On Saturday evening, Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM) present the regionally acclaimed band, The Sonoran Dogs. Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs exploded upon the Arizona bluegrass scene, performing at the Sedona, Wickenburg, Prescott, and Flagstaff’s Pickin’ in the Pines bluegrass festivals. The group is made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship. They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, 2nd generation new-grass tunes, and original compositions. Opening act – Blue Moon Trio. At The Orpheum, 7:30 p.m. General admission $14, FFOTM members $12. Workshops to follow Sunday at Thomas Byers Guitar Studio 11:00 a.m.-12:30 pm.
On Friday evening, take part in a Free Kindermusik Preview Class at the Flagstaff Aquaplex at 5:15 p.m. Through music, singing, dancing and movement, stories, and creative play, you and your child not only will have a fun bonding experience, but also you’ll learn how to help your child develop socially, emotionally, and physically. This class is for ages 0-7 and a caregiver. Come see why two million families worldwide are Kindermusik families! Meets each Friday through May 23rd.
I keep mentioning these hikes, but there truly are only two more Saturdays left this Spring to enjoy these truly remarkable Discovery Hikes at Wupatki National Monument. Guided hikes provide the only public access to many areas of the monument. These areas are home to a rich cultural and biological landscape. Group size is limited. 12:00 p.m. at the Wupatki Visitor Center. Reservations are required: (928) 679-2365. Full details at the Wupatki website.
Author, harmonica player, and storyteller extraordinaire Ace Hansen, will be appearing at the Flagstaff Public Library’s Community Room on Saturday afternoon, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Ace will be discussing his new book “Julius Cesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery.” Ages 8-12 recommended. Free.
Learn salsa dancing at Salsa 101, held at Jim’s Total Body Fitness (2150 N. Fourth St.) each Saturday through April 19th. No partner or previous experience needed. Everyone welcome! $5 – $8. Sponsored by Flagstaff’s Latin Dance Collective.
Also on Saturday, join the Center for Indigenous Music and Culture for an evening of North Indian Classical music with world-renowned sitarist Roshan Jamal Bhartiya. (213 S. San Francisco St.) 7:00 p.m. $10. Seniors and students with ID are free.
This week’s Cooking Class with chef Randy Walker on Saturday evening at Seasoned Kitchen (106 N. San Francisco St.), 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. features Spanish Seafood & Chocolate. Class size is limited. Reservations required. $45. Call the store or go in (928) 213-5942. Classes are held weekly. See the Seasoned Kitchen’s website.
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. See the choir on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God (3500 N. Fourth St.) The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history.
Textiles from the Colton Collection remain on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona through April 20th. Explore Navajo weavings collected by MNA’s founders, Harold S. and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton. Included with museum admission. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays.