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October 2012

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n an unassuming strip mall situated out in Northeast Scottsdale where Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard curve and intersect sits a gem of a restaurant. George Yang opened up George & Son’s after the birth of his first and only son. In honor of the special event he named his restaurant accordingly. The restaurant business was familiar to Yang, he grew up in Burma and was exposed to spices, aromas and flavors of many different cuisines. As a result, George & Son’s is a cross-cultural restaurant. George & Son’s most popular dish is Shrimp with Honey Glazed Walnuts. Other signature dishes include Citrus Chicken, Seafood Pockets and Spicy Crackling Calamari. The menu also offers many noodle dishes, a staple in Asian cooking. Lo Mein, Chow Mein and Pad Thai can be found at George & Son’s. Tofu dishes are also available. Spicier dishes include Kung Pao Three Seas, a combination of wonderful shrimp, scallops and fillet of fish and Dragon & Phoenix, a medley of shrimp and chicken all in a spicy sauce.

I am fixing to go to Oklahoma. You might remember that last month I wrote about my stuff. Or everybody’s stuff. One of the reasons I’m going back to the heartland is because I need to help my mom and siblings clean out my mom’s stuff – in storage. That is a great way to contain stuff. Stick it in storage and forget about it. Except you have to pay for that, and I think it’s high time my mother stopped paying for stuff she doesn’t even know she has. She has two units. One is filled with my dad’s stuff, the other has Mom’s junk. This will probably resemble the Great Storage Wars when it’s all said and done. My dad’s unit will have maps and core samples in it. He was a geologist. Every inch of the Four Corners is mapped out by hand by my dad. And every inch of the Four Corners is stored in Bethany, Okla. We will be inclined to just throw all the paper away. But one of us – I’m not sure which one it will be – will want to look at

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it first. And then we’ll start discovering all this valuable information about oil and gas in the Four Corners and then we’ll probably figure that we really shouldn’t throw it away, because it probably is worth a fortune, and even if it isn’t worth a fortune, it has historical value and if we could just find a geologist alive who would be interested in the stuff, we could just donate it to somebody and somebody would be so happy to have all my dad’s maps and core samples and other geologist toys that we would feel a lot better that we went ahead and decided to keep the storage room. We’ll take care of everything as soon as that magic geologist comes along and says he or she wants all these valuable papers and maps and reports and cores and geologist toys. As for my mom’s storage, she said she has no idea what’s in there. Which would logically mean we could just go in, sweep it into a dumpster and walk away. But again, one of us is going to want to see what’s in those boxes and then we’ll be going down memory lane and laughing our heads off about some dopey picture or something we remember doing and then we’ll get all sentimental and won’t want to get rid of stuff and we’ll end up keeping it all and deciding to deal with it another time. So the long and the short of it is this: don’t get a storage unit. Once you have it, you’ll never get rid of it. Unless you die, and you’ll stop paying the rent, and then your stuff will be on national TV someday and it could be embarrassing. You won’t know that, but your kids sure will.

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Thunderbird Artists honored Team Rychard Gala Oct. 6 Thunderbird Artists has been named one of the top five Arizona Art Experiences by Experience AZ Magazine. The distinction was listed in the recently-released biannual travel and tourism publication. Thunderbird Artists have nine different events scheduled for the upcoming art season, starting with the first Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival Oct. 26, 27 and 28 in Scottsdale. Other shows include the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival (Nov. 2, 3 and 4; Jan. 18, 19 and 20, 2013), The Thunderbird Emporium of Scottsdale (Nov. 16, 17 and 18), Arizona Fine Art EXPO (Jan. 10 through March 24, 2013);

Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival (Feb. 1, 2 and 3); Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival (Feb. 15, 16 and 17); and Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire (March 15, 16 and 17). Thunderbird Artists charges $5 admission to each of its festivals. The organization American Healing Arts Foundation by donating $1 from every admission ticket sold. Additionally, they donate to organizations to the communities in which they hold events. For more information about Thunderbird Artists, visit www.thunderbirdartists. com.

The third annual Team Rychard Gala benefiting AIDS Walk Phoenix is set for Saturday, Oct. 6. The gala will be held at the Holiday Inn from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Advance tickets are available through Oct. 1 and are limited. The reserved, sit-down dinner and one drink seats are $40. There also is a $20 per person admission and one drink offer. Happy hour drink prices will be featured throughout the evening.

The Holiday Inn is offering discounted hotel rooms Oct. 6 for guests who wish to spend the night. The gala will include entertainment, a live auction and guest speaker former Miss Arizona Erin Gingrich. For reservations and information, call Barb Eldridge, (602) 882-2462 or (480) 816-4794. Guests may pay with credit card on the phone.

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Business Expo set Oct. 24 NORTH PHOENIX The 14th annual Fountain Hills Business Expo is set for Wednesday, Oct. 24. Applications were mailed to potential exhibitors in September. Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator Sharon Morgan said she expects all 54 spaces to be filled. The Business Expo is designed to acquaint the public with Chamber businesses and services. Exhibitors will be set up in the Grand

Ballroom at the Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m. Morgan said many vendors have gift baskets to be awarded, and nearly all exhibitors feature some type of giveaway. Morgan said the Chamber is looking forward to this year’s Expo. The Fountain Hills Community Center is located at 13001 N. LaMontana Blvd. For more information, call the Chamber, (480) 837-1654.

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Halloween celebration big in Fountain Hills Celebrating Halloween is a big deal in Fountain Hills. Halloween in the Hills 2012 is set for Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Avenue of the Fountains. In addition to fun for the kids, family pets are invited to the festivities. Merchants will have treats for the children, as well as four-legged family members, and a costume contest for pets and their people is a highlight of the event. Local businesses will feature game booths and give out candy and prizes to children. Booths are free. Some 35 businesses and five local charities participated

in the 2011 event. Activities include carnival games, trickor-treating and bounce houses. A haunted spider village will be featured along with a pumpkin carving contest, fire truck candy drops and a petting zoo. There also will be a pet adoption sponsored by Rescue Pals. At 6:30 p.m., a dance mob will perform Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.” Residents have been practicing their best zombie moves at a weekly event at Fountain Hills Library. Following the dance, pets and their people will parade down the Avenue vying for top prizes for best costumes. The Noon Kiwanis will be selling a

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Christ’s Church sets annual Trunk or Treat The Third Annual Trunk or Treat Family Fall Festival is set for Wednesday, Oct. 31. Promiseland Christian Preschool and Christ’s Church host the event. More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event, and planners expect a larger turnout this year. All families with young children are invited to the free festival. Activities are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christ’s Church, 1555 E. Bainbridge. Activities include hayrides, ring toss,

eyeball bounce, pumpkin decorating, tattoo station and a bounce house. Families will have an opportunity to have their pictures taken and get copies from the church’s Facebook page the next day. Additionally, children can trick or treat in the rows of cleverly decorated car trunks. Cider, water and popcorn also will be available. For more information, visit

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variety of food during the evening, from hamburgers and hotdogs, to cotton candy, popcorn and pretzels. The club also will sell soft drinks and water. Sponsors for this year’s Halloween in the Hills are The Town of Fountain Hills, Sami Fine Jewelry, Spike’s Treats, El

A full day of entertainment is on tap at Salt River Fields’ “Muller-Kuhrs Oktoberfest” Saturday, Oct. 13. The traditional Oktoberfest evolves from a traditional beer festival into an action-packed day of contests, an Urban Warfit Challenge, a bags tournament, a kid’s zone, TV monitors showing games of the day and more.

