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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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Ballet Returns to Fountain Hills on September 8th!

Ballet Under the Stars is back! On September 8th, 2022, Ballet Arizona is commencing its 2022-23 ballet season. The season kicks off with “Ballet Under the Stars,” a free, public event at the amphitheater of the Fountain Park here in Fountain Hills!

The performers of Ballet Arizona are some of the most skilled dancers in Arizona, and their broad range of skills will be put into the spotlight at Ballet Under the Stars. You’ll be able to witness an assortment of genres, both classical and contemporary.

Get ready for a night of great music, fantastic dancing, and family-friendly entertainment. Be sure to bring a blanket or some chairs so you can enjoy the evening to the fullest. There will be food trucks behind the stage as well.

This show is totally FREE and will be fun for the whole family! The performance begins at 7:00PM. We’ll see you there!

To learn more about Ballet Arizona’s 2022-23 program, click here.

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Back To School Bash 2022!

Fountain Hills Community Services has provided so many fun activities for the kids of Fountain Hills this summer. The re-opening of the Noon Kiwanis Splash Pad inaugurated the season of summer fun, with weekly and semi-weekly events such as Wacky Wet Wednesdays, Splash Pad Summer Series, and the Summer Games. As summer comes to an end, a grand finale is in order: The annual Back 2 School Bash!

The first day of school in the Fountain Hills Unified School District is set for August 9th this year. Ten days later, on August 19th, the Back 2 School Bash will take place at Four Peaks Park.

The Back 2 School Bash, which is proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, is truly a grand display of fun summer activities capping off every activity the town provided over the summer and more. Water slides, dunk tanks, kettle corn, water games, and cornhole are just some of the things you’ll find this time around. MCSO and the FH Fire Department will also have vehicles on display for kids to check out.

No matter how old your kids are, there will be something there to enjoy. The event is totally free and will go from 6:00PM through 8:00PM. To learn more about the activities and amenities at this year’s Bash, head to fountainhillsaz.gov.

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FH Theater Presents “Solitary Confinement” and more!

Fountain Hills Theater announces the opening of the mystery comedy-thriller “Solitary Confinement,” along with the hilarious musical satire “Urinetown!”

Solitary Confinement

When eccentric billionaire Richard Jannings discovers that someone is trying to murder him in his high-rise, security-controlled penthouse, it becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse between the paranoid Jannings and the mysterious would-be assassin. This wildly unique murder mystery by Rupert Holmes (Say Goodnight, Gracie, Curtains and The Mystery of Edwin Drood) becomes a thrilling and funny whodunit.

            “Solitary Confinement” will play from August 19 through September 4, 2022. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM.  

Urinetown

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, “Urinetown: The Musical”, is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, the political system, and musical theatre itself!

“Urinetown” takes place in a Gotham-like city, where a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

“Urinetown” will play from July 8th through 24th, 2022. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM.  

The Theater

Individual tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5 discount on all Thursday performances. Group, Active Duty, and Veteran discounts are available.
All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Tickets are available at fhtaz.org.

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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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Splash Pad Grand Re-Opening!

The Splash Pad has been one of the cornerstones of the Fountain Park for over a decade now as one of the best places for kids’ recreation in town. It has been under construction for nearly a year now for a total revamp. This Thursday, the wait is over: The Splash Pad is re-opening for the summer!

Fountain Hills Community Services invites the public to join them “for a short, but much-anticipated ribbon cutting at 8:15am, Thursday, May 26 at the Rotary Splash Pad.” The ceremony will feature thanks to the supporters of the revamp project and a “First Splash” to declare the Rotary Splash Pad open for the summer season!

The Rotary Splash pad is located at 17000 E El Lago Blvd at the Fountain Park’s southwest corner. After the grand re-opening, it will be open daily from 9:00 AM until sunset, every day for the duration of the summer.

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The FH Home-Delivered Meals Program

Teenage girl is delivering some groceries to an elderly person.

            Over the years, the demand for a meal delivery program in Fountain Hills has increased greatly. Luckily, an amazing volunteer-run service exists to satisfy this demand. Since 2001, Fountain Hills has had its very own Home-Delivered Meal Program (HDM) for senior citizens. This nonprofit service has changed the lives of thousands of Fountain Hills residents over the past two decades and continues to expand today.

Takeaway lunch boxes with homemade nutrition food – meat, vegetables and fruits. Panorama, banner

Meals are prepared freshly every day by the staff of Fountain View Village, seven days a week, every day of the year, including holidays. Every meal is delivered between 10:45 AM and 1:00 PM by local volunteers on regular delivery routes.

A meal costs $6.50, just enough to cover what Fountain View Village charges the Town. In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, HDM delivered 4,402 meals, and they are currently predicting over 4,500 meals delivered in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The program was particularly beneficial during the height of the pandemic, delivering over 5,000 meals in 2020.

Each meal comes in a 3-compartment aluminum container that contains a hot entrée, with a cold sack containing a salad, fruit, and dessert. Meals are kept in insulated bags during delivery to ensure a safe temperature is maintained. The meals vary daily, and the program can accommodate for dietary restrictions upon request.

To qualify for this program, a potential client needs to

  • be 80 years old or older,
  • be a caregiver for a physically or mentally impaired person,
  • be in recovery from a hospital stay and unable to prepare their own meals while recovering,
  • or have a physical condition that limits them from preparing their own meals.

Special thanks to Encore for More and iLoveFountainHills.com, not only for founding the program before it came under the Town, but also for paying for volunteer background checks and helping to keep the meals affordable with donations and other forms of support.

If you or a loved one is interested in signing up or donating to the Fountain Hills Home-Delivered Meals Program, head to fountainhillsaz.gov/190/Home-Delivered-Meals.

Donations to the program are greatly appreciated, as they help subsidize and maintain the cost of the meals for residents in need of assistance. They are also currently looking for new volunteers, so contact Jennifer Lyons or Nita Blose at the link above if you are interested.

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FH Summer Recreation Begins in June!

The FH Recreation program for the spring concludes with the Movie in the Park on Saturday, May 7th. After this, it’s on to a summer of fun!

Fountain Hills Community Services is hosting several events over the summer for our local kids, most of which involve water.

On Tuesday evenings throughout June and July, the “Splash Pad Summer Series” will take place, featuring activities at the Fountain park’s newly-revamped Splash Pad! Yard games, cornhole, and more will be provided near the Splash Pad. Grab a to-go order from the nearby restaurants, pack a picnic dinner or enjoy a meal from a food truck.

Every other Wednesday in June and July, head over to Four Peaks Park for water slides and other games set up on the park’s north field. Kids can cool off and enjoy slip and slides, water games, and cool off from the Fountain Hills Fire Department as they spray the water from their truck.  Make sure to wear your swimsuits and be ready to have a good time.

Every Thursday evening through June and July, the Community Center will be the location of the “Summer Games,” a series of fun game nights for the whole family. Connect with the community through games and activities. This FREE open house format allows all ages to enjoy board games, ping pong, cornhole, video games, and more. Snacks and beverages are provided.

Additional events include a casual Picnic in the park at Four Peaks on June 17th and a Family Fun Night on July 21st at the Community Center. The full event schedule for the summer is posted below.

For more information on signups and activities happening with the town this summer, click here.