Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Holiday Parade of Lights: WINNERS!


 image courtesy of azdailysun.com

Well the judging isn’t really an easy job for the Holiday Lights Parade because there are just so many creative and amazing participants.  Here are the results the judges have decided on:

#1  Coconino County Public Works
#2  Bearizona
#3  Flagstaff kennel Club

And Honorable Mention goes to Troyer Urgent Care.

Thanks to ALL our entries for making this year's parade our biggest winter parade EVER! 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

NAU Men's Basketball Looks to Flagstaff...


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona athletics department is offering two special promotional nights next week to help build the “Sixth Man” for the Lumberjack men’s basketball team as they open Big Sky Conference play against Montana State and Montana.

“The return to the Skydome has been met with great enthusiasm and the fan support has been outstanding,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos.  “With our students heading home for winter break, we are looking forward to having the Flagstaff community come out to help us create an amazing atmosphere to start the Big Sky Conference season.”

The Big Sky opener against Montana State on Monday will be Flagstaff High School Night. All FHS students, faculty and staff who show FHS identification will receive tickets for just $5. Accompanying guests of FHS students, faculty and staff may also purchase tickets for $5 to the game.  Tipoff against Montana State is at 6:35 p.m. in the Walkup Skydome. The first 1,000 fans at Monday night’s game will also receive a 2012-13 NAU basketball schedule magnet courtesy of Papa John’s. For more information on Flagstaff High School Night, call 928-523-8766. 

“It is very important that we get total community support for next week’s games and all the games over the holiday break,” said Head Coach Jack Murphy. “A large population of our campus has departed for the holiday season so the support from the Flagstaff community is greatly appreciated as we open Big Sky Conference play. We look forward them coming out and supporting us in the Skydome.”

Wednesday night at the Walkup Skydome will be Coconino Community College Night when the Lumberjacks host Big Sky preseason favorite Montana. CCC students, faculty and staff with CCC identification will receive free admission. The $5 tickets will also be available for purchase by all accompanying guests of Coconino Community College students, faculty and staff.  Tipoff against Montana is at 6:35 p.m. in the Skydome. For more information on Coconino Community College Night, call 928-523-8766. 

Season tickets are still available and make a great holiday gift! For information on season tickets, call 928-523-5353. To purchase single game tickets for either game, call 928-523-5661.

--NAU--

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Do you know how to drive in the snow?

We are set to get some winter weather in this week (finally). Let's take some time to review winter driving tips before the streets freeze over.


1) Give yourself THREE times more room than usual between you and the car in front of you. If they stop suddenly, you should be able to do the same!
2) Always be aware of your exit. If the car in the opposite lane starts sliding at you, where are you going to go?
3) Keep your lights on, even during the day. This increases your visibility to other drivers.
4) Be gentle with your pedals. Light on the gas, light on the brake. If you start to skid, back off whichever pedal you are using. It's a little counter intuitive, but it works and it keeps your tires rolling.
5) Keep the Air Conditioning on! AC dries out the air in your vehicle, which will help remove the condensation on your windshield. Don't worry, it will still be warm if you have the heat on as well.
6) Get a good ice scraper and brush off your WHOLE CAR! Windshield, back windows, lights, license plates, everything. It takes you a little longer but makes your drive much safer for everyone. Using your credit card to scrape a tiny hole to see out of does NOT cut it.
     - If you can scrape off the top of your car to prevent snow from falling on vehicles behind you, please do so! This ensures the drivers behind you don't get stuck in your whitewash



Check your tires! Make sure they have enough tread and they are filled appropriately.
Check your antifreeze levels!
Keep a shovel, water and other necessary supplies in your vehicle, in case you  get stuck, have to dig yourself or another vehicle out of the snow.

Featured Post: Wright Choice Promotions

Length of time you’ve been in business:  17 years in the industry, 10 years in Flagstaff.  Started my own company in 2004


Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?  I started in the promotional products industry when I took a part time filing job at a trophy company while in college in Chicago.  I fell in love with the industry and have been here ever since!  Our mission is to help educate our clients about the effective and efficient use of promotional products.  We do this while keeping the environment in mind!


