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Fireworks Rescheduled to July 1st

The “Fourth at the Fountain” is going to be the “First at the Fountain” this year!

According to Experience Fountain Hills, “Due to fireworks and pyro tech shortage, the Town was able to secure fireworks and staff for July 1st instead of July 4th. This is the SAME amazing event, just a new date for 2022.” They plan to return the event to July 4th in 2023, so this year will be a special exception. Luckily, this places the festivities on a Friday night, perfect for having an exciting night of fireworks, food, and fun!

The First at the Fountain will feature live music by Rock Lobster from 7:30 PM until 9:00 pm, which is when the famous Fountainside firework show begins. Meanwhile, the fountain will be lit red, white, and blue while food trucks give out concessions and the restaurants at the park stay open for everybody to enjoy.

As usual, this is a free, family-friendly event for the whole community! People often come from around the valley for the show and the unique Fountain Hills atmosphere.

For more information about this year’s festivities, click here.

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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.

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Return To Recess Finale Pizza Party!

Yesterday afternoon, Fountain Hills Community Services held the spring 2022 finale for the award-winning youth sports program “Return to Recess!”

The final meeting for the spring was themed after “Bike Safety.” Steph took the kids on a bike tour around Four Peaks Park. Between rides, representatives from McDowell Mountain Cycles taught bike safety practices such as wearing protective gear and using hand signals when making turns, etc. Bikes were provided by Bob’s Free Bikes. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, who sponsored the event, provided pizzas for the young athletes.

Watch the video above to see some highlights, and be sure to subscribe to the REMAX Sun Properties YouTube Channel!

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Meteors and Art Auctions at the Dark Sky Fest

This Saturday night, it’s time to look to the stars at the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Festival! As the main festivities of Fountain Hills Day end, Centennial Circle at the Fountain Hills Community Center will fill up with visitors for a celebration dedicated to showing our appreciation for the night sky in our Dark Sky Community!

Not only is admission free, but there will be food, wine, guest speakers, an art contest, an art auction, and guided laser tours of the skies. This year’s Dark Sky Festival also features a meteorite collection and a promotion for the Proposed “International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”

Special guests will include the Executive Director of Lowell Observatory, Jeffrey Hall, and Robert Alling from ASU’s School of Earth and Space. Enjoy the telescopes, activities, and other exhibits all around the Centennial Circle.

For more information, go to fhdarksky.com. March 26th will be a big day in Fountain Hills; be sure to mark your calendars!

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Fountain Hills Day is 3/26!

This year, Fountain Hills Day is coming to the Avenue of the Fountains!

The past few years have seen Fountain Hills Day make many changes, and this year it will include not only local businesses, but also local clubs, organizations, hobbies, food, and much more.

This will be a family-friendly and FUN event that will feature a business expo, local food tastings, music, and activities for kids. There will be something for everyone.

Across the Avenue of the Fountain will be booths for businesses and other members of the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, where they can show the public what makes their businesses unique, host giveaways, etc.

In addition to the business expo, Fountain Hills Day will feature fun children’s activities with some of Fountain Hills’ favorite organizations. There will be carnival games, a Ferris Wheel, a petting zoo, and much more!

RE/MAX Sun Properties is already headquartered on the Avenue of the Fountains, so, in addition to tents in front of our two Avenue offices, our doors will be open to clients and guests who want to catch up with their favorite agents!

Click here to learn more about Fountain Hills Day. Also, you can click here to see an interactive map of the Avenue!

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FH Women’s Club Scholarship Fundraiser

March is Women’s History Month, and in celebration, the Fountain Hills Women’s Club is hosting a scholarship fundraiser event on March 20th!

This year, the FH Women’s Club is teaming up with Classy Jazzy to put on “A French Country Affair Luncheon and Fashion Show.” The fashion at this fashion show event will be provided by Classy Jazzy and will be hosted at Adero Scottsdale (formerly Copperwynd Resort) on 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive.

The Women’s Club has provided scholarships to young women graduating from Fountain Hills High School for years now, and these scholarships are funded by donations at events like this.

