America’s #1 high school.
Festivals year-round. Across Phoenix, there are festivals of every kind imaginable. Enjoy the Arizona State Fair, the Arizona Renaissance Festival, the Phoenix Greek Festival, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Phoenix Fan Fusion, and so much more.
LOCALLY: Fountain Hills boasts a large number of festivals for a town our size! There are two huge art fairs each year, the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts and the Great Fair. There are also Concours in the Hills, the Besant Mela Kite Festival, the Irish Fountain Fest, the Dark Sky Festival, the Fourth at the Fountain (4th of July), Music Fest, Halloween in the Hills, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Stroll in the Glow, and the Concerts on the Avenue.
If you are thinking of relocating to the Valley of the Sun, be sure to check out Fountain Hills. It offers the quintessential hometown feel with the amenities of a large metro city just minutes away.
Fountain Hills Community Services presents the Spring 2022 Adult Cornhole League, proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team!
After a very successful Fall 2021 season, the Cornhole League is back! It will begin this Wednesday, February 16th, at 6:00PM. Meetings will occur every Wednesday evening at Desert Vista Park from then until April 6th.
The group operates according to the American Cornhole League’s standards, in the form of an 8-week bracketed tournament. Last year’s average attendance was 21 players, so expect a different experience at every meeting as you work your way up the bracket to the final tournament.
Check out this video of Recreation Coordinator Kade Nelson explaining Cornhole and the other recreation groups opening up for the spring, and go to FountainHillsAZ.gov to learn more!
In this first entry in a new series of videos going over each of the neighborhoods of Fountain Hills, our agent John Weil shows off a hidden enclave between the McDowell Mountains and the wider Sunridge Canyon neighborhood: Shadow Canyon.
Our agent Toni LePoer goes into an introductory glance at the history of the Fountain Hills Art Walk. Today home to over 150 sculptures around Town Center, the Art Walk would not have come into existence if it weren’t for Jerry and Jackie Miles.
If you see several men on horseback riding through Fountain Hills tomorrow afternoon, don’t be alarmed! It’s the Hashknife Pony Express Riders arriving from Payson for their 64th annual ride from Holbrook all the way to Scottsdale. This is a part of Scottsdale’s Western Week that culminates in the Parada del Sol.
The riders are expected to arrive in Fountain Hills at approximately 3:00 PM tomorrow, February 3rd, 2022, to deliver mail to the Fountain Hills Post Office at the intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and La Montana Drive. Lots of people will be there to take photos and meet the riders, so feel free to stop by for the show!
The 2022 State of the Town Address was this morning at the Community Center. Mayor Ginny Dickey gave a speech, followed by a video presentation, that displayed the challenges Fountain Hills faced in 2021 along with the many huge accomplishments of the year. She concluded the event with a bright outlook for Fountain Hills’ big plans for 2022.
(Some) Highlights of 2021 for Fountain Hills
Completion of the Pandora Drive Drainage Tunnels: The old drainage tunnels along the Fountain Park on Pandora Drive were causing road damage and sinkholes, so, beginning in 2020 the tunnels were completely rebuilt with modern strategies.
Construction of the FH Medical Center: Fountain Hills now has a hospital, constructed over the course fo 2021. It features emergency rooms, urgent care, and phramacy capabilities.
Excellence in Financial Administration: In 2021, the Town saved more than it spent and received awards from the State of Arizona for its pecuniary efficiency.
Fountain LED Installation: As part of the Fountain’s 50th birthday gift, a set of huge color-changing LED lights were installed. Now the Fountain glows at night in a seasonally-relevant color.
Fountain Livestream: Our famous Fountain is now livestreaming, permanently! Since activating this Earthcam feed, the Fountain has been watched over 4,000,000 times by people around the world.
Town Website/Social Media Revamp: The town of Fountain Hills completely revamped their website to meet modern times. In addition to this, the town government is now accessible on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Creation of the “Safety Corridors”: Sections of Palisades Boulevard and Saguaro Boulevard now feature “safety corridors,” or areas where fines for speeding are doubled.
Community Center Remodeling: The Fountain Hills Community Center was repainted, given new floors and interiors, and turned various rooms into usable classrooms. Classes now take place on a daily basis in the rooms of the Community Center.
Renewing of the Parks: This part has only just begun. Parts of Four Peaks Park, the Fountain Park, and Desert Vista Park, are in the process of being reinvented, with better playgrounds, ball courts, and more.
Crosswalk at Saguaro Boulevard for Desert Vista Park: What was once a long stretch of uncrossable road on Saguaro Boulevard, there is now a sidewalk, crosswalk, and crossing sign setup near the intersection of Saguaro and Desert Vista. This makes Desert Vista Park even more accessible.
Building Permits Up 63%: According to Mayor Dickey, 2021 saw the construction of 79 new single-family homes, 99 multi-family homes, and 543 total approved building permits across town. This is a significant increase from the previous year.
Mayor Dickey also applauded the town for its handling of the virus and the conditions created by it, stating “Despite the pandemic, Fountain Hills has moved forward.” She stated that her goal was to make Fountain Hills a place that people will want to come to and stay. “In Fountain Hills, we are all about people,” she said. It looks like Fountain Hills has a bright and ambitious year ahead.
Every January, the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Fountain Hills come to the Community Center for the State of the Town Address. On January 25th, the 2022 State of the Town Address is back.
In this year’s meeting, Mayor Ginny Dickey plans to speak on the successes and challenges that the town faced over the course of 2021, especially in regards to the town’s struggles and strategies for overcoming the difficulties of the pandemic.
“I am looking forward to giving this update in front of an audience this year,” said Mayor Ginny Dickey. “As a town, we have been through so many challenges with the pandemic, yet we continued moving forward to meet the needs of our community, and plan for the future.”