This weekend, TheatriKids, the primary youth education component of Flagstaff’s Theatrikos Theater Company, presents Les Miserables: School Edition, at the Doris Harper-White Playhouse, downtown (11 W. Cherry Ave.), on Friday (7:00 p.m.), Saturday (2:00 and 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.). Les Miserables is the second play in the Mainstage Jr. Summer Series. Admission is $10. Purchase tickets at the Theatrikos website.
The Mystic Circus: Rag Tag Rebel Circus is returning to Flagstaff at the Green Room (15 N. Agassiz St.) on Thursday evening, bringing a wild assortment of stunts and acts from fire-eating to performance art, aerials to hand-balancing, clowning to contortion, and more. See insane and life-threatening stunts performed by this crazy group of clowns. $5 at the door, show begins at 8:30 p.m.
This week on Friday evening, Summer Nights on the Square presents Mexican folk dancers Ballet Folklorico, and singer-songwriter Matt Bingham, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. It’s part of the free outdoor event series on Heritage Square held throughout the summer.
Camp out with a few of your friends as the Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts its Perseid Meteor Shower Family Campout on Friday night. In partnership with Lowell Observatory, the Arboretum is offering an exciting night of stars and sky talks to campers. The dark night skies of Flagstaff offer prime viewing of this incredible summer meteor shower. They’ll manage the campfire; plan on bringing your own s’mores. 4:30 p.m. on Friday to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Members $20 per tent, Non-members $25 per tent. (4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.)
Friday night is the Night at the Museum: The Search for Apache Medal of Honor Recipients, at the Flagstaff Pioneer Museum (2340 N. Fort Valley Rd.). Spend the evening reflecting on the lives of eleven Apache scouts who received the U.S. military’s highest award of valor during the late 19th century. Guest speaker Cyndy Palcich brings these heroes of old Arizona to life. She spent her teaching career around the Southwest and on the Navajo and Apache reservations. It’s free! 6:30 p.m.
Saturday is the Eighth Annual Flagstaff Children’s Music and Arts Festival at Bushmaster Park (3150 N. Alta Vista), 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This family-friendly event includes dance and music performances from the Flagstaff Youth Chorale, Music Together of Flagstaff, Summit Gymnastic Academy, Cara Alboucq, and TJ Rock Rock. Children can make recycled arts projects, participate in the instrument petting zoo, make their own musical instrument, and learn to paint, draw, and create sculptures. There will be a Kiddie Caboose, bounce houses, face painting, food vendors and other fun things to do. Most activities are free! A $3.00 wristband can be purchased for unlimited rides on the Kiddie Caboose and bounce houses.
Saturday is the Flagstaff Sustainability Program’s Art in the Garden Workshop. Sketching and journaling in your garden is a fantastic way to make observations and discoveries and integrate yourself into all that your garden ecosystem has to offer. Join Artist and Terra BIRDS staff member Robert Chambers and bring papers, colored pencils, and other mediums that you enjoy; and a stool if desired. At Hebets Community Garden (N. Lantern Lane, off N. Fort Valley Rd. via W. Louise Way), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The commemorative group – Arizona Rough Riders – bring the Spanish America War era (1898) to life at Riordan Mansion State Park (409 W. Riordan Rd.), on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dressed in authentic period clothing, the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, carrying 100-year-old weapons, describe the era, the war and its effects, and the social mores of early-20th-century America. The troop depicted actually originated in Prescott. Flagstaff men also went to the war in this famous “cowboy cavalry.” The Rough Riders are the most famous ‘all volunteer unit’ in the history of the U.S. Military.
On Saturday evening, Riordan Ranch State Historic Parks hosts a presentation and book signing with author Nancy Rivest Green, where she’ll be discussing her book On the Brink of Shards. Sounding like headlines of today – with an over-consumptive lifestyle, environmental degradation, overpopulation, drought, and changing weather conditions, a culture teetered on the brink of collapse in the American Southwest more than 1,000 years ago. Follow one strong young woman, Kaiya, on her journey through loss, magic, knowledge, power and joy, all set in the majestic canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Movies on the Square is a popular event every Saturday evening through the summer season, as family movies are shown on Heritage Square. This week’s movie, The Goonies. Stake out your spot early, as this is a very popular event! The movie begins at dusk, with entertainment for all early arrivals. Bring chairs, blanket and picnic. Vendors also available.
Bring Your Weeds to Willow Bend Environmental Education Center on Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Do you have a mystery plant growing in or taking over your yard? Bring a sample (or a picture) to Willow Bend (703 E. Sawmill Rd.) and a representative of the San Francisco Peaks Weed Management Area will help identify your weed. If it’s a “bad guy” we will give you tips on how to manage it. Program repeats on Sunday, September 20th. Free, donations accepted.
Flagstaff Community Market continues on Sunday mornings through October 18th. Small-scale farmers and vendors sell produce, organic meat, honey, salsas, herbs, flowers, candies, crafts, beverages and more. City hall west parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Community Market is also held on Wednesday evenings in the parking lot of 2257 E. Cedar Ave., through September 9th. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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