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Oktoberfest merrymaking at Fountain Park Sept. 28, 29 The annual Oktoberfest in Fountain Hills kicks off Friday, Sept. 28. Mayor Linda Kavanagh will officially open the festivities with the tapping of the keg, which takes place Friday at 5 p.m. The celebration will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 in Fountain Park. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children under 12 and those dressed in Oktoberfest attire. Food tickets will be sold for $1 each, with food items varying in price. The Southwest German Society, AMVETS Post 7 and the Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 are coordinating the event. Oktoberfest also is supported by the Town of Fountain Hills. More than 100 volunteers assist with activities throughout the two-day event. Lively tunes from the familiar die echten Wald-Baum from Germany will be featured throughout the fun-filled biergarten which will serve Warsteiner

premium German beer. Guests also can enjoy mouthwatering brats with traditional fixings and apple strudel. Organizers also have added smoked turkey legs to the menu. Hot dogs and chips will be available for kids. A designated children’s village and climbing wall also will be a highlight. The “Wiener Dog Race” is back this year, courtesy of Spikes Treats. The race will be held Saturday, Sept. 29. New this year is a laser show at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Games and contests also will be featured with prizes for polka dancing, best dressed, beer stein holding and Alphorn blowing for children and adults. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are returned to charities in the community. Proceeds support scholarships, the local food bank, homeless veterans, children’s Christmas shopping sprees, Sister Cities and the high school band.

Fountain Hills Veterinary Hospital is holding a pet Halloween costume contest. Participants may e-mail, mail or drop off photos of their pets (e-mail is, and mailing address and location of the business

are 11407 N. Saguaro Blvd. Deadline to submit photos is Friday, Oct. 19. A special voting event will be held in conjunction with Fountain Hills Business Expo Oct. 24. Call (480) 837-9261 for more information.

Spooky venues await revelers The Pavilions at Talking Stick in Scottsdale has activities to ensure a spooky October. In addition to the new haunted house attraction, Panic Park, the Pavilions will host a Fearcon Horror Film Festival, Hooters will open just in time for Halloween, DOGFEST Halloween costume contest will be held during Scottsdale Street Fair and the Spirit Halloween Store will be open through the Halloween season to help people celebrate the holiday with scary and unique costumes. The Fearcon Horror Film Festival is moving from its Tempe location to the Ultra Star Cinema at the Pavilions at Talking Stick. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at noon and continuing until 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit

Hooters is tentatively set to open Oct. 1. Hooters Girls will be dressed in Halloween costumes all day on Halloween. The restaurant also will give away a wing party to one luck guest. Visit www.hooters. com for more details. Scottsdale Street Fair features DOGFEST Sunday, Oct. 28. Live entertainment, kid’s zone, specialty dog vendors, food, costume contests and fashion shows will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DOGFEST is sponsored by Oh MY Dog Boutique and benefits the Arizona Animal Welfare League. The street fair is held each Sunday at the Pavilions. Spirit Halloween Store opened in midSeptember, helping Halloween lovers with costumes and home décor. Visit for more information.

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The 2012 Fall Coin and Collectibles Show is slated for Saturday, Oct. 27. Sponsored by Joe Molnar Stamp and Coin of Scottsdale, the Fountain Hills Coin Club’s event will be held at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a live auction from 2:30 to 3 p.m. A silent auction will also be featured. In addition to the auctions, there will be a coin raffle and door prizes, as well as the final opportunity to purchase the 2012 Arizona Centennial medal sets and individual copper metals.

More than 25 coin dealers and collector tables will be featured. Visitors can buy, sell and trade coins. Coin evaluations also will be available. Students will receive free coins and coin albums. Admission is free. Students and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Carl Spencer, (480) 226-0151 or John Gibson, (480) 231-3896.

Beers, brats and the Desert Belle When Oktoberfest comes around and the urge to don lederhosen, dance the polka and eat sauerkraut becomes irresistible, the operators of the Desert Belle tour boat have another option. Savor Warsteiner beer and authentic German food on board the Desert Belle as the boat glides along Saguaro Lake. The cruise will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7.

Suzanne Hagberg, marketing spokeswoman, said the Desert Belle will be decorated in the spirit of the German festival. The menu includes brats, rolls, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple strudel catered by ZurKate Restaurant. The price is $35 per person. A cash bar will serve four beer flavors: dunkel, Oktoberfest, pilsner and wheat, for $3. Wine, soft drinks and water also will be

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Desert Stages plays ‘Streetcar’ A Streetcar Named Desire continues at Desert Stages Theater through Oct. 27. The Tennessee Williams drama unravels the complex and haunting emotional battle of desperate and deluded Blanche DuBois and her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. The Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama in 1948, Streetcar is set in the French Quarter

of New Orleans in a steamy 1940s summer. The production takes on a new level of pathos in the intimate Actor’s Café. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. They are available online at or by calling (480) 483-1664. Desert Stages is located at 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.

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Bad Boy Fights back at Fort Bad Boy Fight Nights are back at Fort McDowell Casino. The next event is set for Friday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the fight starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Casino Gift Shop or online at Reserved tickets are $35; ringside tickets are $45; and VIP seats are $75. There is an additional $5 charge per ticket the day of the event. The Lucky Seven Saloon also has two shows scheduled in the coming days. Furious George appears from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 28, and the Kenny G. Project is on tap Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Both shows are free. The 31st anniversary of Orme Dam Victory Days is set for Nov. 15 to 18. A wide variety of activities is scheduled, including pow wows, rodeo, parade, a 5K run and walk and more. Additional details are available at Fort McDowell Casino is located two miles south of Shea on the Beeline Highway. For more information on the fort, visit

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Fountain Hills Theater opens the original comedy farce Ashes to Ashes Friday, Oct. 5 on the theater’s Mainstage Too. The play was written by the theater’s artistic director, Peter J. Hill, who debuted the show in 1996, and was awarded the AriZoni Award for Best Original Production that year. Starring in the show are, seated from left, are Jenna Spets, Mike Romano and Jori Mosier. Back, Garry Myers, Dyana Carroll, Janine Smith and Jimmy Flowers.

Original Hill farce debuts at Mainstage Too Peter J. Hill’s original comedy farce, Ashes to Ashes, opens at Fountain Hills Theater’s Mainstage Too Friday, Oct. 5. The story centers around Broadway Director R.J. Spaulding, who awakens from a wild weekend and discovers he is engaged to three women who think he alternately is a peace activist, a Russian spy and a Mafia hit man. With the help of his neighbor, R.J. tries to keep the girls away from each other and his soon-to-be ex-wife. Hill’s production premiered at Phoenix Theater in 1996 and was an immediate hit, earning the 1996 AriZoni Award for Best Original Production.

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The opening of Ashes to Ashes marks the inaugural production of Fountain Hills Theater’s Mainstage Too. The Mainstage Too season is designed to feature smaller, more intimate comedies and musicals. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 17 and younger. For tickets and information, visit www. or call (480) 837-9661. Fountain Hills Theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.

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Scott Baxter leads Author Series The Fountain Hills Library Association’s Author Series begins in October with a presentation by Photographer Scott Baxter. His new book, 100 Years, 100 Ranchers, is a documentary in photos of Arizona’s ranchers. The Arizona ranching tradition is steeped in the state’s history. It was and is a difficult way of life, but the survival of Arizona ranchers who have dealt with drought, development and other obstacles are the subject of Baxter’s book and his

talk. He photographed 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching in the state since 1912 or before. Through the project, Baxter recognizes the dedication and perseverance of the state’s ranchers in the face of many obstacles. Baxter’s presentation is set for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. in the library’s reading lounge. Fountain Hills Library is located at 12901 N. LaMontana Drive.

