Friday, May 17

Night Stories: 7-9 p.m. MNA Colton Gardens, Research Drive, Flagstaff. 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. Bring a flashlight to find your way back to your car at the end of the evening. Suggested donation $5. http://musnaz.org.

A Night of Music and Story: 7:15-9 p.m. The HeArt Box, 17 N. San Francisco St. An evening of live music, spoken word and storytelling weaved together amongst emerging and established musicians and writers in an intimate, dedicated art space. Music by Tony Norris, Bill Burke, Elana Gonzalez and Jill Sans. Special reading by Malory Donahue and her story, "The Mountain". Discounted ticket prices for this first time event are $15, limited seats of 20 people. theheartbox.space/events-classes/2019/5/17/a-night-of-music-and-story.

Game Day: 2:30-4:30 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library, 3000 N. 4th Street. Join us as we play game systems and table-top games in our Community Room. Ages 8-17. 928-213-2348. flagstaffpubliclibrary.org.

Gateway To The Grand Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair: 1-6 p.m. Williams Rodeo Barn, Rodeo Road & Airport Road, Williams. Kiwanis of Williams presents 30 vendors of arts, crafts, foods, decor, gifts etc. Live music on Saturday. 

Woman Speak International Festival: Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. Join us at the 2nd annual WomanSpeak International Festival  May 17-19.The three-day event will offer women world class training on message and thought leadership development, public relations and building greater influence in community, industry and around ​​​​​​​the world. ​​​Mainstage & All-Access VIP Passes are now available at womanspeak.com/festival2019

Foresight Family Carnival: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Foresight Learning Center, 8245 Koch Field Rd. Join us for our annual spring open house. We will have Flagstaff Aerial Arts performing with an interactive performance so everyone can participate. Please give us a call RSVP with the number of people attending and the dish you will be sharing. (928) 527-8337. foresightlearningcenter.com.

Spring Dance Festival: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clifford E. White Theater, NAU Campus. Don't miss LAUNCH, Canyon Movement Company's Spring Dance Festival. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Man's first walk on the moon, seven different dance companies share their interpretation of that historic event. Suggested donation $15/adults, $10/students. canyonmovementcompany.org.

Flagstaff Food Tours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. On our tour, you will sample food from at least 5 local restaurants. Guides will point out architectural highlights, cultural sites, and great local shops along the way. Exact meeting location will be provided once tickets are purchased. $60 FlagstaffFoodTour.com.

Taoist Tai Chi New Beginner Classes: 9-10:30 a.m. Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 423 N Beaver Street. The Taoist Tai Chi form is taught sequentially over a 13 week period. Participants learn by observation and instruction with lots of repetition. Taoist Tai Chi has many health benefits for all ages and abilities. Join us, it's fun. First class is complimentary.  http://taoisttaichi.org.

Coconino Lapidary Club Meetings: 7-8:30 p.m. 6050 E. Fire House Lane, off hwy 89 N. We will discuss upcoming events, shows and field trips and of course rocks and minerals. We also have a Facebook page, Coconino Lapidary Club. http://flagstaffmineralandrock.org.

FALA Presents Amelie: 7-10 p.m. Coconino Center For The Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd. FALA's Advanced Musical Theatre class presents Amélie, a Broadway musical based on the 2001 romantic comedy film. 928-779-2300. $10. http://flagarts.com.

Overland Expo West: Fort Tuthill County Park , 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop. Overland Expo West, the western United States' premier annual event for adventure travel enthusiasts, is taking over Fort Tuthill County Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17 through 19, 2019. 480-286-4955. overlandexpo.com/west.

Saturday, May 18

Knit Wits: 1:30-3:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of Flagstaff, 740 N Turquoise Dr. Join us for knitting and fun. Items we knit/crochet will be donated to local charities. All are welcome. Any and all donations of yarn for knitting and crocheting greatly help and can be brought to the meeting or to the church. Dani McGruer, fccflagstaff@hotmail.com, 928-774-0890. http://fccflagstaff.org.

Live Painting with Rebekah Nordstrom: 3-6 p.m. The HeArt Box, 17 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff. Live painting with local Plein-air painter, Rebekah Nordstrom. Come and see what she is up to and meet this wonderful artist. Her work can be seen at The HeArt Box and in the The Artists' Gallery in front. Jill Sans, theheartboxart@gmail.com, 928-600-6290. theheartbox.space.

