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How to Decorate Cactus with Lights

In the Southwest climates, cacti and succulents often replace ornamental shrubs and trees as landscaping. The philosophy of playing up what you already have rather than trying to hide it, home decorators have been decking cacti with holiday lights for years. 

Holiday Light on Cactus

So, how do you string lights on a succulent or cactus? Very carefully, for starters. Wear a pair of suede or leather gloves that can’t be penetrated by the needle-like spines of a cactus, which can even poke through the strongest types of gloves. Then follow these tips.

Illuminating Desert Plants for the Holidays

It’s a bit more time-consuming and a specialized task to adorn cacti, succulents, yucca, and unusually-shaped desert plants with string lights. Here are a few tips and tricks:

Barrel Cactus lights
  • Invest in a good pair of gloves, that won’t allow spines and needles to penetrate. Also, wear long sleeves.
  • For taller cacti or hard-to-reach branches consider getting a reaching, grabbing, or pick-up tool. Some even come equipped with a light. Doing so, carefully, allows you to wrap a cactus or limb without having to touch it.
  • Barrel cacti look best wrapped with one color of string lights, like red or white, so they sound out.
  • Net lights draped over a cactus are much more manageable than wrapping with string lights, although they have a different effect and don’t outline the shape as much. Most are LEDs, and some are solar, although they need several hours of sunlight to work.
  • Use a light hand while decorating–don’t stretch the light strand or wrap it tightly around a cactus.
  • Some of the more delicate specimens might benefit from the more traditional incandescent lights, which can create enough warmth (not heat) to keep the cactus or succulent from freezing.
  • Laser flood or spotlights are an easy way to light up a desert garden without damaging plants. Each year, they go down in price and the technology is improved.

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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 to see more information and to check for developments on the specifics for the Spring 2023 Cornhole Season.

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Thanksgiving Day Recap

The 2022 Thanksgiving Parade was a few days ago, and it was an absolute blast! The Turkey Trot, parade, and the Muffins, Mimosa, and Marys bar at our office made for a great start to Turkey Day.

Turkey Trot 2022
Starting Line 2022 Turkey Trot

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team sponsored the Turkey Trot that began Thanksgiving morning. Our team member John Weil and his entire family ran the 5K around Fountain Park while others manned the tent and gave away cooling towels, hats, and ChapStick.

Toni Lepoer and Mr. Gobble

After the Turkey Trot Finished, the Avenue of the Fountains reconfigured itself in preparation for the parade. The wise Spector’s arrived early for the best seat on the Avenue. This was the second year in which the parade would pass both up and down the Avenue, and right in front of the Sonoran Lifestyle Team office.

Movie magic is this year’s theme

Thousands of people lined the streets along the route of the parade. As usual, the announcer made puns as each float passed. Movie Magic was this year’s theme as floats of Whoville, The Grinch, and Buddy the elf delighted the crowd. Parade participants ranged from the Fountain Hills High School Marching Band to the International Dark-Sky Association to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is truly a broad spectrum of Fountain Hills organizations represented.

Fountain Hills Parade

Meanwhile, at the Sonoran Lifestyle office, our team members made muffins, mimosas, and the crowds lined up for John’s Famous Bloody Mary bar. Clients and runners enjoyed the hot cocoa, and coffee while waiting for the start of the parade. Fun to see so many friends, family, and clients catching up with each other, all while feasting on the food and drinks we made and having a great time.

It was a fun start to Thanksgiving for sure, and we hope that the rest of your day was full of food and merriment. We’ll see you at next year’s Turkey Trot and Parade!

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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.

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


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

Turkey Trot Tent
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

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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

About Fountain Hills Home Management Real Estate

What exactly is the NPOA?

We have all seen that bright blue eyesore on the corner or the architectural anomaly down the street. This is why the Neighborhood Property Owners’ Association of Fountain Hills, Arizona (NPOA) was formed to protect your property by maintaining quality architectural standards and guidelines in your neighborhood. 

When looking for a home to purchase in Fountain Hills you most likely have come across properties that are located in the NPOA area.