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Farmer’s Market returns Fountain Hills Farmer’s Market and Art on the Avenue return for the fall season Thursday, Oct. 18. Returning vendors will be joined by new purveyors including a buffalo meat seller, a French pastry booth and a seller of fresh dips and pestos. Breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees are available with breakfast sandwiches, tamales, chicken wraps, meatballs, burgers, soups and frozen entrees featured. In addition to the Farmer’s Market side, artists will be on hand with a variety of arts and crafts. The weekly event is held each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Sobotka met a woman named Lynn Strolyn. They started talking and discovered they had a love for animals in common. Strolyn gave her her business card, which had information about Healing Touch for Animals. She looked in to the organization and took some of their classes. She said Healing Touch for Animals is designed for anyone who wants to enhance the well-being of animals through energy medicine. A growing number of veterinarians, vet techs, animal trainers, pet owners and others use the work every day.“I have been to many conferences and seminars in my life, but I have never seen one as well developed, well-thought out or organized as the Healing Touch one was,” she said. Taking the classes has given her more confidence. “I also want people to be confident that I know how to work with animals using a methodology that is tested and successful,” she said. A Healing Touch for Animals course

is scheduled in Scottsdale Oct. 5, 6 and 7. The first two days are designed to help people work with their smaller animals such as dogs and cats, and the final day is “large animal day,” where students work with horses. For more information about the Level 1 Course, visit The Scottsdale class will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at Gold Dust and Shea. Healing Touch for Animals Founder Carol Komitor will teach the first two days of the class. The big animal day will be held at Horse Help, located at Cave Creek Road and the 101 Freeway. In addition to her work with Healing Touch for Animals, Sobotka works with animals at Spike’s Treats in Fountain Hills. Under the title of “Critter Love,” Sobotka gives people a “sampler” of what she can do. “Pet owners can bring their animals to Spike’s and it gives me an opportunity to talk with the owner and get some time with the animal,” she said. For more information about Sobotka and her activities, check out her Website at

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Art HAPPENINGS Tour d’artistes Artists have until Sunday, Sept. 30, to submit entries for the upcoming Fountain Hills Art League Tour d’Artistes 2013.” The event, a studio tour and fundraiser for art scholarships and art programming in the Fountain Hills schools, is set for March 9 and 10, 2013. All art forms are eligible for submission. The entry fee is $50 per artist. Participating artists must submit entry forms, full payment, images and biographies by the deadline in order to be included in the 2013 Tour. For more information and applications, e-mail Michelle Williams at

ARToberFEST The annual ARToberFEST sponsored by the Payson Art League is set for Oct. 19, 20 and 21. The Friday Gala Premier will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday activities taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Payson Jazz Trio will entertain. ARToberFEST will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Event Center

on Highway 87, south of Payson. Admission is free. Raffle items will be available, with proceeds benefiting Payson Schools art department. For more information, visit, or call (928) 468-6965.

On the Edge On the Edge Gallery, featuring a group of 40 artists from Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, kicks off its grand opening weekend Thursday, Oct. 18. The grand opening coincides with ArtWalk and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21, in conjunction with ARTFEST Fine Arts Festival in the Scottsdale Arts District. The gallery will feature food, wine and live music at the Thursday night event. Patrons are invited to visit and enjoy a diverse selection of fine art featuring oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, ceramics, stained and leaded glass, tile mosaics, fused glass, jewelry, wood sculpture and mixed media. On the Edge Gallery is located at 7050 E. Fifth Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Call (480) 265-8991.

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Great Grape Stomp comes to FH November 3rd With Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ headquarters in Fountain Hills, it is fitting that one in the series of The Great Grape Stomp takes place in the community. LDV grows its grapes in southern Arizona, but owners Peggy Fiandaca and her husband, the winemaker Curt Dunham live in Fountain Hills. They host a variety

of wine events at their home here, in addition to events at the winery. The Great Grape Stomp is an event sponsored by Arizona Wine Growers Association. The Fountain Hills event is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stomp kicks off with a 5K race in Fountain Park. Later, there will be wine

Phoenix Art Museum announces INFOCUS 2012 More than 50 limited-edition prints will be sold at auction at Phoenix Art Museum Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The silent auction and 2012 INFOCUS Photography Exhibition offers a chance for art patrons to see works from photographers from around the country. Bids in the silent auction start as low as $200 for selected works. A number of works are accompanied by books donated by the photographers. The event also features a raffle with tickets priced at $20 for special prizes including a print and signed book

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dark or black clothing. Race registration starts on the Avenue of the Fountains at 9 a.m., or runners may sign up online at The wine-tasting and market will take place in the west median from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wine pairings with Chef Paul from Alchemy at CopperWynd and Dunham will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. McGee will perform at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Grape stomping will take place a various times throughout the day as teams come forward.

FH Theater brings mystery favorite to local stage The Agatha Christie favorite, And Then There Were None opens at Fountain Hills Theater Oct. 26 and continues through Nov. 11. The mystery thriller begins with 10 strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island. One by one each falls prey to murder, but who is the murderer? Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays

at 2 p.m. An Opening Night reception is set for Friday, Oct. 26 for those attending that evening. Free appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 17 and younger. Call (480) 8379661, ext. 3, or visit for tickets and additional information. All shows are at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. on the Mainstage.

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CARE/FH just celebrated its fifth anniversary recently. CARE stands for Crisis Activated Response Effort is Fountain Hills’ volunteer group committed to provide support and assistance to Valley residents during and after an unexpected tragedy. The organization is seeking volunteers to help with the wide-variety of calls received. CARE/FH Program Director Victoria Bertone, said volunteers help first responders on-scene of accidents and crises of varying types. Dispatch requests include calls about homelessness, substance abuse, sudden death, residential fires, incorrigible youth and more. Calls are initiated by the 9-1-1 system. The need for volunteers is greater than ever, Bertone said. Compared to the second quarter of 2011 when CARE received 46 dispatches, the same time period in 2012 shows 52 dispatches were received. Some 95 people were served in the second quarter of 2012. “While our response figures are up, our volunteer participation is down,” Bertone said. “We would be happy to talk with people who would like to volunteer, or who would just like more information about the program.”

Volunteers are fully trained, taking more than 40 hours of initial training through Maricopa Association of Governments. They also complete an additional 10 hours per year in incident specific continuing education. An FBI background check and fingerprint check through Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office also is part of the process to become a volunteer. Applications are available online at www. For more information, visit the website or call (480) 478-4030.

Art in Park to start Oct. 6 The monthly art show and sale, Art in the Park gets under way Oct. 6 after its summer respite. The event, featuring work by members of the Fountain Hills Art League, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The series continues the first Saturday of each month through May 2013. Each show is held behind the shops at Plaza Fountainside located at Saguaro and El Lago boulevards.

Thousands of cyclists take to road on Tour de Scottsdale The ninth annual Tour de Scottsdale is to noon, followed by tour awards. More than 2,000 novice, intermediate, set for Sunday, Oct. 14. In the past, the event has been held advanced and professional cyclists from the first week of October, but organiz- the valley and country are expected to ers decided the later date would provide participate in the race. Sponsored by DC cyclists some reprieve from the heat. The Ranch Community Council, the group event will now be held the second Sunday enables opportunities for civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and of October. Tour de Scottsdale features a 70-mile recreational involvement. and 30-mile ride, both launching from Market Street at DC Ranch. Both routes wind around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve encompassing mountain views of Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and Fountain Hills. Each mile benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Cyclists can register for either ride at Registration packets may be picked up from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, or Sunday beginning at 5 a.m. at Market Street at DC Ranch. Registration deadline is Oct. 12. In addition to the ride, an Some 2,000 cyclists will participate in the ninth expo will be featured from 8 a.m. annual Tour de Scottsdale Sunday, Oct. 14.

