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ON THE MARCH: Downtown streets roll wide-open for a holiday parade on Friday, November 29, beginning in front of the Tucson Children's Museum, ending in front of the Main Library, and featuring more than 30 entries.

From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., kids can make parade hats at the museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., and reduced general admission fees will be offered. Call 792-9985 for information.

The parade begins at 4 p.m. and travels north on Sixth Avenue, west on Congress Street, north on Stone Avenue, west on Council Street, and south on Church Avenue to wind up at the library, where Mayor George Miller will proclaim official Peace Day.

"We're also going to have the first downtown tree-lighting ceremony," says organizer Sheila King. For details, call 791-9572.

MINI-MUSE: A sizable horde of paintings hit the big floor in Marathon Art Gallery's Holiday Miniature Exhibition.

More than 50 tiny renderings will be on display, says gallery director Tim Geary. "We'll have works by Michael Atkinson, Susan Imwalle, Diana Madaras and even myself," he says. "It will be a very eclectic show, with a lot of regional artists, but miniature is the key."

The exhibit runs through the holidays, with an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 30. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Marathon Gallery is at 2920 N. Swan Road, in Plaza Palomino. For details, call 323-1138.

ROOTS WALK: Join an African American Kwanzaa celebration, featuring local dancer/instructor Barbea Williams, along with Tariq Razool, leader of the Songhai Drummers.

"Kwanzaa is a 30-year-old African American harvest celebration," Williams says. "It's meant to reclaim African culture and its roots.

Performances will include traditional harvest dance processions around the campus, along with explanations about the background of Kwanzaa. The free event runs from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, in the lobby of the PCCDowntown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. Call 884-6306 for information.

IDEALISM: "The profession of letters is, after all, the only one in which one can make no money without being ridiculous," said French writer Jules Renard.

So saying, the hard-scribbling graduate scribes in the UA English Department keep chasing literary enlightenment sans big bucks. A pair of them, Becky Hagenston and Julie Newman, will read from their works Tuesday, December 3, as part of the Writers at Work series. Hagenston's short story, Til Death Do Us Part, appeared in the 1996 O'Henry Awards anthology, while Newman's The Fourth Bird is slated for publication in Resistor magazine.

The free reading begins at 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. Call 743-7649 for details. TW

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