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WildflowersThis weekend is the Opening Weekend at The Arboretum of Flagstaff.  Enjoy half price admission!

  • On Friday at 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., tag along on a guided tour of the grounds and gardens, and learn about the Arboretum’s history and current work.
  • At 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., Airborne Raptors offers educational programs with free-flying hawks, falcons and owls.
  • On Saturday, the Botanical Blacksmiths outdoor exhibit will be on display, with a live forging demonstration.
  • At 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., Sylvester Allred will be signing his new book Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest.

At 7,150 feet in elevation, The Arboretum at Flagstaff specializes in native plants, and is open May through October, Wednesday through Monday.  A 50-minute, daily walking tour (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) is included with admission every day during the rest of the season.  Learn about wildflowers as they bloom over the course of the summer.  Download a 2015 Arboretum event calendar.

On Friday and Saturday, the Canyon Movement Company and Human Nature Dance Theater present the 6th Annual Flagstaff Performance Art and Film Festival.  At NAU’s Clifford E. White Theater (1 S. Knoles Drive), 7:30 p.m. both evenings.  Also performing — Flagstaff Tango, Velocity Dance Company, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and more.  Donations accepted at the door.

Celebrate the first Friday of May at Flagstaff’s monthly street party and arts event — the First Friday ArtWalk throughout downtown.  Galleries and businesses in downtown Flagstaff open their doors with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, treats and more.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Many downtown hot spots remain open after 9:00.  Monthly guide to the ArtWalk available here.

  • During ArtWalk, Flagstaff Nuestra Raices sponsors Painting and Wine in the Pines. In this beginner level class, you’ll leave feeling like an old master.  Artist Vangie Rodriguez will lead you in painting Cinco de Mayo-inspired art.  $30 gets you a 16×20 canvas and all art supplies. Class limited to the first 24 students.  Snacks provided.  BYOB of wine or your favorite drink.  At Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel (224 S. Kendrick St.), 6:00 – 9:00.  $30 per person.  Register at Eventbrite to secure your seat.

Get your friends and family together on Saturday morning and join in this year’s Color Vibe 5K.  It’s a 5k run with lots of fun, epic beats and tons of color while participants run or walk the course. You’ll come as a blank canvas and leave a colorful mural.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Shadows Foundation and CASA.  At Flagstaff Honda (5199 N. Test Drive – Flagstaff Auto Mall), 9:00 a.m.  Solo registration is $30, teams of four or more are $26 per person, and children 12 and under are free.

On Saturday evening, attend the Opening Reception of the 13th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition at the Hozhoni Art Gallery (2133 N. Walgreen Blvd.), 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Local artists from all over Coconino County, Sedona, the Native American Reservations, and, for the first time, all of Yavapai county, along with students of all ages, come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun, and inspiring exhibition. All artwork in the show must contain at least 80% recycled or reused materials. Exhibition through May 2nd. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Also on Saturday evening, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Northern Arizona University’s School of Music, Dance Academy, Martin Springer Institute, and the College of Arts and Letters will present Because We Remember Them: World War II and the Holocaust in the Arts.  The event will feature personal accounts, music, dance, film and drama.  It’s also a celebration of the artistic works that live on triumphantly despite the tragic events of the time.  NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 8:00 p.m., free.

On Sunday, see the next in the Flagstaff City – Coconino County Library series Stories to Life — Abraham Lincoln: 150 Years Gone By. The performance includes readings by and about the president featuring music of the era including Lincoln’s favorite songs performed by Springfed, featuring multi-instrumentalists Tony Norris, Bill Burke & special guest Elena Gonzalez on fiddle.  Free, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 6:00 p.m.

Check out Flagstaff’s weekend nightlife in the weekly entertainment magazine FlagLive!

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