Discover Deep Transformational Life Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
Living the human experience is a beautiful, complex journey. It's filled with peaks and valleys of pleasure and pain, both physical and emotional. It seems so simple when we're children, but things change as we grow: we begin to form our own opinions, develop romantic relationships, build a career, and work our way through life. With age comes maturity and personal development, but all too often, we grow older without learning how to manage and accept our emotions, thoughts, and relationships. This causes us to get stuck, and for some, they then stay stuck - trapped in a vicious cycle of self-doubt, judgement and negativity.
Sound familiar? If so, ask yourself if you are suffering from any of the following:
- Unresolved childhood trauma
- Grief, loss, and betrayals in life that you can't get past
- Harmful patterns that keep you stuck in a rut, with no hope of moving forward
- Anxiety about your personal or work life
- Anger, insecurity, and stress that gets the best of you
- Codependency and people pleasing-problems that leave you emotionally bankrupt
- Family or romantic relationship issues that you can't handle or resolve
- Negative thoughts and self-criticizing problems equating to "I'm not good enough" and "I can't succeed."
- Overthinking and racing thoughts that distract you during the day and keep you up at night
- Lack of motivation or purpose in your life
- Low self-worth, self-love, and lack of personal development
If you're struggling because you aren't sure what to do next or how to change your life for the better, know that you aren't alone. Millions of people just like you aren't where they want to be in life. Fortunately, your personal growth life coach in Fountain Hills, AZ, is here to help you reimagine, refocus, and rebuild your life for the better.
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- We All Suffer at Times. Now, Let's Do Something About It
- The Christy Maxey Difference
- Men's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
- Women's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
- EMDR Therapy in Fountain Hills, AZ
- Break Out of Your Cage and Be Proud of Your True Self
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We All Suffer at Times. Now, Lets Do Something About It
If you're reading this page, chances are you're not exactly happy with how your life is going. And that's okay. You're in a safe place.
Finding the right person to speak with about the personal growth issues in your life is challenging. Some life coaches in Fountain Hills only see you as a transaction - a means to make money and provide unhelpful, mediocre services. Christy Maxey is the anthesis of uneducated, fly-by-night life coaches. She has worked with thousands of people just like you and has built a reputation of helping people as their life coach in Fountain Hills and throughout Arizona, as well as with clients all over the world.
As a former therapist, Christy uses an effective system of evidenced-based concepts, tools, and exercises like trauma-informed coaching, inner child healing and EMDR to uncover true self-worth. Christy's signature system, the Maxx Method, helps develop emotional intelligence and provides life-long skills that will help guide you in relationships with yourself and others.
Remember: you are not broken YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. There is nothing wrong with you. And, it doesn't have to take years of therapy to get the results you are hoping for
The Maxx Method Difference
Many people use go to therapy but see few results. They've tried reading books, listening to podcasts, and maybe even hired a life coach. But at the end of the day, they're still struggling with root issues that cause stress, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.
Christy Maxey has developed The Maxx Method, an evidenced-based path to Personal Development, Healing and Emotional Intelligence. When you work with Christy Maxey as your life coach, you will spend your time together getting to the root cause of your problems. You'll answer questions like:
- How are you holding yourself back?
- What limiting beliefs do you have?
- What are you resisting?
- How are self-doubt and judgment keeping you stuck?
- How is your past STILL affecting you now?
- Where is your anxiety coming from?
Often, we don't know the answers to these questions without help. Unfortunately, many therapists and life coaches in Fountain Hills, AZ lack focus. They encourage you to talk about your day, week, and month. They get a general sense of what is bothering you, but before any real work is done, your therapy session is over. In the end, you see few results and you're left reeling with more anxiety and stress than before.
Clients choose Christy Maxey as their personal development life coach because she gets right to the issues without wasting your time. She pulls on her vast experience to heal men and women of all ages, using traditional techniques from psychology and psychotherapy combined with results-oriented coaching. Christy always emphasizes honesty, compassion, and accountability, so you get real benefits and real efficiency with her coaching.
If you're ready to be re-introduced to your authentic self, your journey starts here.
