Around the Town: Lumberyard’s 9th Annual Okto’Beer Festival

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Okto’Beer’Fest will highlight Northern Arizona breweries and the great beer culture around Flagstaff on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Lumberyard’s patio on 5 S. San Francisco Street.

As with any Oktoberfest event, it’s not only about the beer. Okto’Beer’Fest includes a bratwurst eating contest and a stein holding competition to celebrate the Oktoberfest culture. Besides contests, there will also be corn hole, giant Jenga, giant foosball and Beer Pong.

Attendees will get to sample beers, or get a pint or stein filled with their favorite beer to enjoy the experience. Traditional German Food will be available for sale. Breweries attending include: Lumberyard, Beaver Street, Mother Road, Historic, Wanderlust, Dark Sky, That Brewery, Granite Mountain, Mudshark and Grand Canyon Brewing Company.

All proceeds are given to a dog-related charity. This year Lumberyard is raising money for High Country Humane. Over the last eight years more than $80,000 has been raised at Okto’beer Fest the goal for this event is to hit over the $100,000 mark. $5 Entry Donation, Tickets on sale during the event for food and drink. Commemorative Steins $10 includes first fill.

Downward dog, with dogs

Puppies and yoga -- what could be better?

Join yoga teacher Holly White on Sunday, Sept. 22 for her first ever puppy yoga session. Adoptable puppies will be provided by the Coconino Humane Association. While yogis are in session, adorable puppies will be playing in the grass behind them. In addition to puppy hugs and kisses, participants will have the opportunity to find the perfect pup and provide them a furever home.

Class will begin at 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse Lawn (219 E. Cherry Ave). There will be a $5 drop-in fee, and make sure to bring your own yoga mat.

Fall Equinox Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra

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Join The Yoga Experience on Sunday, Sep. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. for an evening to revel in the Fall Equinox; a time when the day is the same length as the night, a point of balance. The evening will be a balance of Yoga Nidra with Marci and Sound Healing with Deb.

Yoga Nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation, Marci guides you through stages of body scan and breath awareness to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health.

Sound is everything that moves and vibrates. Deb takes you on a sound journey with her Crystal Tones singing bowls, tribal instruments and gong. When you hear the calming elegant sound of a crystal bowl, it seems to awaken an ancient remembering, touching the essence of the soul.

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Bring a mug to the event located at 1071 E. Old Canyon Court, Suite 200 as the evening will be followed by a celebratory cup of tea.

Peace Day Celebration

Established by the United Nations in 2001, International Peace Day is held every September 21st worldwide. Flagstaff has celebrated International Peace Day since 2014. Making peace with others and one’s self is the focus of the day.

Events will take place at Heritage Square on Saturday with the Peace Run/Walk beginning at 7 a.m. Other activities throughout the day start at 10 a.m. and include music, educational booths, re-dedication of the Peace Pole and peace-oriented crafts for children.

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Alexandra Wittenberg can be reached at 928-913-8624 and


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