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Sign up now for Spring Cornhole League

The Fountain Hills Cornhole League was a huge hit last year!  The spring season is just around the corner beginning Feb 21st. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the Premier Sponsor of the CornHole League hosted by the Town of Fountain Hills!

Residents are invited to participate in the weekly tournament-style cornhole event. Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at Four Peaks Park.

This is a no-pressure league where each week will have four round-robin games played followed by a single elimination tournament (five-game guarantee). Teams will be a blind draw and “switcholio,” meaning that participants will have a new blind draw partner each game.

cornhole league

The League is a fantastic venue to make new friends, have a drink, and spend time outside. The past seasons have 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.

American Cornhole League (ACL) rules will apply. Registration is required.

Once into bracket play, participants will keep their same assigned partner based on player rankings through the championship game.

Fountain Hills Cornhole league

Winners from each week will each receive a $10 gift card to a local business. Each player will receive a FH Cornhole League t-shirt. Sponsored by The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties.

Register for Course #1643, there is a fee of $50 and must be age 21 or older (BYOB). Play will be each Tuesday evening from Feb. 21 through April 11. Click here to register for the Spring league.

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Prepare for Freezing Overnight Temperatures

One of the benefits of living in the Sonoran Desert in the winter is only having to contend with a few nights of freezing temperatures. Even so, you will want to do a few quick and easy things to protect your home and foliage. These tips will allow you to sleep in your warm, cozy bed without worrying about what’s happening outside.

PIPES

Exposed pipes and outdoor faucets can be the source of trouble in freezing temperatures if not cared for properly.

  • Cover exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation which can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Turn off faucets and cover them with foam insulation or a heavy blanket.
  • It’s recommended to have a professional winterize a misting cooling system to avoid broken lines in the Spring. Don’t delay and schedule your winterization. Call AZ Mist Systems for your winter maintenance visit.  (602) 908-7676

PLANTS

  • Bring potted plants indoors or place them close to the house for added protection.
  • Watering the roots can increase their chance of survival if they cannot be moved.
  • Cover plants and gardens with burlap, frost cloth or blankets, but never use plastic.
Snow on Golden Eagle
Snow on Golden Eagle

VEHICLE

  • If your car is not parked in a garage or under a carport, you can prevent frost and ice accumulation by covering the windshield with a towel, blanket or cardboard.
  • If your windshield gets covered in frost and you don’t have a scraper, an old credit card or gift card can be used to scrape it. Be sure it’s not an important card because it will take a bit of a beating.
  • Turn on your car and crank up the defrost, letting it sit for a while until the frost thaws.
  • NEVER pour warm or hot water on your windshield. Although it will not shatter, the water will seep into any cracks or chips. As it re-freezes, it could crack your windshield.

Freezing temperatures are now upon us. You’ll thank yourself for taking a small amount of time to prepare for it.

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Stroll In The Glow

The Stroll in the Glow event welcomes the magic of the holiday season to the streets of Fountain Hills. Every year, the town spends the fall putting up thousands of lights – more than 65,000 to be more exact – on the Avenue of the Fountains.

On Saturday evening December 3rd, the lights are turned on for the town’s “Stroll in the Glow” event, where the Avenue comes alive with the multicolored cheer of the holiday season.

Fountain Hills Stroll in the Glow Evening

Bring your friends and family to experience the first night of lights including the lighting of the Fountain Hills Christmas Tree! Shortly after, Santa Claus himself will arrive on a fire truck to greet the children.

Santa arrives via FH Firetruck

Here at the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office, we’re planning on hosting a holiday backdrop photo-op that we call “The Selfie Station” and serving drinks, so please feel free to come and hang out with us. At the RE/MAX Sun Properties office, you and your kids can take pictures with the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa.

Stroll in the Glow comes with a special event Roll-in-the Glow. The eastbound lane of the Avenue will be partitioned off for bikes in “Roll in the Glow!” Decorate your bicycles with lights and parade them down the Avenue. A bike decoration contest will begin at 6:00 PM. Be sure to really deck your bikes like you’re decking the halls. Registration is Required Sign up here.

Stroll in the Glow begins at 5:00 PM, and Santa will arrive by firetruck at around 5:45 PM. Roll in the Glow officially begins at 5:00 PM. The event is totally free to attend and is one of Fountain Hills’ most fun yearly traditions. Click here to learn more about Stroll and Roll.

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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.

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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 Thanksgiving Day Headquarters

Fountain Hills will be celebrating its 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to burn some calories before enjoying that turkey and pumpkin pie. Runners can choose between a 1-mile fitness walk or a 5K run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division at 8:15 am.

Please be sure to look for the Sonoran Lifestyle team at the RE/MAX Sun Properties blue tent. We will have cold water and cooling towels for you before and after the race. We are proud to be your premier sponsor of the Fountain Hills Turkey Trot. For more information and to register, visit FHTurkeytrot.com

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Mr. Gobble and Dori

After the Turkey Trot join us for Muffins, Mimosas, and Marys at The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of The Fountains. Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy the parade as it rolls on by. We’ll have hot cocoa, coffee, fresh muffins, and baked goods waiting for you. And, Johnny’s Handcraft Blood Mary bar is not to be missed!

