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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Food & Booze

Arizona Wine Dinner: If you're looking for a fun, night out with delicious food and wine, be sure to check out the Arizona Wine Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen. All the food will be prepared by the Maynards Kitchen team to complement hand crafted wines from the wonderful state of Arizona. Each ticket costs $69 and includes all the meals, tax and gratuity! 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. $69 each. 

Tequila, we love you.
  • Tequila, we love you.
World Margarita Championship: This 10th Annual Margarita Championship is back again! The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Originals partner together to bring you an unforgettable evening of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of world-class margaritas and tequilas, southwest cuisines and more. Tickets are $55 and this is also a 21+ event and tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours quickly while you can! Friday, Sept. 30. 6 p.m. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. $55 each.

Taste of Tucson: Have an appetite to show your town pride? Joining the Tucson Originals as they host the second annual Taste of Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 25. Among the 16 restaurants who will be at the festi-val: Kingfisher Bar and Grill, Fresco Pizzeria and Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Baker/Bistro. You’ll also enjoy music, raffles, games and spot for kids to play. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of Reid Park. Admission is free but you’ll have to pay for your food. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. Reid Park, Reid Park, 100 Country Club Road.

Festivals

40th Annual Greek Tucson Greek Festival: Come celebrate Greek traditions at Tucson's 40th Annual Greek Festival at the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church! The event is being held for four days this month from Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 25. There will be a variety of foods, drinks and entertainment. The festival will hold concerts from local Greek music groups and award-winning Panathenian Dancers. There will also be a Greek Market that will offer traditional breads, pastries, cheese, olives, hummus, jewelry, clothing and much more. The event is $3 per person and is free for children under 12, active duty military, fire police and first responders with ID card. Times very by day, check in on their website. Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 East Fort Lowell Road. $3, free for children under 12. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Give Back To Your Community: Tucson Meet Yourself Needs Volunteers

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM

As September comes to an end, it is finally that time of year once again. The annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival is upon us in just two short weeks. Tucson Meet Yourself is a festival that celebrates Tucson in all of its glory, bringing together local artisans, musicians, cooks and dancers, and putting them all in once place with the goal of spending a weekend celebrating the history and traditions that make Tucson so great. 
This year Tucson Meet Yourself is looking for volunteers to make the 43-year-old festival a reality once again. Volunteering to help with Tucson Meet Yourself is a perfect way to give back to our community that gives us so much daily.

Visit http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/volunteer/ for steps on how to sign up to help. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fruit Fiends Unite for Tucson's Pomegranate Festival

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM

There's an event for all the fruit fanatics out there and it's coming to you this Saturday, Sept. 24. The Annual Pomegranate Festival will be coming to Tucson's Mission Gardens, 946 W. Mission Ln., for the second year in row from 9-11 a.m. 
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Brought on by the Friends of Tucson's Birthplace in conjunction with the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the festival is a free, all ages event. Festival goers can enjoy the wide variety of pomegranates with other fruit enthusiasts as well as music, tastings and presentations from Jesus Garcia, Nina Sajovec and Alfredo Gonzalez.

You don't want to be caught off guard of your fruit knowledge at this homage to pomegranates.

Here are few fruit facts to know before going to the Pomegranate Festival:

- Pomegranates are in season from September to February in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the fruit is in season from March to May.

- The pomegranate originated from the Mediterranean area. Today, it is cultivated all over the world including California and Arizona.

- In ancient Greece, the pomegranate was regarded as "the fruit of the dead."   

Click here for more information on the festival.

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Create a Masterpiece, Give the Gift of Art

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM

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Creative Juice Art Bar (6530 E. Tanque Verde Road) and Gifted Custom Art will team up on Saturday, Oct. 1 to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Clubs in Tucson. You don't have to be a modern Monet to attend this painting philanthropy event.

The concept is simple: Gifted provides a photo for you and your friends to convert into a painted masterpiece and Creative Juice gives you a place to do it. Registration to the Gifted Giving event is $55 per person and every registration gives one painting experience to a child at the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson - Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse.    

For more information on how to register, click here

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Get Reading for National Library Card Month

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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It's National Library Card Month! The Pima County Public Library is teaming up with the American Library Association to ensure that everyone in the community gets their hands on a library card. The best part about the library is that it's free, but you have to have a library card. If you are on the fence about getting a card, the county library has recruited the help of the Peanuts characters like Snoopy to help convince you

To learn more about how you can get a library card to one of the 27 libraries in the county visit: www.library.pima.gov

If you're not sure what to use your new library card for, check out book recommendations from Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Lucy and Schroeder

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Weekly List: 29 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Seven Days

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Your weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Pick of the Week

Downtown Radio One-Year Anniversary Bash: The fight-the-good-fight, anti-corporate folks over at Downtown Radio (99.1 FM) have been on-air for a glorious 12 months. That’s right, a whole damn year in an impoverished city. By our (or any) calculation, that’s a feat worth lifting toast or ten to. Five premier Tucson bands are tapped to celebrate said feat, including Katterwaul, Golden BooTs, Adara Rae and the Homewreckers, Louise Le Hir, and 8 Minutes to Burn. Friday, Sept. 16. 8 p.m. The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St. $7. 21+.