A Day of Art and Music: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Garden Thrift Store, 2 S Beaver St #100. Your patronage on Saturday will help fund the Artists' Coalition by way of a generous grant from The Garden Thrift. Please visit, shop, and donate your unwanted items. Gift Baskets with thrift store items with Nancy DeBlois - 10 a.m. Using neckties to dye silk scarves by Mark Vranesh - 12 p.m. Music by Jimmy DeBlois - 1 p.m. Card making with Dolores O'Donnell — 2 p.m. Mike Frankel, acfexdir@gmail.com, 928-522-6969. http://flagstaff-arts.org.

Library Lunacy - Sky's the Limit Painting Party: 7-9 p.m. Creative Spirits, 605 W Riordan Rd. Join the library each full moon for Library Lunacy -- programs that are a part of the City of Flagstaff's Lunar Legacy year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. May is Sky's the Limit Painting Party, a guided painting experience. Registration is required. Limited to 30 people. Claudine Taillac, ctaillac@flagstaffaz.gov, 928-213-2380. flagstaffpubliclibrary.org.

Route 66 Women Screening and Discussion: 7-8:30 p.m. Riordan Mansion, 409 West Riordan Road, Flagstaff. Filmmaker Katrina Parks will show segments from her documentary film series "Route 66 Women" that look in depth at Arizona's Route 66 legacy through the eyes and experiences of women who overcame segregation and gender discrimination to build fulfilling lives for themselves on America's most beloved road. Themes of growing up, traveling, challenging gender stereotypes, confronting prejudice and pushing boundaries in a man's world run-through the new oral histories. Katrina will be joined by a panel of humanities experts including the Cline Library's archivist Sean Evans and historian and author John Westerlund who will provide historical context for the segments screened and participate in the discussion following the film. Each of these humanities experts brings their expertise in Arizona history and Route 66 to the program. Free and open to the public. 928-779-4395. https://azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion/events.

Lowell42 - Can Animals See the Stars?: 7-8 p.m. Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff. Human beings have always watched the skies, so it's not surprising that astronomy is the oldest of all sciences. But what about other animals, can they see the stars too? Or are they indifferent to the charms of the night sky? In this talk, Dr. Michael West will present evidence that some animals use the stars to hunt or to migrate, while others lack the visual acuity to be stargazers. West is Deputy Director for Science at Lowell Observatory. Regular admission fees apply for special event. Heather Craig, hcraig@lowell.edu, 928-268-2906. https://lowell.edu.

Full Moon Hike at Red Rock State Park: 6-8:30 p.m. 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona. The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and the surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, are also possible topics offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5 registration fee is required to reserve your spot on the hike, as well as an entry fee upon arrival - $7 per adult (14 and up), $4 per youth (7-13). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to ensure participation. Wear suitable clothing (prepare for cool nights), closed toe shoes, bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928-282-6907 to reserve your spot. Jared Hemsoth, jhemsoth@azstateparks.gov, 928-282-6907. https://azstateparks.com/red-rock.

Julian Castro in Flagstaff: 10:30 a.m.-noon Coconino High School Mini Auditorium, 2801 N. Izabel St., Flagstaff. Meet Julián Castro, 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate. Doors Open at 10:30, event begins at 11. This is a Free Event, Please RSVP. This event is part of the Coconino County Democratic Party's work to educate and inspire voters. This is not a candidate endorsement. Castro was a member of President Obama's Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and previously Mayor of San Antonio, TX. Ann Heitland, ann@annheitland.com, 928-699-4299. https://coconinodemocrats.org/event/julian-castro-presidential-candidate.

Gateway To The Grand Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Williams Rodeo Barn, Rodeo Road & Airport Road, Williams. Kiwanis of Williams presents 30 vendors of arts, crafts, foods, decor, gifts etc. Live music on Saturday. Judi Maeda, jmadea5991@aol.com, 928-635-9028.