Men's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
Men in today's society often fight against strong feelings of stress, anger, and self-defeating patterns that keep them stuck in a rut. Unfortunately, many men are socialized to ignore their feelings and inner experiences. As a men's therapist and life coach for more than 20 years, Christy Maxey has the techniques and experience to break down the barriers keeping men from living the life they want.
Men deserve compassion, but they also deserve high expectations and positive confrontation when necessary. Unlike some life coaches in Fountain Hills, Christy's approach doesn't allow men to hide behind insecurity and grandiosity. Male clients choose Christy because she pushes them to live to their true potential without wasting time.
Coaching Men with Relationship Issues
Relationships don't always come easily and we are not taught how to have healthy, secure relationships. Challenges can be hard to overcome without help. If any of the following problems sound familiar, life coaching with Christy Maxey could be the solution:
- Difficult Relating to Partner
- Repeating Negative Patterns in Relationships
- Feelings of Loneliness
- Feeling Misunderstood
Coaching Men with Stress
Stress is the leading root cause of disease. Although men are taught to "just deal with it," that's not the best answer. With Christy Maxey as your life coach, you can address issues with:
- No Appreciation for Hard Work
- Pleasing Everyone Except Yourself
- Exhaustion without Physical Activity
- Feelings of Unhappiness and Lack of Motivation
Coaching Men with Anger
It's no wonder that men suffer from aggression and anger when we tell them to turn off their emotions. Life coaching can help you overcome:
- Aggressive Behavior
- Outbursts of Anger
- Career Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Verbal Aggression and Abuse
If you're a man open to working through your problems to better yourself, there's good news. Christy Maxey's proven, efficient life coaching system can help you be the father, husband, friend, and self that you truly want to be. With the right tools and guidance, you can live life with less anger and stress. And with the right tools, you can focus on finding your voice without resorting to aggression.
Women's Personal Development Growth Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
Women are beautiful, unique individuals. But many seem to suffer from the same universal theme - an inner critic that hinders true growth and sabotages them from a fulfilling, happy life.
As a therapist, Christy Maxey spent much of her time working directly with women just like you. Christy combines an incredible depth of knowledge and guidance with life coaching energy, uncovering your true potential as a woman, free of dysfunction.
Unfortunately, no matter what women do as mothers and employees, many believe that they're never good enough. They feel like they're not worthy, not lovable, and not strong.
If you feel like you're unworthy of success and happiness, it's time for a change. It's time to look in the mirror and take care of yourself, not someone else.
If you're ready to reclaim the life you deserve, your journey to success starts with women's life coaching in Fountain Hills. Here are just a few areas that Christy Maxey helps women break free of the chains that keep them down:
Coaching Women Suffering from Pleasing & Codependency
Many women today do everything for everybody else but don't take time to heal or explore personal development. Personal development growth coaching from Christy Maxey can help you address these common issues:
- Self-Medicating to Cover Up Feelings of Inadequacy
- Feeling like You've Lost Yourself
- People Taking Advantage of Your Kindness
- Over-Providing for Others
Coaching Women with Unpleasant Emotions
Many women are unsure of how to untangle the mess of emotions they go through. Life coaching in Fountain Hills can help you manage your emotions and find the clarity and love you need in your life. Does this sound like you?
- Feelings of Shame and Guilt
- Issues with Your Career or Job
- Unhappiness with Others' Behaviors
- Bouts of Sobbing That Lead to Anxiety and Depression
Coaching Women with Self-Confidence Issues
Though every life is valuable, society triggers many women to de-value themselves as they grow older. One of the core components of Christy's life coaching is to help women value who they are. Self-confidence can help by:
- Highlighting Positive Attributes Over Shortcomings
- Finding Solutions to Confidence Issues
- Teaching You How to Love Yourself, Flaws and All
- Giving You the Tools to Assert Yourself Without Guilt
If you're a woman and you're ready for change, we've got great news. Women's coaching with Christy is all about change and focus. It's active and experiential coaching that will keep you engaged and accountable to yourself. The result? A life bursting with happiness, fulfillment, and joy.
