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"Bill the Elk"

"Bill the Elk" atop the Elks Opera House

 

I am happy to announce that I will be collaborating with Parker Anderson, official Historian of the Elks Opera House, on a new series on its history. We envision that this series will encompass 5 to 8 blog posts.   

At one time there were many Elks Opera Houses in America. But today only three survive in the entire country. Two of these are being used as movie theatres. We have a real gem in our soon to be restored Elks Opera House. Parker Anderson spent thousands of hours documenting all the bookings in the Elk’s Opera House in its first one-hundred years. I provided the funding to return the original “Bill the Elk” from Prescott Valley to atop the building. I also served as President of the Thumb Butte Questers when all the Prescott Questers chapters raised matching funds for the grant that allowed the inner (or second) lobby to be restored.   

I hope that our collaboration on the Elks brings back many fond memories. Stay tuned for the first installment.

Scott Morris has an excellent recap of the April 8 Prescott Monstercross.  Are you looking for a unique mountain biking venue with great technical challenges? You will enjoy his article.  This Monstercross was held in Prescott Arizona. It has looks of other appealing features for the Outdoor Adventure Traveler and is a “cool ” place to hang out in the evenings with the opportunity to take rest days and visit the museums/theater, go kayaking on the lakes, play golf or take in the World’s Oldest Rodeo.  

See Scott’s article at Play hard, get hurtIt is an excellent recap with gorgeous pictures of the new trails in Prescott’s Granite Dells — a new technical challenge for mountain bikers.

   

 

  

 

We are pleased to announce our first public meeting of the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) Monday, April 12, 2010, 6:30PM at the Prescott College Crossroads Center, 220 Grove Avenue Prescott Arizona.
 
Our mission statement is: To preserve, protect and promote mountain biking, trail access and diverse riding opportunities on Prescott area public lands through community education, advocacy, tourism and unified action.
 
The public is invited to join us at this open forum to learn more about the new organization, give your feedback, and get involved.

We will also be recruiting committee members, discuss the direction of PMBA and begin to shape the riding future of Prescott.

For further information, contact

Robert Coombs, PMBA Steering Committee
Phone: 928-445-2000,ext.122

Mike Vax

 

As a warm-up for the Prescott Jazz Summit in August, there will be a FREE jazz concert at Noon this Friday, April 9. Mayor Marlin Kuykendall will present a proclamation recognizing April as National Jazz Appreciation month at Courthouse Plaza – north side – at noon on Friday, April 9th.  Following the presentation the “All Star Jazz Quintet” will be performing.  Please come and bring your friends (and even people who aren’t your friends) so we can have a good turnout.   

Mike Vax’s “All Star Jazz Quintet” will also be playing at 129 1/2 on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30.  Please come and support your Jazz Summit musicians and also Barry Barbe.  He is one of he few on going jazz presenters in the Prescott area.  Have dinner or dessert of a couple of drinks, whatever.   

The Prescott Jazz Summit will celebrate its tenth year in 2010. We would like to grow it into a great gathering of jazz musicians like the festivals in Montreal and New Orleans but we need community support to do that. This entire festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers. Come to the free concert this Friday at Noon and meet some of these volunteers and learn about the Prescott Jazz Summit. 

Link to short Video on 2008 Prescott Jazz Summit

AMA Pro Motorcycle Racing

 

Flat tracking racing comes to Yavapai Down, Prescott, AZ. The AMA Pro Grand National Championship is the oldest and most traditional form of motorcycle racing, tracing it’s roots back to the early 1900’s when young daredevils tested each other on county fairgrounds ovals all around the United States.   

The first Expert Twins National will be at a new venue with a Mile at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, Arizona (May 1, 2010). This will be the first motorcycle race at Yavapai Downs and the only track in the western part of the country to feature the exciting Mile Nationals. This series will return to Yavapai Downs (October 9-10, 2010) with back-to-back Nationals. See Grand National Racing at over 140MPH.  

AMA Pro Motorcycle Racing
Showtime: May 1, 2010 10:00, timed practice at 10:30AM, racing starts at 2:00PM
Yavapai County Fairgrounds Prescott Valley, AZ
Tickets: GetTix.net or 866.443.8849 or Yavapai County Fairgrounds, Tim’s Toyota Center or the Gateway Mall