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Why it’s great to Live in Flagstaff!

Flagstaff's community orchestra

Orchestra Northern Arizona

Join Orchestra Northern Arizona on Friday evening for Great Symphonic Moments.  The program will include Beethoven’s Symphony #6, movements 4 and 5; Beethoven’s Symphony #7, movement 2; Haydn’s Symphony #94, movement 2; and Dvorak’s Symphony #8, movement 1.  Orchestra Northern Arizona is comprised of members from the Flagstaff area of all skill levels, who share a passion for playing symphonic music.  No charge for admission, all ages welcome.  Coconino Center for the Arts, 7:00 p.m.  Donations accepted.

Also on Friday evening, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society welcomes the next phenomenal artist of its 2013-2014 season – Rupert Boyd.  Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Australia, including his recent Carnegie Hall debut. He won the Andrés Segovia award from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition.  This is Boyd’s Arizona concert debut.  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco Street), 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

This weekend is the Flagstaff Home Show where where you can talk face to face with hundreds of vendors, compare prices, learn the latest strategies for green building, remodeling, landscaping and gardening. NAU Skydome. Flagstaff Home Show Hours: Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 5pm. General Admission: $7.00 / Kids 16 and under FREE. Online coupon for $1.00 off admission.

Theatrikos Theatre Company’s new production, Boeing, Boeing opens this weekend — Friday and Saturday evenings (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.).  This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian Lothario Bernard, who has French, German and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.  Doris Harper-White Playhouse.  Theatrikos box office: (928) 774-1662.

This weekend is also Lights Out Flagstaff – a weekend celebration of Flagstaff’s night sky heritage and commitment to responsible energy consumption.  On Friday and Saturday nights, homes, businesses and city buildings will turn off their lights.  Enjoy free public astronomy programs presented by Flagstaff community organizations.  We celebrate Flagstaff as the first International Dark Sky City!  Meet at Heritage Square at 7:30 p.m. to watch the lights go out.  Adjust your eyes to the night sky, and view celestial objects through various telescopes.  On Saturday, Lowell Observatory offers free admission after 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday morning, Willow Bend Environmental Center (703 E. Sawmill Road) offers a free Tree Care and Maintenance Workshop.  Join two certified arborists on a walk through Sawmill County Park to look at specific examples of what to do and what not to do with your trees. Bring your questions as well as some water and a snack.  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Friends of Flagstaff’s Future on Saturday as they present a Trash to Treasure Tribute.  This workshop will be focused on re-purposing trash into unique, fun, and flashy recycled model transportation vehicles.  All the supplies and materials will be provided; you just need to bring your creative spirit! All ages and skill levels welcome. This annual event is part of F3’s KARES program. It is focused on positive and creative ways to reduce, reuse and re-purpose our trash and hopes to inspire people to start making a difference in their community. Free.  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Murdoch Community Center (203 E. Brannen Ave.)

Catch the hard-hitting action of roller derby on Saturday at March Madness, the SequelThe High Altitude Roller Derby (HARD) teams will take on each other on the wood floor at Mt. Elden Middle School (3223 N. Fourth St.).  Harder hits, higher intensity! If you’ve never seen a roller derby bout before, you have no idea how much fun this is for spectators.  Get discounted tickets in advance at Bookman’s, Incahoots, or online.

Also on Saturday evening, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff presents a completely new concert experience – A Night of Broadway Bingo.  Hear hit songs from Broadway shows while playing BINGO!  Choirs, soloists, and a big band will perform selections from Mamma Mia!, Footloose, Wicked, South Pacific, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins to name just a few.  Admission is free.  Play Bingo for only $3/card or two cards for $5. Bingo prizes donated by Master Chorale members and local businesses.   Sinagua Middle School Auditorium, 7:30 pm.

On Sunday, The Flagstaff City – Coconino County Library series Stories to Life continues with When Irish Eyes are SmilingThis series brings to life old tales through readings and storytelling to ignite the imagination of the audience, accompanied by life music.  Featuring live traditional Irish music by Fionn McCool.  Coconino Center for the Arts, 4:00 p.m.  Free.  Arrive early as previous Stories to Life events have filled to standing-room-only capacity.

Living in Flagstaff is great!