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What have we got this weekend in Prescott? Among...

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Andrew Johnson-Schmit

5:36am May 18

What have we got this weekend in Prescott? Among other things: a chance to hang out with one of the scientists from Biosphere 2, a night of the greatest songs ever heard on Broadway and a block party on Whiskey Row to benefit the businesses and employees burnt out by the May 8th fire. It's all here!

A. . .N . . D, if you do click thru to listen, please - do me a favor and tell someone at the hometown sponsors of our show, including: The Frame & I, El Gato Azul, Framer's Market, Prescott Center for the Arts and others. We really appreciate their support and I know they appreciate your business!


Top news today: Home Prices Show Strongest Gain in 6 Years: NAR









Home Prices Show Strongest Gain in 6 Years: NAR - Existing-home sales rose to 4.62 million (seasonally adjusted annualized rate) in April from a downwardly revised March rate of 4.47 million, the National Association of Realtors ( NAR) reported Tuesday. Economists had forecast...




Trending in Real Estate within the following companies







Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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Century 21


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Keller Williams Realty, Inc.


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Zillow: Home Values See Highest Monthly Increase Since 2006 - Zillow issued a released Friday reporting that both national home values and rents rose in the month of April. According to the April Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, national home values rose 0.7 percent in April to a Zillow...




Trending in Real Estate within the following companies







Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage



Keller Williams Realty, Inc.


Keller Williams Realty, Inc.








Now Coveted: A Walkable, Convenient Place - WALKING isn't just good for you. It has become an indicator of your socioeconomic status. Until the 1990s, exclusive suburban homes that were accessible only by car cost more, per square foot, than other kinds of American...




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BofA tries turning distressed homeowners into renters - Unable to qualify for modifications on Bank of America mortgages, a few of California's most distressed homeowners are being offered one last chance to stay in their homes: Become renters instead.




Trending within the following companies







Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage



Lawyer's Title Company


Lawyer's Title Company








S.F.'s diverse real estate frenzy expected to last - How much hotter is the San Francisco real estate market getting? Let us count the ways. -- Office buildings: The 33-story tower at 555 Mission St. is in escrow. Reported price: $450 million. That's about $800 per square...



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Newsdesk | May 25, 2012


Top News
More than 30% of mortgage borrowers still underwater
CNN Money - rising home prices, more than 30% of borrowers, or close to 16 million homeowners, were underwater on their mortgage during the first quarter, according to Zillow. The percentage of borrowers who owed more on their home than it was worth increased to 31.4% during the quarter, up...

Market News
Thirty-year mortgage rate falls to record 3.78%
USA Today - The average U.S. rate for the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a record low for a fourth straight week. Cheap mortgages have helped boost home sales modestly this year. Mortgage buyer said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year...
Record Low Mortgage Rates Fuel Third Consecutive Increase In Refinance Applications
Mortgage Bankers Association - Mortgage applications increased 3.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications...
Sales of existing homes increase in April
USA Today - Existing home sales rose last month, offering further evidence that the U.S. housing market is on track for a slow and bumpy recovery. In April, existing home sales were...
Preliminary LPS Report Shows Slight Rise in Delinquencies After Declines - Lender Processing Services (LPS) provided a peek into month-end data for mortgage performance in April, and reported after 9 months of declines, mortgage delinquencies increased. The total delinquency rate for...
Welcome to the mortgage-free housing recovery
CNN Money - cash buyers and investors looking to turn properties into rentals, which suggests the recovery, can continue even if mortgage lending remains tight, according to Capital Economics. From this time a year ago, sales of existing homes rose by 10% and by 14.1% since the low...

Technology News
Hands-on: Yahoo’s Axis Browser
PC World - you create a tab via the tiny icon at the bottom left of the screen. Overall, Yahoo’s Axis browser is fast and simple to use and the read later syncing feature across devices works as advertised, but it’s not a new idea – Chrome and Safari have...