Fix It Clinic: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. W.F. Killip Elementary School, 2300 E Sixth Avenue, Flagstaff. Do you have a household item in need of repair? Don't trash it, fix it for free. Bring your small household appliances, clothing, electronics, jewelry, bicycles and more to the next clinic and a volunteer repair coach will try to help you fix it. Maggie Twomey, mtwomey@flagstaffaz.gov, 928-213-2144. flagstaff.az.gov/3231/Fix-it-Clinic.

Pinecone Preschool Open House: 10 a.m. 2901 N. King Street. A First Things First Quality First preschool that currently serves 95 children, has added a second building featuring four new classrooms and a gym. The expansion will provide an additional 60 spots for local children. The public is invited to attend the open house. Doughnuts and coffee will be served. Beth Johndrow, (928) 526-0072, pineconepreschool@live.com.

Botanical Blacksmiths and Friends Artist Reception: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Arboretum At Flagstaff, 4001 S Woody Mountain Rd. Meet some of the artists who are part of the 7th annual Botanical Blacksmiths and Friends outdoor art exhibit. Tour the gardens, see the art in the gardens and the gift shop, and take in the demos by blacksmiths, glass artists, and fiber artists. Cathi Borthwick, flag_forge@earthlink.net, 928-890-9609. http://thearb.org.

Walking Tour - Downtown Flagstaff: 10-11:30 a.m. Come along with us on a historical & sightseeing walking tour through Downtown Flagstaff. Enjoy an interactive presentation from a Flagstaff local and area expert. Learn about the Flagstaff area, current day and historical, in a lighthearted and fun atmosphere. Preregistration required. Melissa Yates, hello@enjoyflagstaff.com, 928-853-4484. $20. enjoyflagstaff.com.

Seeking Sponsorships Workshop: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Coconino Center For The Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff. The Flagstaff Arts Council presents a new workshop on Seeking Sponsorships for Non-Profits with local leadership guru, Jenean (Merk) Perelstein. Jenean knows how to help get out of your own way and take the necessary steps to attain financial success for your non-profit business. Member fee $70, Nonmember fee $75. 928-779-2300. https://flagartscouncil.org.

Fratelli Pizza Lifesaving Blood Drive: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fratelli Pizza, 2120 N. 4th St., Flagstaff. The West's Blood Supply is in such a critical need, that elective surgeries that require blood are being cancelled in 12 states including Arizona, as there is not enough blood available for non-life threatening situations. Please help us save lives today with your blood donation. All donors will receive a voucher for a slice and drink. Carina Fors, cfors@vitalant.org, 928-607-0152. bloodhero.com.

Family Science - Amazing Arthropods: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Willow Bend Environmental Education, 703 E Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff. Join Willow Bend and Northern Arizona University's Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research for a creepy, crawly and super exciting Family Science: Amazing Arthropods event. 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 our Willow Bend Gardens. Event is open to families with children 4 and up. $5/participant or free for Willow Bend members. Melissa Eckstrom, melissa@willowbendcenter.org, 928-779-1745. willowbendcenter.org/family-science.

Story Time at Cedar House: 10-11 a.m. Cedar House Coffee Shop, 2009 E Cedar Ave, Flagstaff. Come and join us for this finale to our Spring themed Story Time season. Gardening fun and hands-on activities for every child. We will read fun and engaging stories on growing, planting and gardening. Live music, bubbles and hands on activities will keep the little ones enthralled. Great for toddlers, preschoolers and every one in the family. Wendy, cedarhousecoffeeshop@outlook.com, 740-341-3717.

Jazzercise 50th Anniversary Class Celebration: 9:30-11 a.m. Jazzercise Flagstaff, 1798 E. Route 66. Jazzercise is turning 50 this is year and we are celebrating with a class through the decades. Join us as we journey from the 80s all the way to today and see how Jazzercise has evolved through the years. It's going to be a blast. Come dressed in your favorite decade but be ready to work out. Join us for refreshments after. Purchase your tickets online or at the door. Mirjam Loverich, jazzerciseflagstaff@gmail.com, 928-853-9968.15. squareup.com/store/JazzerciseFlagstaff.