Your specialty – the reason people choose you: We specialize in earth friendly promotional products.  That doesn’t mean that everything is made from bamboo!  We look at each client’s needs holistically – What kind of message are they trying to convey?  What is their target market?  What items can we select that will appeal to their market while having the smallest environmental footprint?  We then review the options from cradle to grave (or cradle to cradle ideally) and take a look at where the materials come from, how durable they are and what will likely happen to the item at the end of its useful life. 

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:  Definitely the people! 
Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  I don’t think I can pick just one.  I love Paw Placement of Northern Arizona.  They do a great job at educating the public about responsible pet ownership and finding great homes for dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized.  My mom, Judith Lukas – AKA “Socks Judy”, had donated items to their Rescue Me Adoption Center.  She makes items out of dog fur that she spins into yarn.  You might have seen her spinning at Bark in the Park or at the County Fair this year.  (more info at www.socksjudy.com or http://www.azcentral.com/video/1554220220001 )

I also love the Flagstaff Leadership Program.  I’m a proud member of the class of 2004 and learned so much from the experience!

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?  No special events, but we are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Express Yourself Signs. 

Are you hiring?  Yes!  Please feel free to send me your resume.  We are always looking for sharp, self-starters for our sales team. 


Your address and business hours:  Visit us inside of Express Yourself Signs at 2230 E Cedar Ave.  M – F 9 – 5.Or visit us on the web at www.wrightchoicepromotions.com

Website link www.wrightchoicepromotions.com AND our informational site www.seedtheimagination.com
Twitter link – www.twitter.com/ecowright


12/12/12

We just can't escape writing a bit about 12/12/12

The last repeating date of the century.
A 1,446% increase in marriages over 12/12/11
Reportedly a good day for making investments
12 hours of the day and night
12 months in the year (roman calendar)
12 signs of the zodiac
12 Apostles
12 Days of Christmas (unless you're in the TV business, then it's 25)
12 Tribes of Israel
12 Gods of Olympus
12 Old Testament Prophets

Additionally, 12 is divisible by halves, thirds, fourths, sixths and twelfths.

It is also being heralded as National Sound Check Day
(haha)


Also (and perhaps more importantly) the "One Day On Earth" project is filming again, following moderate success on the two previous repeating dates and a feature-length film "Life in a Day" which you can find on Netflix.

Also - it is a really easy date to remember.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pine Cone Ready for New Year's Eve!

Weatherford Hotel's Great Pine Cone Lights Up Downtown Flagstaff
Countdown Clock Ticks Toward the New Year!



FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Before we enter 2013 with all our good intentions of losing weight, saving money and being a better friend, the historic Weatherford Hotel offers a guilt-free good time to ring in the New Year with
the famous Pine Cone Drop!

Like a giant holiday ornament, the six-foot tall, 70-pound, LED-lighted  northland New Year's Eve symbol is suspended from the top of the Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff as the countdown clock ticks away.

"It's become a uniquely Flagstaff good time as thousands gather with hope  and anticipation for the year ahead. We're offering New Year's Eve dinner specials in Charly's Pub & Grill along with classic rock, Latin music, and rhythm and blues as the high energy band Stylus dances us into the New
Year!" said Weatherford Hotel owner Henry Taylor.

The Weatherford Hotel Great Pine Cone is to northern Arizona what the  Waterford Crystal Ball is to New York's Times Square. Both will be lowered on New Year's Eve as revelers across the country say good-bye to 2012.

As has been the tradition for the past 14 years, there will be two lowerings on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. One is scheduled for 10 p.m. to coincide with East Coast celebrations and allow more families to participate, and one at midnight. The City of Flagstaff will light up the downtown with fireworks during both events. Radio personality Joe Harting will lead the crowd in song and the official countdown.