Twenty-five percent of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour takes the stage at in Scottsdale Friday, Oct. 12, in two shows. Bill Engvall, a founding member of the original Blue-Collar Comedy Tour, appears at 7 and 10 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $49, $59 and $79. A special Date Night Package, starting at $98, also is available. The package includes two tickets to the performance, two drinks in the Sky Lounge and a coupon for 20 percent off any purchase at the Store that evening. Regular tickets are available online at or through the Patron Services Box Office, (380) 499-8587. Package tickets are available by telephone only, using the promo code “Date Night.” The offer ends Oct. 11. Engvall is one of the top comedians working today. A native of Galveston, Texas, he moved to Dallas and was working as a disc jockey with plans to become a teacher. While in a nightBill Engvall club one evening, he decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was a passion. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue television opportunities. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St in Scottsdale.

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Fountain Hills Library Fountain Hills Library has a busy October planned for patrons of all ages. Regular library hours at the Fountain Hills Library are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (602) 652-3000 for more information. The Friends of the Library Bookstore, located just outside the library, can be reached at (602) 652-3263. The library is located at 12901 N. LaMontana Drive. For a complete listing of services, visit

Regular Events Children Once upon a Monday Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 – 10-11 a.m. Preschoolers are invited each Monday for stories, activities and crafts. The theme this month is “Fall.” Conference Room. Astro Force Mondays, Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, 4-5 p.m. Registration is required. This hour-long weekly program is for children ages 7 to 11 and is led by teen mentors. Cadets participate in creative and character-building activities. Completing each session earns cadets a new badge or decoration. By the end of the program, participants will have learned life-long lessons in civic

leadership, team building and character development including team building activities, public speaking, choreography maneuvers, gaming, arts and crafts and knot tying. Knowing & Growing: Fun with Math and Science Tuesdays, Oct. 2 and 9 – 10-10:45 a.m. Registration required. This program has story time elements but incorporates hands-on math or science activities each week. All children receive a nonfiction book each week to add to their home libraries. For ages 2-5. Conference Room. Happily Ever after on Thursday Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 – 10-11 a.m. Story time especially for infants to age three. Stories, finger plays, rhymes and crafts for fun and for skill development of this age group. “Mother Goose” is the theme for October. Conference Room. Lightbulb Lab Saturday, Oct. 6, 3-4 p.m. Registration is required for the lab that meets once a month to conduct and record fun science experiments. Ages 5-8. The October lab features “Volatile Volcanoes.” Conference Room.

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Tweens/Teens Thriller Dance Class Tuesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 1, 23, 4-5 p.m. Lessons for 9- to 18-year-olds culminate in a performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Halloween on the Avenue Wednesday, Oct. 31. Program is in collaboration with Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation.

Guitar Club (Performance, not instruction) Thurs., Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Guitar enthusiasts can come out and jam in Centennial Courtyard outside the library. In addition to playing, participants may discuss trends, theories, tricks, tips and techniques. Game On Friday, Oct. 5 and 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bring your remotes, consoles and games, rated E or T. No M or first-person shooters. Play Xbox, Playstation, Wii, Nintendo, Foosball and board games. Snacks provided. Conference Room. Anime Cinema Saturday, Oct. 13 and 27, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Stay cool with Anime film screening. College Prep for High School Students Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Registration required. Nationally recognized college advisor and Fiske Guide to the Best Colleges contributing author Jane Catanzaro talks about the college application process, answers questions on entrance exams, application essays, how to highlight high school achievements and more. Teen Council Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Fountain Hills Branch Library wants teens to participate on its teen council. Be a part of planning activities, scheduling performances and creating a cozy teen corner in the Library.

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Fountain Hills Activity Center Activities are back in full swing at John O’Flynn Activity Center for the season. The Activity Center is located in the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana Drive. Call (480) 816-5226. The following are some of the events scheduled for October. Special Events: Flu Shots: Influenza/H1N1 and pneumonia shots will be administered by Mollen Immunization Clinic Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 the Community Center Ballroom. Flu shots are $25 and pneumonia shots are $75. Available while supplies last. Bring your primary insurance card. Visit for an expanded list of insurance providers accepted by Mollen Immunization Clinic. Special Presentations: Free for Activity Center members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration required for each presen-

tation. Phoenix Art Museum, Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2-3 p.m. Topic is “Italian Renaissance” presented by Docent Deeda Delillo. Reference Course #6156. International Red Cross: History of Hope and Gratitude, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10-11 a.m. Reference Course #6154 Heard Museum: Presentation on “Window on the Heard,” Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2-3 p.m. Reference Course #6100. Consumer Scams Seminar presented by Area Agency on Aging, Thursday, Nov. 8 from 2-3 p.m. Reference Course #6155. Asteroids, Ion Propulsion and NASA’s Mission to Vesta presented by Dr. David Williams, Arizona State University (participating scientist on NASA’s Dawn Mission to Vesta), Thursday, Nov. 15 from 2-3 p.m. Reference Course #6102.

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time. Admission is free so you don’t need reservations. It started as a weekly show, but they went to a monthly show as of September. It looks like it will either be on the second or third Thursday of the month, so check with the restaurant to find out when it will be happening. The October show is Oct. 18. Beverage and Food Service: The comedy room only seems to get beverage service. But, the restaurant has a full menu including sandwiches, salads, soups, Irish Fare and entrees. Everything is reasonably priced so you will not have to break the bank. If you want to get dinner, I would get there early to eat in the restaurant and then move into the comedy room around 7:30 p.m. The Venue: The comedy is done in a side room with a capacity of about 60. There are no distractions from the restaurant and no televisions. There is a small stage to elevate the talent and both the lighting and sound system were good. Seating is around tables so it is a comfortable room for a show. This is a step up from the typical free bar show where many of the patrons came to drink without knowing there was a comedy night and talk through the entire show. The audience was there to see the show and was respectful of the comics. The Comedians: This show is booked by Bruhaha Productions so Boomer Nichols will be a frequent host or performer.

He is using mostly locals with an out of town headliner. The headliner for October will be Brandt Tobler and the headliner for November is Diaz Mackie. There is a good variety as he put up five or six comics in addition to the headliner the night I was there. This is the kind of show that will appeal to a college crowd, so you can expect some blue subject matter and adult words. I would not bring the kids. I suspect that many of the local comics will be using a venue like this to work on new material. Every joke is not going to be hilarious, but there should be enough humor to make it worth a look. Couple that with an out of town professional comic and you are going to get a pretty good bang for your buck. Rating: cc-This a step above the free events you usually get in the middle of the week. The comedy is performed in a dedicated room and includes an out of town professional headliner. It’s hard to go too far wrong when the price of admission is this low. (*Note: Ratings are based on the overall quality of a club. CCC=best; CC=above average; C=average.) Bob Howard is a full-time family law attorney in Scottsdale and a part-time comic. If you would like to contact him, send your email to He appears at the Comedy Spot Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 and 10 p.m. The Comedy Spot is located at 7117 E. Third Ave. in Scottsdale.

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Phoenix Art Museum (602) 257-1222 Oct. 4 More than 50 limited edition prints and books have been signed and donated to the 2012 INFOCUS Photography Exhibition and Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit the organization that fosters the appreciation and advancement of photography through educational programs, exhibitions and publications. 5:30-9 p.m. Free admission.

Third Annual Herberger Festival of the Arts Herberger Theater Center - Phoenix Oct. 6 Celebrate the arts in downtown Phoenix with performances by Valley arts organizations, food, art, live music, children’s activities, film shorts, more. Noon-5 p.m.

