The sixth annual Flagstaff Performance Arts and Film Festival hits the stage this weekend at NAU. The two-day festival will feature dance on screen and live on stage, all at the Clifford E. White Theater on NAU campus. The event will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Suggested admission is $15, $8 for children and students, at the door.

Gina Darlington and Jayne Lee, who have been collaborating for over 20 years in various events and organizations, are presenting festival concert featuring local and guest dance groups in performance. Performers including Canyon Movement Company, Human Nature Dance Theatre, Velocity Dance Company, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Sotida Arpronphalitfan, film-maker Amanda Kapp, and a host of young choreographers will present two evenings of new works.

This year’s event is sponsored by ArtTank, a program funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Canyon Movement Company was awarded a grant to host and mentor young choreographers and present them in concert. Nine youth ages 12-20 will be showing new choreography they created with a choreographic mentor from the Flagstaff dance community.

More information can be obtained on www.fpaff.org

Arboretum season starts Friday

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff opens for the 2015 season on Friday. Visitors of all ages are invited to come and celebrate opening day with half price admission. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. visitors can participate in guided tours of the grounds and gardens and learn about The Arboretum’s history and current work. At noon and 2 p.m., Airborne Raptors presents educational programs with free-flying hawks, falcons and owls.

The Botanical Blacksmiths outdoor exhibit will kick-off with a live forging demonstration Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Sylvester Allred will be signing his new book Ponderosa: Big Pine of the Southwest.

On May 8 The Arboretum offers free admission in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. And on Sunday, May 10, in honor of Mother’s Day, all mothers will receive half price admission.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 750 species of plants in gardens, greenhouses, and natural habitats and is located four miles south of Route 66 on Woody Mountain Road on Flagstaff's west side. The Arboretum offers summer nature camps, school programs, and a variety of other events. Admission is $8.50 for adults; $6 for seniors, and $3 for youth 5 and up.

The Arboretum is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through October. Visit www.thearb.org for more information.

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