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LOVE ON FOURTH AVE. Latch on to some music and art today while you check out the shops on Fourth Avenue.

Entertainment includes Lisa Marmur, Stella Rampage, Roth-D'Lux and Christian bands.

Marmur, an Australian-born, Phoenix-based singer-songwriter, will be playing guitar on the Magpies Gourmet Pizza patio at 2 p.m.

Also at 2, rock sensation Stella Rampage and vocal duet Roth-D'Lux will perform original stuff at the Winsett Outdoor Performance Center, 316 N. Fourth Ave.

Christian bands will be performing in the Trinity Presbyterian Church courtyard.

C.U.R.B., or Creative Urban Rebel Breakthrough, and Campfire, based at the International Arts Center, will display recently painted canvases in the Dairy Queen parking lot.

For more information, call 624-5004.

YOU GOING TO KATMANDHU? Visit Nepal vicariously with the help of scholars. If you like it, sign up for the real deal.

A couple of PhD.s, Thomas Anderson and Tulsi Uprety, will offer a slide show and video presentation Friday based on a 1999 trip to the Himalayan region.

The program is designed as an informal introduction to Nepal's culture and people and the opportunity to go along and see the place in person in 2001.

Friday's program is free. The trip is $2,800, which includes air fare, hotels, most food, four days of trekking, jungle activities and local travel in and around Katmandhu to the temples, sights and wonders of Nepal.

The hour-long presentation is at Pima Community College's Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave., in Room A109. For more information, call Uprety at 743-4253 or Anderson at 206-6841.

WIN FABULOUS PRIZES: No kidding. It's easy. You can win stuff just by reading.

I'd Rather Be Reading, a reading club at the Tucson-Pima Public Library, is designed to fit into the lives of busy adults.

It works like this: You just register at your nearest library, and read the books of your choice, then fill out a brief review of the books you read. The reviews are placed in weekly drawings for fabulous prizes from a slew of sponsors, including Eegee's, Gadabout Salon and Day Spa and Trader Joe's.

Register at a library near you, or online at www.tppl.org. For more information, call Terry Rill at 4391.

RAPTORS THIS WAY, MY FRIEND! What do an American kestrel, Harris hawk and a Swainson's hawk have in common?

You can see all three up close during the Tucson Audubon Society's February meeting. Wendy Burroughs, president of the Tucson Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, will discuss its raptor program and bring along three beneficiaries of the program.

Many residents probably don't know it, but no fewer than 12 species of raptors nest in Tucson. The groves of large, non-native trees common in our parks, golf courses and neighborhoods are great spots for viewing Harris hawks, Cooper's hawks, red-tailed hawks and great-horned owls.

The Audubon program at 7 p.m. on Monday is free and takes place at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

CLASSIC CONCERT: OK, so it's not exactly free. But at $8 a head, the Tucson Boys Chorus Classic Concert is a bargain.

"This program will showcase the Tucson Boys Chorus at its highest artistic excellence through the performance of this passionate and expressive choral music," said director Julian Ackerley.

The Touring Chorus will perform traditional boychoir music representing a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as 20th century works.

"The boys chorus is based on a centuries-old tradition of unchanged male voices known as cambiata choir," Ackerley said.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at Catalina Foothills Church, 2150 E. Orange Grove Road. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 296-6277.


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