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Around the Town: Visit the Garden Thrift for food, drinks and Pinewood Derby fun

This Saturday, June 14, head down to the Garden Thrift for the Findlay Auto Derby Day with Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden. This Pinewood Derby race will have an official derby track and timer and three racing categories: Pro Series Sponsorship Race, Amateur Kid and Amateur Adult.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., with the races beginning at 11.

As part of the festivities, Altitudes Bar and Grill next door will be smoking brisket, Grand Canyon Brewing Company and MillerCoors will be selling beers and there will be fresh cocktails from Canyon Diablo Distillery. This is a kid and family-friendly event, so bring the dog, bring all the kiddos on the play-date and stay awhile.

100% of the proceeds will go the Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden, a non-profit working with local children with disabilities.

The event is $20 for adults 21+, which includes a derby kit and one drink ticket, $15 for those 21 and under—a category that also includes a derby kit. Kits can be picked up at The Garden Thrift Shop at 2 S Beaver Street, Findlay Honda and Majestic Marketplace in the Aspen Place shopping area.

Food Truck Frenzy expands to Fort Tuthill this Saturday

Don’t be surprised if, while driving on 89A this weekend past Fort Tuthill, you catch a delicious whiff, a flavor-laden sniff of something, a mixture of foods galore; that something is Northern Arizona’s Largest Food Truck Festival and everyone is invited.

The festival, which begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 8, (Saturday, July 14) will be host to over 30 food trucks of all varieties as well as music, a petting zoo, beer, activities for kids and much more.

Parking will be free with a suggested donation to the Shadows Foundation, a non-profit helping individuals in need who are affected by life threatening diseases by providing services and financial assistance.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of food. Each truck will have a $5 Festival item.

Food trucks include, but are not limited to: Hibachibot Korean barbecue, Fratelli’s Pizza, Hot Cookie Truck, Cleveland Roast Beef Company, The American Poutine Co., Always A Kid At Heart Popsicles, Archuleta Ice Cream, Bang Bang Dumpling, Bayou Bistro, Gringodillas, Mediterranean Majik Food Truck , Single Speed Coffee , Yellowman Fry Bread and many, many more.

The event will take place rain or shine.

Daily Almanac

Thursday, July 12

Friends of the Library Book Discussion: 6-7:30 p.m. Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, 300 W Aspen Avenue. Join us for a discussion of George Saunders "Lincoln in the Bardo," which is set over the course of one night - 2/22/1862, two days after the death of Abraham Lincoln's son, Willie.

Coconino Master Gardener Association: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church/Benson Hall, 1601 N. San Francisco. Please join Coconino Master Gardener's Association Membership Meeting. The speaker will be Nick Wilhelmi. His talk is on Tree Diseases. The membership meeting follows the speaker after hospitality and a raffle of garden related items. 928-779-0137.

Tselani/Terrain: Tapestries of D.Y. Begay: Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N Fort Valley Road. This internationally recognized artist draws inspiration for her contemporary textiles from the landscape surrounding her home on the Navajo Reservation, Tselani. Exhibit runs through Oct. 21. Regular museum admission rates apply, members are free. $12 adults (ages 18 and up); $8 youth, students with ID and American Indians; children age 10 and under are free. 

Hour-long small group guitar classes: 3-5 p.m. Joe C. Montoya Community and Senior Center, 245 N Thorpe Road. Ages 13 and up. Two sessions every Thursday from 3-5 p.m. Flexible format, multiple styles. Registration required. $30 for five classes, $5 for materials. 

Nights of Gaming: 6-8 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N 4th Street, Suite 5. Join us for a night of gaming. Ages 18+.

Summer Seminar Series 2018: 5:30-7 p.m. NAU SBS West, 19 W. McConnell Drive. Benjamin Krueger, a Lecturer in the School of Communication at NAU is presenting "The 280-Character Democracy: U.S. Political Communication in the Age of Social Media".

Recruiting Thursday: 1-3 p.m. Goodwill Career Center, 4308 E Route 66. Meet face-to-face with different community companies every week at your Goodwill no-cost Career Center. Bring copies of your resume, dress professionally, and let your skills shine. Prepare for Recruiting Thursday by stopping by a Goodwill Career Center ahead of time to update your resume and sharpen your interview skills.

Baby and Me Yoga: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Flagstaff Birth & Womens Center, 401 W Aspen Avenue. For Moms and babies 3 weeks to crawling. Please bring baby carrier and blanket Celestina Tan,, 928-556-0000.12.00.

Kid's Hope, USA: 4-6 p.m. Hope Community Church, 3700 N Fanning Drive. Flagstaff. Join us to learn more about at becoming a mentor for at risk students within our schools. A Kid's Hope representative will be present to answer any questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Thirsty Thursdays: 5-8 p.m. Museum Of Northern Arizona, 3101 N Fort Valley Road. Browse our galleries and shops, and enjoy live music in the Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard. This week: Secret Handshake.

Friday, July 13

Summer Begins at Snowbowl: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Snowbowl, 9300 North Snowbowl Road. From scenic chairlift rides to new activities to stunning sunsets, there's nowhere better to beat the summer heat than at Snowbowl. Plus this summer, Snowbowl is adding even more ways to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, including summer tubing, bungee trampoline, and mini ropes course. Buy your tickets online in advance for 20% off. (928) 779-1951.

