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Friday Fun Day Lets get the summer started!

WEEK #1 JUNE 4-8

JUNE 1—AUG. 8, 2018 AGES 4—12 Campers can look forward to days full of creative and fun activities, games and sports to develop healthy and active lifestyles.

Mini Olympics Week

WEEK #2 JUNE 11-15

All Things Flagstaff Week Visitors at FAC

WEEK #3 JUNE 18-22

Campers will spend their days at FAC East, swimming daily, participating in activities and games in the various locations around the club, and weather permitting, hiking on nearby trail systems and playing at the park.

WEEK #4 JUNE 25-29

Camp days begin at 9am and end at 4pm. Camp staff are available from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily at no additional cost.

Fear Factor Week Adventure: Flag Extreme Wet and Wild Week Adventure: Lake Mary (Sharks and Wildcats)


WEEK #5 JULY 2-3, JULY 5-6 Winter In Summer Adventure: Snowbowl


WEEK #6 JULY 9-13

American Ninja Warrior Adventure: Bowling-Starlite Lanes

WEEK #7 JULY 16-20

Zombie Apocalypse Week Adventure: Cabin Fever

WEEK #8 JULY 23-27

Escape Room Week Adventure: Bearizona


Hawaiian Hullaballoo Adventure: Jay Lively Ice Rink

WEEK #10 AUGUST 6-8 Best of Camp




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Registration deadline is 4pm the Thursday prior to camp week camper will attend or when the camp week is full. Registrations or any changes received after the deadline will be charged a $20 fee.

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Favorites of the month from the area’s abundant offerings in art and entertainment





Museum of Northern Arizona, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Delight in the culture and art of the A:Shiwi (Zuni) at the first of the museum’s annual heritage festivals. The Zuni Festival features traditional and contemporary art, lectures, music and dance performances.

Photo by Ben Moon

Clifford E. White Theater at NAU, 7:30 p.m. The Canyon Movement Company presents its annual spring performance with contemporary dance performed on stage and in the air with original choreography. Special guests include Human Nature Dance Theatre, Velocity Dance Company, Cazo Dance Company, Sarah Haas and Maeve Rising Dance. Tickets available at the door: $15 for general admission, $10 for children and students.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Northern Arizona has 16 different species of butterflies, including the Monarch and the Checkered White. See hundreds of these colorful creatures and learn about their attributes, habitat, pollination and lifecycles in this living display. Open daily starting May 25. Entrance is included with general admission to the Arboretum at Flagstaff.



Pepsi Amphitheater, 6 p.m. These early indie rockers with their evocative tunes and a devoted fan base are on the road again and they’re stopping at Fort Tuthill for the amphitheater’s first concert of the season. The band lineup is six members including founders Isaac Brock, singer and guitarist, and drummer Jeremiah Green. Mimicking Birds open the show. Tickets: $39.50-$43.


City Hall parking lot, Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon The Flagstaff Community Market enters its 18th year with farm-fresh produce, meats, dairy and prepared foods from local and regional producers. The market is open Sundays, May 6 through Oct. 1, and is located at 211 W. Aspen Ave. Follow the market on Facebook for news and up-to-date information. may18


the Coconino County sustainability program. He had worked well with Aude on other projects and we felt comfortable that we could all work well as a team,” says Sandy. The process began with a discussion identifying interests and needs. Stang considered the Conigliaris’ wish list and the property, including any possible limitations to their pie-shaped lot and the ability to incorporate renewable, innovative and sustainable building methods that met local requirements. Stang also met with the Conigliaris at their existing home to assess how they live. She asked questions like, “Are you an early riser?” and “What do your mornings look like?” Their responses would help the designer understand how they live and, more importantly, what they liked about living that way. The couple soon learned that among Aude’s strengths was her ability to metabolize the layers of information and understand the emotions behind their desires. This step proved to be a crucial beginning, as communications


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between Stang and the Conigliaris were often twice a day for a year and a half. The family also embraced the opportunity to pare down and get rid of stuff. They donated all household items that wouldn’t fit the new aesthetic or were not treasured keepsakes. To keep the focus on sculpture and form, they replaced their furnishings with pieces that are lowprofile and restrained. Among the art that complements and accentuates their living space are pieces by area artists Marsha Owen, Kelly Janecek, Kate Hoyer and M.J. Wee. Paul provided the initial inspiration for the new home—the floor to ceiling curved stone wall that leads from the entry into the central living area. He had seen a similar feature in another Flagstaff home and loved the idea of deviating from a traditional foyer. The Black Canyon Telluride stone wall consists of a pattern of rectangles and squares. Stang designed around this beautiful heritage stone and wall, giving the home continuity from the outside façade to the interior space. "

