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The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail by Rodo Sofranac.

Just in time for Arizona Trail Day, September 8, and the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems act, award-winning Arizona author Rodo Sofranac is releasing his seventh book for youth, The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail.

In this latest book Rowen, a young, red-headed explorer, and Rojo, a clever, red-tailed hawk meet, bond, and experience a wonderful adventure on the fascinating Arizona National Scenic Trail. 

Besides reading enjoyment, the purpose of The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail is to give exposure to and provide a funding source for the Arizona National Scenic Trail, particularly the programs of the Arizona Trail Association. Up to 100% of the profits generated by this book will be donated to the Arizona Trail Association. 

Rodo spent the first few years of his life in a small village called Rijeka Crnojevica, in Montenegro (formerly a part of Yugoslavia). The next few years he lived in Salzburg, Austria. His family then immigrated to the United States. This diversity of cultures and languages has inspired Rodo to read, write, and have fun with words, especially telling stories. He has worked with young children for over 45 years, as a teacher, translator, and mentor. In addition, he has raised four of his own and now grows with his grandkids. Currently, Rodo lives the larger village of Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Susan, and some of the kids.

Rodo and Susan used 100% of the profits from the Grammy Knows Books sales to produce, purchase, and donate more books to schools, libraries, and nonprofit agencies working on literacy—over 110 organizations, so far.

An official launch of the new book will be held September 8, Arizona Trail Day, at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Colorado River Days events continue with art show, live music on First Friday

A chance to see art depicting the river and meet the artists is coming to Flagstaff, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 at The State Bar (10 E Route 66).

Flagstaff's annual Colorado River Community Art Show is a free event to celebrate the Colorado River and the local artists it inspires. 

This opening reception presents a chance to meet the artists and enjoy live music. Free food will be provided. The artwork will be on display at The State Bar in downtown Flagstaff for the month of September.

Also Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Criollo Latin Kitchen, 16 N San Francisco, join the band Raillery as they again play a river inspired show from one of their favorite stages, an incredible collection of wooden boats in the Criollo back plaza. 

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