Spring Dance Festival: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clifford E. White Theater, NAU Campus. Don't miss LAUNCH, Canyon Movement Company's Spring Dance Festival. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Man's first walk on the moon, seven different dance companies share their interpretation of that historic event. Dance performed live on the stage, on the screen, and in the air. Gina Darlington, cmcgina1@gmail.com, 928-774-3937.donation. http://www.canyonmovementcompany.org.

Mended Hearts Support Group Meeting: 10 a.m.-noon Taylor House, 1431 N San Francisco Street, Flagstaff. This is a support group for those affected by Cardiovascular Disease. If you have been diagnosed, had a procedure or surgery for CVD, or you are a caregiver for a heart patient, we would like to connect up with you. Mended Hearts is a nationwide organization, in affiliation with the American College of Cardiology, that is specifically designed for CVD patients and their families. Don Luther, donluther@email.com, 928-853-1477. http://juiceplusdon.com.

Dance Flagstaff with DJ Bear Cole: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The McMillan, 2 Historic Rte. 66. Dance Flagstaff is an on going event centered around people that want to dance. If you go out with one thing in mind - to dance - this is the night for you. DJ Bear Cole will be in the mix, and his wife Deidra Gallagher-Cole will be helping to make sure we stick to the Dance Flagstaff rules. facebook.com/groups/danceflagstaff. 480-703-3980. 

The Big Lebowski Night: 7 p.m. The Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff. When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs micturate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. eric.orpheum@gmail.com, 928-556-1580. $8.50. http://orpheumflagstaff.com.

Night Walk: 7-8:30 p.m. Buffalo Park. Join Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition leaders Lance Diskan and William Seven for a 3/4-mile Blue Moon walk in Buffalo Park over flat terrain in one of Flagstaff's best night-sky locales. We will enjoy the rise of the full moon as we explore how Flagstaff established its world-leading role in night-sky protection, how almost every culture is a Star-Culture, how the skies played an essential role in the development of human society, how First Americans reflect the stars in their culture, and how starry skies play a valued role in modern Flagstaff civic life. Wear comfortable shoes and you may want to bring a flashlight. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Wildlife Scavenger Hunt: 6-7:30 p.m. Marshall Lake, Flagstaff. Kids of all ages are invited to join the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department as we explore the bugs and birds of Marshall Lake. We'll have a guided scavenger hunt and may encounter frogs and bats at dusk. RSVP required. All ages invited. Maximum 25 people. Please leave a voice message with your name, number in party, and contact phone number at 928-214-1252. azwatchwildlife.com.

Bird Walk at The Arboretum at Flagstaff: 7:30 a.m. 4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd, Flagstaff. Join members of the local Audubon Society on a morning bird walk through the gardens on select Saturdays between May and June. More than 130 species of birds have been sighted. Bring water, a camera, and comfortable walking shoes.  media@thearb.org, 928-774-1442. thearb.org/visit/tours-and-activities.

Open House & Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m.-noon International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Road, Williams. Join us for our open house and pancake breakfast event, welcoming the general public, neighbors and new friends to our retreat center. Meet the IKRC community. See the development of the World Peace Temple Project. Take a tour of the meditation room. Try a simple 15 minute guided meditation (8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am)​Everyone is Welcome. Lynn Sorentino, epc@meditationinnorthernarizona.org, (928) 637-6232. meditationinnorthernarizona.org/openhouse.

Codependent Anonymous: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Northern Arizona University Eastburn Education Building Room #208, Flagstaff. We welcome you to Codependents Anonymous, a 12-step program that steers us from a path of self-defeating behaviors towards healthy, loving relationships with our spirituality, ourselves and others. (907)957-0556. http://coda.org.

FALA Presents Amelie: 7-10 p.m. Coconino Center For The Arts, 2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff. FALA's Advanced Musical Theatre class presents Amélie, a Broadway musical based on the 2001 romantic comedy film. marketing@flagarts.com, 928-779-2300. $10. http://flagarts.com.

Overland Expo West: Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff. The western United States' premier annual event for adventure travel enthusiasts, is taking over Flagstaff's Fort Tuthill County Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to a chance to tour, test and explore expedition and all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and more, attendees will find demonstrations, outdoor education opportunities, the latest and greatest in camping and adventure gear, and just about anything else they need ahead of an escape to the backcountry. 480-286-4955. overlandexpo.com/west.

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