"The Pine Cone Drop is the best New Year's Eve event west of Times Square. We invite everyone to join us for this Norman Rockwell-like classic happening," said Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours. "It will start your year with a happy heart!"

"The annual New Year's Eve Pine Cone Drop is a wonderful community tradition and a real treat for visitors who come to Flagstaff to ring in the New Year," said Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Heidi Hansen. "The Pine Cone Drop puts an authentic Flagstaff spin on the holiday season
and draws in visitors to our destination."

The Pine Cone Drop has been a New Year's Eve tradition since 1999 when the  Weatherford Hotel rang in the new millennium and honored its 100-year anniversary. Since then, the Great Pine Cone has been the focal point of Flagstaff's New Year's Eve celebrations.

"New Year's Day marks 114 years since the Weatherford Hotel opened its doors  to guests," said hotel owner Sam Green. "This elegant Victorian building has brought people together to commemorate important events for more than a century. It warms our hearts to see the joy the Pine Cone Drop brings!"

Although it's too early for a specific weather forecast, National Weather Service meteorologist Dr. Brian Klimowski says average Flagstaff temperatures for the Pine Cone Drop at the end of December are usually
between 20 and 25 degrees. "Typically we have a chance of snow this time of year, so dress for winter weather!"

For more information, visit http://www.weatherfordhotel.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Featured Blog Post: Flagstaff Ale Trail




Length of time you’ve been in business:
Our 1-Year Anniversary is December 12, 2012.  That’s a big deal for us!

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission?
“Turning Good Beer into Good Works!”  

Flagstaff Ale Trail is a social enterprise; we donate all profits to charity.  To date in only our first year we have supported more than a dozen local non-profits:
Flagstaff Community Foundation, Literacy Volunteers, Friends of Camp Colton, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Girls on the Run, Flagstaff Habitat for Humanity, Sun Sounds of Arizona-Flagstaff, Flagstaff City Softball Team, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Flagstaff Leadership Program, Second Chance Center for Animals, Master Chorale of Flagstaff, and Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance. 

And, of course, we are members of the Chamber of Commerce!

We love Flagstaff and we want to help the non-profit charities that serve our community.  We also are dedicated to promoting our walkable downtown and its local businesses.
Your specialty – the reason people choose you:
Because of the Flagstaff Ale Trail, Flagstaff is being marketed and becoming known as the “Craft Beer Hub of the Southwest.”  With six local craft breweries, we have an amazing selection of tasty, locally brewed beer offered in attractive venues.  Four breweries (Lumberyard, Flagstaff Brewing, Beaver Street, and Mother Road) are located right in historic downtown.  Two others (Wanderlust and Cosmic) are represented on the Ale Trail with local downtown pubs (The Green Room and Hops on Birch). This means that the entire Flagstaff Ale Trail is less than a mile in length, all in our walkable downtown.  It’s a burgeoning downtown craft beer scene---good for Flagstaff, good for downtown businesses, good for our little venture!

Your favorite part about doing business in Flagstaff:
I (Geoff) have been in the non-profit sector for over 30 years with the Grand Canyon Trust and The Nature Conservancy.  This is my first for-profit venture (Even though we donate all profits to charity, we can only do that if we have profits!)  As a small business, we are meeting a whole new group of great people, making new friends, and seeing a different side of our community.  I love it!

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?
I am a member of the board of the Flagstaff Community Foundation and chair the Education Grants Committee.  The Flagstaff Community Foundation supports about 100 local organizations in 2012 with grants.  It is gratifying be able to help so many worthy non-profits that in turn help the community in so many important ways.
Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?
The Flagstaff Ale Trail package is a unique holiday gift idea.  The Flagstaff Ale Trail package---Passport and Souvenir Beer Pint---gives Ale Trailers an unforgettable experience in downtown Flagstaff strolling from brewery to brewery sampling the finest craft brews.  Also, the package entitles people to great discounts on beer at the various breweries and pubs.  The package can be ordered online and we do quick mail fulfillment.  The package can also be purchased directly at the Chamber of Commerce, Lumberyard Brewing, Flagstaff Brewing, and Beaver Street.  Check out the amazing souvenir beer pint, known as a Silipint®

Also, the Flagstaff Ale Trail looks forward to being part of Arizona Beer Week February 16-23, 2013, carrying the local handcrafted beer banner here in Flagstaff again for this excellent state-wide event.

