Have you ever turned on the tap in your home and wondered, “Where does this water come from?” That water takes a long journey from Lake Mead on the Colorado River to reach your home. It begins with a rainfall or snow in the mountains, trickling down to streams, to Lake Powell and Lake Mead, and … [Read more...] about Preserving the Future of the Southwest: Water Conservation
Have you ever had your mouth water while you looked at a prickly pear cactus? Perhaps it should! Prickly pears, spiny cacti of the genus Opuntia, are native to the Western Hemisphere but have been shared around the world. For hundreds of years, they have provided nutrition and … [Read more...] about Prickly Pear: Food and Medicine of the Desert
Arizona has unique weather patterns compared to the rest of the country with terminology that is not used in other states. When it comes to summer weather, most year-round residents look forward to the monsoon storms that cool the stifling desert heat. But what causes this unique … [Read more...] about Arizona Monsoons, Haboobs, and Downbursts
As you watch housing prices rise at what may feel like an irrationally fast rate, you may be tempted to assume there is another bubble on the horizon. But is that the case? Let’s compare the 2008 housing crisis with today. THE GREAT RECESSION In 2008, the world faced an economic downturn that … [Read more...] about Is Another Housing Crash on the Way?
As we enter the hottest part of the summer, water recreation is the Number One way to get outdoors without feeling scorched. Here are a few nearby places where you can stay cool while having fun. SAGUARO LAKE Only 20 minutes east of Fountain Hills, Saguaro Lake features a full-service marina, boat … [Read more...] about Beat the Heat in the Water
Thanks to increasing numbers of people getting vaccinated and the pandemic hopefully moving toward our rearview mirror, schools across Maricopa County are gearing up for resuming school as usual this Fall. No matter your age or educational needs, Fountain Hills residents have many options. McDOWELL … [Read more...] about Education Choices for Fountain Hills
Part of living in the Sonoran Desert is designing your landscape to withstand harsh summer temperatures and frequent drought conditions. Most people opt for xeriscape that includes yards made of rock and low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants. Yet many families want a section of the yard where … [Read more...] about Artificial Turf vs. Natural Grass
“The job of the feet is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” ~Amit Kalantri According to research, dancing improves brain function and boosts memory. It is linked to a reduced risk of dementia. It also improves your balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. But most people do not look at … [Read more...] about Learn to Dance this Summer