EMDR Coaching in Fountain Hills, AZ
EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing, is a powerful technique used to heal people from distressing and disturbing life experiences. EMDR Coaching with Christy Maxey allows the mind to heal from psychological trauma much quicker than traditional therapy methods.
When we go through traumatic experiences, we often associate those events with negative beliefs and emotions like feelings of shame, anger, and inadequacy. EMDR helps the mind reprocess the life-changing event, allowing the client to heal and live a life they love.
Is EMDR Right for You?
Many people are reluctant to try EMDR because of poor results from previous attempts. Christy Maxey's EMDR Coaching includes guided visualization and inner child healing for a more robust approach. This tactic is part of Christy's Maxx Method - a life-changing framework for personal development.
What is the Maxx Method?
You may have received help from a therapist or life coach in Fountain Hills, AZ, in the past, only to fall back into bad habits and self-destruction. If that sounds like you, chances are you never addressed the underlying cause of your problems. You cut the weed but never removed the root.
The Maxx Method is a six-part holistic system of evidenced-based tools, exercises, and concepts, developed to help you achieve maximized personal development.
EMDR and the Maxx Method are not only used for extreme traumas. They can be very helpful for common memories and events that foster feelings of low self-esteem and powerlessness, too. These methods were developed to help manage unpleasant emotions, show you how to find deep love, and heal old wounds that keep you stuck.
EMDR and the Maxx Method could be right for you if you have experienced:
- Social Anxiety
- Loss, Betrayal, and Grief
- Negative Core Beliefs
- Hurt, Anger, and Sadness
- Low Self-Esteem
- Lack of Confidence
Break Out of Your Comfort Zone and Be Proud of Your True Self
The world is changing. People are finally learning how to manage their own human experiences. But we can't do it alone. Christy Maxey is here to guide you on the path to a positive, guilt-free life. If you're ready to look inward, find peace, and develop the skills to love your true self, you're in the right place. After all, you've been suffering long enough.
When you work with Christy, you'll be on a fast track to the truth - no beating around the bush or wasting time. Christy's methods are gentle but firm, compassionate yet driven. You will learn, you will transform, and you will be happy because it's you who did the work. It's time to face your fears head-on, so you can't play the victim card anymore. You're capable of great relationships, healthy self-confidence, and of doing something with your life. If you're sick and tired of being stuck, this is your chance to get out of that rut.
Ready to learn to value yourself and live the life that you deserve? Contact Christy Maxey today for your free 15-minute consultation.Call Us480-600-3003
Latest News in Fountain Hills, AZ
Camp brings baseball to Native American youth in Arizona
Native American reservation baseball used to be far different than it was on a sunny Saturday near Phoenix.It’s easy for Robert Miguel to look back on the old days. He’s now chairman for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, one of 22 Arizona tribes. He grew up with the Tohono O’odham Nation and would lay in bed at night as a kid throwing a baseball up and catching it so many times, he could close his eyes and feel when the ball was on its way down.Long before he had unsuccessful tryouts with the Cincinnati Reds and C...
Native American reservation baseball used to be far different than it was on a sunny Saturday near Phoenix.
It’s easy for Robert Miguel to look back on the old days. He’s now chairman for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, one of 22 Arizona tribes. He grew up with the Tohono O’odham Nation and would lay in bed at night as a kid throwing a baseball up and catching it so many times, he could close his eyes and feel when the ball was on its way down.
Long before he had unsuccessful tryouts with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs, Miguel had his own way of learning fundamentals.
Surrounded by miles of open desert, a young Miguel would refine his hand-eye coordination by hitting rocks with a stick. “Chalk” lines on a makeshift infield came from government-issued powdered milk, and bases came in the form of either cow chips or empty beer boxes.
“When I was doing that, [baseball] grew on me,” he said. “And I would watch baseball with my grandfather. We would watch The Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds. So I fell in love by just watching.”
Nike’s N7 program has provided new opportunities. A camp for 250 kids took place at Salt River High School in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a sovereign community bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills.
