Events This Week

PET ADOPTATHON. Randolph Center. 200 S. Alvernon Way. Animals' Crusaders of Arizona and the Hermitage Cat Shelter join up for Pet Adoptathon '97 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4. On hand will be many cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies who need good homes and responsible owners. If you already have a pet of your own, you'll still want to stop by at noon Saturday for a free Animal Behaviorist demonstration, or from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday for dog training tips. There will also be demonstrations by Top Dogs and Handi Dogs on both days. Call Animals' Crusaders at 798-6451, or Hermitage Cat Shelter at 571-7839, for information.

AIDS MEMORIAL. The 14th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Armory Park, 12th Street and Sixth Avenue. Remember those who have died of AIDS and support those who are living with HIV and AIDS through stories, songs, performance, a candlelight procession and an interfaith service. Call 624-1779 for information.

BEER BENEFIT. Sun Sounds radio reading service presents its 10th annual Great Tucson Beer Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Plaza Palomino on the southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell roads. Sample beverages from international, national, and regional breweries--with plenty of non-alcoholic choices available. There will also be lots of delicious munchies and specialty foods available. Tickets are $25, available at Rumrunner Wine & Cheese, Plaza Liquors, Magee Road Liquors, Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, and the Frog 'n' Firkin. Call 296-2400 for information.

DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Once again, the downtown Arts District teems with activity all day and all night on Saturday, May 3. Start your Cinco de Mayo celebration early at El Centro Cultural De Las Americas, 40 W. Broadway, with children's arts and crafts, live entertainment, and platicas (conversations/lectures) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 629-9536 for information. The dynamic salsa band Aché Pa Ti will get you movin' from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ronstadt Transit Center. The talented Ballet Folklorico Infantíl, featuring students form Lyons, Lynn Urquidez, Nash, and Blenman Elementary schools, performs traditional Mexican dances from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Pennington Street, between Sixth and Scott avenues. Stop by the Main Library Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave., where mariachi groups, Mexican musical bands, folklorico dancers, food booths and more take center stage from 1 to 10:30 p.m. Call 628-1200 for information. For information on other events, stop by the booth on Sixth Avenue and Congress Street, or call the Arts District Partnership at 624-9977.

GREAT STRIDES. Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, and help support the Arizona Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona with the Great Strides fundraiser on Saturday, May 3. You can walk, rollerblade, push a stroller or be pulled by your pooch through the Sam Hughes neighborhood, along the UA Mall, on up to Fourth Avenue. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the kick-off at 8 a.m. Call the Arizona Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 1-602-224-0068 for information.

GREEK FEST. Hellenic Community Center. 1145 E. Ft. Lowell Road. 888-0505. Be Greek for a day and enjoy delicious authentic Greek food, wine, culture at the 13th annual Spring Greek Festival, featuring live music, Greek imports, a "Gyro" eating contest, activities for the kids, and more. Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 2 through 4. Admission is $2, children under 12 are free, and seniors admission is free all-day Sunday. Call 888-0505 for information.

PERFORMANCE ART. Tucson Center for the Performing Arts. 408 S. Sixth Ave. 792-8480. The UA Art department presents An Evening of Performance Art, the sixth annual New Genre Performance Event, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. The performance addresses sexual identity, gender constructs, and family dynamics. Suggested donation is $5 at the door. Call 792-8480 for information.

PHARIE TALES. The George Phar Legler Society presents favorite fairy-tale characters, as only the Valley of the Moon players can portray them, in Phractured Pharie Tales, running Thursday through Sunday from May 1 through 11. This special fundraising show leaves the gate every 30 minutes from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for kids, and moon walkers under 7 are free. The Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E. Allen Road, just north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Call 323-1331 for information.

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