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CURBSIDE CRAFT: Soak up urban sophistication--and get your mitts on fine handiwork--when the Tucson Arts District hosts another Third Saturday Craft Market on August 19.

The gala will feature a variety of fine things ranging from folk art furniture to poetry, photography, sculpture, fabric and jewelry. There will also be plenty of live entertainment and grub.

The market happens from 7 to 10 p.m. in downtown's Ronstadt Transit Center. For details, call 624-9977.

CRITTER CRUSADE: Take note of homeless creatures when Clues Unlimited and Broadway Village host a benefit to honor National Homeless Animal Day, followed by a candlelight vigil at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's headquarters on Saturday, August 19.

The annual events commemorate millions of lost or abandoned animals killed at shelters each year. The carnage is staggering: Last year in Pima County alone, 20,910 animals were killed because they were unwanted. "This day is set aside to remember those whose only crime was to be born, and have paid for that crime with their lives," says Cathy Morrison, community relations director for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. "This day is also a reminder to our community that responsible pet ownership is the only solution--and we must spay and neuter our companion animals to end this tragedy."

This is the third year that Clues has hosted the event, but the first time that the party will be missing its former guest of honor, Emily the guinea pig. Sadly, Emily passed to the great rodent yonder earlier this year, but her ornery scampering is fondly remembered.

Today's gathering will include free pet care information from the Humane Society, live music, food, shopping and a silent auction to benefit the society's educational programs. And local mystery author Sinclair Browning has offered her talents as well: Whoever wins her book donation will have his or her pet featured as a character in Browning's next novel.

The National Homeless Animal Day benefit runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in Broadway Village, on the southwest corner of Broadway and Country Club Road. The candlelight vigil is 7 p.m. at the Humane Society Dog Park, 3465 E. Kleindale Road. For information, call 321-3704.

ARTS PARTY: Join the high-minded folks of the Tucson Arts Brigade for their Art, Music and Storytelling Party.

The excuse for this seasonal blast? It's simply a perfect chance for these creative brigands to present artwork they've created throughout the summer, along with a solid evening of fun, poetry, music and food.

And who, you ask, is the Tucson Arts Brigade? They describe themselves as "an inter-generational, experiential arts program focusing on Radical History." The group encourages the examination of specific moments and individuals in the rad past, while engaging in critical dialogue and art-making activities that reflect collective learning (and the Brigade reminds us that you don't have to be an "artiste" to create art).

The party begins at 6 p.m. at 901 N. 13th Ave. Admission is $2.

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