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If you’re an aviBookfest Logod reader or an aspiring writer, the Northern Arizona Book Festival: Return of the Writer culminates this weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff.  On Friday evening, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., there’s a book signing with authors Chelsea Burden, Emma Canning, Nicole Walker, Shonto Begay, and Alberto Rios.  On Saturday there are six sessions between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  On Sunday, enjoy readings and workshops at various downtown venues from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  There are book release events, readings, a Writing for Children Workshop, poetry slams, an open mic session, . . . all with familiar or new local and regional writers/authors.  Visit the festival website for specific times and locations, including events leading up to the big weekend.  Tickets range from $4 – $8, or $18 for the entire festival.

Also, this weekend, the Theatrikos Theatre Company and The Arboretum at Flagstaff present Shakespeare Under the Pines – a weekend of Shakespeare at the Arboretum in an outdoor setting.  On Friday, see Tempest at 4:00 p.m. and Twelfth Night at 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, see Twelfth Night at 3:00 p.m. and Tempest at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 – $25.  Take a picnic, and a blanket or chairs!  Beer and wine available, no outside alcohol.  Visit the Theatrikos website for tickets in advance.

On Friday evening, Canyon Movement Company hosts Nutcracker Auditions for its annual Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet holiday season performances.  Ages 7 – adult.  Fun for the whole family!  At Canyon Dance Academy (2812 N. Izabel St.), 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Call (928) 774-3937 to register.

Circus Bacchus performs for the Friday, free Summer Nights on the Square outdoor event on Heritage Square, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A Highway of History is the Friday evening Night at the Museum event at the Flagstaff Pioneer Museum (2340 N. Fort Valley Rd.), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Take a journey along one of Flagstaff’s most traveled routes in stories and pictures.  Explore the historic spots along Fort Valley Road from its downtown intersection with Humphreys Street to Kendrick Park, with historian Susan Deaver Olberding.  Free!

The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program hosts a Seed Saving Workshop on Saturday. Experts will discuss the basics of collecting, cleaning, and storing seed from a variety of common garden vegetable and fruit varieties.  It’s at the Izabel Street Community Garden (1700 E. 6th Ave.), 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  It’s free.

Saturday is Arizona Trail Day.  Join the Arizona Trail Association for hiking, running and riding on the Arizona Trail (AZT).  Activities 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Buffalo Park with live music, food, a beer garden, exhibits, a gear swap, a raffle, and face painting and a coloring contest for the kids.  Free!

The excitement of Northern Arizona University Football returns on Saturday with the home opening game vs. New Mexico Highlands, 4:00 p.m.  It’s in the Skydome, tickets range between $10 and $25.

The Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff hosts its “100 @ 100” Art Fundraiser on Saturday, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  See 100 works of art by prominent local artists, all priced at $100 each.  $5.00 entry includes a complimentary glass of beer, wine or soft drink, with food, entertainment and surprises!  Early entry at 5:00 p.m. for an additional $3.00.  At Tranzend Studio Fitness (417 W. Santa Fe Ave.).

The High Country Wedding Expo is back on Sunday at the High Country Conference Center (201 W. Butler Ave.).  Brides-to-be are invit
ed to visit with local vendors.  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free.

On Sunday, return to The Arboretum at Flagstaff for its 3rd annual fundraiser, the Wine in the Woods Festival.  The event showcases Arizona wineries and local cuisine in the beautiful Arboretum gardens.  Presented by The Arboretum at Flagstaff and the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative.  Music by Todo Mundo. $35 in advance; $45 day of event, $30 for Arboretum members, includes 10 tickets for wine and food tasting and a complimentary wine glass; Children 12 and under enter for free when accompanied by parent. Additional tasting tickets are available. Shuttle buses from the W.L. Gore facilities parking lots on West Kiltie Lane.

Scenic Chairlift Rides continue at Arizona Snowbowl ski area to near the top of Mt. Agassiz, through October 19th.  Escape the heat on a peaceful, 25-minute ride to the heights of Arizona.  See the onset of autumn colors on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks as Autumn begins.  Adults $19, Children 6 and up $10, Seniors 65 and up $10, Children 5 and under are free,

Cars is the last movie of the season for Movies on the Square on Saturday evening.  The movie begins at dusk, with entertainment for all early arrivals, this week — The Gypsy Chicks bellydancers perform.  Bring chairs, blanket and picnic.  Vendors also available.

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, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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