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Sat, Dec. 05

IMAX celebration features film, fun, fundraising for KLC

The community is invited to come out this weekend to have a good time for a good cause at the second annual summer celebration and fundraiser for the Kaibab Learning Center.

This Friday and Saturday, from 6:30-11 p.m., the National Geographic Visitor's Center is hosting the event, which will feature live music by Exit 64 and a special screening of the IMAX film "Roar: The Lions of the Kalahari." Refreshments are also included, with a range of new menu items being introduced. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family.

The event was first held last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IMAX Theatre and the Grand Canyon film. Manager Brent Kok said at the time that he planned the event to be held annually to kick off the summer season as well as to raise money for KLC.

The center has struggled financially due to dwindling enrollment but manager Judy Walker said that a recent reduction in rates has bolstered that from 28 to 42. While that represents a mix of both part and full-time enrollments, they are closer to their goal of the 38 full time enrollments that they need to break even.

In the meantime, fundraisers like the IMAX event help supplement the center and keep it in business.

"We hope the whole community turns out," said KLC board member Clarinda Vail. "It's a great movie and a great event for a great cause."

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