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The Conigliaris also longed to meld details and forwardthinking design with the exterior and the views that surrounded them. Their material palette consisted of stone, wood, iron, concrete and glass. Every opportunity to bring the outside in is evident in this dramatic turn from traditional mountain homes. Hewn timber, sleek metal and a light color palette replace the dark, raw and rustic feel. Streamlined, sexier and sunlit, these contemporary homes incorporate more adventurous interior options than their predecessors. Throughout the Conigliari home, natural light pours through windows and transoms creating winter warmth through passive energy. It’s one of the many energy-saving elements that earned the house a Coconino County sustainability award this year. A particular interior option the Conigliaris chose is the pop of color on the kitchen island. There, turquoise cabinets provide a touch of whimsy and contrast to the mostly white and gray kitchen. Anderson Quality Woodworking of Flagstaff produced the kitchen cabinets. Stang designed the industrial range hood with Cataract Canyon Iron Works. Stuart Henderson, a local metalsmith, consulted on the final touches and assisted with the hardware. The island countertop is a broad expanse of white quartz with veins of blue, grey and putty. It drops down on one side to provide another surface area. The tiered station passively introduces the kitchen nook, a desk and quaint office space. Behind a sliding barn door in the kitchen are a continuation of turquoise cabinets and storage shelves. The walk-in pantry includes a coffee station and other kitchen appliances. This space allows the kitchen to be free of clutter, giving it a clean look and optimal space for food prep and relaxed socializing. Also on the wish list was Paul’s desire for a keeping room, an old-fashioned concept turned new again. Traditionally located off the kitchen, this small space holds the warmth of the home. With a bar, fireplace and casual seating, the room is for intimate gatherings and conversations. The stone entry and wall and the transitional Colerne fixtures with warm nostalgic bulbs and black iron accents marry to


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create a cozy hideaway from the light-filled kitchen and great room. The keeping room fixtures, along with other lighting choices, were purchased locally from the Lite Company. With the new home, Sandy’s focus centered more on the use of space and organization. She was impressed with Aude’s space-saving European designs, and multifunctional concepts were employed in each room to maximize living area and usage. For example, the media room doubles as an optional bedroom using modular furniture. The library on the west end of the home has conversion pieces that transition the room into yet another bedroom. The library exudes a Scandinavian feel with floor to ceiling built-ins and creative shelving and nooks. A pocket door on the south wall opens to reveal a small kitchenette that flows into a second master suite. The combination of these rooms gives the effect of a home within a home, well suited for guests. These quarters provide access to forest views and two outdoor fire features; one a traditional exterior fireplace, the other a collaboration between Paul and Ashby Smith of Deep Roots Landscaping. Ashby created Paul’s concept of a fireplace and water feature in one. Loyal to the Conigliaris’ love of dual function, the oblong piece can be either a waterfall element or fire feature, or, for added drama, both. The outdoor spaces offer peaceful retreats and enjoyment of the surrounding forest. Another feature that celebrates the outdoors is the great room fireplace, a hallmark of mountain houses. The same Telluride stone found elsewhere in the home runs floor to ceiling in the hearth and panel. Executed by Flagstaff Hearth and Home, the mantle is a steel I-beam accented with washers and bolts that complement the black metal tie trusses above the room. By adding bench seating at the hearth and extending it along the wall, the design provides additional space for friends and family to gather. Strategically placed niches create an illuminated gallery to showcase art objects. The Conigliaris beam with excitement when talking about their new home. It captures the couple’s current complexion, not that of their past. Their journey is not unlike the new build, transitioning from what once was to a more modern ideal. They have drawn from their experiences, found an environment that best sustains them and invited the involvement of their community to create a home that resonates with their present life—a dwelling to which their adult children will return to, rather than reside.