Nike is focused on getting youth in North American Indigenous communities moving through the N7 Fund. Since its creation in 2009, the Nike N7 Fund has awarded over $8 million in grants to more than 270 communities and organizations.
Watching kids go through fielding, catching and hitting reps looked all too familiar for Jacoby Ellsbury. As the first Native American of Navajo descent to play Major League Baseball, Ellsbury was an All-Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner, two-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox and MVP runner-up.
“It brings back memories for me on the baseball field and being a kid and having fun. That’s what N7 is all about, activity through sports,” Ellsbury said while watching the kids go through drills.
The Valley of the Sun has been busy this week with high-profile sports events, and N7 has been right there for each. Just a few days earlier, N7 hosted a football camp in tandem with Super Bowl 57 across town and also a golf camp in line with the Phoenix Open in nearby Scottsdale.
With pitchers and catchers having just reported for Spring Training, hundreds of plastic bats and balls helped turn N7’s focus to baseball. There were batting nets for practice swings, cones for running drills and of course shirts and shoes for the campers, plus a nutritious lunch afterward.
“Childhood obesity unfortunately is becoming high among the Native youth. So get them out, have fun and challenge them,” Ellsbury said. “Have them do something they never have done.”
While many of the kids have never played organized baseball or softball, some have. Some already have dreams, not unlike Miguel’s. Ten-year-old Marco Lopez was wearing his Arizona Diamondbacks cap while taking all kinds of batting swings and flatly said his dream is to reach Major League Baseball someday, among other leagues.
“NBA and NFL. All of them,” he said. “We’ll see what I go to.”
Others may not be reaching for a career in professional sports, but the idea of setting goals and working to achieve them was not lost on some campers.
“I know that as a hobby you must have practice. So I think it’s a very good learning experience for a lot of people,” said Zariah Miles, 13.
Miguel used lessons he learned to teach the kids. Fate may not have had him reach his goal of playing pro baseball, but he did follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Jonas, who also served as Ak-Chin Indian Community chairman in the early 1970s. Family is an important theme for Miguel.
“What means so much to these kids is that somebody’s paying attention to them. Not just Jacoby but the [N7] staff, showing an interest in their growth in life. That means so much,” he said. “A lot of these kids here, I can guarantee, they’ve grown up in broken homes and with a number of negative dilemmas in their lives.”
The Gila River Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Tohono O'odham Nation are “sister tribes” here in the Valley. Miguel, the Salt River president and the Gila River governor all grew up together playing baseball, from T-ball and Little League.
“We share the same traditions and cultures, and our language is almost identical,” Miguel said. “For a lot of us growing up, baseball was not a game. It was life.”
Girls basketball playoff dreams end in Chinle
After an eventful season full of ups and downs, the Fountain Hills High School girls basketball team fell in the first round of playoffs on the road. The girls faced all sorts of challenges just to get to the playoffs last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and No. 10 Chinle ended their dream of a Cinderella season.The No. 23 Falcons left Fountain Hills at 8 a.m. to several hours up to Chinle, and they arrived back home around 1 a.m. the next day after losing 68-35 on the road. The Falcons played a close first quarter and were only down 12-16 afterw...
After an eventful season full of ups and downs, the Fountain Hills High School girls basketball team fell in the first round of playoffs on the road. The girls faced all sorts of challenges just to get to the playoffs last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and No. 10 Chinle ended their dream of a Cinderella season.
The No. 23 Falcons left Fountain Hills at 8 a.m. to several hours up to Chinle, and they arrived back home around 1 a.m. the next day after losing 68-35 on the road. The Falcons played a close first quarter and were only down 12-16 afterwards, but they couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats.
The Falcons faced more than the No. 10 team. They were on the road for more than five hours each way in cold weather and saw lots of snow up in Chinle.
“You know, no excuses, because you should be ready to play,” head coach Amanda Baca said. “It’s the state tournament and especially in Arizona, you have to travel and sometimes it’s far. The bus ride definitely took a toll on us, especially with the weather.”