Food & Booze

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15th Annual Roasted Chile Festival: Green corn tamales. Pork tacos. Salsa. Green Chile Cornbread. Green enchilada sauce. Challenge yourself to make your favorite green chile delights this fall (and even try some new ones), after you stock up on peppers at the Roasted Chile Festival. Don't be afraid to get a big bag: Internet wisdom says these chilies freeze for up to six months, but we know a Nana who would stretch her green chile harvest out all year long. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Rincon Valley Farmers Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. Free to attend, but don't forget your wallet!

Tucson 5th Annual Beer Cup: It is a battle royal as Tucson's top 10 breweries compete to determine who has the best beers in the categories of Best Flagship Beer, Best Specialty Beer, and People's Choice. Along with the breweries, other beer loving organizations will be in attendance as well, including: Local First Arizona, Living Street Alliance, Tucson Homebrew Club, Yelp Tucson, and Girls Pint Out. The event takes place on Saturday, Sep. 17 from 6-9 p.m., tickets can be bought on the event website. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.  Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street. $25 before $30 at the door. 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

3 Places to Visit to Explore the True Beauty of Tucson

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Tucson is full of outdoor attractions that go unseen and under appreciated. With its beautiful saguaro forests, incredible mountain ranges surrounding the city and unforgettable sunsets, it is most definitely an alluring destination. 

Here are 3 places any Tucson local or tourist should visit if they are searching for a new adventure and want to learn more about the history of this beautiful city.


SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK 

Saguaro National Park is a must see destination if you are new to the area, or want to understand Tucson's history on a new level. This large park is separated by the city with the Rincon Mountain District to 
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the East and the Tucson Mountain Ranges to the West. Both places offer a variety of hiking and biking trails along with horseback riding and breathtaking desert views. The Rincon district is the most visited area of the two, and offers visitors the opportunity to experience both desert and country forest in the same day. The Tucson district, on the other hand, has more historical meaning behind it. Visitors can see hundreds of petroglyphs left by ancient Native tribes, which can be seen from the Signal Hill picnic area or from neighboring hiking trails!

Address: 
- Rincon Mountain District (East), 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail
- Tucson Mountain District (West), 2700 N. Kinney Road

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Weekly List: 26 Things to Do In Tucson In The Next Seven Days

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Your weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Pick of the Week

Imperfect Thirst, 2016, by Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Imperfect Thirst, 2016, by Joel-Peter Witkin
It's another Second Saturday Downtown, which means all manner of fun in the heart of our community. On the art front, you won't want to miss Etherton Gallery's opening of Shadowlands, featuring new prints by Alice Leora Briggs and selected photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin and Roger Ballen. All three artists do dark, challenging and provocative work that's not for the easily offended. The opening is from 7 to 10 p.m. at Etherton, 135 S. Sixth Ave. More info here. Over at the Rialto Theatre, legendary British psychedelic pop rockers The Zombies will take the stage, along with local opener Brian Lopez. Doors at 7 p.m. at Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Across the street at Hotel Congress, Crystal Radio is hosting a record-release party for the band's debut release, Ghost in You. Doors at 7 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. You'll find more music at the Scott Avenue Stage between Congress and Broadway, where  Belinda Esquer plays from 6 to 7 p.m., Los Guapos play from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Haboob plays from 9 to 10 p.m. Plenty more is going on all day and a lot of it is free, as you can see from this schedule.

OSIRIS-REx

As you should have learned in last week's cover story, the UA has teamed up with NASA to send a spacecraft on an asteroid hunt. The launch is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, at 4:05 p.m. Cool, right? So, how can you best celebrate the launch? You've got a few options. The UA and Time in Cosmology Center will be partying at Hotel Congress with extraterrestrials from planet, stargazing, live music and (of course) watching the launch live. The event is free, and festivities start at 4 p.m. Or, head over to Borderlands Brewing Company for Brews for Bennu: OSIRIS-REx Launch Watching Party to watch live as the mission begins. They reccomend showing up around 3:30 p.m. so you don't miss out. Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave.  

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Barbara Brandel: Paintings on Display

Barbara Brandel’s paintings will be on display September 1-30, 2016, during regular library hours.… More

@ Joel D. Valdez Main Library Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25 101 N. Stone Ave.

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