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became available. “Reggie had built the patio, so we renewed the place, but kept the same idea.” Themed for its Route 66 address, mingled with classic and antique lunchboxes, they kept the Jitters name for recognition and added Lunchbox. The couple is involved in every aspect of the operation and concentrates on the three Cs: customer service, cleanliness and consistency. With handcrafted sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads and scratch-made cookies, Sharlene said, “We keep it fresh daily.” Sources like the Farmers Market, Tortilla Lady and Arizona Coffee keep it local. Lunchbox listens to customers. Sometimes their ideas become menu standards, such as the Eggcellent Egg Salad served on a telera roll. Softer and larger than a ciabatta, the roll perfectly handles the tender egg mixture with pickle ribbons, tomato and romaine with a scrape of jalapeño mayo. All items have whimsical names, like the Porky Pine Salad. Romaine lettuce is topped with rosemary and apple-marinated pork loin, chunky blue cheese, dried cranberries, red onion, apple chips and toasted pine nuts with honeyed blue cheese vinaigrette. The vibrant, complex salad is also satiating. For a hot sammie, the Santa Fe carnitas showcases slowroasted pork shoulder, caramelized onions, Hatch green chiles, cheddar and house spicy aioli on griddled parmesan-crusted bread. may18





MOTHER'S DAY By John Vankat By John Vankat


electing wines for Mother’s Day is important, as the day honors mothers for their personality, for their strength and for what they mean to our lives. Among the most fitting wines are those with character, and here are my recommendations:

Locations Corse non-vintage Vermentino “Corsica, France” ($20) Nicely priced, this white possesses a personality sure to capture attention with its lean but forward character. Features attractively crisp balance of fruit and acidity. Bokisch 2014 Grenache “Terra Alta Vineyard, Clement Hills-Lodi” ($23) Light to the eye and nose, this well-made “Garnacha” is impressively strong on the palate with balanced fruit and finely integrated tannins. Available online. Others (by Department 66) 2014 red blend “Cotes Catalanes, France” ($25) This Grenache-dominated blend is a tasting experience featuring rich fruit melded with pleasing acidity. Rounded tannins appear in mid-palate and call for pairing with red meat. A to Z 2015 Pinot Noir “Essence, Oregon” ($28) Essence is a fine, luminescent wine featuring notable fruit on the attack joined by engaging tannins and complexity. Impressively well-integrated and complex, especially for its price.

Blandy’s non-vintage dessert wine “Malmsey, 10-year Rich Madeira” ($30, 500 ml) This great bargain in fortified wine seemingly defines character with its brownish-gold hue, powerful nose and caramelized, richly spiced flavors. Open and savor for weeks. Galerie 2016 Sauvignon Blanc “Naissance, Napa Valley” ($30) Sauvignon Blancs tend to be expressive, and Naissance is fuller bodied than most and has forward fruit gorgeously melded with mouth-watering crispness. Fort Ross 2015 Pinot Noir “Sea Slopes, Sonoma Coast” ($35) Wonderful! Strong but lean on the attack, followed by engaging development of beautiful fruit, balance and complexity that persist throughout a very elongated finish. Anne Amie 2014 Pinot Noir Blanc “Prismé, Yamhill-Carlton” ($45) Uniquely captivates the senses with rosé color, very refined nose and fruit-forward attack followed by superb development of

balance and complexity. A long-lingering tasting experience! Roco 2015 Pinot Noir “Marsh Estate, Yamhill-Carlton” ($50) Beautiful! Features strength and complexity on the nose and palate in which subdued tannins develop excellent complexity and lead to an outstanding finish. For knockout gorgeous, choose the Roco 2014 Pinot Noir “Private Stash No. 12, Wits’ End Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains” ($95). Both available online. Fort Ross 2012 Pinotage “Fort RossSeaview, Sonoma Coast” ($58) This fine Pinotage overflows with pleasing characteristics, including exceptional color, memorable nose and dramatic complexity paired with fine balance and integration. Available online. Penner-Ash 2015 Pinot Noir “Pas de Nom, Willamette Valley” ($135) Rich fruit begins a compelling personality featuring beautifully soft but expressive tannins, excellent complexity, refined integration and a wonderfully powerful, prolonged finish. “Pas de Nom?” I’d name it “wonderful.”

Recommended wines can be ordered from your favorite Arizona wine store, except as noted. Write to John Vankat at may18