Are you hiring?
No, but we are pouring!

Your address and business hours:
The Flagstaff Ale Trail is open any time the breweries and pubs are open.  Folks do the Ale Trail on their own, whenever they want.  There is no time limit and no set schedule. That’s the beauty of it.  (It is not a guided tour!) The Passport and discounts are good anytime the breweries and pubs are open, so please check their individual schedules for business hours.  You get your Passport stamped at each brewery and that shows you’ve used that particular discount.  At Lumberyard, you can return with your Silipint® any time and get the beer discount again and again.  So this is truly the gift that keeps on giving!

For questions or more information, visit our website www.flagstaffaletrail.com. You may also email Geoff at geoff@flagstaffaletrail.com.  For PR questions, contact Steele at steelewot3@gmail.com.

We are on Facebook
Twitter @ FLGAleTrail

SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Opportunities: Flag Extreme Adventure Course



Two Great Opportunities for YOU.

First, on 12/8 and 12/9 you can help us give back to the Community by donating a non-perishable food item or baby supply item and as an incentive we are offering Admission discounts.

Use the code "$10off2012" to get $10 off any admission on 12/8 or 12/9.

We will be donating the food items to the Northern Arizona Food Bank and the baby supply items to Maggie's Place.  Please bring your donation with you to the park when you check-in.

Second, we will be filming for some promotional videos on 12/8 and need a variety of people to "model" on the Course.  Please contact us via email (info@flagstaffextreme.com) to go up for FREE. It will be in the afternoon approx. 1:30 or 2:00 (You will be able to go through the Course, but maybe asked to cooperate with the filmmaker at times, and if it gets dark then we will need to bring you down, limited spots available)
We would also ask you to "Like" us on Facebook and tell your friends. 
For the rest of 2012 we may open weekends, or weekdays after Christmas, if the weather is decent, and we are always willing to open for larger groups, please call us if you you have a group that wants to go up.  

For 2013 we are planning to re-open in March for the season.  If you have a larger group and are planning your 2013 events, please communicate with us to go over the details.
Get some people together and COME PLAY IN THE TREES!

Thank You
Flagstaff Extreme

In The Press: North Pole Experience

Curious about the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff? Here are a few links to the press they have been getting in the last few months - pretty darn good considering they just moved to Flagstaff this season!



I wanted to send you all a quick update for press NPX has received so far this season and we are still rocking over here.
For now, check out some of the fun! I will have a more organized "pretty version" of this after the season, but wanted to get you all over some links if you would like to use for your social media, quick access, etc. There is a lot more, but this is a big chunk of it!

Also, as you may know - Travel Channel came up to NPX last year and the show is now debuting -- it is a great showcase for NPX :) Enjoy -- http://www.travelchannel.com/video/the-molly-butler-resort

We have a taping with Flag TV this weekend, CBSLA visited us last weekend and will be doing a big showcase, on top of all the other media guests we are housing.
- North Pole Experience


CURRENT COVERAGE INCLUDES…
RADIO

Right now we are on Flagstaff radio
KAFF
KMGN
KTMG

Phoenix Radio includes:
104.7 KISS FM
102.5 KNIX
MIX 96.9
KEZ 99.9

ONLINE
Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/article/north-pole-experience-almost-sold-out
http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/north-pole-experience-2012
http://www.examiner.com/article/find-holiday-magic-at-north-pole-experience-flagstaff
http://www.examiner.com/article/see-rise-of-the-guardians-book-north-pole-experience-trip
Experience Arizona - http://experienceazonline.com/play/north-pole-experience-opens-portal-flagstaff/
Arizona Foothills Magazine
http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/features/moms/4778-the-genuine-north-pole-experience.html
Scottsdale Moms Blog - Favorite Family Holiday Activites
http://www.scottsdalemomsblog.com/2012/12/03/favorite-valley-family-holiday-activities/

TV
Fox 10 - went live from the workshop Friday Nov 16 - arranged a local flagstaff school for the field trip - http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/20115854/2012/11/16/santa-sets-up-his-workshop-in-flagstaff
3TV - went live from the workshop on Friday, November 16 - http://www.azfamily.com/news/Santa-Claus-opens-North-Pole-workshop-to-Flagstaff-179657141.html
12 News went live from the workshop on Friday, November 16 - http://www.azcentral.com/video/1975798475001
Sonoran Living - http://www.abc15.com/dpp/lifestyle/sonoran_living/plan-ahead-make-arrangements-now-to-see-santa
Arizona Midday - http://www.azcentral.com/video/1823069748001

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Lights Parade

The Vora Financial Holiday Lights Parade is this weekend!

 


Saturday, December 8, 2012
Downtown Flagstaff
Parade starts promptly at 6pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Spectating is free! Join us downtown to celebrate the Holiday season with a festive parade! Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to join us!

Parking downtown will be extremely limited; the parade route takes up most of downtown. We recommend walking from your home or parking in City lots and walking from there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Beaty at the Chamber: 774-4505

Thursday, November 29, 2012

What happens when your power goes out?

 
Taking Care of Business
Heading into the Winter there are some things you should be doing to make sure your business is ready for whatever mother nature throws at us. One of the first things to consider is how you’re going to power your business.

 

Power Protection
Business in 2012 requires electricity, a lesson reinforced all too well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. One of your first tasks is to take an inventory of all of the critical systems to operate your business that require electrical power and make sure you’re ready in case of a brief or prolonged power outage.

The most obvious piece of equipment that companies protect are their servers, but I also want to encourage you to consider any key workstations including point of sale terminals, if your company has any of those. Also you’ll want to make sure that key network infrastructure is protected – that means switches, routers, perhaps wireless access points, firewalls and Internet modems or routers. Do remember to power protect your monitors in addition to the computer but be wary of power protecting printers. Printers can be a very large draw on backup power systems – only connect the ones that are absolutely essential.

While you’re walking about, cast an eye on any other equipment you really need in the event of a power outage. Once you have a good notion of what equipment needs to stay up, and how long it needs to stay up, you can determine how much power you need. If you just need to keep a computer running long enough to shut it down safely that’s easy. If you need to keep industrial freezers running for days, that’s much more difficult.

There are two primary types of devices that we use to keep equipment running in the case of power problems

  1. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) – Battery backup systems that we use to protect electronics for brief outages, between seconds and a couple of hours typically. Make sure you’re using them correctly. Despite the fact that they seem simple we’ve seen people install them incorrectly in the past and an improperly deployed UPS isn’t going to do what you expect it to.
  2. Generators – Generators are a fairly well understood technology. If you need one (or more), your primary decisions are what type of fuel to use (make sure it’s something you can get when you really need it), what size of generator to get, and whether or not you need it to come on automatically or if manual activation is good enough. Your electrician can help you get it wired up.

Summary

Don’t let bad weather shut your business down. With just a little preparation you can make sure your business will keep running and serving your customers, even if the power grid struggles.


Ben M. Schorr
Chief Executive Officer
Roland Schorr & Tower – Flagstaff Office
2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd. Suite 300-371
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-526-3970
www.rolandschorr.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free Photographs: Help-Portrait

Saturday, December 8th, a group of photographers will be giving away professional portraits to those who can't afford them at regular prices.


As part of a world-wide movement called Help-Portrait, they will photograph individuals or families and give away one 8x10" print and a CD of the top three images from a 10 minute session.

Sessions with professional photographers in Flagstaff often cost upwards of $300, plus the cost of printing. This year as in years past, photographers are banding together to give back to the Flagstaff community.

