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  • Benson: Kartchner Caverns State Park Star Party

    Sept. 20: Come and spend an evening with your family and friends and observe the wonders of the night sky through astronomers’ telescopes. The event is supported by Huachuca Astronomy Club and Astronomers of Verde Valley. Activities begin at 2 p.m. and run through the evening. The park will have “afternoon solar viewing” from 2-5 p.m. where visitors can safely view the sun through a special telescope. At 5:30 p.m., Connie Walker, associate scientist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, will speak and at 6:30 p.m. see planets, stars, comets, galaxies and more through astronomers’ telescopes. Participants should bring a folding chair, red light, a sweater or jacket and enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve the beautiful night ski. If you have a telescope, feel free to bring it. Kartchner Caverns State Park’s entrance fee is $6 per vehicle for the night of viewing, instruction and family fun. Camping is available at the park for an additional fee. Kartchner Caverns State Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.

  • Sedona: 42nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

    Sept. 13. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The charming plazas, patios and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the rhythms and beats of flamenco dancers and mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound, offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. The festivities schedule includes Mosaico Flamenco performing from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Patio Del Norte, Jaleo Band performing from 3-6 p.m. in Patio Del Norte, Ballet Folklorico de Colores performing in Plaza de La Fuente at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Ritmo Latino performing from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Patio De Las Campanos and Mariachi La Familia Rojas will be roaming the streets of Tlaquepaque from 10 a.m.-noon. and from 2-4 p.m. There will be free face painting and balloon twisting for children and adults in the Calle Independencia from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. Parking is available at the uptown municipal parking lot with continuous service to and from the Fiesta from 10-5 p.m.

  • Jerome: Art Walk

    Saturday: Jerome continues its momentum with the first Saturday celebration of art. Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist-filled Old Jerome High School to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery, Made in Jerome Pottery and the Adam Collection across from the legendary Haunted Hamburger. In honor of “the great spirit medicine party” which Native Americans had the power to spiritually protect, heal and join in spirit with its owner, in the tradition of the Plains Indians who decorated their horses, Angel Lightfeather makes each sculpture, a unique one-of-a kind and everything about the horse is so about you. As this artist tells you about the Spirit Horse, you may find that she is speaking about you. Yes, she will even give you a “spirit horse reading” during the art walk. This post-holiday weekend is the perfect time to enjoy late-night dinner hours at Jerome’s restaurants or even spend the night at a lodge

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