Other News
Hot Industry: Residential Construction - Still, she says, "I think the benefits of cashing in on the mounting demand in the housing market far outweigh these barriers. ... It's highly competitive, but that doesn't mean it’s not going to create opportunities for people...
Toll Brothers returns to profit in 2nd quarter
CNBC - Toll Brothers returned to profitability in the second quarter as a growing confidence in the beleaguered housing market drove up home deliveries and the company reported a backlog. The Horsham, Pa., homebuilder was also had lower write-downs and a...


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Preparing for Memorial Day











Keep it
moving, please, even if you've seen it before.
It is the
 not the preacher, 
 who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.


It is
 not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.


It is
 not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.




It is the
salutes the Flag,




It is
who serves
under the Flag,



I'd be
EXTREMELY proud if this email reached as many as possible. We can be very
proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.




Makes you proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!





















Prescott Office of Tourism - June 2012 News



Prescott Office of Tourism Newsletter

June 2012

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Packages & Specials

Prescott Courthouse Plaza

What's better than getting away from the hustle and bustle to a gorgeous mile-high mountain retreat?
Taking advantage of cost discounts, of course!

We've got several lodging packages and specials on our website, incorporating elements from golf to shopping to family fun, you'll be sure to find something to suit your tastes and pocketbook. Go there now to begin planning your next trip to Prescott! 


Naturalist Field Days

Explore nature with volunteer naturalists on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 am and 9:00. Adults and children welcome. Please come prepared with water, comfortable walking shoes and layers. Free!


Effective dates: June 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30.


"Navajo Elders: Our Children's Birthright!"

Smoki Museum

Dr. Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie presents "Navajo Elders: Our Children's Birthright!" at the Smoki Museum (147 N. Arizona Ave.) on June 9 at 1:00 pm. 


This presentation explores how Navajo elders maintain our birthright. It shares the way Navajo elders hold the key to the culture, beliefs, traditions, identity, and lifestyles of the Navajo people. Stop in the museum gallery and visit with our Navajo artists showing and demonstrating their work.


2012 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference 

The 10th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference will take place at the historic Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley St.) from June 13-15. Attendees from around the country will learn the latest techniques, strategies, and legislation for historic preservation of homes, commercial buildings, historic sites, and culturally significant places.


Keynote speakers and presenters, authors, lecturers, commercial organizations, government agencies, Tribal communities, and more will be presenting. Register online today



Life's a Cabaret, at least on stage. Prescott Center for the Arts (208 N. Marina St.) presents Kander and Ebb's tuneful but frightening musical about the loss of innocence as the shadows of Nazism creeps into German life leading to WWII from June 14-30.

Set in 1931 Berlin the show focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

By John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff. Directed by Karen Murphy.

June 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30: 7:30 pm
June 17 & 24: 2 pm 


First Annual Mile High Brew Festival


Meet up on Montezuma Street (between Goodwin & Carleton) on June 16 to sample some suds for a great cause.


Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona, at least eight different Arizona state craft brewers will be on hand to provide samples of their brews. Six band will be playing live music throughout the day.


$20 entry free gets you brew sampling and a commemorative pint glass. Noon to 6:00 pm.


Call 928-445-1281 for more information. 


"Rodeo Gals: When Bronc Riders Wore Lipstick" 

Phippen Museum of Western Art


The Phippen Museum of Western Art (4701 Hwy. 89 N.) presents this unique exhibit, bringing Cheri Raftery's extensive collection of clothing, equipment and photographs from the golden age of the cowgirl to the Phippen Museum.


June 16 to August 26. 


"Ladies of the Garden: We Will Vote"  

SHM sign


Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater (415 W. Gurley St.) presents an original historical play written by Randi Wise and Jody Drake that tells the compelling stories of women honored in the museum's territorial rose garden. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Museum members) in advance and $14 at the door. Call 928-445-3122 for tickets and information; seating is limited.


Friday, June 22, 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 23, 2:00 and 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm

Friday, June 29, 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 30, 2 pm and 7:30 pm


Summer Zoo Camps    


Join Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary this spring for an exciting and fun experience at Summer Zoo Camp.

There are four weeks to choose from, each with its own exciting theme. Week one is "Astonishing Animal Appetites" and runs from June 11 to 15.  

Week two is "Migration and Hibernation" and runs from June 18 to 22.  

