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Around the Town: Orchestra to take a musical journey to Maine

The splashing waves of Maine’s coastline will be evoked by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in the opening piece of their Masterworks III concert on Friday, Jan. 26. Conducted by Charles Latshaw, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University with a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert conversation.

The evening opens with Acadia Fanfare, an exciting 2016 work by 34-year-old American composer William C. White. Commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pierre Monteux School for conductors and orchestra musicians in Maine, the six-minute tone poem musically describes the natural beauty of the forest and rocky Atlantic coastline of Acadia National Park.

Next up is the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, composed in 1903 by Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, at the age of 38. Andrew Sords will perform the piece's technically challenging violin solo. A native of Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at 5, and switched to violin in first grade. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University. Since his early competition successes he has collaborated with more than 250 orchestras worldwide. His numerous awards include the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award.

To conclude the concert, FSO reprises one of the most popular symphonies of all time, “From The New World” or Symphony No. 9 in E minor by Antonin Dvorak. The New York Philharmonic commissioned Dvorak to write the “New World Symphony,” which was premiered in 1893.

This concert is sponsored by current and former members of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, to commemorate the service of Board members who are active and deceased. For tickets and more information, visit flagstaffsymphony.org.

Science Saturday program is all about water

For its first Science Saturday event of the new year, Willow Bend Environmental Education Center will present "The Art and Science of Water." The program, set for Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will include watershed models, water cycle games, hands on activities and experiments, and the 2017 4th grade Water Ethics Contest exhibition. The event is held in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Watershed Council and is free and open to all ages. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Science Saturday is an event held on the first Saturday of every month. Each month is focused on a different theme and each event offers fun and educational hands-on activities. For more information, visit willowbendcenter.org. Willow Bend is located at 703 E. Sawmill Road.


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Daily Almanac

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Grief Support Group: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hospice Compassus, 1000 N. Humphreys St., suite 214. Anyone seeking bereavement support is welcome to attend. 556-1500. hospicecom.com.

Court Basics for Friends and Relatives Raising Children: 3-3:45 p.m.Free legal talk about different ways to get parental control of someone else's child. We'll go over the steps in a guardianship or non-parent custody case, and learn about Power of Attorney as an option. Join us at the Coconino County Law Library, or register for our virtual classroom at azcourthelp.org/public-events. 679-7540.

Stretch & Laugh Chair Yoga: 10:45-11:45 a.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. A gentle, safe way to stretch for those with mobility, injury, surgical issues or can't do traditional yoga. 699-0558. $3 class.

Forever Love Pet Loss Support Group: 6-7 p.m. Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen. 963-1340. facebook.com/FlagstaffPetLoss/.

Ballroom Dance Lesson: 6:30-8:15 p.m. The Peaks Alpine Room, 3150 N. Winding Brook Road. Ballroom dance lesson with primarily beginners in mind. The classes progress during the month with a different dance taught each month. All dancer levels are encouraged to attend - from first time beginners to experienced dancers. No partner is needed. 853-6284. $2. flagstaffdance.com.

Stand Tall -- Don't Fall: 2-3 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. First class is free. Multi-faceted, safe and fun, we draw from over 100 sensory motor movements and cognitive and spatial awareness tasks. All movements can be done sitting and can be adapted for any physical limitation. 863-0595. $7/class. highpointaz.com/brain-gym-seniors/.

Gamblers Anonymous Open Meeting: Noon-1. Episcopal Church of the Epiphany - see sign on back door on the left , 423 N. Beaver St. A 12-step meeting for those who desire to quit gambling. 225-6537. azccg.org/Arizona_GA___GAM-ANON.html.

Thursday, Jan. 4

Unified Mindfulness: A Contemplative Odyssey: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen. A year-long exploration of meditation practices from around the world and throughout history, presented in a contemporary formulation that anyone can master. No cost, but donations are accepted. StillpointMeditation.weebly.com. 814-9851.

Celebrate Recovery: 6-8:30 p.m. Greenlaw Baptist Church, 3400 E. Lockett Road. A Christian 12-Step recovery program that welcomes anyone who is struggling with hurts, habits, and hangups including alcohol, substance abuse, pornography, anger, depression, co-dependency and many others. 527-0551.

Climate Change Research and Planning in Flagstaff: 6-7:30 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. Learn more about local research and planning efforts on climate change at our January membership meeting. We will hear from USGS researcher Richard Hereford who recently completed a new study linking Mormon Lake's historic levels with climate change. friendsoftheriodeflag.org/.

Bicycle Advisory Committee: 4:30-6 p.m. City Hall Chambers, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Bicycle issues currently under consideration include: Missing bike lanes inventory and prioritization; Bicycle parking; FUTS trail planning; Bikeways network planning; Active Transportation Master Plan; Bike to Work Week. 310-402-7949. flagstaff.az.gov/1822/Bicycle-Advisory-Committee.

Stretch & Laugh Chair Yoga: 10:45-11:45 a.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. A gentle, safe way to stretch for those with mobility, injury, surgical issues or can't do traditional yoga. 699-0558. $3 class.

Qigong for Health & Healing: 10-11 a.m. Human Nature Dance Studio, 4 W. Phoenix Ave. Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind/body practice that restores wellness, builds mental and emotional strength, lowers stress, increases vitality and provides a sense of calm. 699-9308. Sliding scale $5-10 per class. rioflagmassage@gmail.com.

Women's Qigong Class: 9:30-11 a.m. Flagstaff Birth and Women's Center, 401 W. Aspen. Learn how to harness and balance your energy (Qi) to create harmony among your body, mind, and spirit. 556-0000. Based on a sliding scale. flagstaffbirthcenter.com/the-loft-calendar.

NAU Women's Basketball: 6:30 p.m. J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, 1705 S. San Francisco St. NAU vs. Weber State. nauathletics.com.

Stammtisch (German Table): 6-8 p.m. NiMarco's Pizza, 101 S. Beaver St. Every level of German ability is welcome. 523-9638.

Flagstaff Dancin' Grannies: 1-3 p.m. YMCA, 1001 N. Turquoise Dr. A 50+ tap dance group, beginner-advanced. flagstaffdancingrannies.org. 607-7488.

Party Bridge: 1-4 p.m. Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road. 440-3784.

Toast of the Mountain Toastmasters Club: Noon-1. City of Flagstaff, City Hall Council Conference Room, 211 W. Aspen Ave. Expand your public speaking and leadership skills, or just get more comfortable speaking in front of groups. 213-2377. 829816.toastmastersclubs.org/.

NAMI Connection Support Group: 5:30-7 p.m. Hope Community Church, 3700 N. Fanning Dr. For people living with mental illness. Supported by compassionate, trained leaders, you will find support from the experiences of people in the same boat. You will learn shared coping strategies. You will find encouragement and understanding. 214-2218. Free. nami-flagstaff.org.