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Return to Recess Spring Season

Fountain Hills Community Services is striving to get youth back outside and away from their screens! After a hugely successful run the past two years, Return to Recess is returning for the Spring 2023 season.! The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is proud to sponsor this youth program.

Recess

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.

Fountain Hills HS Beach Volleyball Team

A local specialist teaches the kids the foundations of a new sport each week. Skateboarding, pickleball, beach volleyball, soccer, and e-Sports are just a few examples. Every week’s recess experience is entirely unique.  A big thank you to the local Fountain Hills Clubs and HS Teams for sharing your skills with the young athletes.

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

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Youth Sports Lacrosse

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

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Return to Recess Skateboarding

Don’t miss out and get signed up today! Spring season starts soon. February 14th and ending April 4th. Meeting every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Ages 8-14. Each participant receives a Return to Recess T-Shirt.

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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Concours in the Hills -Greatest Car Show

Get Ready for the Greatest Car Show on Grass at Concours in the Hills.

Car show

Every year, Concours in the Hills gets bigger. Today, Fountain Hills’ whole lakeside park is filled by the event. This event is known as “The Greatest Car Show on Grass” because of the breathtaking setting. On February 4, 2023, Concours in the Hills will return for its ninth year. We hope you will join us for a day of great cars, food, and music in the spectacular setting of Fountain Park. 

Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund

Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund, a critical source of funding for the hospital’s areas of greatest need. For the February 2022 event, Concours in the Hills raised over $430,000 for Phoenix Children’s. These funds finance innovative research, cutting-edge technology, recruitment of leading physicians, and child-friendly programs that make the hospital environment more comfortable for young patients.  

 The Park will be split into sections based on the continent of origin, make, and model. Some of the cars are predicted to be worth upwards of $10 Million.

There are always a few twists at each Concours event. Famous race drivers, surprise displays of brand-new Ford GTs, and military helicopters are just the icing on the cake at Fountain Park in the past few years.

Why enthusiasts and amateurs alike love Concours in the Hills

  • The spectacular lake view and rolling hills setting 
  • An enormous variety of vehicles on display 
  • Contemporary and classic race cars 
  • Exotic foreign and domestic high-performance cars 
  • Muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods, off-road and military vehicles 
  • Military and civilian helicopters 
  • Motorcycles
  • Over 100 dealer and aftermarket tents 
  • Lots of tasty food and refreshment trucks 

Concours in the Hills makes a point of noting that it’s not a formal, “white gloves” Concours. Everyone is invited to visit and peruse the extensive variety. Food vendors of all varieties scattered throughout Fountain Park will ensure that no one is admiring cars while starving.

For more information about how you can get rolling to the 2023 Concours in the Hills, go to Concoursinthehills.org.

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Fountain Hills Coalition Essay Contest

Students at Fountain Hills High School are given one elective assignment this month, an essay contest. This is not your normal assignment, but it will net someone a $1,000 check.

The Fountain Hills Drug Prevention Coalition has scheduled its 11th annual essay competition, which will conclude on Thursday, March 9, 2023 with an awards luncheon.

Essay contest writing

Entry forms and contest rules are available in all FHHS English classrooms, the front office, and the Fountain Hills Library.

The essay contest officially kicks off Monday, Jan. 2, with a deadline of Friday, Feb. 3.

Prizes for this year’s essay contest include $1,000 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third.

Fourteen other students will win $50 as honorable mentions.

Interested students are encouraged to write an essay of 750 words or less on one of the following.

Essay Prompts:

1. Think about your generation and the future. What concerns you most about your generation, and what do you believe can be done about those concerns? Or conversely, what stands out positively about your generation? Are you excited or nervous about the future? You can only choose one side to write about.

2. When you think about social media, and its impact on your generation, what do you think your generation may be in the process of losing? Or what is it gaining? Pick a position and discuss if the benefits outweigh the costs or vice versa.

3. Identify a fictional character from a book, movie, anime or online show/series with whom you can connect and write about that connection and how that character has affected your life or the way you think.