Week three is "Alien Invaders!" and runs from July 9 to 13.  

Week four is "Animal Communication" and runs from July 16 to 20. Hurry now to call for your reservation, limited spots still available!  

Camp runs from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Age groups are kids 6-8 and 9-12. The cost per week is $150 for members and $175 for non-members.

Children will get hands-on experience with the animals, participate in games, and explore wildlife and nature by conducting wild investigations and creating amazing crafts. Don't miss the fun! For registration and more information, visit or stop by HPZS gift shop for a brochure.


Talking Rock Ranch Golf Showcase 

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This show is comprised of multiple genres, Opera, Musical Theatre and Pop Opera, or as it's sometimes called, POPERA. Four singers from four extremely diverse backgrounds bring you and experience you will never forget. Starring Johnny Huerta (Venezuela), Guillermo Ontiveros (Mexico) and Geno Toc (Romania) this show will transport you to the great opera houses of Europe.


Purchase tickets online here, by calling 928-777-1370 or by stopping by the Elks Box Office (Tuesday - Friday from 10 am to 2 pm). 

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 Following is a sample of events taking place in Prescott during the coming month. For a more comprehensive calendar of events, as well as information about lodging, dining, outdoor adventure, shopping and more, please visit our website at


Downtown Summer Concert Series 

June 1 - September 5

Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 6:30 pm
120 S. Cortez St., Prescott

Enjoy free, live entertainment every Tuesday through Friday (and some Saturdays), June 1 through September 5.

Jazz every Tuesday, movies every other Wednesday, Prescott Karaoke Idol every Thursday, and various bands on Fridays and Saturdays.


125th Annual World's Oldest Rodeo

June 28 - July 4

Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 10:00 am

840 Rodeo Dr., Prescott

The World's Oldest Rodeo celebrates its 125th season this summer, and shares that anniversary during the same year in which Arizona celebrates its 100th birthday! This year's Rodeo is therefore an official Centennial event.

Since 1888, people have come from miles around to enjoy this testament to our history and cultural heritage.

Top rodeo athletes converge on Prescott from around the country to compete in one or more of eight different rodeo performances. Specialty acts this year include "The Wild Child" Troy Lerwill, Quadrille de Mujeres, bull fighters Mike Matt and Quirt Hunt, and the Diamond Z English Shire Horses.

In addition to the rodeo performances, there will be a variety of other great events all week long, including a nightly Rodeo Dance (June 28-30), the Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show on Courthouse Plaza (June 29 to July 1), and the annual Prescott Frontier Days Parade (June 30).

For tickets, call 866-407-6336 or purchase them online.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, June 28 - 7:30 pm
Friday, June 29 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 30 - 1:30 pm
Saturday, June 30 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 1 - 7:30 pm
Monday, July 2 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 3 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, July 4 - 1:30 pm


Nocturnal Nature Nights

June 2 - August 25

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott

Join Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in Prescott, AZ this summer for "Nocturnal Nature Nights at the Zoo!"  

Every Saturday night through August 25, the Zoo will be open until 8:00 pm. Come enjoy the evening and the Zoo when it is cool. For more information, stop by the HPZS gift shop for a brochure or call 928-778-4242.

Additional dates:
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25. 


39th Annual Folk Arts Fair Village 

June 2 & 3

Sharlot Hall Museum

415 W. Gurley St., Prescott

Since 1973, hundreds of community volunteers have congregated on the beautiful grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum to demonstrate the arts, skills and entertainments of Arizona's territorial and early statehood days. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for museum members and free for those under 18.
Spinning, weaving, and candle making were once skills considered essential to the life of every American. Nowadays few of us will shiver all night without a quilted coverlet on the bed or read in the dark for want of a hand-dipped candle. Many of these former necessities are now the luxuries that enrich our lives while maintaining our connection to the ones who came before us.
The annual Folk Arts Fair gives you the opportunity to see how things were once done. You'll see chair caning, basket making and antique printing demonstrations. Special activities for kids include butter churning, panning for "gold" and cornhusk doll making. Listen to old-time fiddlers and acoustic bands. And yes, we'll dip candles, too.
Are we making you long for a bit of 'the good old days'? Bring the family to experience the crafts and amusements of a time gone by. Skilled demonstrators will be here to amaze you with their handiwork and talents from a simpler time in Arizona. 