38th Anniversary ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District (480) 990-3939 Oct. 18 Celebrate the kickoff to the country’s Original ArtWalk art openings, live music, food sampling, more. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Annual Payson Art League ARToberFEST Mazatzal Casino Exhibit Hall - Payson (928) 472-8147 Oct. 19-21 22 booths featuring local artists. Sculpture, pottery, textiles, oil painters, photography. Preview Friday night, 5-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday admission, $5; Saturday and Sunday, no charge.

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (480) 874-4666 Oct. 27 Meet the fall’s artists, mingle with curators and check out four new exhibitions. This is one of only three parties of this kind each year. 7-10 p.m. Free.

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Fountain Hills Library Oct. 25 Photographer Scott Baxter will talk about his book, 100 Years, 100 Ranchers. Copies of the book will be sold at the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum. 2 p.m. Free.

Market Street at DC Ranch Scottsdale Oct. 14 70-mile and 30-mile routes. Support the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 6:30 a.m.

Walk, Run & Roll Market Street at DC Ranch - Scottsdale (480) 998-7971 Oct. 14 5K walk, run or bike ride. Registration and information available at McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Cars Sixth Annual Historic Prescott All Corvette Car Show Prescott Courthouse Plaza Sept. 29 Best of Show Stock and Custom plus three each trophies for stock and custom for the six generations of the Chevy Corvette, along with additional trophies for wide body sixth generation. Proceeds go to Fireman’s Charities. Limited to 250 cars.

Copperstate Mustang Club’s Annual Fall Car Show Fort McDowell Casino Fort McDowell Oct. 20 A judged and people’s choice show. All Fords.

Comedy Bill Engvall Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 12 By one of the founding members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Engvall has a remarkable ability to connect with his audience and to share the humor in everyday situations. 7 and 10 p.m. $49-$79.

The Daily Show Live: Indecision Tour 2012 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 20 Correspondents Rob Riggle and Al Madrigal, as well as writers and producers from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will offer surprises, multimedia performances and more. Jon Stewart is not part of

Seventh Annual Dine Out with Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 994-2787 Oct. 7 Celebrate the Valley’s exciting dining scene, showcasing the Valley’s top chefs and a chance to sample their favorite culinary creations. 4-6 p.m. $60-$70.

Arizona Taco Dos Festival Salt River Fields Scottsdale Oct. 20-21 More than 30 professional and amateur taco teams compete in chicken, beef, pork and fish. Sidecart throwdown in salsa, guacamole and all things that go into tacos. Best booth design. Hot chili pepper eating contest, more. 11 a.m.-7p.m. $12.

Cultural Events Sixth Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration Mesa Arts (480) 644-6627 Oct. 27-28 Celebration with tradition activities. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free.

Dance Annual Arizona Dance Festival Tempe Center for the Arts (480) 962-4584 Oct. 12-13 Showcase of dance by Arizona’s premier dance companies. 7:30 p.m. $13-$18.

Expos 19th Annual BIG Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show State Fairgrounds Phoenix Sept. 28-30 One-stop home improvement shopping. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $2-$5.


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Family Fun Friday Night Franks Fort McDowell Adventures Fort McDowell (480) 816-6465 Every Friday, Labor Day through Memorial Day Live entertainment, horseshoes, games, wagon rides, hot dogs, brats, beer, s’mores available for purchase. Groups of 10 or more can call for reserved seating and package options. The last Friday of each month is Adult Education from 8 p.m. to midnight (must be 21 or older). 5-10 p.m. Free admission.

Festivals Oktoberfest Fountain Park - Fountain Hills Sept. 28-29 All ages can join the fun and get involved in games and contests including polka dance, best dressed for Oktoberfest, beer stein holding and Alphorn blowing for kids and adults. Sponsored by AmVets, Elks, German Club and Fountain Hills Community Services.

First Arizona Honey Festival el Pedregal at the Boulders Resort Scottsdale (480) 788-9009 Sept. 28-29 Events include Native American “honey dancer” performances, beekeeping demonstrations, cooking with honey seminars, honey spa treatments. Honey-inspired cuisine will be a major feature of the festival, including a special “Honey Dinner.”

18th Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party Queen Creek (480) 987-3100 Oct. 4-28 Spooky train ride, corn mazes, carousel, petting barn, bon fires, pumpkin patch, pig races, fireworks. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $14. Oct. 12-14 Ethnic cuisine, cooking demonstrations, cathedral tours, folk dances, costumes. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3.

40th Annual Oktoberfest@Tempe Town Lake (480) 491-3378 Oct. 12-14 Combines polka, brats and beer with salsa and southwestern foods, wine and spirits. Four stages of entertainment, games. Friday, 5 p.m.midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Oktoberfest Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Scottsdale (480) 270-5000 Oct. 13 Benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The beer festival also is an actionpacked day of contests, kid’s zone and more. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $10-$100.

43rd Annual Fall Festival Eldorado Park - Scottsdale (480) 312-0217 Oct. 31 Some 25 game booths, costume contests, live performances, giveaways, food vendors, bounce houses, haunted forest, fireworks. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Gardens Tour de Ponds Phoenix (623) 572-5607 Oct. 13 The valley’s only nighttime pond and garden tour. Includes five or six gardens with option of self-guided or chauffeured bus ride (extra charge). 6:30-11:30 p.m. $55.

Gems & Minerals 18th Annual International Gem and Jewelry Show WestWorld of Scottsdale (301) 294-1640 Oct. 19-21 Exhibits, lectures, dealers, demos. $6, under 16 free.


Film 12th Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival

WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 860-1544 Sept. 27 through Oct. 3 Some $2,000 in cash and prizes, as well as parties, activities and a silent auction benefiting different charities. 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Harkins Shea 14 (602) 410-1074 Oct. 5-9 Combination of outstanding international and domestic filsm with celebrity-attended parties. Noon-midnight. $10-$160.

Fundraisers 16th Annual Cookout at the Ranch

Pine Strawberry Community Center (928) 476-3655 http://pinestrawberrybusinesscommunityaz. com Oct. 6-7 Family event with food, shopping, music, vendors, apples and apple treats. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Free.

McDonald’s Ranch Scottsdale (480) 361-6498 Sept. 29 Horse-drawn wagon or van ride to the cookout site, comedy, music, food. Silent auction, drawings, exhibitors. Benefits Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, Pinnacle Peak Park, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and wildlife conservation efforts. 5:30-9 p.m. $46 in advance; $51 at the door if tickets are available. Seating is limited.

James A. Speros Community Center (602) 264-2791

Fountain Hills Holiday Inn (480) 816-4794 Oct. 6 A special fundraiser for the AIDS Walk Phoenix Oct. 21 in downtown Phoenix. 5:30-11 p.m. $40 for reserved, sit-down dinner; $20 admission and one drink. Reservations must be made by Oct. 1. Seating is limited.

Scottsdale Classic Futurity & Quarter Horse Show/Southwestern NRHA Affiliate Finals

Fifth Annual Fall Apple Festival

52nd Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival

Third Annual Team Rychard Gala

Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 488-5711 Oct. 6 Western, hunt seat and dressage competition open to all breeds, including pintos, paints, quarter horses and Arabians. Competitors of all ages. 6-10 p.m. Free.

Arabian Breeder Finals WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 312-6802 Oct. 10-13 The show pays out more than $50,000 in yearling classes, jackpot Scottsdale Signature Stallion yearling and two-year-old classes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost to participants, free to the


Thoroughbred Breeders Sale WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 312-6802 Oct. 18 Auction features “hot-blooded” Thoroughbreds, known for their agility, speed and spirit. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost to participants, free to the public.

4-H Horse Show WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 312-6802 Oct. 19-21 Riders ages five to 19 compete in different equestrian classes including Western showmanship, junior/senior reining, pleasure, equitation, bareback, trail and roping. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost to participants, free to the public.

