by Dev Richards
Jugglers make it look so easy, like their hand-eye coordination isn't bafflingly super human. That skill, that perfect rhythm of movement and pizazz, is supposedly something you can learn to do with "practice" and "effort." Before you spend hours alone in your backyard dropping things, you're gonna want to learn the basics. The Humboldt Juggling Society's Festival is a free, three-day crash course in all things juggly.
The festival runs from April 11 through 13 at the Arcata Community Center, and it's a juggle-naut. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the doors are open to any and all who want to see demonstrations, participate in juggling lessons and workshops, or enjoy games and raffles. You know you want to take the "Beginning Balls" class just so you'll have an excuse to say it to all your friends with a straight face.
If you're more of a watcher than a doer, then you'll want to catch Art of Play on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Arcata Community Center. It's an exhibition of throwing, catching and fire, three of the main ingredients of awesome. Admission is $15 for adults and the show is free for children 12 and under, but they have to be accompanied by an adult. Again, there will be fire.
There's no need to pick up tickets or register for the open house portion of the Juggling Fest, but you can pick up tickets for Art of Play at Wildberries in Arcata or purchase them at the door.