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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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Fitness Goals 2023 -Local Biking Trails

Leaving the stresses of daily life and pedaling away without a care in the world. Whether it’s on your local biking trails or high in desert mountains miles from civilization. There’s little that can beat the beautiful simplicity of a bike ride. Whether you’re a cycling newbie or an experienced rider, cycling offers many different mental and physical health benefits. Outdoor activities in nature are proven to lower your blood pressure so ditch the Pelton and hit the local biking trails this year.  

local biking trails near me

Mountain biking is one of the top activities of choice at nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park. With over 40 miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, there is something to suit all riding abilities. There is even a Technical Loop for expert riders to sharpen their skills. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers several free guided rides each month from beginner to advanced and women-only rides.

Adero Canyon Trailhead in Fountain Hills via Andrew/Kinsey Trail junction will take you up and over the McDowells. Approximately 9 miles and a 2,287 elevation gain with some rocky sections will lead you back to Lost Dog Wash on the Scottsdale side. The Adero trailhead also connects to the north to McDowell Mt. Regional Park via the Sonoran Trails a slightly easier ride with panoramic views of the 4 Peaks, Dixie Mine, and weavers needle in the distance.

Paved paths more your speed

For those who prefer paved pathways, the Valley of the Sun offers options, such as the nearby Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt in Scottsdale and the Rio Salado Pathway in Mesa.

The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt (and its extensions both north and south) is an oasis of parks, lakes, paths, and golf courses that runs through the heart of Scottsdale. It is rated among the top urban “green spaces” in Arizona. Riders can park near Jade Palace across from the hospital on Shea and ride to Tempe Town Lake.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt

The Rio Salado Pathway connects to several other bike paths that can take riders as far as Chandler Heights, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. The Pathway follows Riverview Park near the Loop 101 and Loop 202 interchange. Riders can get started from the Sloan Park parking lot and head west until the trail ends near the airport or veer onto other connecting paths for a longer ride.

If you’re looking to ease back into biking this year or need a little help getting up all the hills here in town. Try renting an electric-assist mountain bike from McDowell Mountain Cycles for the Day and you may just find your next passion.

McDowell MOUNTAIN CYCLES

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FOUNTAIN HILLS BIKES

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Tips to Get Organized In the New Year

Organize in Small Doses

Don’t try to reorganize your entire home in one day. We suggest picking one section of the house and focusing on that. Taking a break from decluttering will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Toss What You Don’t Use

When it comes to clothes in your closet, “if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss (or donate) it.” Similarly, you could apply this rule to other clutter on your counters or in your cabinets. All those nail polish bottles that you haven’t opened in a couple of years? Bye.

Use square or rectangular products over round product

To maximize storage space, choose square or rectangular organizing products instead of round ones. When you place round organizers next to each other, you lose the space where the organizer curve. This adds up, so get the most out of your space by sticking with square or rectangular bins, baskets, and containers.

Have a donation bag ready 

Keep a ready-to-fill donation box or bag handy in a closet or garage. When you try on clothes that no longer fit or flatter or items begin to fill up your cabinets, drop them in the donation bag. Don’t put them back in the closet or cabinet to sit there longer. Do a little purging as you come across things, have a designated place to put the unwanted items, take the bag or box to donation when it is full, and repeat all year long. Local charities will pick- up donations from your home. Sun Shine Children’s Home accepts home goods and clothing and can be easily scheduled online.

Sort ahead of time when moving

Boxes organizing

If you’re planning to move and feel you have too much stuff, then you can start sorting your belongings now to save time and money. Although you’ll spend some time upfront sorting out the excess (tools, clothing, kitchenware, linens, knick-knacks). You’ll not only save money on moving supplies and relocation costs, but you’ll save even more time with less packing and unpacking. Start with the kitchen and open cabinets and drawers to pull out utensils, pots, pans, mixing bowls, and small appliances that haven’t been used, and set the items aside for a donation – especially large or heavy items. Remember to start small and focus on one room or a drawer at a time and you’ll be organized in no time this New Year!

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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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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.

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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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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!!

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Healthy Eating Options in Fountain Hills

The New Year often causes a rash of resolutions about eating healthier.  With several new clean-eating locations recently opened in Fountain Hills, if you’re looking for some new places to help you recover from those holiday feasts, you’ve come to the right place.

Papaya’z: Located on the Avenue of the Fountains within walking distance of the Fountain Park, taste and health come together at Papaya’z in some of the most colorful and varied foods you’ve ever experienced. While they do serve some (amazing) desserts, the emphasis is in organic and healthy options. From juices to crepes to pitaya bowls, if you’re looking for something to energize you and leave you feeling good inside, Papaya’z is a great option. Check out Papayaz.business.site to see their menu.

Pearl Nutrition: This is the perfect place to get a post-workout meal! Located on the corner of Palisades and Avenue of the Fountains, Pearl Nutrition is essentially a juice bar that creates delicious teas, protein shakes, and even protein waffles. All their drinks are designed to improve digestion, cardiovascular health, and overall physical wellness. Go to pearlnutritionfh.com to learn more.

Nature’s Finest: There’s no end to the healthy options here. Situated on Parkview Avenue near Phil’s, Nature’s Finest is a local health food store that’s something between a grocery store and an organic pharmacy. You can get vitamins, CBD, premade meals, and other products that will help you detox for the new year.  See 4naturesfinest.com for more information.

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Fountain Hills Medical Center

Fountain Hills Medical Center

When Betsy Lavoie’s daughter went into anaphylactic shock, she quickly drove her to the newly opened Fountain Hills Medical Center. “Having the Medical Center in Fountain Hills may have saved her life,” said Lavoie. “Her symptoms progressed rapidly and the difference of driving down the street versus driving to the Shea hospital may have been the deciding factor in her outcome.”

The Medical Center opened its doors on April 6, 2021 and has already served over one thousand patients.

“We looked around the Valley and found that Fountain Hills lacked any 24-hour emergency services,” said Dr. Meka Ezeume, the president and CEO. “We wanted this medical center to be a better experience for residents. Corporate medicine seems to have lost track of what matters most, and that is the patient. We put the patient at the center of the conversation here.”

Fountain Hills Medical Center is physician-owned, full-service emergency center. Patients have access to 24-hour medical observation, imaging and lab services, medication services, and Telemedicine. Walk-in appointments are accepted Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Now that the Medical Center is open, they can begin to identify the needs of the community that go beyond emergency care. This will help them work toward their goal of earning certification as a hospital that will be equipped with surgery rooms and follow-up care. Despite recent rumors circulating in town, the medical center will not be, nor has it ever planned to be, a detox center.

Although the Medical Center has been open for just a couple of months, they have shown that they intend to be an integral part of the life of the community.

“We want to be a great source of health information for the community,” said Cindy Golisch, FHMC’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “If people follow our Facebook page, they can get to know our physicians, find out about our events, learn about the latest health trends, and find important health tips like how to detect a stroke FAST.”

Fountain Hills Medical Center

Learn more about the Fountain Hills Medical Center at fhmcaz.com and follow their Facebook page.