Highlands Center’s annual holiday shopping bazaar Nov. 12

What better place to experience the changing of the seasons than the Highlands Center for Natural History. Turn off the TV and get outside. Get in some holiday shopping, too, at the Highlands Center’s annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The sale features handcrafted items with a natural theme, said the Center’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tom Agostino. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Center is so beautiful right now. A Saturday afternoon visit, mix with some apple cider and entertainment – it’s a nice kind of afternoon reason to get out of the house,” he said.

The Center puts out a call in the summer to artists, many of whom have become part of the Highlands Center family over the years. About two dozen artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind wares indoors. They are all local and they all make their own items, Agostino said.

Shoppers will find woodworkers, print artists, painters who specialize in the natural world, jewelers, a natural cookbook author, metal artists, and photographers. The quality of the artists is pretty high, he said.

The Bird Barn, Audubon Society, and others will have booths and provide information and some products for sale.

“We decorate the Center up pretty nice. The gift store is open and we feature a lot of discounts that are holiday themed with good holiday prices,” Agostino said.

In addition to the Holiday Bazaar, regular events continue in November. The free Prescott Audubon Bird Walk begins at 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

A fun day trip takes place Monday, Nov. 28, when the Center loads up a maximum 35 people into their bus at 8:30 a.m. to take a geologic excursion to the Verde Valley with Wayne Ranney, a well-known geologist and author. They return at 5 p.m. Cost for the full-day excursion is $75, lunch included, with a 10 percent discount for members.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 Walker Road, Prescott. Phone: 928-776-9550.