We’re in the middle of a wonderful, snowy winter in beautiful Flagstaff.  The town’s alive with winter recreation enthusiasts.  Cozy shops and restaurants welcome visitors inside.


HozniOn Saturday, January 23rd, the Hozhoni Art Gallery (2133 N. Walgreen St.) proudly presents the Second Annual Ceramic & Textile Show and Ceramics Workshop, featuring selected works from the Hozhoni artists.  The show includes works ranging from Japanese Saori weaving and other fiber arts and textiles to unique practical and decorative ceramics pieces.

Join the Ceramic Workshop from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. where Master Artists from the Hozhoni Art Program will help you unleash your creativity by sharing their own skills.  The workshop features demonstrations and hands-on activities suitable for all ages and experience levels.  Learn sculpting and clay modeling techniques.  Let your imagination be your guide.  All materials provided; however, a $5.00 donation is suggested.


The Ceramic & Textile Show runs through February 26th.  Gallery hours:  Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff presents the Flagstaff Film Noir Festival at their gallery – Arts Connection – at the Flagstaff Mall, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Festival will screen 11 Classic films over three days, featuring such immortal Hollywood stars such as Edward G. Robinson, Barbra Stanwyck, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas. Casablanca’s Paul Henreid, and works by such legendary directors as Fritz Lang and Lewis Milestone. Introducing many of the films will be special guest and noted Film Noir scholar, Foster Hirsch.  A list of films, screening times, ticket info and more information available at the Artists’ Coalition Festival web page.


On Friday evening, 7:30 p.m., the NAU School of Music Faculty Artist Series presents Shelley Rich on the violin.  Over the past 18 years, Ms. Rich has been a dedicated private studio teacher, and has served as concertmaster with the Genesee Orchestra in New York, the Congress of Strings Chamber Orchestra in Detroit, and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her students have received wide acclaim at competitions and music camps, and for soloing with professional and youth orchestras across the country.  Ashurst Hall (S Knowles Dr. & Tormey Ave.), admission is free.

 Fun Things to do this weekend Jan 23-24-2015

Saturday is Willow Bend Environmental Education Center’s Annual Bald Eagle Event!  The day begins with a Field Trip opportunity with an Arizona Game and Fish biologist to view live eagles close up – meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish office (3500 Lake Mary Rd., weather permitting).  Personal/family transportation is required.  At 12:00 p.m. there’s a presentation “Fully Fledged,” with live eagles at Willow Bend (703 E. Sawmill Rd.).  Register online plus full details.  $5 per participant, $20 per family.  Free to Willow Bend Members.


The Northern Arizona University Men’s Basketball Lumberjacks take on Northern Colorado in their season opener, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Skydome on the NAU campus.  Tickets range from $6 - $12.


Also on Saturday afternoon, local author Christa Sadler gives a presentation on her book, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which explores the late Triassic period -- an extraordinary period in the history of our planet -- a time when the first dinosaurs walked and breathed, and the modern flora and fauna of our planet appeared.  Museum of Northern Arizona (3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.), 2:00 p.m.  Included with museum admission.



Extraordinarily Flagstaff!

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride through the winter forest continue at Hitchin’ Post Stables (4848 Lake Mary Rd.).  Sleighs leave the main stable area on the hour and head off through the forest with horses trotting and sleigh bells jingling for a 30-minute ride.  The sleigh ride takes you to the cowboy camp for Dinner in the Pines (ribeye steak or grilled marinated chicken breast) with all the trimmings.  Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee by the campfire.  See the Hitchin’ Post website, or call (928) 451-6743 for reservations and pricing details.  Dates through March 15th.


Ski at the very tip-top of Arizona at Arizona Snowbowl just a few miles northeast of downtown Flagstaff.  Conditions are also excellent at The Flagstaff Nordic Center (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and more).  See the Center’s website for details, including some overnight accommodations for the more adventurous.


Flagstaff Nightlife: There’s entertainment all weekend at many Flagstaff nighttime hot spots.  Visit the latest Flag Live! website for all of the weekend details (updated on Thursday).


You can book all of your Flagstaff accommodations at the Flagstaff Winter Wonderland page.


Flagstaff Weather:  7-Day forecast from the U.S. Weather Service.