Summer Kids Event -- The Happiest Place on Earth: Disney Celebration: 10 a.m. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 1520 S Riordan Ranch Street. Flagstaff. Come in costume so you can take a picture in out Disney photo booth, win Disney-themed prizes, create your own custom picture frames. Free, no reservations necessary.

N@M Drink of the Gods: The History of Mead: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum, 2340 N Fort Valley Road. Mead: water, honey and yeast fermented into possibly the most ancient of alcoholic beverages. Historically, the Greeks called mead Ambrosia, Nectar, the Drink of the Gods. Evan Anderson, founder of Drinking Horn Meadery in Flagstaff, will be the host of the event, presenting a crash course on the history of mead. 928-774-6272.

Friday Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. The American Legion Post #3, 204 W Birch Avenue. The American Legion is serving up a fried or baked fish dinner with all the sides. There will be music. Open to the Public. Free parking.

Game Day: 12:30-2:30 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N 4th Street, Suite 5. Play game systems and table top games in our Community Room. Ages 8-17. 

Read to Me Storytime!: 9:30-10 a.m. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 1520 S Riordan Ranch Street. Join us every Friday for fun with learning and letters. These are literacy-based story times intended to help get your child ready for reading; it is intended for children ages 1-3 years old. 

Historic Walking Tours with Johnny Anaya: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Flagstaff Visitor Center, 1 E Route 66 Ste 1. Anaya takes you on a two-hour walking tour of historic downtown. 928-853-0792

Summer Dance Classes for all ages at Canyon Dance Academy: 4-9:05 p.m. Canyon Dance Academy, 2812 N Izabel Street. 

Baha’i Evening Program: Macy’s European Coffeehouse 14 S Beaver Street. 6:30 p.m. “United Inseparable Human Family” with Chris Ruhe, award-winning singer-songwriter, blues/jazz musician and his band.

Orpheum Theater: Metalachi. Heavy metal mariachi band from Mexico. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $15, plus applicable fees. This event is all ages. 15 W. Aspen Ave. 556-1580

Lauren Bradshaw, courtesy  

Captured by reader, Lauren Bradshaw, this photo shows the sun rising over the San Francisco Peaks as seen from the Bradshaw's front yard in Parks, Arizona. Monsoon clouds are also visible in the photo, gearing up for a day of rain. To submit monsoon photos of your own, send an email to and make sure to include the date and location. 

Research: A Category 6 hurricane? It could happen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of 4 feet of rain.

Everyone east of Dixie Highway is ordered evacuated, for fear of a menacing storm surge. Forecasters debate whether the storm will generate the 200 mph winds to achieve Category 6 status.

That is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research.

Some changes — such as the slowing of hurricanes' forward motion and the worsening of storm surges from rising sea levels — are happening now. Other effects, such as their increase in strength, may have already begun but are difficult to detect, considering all of the other climate forces at work.

But more certainty has developed over the past few years. Among the conclusions: Hurricanes will be wetter. They are likely to move slower, lingering over whatever area they hit. And although there is debate over whether there will be more or fewer of them, most researchers think hurricanes will be stronger.

"There's almost unanimous agreement that hurricanes will produce more rain in a warmer climate," said Adam Sobel, professor of applied physics at Columbia University and director of its Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. "There's agreement there will be increased coastal flood risk, at a minimum because of sea-level rise. Most people believe that hurricanes will get, on average, stronger. There's more debate about whether we can detect that already."

No one knows how strong they could get, as they're fueled by warmer ocean water. Timothy Hall, senior scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said top wind speeds of up to 230 mph could occur by the end of the century, if current global warming trends continue. That would be the strength of an F-4 tornado, which can pick up cars and throw them through the air (although tornadoes, because of their rapid changes of wind direction, are considered more destructive).

Does that mean the current five-category hurricane scale should be expanded to include a Category 6, or even Category 7?

The Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale, developed in the early 1970s, ranks hurricanes from Category 1, which means winds of 74-95 mph, to Category 5, which covers winds of 157 mph or more.

Since each category covers a range of wind speeds, it would appear that once wind speed reaches 190 or 200 mph, the pattern may call for another category. Last season saw two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, with Irma reaching 180 mph. And in 2015, off Mexico's Pacific coast, Hurricane Patricia achieved a freakish sustained wind speed of 215 mph.

"If we had twice as many Category 5s — at some point, several decades down the line — if that seems to be the new norm, then yes, we'd want to have more partitioning at the upper part of the scale," Hall said. "At that point, a Category 6 would be a reasonable thing to do."

Many scientists and forecasters aren't particularly interested in categories anyway, since they indicate only wind speed, not the other dangers posed by hurricanes.

"We've tried to steer the focus toward the individual hazards, which include storm surge, wind, rainfall, tornadoes and rip currents, instead of the particular category of the storm, which only provides information about the hazard from wind," said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. "Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale already captures 'catastrophic damage' from wind, so it's not clear that there would be a need for another category even if storms were to get stronger."

Among the most solid predictions is that storms will move more slowly. In fact, that has already happened. A new study in the journal Nature found that tropical cyclones have decreased their forward speed by 10 percent since 1949, and many scientists expect the trend to continue.

That doesn't mean a hurricane's winds would slow down. It means the hurricane would be more likely to linger over an area — like last year's Hurricane Harvey. It settled over the Houston area and dropped more than 4 feet of rain on some areas, flooding thousands of houses.