No Falcon had played in a playoff game before, and they had to play their playoff game in an arena nearly six times larger than their home stadium. The Falcon’s gymnasium has a capacity of less than 1,300, whereas the “Wildcat Den” can hold 6,000 people.
“Little bit of wide eyes, little bit overwhelmed,” head coach Amanda Baca said. “It’s not a typical gym, and although it wasn’t full, being in an arena like that, little bit nerve racking I think for them. We came out definitely a little bit tight.”
According to senior Alexis Ibarra, the Falcons started to lose energy in the second quarter. They fell behind 24-36 at halftime, and then the Falcons only scored four points in the third quarter.
Despite falling behind and taking a hard loss, the playoff experience was good for the Falcons. The Falcons have six underclassmen and one junior that can return next year with post season experience. Also, since seven of the Falcons come from Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, they were well received by the Navajo nation crowd in Chinle.
“It was really different,” Alexis Ibarra said. “First, they were so welcoming, and it was so different playing in the big arena. It’s such a big place, so many people were there, and they were so supportive. They were even cheering for us. They were just really nice people, and it was just really fun.”
Alexis led with 11 points, and sophomore CC Smith scored 10 points. Behind them, senior Titleist Patrick scored six points and freshman Kynzi Schaunaman added four more. Junior Alicia Ibarra scored three points, and sophomore Kaylee Lewis added one point.
The Falcons will lose Alexis, Patrick and senior LJ Holland to graduation. Patrick has played for Fountain Hills every year since sixth grade, while Holland has played every year since ninth grade. Alexis returned to Fountain Hills for her final year after playing here in middle school.
“We’re losing three really core individuals who know the systems and know the program and have become really good leaders for our program,” Baca said. “So there’s big shoes to fill and we’re going to miss them, but the underclassmen we have coming up are very solid.”
The Falcons improved to 13-9 this year after going 5-14 last year and 1-9 the year before. The Falcons made the playoffs this year after winning seven of their last nine games, and they enjoyed a nice five game win streak during that time.
“We always leave the locker room on a pretty positive note, try and build off of that, but I think they hadn’t tasted victory like that in a long time,” Baca said. “The last two seasons had been rough, so I was really happy that, especially those seniors, LJ and Titleist, that were here when we had five players on the floor and were here when there was one sub, I was just really happy to have them have some success. It was very positive in the locker room and practice.”
The Falcons are regaining their strength as a program and are on the rise. The Ibarra sisters jump started the team halfway through this year, and Alicia will be able to return as a senior next year. The Falcons had less than 10 players each of the past two seasons, but the Ibarra sisters gave them extra depth this year.
“Having a little bit bigger team, makes all the difference in the world,” Baca said.
Baca will now move on to the middle school basketball season, and the older Falcons will move on to club or other sports this spring. The Times will do print a full season review article for the girls basketball team next week.
Fountain Hills’ Short-Term Rental Regulations
Fountain Hills is recognized nationally as a desirable location for winter visitors, much like the neighboring communities of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Many visitors come for the weather and beautiful surroundings. Others may come for the vicinity of world-class golf courses and seasonal events like Spring Training, Waste Management Open, or other major sporting events that the Phoenix metro often hosts. Thanks mainly to the short-term lodging market, the community has experienced substantial growth due to the increased use of online h...
Fountain Hills is recognized nationally as a desirable location for winter visitors, much like the neighboring communities of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Many visitors come for the weather and beautiful surroundings. Others may come for the vicinity of world-class golf courses and seasonal events like Spring Training, Waste Management Open, or other major sporting events that the Phoenix metro often hosts. Thanks mainly to the short-term lodging market, the community has experienced substantial growth due to the increased use of online hosting platforms.
The Town of Fountain Hills has adopted new regulations to protect neighborhood investments, housing values, and community safety. The updated rules go into effect on Feb. 1, 2023. For information and resources on the steps needed to comply with rental home property ownership, go on the Town of Foutain Hills website at www.fountainhillsaz.gov/Rentals.
