Opening This Week
BIANCO THEATRE. Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Opening July 10 and continuing July 15, 17 and 18: Robin Hood, a musical adaptation of the traditional favorite as performed by children ages 4 through 16. Performaces begin at 7:30 p.m., with an 11 a.m. matinee on Saturday, July 15. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors and children. Call 290-9108 for information and tickets.
STRAY THEATRE. Tucson Center for Performing Arts. 408 S. Sixth Ave. Opening July 7 and continuing through July 30: Wigged Out, a country and western musical about a beautician who seeks the endorsement of a country western star to save her salon. Tickets are $14 with discounts for seniors, students and children under 12, available at the ATC box office, 330 S. Scott Ave., or by calling 622-2823.
SU TEATRO. Historic Y Theatre. 738 N. Fifth Ave. Opening July 12 and continuing through July 23: Burn This, a tale of murder, passion and indecision written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. Sundays. Tickets are $9, $8 for seniors, and are available at Antigone Books, 600 N. Fourth Ave., and The Book Stop, 2504 N. Campbell Ave. Call Su Teatro at 740-1402 for reservations and information.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing through July 22: I'm Like Me, based on the self-empowering poetry of Sweden's renowned author, Siv Widerberg, as performed by children ages 6 to 15 years. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $4, $2 for children. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
BORDERLANDS THEATRE. PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. Continuing through July 16 in the Black Box Theater: The True History of Coca-Cola In Mexico, a spirited satirical comedy. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $10 and are available at the PCC West cashier's office, Antigone Books and Jeff's Classical Records. Call Borderlands' ticket line at 882-7406 for reservations and information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through August 19: Space Trek: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone! Hurtle through the galaxy with Capt. James P. Trek and the crew of the Starship Entrepreneur as they battle evil. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students/ active military, $6 children under 12. Call 886-9428 for reservations and information.
a.k.a. THEATRE. 125 E. Congress St. 623-7852. Continuing through July 9: Down The Road, the chilling, vivid portrayal of a husband and wife journalist team who take an assignment to write the biography of a serial killer, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lee Blessing. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $9, $7 for seniors, students with ID and artists. Call 623-7852 for reservations.
AUDITION NOTICE. The Catalina Players announce individual auditions for the lead character of Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner. Auditions are by appointment only on Thursday, July 6, and Friday, July 7. Production dates are October 15 through 28. Call Emil at 886-7542 or Priscilla at 299-9452 for an appointment and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Theatre Company announces general season auditions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, and 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Actors should bring a recent headshot and a resume. Each actor must prepare two contrasting monologues totaling no more than four minutes. Actors may substitute a song for one of the two pieces, but no musical accompaniment will be provided and no piano will be available. ATC requests that local actors who are unable to attend the auditions send a headshot and resume to: Casting, ATC, P.O. Box 1631, Tucson, AZ 85702. Audition appointments are required. Call 884-8210.
PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP. Desert Players Community Theatre sponsors Play Creation/Writing, an eight week course focusing on creating an original one act play to be presented as a readers theatre performance. Class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, July 10 through August 28. Cost is $48 for non-members, $32 for Desert Players members. Call Barbara Zimmerman at 744-2944 for registration and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway, announces auditions for its fall production of Phantom of the Opera at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. Roles are available for 5 men and 3 women. Please bring 16 bars of prepared music; an accompanist will be provided. No personal accompanists, pre-recorded tapes, or self-accompanied songs. Scripts will be on hand and readings will be expected. Call 886-9428 for information.
ACTING WORKSHOP. Kathryn Kellner will conduct an acting workshop for the working actor from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 14, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at 1010 N. Seventh Ave. The workshop will focus on breath work, physical and vocal work and various types of texts and performance. Confirmation is required by July 10, with a $20 non-refundable deposit. Total cost is $55 with space limited to ten participants. Send confirmation and deposit to: Kathryn Kellner, Kellner Studio, 3736 N. Jackson, Tucson, AZ 85719. Call 881-4734 for information.
Opening This Week
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY. 6536A E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Opening July 6 and continuing through September 3: Creature Comforts. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 722-4412 for more information.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Opening July 7, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and continuing through August 21: collagraphs, lithographs and monotypes by Deborah Hodder; prints and bronzes by Lynn Rae Lowe; and prints and charcoal on paper by Gary Brent Washmon. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
SCREENING ROOM GALLERY. 127 E. Congress. 622-2262. Opening July 7 and continuing through September 3: monotypes by Nancy Chilton. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Call for gallery hours.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through July 27: The Poetry Gallery at Bero. Bero takes a break from photography to present visual poetry. Summer gallery hours are by appointment, Thursday night Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Nights.
BERTA WRIGHT GALLERY. 260 E. Congress St., and Foothills Mall at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard. 882-7043. Continuing through July 27: Celebrating 45 Years of Excellence continues with works by Arizona ceramic artists including Al Potter, Marcy Wrenn and George Tamkins. The Foothills Mall location is open Monday through Sunday; and the Congress Street gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Call 882-7043 for regular gallery hours.
Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through September 10: Arthur Tress: The Wurlitzer Trilogy. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LAS AMERICAS. Holiday Inn City Center, Main Lobby. 181 W. Broadway. Continuing through September 30: paintings and sculptures featuring the work of 50 Tucson Hispanic artists. Pieces will be rotated every two weeks. Call 624-8995 for information.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through July 22: Tucson Collection '95--Part I, the third annual small works invitational. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
ECLECTIC GALLERY. 69 E. Pennington St. 620-1668. Continuing through July 31: photography by Amey Broeker, Fred Bustamante, John Christainsen, Brad Eastburn, Amanda Hunter, Greg Houston, Alan Maertz, Joseph A. Rheaume, John Wellbeloved and William A. Wiggins III.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through July 29: La Vida y Muerte, a one-man exhibition by Tucson muralist David Tineo, featuring recent paintings and mural installations. Also showing are works by Yolanda Gonzalez, Anita Miranda Holguin, Artemio Rodriguez, Israel Rodriguez and Tony de Carlo. Join the artists for a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights or by appointment.
LA MARIPOSA GALLERY. 1501 N. Houghton Road. 886-2860. Continuing through July 13: Eye Aerobics, a mixed media show featuring works by Vicki Schwaninger, Maxine Hale, Deanna Thibault, Pat Harris-Murray, Grace Calderon, Molly Romo, Carmen Williams, Connie Dragoo, Lea Teague, Terry Leach, James Palka, Marcella Rung, Pat Hanzel, Hazel Dixon, Syd Clayton-Seeber and Margueritte. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through August 26: altered monoprints by Marc Moss depicting life in the Tucson barrios; ceramics by Doug Schuneman; mixed media works by Elizabeth Frank; and clay creations by Michael Corney and Juilianne Harvey. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PINK ADOBE GALLERY. 222 E. Congress St. 623-2828. Continuing through July 31: colored pencil drawings by Sandi Pageau, treenware by Garry Loucks and Janice Fischer and decorative glassware by Phil Kindler.
PINK ADOBE GALLERY EAST. 6538 E. Tanque Verde Road, No. 160. 298-5995. Continuing through July 31: colorful, whimsical indoor and outdoor sculptures by Who's On First Creations. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
REVERSE GLASS PAINTING EXHIBIT. Main Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 791-4393. Continuing through July 15: reverse glass paintings by Tucson artist Janet K. Miller, drawn from visions inspired from living in West Africa and the lives of Saints.
SHIRLEE SIEVEKE STUDIO-GALLERY. 44 W. Sixth St. 882-5960. Continuing: Southwest landscapes by Shirlee Sieveke. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Walk, and by appointment.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through July 17: the works of papermaking artist Barbara Kennedy. Continuing through July 16: Tucson A-to-Z, an exhibit exploring what makes Tucson unique. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Continuing through August 20: 1995 Arizona Biennial, a mixed-media show featuring 64 Arizona artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, $1 for seniors and students.
UA MUSEUM OF ART. UA campus, southeast of Speedway and Park Avenue. Continuing through July 12: Vytas Sakalas: Tranceformations, a survey of 25 years of the local artists' paintings. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free. Check out the UAMA's online exhibit on the World Wide Web: http://www.arizona.edu/services/museums/museums.html.
Out Of Town
JANE HAMILTON FINE ART. 31 Subway St., Bisbee. (502) 432-3660. Opening at 6 p.m., July 8, as a part of the Subway Street Summer Party, and continuing through July 31: Summer Screens, focusing on the folding screen, its historical, nostalgic and romantic themes, both ancient and contemporary. Call for gallery hours.
SUBWAY GALLERY. 43 Brewery Gulch, Bisbee. (502) 432-3813. Opening July 8 and continuing through July 30: "totem" dolls by Philip Estrada, charcoal on paper by Jim Reed, and mixed media by Manny Bracamonte. Opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 10. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 792-4503. Continuing through July 8: Sixth Biennial Seven-State Juried Exhibition, an exhibit of 42 artists from western states with submissions ranging from sculpture and photography to video. Also featured will be the work of local photographer Christine Crescenzi. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP ON MT. LEMMON. The UA Extended University is offering an intensive one-day watercolor workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8, on Mt. Lemmon. Well-known artist and UA art professor Bruce McGrew, M.F.A., will be conducting the course. Individual exploration and personal vision will be stressed. Participants will receive a map and rendezvous at a central point on Mt. Lemmon. Cost is $59. Call 621-8632 for registration and information.
INDIA ART. The UA Extended University is offering On The Road To India, an overview of Indian culture with an emphasis on art and design from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, July 6 through July 27, at the UA Anthropology Building, room 215, located on Campus Drive just east of Park Avenue. Diane Galloway, M.Ed., will instruct the class. Cost is $49. Call 621-8632 to register and for information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. VideoTENSIONS' VideoLOCAL showcase seeks local videomakers, especially those who focus on social and/or political issues, to submit originally produced video. All entries must be submitted in VHS format only, 25 minutes or less in length of any genre, including narrative, documentary, animation or experimental work. Include name, address, telephone number, tape synopsis with length and year completed and an artist's bio as well as the artist's name and title on the cassette. Mail submissions to: VideoTENSIONS, c/o Vikki Dempsey, P.O. Box 454, Tucson, AZ 85702. Deadline is July 21. Call 621-7352 for information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway, seeks entries for its juried exhibition titled Radical Belief: Art as Enlightenment? Art as Propaganda?, scheduled for the month of September. Open to artists of all media in AZ, CA, CO, NM and UT. Entries must be postmarked by July 28. For prospectus, send SASE to: Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85701. Call 623-5883 for information.
PEACE CRANE. Bring your junk mail to recycle into a thousand origami paper cranes for a Peace Project to commemorate victims of the 50th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Join the fold from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday nights through July 13, at the Open House Gallery, 3558 E. Pima St. This project is free and open to the public, beginners welcome. Call 318-3775 for information.
DEMONSTRATION. See glass art in the making at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Watch glassblowers practice their craft at this downtown studio. Call 884-7404 to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
SIZZLING SUMMER SOUNDS. Invisible Theatre presents an evening of musical magic featuring pop, jazz and Broadway show tunes at 8 p.m. July 6 and 7, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Doubletree Inn, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Sizzling Summer Sounds, directed by Susan Claassen, showcases the talents of Jeffrey Haskell and Jack Neubeck with special guest appearances by Tucson singer Betty Craig, world-class trombonist Tom Ervin, singer Jean Oliver and Tucson's up-and-coming vocalist Dawn Veree. Seating is limited. Celebrate IT's 25th anniversary with a 25 percent dinner discount at Javelina Cantina or the Cactus Rose for those attending the show (reservations required). Tickets are $15 and are available at the IT box office or by calling 882-9721.
STEFAN GEORGE AND SONGTOWER. Join Stefan George and Songtower for a party celebrating the release of their new CD, Cactus & Concrete, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the Southwest Center For Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Prize give-aways and cassette and CD sales will accompany the performance. Admission is $5 at the door. Call 884-1220 for information.
LA PLACITA CONCERTS. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, free concerts are held at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Call 623-2748 if you would like to participate in the program.
SUMMER BAND. Beginning and intermediate band classes are currently being offered on Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout July at the Desert Dove Christian Church, 6163 S. Midvale Park Road. Students may enter the classes at any time. Call Judith Richardson at 888-3352 for class fees and enrollment.
DRUM/SHEKERE CLASS. Learn the rhythms of Guinea, Senegal and Nigeria along with some history, ethics and folklore of West Africa from noon to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Fee is $5, $3 for youths/students. Call 291-7368 for information.
BLUEGRASS JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell. 881-7147. Join in from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, for a bluegrass jam. Everyone is welcome.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Ongoing classes and individual sessions help you discover your authentic creativity through experiments with voice, sound, movement and play. Call 544-8683 for information.
AFRO-DANCE CLASS. Get an excellent workout and learn the traditional steps of West African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance as taught by world class dancer, Denise Hawthorn Bey. Classes meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Fee is $7, $5 for students. Sunday dance performance workshop at 1 p.m. A $1 donation is requested. Call 291-7368 for information.
NAMASTÉ DANCE. Gain inner fitness through energy movement with instruction by Anne Maddente, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. $8 per class. Call 884-0811 to register. Call 398-9687 for information.
LATIN DANCE. Dance the night away to the Latin sounds of Rafael Moreno and Descarga every Thursday at the Santa Rita Ballroom, 106 S. Sixth Ave. The band plays from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., for a $3 cover at the door. Salsa lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. for only $1 extra. Enjoy the uncrowded, open environment of the Santa Rita. Call 882-2622 for information.
LINE DANCE. Old Pueblo Square Dance Center. 613 E. Delano St., at First Avenue and Fort Lowell Road. OPSDA instructor Janalea will get the lead out of your feet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in this alcohol-free, non-smoking environment. Classes are $3. All welcome. Call Bernice at 795-8288 for information.
COMETS IN THE SKY. Comet hunter, David Levy, co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, will present a non-technical presentation about Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's collision with Jupiter and what scientists have learned from it, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, in the Flandrau Science Center Planetarium Theater on the UA campus. Meet Mr. Levy at an informal gathering in the Galaxy Room following the lecture. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting Flandrau and Project Artist youth programs. Reservations are recommended. Call 621-4515, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children, Arizona's largest shelter service for women and children who are victims of family violence, need volunteers for their gigantic auction, "Monsoon Madness." The auction is in August. If you can help, please call 795-8001 for more details.
CLASS REUNIONS. The following class reunions are in the making: Cholla High Class of 1975 (call 617-7700); Amphi High School class of 1985, for a 10 year reunion to be held August 5; Flowing Wells High School class of 1975, for a 20 year reunion September 2 at Hotel Park Tucson; and Palo Verde High School class of 1975. Call Taylor Reunion Services as (800) 677-7800 to update addresses and phone numbers.
FARMERS MARKET. A summer evening farmers market gathers from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through July in the courtyard of Plaza Palomino, corner of Swan and Fort Lowell roads. The market features Tucson-area produce, products and art from local vendors. Call 795-1177 for more information.
TUCSON PUBLIC MARKET. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this vendor-run market meets at 135 S. Sixth Ave. This is a real farmer's market, with all vendors growing and producing their products. New vendors are welcome. Call 792-2623 for information.
BOOKSIGNING. The Haunted Bookshop. 7211 N. Northern Ave. Rita Rosenberg, author of Mushrooms--Over 100 Tantalizing International Recipes, will sign copies of her book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Rosenberg will also bring samples of her Mushroom Caviar, a recipe found in the book. Call 297-4843 for information.
LAMPLIGHT READING. The Lamplight Reading Series continues at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at The Grill, 100 E. Congress St., featuring Tucson poets and writers Andi Blaustein, Ann Dernier and Carla Eardley. New poets and writers are always welcome to sign up. Call 743-0940 for information.
UA VISITING WRITERS. The visiting writers' series Arts of the Contact Zone continues with a presentation and reading by author Parker Rhodes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. Rhodes is a professor of American literature at ASU and author of Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau. Call 621-3093 for information and upcoming guests.
LITERACY GRANTS. Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association is offering grants up to $1000 for non-profit literacy programs in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona and Utah. Deadline for applications is August 15. Call Lisa Knudsen at (800) 752-0249 for an application and information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Messages From The Heart, a quarterly journal dedicated to the art of letter writing, is accepting submissions. Send passionate letters (historical or contemporary), journal entries, poems, comments or drawings that deal with letter writing to: P.O. Box 64840, Tucson, AZ 85728. Include $.55 postage and a copy of the journal will be sent you. Call 577-0588 for information.
DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. Exhume yourself! The Dead Poet's Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 327-3775.
FICTION CONTEST. The Western Fiction Contest is accepting previously unpublished contemporary short stories by new writers who challenge Western American mythology. 5000 word maximum. Prizes and publications will be awarded. Submissions must be postmarked by July 15. Send a SASE and reading fee of $10 per story to: The Redneck Review of Literature, Fiction Contest, 1556 S. Second Ave., Pocatello, ID 83204.
POETRY CONTEST. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum is offering a grand prize of $500 in its "Awards of Poetic Excellence" contest. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject, in any style. There is no entry fee. Deadline is July 31. Send entries to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc., Dept. G, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Literacy Volunteers of Pima County is looking for presenters for the Tutoring Young Readers Workshop. Call 797-7530 for information.
YAQUI ETHNOBOTANY WEEK. Tucson Botanical Gardens announces the first of two sessions for children entering grades 4 to 6, focusing on fascinating traditional uses of Sonoran desert plants with Yaqui educator Felipe Molina. Session Two meets from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 through 14 . Cost is $57 for non-members. Call the TBG education department at 326-9686 for registration and information on this and other summer programs.
KIDS 'N' PLANTS. The Master Gardeners of Tucson are offering a summer gardening school for children entering grades 4 through 8, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. July 17 through 21, and July 24 through 28, at the UA Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Children will learn about soils, watering, seeds, propagation, plant functions and hydroponics as well as working with others in a team atmosphere. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Cost is $25 for each one-week session. Pre-registration is required. Call 628-5628 for registration and information.
DESERT MUSEUM FUN. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers a variety of fun-filled programs for children this summer. Upcoming programs include: 8 a.m. to noon July 11 and 12, Mammoths and Mammoth Hunters. Children ages 7 to 9 years will learn how early people made tools, hunted and survived 10,000 years ago. Children ages 5 to 6 years will enjoy Those Low Down Critters, hands-on fun with the harmless creepy-crawlies who share our desert. Class meets from 8 a.m. to noon July 13 and 14. Cost of both programs is $25, $20 for members. Pre-registration is required. Call 883-3022 for registration and information.
PRESCHOOL MUSIC. Music classes for newborns through children age 5 are offered at 3 p.m. Wednesdays, at Desert Dove Christian Church, 6163 Midvale Park Road. Classes feature music, rhythm and movement as well as interactive musical experiences between children and their parents. Call 888-3352 for information and enrollment.
EARTH SERVICE CORPS. The Lohse Family YMCA offers this environmental education program for young adults grades 6 through 10. Emphasis is on hands-on projects and community service networks, with morning field trips and outside work all summer. Cost is $50 for two weeks. Call 623-5200, ext. 223, for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children (TCWC) seeks volunteers for multiple services for survivors of domestic violence. As people leave Tucson for the summer months, new volunteers are desperately needed. Call 795-8001 for information. Your involvement makes a difference.
VOLUNTEERS FOR FIRST STEPS. The Parent Connection seeks volunteers to help families with newborns get off to a good start by helping with the First Steps Program. A training class will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, at The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima St. Call 321-1500 to sign up and for information.
OUR TOWN CENTER. Our Town Family Center, 3833 E. Second St., offers the following self-help class for parents: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 and 26, S.T.E.P. Refresher. Cost is $10 per person. Registration is required. Call 881-0935 for registration and information.
F.E.M.A.L.E. Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge is a network of moms who have taken a break from their careers to be at home. Tucson has two chapters, northwest (825-2047) and central (325-6617). Chapters offer regular meetings, playgroups, Mom's Night Out activities, and meals for new mothers. The central chapter will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, in the Rincon Room of the TMC Alamo Building, 5301 E. Grant Road. This meeting's focus is Perceptions of the At-Home Mother: Our Own and Society's. Free and open to the public.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Seven monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for more information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, No. 45. Call 622-8120 for information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima St., offers Open Playtime, a drop-in opportunity for children to enjoy a playroom with slides, ladders, balance beams and more. An all-parents meeting and bagel bash will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 14. Open Playtime is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for children 2-5 years old, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday for children age birth through 2 years, and noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays for children birth through 5 years old. A donation of $3 is requested per family. "Dad 'n' Me" play group, for ages through five years, meets Saturday, to 11 a.m. "Awareness In Parenting" group shares how children think and feel, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for parents of up to 5-month-old babies, and at 11 a.m. for parents of children 6 to 15 months old. Programs are $20 for four weeks. Single Parent Support Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Parent Connection. Meet and exchange ideas with other single parents. The "High Noon" brown bag drop-in support group, for working parents or those on tight schedules, meets every Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Limited childcare by reservation is available at $2 per child. Call 321-1500 for information.
VALLEY OF THE MOON. Take a break during the hot summer for a cool evening "Moon Stroll" from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 12 and 26, at the Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road. Wander at your leisure through the pathways, caves, pools and gardens of the magical land built of rock and imagination. Admission is free, though donations are gladly accepted. Call 323-1331 for information.
NATURAL HISTORY WORKSHOPS. The Nature Conservancy's Hart Prairie Preserve, located outside of Flagstaff in the cool aspen and conifer forests of the San Francisco Peaks, offers a series of environmental education workshops incorporating outdoor hikes, written materials and audio/visual presentations, on the following dates: August 9 through 11, A Living Tapestry: Plant Interactions with Birds, Mammals and Insects (RSVP by July 10); August 16 through 18, The Unraveling Web of Life: Habitat Change and Extinction (RSVP by July 15). Cost of each workshop is $175, which includes lodging and meals. Call The Nature Conservancy at (520) 774-8892; or write The Nature Conservancy, Northern Arizona Office, 114 N. San Francisco St., No. 100, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
APACHE COUNTRY TOURS. Explore the history and mystique of the Land of the Apache with Moccasin Tracks Tours, conducted by Irma Bell Kitcheyan. Personal, small group and large group tours available for one to three day excursions. Prices include meals, motel and the tour itself. Call (620) 254-6978 for information.
RAVEN SITE RUIN. The White Mountain Archaeological Center invites the public to visit Raven Site Ruin, an 800 room prehistoric Mogollon pueblo. The center offers hands-on excavation programs allowing anyone age 9 and over to experience the thrill of archaeology. Guided tours, petroglyph hikes and the Sherwood Visitor Center are all part of the attraction. The center is located off Highway 180, 12 miles north of Springerville and 16 miles south of St. John's. Call (520) 333-5857 for information.
MT. LEMMON SHUTTLE. Escape the summer heat with a shuttle tour service leaving from the south parking lot of McDonald's at Bear Canyon Shopping Center (Tanque Verde Road at Catalina Highway) at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Return trips leave the Mt. Lemmon Café at 8:30 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $21 round trip, $13 one way. Call 293-2233 for reservations.
BUILD A TRAIL. Join Bob's Bargain Barn in improving our mountain parks and monuments by volunteering some Saturday hours for the "Build a Trail" program. Bob's and Pima Trails Association are aiming at work every Saturday throughout 1995. Call 325-3409 for registration and information.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology now offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.
DEQ HOTLINES. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality wants you to call 622-5700 to report cars or buses spewing disgusting, health-destroying smoke. If you spot any of those wildcat dump hogs call 622-5800 with the location, license plate number and type of trash being dumped. Businesses needing hazardous waste assistance can call the Hazmat Education Helpline at 740-3346.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.
RECYCLING. 24-hour neighborhood drop-off centers include: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
IRRIGATION WORKSHOP. Tucson Water is sponsoring two free irrigation workshops as part of their Water Smart program, on Saturday, July 8, at the Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.: 9 to 11 a.m. Irrigation System Design and Installation; 1 to 3 p.m., Irrigation Timer Use. J.D. DiMeglio, from Horizons West will present the workshops. Reservations are required. Call Imelda Angelo, Tucson Water at 791-4331 for reservations and information.
GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS. The following free demonstrations will be given at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.: July 12, How To Save Water In Your Garden; July 19, Summer Tree Pruning and Management. Classes are held outdoors and last about an hour. The last part of the meeting uses samples of plants brought in for identification, diagnosis and treatment. Free and open to the public. Call 628-5628 for information.
TBG. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Guided tours are by appointment only for the summer. TBG's new outdoor Prima Donna Café serves from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
TOHONO CHUL. 7366 N. Paseo de Norte. 742-6455. Master Composter Mike "Merk" Merkwan of the Tucson Organic Gardeners shares the secrets of creating compost--the best fertilizer for your garden and an easy way to recycle, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday July 13, in the Wilson Room. Cost is $8, $6 for members. RSVP to 742-6455.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff the Compost Demonstration Site at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, excluding holidays, and have experts on hand to answer all your composting questions. Call the Composting Assistance Line at 798-6215 for help or further information on how you can compost at home.
BOOKS: Lost Moon by Jim Lovell. This is the book on which the hit movie Apollo 13 is based. Written by one of the participants in the space drama, the book's terse, straightforward manner neither downplays the danger they faced nor embellishes the heroic efforts of those on board the spacecraft as well as those on earth. For those of us old enough to remember it, this book takes us back to a time when Americans were a can-do lot; when science was a frontier, not some class to be avoided so you could get into law school; and when an entire nation could sit in front of a TV set, focusing its collective will on a crippled spacecraft a quarter-million miles out in space.
VIDEOS: The Last Seduction, starring Linda Fiorentino. I see now why they were trying so hard to get Fiorentino's name on the Oscar list as Best Actress. (Since the film was made for, and first appeared on, HBO, the Academy ruled her ineligible. I think she would have won easily.) Her performance as a colder-than-ice woman on the run from her husband, whom she double-crossed in a drug deal, is brilliant. The plot is classic film noir. Hubby makes big score in drug deal, wife takes off with the cash, hubby tries frantically to track her down, dodging angry loan sharks along the way. Wife settles in small town, seduces young stud and sets out to get stud to murder hubby. All along the way, Fiorentino's character is three steps ahead of everybody and loving every minute of it. Super movie.
MOVIES: Apollo 13. This is the movie based on the book. This and Braveheart are clearly the two best movies of the summer. Batman underwhelms, Pocahontas pales in comparison to its predecessors, and Congo and Casper can't possibly live up to their hype. Apollo 13 delivers thrills, chills and heart-stopping suspense, even though we know they all made it back safely. Tom Hanks won't win his third straight Best Actor Oscar for this, but he's solid, as is the entire cast. A well-made film.
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