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Flagstaff Science FestivalBilled as “The Best 10 Days of the Year,” the 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science – Exploring New Horizons begins on Friday, and it’s lineup this year is exciting, with more than 90 free events and activities!  Experience field trips, guided hikes, star parties, open houses, hands-on exhibits, presentations and archeological excavations!

  • At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, in Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium, performers from the Community Music and Dance Academy fly the audience to the moon and to dance among the stars. The Festival of Science Keynote Address follows immediately.  Alan Stern, PhD., the man who heads the history-making voyage of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, shares the latest information and images in the hometown where Pluto was discovered 85 years ago.
  • There’s also a Flagstaff Star Party at Buffalo Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings hosted by the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona, and the City of Flagstaff, 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. Local astronomers will introduce you to various astronomical wonders at this celebration of Flagstaff’s famous dark skies. Talks at 3:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Telescope viewing begins at dark (around 7:00 p.m.).
  • On Sunday, Lowell Observatory will celebrate the “Year of Pluto” with demonstrations and stargazing during its Open House, 5:00 – 10 p.m. Enjoy indoor astronomy presentations and programs filled with spectacular Pluto-themed science demonstrations.

And all that’s just the beginning.  Download the entire Festival of Science program for all ten days.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is also the 10th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival.   World-class bluegrass and acoustic music, including the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass music complemented by other styles of acoustic music, including old-time, Celtic, and gypsy jazz. Presented by Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music.  Visit the Pickin’ in the Pines website for more details, to buy tickets online, and to make camping arrangements.

Friday is Park(ing) Day, an internationally-celebrated event where community members turn average parking spaces into creative, temporary parks.  Help turn Mike’s Pike (between Phoenix Ave. and Cottage Ave,) into a public space extravaganza.  Calling all neighborhood leaders, artists, community members and park enthusiasts – the goal is to promote social interaction, civic engagement, and creativity.  4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  If you think you have a creative idea to transform a parking space into a park, contact echampagne@flagstaffaz.gov, or call (928) 213-2152.  Presented by the Flagstaff Sustainability Program.

On Friday evening, The Orpheum Theater hosts the 10th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour, promising to be a spirited event where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in climbing and adventure filmmaking.  This year see exclusive premieres of short films by Reel Rock co-founders’ Sender Films and Big UP Productions that tell the stories of the most exciting vertical action from the past year.  Showings at 5:30 and 8:30.  $10.

Boston-based Spiritual Rez has toured the country for nine years to share their music and appreciation of the arts. A constant festival favorite, The Rez can shake a stage like a psychedelic dance earthquake as they forge into the musically unknown.  A free show at The Green Room (15 N. Agassiz St.), Friday night, 9:00 p.m.

Billed as the “coolest marathon in the Southwest,” on one of the most challenging courses, the 10th Annual Flagstaff Marathon is Saturday, to benefit the Angel Fund at North Country Healthcare.  Held at the beautiful Flagstaff Nordic Center, there’s a full marathon, half marathon, a 10K and a free Kid’s Kilo.  Hurry, registration ends Thursday night.  See the website for full details.

Also on Saturday, take a self-guided walking tour — Sinners, Saints and Settlers: A Tour of Flagstaff’s South Side.  Hear fabulous stories of philandering, faith and Flagstaff’s founders accompany many of the buildings “south of the tracks.”  Includes refreshments, printed guide and knowledgeable volunteers.  Tickets ($10) at Full Circle Trade & Thrift  (2 S. Beaver) between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Plan to spend one hour on your tour. Docent stories and refreshments will end at 3:00 PM.  Visit the Northern Arizona Pioneers’ Historical Society (NAPHS) Facebook page.

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Kyle Dickman, the surviving member of the elite Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, discusses the tragedy that gripped the nation, when the 20-member crew left home on the morning of June 30, 2013, to fight a 500-acre wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona.  Only Dickman would survive  It’s a free event at the Museum of Northern Arizona, part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science.  It’s free.  RSVP required: (928) 213-2375.

Lumberyard Brewing Company (5 S. San Francisco St.) hosts its Okto”BEER”fest on Saturday afternoon, 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a pint of your favorite Northern Arizona beer from area breweries.  $5 entry donation.  Tokens on sale for beer and food.  100% of all sales go to Second Chance Center for Animals.

On Sunday, Flagstaff’s Market of Dreams (Corner of Fourth St. and Seventh Ave.) hosts the 12th Annual Fiesta de Independencia, 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m. This free event will feature live music. The Mexican Consulate of Phoenix will perform the historic “El Grito” at 5:30 p.m. See a detailed schedule at the Market of Dreams Facebook page.

The International Day of Peace is Sunday.  Join the Flagstaff Peace Day Celebration at Heritage Square, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Doves, drums and dancing!  Presented by New Day Peace Center.

Also on Sunday, join in on a Stone Balancing Workshop at Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.), led by expert instructors Peter Juhl and Michael Grab.  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  $25 to participate.

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