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Enigmatic Landscape

“Enigmatic Landscape” is the surreal piece in his show, and it leads the viewer to his other otherworldly compositions—expressions of the past, present and future that come from the subconscious, or possibly the soul, of the artist. Price was born to a French mother and an American father in 1954. He grew up in northwest Indiana at a time when steel and oil industries dominated the area. Raised by his mother and grandmother, he absorbed their love for nature and art. He had a fondness for math and science, and they were subjects that came easily to him. Michael earned a bachelor degree in physics and went on to graduate studies in theoretical astrophysics. After deciding not to pursue a career in academia, he began work as a game designer for the company that made Dungeons and Dragons. He then spent three decades developing classic toys, video games and even amusement park rides. Making games is creative, but Price wanted to develop more his individualistic expression. So he left the game world and began his life as an artist. Along the way, Price discovered Native American heritage in his lineage, a revelation that would bring him to embrace native spiritual traditions that “spoke a truth” about his place in the world, about being connected to the source of creation, about finding balance and accord in all. While some people perceive contradictions between math and art, science and spirituality, Michael sees harmony. “My spiritual truths and my scientific truths have to be in harmony and that is reflected in my artwork.” These truths “come together in a confluence, where it makes sense to me.” MAPS: Enigmatic Landscapes is showing through June 9 at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visitors chat with Price and view his artwork inside the Jewel Gallery.


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wo Guns. Ghost town. Apache Death Cave. Canyon Diablo. Stories about this place just east of Flagstaff revolve around death. Feelings of wonder and unease battle for attention as one hikes through abandoned 19th- and 20th-century buildings down into the canyon, and the canyon itself, with steep walls on either side, contains a stillness that raises hairs on the neck and arms. 27

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Welcome to the abandoned towns of Two Guns and Canyon Diablo, which serve as a good starting point for a trek down into the legendary canyon itself. The first time I’d heard of Canyon Diablo, I had been living in Flagstaff for some time. A friend talked about taking a hike there with his family. He told me a story about the Apache Death Cave, where a band of Native Americans died during a confrontation back in the may18


late 1870s. The next time I drove to Winslow, I saw the abandoned buildings at the Two Guns exit, but I never decided to visit. On a near cloudless morning in early April, I took my wife Lisa and our two dogs out to Canyon Diablo for an adventure. The trip was fascinating; the hike was most unusual and not my regular fare. Instead of turning right into Two Guns when I got off the interstate, I made a left, and traveled about four miles on a rocky, kidney-busting two track to West Canyon Diablo, where the train crosses the canyon. The bridge is impressive, and to the left of it are remnants of pilings from the first bridge that spanned the canyon. The canyon walls are steep here, and I hiked the rim for a way down but didn’t find any easy access. An abandoned complex of buildings made of sandstone or limestone harken back to rougher days as modern BNSF trains rumble by on their way to Flagstaff or Winslow. Standing at the rim, we felt the loneliness of the place as wind kept trying to push us away. Back at Two Guns, a town built in more modern times to serve the needs of motorists, we drove among the buildings—an abandoned service station, remnants of a motel or business, and a campground with the electricity outlets poking out of the grassy, rocky soil in rows that reminded me of gravestones. When Interstate 40 came through, it appears the little hamlet didn’t stand a chance for survival; or maybe it’s just the area. After that, we passed over a slim bridge to the older structures of Canyon Diablo. The construction is the same limestone and sandstone construction used on the buildings we’d seen at West Canyon Diablo. According to numerous reports, Canyon Diablo, created in the 1880s as a worksite for people constructing the railroad bridge to span the canyon, was a violent and rowdy little town of saloons, brothels and dance halls. It slowly died after the bridge was completed. Perhaps it was my

imagination, but the place somehow felt thick with violence. Several reports of the area, including a little tidbit given to me by my friend Mary Black, talk about trying to bring law to such a lawless town, and one person pinned officer of the law in the morning was killed and buried by the evening. Trails and two tracks descend into the canyon at the older Canyon Diablo. I parked my Jeep next to one of the trailheads, put on my pack with water and descended into the canyon. The dry stream bed contained signs of deer, rabbit and cattle. Thick dry brush suggested riparian possibilities, particularly during the wet monsoon season. After passing under the bridges for the interstate, I headed northwest in between the canyon walls, which steepened the farther I went. The walls protected me from the wind rushing over the landscape above, but it also intensified the sun’s rays, making for a warm hike, even in April. Hiking the canyon in the summer months would be hot, indeed. Trash from a variety of decades, interesting in itself by the record of human occupation it represented, is evident throughout the hike. I found the area fascinating in an uncomfortable way, and the sheer volume of historical and anthropological areas—modern and older—has given me a reason to return. If you’re a history buff, or a geologist, or an anthropologist, who likes to hike, then Two Guns and Canyon Diablo are perfect for you. Pull off the interstate and give a look.