The First Polo Party WestWorld of Scottsdale Oct. 20 Polo and a sneak preview of the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.

Arizona Futurity Horse Show WestWorld of Scottsdale www.americansaddlebredassociationofarizona. com Oct. 26-28

Arizona Versatility Ranch Horse WestWorld of Scottsdale (480) 312-6802 Oct. 27-28 The association works to preserve the great American Ranch Horse through five classes. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost to participants; free to the public.

Music Flamenco Dancing Sofrita Fountain Hills (480) 816-5613 Every Thursday Music of Brio Flamenco and the Flamenco por la Vida dancers. 6-8 p.m.

Jazz in the Hills Fireside Grill at the Holiday Inn Fountain Hills Every Friday Fridays, join jazz lovers in an intimate setting for great music and company. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $8-10; students free.

LET’S GO! October 2012 Wine and Music Grapeables Fountain Hills (480) 816-5959 Different musicians play at the local wine shop. Perfect for listening and dancing. 7:30 – 11 p.m. Call for individual performance information.

Live Music on the Sunset Cruise Desert Belle Saguaro Lake Cruises (480) 984-2425 Live music every Friday and Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunset cruise only. $20.

Mary Chapin Carpenter Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Sept. 29 Singer-songwriter.

Arizona Opera Presents MIM - Phoenix (480) 478-6000 Sept. 30, Oct. 17 Performances by featured artists from Arizona Opera productions, as well as Marion Roose Pullin resident artists. 2 p.m. $15-$35.

European Romance Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 1 Part of the ASU Concerts at the Center series, featuring Chunyang Wang on bass, and Yeojin Seoul on Piano. 7:30 p.m. (Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.) $10

Murray Perahia Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 7 This event begins the celebration of the center’s Virginia G. Piper Concert Series’ 25th anniversary, showcasing some of the world’s finest classical artists.

Ravi Shankar Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 21 India’s most esteemed musical ambassador.

Runs / Walks Great Arizona Grape Stomp Cottonwood (Oct. 6) Sonoita (Oct. 20) Willcox (Oct. 27) Fountain Hills (Nov. 3)

A series of 5K Fun Runs will take place across the state, benefitting the Arizona Wine Growers Association. 8 a.m. $35.

America’s Walk for Diabetes North Phoenix Baptist Church (602) 861-4731, ext. 7093 Oct. 6 2.5 or 5 mile route. Walk is stroller- and child-friendly. Entertainment, refreshments, goodie bags. 8 a.m.

Das 21st Annual Frank Kush/ Oktoberfest Foot Race Tempe Town Lake (480) 921-3941 Oct. 13 Promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles. $5-$10, or $20 for family of four.

20th Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure Wesley Bolin Plaza (602) 544-2873 Oct. 14 One mile run-walk, Breast Cancer Survivors’ 5K run, 5K run, 5K walk. Sleep in for the Cure. All events are non-competitive, benefits breast cancer research. 6 a.m. $15-$25.

Walk to D’feet ALS Scottsdale Stadium Oct. 20 Two mile walk. Check in at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

Mud, Sweat and Beers McDowell Mountain Regional Park Fountain Hills Oct. 20 Four mile course includes a slide, hay bale walls, balance beams, tunnels, cargo net crawl, rope gauntlet, two mud pits and more. Participants finish to music, food and beer. 9 a.m.

AIDS Walk Phoenix and 5K Run Downtown Oct. 21 9 a.m.

10th Annual Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Trail Run and Jalloween Party McDowell Mountain Regional Park Fountain Hills Oct. 27-28 Getly rolling single track and jeep trail through the desert, USATF sanctioned, aid stations every five miles. 6 a.m. start.

Arizona Walk for Autism 2012 Tempe Beach Park Oct. 28 Benefits SARRC. Donations encouraged.

State Fair 128th Annual Arizona State Fair Phoenix Oct. 121 through Nov. 4 Family entertainment, animals, food, rides, top-notch concerts, exhibits, rodeo, more. New attractions, new rides. Tuesday through Sunday. $5-$10.

Theater Sunset Boulevard Fountain Hills Theater (480) 837-9661, ext. e Through Sept. 30 Based on the classic movie, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is the tale of a faded silent movie star and the young screenwriter she snares.

A Streetcar Named Desire Desert Stages - Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 Through Oct. 27 An Actor’s Café production.

Ashes to Ashes Fountain Hills Community Theater (480) 837-9661, ext. 3 Oct. 5-21 Broadway Director R.J. Spaulding wakes from a wild weekend binge and discovers that he is engaged to three women who think he is alternately a peace activist, a Russian spy and a Mafioso hit man. With the help of his neighbor, lies pile upon lies as R.J. tries to keep the girls away from each other and his alimony hungry soon-to-be-ex-wife. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. $20 for adults and $15 for children 17 and under.

Seussical: The Musical Mesa Encore Theatre - Mesa Arts Center (480) 644-6500 Through Oct. 7 All of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life in this production. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $25.

Into the Woods Desert Stages Theater - Scottsdale (480) 483-1664 Oct. 12 through Nov. 14


A Mainstage production with fairytale characters and big adventures. 7:30 and 2 p.m. $22-$25.

Disney’s Phineas & Ferb Live! USAirways Center Phoenix Oct. 13-14 The gang embarks on a bold escape jumping from the TV to the stage for a live action adventure. 4 and 7 p.m. $29.25-$84.

Ignite Phoenix No. 13 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (480) 499-8587 Oct. 26 18 passionate speakers from diverse backgrounds will deliver lightning-fast, five-minute presentations about current projects or favorite ideas. 6:30 p.m. $15.

Triathlons Sixth Annual JCC Scottsdale Fall Festival Adult & Youth & Relay Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center Scottsdale Sept. 30 Awards are five deep in all age and team categories. 6:30 a.m.

10th Annual SOMA Half Marathon Arizona Tempe Town Lake (480) 226-4729 Oct. 21 Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles. Awards, medals, aid stations, relays. 6:30 a.m.

Water Sports 11th Annual Hot Head Regatta Tempe Town Lake Marina Oct. 6 Watch rowing teams from all over the southwest compete. Food, fun. Free. Arizona Open Water Swim Series #3 Saguaro Lake Oct. 13 Sanctioned by the USAS and USMS and are open to both registered age groups and masters swimmers. Choice of 2K and 4K distances.


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activity guide WOOF! The annual Halloween in the Hills is set for Wednesday, Oct. 31. Get your costume, and one for your owner!


It’s time again for beers and brats at the annual Oktoberfest Sept. 28 and 29.

Multi-Sport classes for youngsters begin in October.

ART ON THE AVENUE The Thursday afternoon Farmer’s Market and Art on the Avenue gets under way in October.


GET OUTSIDE! With the cooler weather, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors.


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2ALET’S october2012 22 GO! October 2012 Community Services Staff Director Mark Mayer Nancy Walter, Executive Assistant

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Recreation Bryan Hughes, Supervisor Anjelica Giardino, Coordinator Kathy Worrell, Coordinator

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Parks Don Clark, Supervisor Chance Butterfield, Parks Lead Bo Cichuniec, Parks Lead Wes Loyet, Groundskeeper

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Educational/Wellness Walks and Tours begin in November Art Walks The art walks are a cooperative effort between the Town of Fountain Hills, the Chamber of Commerce and the Public Art Committee of the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association.

Botanical Garden Tour Volunteer caretakers and trained docents will lead tours of the garden. Registration is required and parking is limited. Private tours are also available.

