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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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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts Begins Friday, Nov. 11th

Twice a year, the Avenue of the Fountains is home to one of the biggest gatherings in the Southwest. The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, also known as the Fountain Hills Art Fair, is back this weekend.

Fountain Hills Art Fair

500 Artists from Fountain Hills, around Arizona, and around the world will display and sell their works to an audience that also convenes from around the state and the world for this famous festival. This is happening right outside the doors of The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of the Fountains. Stop in and say hello and enjoy a bottle of water and get recharged for more shopping.

Buyers will be happy because this is a juried show. Artists compete just to be able to show their work in the festival. That means only the top artists in each category are accepted. So buyers know the art on display is of the highest quality!

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, a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older, and much more.

Fountain Hills Art Festival

This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, November 11th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, November 13th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

Attendance is yet again expected to be in the tens of thousands each day, so be sure to get there early for good parking.

For more information, see FountainHillsAZ.gov.

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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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Business Community Grows This Summer!

Fountain Hills has been blessed recently with two great new businesses!  Check them out below or log onto our sister publication DesertVibe.com for the full details! 

ATTICUS BOOKS AND MUSIC

  • Located behind Capella Eyecare at Plaza Fountainside.
  • 12625 N. Saguaro Blvd., Suite 111
  • Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
  • Sunday Noon-5pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Atticus Books & Music opened its doors in September and early reaction indicates Fountain Hills residents are welcoming them with open arms.  Check them out near Fountain Park at Plaza Fountainside.  For more information:  https://desertvibe.com/atticus-books/

GOOD LIVING GREENS

Check out this instantly popular resource as an organic grocer.  You’ll find healthy greens, eggs, milk products and more!   Get the details here:  https://desertvibe.com/good-living-greens/

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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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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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3 Arizona Destinations to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s summer in the Valley, and it’s hot. If you have time for a day trip, or even an extended stay, up in a place with cooler weather, why wouldn’t you? Luckily, there are forests and high elevations in almost all directions, where the weather is significantly cooler and wetter and the views are second to none. The best part: you can drive to all these places in a few hours.

Big Lake

Located near the town of Greer and the Sunrise Ski Resort, Big Lake is just one of the dozens of natural lakes on the Mogollon Rim. The elevation in the Big Lake area sits around 9,000 feet, and the average high temperature in the nearest towns is a beautiful 75.6 degrees in July.

The fishing is great here, and the views of meadows, forests, and often perennially snowcapped mountains are stunning. There are lots of places to park an RV or go camping, and there are cabins available for rent in Greer all year round.

Flagstaff

Flagstaff is the biggest city in northern Arizona, known for being the gateway to the Grand Canyon, home of Northern Arizona University, and the Sno Bowl Ski Resort. Arguably the best features of Flagstaff are its beautiful ecosystem and cool temperatures, all while being only a 2.5-hour drive from the Phoenix area. The average high temperature in July is 82 degrees.

There are countless resorts, hotels, and B&B’s in and around Flagstaff waiting to take in flatlanders trying to escape the heat. In the downtown area, there are several great food options and bars.

The nature in Flagstaff and the surrounding area is absolutely amazing, with stands of ponderosa pines mixed with aspen trees, occasionally separated by meadows.

Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon is one of the most prominent “Sky Islands” in southern Arizona, and the weather does not disappoint. Situated just north of the city of Tucson, a drive from Fountain Hills to the resort on top takes about 3.5 hours.

While Mount Lemmon is best known for its ski resort that runs throughout the winter and spring, the surrounding village is full of cabins to rent, trails to hike, an observatory to tour, and a few cute restaurants to enjoy.

The drive up the mountain and what you’ll see from the top are some of the best views you can find in the state. With an average July temperature of 76.5 degrees and an elevation of 9,171 feet, Mount Lemmon is a place you’ll want to see – and feel.

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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.