SPECIAL EVENTSEvents This Week
WALK FOR DIABETES. The local chapter of the American Diabetes
Association has dedicated America's Walk for Diabetes in Tucson
to the memory of Julie Reitan, a star UA softball player who died
June 27, 1997, of complications related to diabetes. Coach Mike
Candrea members of the UA Women's Softball team join the Walk,
starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 4, at the Reid Park Soccer
Field. Route is
ANTIQUE FAIR. Pima County Parks and Recreation holds an indoor antique fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, at the Tanque Verde Center, 2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Road. A variety of antiques are offered for sale, and admission is free. Call 740-2680 for information.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR. More than 200 artisans sell unique, handcrafted goods at the Reid Park Arts and Crafts Fair, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, at 22nd Street and Country Club Road. Admission is free. Call 791-4063 for information.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. St. Francis in the Foothills. 4625 E. River Road. Following the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis in the Foothills celebrates their mutual birthdays with a procession and Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pets or a picture to the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, October 4, only. The center is open to the north for the event; and outdoor seating is available for people with larger animals.
BURRITO EATING CONTEST. New York Burrito. 2968 N. Campbell Ave. The second annual burrito eating contest gets underway at noon Saturday, October 3. Event features prizes and free soda. New York Burrito will donate $1 from each burrito sold throughout the day to the Arizona Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance. Call 795-7859 for information.
CINE LATINO. The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. The
Cine Latino Festival continues through Sunday, October 4. The
Power of the People screens at 8 p.m. October 1 and 2, and
5 p.m. Saturday, October 3. Chile: Obstinate Memory screens
at 9 p.m. Saturday, October 3, and at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
October 4. The Unholy Tarahumara screens at
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT. Gather downtown from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 3, for another Downtown Saturday Night celebration of Tucson's cultural heritage. Ballet Folklorico/Leticia's Dancers perform at 7 p.m. at the Ronstadt Transit Center, with dances from Mexico, Central and South America. Co-hosts Old Pueblo Playwrights and KXCI present Radio Ronstadt, taking you back to the golden age of old-time radio with an evening of short, original radio plays performed live at 8 and 9 p.m. The ATM band performs Latin jazz, rock, and salsa on Arizona Avenue, south of Congress Street. The Nite Flys on the Fifth Street Stage in front of Magpies. The Mardi Gras Trio performs original acoustic folk and rock at Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave. Tucson artist Patrick Dunne creates new works in his storefront studio on the southwest corner of Pennington Street and Scott Avenue. There's also an Arts for Me: Painting on Sheets workshop in conjunction with a free concert by Thrust, which will perform old-time rock and roll classics, also on Pennington and Sixth Avenue.
DRAMA AFTER DARK. Old Pueblo Playwrights presents a late-night showcase of new, short plays at Delectables Restaurant, 533 N. Fourth Ave, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3. Performance includes a series of works written by OPP members. There's no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Food and beverages may be purchased throughout the evening.
FALL HORSE SHOW. Tucson Dressage Club holds its annual fall horse show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, at the Pima County Fair Grounds. The show features local and out-of-town riders in dressage, the classical art of horse riding, competing in United States Dressage Federation classes Intro through Grand Prix. Call Charles Sabghir at 822-1117 for information.
FARMERS' MARKET. Find vine-ripened tomatoes, Israeli/Moroccan food, organic and exotic vegetables, local growers' apples and peaches, chiles, watermelons, emu meat, flowers, bread, pastries, and gourmet food baskets at the St. Phillip's Plaza Farmers' Market, Campbell Avenue and River Road, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Sunday, October 4.
HARAMBEE FESTIVAL. Harambee is Swahili for "coming together." Tucson Parks and Recreation Department's newly remodeled Northwest Neighborhood Center sponsors this family celebration of community unity from noon to 6 p.m. at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave. Event features food, local talent and live entertainment, and information on local programs and services. Call 791-3248 or 791-3249 for information.
MODEL AIRPLANE SHOW. Helping Hands Committee, together with the Tucson Radio Control Club, hosts a Model Airplane show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at the airfield one-half mile east of Houghten on Valencia Road. Event includes a demonstration from the Barnstormers, a display of air maneuvers, and the "Buddy Box" system, wherein individuals from the crowd may fly a model plane with assistance from a member of the Tucson Radio Control Club. There's also food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Tucson Center for Women and Children.
MUSICAL COMEDY. The University Activities Board's Rising Star Entertainment presents Rock Comic Mark Eddie at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, in the Senior Ballroom of the Memorial Student Union. Tickets are $4, and are on sale at the venue the day of the performance. Call Rising Star Entertainment at 621-5779 for information.
NIGHTFALL VII. Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. Beginning October 7 and continuing through October 31, this annual Halloween celebration transforms Old Tucson Studios into the nightmarish town of Nightfall, Arizona. Sinister Dr. Hyde faces off against war-seasoned U.S. Cavalry troupes in a showdown. Nightfall VII combines professional actors, Hollywood special effects, and fiery pyrotechnics into a tale of terror. This year's Nightfall also features activities for children. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; and 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $10.95. Discount coupons benefiting charities are available throughout Southern Arizona. Call 883-0100 for information.
PADDLE BOAT RIDES. "Dusk-to-Moonlight Romantic Paddle Boat Rides" are available until 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, at Reid Park lake. Rides are a half hour long. Cost is $4.50 for a four-seat paddle boat, $3.75 for a two-seater. Call 791-5251 for reservations or information.
PUPPET THEATER. Two internationally acclaimed puppetry
companies visit Tucson October 2 through 4 as part of the Jim
Henson Festival of Puppet Theater. Programs are performed at UA
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., with seating limited
to 250 people per performance. Peru's Teatro Hugo & Ines presents
Short Stories, a show for the whole family combining mime,
movement and puppetry into a parade of characters composed of
knees, feet, hands, elbows, and props. Peruvian puppeteer Hugo
Suarez and Bosnian-born Ines Pasic transform the ordinary into
the extraordinary for children and adults. Performances are
REGDAY '98. Borders Books and Music. 4235 N. Oracle Road. The fourth-annual international registration day, or "RegDay '98," takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 3. RegDay publicizes the International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR), a non-profit mutual consent reunion registry for adults (18 and over) separated from their next of kin by adoption, divorce, etc. ISSR is the oldest and largest free reunion registry in the world. Call Cheryl Richmond at 626-6379 for information or visit the following web sites: Official RegDay '98 website: http://www.RegDay.org; ISRR website: http://www.plumsite.com.isrr/; Arizona information: http://www.geocities.com/~scbyrd/regday98/az.html
UNDER THE BIG TOP. A circus-themed afternoon of fun activities and entertainment for people with disabilities and their families gathers from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at McCormick Park, 2950 N. Columbus Road. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free. Call 791-4504 for information and registration.
Out of Town
REX ALLEN DAYS. Willcox, Arizona. Join the Willcox-style western fun Friday through Sunday, October 2 through 4, during the 47th-annual Rex Allen Days honoring hometown boy Rex Allen--famed singer, cowboy movie star, and narrator for Walt Disney Productions. Activities include a Southeast Shrine Club golf tournament, parade, country fair, P.R.C.A. rodeo, international turtle race, softball tournaments, cowboy dances at local clubs, and a concert featuring fiddler Jana Jae and her band. Call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 1-520-384-2272, or 1-800-200-2272, for information or to order rodeo and concert tickets.
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