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Autumn’s here in all its glory.  In Flagstaff it means crisp, cool nights and warm, sunny days. It’s time for hiking in our forests, or preparing your home for winter.  Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of things to do around town.

Cowboy Exhibit in FlagstaffThe popular Trappings of the American West, award-winning sales exhibition of fine and functional art of the contemporary cowboy is underway at the Museum of Northern Arizona, now through December 7th.  Held in conjunction with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship, the exhibition includes the work of 80 juried artists from 14 Western states and Hawaii, including paintings, photography, and bronze sculpture, combined with functional gear — saddles, braided rawhide, bits and spurs, boots, hats, knives, and musical instruments.  Included with museum admission during regular museum hours.  See the Dry Creek Arts website for a schedule of upcoming public events including film documentaries and cowboy poetry.

It’s the final weekend for the Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of God of CarnageFriday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  The play, by Yasmina Reza, is about two pairs of parents, one of whose children has hurt the other at a public park. At the Doris Harper-White Playhouse (11 W. Cherry Ave.).  Tickets $11 – $18.

It’s the weekend of the annual Flagstaff Potters’ Guild Studio Tour when visitors can step inside the worlds in which the artisans work.  This year, 12 potters are showcased and giving demonstrations at nine studio locations.  Visit the various studios on Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or Sunday (12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.) with an interactive map and additional information at the Potters’ Guild website.

Hitchin’ Post Stables celebrates Pumpkins in the Pines through October 31st with a festival of fall activities for the family.  Ride along on a horse-drawn hay ride, seek out the perfect pumpkin or get lost then found in the hay maze.  There’s a petting zoo, a pony ring, food and more.  (Reservations strongly recommended for the hayrides!)  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of October, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and by appointment other weekdays.  Admission is $12.00 per person; age 2 and under are free. The price of admission includes hay rides, the petting zoo, and hay maze.  Hay rides are approximately 30 – 45 minutes.  Look for the Hitchin’ Post sign just four and a half miles southeast on Lake Mary Road.  For reservations or more information call (928) 774-1719.

Northern Arizona University’s Theatre Department presents the powerfully moving American classic Of Mice and Men, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  It’s the stage portrayal of John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella about two displaced ranch workers seeking work during the Great Depression.  Steinbeck draws upon his own experiences during the 1920s.  At NAU’s Clifford E. White Theatre.  Additional weekend dates through October 19th. Tickets.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Arboretum at Flagstaff welcomes you and your dog (on a leash) to Doggy Days at the Arboretum.  It’s a benefit for Second Chance Center for Animals.  Help make a difference for homeless animals and enjoy a walk with your best friend.  Regular Arboretum admission for visitors: $8.50 adults, $6 seniors, and $3 youth; Arboretum members are free.  Bring a donation of pet food or supplies, or make a suggested $5 donation.  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both days.

See the NAU Women’s Volleyball team in a match vs. Montana State on Saturday evening, 7:00 p.m.  NAU’s Rolle Activity Center.  Admission is $3 – $5.

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