The goal of the updated regulations is to ensure that property owners are: responsible for their property and tenants to protect the quiet enjoyment of our neighborhoods; reduce impacts on neighbors; make visitor stays pleasant for guests and neighbors alike; decrease or eliminate unruly behavior, and support the responsive hosts and property owners.
The ordinance generally describes and defines definitions and processes for property owners. These include permit requirements, emergency contact information, prohibited uses, neighborhood notification before the rental of a unit/home, advertising requirements, posting on the property, insurance, background checks, permit suspension, enhanced penalties, appeal process, judicial relief, and severability. Additionally, there is a provision to allow the Town to inspect properties to ensure compliance with the ordinance or any provision of Town building, fire, or zoning codes.
The Arizona Department of Revenue administers the transaction privilege tax for the Town of Fountain Hills; property owners must report and pay their Town of Fountain Hills transaction privilege tax to the Department of Revenue. Taxes can be included in the overall price or charged to the renter as a separate line item. If a property management company is being used, the property owner still needs to file their tax license with the Department of Revenue.
All rental properties are subject to tax regardless of the number of rental units owned. Property owners must be licensed and pay tax if leasing or renting real property located within the Town of Fountain Hills. In addition, all residential properties used as a rental in the Town of Fountain Hills must be registered with Maricopa County at https://preview.mcassessor.maricopa.gov/page/residential_property/forms as a rental.
The Town of Fountain Hills is interested in pursuing all rental properties for compliance. The Town will gladly research the location and verify all tax and licensing requirements are met. To report a rental property for licensing compliance, please email the Town at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the standard 2.9% tax, residential rentals of less than 30 days are subject to an additional 4% transient tax (Hotel/Motel Classification) for the Town and 7.27% for the County. “Transient” means any person who, for any period less than thirty (30) consecutive days, either at their own expense or at the expense of another obtains lodging or uses any lodging space for which a charge is made on accommodation or use of lodging space.
Why Scottsdale is Arizona's ultimate destination for stargazers
Fairy lights are strung across the hotel lawn, framed by giant saguaro cacti. Ordinarily it’d be a pretty sight, but tonight, the lights are switched off. Instead, three large telescopes, one wired to a computer, are arranged across the grass at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale to face the inky depths of the endless night sky.I’ve come to meet Mark Johnston — ‘azastroguy’ on Instagram — for a stargazing picnic, held between ...
Fairy lights are strung across the hotel lawn, framed by giant saguaro cacti. Ordinarily it’d be a pretty sight, but tonight, the lights are switched off. Instead, three large telescopes, one wired to a computer, are arranged across the grass at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale to face the inky depths of the endless night sky.
I’ve come to meet Mark Johnston — ‘azastroguy’ on Instagram — for a stargazing picnic, held between six and eight times a month at the hotel on the dusty fringes of the Sonoran Desert. Mark is one of 730 NASA-approved Solar System Ambassadors, and a self-described ‘space nerd’.
“When I first found out about the ambassador programme in 2018, I thought ‘I should be one’,” he says. Ambassadors like Mark share their passion for astronomy through a required minimum number of annual public education events like this. “By the first half of this year, I’d already done 60 events and the requirement is just to do four a year,” says Mark. To become NASA approved, the Toronto native had to apply during the one-month open call, in which his knowledge and equipment were verified and his presentation skills evaluated. But these were hardly new skills for Mark, who first started giving astronomy presentations in Scottsdale over 25 years ago.
Keen to display his knowledge, he draws my attention to the Orion Nebula: what looks like a blurry, cottony swirl through the telescope is a detailed, blooming cloud of oranges, greens and blues on the computer screen. The light I’m seeing, Mark explains, left the nebula over 1,300 years ago. Just gazing at it makes me feel quite emotional; the scale is almost too much to comprehend. “It boggles the mind because every time you look up into the sky, you’re literally looking back in time,” Mark says.
The lack of light pollution here means the night sky stretches above me in all its dark, clear beautiful stillness. Views like these, warm nighttime temperatures and the fact it’s home to certified Dark Sky Communities make Scottsdale a magnet for space enthusiasts. Mark tells me that when he’s not hosting space-themed events at the resort or nearby Pinnacle Peak Park, he often takes his telescope to Cave Creek or Needle Rock, a short drive from the hotel, where the skies are even darker.
But Mark’s not the only one starry-eyed over Scottsdale’s night sky. Scott Adams is part of a local team of five astronomy enthusiasts and educators dubbed the ‘Star Dudes’. They meet weekly at the Adero Scottsdale hotel, in the nearby town of Fountain Hills, which was designated an International Dark Sky Community in 2018. “We brought our telescopes and set up on the lawn behind the hotel,” he says. “People from the hotel started referring to us as ‘those star dudes’. It rolled off the tongue, so that’s what we became.”
The Adero hosts its stargazing events from its Skytop Lounge, an outdoor cocktail bar with unobstructed views of the McDowell Mountains. There are galactic-themed cocktails on offer, including the milky way, a creamy concoction of salted caramel bourbon, hazelnut, amaro and espresso. The Adero serves celebratory tipples, too — in December 2020, during an event to witness the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn in the Great Conjunction, there was a marriage proposal beneath the stars. It’s special moments like these that Scott enjoys so much. “A 12-year-old girl also told me she wanted to work for NASA when she grew up. She had really good questions, better than most adults,” he laughs.
Part of what makes Scottsdale — and Fountain Hills, in particular — so good for stargazing are the light ordinances (rules to minimise light pollution) required for its status as a certified Dark Sky Community. You won’t find any street-lamps in Fountain Hills, for example. Geography helps, too. The neighbourhood is largely hemmed in by the McDowell Mountains, while the sparsely populated Native American reservations of Yavapai and Salt River Pima-Maricopa nearby mean light pollution is minimal in all directions. “If you’re standing at the Skytop Lounge and look over the town, there are vast areas that just don’t have any light,” says Scott.
He’s also part of the fundraising movement for the creation of the town’s International Dark Sky Discovery Center, which will feature an observatory, planetarium and ‘immersion zone’. It’s hoped the planned opening in 2024 will further cement the region as a top spot for astronomy tourism.
Back at the Four Seasons, Mark shows me his prized possession: a real meteorite. Dull and grey, the rock fits easily into the palm of my hand, but it’s heavy. It’s only when Mark reveals its age that I realise how significant it is. “That’s the oldest thing you will ever hold in your life,” he says. “It’s 4.6 billion years old, and was floating around in space millions of years before our planet was even formed.”
How to do it
British Airways flies direct from Heathrow to Phoenix.
Stargazing events are available free of charge to guests at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, and to both guests and the public at the Adero Scottsdale.
Doubles at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale from $209 (£171), room only. Doubles at Adero Scottsdale from $149 (£138), room only.
Published in the US Cities 2023 guide, distributed with the March 2023 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)
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Recap: Monument Valley, ALA-Ironwood, Yuma Catholic, Valley Christian make up 3A boys Final Four
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is being updated throughout the day Tuesday, Feb. 21. Latest update: 8:29 p.m.#7 ALA-IRONWOOD 73, #2 FOUNTAIN HILLS 50PRESCOTT VALLEY — Corey Wood scored 20 of his 28 in the second half and No. 7-seeded ALA-Ironwood upset No. 2 Fountain Hills on Tuesday night 73-50, advancing to the 3A state semifinals next weekend in Phoenix.It was the first loss of the season for the Falcons (26-1, 12-0 3A Central), which trailed 30-19 by halftime thanks to a barrage of 3-poin...
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is being updated throughout the day Tuesday, Feb. 21. Latest update: 8:29 p.m.
#7 ALA-IRONWOOD 73, #2 FOUNTAIN HILLS 50
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Corey Wood scored 20 of his 28 in the second half and No. 7-seeded ALA-Ironwood upset No. 2 Fountain Hills on Tuesday night 73-50, advancing to the 3A state semifinals next weekend in Phoenix.
It was the first loss of the season for the Falcons (26-1, 12-0 3A Central), which trailed 30-19 by halftime thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers by the Warriors and they never recovered.