Fountain Hills Community Services Phil McKenzie, Groundskeeper Eric Smyth, Groundskeeper Community Center Rino Ghetti, Events Coordinator (480) 816-5116 Bill Haughey, Operations Coordinator (480) 816-5188 Dominick LaBate, Customer Service Rep (480) 816-5200 Susan Phillips, Customer Service Rep (480) 816-5200 Senior Services Kelley Fonville, Supervisor Nita Blose, Home Delivered Meals Marti Lemieux, Activities Coordinator Lori Dunn, Activities Assistant

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This course trains individuals to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in children or adults. Classes cover adult, child, and infant CPR; the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and first aid for choking. The Fountain Hills Fire Department provides the certified CPR instructors. Class Day Date Time Fee 6176 Sat Oct 13 9 a.m. $30 Age: 14 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Capt. Boyer or Capt. Brunnin

Hiking Series The Hiking Series is jointly coordinated by the McDowell Mountain Preservation Commission and the Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills. All hikes start at 8 a.m. and hikes begun from Golden Eagle require $2 charge for the Regional Park. Oct. 27 Plant and Animal Adaptation, MMRP Ranger Amy Burnett 3 miles Easy/Moderate Age: All ages, 18 and under with a Parent or Guardian Location: Golden Eagle Trailhead

Drawing Class

This clinic is designed for kids interested in learning the fundamentals of skateboarding. Equipment needed: Skateboard, helmet, and the use of elbow and knee pads are strongly recommended. Class Day Date Time Fee 6194 Sat Sept. 29-Oct. 13 10-11 a.m. $60 6195 Sat Oct. 27-Nov. 10 10-11 a.m. $60 Age: 3 to 13 years old Location: Desert Vista Park Instructor: Kids That Rip Skateboard School

Before you paint you need to have a good drawing. Apply design principles to your own creative ideas. Bring only pencil and drawing paper to first class, plus paper to take notes. Class Day Date Time Fee 6158 Tues Oct. 23-Dec. 4 1-3:30 p.m. $75 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Dennis Weber

Oil Painting/Mixed Media This class will take you step-by-step and you will come away with a true understanding of how to paint with oils. A basic drawing class is preferred but no experience is needed and intermediate students are welcome. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class Day Date Time Fee 6163 Wed Oct. 10-31 4-6 p.m. $110 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Michael Roberts

Sports Activities Adult Men’s Softball Softballs and umpires are provided. The season ends with a single elimination tournament. We are always looking for new teams or players! Individuals are encouraged to call (480) 816-5132 to find out how to get on a team. Come out for fun, fitness, and good competition! Deadline for registration is Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 6 p.m. No late registrations! Class Day Date Time Fee 6184 Tues Oct. 16-Dec. 11 6:30-10:30 pm $495 Age: 18 years and up Location: Golden Eagle Park

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Skateboarding Lessons

The league provides fields and softballs. All team managers must have players sign a waiver of liability prior to the first game. Teams are responsible for any make up games. Deadline for registration is Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 6 p.m. No late registrations! Class Day Date Time Fee 6186 Tues Oct. 17-Jan. 9 9 a.m.-noon. $200 Age: 65 years and up Location: Golden Eagle Park

Adult Pick-Up Basketball

Arts and Crafts Watercolor for Beginners Fabulous Faux: Suede, Rustic and Modern Beginning techniques include wet-on-wet, value Learn from a professional faux painter who shows beginners “ulcer-free” ways to having an office look like leather, how to have Western or Southwestern walls, contemporary and children’s rooms. Learn how metallic, stripes and “dry brushing” can change ordinary looks to GREAT. Bring a paint shirt. Warning: your neighbors may ask you to do their walls! A required-materials fee of $29 will be collected in class for the painting kit (including a DVD). If you attended the Metallics/ Tuscan/Granite class, you still need this kit as it has a different roller and DVD. $40 reg fee +$29 materials fee collected in class. Class Day Date Time Fee 6116 Mon Oct. 1 6 – 8:30 p.m. $45 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Linda Coffman

Acrylic and Oil Painting Workshop New, Shorter Sessions!!

Play pick up ball in a relaxed environment for friendly competition and a good workout. There are no officials - honor call system is used. Teams are formed randomly each week by shooting free throws. Class Day Date Time Fee 6236 Thurs Oct. 18-Nov. 15 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30 Age: 18 years and up Location: Fountain Hills Middle School

Intermediate to advanced students. This workshop will help students improve technical aspects of painting and understanding color. Students will also work on improving their composition, proportion and perspective. Class Day Date Time Fee 6167 Mon Oct. 29-Dec. 3 1-4 p.m. $60 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Ernie Shapiro

Veteran’s Day Senior Softball Tournament

Life Drawing Class

This annual tournament brings together senior softball teams from across the State of Arizona for four days of intense softball action. The 70+ and 65+ age divisions compete on Thursday and Friday while the 60+ and 50+ age divisions compete on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by the park to catch the action! Registration deadline Oct. 18. Where: Golden Eagle Park Date: Nov. 1-4 Time: Games begin at 8:30 a.m. each day

Recommended for those with fundamental drawing experience and intermediate and advanced painters. Pencil, charcoal, water color or acrylics are the media used. $60 for 5 weeks, plus a fee due to instructor the first day of class for model fees (range $25-$40 depending on class size). Class Day Date Time Fee 6183 Tues Oct. 30-Nov. 27 9 a.m.-noon $60 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Ernie Shapiro

development, textural applications and color exploration. Students will begin using black and white values, while continuing toward the full range of color with still life and photographic reference work. Experienced students will concentrate on developing their own “personal series” in watercolors with other media. Class Day Date Time Fee 6169 Fri Oct. 13-Nov. 30 9:30-11:30 a.m. $95 Age: 18 years and up Location: Community Center Instructor: Joan Campbell

Toddler Activities Soccer Tots and Lil Sluggers Introduce your child to soccer and baseball. The program features three weeks of soccer and three weeks of baseball. Parental assistance is required in all classes. Each class lasts 45 minutes. Please arrive on time! What to bring: #3 soccer ball, glove (not required) and water with your child’s name on it. Class Age Day Date Time Fee 6202 31mo-under 4yrs Sat Oct. 6-Nov. 10 9-9:45 a.m. $85 6203 18-30mo Sat Oct. 6-Nov. 10 10-10:45 a.m. $85 6204 4-6 years Sat Oct. 6-Nov. 10 11-11:45 a.m. $85

Toddler Tumbling This non-competitive class especially for toddlers is designed to capture movement, drama, gain confidence, balance, motor skills, and improve self-esteem together in a social group setting. Parents are welcome to stay but need not be present. Class Level/Age Day Date Time Fee 6119 Move & Groove 18-36 months Mon/Weds Oct. 1-10 9-9:45am $28 6122 Mighty Movement 3-5 years Mon/Weds Oct. 1-10 10-10:45am $28 Age: 18 months to 5 years Location: Community Center Instructor: Kathy Worrell

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Wild Art Wednesday Participants will enjoy a different activity and project each class. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Fee includes all supplies and materials. Pre-registration is required. Class Day Date Time Fee 6136 Wed Oct. 24 9-10 a.m. $10/class Age: 2 to 6 years old Location: Community Center – Art Room Instructor: Kathy Worrell

Teen Activities Homecoming Tailgate Party The entire community is welcome to join the fun before the BIG GAME! DJ, games, face painting, food, refreshments and more! There will be contests and giveaways along with an appearance by the Falcon Cheer Team to help get the crowd fired up before the game! Come out and support the Falcons as they face the Coronado Dons. This event is co-sponsored by Community Services and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - McKee Branch. Day: Friday Date: Sept. 28 Time: 5-7 p.m. Location: Golden Eagle Park

Make a Difference Day 2012 Saturday, Oct. 27 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Town comes together to serve those in need in Fountain Hills. We are looking for residents who may need a hand with landscaping, painting, repairing, adding wheel chair ramps, patching, hauling debris, cleaning, or other home projects. If you know of a resident or are interested in receiving assistance, please call Heather Ware, 480-816-5108.

