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Summer Nights on the Square

Trisha Singh shares a dance with Paul Geissler in 2018 during the weekly Dancing on the Square event in Heritage Square.

Come learn social dancing for free every Wednesday evening through Aug. 28 in downtown Heritage Square.

Starting at 7 p.m., a variety of volunteer local dance instructors teach all the steps you need to spin out to popular Swing and Latin tunes. Then, participants can practice their moves and enjoy social dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. with a friendly, encouraging community of dancers. All ages, couples, singles, and families welcome. No partner is needed. Come dance!

Lunar Legacy of the Ancestral Puebloan People lecture

The full moon following the December solstice initiates the largest reproductive event on the planet as the Great Barrier Reef northeast of Australia turns white when coral life release their gametes into the ocean and propagates the next generation. It is anticipated that numerous other species regulate their reproductive cycles via the phase pattern of the moon, including human females.

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The moon has intrigued and confounded different cultures and their astronomers for ages, and numerous cultures have built their calendar based upon the lunar cycle. Thus our system of months is derived from a “moonth."

On Wednesday, June 12, cultural astronomer Bryan Bates will share his research about how the Puebloan people of the Four Corners region documented the lunar cycles and incorporated that knowledge into their “ways of knowing" in a free 6 p.m. lecture at Coconino Community College Lone Tree Campus. This is part of the 18-month Lunar Legacy Lecture Series that celebrates the Apollo Moon Missions and Flagstaff’s role in the landings.

Following a historical timeline, Bates will explore lunar cultural astronomy beginning in Chaco Canyon, then to Chimney Rock followed by Mesa Verde. The interpretation will be largely based on Hopi traditional knowledge as reflected through archaeological and anthropological research.

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Alexandra Wittenberg can be reached at 928-913-8624 and awittenberg@azdailysun.com.

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