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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Best of Tucson Final Warning

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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It's time! Stop your Netflix binge, put down your watermelon eegee and put your thinkin' cap on because you need to fill out your Best of Tucson ballot by the end of the day Sunday—or what is even the point of being such a Tucson expert? 

If you're not familiar: Best of Tucson is our annual guide to the city. It helps new Tucson transplants navigate the Old Pueblo, it gives longtime residents some insight into what their fellow Tucsonans love about our city, it shows our local chefs/artists/business owners that we appreciate what they do for us culturally. We run the voting in two rounds: First, you can nominate anyone for any category. We look at the votes, pick the people/places that got the most votes in the first round, and open up a second round of voting with only the finalists. That's where we're at now.

Time is running out, and this is not a short survey—well, you don't have to fill out the whole thing, but it's still a lot to go through. So get going

Having trouble logging in? Email me: chelo@tucsonlocalmedia.com. 

The Weekly List: 44 Great Things To Do in Tucson in the Next Seven Days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to the first edition of The Weekly List, our brand-new curated guide to all the fun you should be having in Southern Arizona. Look for it every Thursday on The Range and then plan your week accordingly!

Food & Booze

Green Things Farmer's and Artisan Market. Stock up on homemade jams, fresh-baked bread, handcrafted jewelry and everything else you find at a Farmer's Market, along with all the cactus, trees and plants you'll find at Green Things. 8 a.m. to noon. Thursday, July 28 at Green Things Nursery Free Farmers Market, 3235 E. Allen Road.

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Baja Brews Tasting Event: Cactus Fruits. Edible Baja teams up with a dozen local breweries to host the first Baja Brews Tasting co-sponsored by Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and Visit Tucson. You'll be able to talk to the brewers, sample beers made just for the event and your admission goes right towards great local non-profits Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Trees for Tucson. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave. $15

Harvestfest Sonoita Vineyards Sonoran Tasting Tours. Want to explore Sonoita wine country without risking a DUI? Sonoran Tasting Tours is for you. Your ticket includes roundtrip transportation along with tastings, lunch, and a souvenir glass. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30. $89 all inclusive, with discounts for parties of four or more. 

Demonstration Class and Lunch with Chef Wendy Gauthier.
The Carriage House brings Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic to tell you all about enhancing your meals with oils and balsamic from local purveyor Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oils. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave. $60 per person.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Suppport Tucson Students' by Donating School Supplies

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Backpacks, markers, glue sticks, oh my! Help the kids of Tucson start the school year off right, prepared with supplies by donating school essentials to the La Escuelita South Tucson back to school supply drive.

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Bring school supplies to help students, donate anything from pencils to paper, you can even bring a backpack full of school supplies if you're feeling generous. 

The UA Museum of Art and the UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Science are supporting the drive by acting as drop off sites for the donations. 

You have until Tuesday, Aug. 2 to drop off donations at the UA Museum of Art (1031 N. Olive Rd) or the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences (650 N. Park Ave.)  

Have items that need to be picked up? Email meyer.kate88@gmail.com. 

Don't worry if you find more school supplies after that date: The Tucson Desert Art Museum's supply drive starts the next day and continues through Sept. 30. 

The Tucson Desert Art Museum is even offering a discounted admission to anyone who donates supplies.  

More information about the La Escuelita drive and the Tucson Desert Art Museum drive is available online.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Lowdown on Sonoran Brews

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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The giants of Arizona craft beer are coming together with Edible Baja Arizona to bring the good people of Tucson the mother of all tasting events: the Baja Brews Project.

Twelve local craft breweries are converging on Borderlands Brewing Co. (119 E. Toole Ave.) on Thursday, July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. to show off their latest creations created for the event using locally originating ingredients. For this first round, beers made with saguaro and prickly pear fruit will take center stage. Your $15 ticket also goes right to Tucson non-profits working to improve food security in the community including Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Trees for Tucson.

If you can't make it to this first event there's no need to fret, the Baja Brews Project is a yearlong collaboration between Edible Baja Arizona and everyone's favorite regional craft breweries. Count on many more tastings and beer exploration in the coming months, where you can sample, schmooze with the brewers and get educated on the ever-expanding local craft brewing scene.

For more information on the event and to check out the entire tasting list with notes, look for the Facebook event page. In the meantime, keep calm and drink local. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Best of Tucson® Voting Ends Next Week: 1,603 of You Haven't Finished Your Ballots

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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It always seems to happen so quickly: The final round of Best of Tucson® is about to come to a close. Have you voted? Are you sure?

Best of Tucson is a long survey, we know, so we try to help you out. You can save your ballot and come back to it, no problem. But what happens if you don't come back? We've got more than a thousand ballots sitting in Best Of limbo. 

Remember that however you typed your name the first time you filled our a survey on our website is your forever password into all surveys on our website. Remember that we're not going to count your ballot if you don't vote in at least 30 categories. Remember to hit the "submit" button at the end of the ballot so your votes don't get completely ignored when we're tallying everything up.

Best of Tucson voting ends next Sunday, July 31. Get yourself a watermelon eegee and fill out your ballot before the month comes to a close. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday Sun Link Shindig: Free Rides, Concert and Activities

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Celebrate Sun Link's second anniversary this Saturday. 

The streetcar is offering free rides all day this Saturday, July 23 sponsored by Tucson Electric Power, Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and Main Gate Square.

KXCI and Main Gate Square are also offering a free concert with Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments.

At 6 p.m. board the streetcar at the Avenida del Convento stop and enjoy live music all the way to Main Gate Square where there will be festivities and more music. 

Since July 2014, the streetcar has given rides to more than two million passengers. Whether it's your first on the link or your 100th enjoy your Saturday with live music and fun. 


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Win Tickets to 'In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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Come and Get It: Next Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. the Fox Theatre (17 W. Congress St.) is screening In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute and we're giving out tickets to the event.
In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is an award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles and is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades!

The music of the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—continues to stand the test of time. Offering a fresh perspective on the band's history, you'll see the Fab Four through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein, who serves as narrator to renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road as they perform 33 of the group's classic hits.

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Beat the Summer Heat and Swim for Free

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The heat may seem unbearable as Tucson experiences one of its hottest summers on record, but the City of Tucson has taken note and is offering kids a chance to swim for free the rest of the summer. 

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Tucson Parks and Recreations has granted youth 17 and under free admission at 17 city pools in Tucson. 

While most pools are participating, a fee will still be charged at the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation center, Catalina park splash pad and Balboa heights splash pad, $2 for adults and $1 for youth. 

We all know it's only going to get hotter before leaves start to fall and it gets cooler, but don't worry. Tucson Parks and Recreations will be offering this scorching deal until Aug. 3. 

Grab the kids, the floaties and some sunscreen and head over to your nearest city pool for a relaxing family swim. 

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