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Amazing Anthropods

Join Willow Bend and Northern Arizona University's Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy, crawly family event at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Families will learn all about these amazing little creatures, and get to meet tarantulas, cockroaches, mealworms and a millipede. A short educational presentation will be followed by observations of live animals, and a chance to become an entomologist and look for critters in and around the Willow Bend Gardens. Event is open to families with children 4 and up. $5/participant or free for Willow Bend members.

Night Stories at Colton Gardens

There's more to night than meets the eye. While we sleep, creatures creep and hunt, flowers bloom, and plants collect vital droplets of dew. Come experience the nocturnal world through fact and fable. Bundle up to share stories outside under the full moon on the MNA research campus on Friday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m. Drive up N. Winding Brook Rd. and turn left on Research Dr. Park and walk to the entrance of the Colton Gardens. Bring a flashlight to find your way back to your car at the end of the evening. Suggested donation of $5.

Wildlife scavenger hunt at Marshall Lake

Kids of all ages are invited to join the US Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department as they explore the bugs and birds of Marshall Lake on Saturday, May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.

There will be a guided scavenger hunt and participants may encounter frogs and bats at dusk. Free. All ages invited. Maximum 25 people. Call 928-214-1252 for required RSVP. Please leave a voice message with your name, number in party, and contact phone number.

Canyon Movement Company celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing

Don’t miss LAUNCH, Canyon Movement Company’s Spring Dance Festival at NAU’s Clifford E. White Theater, 1115 S. Knoles Drive on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Man’s first walk on the moon, seven different dance companies will share their interpretation of that historic event.

Dance performed live on the stage, on the screen, and in the air with original choreography and special guests. The Gala Festival concert features regional and local dance groups in performance as well as a pre-show talk by Viola award winner Kevin Schindler about Apollo 11.

Special guest Kevin Schindler from Lowell Observatory will present a night to remember, along with performing groups Canyon Movement Company, Human Nature Dance Theatre, Velocity Dance Company, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Cazo Dance Company, Abby Collier, and Momentum Aerial. They will present two evenings of innovative, unique, and intriguing new works.

This program is sponsored in part by the City of Flagstaff and Flagstaff Arts Council, the Arizona Community Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Suggested donation is $15/adults, $10/students.

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

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