2022 Fountain Hills Drug Prevention Coalition essay contest winners

Contest and award funding was donated by the title sponsor, Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation, along with business sponsors Sami Fine Jewelry, Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, Dan Kuchan CPA, Martinson Team at Homeowners Financial Group USA, Fountain Hills Law Firm (Tait Elkie) and Stop & Go Driver Training.

For more information on the coalition, visit fhcoalition.org.

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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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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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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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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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Concerts On The Avenue Returns This November!

Concerts on the Avenue Fountain Hills, AZ

November is the month of music in Fountain Hills! And, once again, The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the main sponsor! The concerts showcase some of the Valley’s best bands and a variety of music options to suit everyone’s taste.

Live Music
Live bands

Sonoran Lifestyle Team’s office is ground zero for the party, during the Concerts, which run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on November 2nd, 9th, and 30th. Guests are treated to popcorn and beverages. Also, be sure to stop in to enter the raffle to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Grapeables Wine Bar and Bone Haus Brewing on weeks #2 and #3!

Free Popcorn
Free popcorn

The November evenings will be perfect for putting out a picnic blanket, and some chairs, and enjoying the music and lawn games on the green grass of the Avenue.

Yard games for everyone to enjoy

Notably, two performances typically happen at a time. Solo performances take place on the west end of the Avenue between the Town Hall and Sami Fine Jewelry. Bands perform down at the fountain courtyard in the median closer to the RE/MAX Sun Properties / Sonoran Lifestyle Office. The performers are listed below.

November 2

  • Solo: I Am Hologram – Acoustic covers spanning 100 years 
  • Band:

November 9

  • Solo: Dave Clark-Classic Rock
  • Band: Copper State Blues Band -Blues and Classic Rock

November 16

  • Solo: Ritchie Fliegler – Classic Rock Acoustic 
  • Band: The Black Hole – Blues and Rock

November 30

  • Solo: Dave Clark-Classic Rock
  • Band: Chuck Hall -Blues

Many of the musicians and groups performing in the November series have performed in the previous series or at other local venues, so you’ll likely see some familiar faces. There will be representations from several genres of music, so there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

The Concerts on the Avenue are co-sponsored with the Town of Fountain Hills. The concerts are totally free to attend, as always. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

To learn more about this November Concerts on the Avenue, head to https://www.fountainhillsaz.gov/749/Concerts-on-the-Avenue

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The 2022 Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

The cooler weather makes November the perfect time of year to go hiking around Fountain Hills. This Fall you can take your adventurers to the next level by participating in the Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge!

Fountain Hills, AZ Hiking Challenge

This year’s hiking challenge includes two levels, an easier (shorter) and a challenging longer with more elevation series of the best hiking trails in Fountain Hills, totaling over 34 miles. New this year are the guided hikes with the Steward of the Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills. Sign up and enjoy the company of fellow hikers while exploring the longer tails at Fountain Hills Park and Rec.

The challenge, which is proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, begins on November 1st, and lasts for the entire month. SPECIAL BONUS! Stop into the RE/MAX Sun Properties (Sonoran Lifestyle team office) for a printed map of all local trails. We’ll have a goodie bag with handy gifts selected especially for hikers. Stop by anytime in November, Mon-Fri, 10a-5pm. Our address is 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Suite 12, in Fountain Hills.

The registration Fee is $15 for the Hiking Challenge. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge T-shirt. Complete the long or short-challenge hikes. Registration Here Share your pictures on social media to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Just Roughin’ It. Share your hiking pictures by tagging @fhparksandrec on Facebook.

Adero Canyon, Sunrise Peak, AZ

The Short Challenge

FOUNTAIN HILLS DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN – 1.2 MILES – EASY OUT AND BACK WALK

The Garden offers an easy hike on 8 acres of the native Sonoran Desert.  The trail has informative signs.  The Garden is also an eBird site.  It is located on Fountain Hills Boulevard about 1.5 miles south of Palisades

LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL – 1.5 MILES – EASY LOOP HIKE

Said to be one of the best views in Fountain Hills, this easy hike rises 300 feet above Fountain Park offering panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the town.  Marked access is just east of Saguaro on Panorama Drive or further east on Panorama near the parking lot.  When you reach La Montana Blvd, follow the signs a short distance to continue the trail.

