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Theatre FestOn Friday, three community theater companies from Arizona will compete in a juried State Theater Festival at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse in downtown Flagstaff.  The winner will advance to the Regional Festival at the playhouse on Saturday.  For you this means a full, two-day slate of performances, workshops and awards. The Festivals are under the auspices of the American Association of Community Theatre. The winner of the Regional Festival will advance to the National AACT Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June.  See a complete schedule of events, including a gala reception on Saturday night at the Weatherford Hotel’s Zane Grey Ballroom at the Theatrikos Theatre Company website.

Meanwhile, the Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre’s production of The School for Lies continues this weekend.  David Ives takes on the charm and wit of Molière with this spicy adaptation of The Misanthrope. Carefully blending seventeenth-century farce with twenty-first century vernacular, Ives’ creates a gaggle of naughty characters that banter and chatter in riotous rhyming couplets amid a glistening world of blather, glamour and scandal. The School for Lies will leave you dizzy from laughter!  Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  NAU’s Studio Theatre.  Dates through April 26thTickets at NAU’s Central Ticket Office.

Share in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope on Friday evening at Lowell Observatory. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are invited to learn about the Hubble Space Telescope, and the unmatched discoveries and achievements made by astronomers since its launch. Kid-friendly activities from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Presentation at 7:00 p.m.  Free with regular observatory admission.

Saturday is Volunteer Clean Up Day at Camp Colton, sponsored by Peace Surplus and Friends of Camp Colton. Roll up your sleeves, join the fun, and help Camp Colton get ready for its upcoming season. Projects include yard and garden work, tidying-up camp facilities and supplies, trail work, masonry, and painting.  Most tools, supplies and equipment provided.  Volunteers can bring additional rakes, shovels, and pruning tools.   Dress for the weather and bring gloves, full water bottle, lunch and sun protection. Snacks and water provided. Volunteers will be entered to win raffle prizes.  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  For RSVP and directions: tanderson@fusd1.org or (928) 527-6142.

Again on Saturday, Airborne Raptors is offering Trainings to Recruit 2015 Show Volunteers.  Meet Airborne Raptors’ birds and learn basic training and handling.  After attending one training, participant may become a certified Airborne Raptors show volunteer. Certification is free, but donations are graciously accepted and go directly towards food for the birds. Space is limited. Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road.  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  RSVP: airborneraptors@yahoo.com.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona is hosting its 4th Annual Community Fashion Show and shopping extravaganza on Saturday evening, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.  Local personalities will model clothing from Goodwill stores.  Also featured – themed dining stations, a silent auction and raffle prizes.  It’s an evening of great fun and high style.  Proceeds benefit Goodwill job training and employment programs.  Tickets:  Individual $75, two for $145, four for $265.  Flagstaff’s High Country Conference Center (201 W. Butler Ave.)

The Women of Peaks Celtic Ensemble makes its concert debut on Saturday evening at Riordan Mansion State Park, with exciting music from far-away lands – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Canada and more.  Their selections range from the bawdy to the sublime.  The concert also features a new Country/Celtic trio – Those Casey Women.  6:00 p.m.  Tickets available at the Riordan Mansion gift shop (cash only), Arizona Music Pro, or online at Brown Paper Tickets.  Adults $15, children/students $10.

What is a planet, and why do we care?

On Saturday evening, the Coconino Astronomical Society presents Dr. Gerard Van Belle: The Pluto Vote – One Astronomer’s Personal Story.  The 2006 vote on the planetary status of Pluto had a long-lasting and controversial reverberation throughout professional astronomy and the general public.  Dr. Van Belle will re-examine the questions: “What is a planet, and why do we care?”  At Lowell Observatory, 6:45 p.m.  Included with observatory admission.

On Sunday afternoon, the Southside Community Association hosts Miss Cleo’s Tea Party at the Murdoch Community Center (203 E. Brannen Ave. at Butler Ave.) Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors, . . . spend a few hours enjoying High Tea in support of the Cleo Murdock Community Center.  Your $20 donation will be used to support community programs and activities through the center and the community association.  Food, music, art, and of course, tea.  Information and tickets: (928) 226-7566.  (Table of 8, $160.)

This Sunday evening, then every other Sunday evening, experience The Poet’s Den, held at The Wine Loft (17 N. San Francisco St., 2nd floor) – a bi-weekly celebration of the written word.

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