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Around the Town: Lectures, special tours and premium whisky at Riordan Mansion this month

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park has a busy March planned with lectures, special tours, fundraising events and more.

On Sunday, March 11, from 2-3:30 p.m., a special tour of the mansion will focus on Stickley furniture. The mansion, an Arts & Crafts duplex built in 1904, contains 17 Gustav Stickley pieces and four L. & J.G. pieces. Of special attention will be very rare pieces with metal inlay embellishment designed by Gustav Stickley’s designer, Harvey Ellis.

The tours are recommended for ages 12 and older. Cost is $15 and reservations are required. For reservations and information, call 779-4395.

On Monday, March 12, the park will host a free Brown Bag Lecture from 12:15-1 p.m. The lecture focuses on the West House family members and their stories. Michael Riordan's descendants recently shared some photos with the park and these will be used to help tell the story. Participants are welcome to bring lunch.

March 16 and March 17 bring the very special Whisky Tasting at Tim's Table. Each night the event will be offered at two different levels. At the $150 level, doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first toast at 5:45 and the tasting begins at 6. Guests have the opportunity to mingle until 7:30. At the $125 level, guests can mingle in the house beginning at 7, with the first toast at 7:15 and the tasting begins at 7:30. In addition to rare, premium whiskies, the event will include appetizers. Tickets are limited to 10 seats per tasting. Call 779-4395 to reserve a seat at the table.

A free evening lecture on Saturday, March 24, from 7-8 p.m., will explore A Year in the Life of a Federal Archaeologist. South Kaibab Zone archaeologist Neil Weintraub will share stories about the efforts of the Kaibab National Forest employees and their partners in protecting and preserving archaeological and historic sites deep within the forest surrounding the Grand Canyon.

Festival features runoff, wine, archaeology and more

Head south March 17 and 18 for the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the Verde River -- the last river in Arizona to flow year-round for its entire length. This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, local wineries, a pecan pie baking contest, kids’ activities and more, all at the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown. There is no charge for admission.

An annual highlight of the festival is the Verde River Runoff. Presented by Friends of the Verde River, the sixth annual runoff will be held on Saturday, March 17. This 5- and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. The race and fun float is a competitive event as well as a family-friendly celebration. Proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. To register, visit

Fort Verde State Park will have a vintage baseball game and a presentation on ancient Native American technology. Park admission fees apply.

New this year, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center has announced that there will be a “soft opening” of its Native American Heritage Pathway March 17 and 18 during the annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, which is part of the festival.

Visitors can walk the half-mile loop trail with interpretive signs developed to inform visitors about the people who lived there 1,400 years ago. The center will have regular free shuttle service from the fair on Holloman Street to the trailhead during the Archaeology Fair. The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, hosted by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will feature guest lectures on the topics: ritual racetracks, ancient irrigation systems, rock art, and the Mesa Verde region.

The 2018 International Archaeology Film Festival will be showing a film each day, including "Out of the Mayan Tombs" and "Mount Nemrud: The Throne of the Gods."

All archaeology events will be held at 395 Main Street: room 204 and the Community Gym.

Visit for more information.

Daily Almanac

Thursday, March 8

NAU Clay Club Soup Bowl Fundraiser: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Drury Inn & Suites, 300 S. Milton Road. $15 buys a handmade bowl, soup and bread. Proceeds used for student travel to The National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference in Pittsburg. 523-2398.

Fire Science and Paramedic Information Session: 4-5 p.m. Coconino Community College- Fourth Street Campus, 3000 N. Fourth St. Are you interested in becoming a firefighter or paramedic? If so, come to the free information session. 226-4233.

Coconino Master Gardener Association Monthly Meeting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church/Benson Hall, 1601 N. San Francisco. The featured speaker is Jackee Alston with her talk, "Season Extenders." 779-0137.

Ed Dunn (Mister Solar): How to make your Home more energy efficient: 6:30-8 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. Fourth St. How can homeowners save? Where is solar headed? How can homeowners benefit? Ed resides in Flagstaff, is homeowner, and is a residential sustainable home designer.

