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Yavapai College celebrates 50 years with free day of family activities Aug. 25
Sunday, Aug. 26, is the premiere of the Arizona Philharmonic

Henry Flurry (Christopher Marchetti/Courtesy)

Henry Flurry (Christopher Marchetti/Courtesy)

Yavapai College has a full weekend planned for celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The celebration begins with a reception at the college’s art gallery featuring artwork created by faculty and alumni from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, which is open to the public, said Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Schlegel.

Then it’s Saturday, Aug. 25, a fun, free day of family activities and enjoying the campus, live music and plenty of stuff for the kids, said Marketing & Communications Specialist Tim Diesch.

“It’s a nice, burn off your energy opportunity,” Diesch said.

The day starts bright and early with a Dollars for Scholars Fun Run along the Yavapai College Trail, with registration at 7 a.m. in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center lobby. Registration is $10 for children 12 and under, $25 for adults, $20 per person for groups of three or more and $55 for a family of two adults and three children. The money goes towards scholarships, Schlegel said.

After the Fun Run is a Block Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Sugar and the Mint, bouncy houses, face painting jugglers, a balloon artist, dunk tank, food trucks, local businesses, the Prescott’s Got Talent competition and a keystone presentation.

Prescott’s Got Talent features the 10 finalists from the preliminaries held Thursday, Aug. 23, and there will be prizes for the top three winners, said Marketing & Communications Specialist J. J. McCormack.

The presentation will see President Penelope Wells and one of the vice presidents welcoming everyone and stating what special things have come out of the college’s 50th anniversary, Schlegel said.

“One of those things is a history book, a Yavapai College history book … then our Southwest Wine Center has produced a white and red wine in commemoration of our 50th anniversary,” she said. “They’ll talk about the documentary that will be playing in our community room.”

The documentary is a 15 minute piece which Diesch said has interviews with people who were involved with the college in some capacity. Schlegel added it goes by decade. Further, the history book is available in the college bookstore and online and there will be sample bottles of the wine, she said.

Right before Leno’s performance, at 7:30 pm., the 7 p.m. introduction also thanks two of the college’s founders: Jean Phillips and Ernie Jones from the tribe, Schlegel said.

While the live performance in the Performing Arts Center is sold out, there are still tickets available for the livestream broadcast in the community room. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for Yavapai College staff and can be purchased online at, at the box office, 1100 E. Sheldon St., or by calling 928-776-2000.

It’s a full day of entertainment, said McCormick.

“You can spend sunup to past sundown at Yavapai College without actually setting foot in a classroom,” she said.

Finally, Sunday, Aug. 26, is the premiere of the Arizona Philharmonic at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will be joined by composer and Prescott native Henry Flurry for “Currents, from New Orleans to Prescott.”

“Not only will the performance feature the title piece – an emotional, evocative concerto that chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina – it will mark the world premiere of the Arizona Philharmonic, a permanent, professional orchestra based in Prescott,” according to a news release from Marketing Specialist Michael Grady.

The concert includes special guests Peter Bay, conductor for the Austin Symphony Steinway Artist James d ’León and marimbist Maria Flurry.

There will be a pre-concert talk in the auditorium at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and youth tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the box office.

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

For more information about Yavapai College’s 50th anniversary and the celebration, along with other celebrations happening at the other campuses, visit


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