Halloween in the Hills Wednesday, Oct. 31 5-8 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains Celebrate Halloween at this family-friendly event on the Avenue of the Fountains. Merchants will hand out candy, popcorn, treats and more! Games and bouncers for the kids, costume-dressed pets and pet owners will parade down the avenue culminating in best costume judging and prizes. A haunted mine and other surprises! Dress up with your pet in your favorite Halloween costumes, or just dress up your pet. All prizes will be supplied by local merchants. After the costume contest, it’s time for CANDY! Kids are welcome to fill up their trick-or-treat goody bags with candy from merchants on the Avenue of the Fountains. The Town of Fountain Hills is a proud sponsor of this event. For more information, visit

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Seniors and Boomers Programs Armchair Travelogue Sponsored by TJ’s Travel Club Wednesday, Oct. 17; 9-10:30 a.m. – When Relatives Visit This travelogue will provide information on destinations of interest “When Relatives Visit.” No registration necessary. Senior Center Membership is required.

Flu Clinics Administered by Mollen Immunization Clinic Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 8 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Community Center Ballroom Shot Cost: $25 – Influenza/H1N1 (this is a combined shot) and $75.00 – Pneumonia - Available While Supplies Last Bring Your Primary Insurance Card -- Please visit for an expanded list of Insurance Providers that are accepted by Mollen Immunization Clinic.

Great Decisions Series (Four weeks) Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29; 2:30-5 p.m. Great Decisions is a national, civic-educational program that encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign policy, global issues and to discuss these viewpoints in a group setting. Don Peters moderates. Topics are Mexico; State of the Oceans; Indonesia; and Energy Geopolitics. Preregistration required. Course #6099. Students will need the 2012 text book. Activity Center Membership is required. No class on Nov.22 due to Thanksgiving Holiday.

Special Presentations Course Day Date Time Cost Medication Safety Wed Oct. 10 2-3 p.m. FREE – member; $5 non-member Christie Kramer with Arizona State University will provide a seminar on Gerontology. Pre-registration required. Course #6103. Age Your Brain Gracefully Thu Oct. 11 2-3 p.m. FREE – member; $5 non-member Dr. Carol Jamison will educate you about brain function and the ways to improve brain function. Pre-registration required. Course #6152.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 5:30 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains Fountain Hills High School and the Town of Fountain Hills present the 5th Annual Homecoming Parade. Town Center merchants will join the fun and decorate store windows and have sidewalk sales the day of the parade. Join other Falcon fans Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. for the Big Homecoming Game against the Coronado Dons.

Arthritis Thurs Oct. 18 2-3 p.m. FREE – member; $5 non-member Matthew Hummel, M.D. will give a presentation on arthritis. Pre-registration required. Course #6153. Phoenix Art Museum Thurs Oct. 25 2-3 p.m. FREE – member; $5 non-member Presented by the Phoenix Art Museum. Docent, Deeda Delillo, will present information on famous artists of the “Italian Renaissance.” Pre-registration required. Course #6156. International Red Cross Wed Oct. 31 10-11 a.m. FREE – member; $5 non-member History of Hope and Gratitude of the Red Cross over the years. Pre-registration required. Course #6154.

OTHER EVENTS AROUND TOWN Tour de Scottsdale Oktoberfest Friday & Saturday, Sept. 28-29 5-10 p.m. Fountain Park Join us for an authentic German Oktoberfest celebration. Food and beverages include bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, and strudel, along with Warsteiner beer, wine, water and soft drinks available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by the band “die echten Wald-Baum” direct from Germany. Additional activities include a designated children’s area with inflatable bouncers, contests, dachshund races, raffle prizes, and more -- providing something for the whole family to enjoy. Presented by the Southwest German Society, AMVETS Post 7, and the Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 and the Town of Fountain Hills.

Sunday, Oct. 14 7-9 a.m. (approximately) This cycling event passes through Fountain Hills in the early morning hours.

Fountain Hills Community Center Upcoming Arts Shows Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona Oct. 2-Nov. 14

Upcoming Public Events Volunteer, Club and Organization Fair Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 2-6 p.m. Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 3-7 p.m.



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Fountain Hills Community Services

Mission Statement The mission of the Fountain Hills Community Services Department is to provide exceptional customer service to enhance the quality of life by providing and maintaining safe, available, and accessible parks and facilities, recreation programs, events, and services that will meet the intellectual, social, cultural, and leisure needs of all residents.

Parks and Facilities Facilities & Hours of Operation

Golden Eagle Park

Community Services @ Town Hall

15900 E. Golden Eagle Blvd. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains Monday-Thursday – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 480-816-5151

Four Peaks Park 14825 N. Del Cambre Avenue 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Community Center

Desert Vista Park

13001 N. La Montana Drive Monday-Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 480-816-5200

Senior & Boomers @ the Community Center

11800 N. Desert Vista 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dog Park – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Skate Park – 7 a.m. to Sunset

Desert Botanical Garden

13001 N. La Montana Drive Monday-Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 480-816-5226

11300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Sunrise to Sunset

Fountain Park

Golden Eagle Trailhead Sunrise to Sunset

12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Sunrise to Sunset

McDowell Mountain Preserve

The Splash Park closes Sept. 30 for the season.

Snooze – You Lose!

Nothing kills a good program quicker than everyone waiting until the last minute to register. Whether or not a program takes place is determined by registration, not waiting or assuming how many people may show up. If a program interests you, be sure to register today!

To Err is Human Although Community Services staff work hard to ensure each program is free from errors, there are times when errors in dates, times, rates, or registration information do occur. We will do everything possible to correct such errors and we thank you for your patience and understanding when these situations arise.

Register Online With online registration you are able to browse for classes and programs offered and register for them with secure payment options. Online registration is available 24 hours a day!

Visit today How do I get started? Simply contact our Customer Service Representatives at gov or 480-816-5151 to request you Personal ID Number and your Account PIN Number.

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Do You Have An Idea For A New Program? Tell Us About It! The Community Services staff is constantly striving to provide programs that “meet the intellectual, cultural, fitness, and leisure needs of all residents.” If there is a recreational program that you would like to see offered, contact Community Services at 816-5151 or

Program Refunds • A FULL refund is granted when Community Services cancels any program. • NO refunds will be granted after the start of a program except for medical reasons or relocation out of the area. • NO refunds will be granted for trips or team sports leagues unless the spot can be filled. • A $10.00 administrative fee will be charged against ALL refunds to cover administrative costs. There are no administrative fees charged when the program is cancelled by Community Services. • Credit card refunds are issued back to the card used for payment. • Refund processing takes four to six weeks.

Facility Refunds • A FULL refund will be made if Community Services cancels the rental. • In the event of inclement weather, the responsible party may re-schedule the rental at a later date. • All changes to reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. All changes to weekend reservations need to be made by the Thursday prior to the reservation. • Refund processing takes four to six weeks. For more detailed information on Community Services refund policies, call 480816-5151.

How do I know what programs are available online? When browsing programs online, registration availability will be indicated. If I register online, will I know if I get into a program right away? Yes, the registrations are in “real time”. If a program has an opening, when you complete your registration you will be registered, and you will receive confirmation that your registration has been received. If a program is closed, you will be able to sign up online to be on the waitlist. Do I have to register online? No, we will still take registrations at Town Hall or the Community Center via fax, mail or in person.

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Let's Go in the Northeast Valley - October 2012  

Monthly newspaper covering Fountain Hills, Northeast Scottsdale and surrounding areas.

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