Sierra Club Flagstaff- Northern AZ Group: 6-7:30 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. Presents-in partnership with Jackson Hole WILD, the United Nations World Wildlife Day and the International Big Cats Film Festival - two films: "Gyamo-Queen of the Mountains, Story of a Snow Leopard family in India." Also, a short - "The Killing Games-Wildlife in the Crosshairs-Predator killing for trophies." We will also discuss the AZ ballot initiative to ban trophy cat hunting. 853-3132.

Growing Pains - A Flagstaff / NAU Community Conversation - SOLD OUT: 6-8 p.m. Museum Of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. A community conversation on the impacts of growth at NAU and in the region. 221-1927.

Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 4:30-6 p.m. Flagstaff City Hall Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Pedestrian issues currently under consideration include: sidewalk inventory and prioritization; evaluation of pedestrian environment on major streets and intersections; Safe Routes to School; Flagstaff Walks!; community walking maps; FUTS trail planning and prioritization; sidewalk maintenance and snow removal; crosswalk safety.

Dementia 101 - Free Education Session: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Coconino County Health and Community Services Building, 2625 N. King St. Guest speaker Chris Knack, Director of Client Care for Home Care Assistance, will discuss the different forms of dementia, treatment options, neuroplasticity, and ways to increase brain health. Presented by the Flagstaff Alzheimer's Coalition. For information or to register contact Gary Botello, 679-7266 or

Friday, March 9

TheatriKids presents: “She Kills Monsters”: 7-9 p.m. Theatrikos, 11 W. Cherry St. A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, "She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers' Edition" tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's "Dungeons & Dragons" notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge in this dramatic comedy. Due to mature themes and language, teen and adult audiences are recommended.  774-1662. $12.

Wine and Paint: 7-9 p.m. The Arts Connection inside the Flagstaff Mall, 4650 N. US Highway 89. The picture that will be painted is "Bedroom at Arles" by Vincent Van Gogh. Anyone at any skill level over 21 can participate! Participants can bring one bottle of wine or a 6 pack of beer. The outlines of the painting will be will be sketched out on all canvases to make it easy and both the canvas and paints will be provided. The fee is $35 in advance, or $40 the night of. 522-6969.

Free Tax Preparation: Joe C. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. AARP Tax-Aide has provided free tax preparation for 50 years. IRS-certified tax preparers. No income limit, but some returns are out of scope. Call for questions. Walk-ins accepted. Call for appointment or questions at 928-919-9277 or make appointment at

Friends of Dorothy Support Group: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Living Christ Lutheran Church, 6401 N. US Highway 89. The first meeting of a new support group for the LGBTQIA+ community. A safe zone to share your struggles, joys, concerns, challenges; and to help educate others that want to better understand the experiences of different sexual orientations. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Warrior High Performance Paralympic Event: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Flagstaff Community Christian School, 755 N. Bonito Road. Dinner and inspirational stories from three Flagstaff USA Paralympians. Come meet three of Flagstaff's USA Paralympians and our Flagstaff FCA Director as they share their stories of success. $30 at 522-5968. Photo opportunities with paralympians will be available after the event.

Flagstaff Justice and Flagstaff Municipal Court to be held in Tuba City: 1:30-4 p.m. Tuba City Judicial District, 240 S. Main St. Pre-registration is required. Those with an open criminal or traffic case with the Flagstaff Justice Court and/or Flagstaff Municipal Court, including cases with outstanding warrants can register. Individuals may appear in court without fear of being arrested. If an individual has a warrant out of the Flagstaff Justice Court and/or Flagstaff Municipal Court they can register for court and ask that it be cancelled. Deadline to register is Thursday, March 8 by 4 p.m. For more information and to register, call 928-283-4518.

Flagstaff Community Seed Swap: 4-7 p.m. Coconino County Cooperative Extension Office, 2304 N. Third St. Bring seeds if you have them (veggies, herbs, flowers, Arizona natives)- Provide information on seed variety, year collected, location grown, tips from your personal experience.- Bring envelopes in which to package seeds to take home and a pen to label your seeds. New to gardening? No seeds to exchange? No problem. Everyone will leave with new seeds in their pocket. 213-2153.

Walk Into Spring: 9 a.m. Flagstaff Mall. Start location: Flagstaff Mall in the parking lot behind Sears across from Office Max near the entrance into the Mall Food Court. About 3 total miles of walking in and around the area. We can walk inside the mall if the weather is really bad. 714-0504.