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plutopaloozaStarting this Saturday, through Sunday, July 19th, it’s Pluto: Palooza at Lowell Observatory.  Coinciding with the long-awaited fly-by of Pluto by the New Horizons mission satellite, Lowell has a full week of astronomy events, including tours, Pluto presentations, telescope-viewing, science demonstrations, and the latest images of Pluto.  See the Lowell Observatory website for special events on “fly-by day” (Tuesday).   Everything included with regular observatory admission. Hours 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Here’s something new – on Friday and Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:30 p.m.), the Pinewood Players Kidz Kamp Youth Theater presents Through the Looking Glass.  Take a trip through Alice’s looking glass to the beat of a hip-hopping soundtrack. Tickets are $10.  At the Pinewood Players Theater (395 Pinewood Blvd.).  Pinewood/Munds Park is a resort hamlet just 20 miles south of Flagstaff on I-17.

On Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), it’s the Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo, presented by CKM Productions at Flagstaff High School (400 W. Elm Ave.).  Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, findings, beads, fossils, cutting material, and lapidary equipment at competitive prices.  A fun and educational event for the entire family.  Adults $3, children under 12 are free.

Flagstaff Recreations Services hosts a Hawaiian Beach Party on Friday evening at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m.  All ages.  Refreshments, music and games.  $2 for pass holders, $3 general admission.  (1702 N. Fourth St.)

The Museum of Northern Arizona hosts A Night at the Museum on Friday evening, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Learn what it was like to live and die in pioneer Flagstaff — Breaking up a bar fight, messing around with another man’s wife, riding wild horses, failure to dodge bullets and saw blades, or having a crazed killer for a mother are a few of the dramatically Western ways to lose your life during Flagstaff’s colorful and distant past. The Arizona Historical Society’s Northern Division Director Bill Peterson has put together a lighthearted and interesting talk on this rather somber topic. And there’ll be beer!  Admission is free!

On Saturday morning, the Shadows Foundation hosts its Heart 911 Run.  There’s the 10.3 Mile Ultimate Elden Point to Point Race, a 10K Trail Run, and a 5K Run/Walk  Registration 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.  Races start at 7:30 a.m.  View the many age categories and options at the Shadows Foundation website.  Parking for all racers at Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy (3401 N. Fort Valley Rd.).  The Shadows Foundation seeks to meet the needs of individuals and their families affected by life threatening disease and illness when they need it most.

Saturday is the Arboretum at Flagstaff’s Annual Penstamon Festival & Summer Plant Sale.  Horticulturists at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed, and Warner’s Nursery have been propagating herbaceous perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees that are acclimated to our area and are sure to do well in your garden.  In addition to the plant sale, enjoy Arboretum-themed merchandise and gardening books, special presentations and walks, as well as children’s crafts for shopping parents.  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

Birdwalks continue at the Arboretum every Saturday morning, led by an expert from the Audubon Society.  Free with regular Arboretum admission.  7:30 a.m., through July 25th.

On Saturday morning, the Live Auction at Full Circle Trading Company (2 S. Beaver St.) will benefit Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music and Ballet Folklorico.  Auction preview, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Auction at 10:00 a.m. Don’t miss this auction as the items keep getting better, including musical instruments (guitar, mandolin, ukulele), beautiful furniture, a telescope, tiffany style lamps, a $100 gift card to Criollo/Brix/Proper Meats and a 1993 Ford Truck!  Also, music and petting zoo.

Flagstaff Recreation Services Touch a Truck event is Saturday at the Flagstaff Aquaplex parking lot (1702 N. Fourth St.).  Bring the entire family out to climb, crawl and explore an ambulance, fire truck, Bookmobile, a snowplow simulator and many more.  Kids love it.  It’s free!  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center hosts Summer Saturdays at Willow Bend!  This week’s theme is Incredible Insects.  Learn about the roles insects play in our world and how they help us and the earth.  Activities for kids and information for adults.  Stop anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Free, donations accepted.  (703 E. Sawmill Road)

Buy your tickets early for the Flagstaff Symphony Guild’s Annual Home Tour, August 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Tour five beautiful homes this year, including the Colton House at the Museum of Northern Arizona for a first-time public showing.  Talented musicians provide music at each home.  Tickets are $35.  Call (928) 522-0549, (928) 526-6058, or (928) 522-8288.  Help the Guild support the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra!

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings each week, there’s free entertainment on Heritage Square.  See all of the Heritage Square summer programming at Summer Nights on the Square.

Each Sunday through the summer there’s an old time “farmer’s market” in the city hall west parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to noon – Flagstaff Community Market.  Area small-scale farmers and vendors sell produce, organic meat, honey, salsas, herbs, flowers, candies, crafts, beverages and more.

Enjoy your weekend in Flagstaff. When you’re ready to buy or sell a Flagstaff home, start with our Flagstaff real estate website.