OVERLOOK TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.2 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, go through the gate.  The sign posted Overlook Trail begins on your right.  You might want to have a hiking pole for this hike as you will hike up to a very scenic overlook.  At the top, there is a diorama that shows the mountains and other points of interest.   On the way back to the trailhead, you can detour on the Easy Trail to extend your hike by about .2 miles.

WESTERN BIKE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.5 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, go through the gate.  The sign posted Western Bike Trail will be found on your left.  This trail winds up to the Andrews Kinsey Trail.   You will have views of Adero Canyon the entire way.  Once you reach the Andrews Kinsey Trail turn left and follow it to the sign for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Return the same way.

PROMENADE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 1.6 MILES-MODERATE OUT AND BACK HIKE

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead parking lot, the Promenade Trail begins after the gate.  It follows an old jeep road for .8 miles with scenic views the entire way. The first uphill is the only difficult part of this hike.   Once you reach the signposted Sonoran Trails return to the trailhead.  If you wish to go further, hike the Lower Sonoran Trail a short distance to the sign-posted Scenic Overlook.  Return the same way you came.

Long Challenge

SONORAN LOOP – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 5.5 MILES-MODERATE TO MODERATELY DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and follow the Promenade Trail (an old jeep road) to its end to the Sonoran Trails. The Sonoran Trail and Lower Sonoran Trail form a loop.  You can shorten the loop by taking one of two marked crossover trails.  Do not pass the entrance sign for the McDowell Mountain Regional Park you have gone too far and missed the turn!

DIXIE MINE – GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD – 5.4 MILES – MODERATE

From the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd, follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 fee required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to a road. Turn right and go down a short hill.  At the bottom of the hill, turn left on an unmarked trail that will take you a short way to the Dixie Mine.  Return the way you came.

WESTERN LOOP – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 2.6 MILES – DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and take the signposted Western Bike Trail on your left. When the trail meets the Andrews Kinsey Trail, turn left and follow a short distance to the Western Loop Trail.  The WesternLoop Trail climbs steeply to a scenic view.   The trail continues and descends steeply to the Promenade Trail.  Return to the trailhead on the Promenade.

ANDREWS KINSEY TO THE HITCHING POST – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 6 MILES – MODERATELY DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate and take the signposted Western Bike Trail on your left. When the trail meets the Andrews Kinsey Trail, turn left.   The trail climbs as it winds through the Adero Canyon to the Sunrise Trail with the hitching post.  Return the way you came.  For an extra challenge take the Sunrise Trail to the top of Sunrise Peak.

RIDGELINE TRAIL – ADERO CANYON TRAILHEAD – 4 MILES – DIFFICULT

From the Adero Canyon Trailhead, go through the gate. The signposted Overlook/Ridgeline trail begins on your right.  This trail follows a ridge overlooking Adero Canyon.   The Lower Ridgeline provides an optional 1-mile loop starting at mile marker R2 and ending at mile marker R4.   Near the eastern end of the Lower Ridgeline, there is a 0.2-mile spur leading to an overlook.

DIXIE MINE TO ADERO CANYON – GOLDEN EAGLE TRAILHEAD-5 OR 10 MILES MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO DIFFICULT

This hike can be done as either a round trip 10-mile hike or shortened to a one-way 5-mile hike if another car is left at the Adero Canyon Trailhead. From the Golden Eagle Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd., follow the marked sidewalk and signs to the entrance to McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($2.00 fee required).  Follow the Dixie Mine Trail to the Sonoran Trail.  When you enter the McDowell Mountain Preserve, you can follow either the Sonoran Trail or Lower Sonoran Trail to the Promenade Trail. Follow the Promenade Trail to the Adero Canyon Trailhead where you can take a break before returning the same way or phone for a ride home!!