Wood hit four 3-pointers and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free-throw line, Jackson Edgerton hit four 3-pointers and added another bucket for 14 points and Chad Coplin scored eight of his 12 during a 19-11 third-quarter run by ALA-Ironwood (20-8, 8-4 3A South Central).
For the Falcons, Aiden Logan scored 17 points, while Keaton Ort chipped in with 14, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
ALA-Ironwood will now face No. 6-seeded Monument Valley on Friday, Feb. 24, in the 3A state semifinals. Monument Valley (26-3, 14-0 3A North) upset No. 3 Coolidge earlier in the day, 82-54.
#1 VALLEY CHRISTIAN 63, #9 GILBERT CHRISTIAN 43
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Luke Shaw scored 28 points on four 3-pointers and No. 1-seeded Valley Christian used a big second half run to advance to the 3A state boys basketball Final Four with a 63-43 win over Gilbert Christian on Tuesday night.
Up 26-23 at halftime, the Trojans (28-2, 11-1 3A South) outscored their opponent 37-20 in the second half to advance. Shaw dropped 16 of his 28 in the second half to lift Valley Christian to their 18th win in the last 19 games.
Austin Wallace scored 14 points and the Trojans were 14 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Max Lightfoot scored 15 points to lead Gilbert Christian (17-11, 7-5 3A South Central), which lost to this same Valley Christian club 76-60 back in early January.
The Trojans will play No. 4 Yuma Catholic on Feb. 24 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. A tipoff time has yet to be announced by the AIA.
#4 YUMA CATHOLIC 49, #5 HOLBROOK 46
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Held in check for much of the afternoon, Yuma Catholic leading scorer Braden Moore came through when his team needed him most.
And boy, did he come through.
With 1.2 ticks left on the clock, the 6-foot guard hit a 30-foot 3-pointer from the left wing, sending the No. 4-seeded Shamrocks to the 3A state Final Four with a 49-46 win over Holbrook.
Tied for much of the game, No. 5 Holbrook and Yuma Catholic were deadlocked at the end of the second (22-22), third (33-33) and fourth quaters (46-46 with 13 seconds left).
Moore dribbled down the clock, went at his defender, crossed over to his left and appeared to lose the ball, only to regain posession and throw up an NBA 3 for what would prove to be the game winner.
It is the 16th straight win for the Shamrocks (26-3, 11-1 3A West), which hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to advance. Both clubs drained seven 3-pointers a piece in the 3A quarterfinal thriller.
Fernando Vasquez led Yuma Catholic with 14 points, while Moore and Sebi Patane each had 11.
Noah Brown had 12 points to lead the Roadrunners (25-5, 9-1 3A East), which hadn't lost since early January and were winners of 11 straight.
#6 MONUMENT VALLEY 82, #3 COOLIDGE 54
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Albrandon Byjoe scored 40 points on six 3-pointers, Roberto Flores chipped in with 27 and No. 6-seeded Monument Valley punched their ticket to the Final Four with an 82-54 win over Coolidge on Tuesday afternoon.
It is the 14th win in the last 15 games for the No. 6-seeded Mustangs (26-3, 14-0 3A North), which jumped out to a 25-16 first-quater lead thanks to 16 points on four 3-pointers and never looked back.
Brayden Gant led Coolidge (29-2, 10-1 3A South Central) with 22 points. Dru Madrid scored 12 points on two 3-pointers.
The No. 3-seeded Bears had lost only one contest all season coming into Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup with Monument Valley, a 53-51 loss to Benjamin Franklin on Feb. 2.
Coolidge beat Page, 60-44, in second-round action to advance to Tuesday's Elite 8 contest.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — The 3A state boys basketball tournament has reached its Elite 8 round. Here are today's games:
No. 6 Monument Valley vs. No. 3 Coolidge, 1 p.m. No. 5 Holbrook vs. No. 4 Yuma Catholic, 2:30 p.m. No. 9 Gilbert Christian vs. No. 1 Valley Christian, 4 p.m. No. 7 ALA-Ironwood vs. No. 2 Fountain Hills, 5:30 p.m.
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