Last year's event in Flagstaff saw over 240 families and individuals receive their photograph for free. This year, they hope to serve even more people! No reservations, just show up!

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2012 
9am - 5pm
WHAT: Free professional photographs
WHERE: NAU Communication Building, Room 106
WHAT TO BRING: Just yourself or your family!

Free bus transportation is being provided by NAIPTA.

More information is available at the Flagstaff Help-Portrait website: http://help-portrait-flagstaff.blogspot.com/



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Featured Post: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff



Length of time you’ve been around: 45 years

Why did you start the organization? What is your goal/mission?
  • Vision: To bring a Big Brother or Big Sister relationship to every child who needs and wants one.
  • Mission:  To help children succeed by matching them with appropriate adult mentors.
  • Accountability: By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.
  • History: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff (BBBSF) was founded in 1967 by David and Kay McKay. Kay remained CEO/Executive Director of the organization until June 2008. Kelly Elliott is the current CEO/Executive Director.
  • Information: Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in Flagstaff for over 45 years and is a well-established and well-respected organization. BBBSF helps children realize their potential and build their future.

What does your organization primarily specialize in?  MENTORING
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff served 767 children and volunteers in mentoring relationships in 2011. This includes a diverse range of ethnicities and ages within all of our Bigs and Littles.
·         Main Programs:
o   Community Based Mentoring: In this 45 year old mentoring program, Bigs serve as mentors and friends to Littles within the community. Once matched, Bigs and Littles bond by going on outings and doing fun activities together. Bigs and Littles meet for a couple hours a few times a month.
o   School Based Mentoring: Bigs meet one-on-one with Littles in 1st through 5th grade at five local elementary schools. Matches participate in recreational, health and academic activities during the after school session. SBM takes place during the school year with an option to continue your match into the summer months.
o   STARS: In Coconino County there are over 1,300 children with an incarcerated parent. In the STARS program, Bigs are matched one-0n-one with youth in this situation.
o   STEP UP: In partnership with Coconino County Juvenile Court Services, this program matches teens involved in the court system with adult mentors in a group setting. They are introduced to positive people, places and things while their Bigs provide encouragement and friendship.
o   ALL STARS: Matches positive adult mentors with children who have siblings involved in the juvenile court system. This unique group mentoring program offers a variety of activities. Youth can also be matched one-on-one in ALL STARS.
What are you most proud of?
By proving appropriate adult mentors to youth facing adversity, we are making a real impact in our community! A 2009 study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America found that former Littles, now adults, who were matched for at least one year report that having a Big Brother or Big Sister played an integral role in who they are today by positively influencing their self-confidence, providing stability, changing their perspective on life and pushing them to set higher goals.
o   90% agreed their Big made them feel better about themselves.
o   90% said their relationship with their Big helped them make better choices through their childhood.
o   86% said their relationship with their Big has helped them make better choices throughout their adult life.
o   77% reported doing better in school because of their Big.
o   65% agreed their Big helped them reach a higher level of education than they thought possible.

Do you have any special events coming up? What are they?
  • Zumbathon to benefit BBBSF is Saturday, November 17th from 10-12 at Summit Health and Fitness Club. All proceeds support buying holiday gifts for the Littles in our programs! Cost: $15 Open to the Whole community.
  • Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Saturday, February 23rd. Register your team or lane sponsorship for $250 and make an impact on not just the pins!

Are you looking for volunteers?  Monetary or prize donations?
BBBSF is always in need of volunteer mentors, especially Big Brothers. Boys who want a Big Brother in their life are currently waiting 6-12 months to get matched. You can make a big difference in the life of a child on any schedule; just call 928-774-0649 to find out more.