Five Way Street: A Salute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

June 3
Elks Opera House, 7:00 pm

117 E. Gurley St., Prescott


Bringing audiences those generation-defining harmonies and songs, Five Way Street has been compared to CSNY "at the height of their game." Bringing a savvy mix of studio takes and the best of CSNY's concerts, the band easily performs CSNY's intimate acoustic material while two hot guitarists recall epic Stills-Young guitar duels. A fun, authentic, dynamic band and unbelievable vocals give you the Ultimate CSNY experience.

Tickets are available by going to their website or by calling or visiting the Elks Box Office at 928-777-1370. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 


Howlin' at the Highlands

June 10
Highlands Center for Natural History

1375 S. Walker Rd., Prescott


Prescott Jazz Summit, in collaboration with Highlands Center for Natural History, present Howlin' at the Highlands, a four-concert series featuring jazz musicians and jazz singers performing movie and Broadway tunes, jazz standards and blues in a beautiful outdoor setting.

June 10
3:00 to 5:30 pm
featuring vocalist Renee Patrick

July 21
7:00 to 9:30 pm
featuring vocalist Dennis Rowland

August 11
7:00 to 9:30 pm
vocalist TBA

September 16
3:00 to 5:30 pm
vocalist TBA

Tickets: $20 per concert
Multi-ticket discount: $45 for three concerts or $60 for all four concerts

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Highlands Center Gift Shop or at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly advised since all concerts were sold out last year. Doors open one hour early. 


Prescott Film Fest Screening: "Flat Daddy" 

June 13
Yavapai College Performance Hall
, 6:30 pm

1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott

Documentary about what happens to the families of soldiers who are serving overseas. This film follows several families as they experience pride in their soldiers, with the children and loved ones who miss them most.  

Tickets available at the door: $7.00 General Admission, $5.00 Seniors, Students and Yavapai College Staff. For more information, call 928-458-7209 or go to  


14th Annual Tsunami on the Square

June 16
Prescott Courthouse Plaza
120 S. Cortez St.


Established in 1998, Tsunami on the Square is a free, all-ages, outdoor performing arts and culture festival in Prescott, Arizona. Our mission is to build community through the human tradition of live performance culture.

Named for "the natural event least likely to occur in the high desert," Tsunami on the Square takes place annually on the third weekend in June on Prescott's downtown Courthouse Plaza.

Tsunami's programming draws on modern and global dance forms, performance art, music, outdoor theater, and circus arts. To learn more about Tsunami on the Square, visit their website.

Besides the main festival, Tsunami on the Square produces a number of other events, including Circus Camp for Kids and "Flourish Before the Flood" - a site specific, outdoor performance occurring the week before the main festival. Tsunami also works in partnership with Arizona artists and arts organizations to create cultural and educational events around Prescott.

Tsunami On The Square is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductable.


31st Annual Bluegrass Festival

June 23 & 24
Prescott Courthouse Plaza
120 S. Cortez St., Prescott

Congregate under the shade of Elms on Prescott Courthouse Plaza for another free Annual Bluegrass Festival. Jamming occurs spontaneously throughout both days, but scheduled acts are as follows:

Saturday June 23
10:30 - 11:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
11:00 - 11:45 am - Just 4 Mama
11:45 - 12:30 pm - The Sonoran Dogs
12:30 - 1:15 pm - Virtual Strangers
1:15 - 2:00 - Burnett Family Bluegrass
2:00 - 3:00 - The Sonoran Dogs
3:00 - 4:00 - Virtual Strangers
4:00 - 5:00 - Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand
5:00 - 6:00 - Burnett Family Bluegrass
6:00 - 7:00 - BREAK before evening concert - Food Available at Festival
7:00 - 9:00 - Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand

Sunday June 24
10:30 - 11:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Just 4 Mama
12:00 - 1:00 pm - The Sonoran Dogs
1:00 - 2:00 pm - Virtual Strangers
2:00 - 3:00 pm - Burnett Family Bluegrass 





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