"Park After Dark," Tohono Chul Park's annual celebration of the Sonoran Desert after the sun goes down, takes place Friday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.

This year's event focuses on the exhibit "Night Moves: After Dark Images," and what happens at night on the desert.

"It may be coyotes traveling through, lightning streaking the dark monsoon sky, hawk moths searching out night-blooming flowers, or the celestial bodies beloved of astronomers, all explored in a variety of media," a release said.

Artists from "Night Moves" and the exhibit "Encaustics: Visions in Wax," shall be present to chat. Local wildlife experts are bringing live bats, bobcats, bugs, snakes and owls.

For the children, "Monsoon Mischief," presented by Tohono Chul's Desert Players, is staged at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Crystal Ridge Bluegrass Band plays at 5:30 p.m.

Guests can purchase a light boxed supper from the Tea Room, make a set of Monsoon Mischief boxes, become desert critters through face painting, sample ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries, "or simply enjoy the desert night."

Park After Dark is free to members and children under the age of 12. It's $5 for the general public.

For information, call 742-6455, visit www.tohonochulpark.org, or visit the park at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, a stoplight west of the intersection at Ina and Oracle.

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