Two Guns and Canyon Diablo Length: Varies Difficulty: Easy (very little elevation change, except to head down into the canyon) Directions: From Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 east for about 30 miles to the Two Guns exit, Exit 230. More: There are numerous websites that offer information about Two Guns and Canyon Diablo for the intrepid adventurer. Try “Two Guns – Death by Highway” for a general idea at 28

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Satisfying music for intimate waltzing While The Young Punks Dance by Creed Bratton Reviewed by Sean Golightly


o you like dancing? Specifically, do you like cozy rum-soaked slow waltzes with the old friend you should’ve married? Well, I got an album for you. While the Young Punks Dance is the latest by musician and actor Creed Bratton. This semipsychedelic folk album will step on your toes a little, but you’ll be too busy having all your regrets lullabied to notice. Mournful like the horse’s mouth, these songs have said and heard it all. Best known for his role in the hit show The Office, Creed Bratton started life as a musician. As a teen, he busked across Europe and the Middle East before hitting Los Angeles in 1965. There, he helped form The Grass Roots, a highly successful, if somewhat manufactured, folk-rock act. After years of consistent Top-30 hits, Bratton left the formula for success and pursued

acting but never abandoned music. With decades of recording under his belt, While The Young Punks Dance is the most recent and honest. First, there’s nothing young about. However, coming from a 75-year-old artist, why should there be? The landscape of WTYPD is a warm, traditional place. There are familiar swells of violin rolling over finger-plucked guitar fields. Tiny accordions flutter by in sunny organ beams. Every once in a while, an electric frog jumps onto a brushy snare, or discord ripples a little too close, but don’t worry. It won’t hurt. Though comfortable and richly woven, the instrumentation occasionally left me in want of a certain youthful aggression. To my contentment, I found this in Bratton’s lyrics and storytelling. Listened to in order (No shuffle, punks!),

WTYPD resonates as deeply autobiographical. “More Than You Know” opens the conversation with a plea to believe that Bratton’s “love is true,” and we should listen to his story. “Yes Indeed” tells us “It’s true, I made it through,” which seems to aptly reference Bratton’s late-life fame. “Matters Like These” then suggests that we “don’t mind” if he seems “removed, even far away from the scene we play today.” Distance shouldn’t surprise. Bratton has traveled a long time. So long that he sings “When I Settle Down” with the immediate assessment that “it will probably be okay.” Remember, this man is 75. At that age, there is one big settling on the horizon. Enter “The Heart of Darkness.” This fragile, meditative tune is a walk down into a clear contemplation of mortality. From the outset, Bratton orders us: “Don’t be sad now… you know it has to be.” Sans a lonely view of death, Bratton then assures that “you go where I go... into the heart of darkness.” After “The Heart of Darkness,” the following songs feel a bit like life flashing before eyes. “All The Faces” is a walk through “other worlds” and “angels you can see” where “all the faces” have a “familiar glow,” as if known from a past life. Also, Easter egg! In the quiet opening of “All The Faces,” one can hear a string of organ notes that subtly, yet unmistakably, parallel The Office theme song. Ha! A humble gesture, this little riff is offered once in a sneaky bow. Next, “Ready For You Now” swoops in darkly like a carpe diem speech rehearsed in interest of a one-night stand. Wonder if

Creed Bratton has had many of those? Listen to “Live for Today” by his old band The Grass Roots, then tell me what you think. “Rome” sways with bongo roll alongside an adventurous woman, “Peruvian flake,” and a “carnal glance” as it shrugs reserve for ambient waves and good-time memory. The lover in this one is probably the one who got away. “Boxer In A Club” is a classic whiskey song, complete with the six-string strum, a boxer “born to lose" and Baton Rouge all ground together in colorfully worded yet uncluttered imagery. There’s also a real clunky electric riff that groans like a shipping yard. Altogether, it’s a satisfying crunch. That brings us to “Unemployment Line,” the final track of While the Young Punks Dance. This bookend is a protest tune calling out church and state via “Mr. President down in Washington,” “all you fat cats doing fine,” and “preacher man” alike for their complicity in unemployment and poverty. If not just a tad cliché, this theme provides fodder for some of the best lines in the album, including “pieces of my life are in pawn shops all over town,” “If Jesus came to ask for food stamps, they’d probably turn him down,” and “I can’t look in the people’s eyes/there might be someone there I know.” On this note, “While the Young Punks Dance” finds a settled end. As a whole, the album promises safe listening for a pensive mood and self-aware slow dancing by a fast man grown old. Creed Bratton performs at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff May 29. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets available through the Orpheum website or at its box office, 15 W. Aspen Ave.

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