The French Country Affair Luncheon and Fashion Show will begin at 12PM on March 20th at Adero Scottsdale. The minimum donation required to attend is $65. For tickets and other information, call 602-361-5562 or email its.bj@hotmail.com.

You can also visit fountainhillswomensclub.com to learn more about the organization and other ways you can help out.

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Jerry and Jackie Miles Art Collection Auction

Text “FHArtAuction” to 76278 to participate in the Art Auction.

Fountain Hills is known for having one of the largest Public Art collections in the Southwest. Its history traces back to Jerry and Jackie Miles. Jerry was a former mayor of the community and Jackie volunteered on many boards, committees, and commissions. Together, they started the Public Art collection over 20 years ago and contributed a significant number of pieces while also adding to their own private collection at home.

“Coolin’ the Dogs”

Now, Jerry’s widow, Jackie, has made it possible to own a piece of that extensive private collection through a community-wide auction that will benefit the International Dark Sky Discovery Center. The Miles Collection features over 80 works of art, including paintings, prints, and sculptures by notable artists from across the West. Much of the collection is Western or Southwest themed, with some eclectic departures that are often fun and whimsical. Featured artists include Amado Pena, Bob Boze Bell, Carlos Hadaway, Doug Katonak, Mark Lundeen, Barbara Elliott, and many others. 

“The Planter”

An element of the collection that is especially endearing for those who love Fountain Hills history is that many pieces are miniatures or inspiration for some of the current public art collection. 

“Duck Blind”

From March 5-26, 2022, an online auction link will be available featuring the art. Participants can bid online. The items can also be viewed in person during the Dark Sky Festival on Saturday, March 26 at the Fountain Hills Community Center.

To participate in the auction, visit FHArtAuction.givesmart.com or text FHArtAuction to 76278. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the International Dark Sky Discovery Center, a project that the Miles believe will bring long-term international acclaim to Fountain Hills.  

For questions, contact Dori Wittrig at 602-558-5901 or Vicky Derksen at (480) 837-5867.

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2022 FH Holiday Mart Seeking Donations

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Every holiday season, the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum at the Fountain Hills Community Center is the home of the “Holiday Mart Funraiser.” If you haven’t been there, it’s a big sale of lightly-used holiday supplies that runs through November and December to raise funds for our local museum. It’s actually the second-largest fundraiser of the year and is vital for the museum’s maintenance.

Throughout the year, the T. Kay Bertoldi and her sister Sharon Hunter lead the charge collecting donations from the people of Fountain Hills to stock up for the following holiday season’s drive.

After a very successful 2021 Holiday Mart, the team is looking for more donations of holiday decor, Christmas trees, and everything jolly so that the 2022 fundraiser will be just as much of a success.

The Bertoldi’s and the Bryan’s, two very special clients of ours, are hosting this donation drive. Donations for the Holiday Mart are accepted throughout the year. If you are interested in helping the River of Time Museum, contact srhunter17@cox.net. You can visit the museum Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM.

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FH Theater’s Spring Break Camp

This March, the “We Are Monsters” Spring Break Camp will be hosted by Fountain Hills Youth Theater! If your kids are looking for something to do during the week of spring break and are interested in acting, singing, and everything theater, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Sign up now for the Spring Break Theater Camp at Fountain Hills Youth Theater! Students ages 8-15 will be rehearsing for and then performing in “We Are Monsters” for family and friends. The synopsis of the musical the kids will be presenting goes as follows, according to the Theater.

“This hilarious new musical follows human kids into a monster cabaret filled with quirky monster characters. The adventurous humans uncover vegetarian vampires and rock n’ roll werewolves, gradually realizing there may be more to these monsters than meets the eye! Campers will not only learn how to perform in this show, but also be educated along the way with the terminology, and techniques needed to be in any production. Most importantly, these monsters and kids discover the importance of friendship and celebrating the attributes that make each of us different and unique.”

There will also be the opportunity for those students interested in the technical aspect of theater, to sign up for a tech class alongside the performance camp. These students will learn to run lights and work backstage on a live production!

Camp will take place March 14 -18 from 10AM to 4PM Monday through Friday. Visit https://fhtaz.org or call 480-837-9661 x3 to enroll. Tuition is $200 and scholarships are available (please call for information). Class size limited!