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Thu, Nov. 14

On the Scene: Week of Nov. 12

Prescott Fine Arts Association, 208 N. Marina St., performs The Shadow Box Nov. 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $16 for evenings, and $12 for matinees, and may be purchased by calling the PFAA box office at 445-3286, or stopping by the office Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"The Shadow Box" presents a life-affirming view of the lessons learned and unexpected pleasures experienced by the terminally ill and their families. This 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama brings together comedy and tragedy, laughter and tears.

Prescott Fine Arts Gallery presents the Shoppers Paradise annual Holiday Gift Show through Dec. 18. he gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays (closed Thanksgiving Day). It's a great place to find that one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift for friends and family. For more information, call 445-3286.

The Lonesome Valley Quilt Guild (a nonprofit organization) will hold its annual Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, at the Mountain Valley Church of God, 8123 E. Manley Dr., Prescott Valley, Ariz.

This is a fundraiser to various charity organizations in the area, and enable LVQG to invite national speakers to the guild.

Handcrafted items will be available for purchase, such as quilts, wall hangings, table runners, pillowcases, potholders, placemats, shopping totes, wallets, luggage tags, plastic bag holders, soft toys, ornaments and decorations.

Admission is free and there will be free refreshments. For more information, call Mary at 632-8760 or Shelley at 775-6104.

The Phippen Museum is planning a Western Artists Conversation for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, with Western art collector Ginger Renner. Renner will share her personal insights and stories about the famous landscape artist Jimmy Swinnerton.

Space is limited, so the museum suggests early reservations by calling 778-1385. More information is available on the museum's website

Come join the holiday fun and cheer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the annual Highlands Holiday Open House, 1375 S. Walker Road. Many local artisans will have wares available that will make great holiday gifts. There will be a craft table for kids to make gifts for loved ones, and volunteers will be available to help. The Benson Family Nature Store will feature a new assortment of nature-related items that will make wonderful gifts as well.

We encourage all to bring canned goods and new, unwrapped toys as well as gently used toys or clothing for children as a donation. These will be distributed to families in need.

For more information, call the Highlands Center for Natural History at 776-9550 or e-mail

The Musical Theater program of Prescott High School's Fine Arts Department will be performing a tribute to honor more than 30 years of musical productions performed at Prescott High School.

"Give My Regards to Ruth Street" is a musical review covering a number of different musicals that PHS has produced through the years, including "Fiddler on the Roof," "Oklahoma," "Peter Pan," "Annie Get Your Gun," "The Wizard of Oz," "Annie," "Grease," "Guys & Dolls," "Oliver," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Godspell," "Les Miserables" and "Beauty and the Beast."

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, in Prescott High School's Ruth Street Theater. Admission is $10. The box office will open at 5:30 p.m. for ticket sales.

The Prescott POPS Symphony will ring in the Thanksgiving holiday with its "Thank Goodness for Music" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St. in Prescott. The concert features the Prescott POPS Symphony performing with renowned French horn soloist David Cripps and the Central Arizona Concert Band under the direction of Clydene Dechert.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for those under 18. Information about discounts of up to 20 percent is available online at the Prescott POPS Web site, Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 776-2000 or 877-928-4253 or in person at the Yavapai College Community Events Office in the Yavapai College Performance Hall, open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an hour and a half before each show.

The POPS Symphony, conducted by Paul Manz, will perform music from "The King & I" by Rogers & Hammerstein, "Night in Mexico" by Paul Creston, "The Beautiful Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss, Jr., music from "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" by John Williams, and Mozart's "Horn Concerto #4," featuring the impassioned symphonic artistry of David Cripps, who was the principal French horn of the London Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.

The Central Arizona Concert Band will perform "American Overture" by Joseph W. Jenkins, "Chester Overture" by William Billings, "Tico Tico" by Zequinha Abreu and "Movement for Band" by prominent local composer Mike VanBlaricom, who is also a member of the percussion section in both the POPS and the Band.

Adult acting classes begin Wednesday evenings this winter. For details, visit, e-mail or call 771-2554.

Writers, published and unpublished, thrive on outsiders' opinions. "Just read my stuff" is the idea. An established Prescott writers' critique group has an open spot in its alternate-week meetings. It's a bright, fun group, inviting serious writers to submit manuscripts and to comment on work of other writers. Everyone is always open and honest in evaluations. Established or wannabe writers can contact Rusty at 445-9451 or e-mail for information.

Coming Dec. 1-6 for the holiday season, Prescott Valley's Lonesome Valley Playhouse will present an adaptation of "Babes in Toyland" featuring the magical and enchanting music of Victor Herbert. The story is a happy excursion into magical Toyland, where some unexpected events have caused a disruption to its joyful and merry atmosphere. The story, filled with suspense, intrigue, and enchantment, is both joyful and heartfelt.

For additional information, call Clyde at 420-3321.

The Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission announces the eighth annual "Create-A-Tree" winter holiday tree display at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Friday, Dec. 4. This is a showcase of community artistic talent featuring holiday trees made out of non-denominational, non-traditional, and non-flammable materials provided by local schools, community groups or individuals. The idea is to decorate the Prescott Valley Civic Center and promote civic participation. Previous trees have been made out of buckets, shoes, door frames, metal, non-flammable fabric and themed pine trees. It's a test of one's creativity to come up with a new and clever design.

Trees will be installed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4, to coincide with the Festival of Lights Parade and the annual Civic Center Lighting on Dec. 4. When Santa finishes with the parade he will come in to take pictures and listen to all your Christmas wishes. You can also come inside and cast your vote for the Holiday Tree Display's best of show.

For more information on the program, call the Prescott Valley Parks & Recreation Department at 759-3090 or download your application at

Crafters are wanted for the Arts and Craft Fair at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6. The cost is $25 for an 8-foot table for two days. For additional information, call Jean at 775-8785.

Don't miss the music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis Saturday, Dec. 5, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Created by Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller's signature sound is where classical and modern-day rock, acoustic and electronic music meet. Tickets are available online at, by phone 1-866-443-8849 or at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Tim's Toyota Center box office.

Artists from Yavapai County are invited to participate in the launch of The Artist's Path at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.

If you have created a work of art in playwriting, music, dance, poetry, visual art or film which was created in response to a conflict and/or social crisis here or around the world, in the past, present, or some imagined future, e-mail or call Gail Mangham to express an interest in participating in this event.

For more information visit; e-mail or call 771-2554.

The Prescott POPS Symphony's "A Fine Romance" will feature Hal Weller, formerly with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, conducting a sentimental season finale to celebrate Valentine's Day 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Yavapai College Performance Hall, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Performance Hall or by phone at 776-2000.

The Phippen Museum, 4701 Highway 89 North, offers free (with paid admission) docent-led tours at 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, except December and January. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students, seniors and AAA members and free for children under 12. For more information, call the museum at 778-1385.

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