With nearly 370 agencies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, each Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate (including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own staff, budget and board of directors. When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how little or big the amount, donating can start making a difference in the lives of young people around you.
Your financial support helps us provide our programs and services in our community — So we can develop more college grads, community leaders and entrepreneurs.
Your financial support starts lots of things, like:
·   Recruiting new Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the Flagstaff and Williams areas
·   Covering the costs of background checks, while ensuring trained professionals match Littles to quality Bigs
·   Enabling proper ongoing supervision and mentor relationship support for every Big, Little and the Little’s family
·   Providing cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children

Website link: www.bbbsf.com

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weather 11/8 to 11/11

Our In-House Meteorological guru, Tim (who also serves as our Front Office Manager) has this to say about the weather this weekend:


The timing and precipitation amounts/type, and temperatures:


·         Friday (5AM to 11AM) = 0.01 inches of rain
·         Friday (11AM to 5PM) = 0.08 inches of rain
·         Friday (5PM to 11PM) = 0.06 inches of rain
·         Friday 11PM to Saturday 11AM = 1 inch of snow
·         Saturday 11AM to 5PM = ½ inch of snow
·         After 5PM Saturday, occassional flurries through 4AM Sunday.

So we’re looking at a 50% chance of receiving 0.15 inches of rain on Friday, and a 60% chance for 1 ½ inches of snow predominently coming down Saturday morning.   Don’t be too surprised if the chance of precipitation increase over the next few days.  The worst will be the horrendous winds tomorrow and Friday.  Due to the winds, if it all possible, all “Mixer” activities tomorrow night should be held inside.  During tomorrow’s event, the winds are predicted to be steady at 28mph and gusting to 40mph!

The “shocking” temperatures are as follows:

·         Friday = 48oF high and 23oF low
·         Saturday = 35oF high and 15oF low (Brrrrrrrrrrrr!)
·         Sunday = 39oF high and 14oF low

After this storm passes it appears that our daytime highs, for the forseeable future, will be from the mid-40s to low 50s.  The nighttime lows will be from the teens to not getting much higher than the low 20s.

After today, “summer” is f-i-n-a-l-l-y over!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Going on in your neck of the woods

Now that politics are out of the way for a while, here is what the Chamber has going on in the next few days.

Transportation and Tourism Luncheon is TODAY (Wednesday November 7). If you already sent in your RSVP, we'll see you there! If not, you're out of luck: we're full.

"Business After 5" Networking Mixer is Thursday November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30
Food and beverages are provided

Chamber Cafe on Relationship Marketing is Wednesday November 14 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Lunch is provided

Good Morning Flagstaff Speed Networking event is Thursday November 15 from 7:30am to 9:30am
Breakfast is provided

Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday - Saturday November 24.
SHOP LOCAL!

The Vora Financial Holiday Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 8th! We are filling up on parade entries faster than usual, so please get your entry in soon!

We look forward to seeing you at our events!



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Small Business Saturday



Small Business Saturday® is November 24th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated
to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods
across the country.

It’s Small Business Saturday, and this year, it’s happening on
November 24th.

Shop Small this November 24th, and let’s make this the biggest day of the
year for small business.
To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Evening of Jazz video

Missed the Evening of Jazz?

Don't worry - our very own Media Intern, Garrett, put together a quick video.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chamber Cafe: Relationship Marketing

Coming soon to the Flagstaff Chamber:

Relationship Marketing - Broader reach, greater impact and increased profit.

Wednesday, November 14
11:30am to 1:30pm

Register online here: http://www.flagstaffchamber.com/chamber-event/?EventID=446


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Featured Post: Embassy Suites Flagstaff



Length of time you’ve been in business: opened 1995

Why did you get into your industry? What is your goal/mission? To be the Cleanest and Friendliest Hotel in Town
Your specialty – the reason people choose you:  We are the only all suite property that includes a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary evening manager’s reception every day of the week

Your favorite part about doing business in FlagstaffThe community and geographic location

Who is your favorite local non-profit or charitable organization? Why?  St. Mary’s Food Bank – we have a program for guest’s to be able to give back by donating non-perishable food items all year long to help the hungry and less fortunate.

Are you hiring?  Yes

Your address and business hours:
706 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ  86001
We are open 24/7