Did you know that Fountain Hills has the only Thanksgiving Day parade in the western United States? This year’s theme is “Holiday Movie Magic”. Enjoy floats, dance teams, car clubs, horses, Santa, and more brought to us by local veteran’s organizations, schools, Girl Scout troops, non-profit organizations, and more.

The parade route is on the Avenue of the Fountains in downtown Fountain Hills. Right out the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office front doors. The parade begins at 9:30 AM and lasts approximately an hour; parking is free! You are encouraged to arrive by 9:00 am and enter the parking lot from Parkview Avenue.

Santa and Fire Truck
Santa arrives

Don’t forget – Santa Claus himself arrives in Fountain Hills for the first time this holiday season at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! He is the event’s finale, so make sure to stick around at the end to give Santa a wave!

For more information on the parade, visit https://www.fountainhillschamber.com/thanksgiving-day-parade/

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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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Important Features of a Successful Family Home

Selecting a home in which to raise your family is one of the most important decisions you can make. Likely, it’s a decision you’ll make only a few times during your young family’s life.

While most kids would focus on “their room” and the pool area, parents know there are other features that are important. Aside from the obvious choices of updated features, interiors, good quality finishes, and appliances, here are a few others that might improve family communications.

Traffic flow is an element that may not get as much attention as it should. Having a kitchen that is accessible to living areas and outdoor recreation helps to maximize opportunities for good communication.

A breakfast bar can do much to enhance your communication opportunities with your kids. It creates a place for them to chat about their school day while enjoying a snack and gives them a place to get homework done where you can easily help.

Convenience and storage are other important factors. An easily accessible laundry room that is out of sight makes laundry day easier for the whole family. Having storage for those Costco shopping runs takes the stress out of figuring out where to keep the necessities close at hand.

Our current Fountain Hills family homes give young families room to sprawl while maintaining a convenient home life. For full details, photos, and videos of our homes, visit our site at www.SonoranLifestyle.com .

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Energy Saving Tips for the Summer

Saving energy at home used to be an afterthought, but as the times have changed, it’s come to the forefront of the minds of homeowners. There are several small things you can do; it often just takes a few tweaks. With that in mind, we’ve gathered 6 low-cost tips for your home to reduce its carbon footprint and lower your monthly energy bills:

  • Lighting is one of the easiest places to save energy. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures with “Energy Star” qualified bulbs can save more than $65 a year in energy costs. (energystar.gov )
    • Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room. Turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise burn eight hours a day can save about $15 per year! (energystar.gov)
  • Electronics such as cell phones and laptop computer chargers account for 15% of your rental home’s energy consumption and electrical use.
    • Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use (like your cell phone or laptop computer charger).
    • Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are done using the equipment.
    • Using a power strip for your computer and other peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source, eliminating standby power consumption.
  • To keep out the Arizona heat from the summer sun, close window shades and blinds during the hot weather.
  • Save water by scraping dishes instead of rinsing them before loading in the dishwasher. Run your dishwasher and use the air-dry option if available.
    • To make the most efficient use of your dishwasher’s energy and water consumption, run the dishwasher only when enough dirty dishes have accumulated for a full load.
  • Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. To save water, try to wash full loads or, if you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water appropriately.
    • Hot water heating accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes. Only 10 % goes to the electricity used by the washer motor. (energystar.gov)
    • Switching to cold water can save the average household more than $40 annually with an electric water heater and more than $30 annually with a gas water heater. (energystar.gov)
    • Washing full loads can save you more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. (energystar.gov)
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, it will automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done. Use it to avoid over-drying.
    • Remember to clean out the lint trap before every load.
    • Dry full loads or reduce drying time for partial loads.
    • Take advantage of Arizona’s warm, dry climate by using a drying rack to hang-dry clothing. This also extends the life of your garments.
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The Spring 2022 Desert Vibe Available Online!

The new Desert Vibe is here! After switching from a monthly release to a quarterly release and dealing with the impact of a paper shortage, Desert Vibe is back, this time as an online-only magazine!

Desert Vibe contains the essence of the Fountain Hills and East Valley community, wrapped up in a bright, colorful, 32-page package! In it, you can find all you need to know about upcoming local events, the state of the real estate market, and life in our slice of the Sonoran Desert.

The Spring 2022 issue contains information about events happening in town and around the area between now and the beginning of July. You can also find an in-depth market update, tips for gardening through the seasons, advice on prepping your home for the summer, and much, much more.

You can access the new issue of Desert Vibe by heading to DesertVibe.com and clicking “Magazine” on the header bar.

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“Recycle, Recreate” FH Earth Day Celebration

This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! The Town of Fountain Hills is celebrating this special day for the ecosystem by hosting a celebration that evening from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the FH Community Center.

Ten families who register will compete in a Cardboard Fort Contest, which involves each family competing to create the most amazing cardboard fort. Meanwhile, other activities at the Community Center that evening will include everything from rock painting, to a paper airplane contest, to workshops for gardening, creating bird feeders, etc. out of recycled household materials.

Epcor and Republic Services, who are sponsoring this event, will have booths with educational materials, activities, and prizes!

One of the other main highlights of the event will be a Recycled Art Contest, where artists must make beautiful creations out of materials originally destined for the trash or recycling bin. The art will be presented at the event, and Republic Services will provide prize money for the winners!

Visit FountainHillsAZ.gov/EarthDay to pre-register for the Community Center’s Earth Day activities.