Good News! The NPOA is not a homeowners association with monthly dues or assessments. A one-time transfer fee of $335 is required when a property changes ownership. The main reason for NPOA’s existence is to preserve the beauty and uphold the guidelines that were initially put into place by Robert McCulloch, the master developer of Fountain Hills. This is just one of the many benefits of living in the beautiful Fountain Hills community.

Today there are over 4,400 properties in 66 plats that fall within the NPOA’s jurisdiction. To see if your home is included visit the NPOA website @ 

Then it is subject to the architectural and aesthetic guidelines listed in the Development Guide and enforced by The Neighborhood Committee of Architecture (NCOA), which meets weekly and maintains architectural control of Member plats. This entails a review of building plans for new construction and all other architectural alterations, including but not limited to repainting, demolitions, remodels/additions, porches, patios, walls, fences, solar, pools, awnings, gazebos, recoating a flat roof or installing new windows, etc. Appropriate permit fees and compliance deposits apply. For more information, NPOA can be reached at email: or by phone: 480-837-5317.

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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

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Follow us on Facebook to Stay in the Loop!

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team is on Facebook! Bringing community to Fountain Hills is what we’re all about, and this is a great central hub to learn about what’s going on with us and the town as a whole.

On the Sonoran Lifestyle Team Facebook Page (@SonoranLifestyle), we post multiple times a week, sharing blog articles, creating Event Pages for upcoming activities that we sponsor, and livestreaming local events as they happen.

This is just one of many posts that goes up on our Facebook page every week.

By following our page, you’ll be able to find all of this and more as it happens. A shared story between the Facebook page and the Instagram page puts live event updates right at the top of your news feed.

See a post of ours that you want to share with your friends and family? Hit the “Share” button to put it up on your timeline. Any interaction with our page helps us a whole lot to spread our reach!

We have a presence on most social media platforms.

Facebook is just one branch of our social media outreach. We also have accounts on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter that are regularly updated.

Go to and hit the “like” button to join the Sonoran Lifestyle team’s online experience!

Desert Plants and Wildlife

Moths in Arizona

Bent-line carpet moth perched on a green leaf

You’ve probably noticed a lot of moths fluttering around your porch light lately. With the massive amount of rain we have received this year, it’s no wonder there’s been a huge influx of bugs. Don’t be annoyed. This is a good thing!

Arizona’s successful monsoon season turned the desert into a green oasis. The more rain we have, the more plant growth, which gives insects like moths and butterflies more food to eat and contribute to our ecosystem.

With a diverse topography, Arizona is considered one of the most insect-rich places in North America. Here is everything you need to know about these winged insects.


Moths do more than fly around and chew through fabric; they play an important role in our ecosystem. Insects like moths are food sources for other animals and pollinators for plants.

“Birds eat moths, bats eat mosquitoes, all these non-insect groups, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, they feed on insects. And so, they’re all connected with each other,” said Gene Hall, insect collection manager at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

The insects that feed on the plants also act as natural pruners to the flowers and plants. They typically do not damage the plant to the point of killing it because they will have to find another food source.

Gray Hawk Moth on the ground


Arizona is home to hundreds of species of moths. The most common moths are hawk and sphinx moths. These moths have long narrow wings and thick bodies. They have the longest tongue of any other moth. The caterpillars of this species feed on wild grape leaves. 

Bent-line carpet moths are another common species in Arizona. A bend can be seen in the dark colors by the wing edges. Males are mostly gray while females have darker colors. Their coloring makes it difficult for predators to see them because they can camouflage in tree bark.

Giant silk moths are seen in higher elevations like Sedona and Flagstaff. These moths are usually known for their size and range in size from 40 to 50 mm (about 2 inches). Silk moths draw their name from the silk they spin for their cocoons.

Giant silk moth sitting on a stem


Moths are nocturnal meaning they use the light from the moon and stars to navigate their way. Streetlights and lights from our home are similar light sources.


Hall suggests taking the time to observe the insects in their natural habitat. They won’t be here for long and you may learn something new.

To get rid of moths, adapt your surroundings to make your home less moth-friendly. Turn off exterior and interior lights when not in use. Replace bright lights with yellow bulbs. Make sure there are no holes or gaps in screens and windows.

For more information about moths in Arizona, CLICK HERE.