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Wellness Festival & Wellness Week in Calistoga, Calif.; Wings Over Willcox in Arizona; Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Galt Winter Bird Festival in California.

January 02, 2011


Wellness Festival & Wellness Week

When, where: Jan. 8-15, Calistoga Elementary School and other venues

Highlights: Resolutions become reality at this festival, which offers exercise classes and dietary tips, demonstrations, massage and health screenings, kicking off a week of wellness-related activities and deals.

Cost: The festival is free; the cost of other activities varies.

Info: (866) 306-5588,


Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival

When, where: Jan. 12-16, Willcox Community Center

Highlights: Migratory birds are the focus of seminars, tours, crafts and other educational offerings and displays. Outdoor explorations focus on photography, geology, ranching, history, archeology and botany.

Cost: Registration, $10; events range from free to $100

Info: (520) 384-2272,


Celebration of Fine Art

When, where: Jan. 15-March 27, Scottsdale Road

Highlights: Large tents become temporary galleries for original artworks in oil, watercolor, glass, ceramic, metal and many other media. The event, in its 21st year, is one of the West's largest art fairs.

Cost: $8; $7 seniors and military; free for ages 12 and younger

Info: (480) 443-7695,


Santa Barbara International Film Festival

When, where: Jan. 27-Feb. 6, various venues

Highlights: The 26th annual event screens more than 200 films, hosts social events and expert panels, and honors actors such as Annette Bening, James Franco and Nicole Kidman.

Cost: Tickets and packages range from $57 to $1,655.

Info: (805) 963-0023,


Galt Winter Bird Festival

When, where: Jan. 29, McCaffrey Middle School

Highlights: In Sacramento County, birders celebrate a rich avian habitat via talks, crafts and tours of nearby wetlands. Live animals will be on display as well.

Cost: Tours $10 to $20 (some free for ages 18 and younger); other events are free.


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