Events This Week
THE NUTCRACKER. The Tucson Metropolitan Dance Company and director Richard France present an all new Nutcracker ballet Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3, at the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12, and are available at Dillard's and the TCC box office. Charge tickets by calling 791-4836. Call 791-4266 for information.
AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS. The PCC Music Department presents Giancarlo Menotti's tale of a crippled beggar boy, Amahl, and his sacrifice of his crutch to the Magi on their way to Bethlehem, at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 2, in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $4, $3 for seniors and students, and are available at the cashier's office and at the door. Call 884-6458 for information.
FACES OF CHRISTMAS. Barbara Churchill, M.A., describes Many Faces of Christmas in a slide lecture from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 3, at the UA Museum of Art, Upstairs Gallery. Churchill combines slides of masterpieces of religious art and 20th century secular art with readings from the scriptures and music of the season. Cost is $16.50 per person, $25 per couple. Call the UA Extended University at 621-UofA for registration and information.
MESSIAH SING-IN. The annual Community Messiah Sing-In gathers at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 4, at Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. Soloists Debra Wilke, Laurel Decker, Jeffry Jahn and Thomas Weis will be joined by a 25 piece orchestra, harpsichord and organ. Bring your own musical score and join in, purchase one for $8, or rent one for $3 plus a $5 deposit at the door. A Christmas carol warm-up begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, though donations are gladly accepted. Call 745-6054 for information.
SAFE SANTA. Santa makes a special visit from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at Northwest Fire Station No. 61, 1520 W. Orange Grove Road. Santa will hand out candy canes, hear Christmas wishes and provide seasonal safety advice to visitors. All Northwest Fire Stations will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 742-4749 for information.
'TIS THE SEASON. Flandrau Science Center Planetarium. UA campus. 621-STAR. This multi-cultural holiday show exploring holiday traditions from around the globe with a dazzling array of video and laser imagery, music and narration continues through January 5. Tickets range from $3 to $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
HOLIDAY EXHIBIT. The Arizona Historical Society hosts its annual Territorial Christmas and Holiday Exhibit from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 2 through January 31, at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont House, 151 S. Granada Ave. Antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes and menorahs as well as Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments will be displayed. Admission is free. Call 628-5774 for information.
BED & BREAKFAST TOUR. Tucson's bed and breakfast innkeepers open their homes from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 3, for the fifth annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Open House Tour, benefiting the Community Food Bank. Each home will be decorated for the holiday season and treats will be offered. Admission is by non-perishable food item or cash donation at each inn. A list of participating sites is available at the Visitors Center, 130 S. Scott Ave. Call 622-7167, 795-3840 or 628-1800 for information.
NORDIC HOLIDAY FAIR. Ever eat a Frickadeller or Lumpe og Polse? Seen a Rosemaling or Jul? All are up for grabs at the Nordic Guild's annual Christmas fair from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Tucson Interior Design Center, 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road. Scandinavian and Nordic foods, crafts and entertainment will be featured.
HOLIDAY CRAFTS. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, hosts two holiday craft classes December 2 and 3. From 8 a.m. to noon create holiday garlands and arches. Cost is $68, $64 for TBG members. Create fresh herb wreaths from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $58, $54 for TBG members. Please bring a glue gun, glue sticks and clippers for either class. All other materials are provided. Classes will be offered both days, with class size limited to 25. Reservations are required. Call 326-9686 for information.
LUMINARIA NIGHTS. Stroll through candlelit pathways and enjoy holiday music and refreshments from 5:30 to 8 p.m. December 2 and 3 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Admission is $3, $1 for TBG members and children ages 4 through 12. Call 326-9686 for information.
MADRIGAL FEASTE. Green Fields Country Day School presents the seventh annual Madrigal Christmas Feaste at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra. This traditional event is highlighted with fine food catered by the Solarium restaurant, holiday music, and medieval entertainment including choral music, drama, jugglers and bagpipes. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $23.50 per person or $35 for King's Table seating. Call Green Fields at 297-2288 for tickets and information.
TREE OF HOPE. The American Cancer Society Resource Center, 1636 N. Swan Road, No. 151, seeks monetary donations for the Tree of Hope through January 2, to help aid in life-saving research programs, education, advocacy and patient services. For gifts of $35 or more, a commemorative angel ornament, bearing a cancer survivor's name, will be sent to the contributor. All gifts are tax-deductible. Call the American Cancer Society at 321-7989 for information.
Out Of Town
MANSION TOUR. The third annual Christmas Mansion Tour of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 17, with brunch at the Cow Palace in Amado. Participants will be taken by bus to tour eight mansions in Nogales, Sonora, culminating in a Feliz Navidad Fiesta. Tickets are $60 per person and are available at AAA, 6950 N. Oracle Road and 8204 E. Broadway. Proceeds benefit disadvantaged families in the Nogales area. Call Anita Phillips at (520) 762-8382 for information.
SPIRIT WEAVERS. Spirit Weavers hosts the Spirit of the Season arts and crafts festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at Ventana Village, Sunrise Drive and Kolb Road. More than a hundred juried artisans and food booths will be featured. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tucson. Admission is free, with donations to the Community Food Bank and (pet food for) the Humane Society encouraged. Call 529-2072 for information.
Opening This Week
BRAVO THEATRE. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Opening December 2 and continuing Saturdays and Sundays through January 28: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's classic tale of a young woman with a mind of her own. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
MAT BEVEL INSTITUTE. 211 S. Fremont Ave., near South Park Avenue and Broadway. 622-0192. Opening December 1 and continuing through December 9: No Cares for Millionaires, the second in a four-part series of Surrealistic Pop Science Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 622-0192 for reservations and information.
MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE. First United Methodist Church. 915 E. Fourth St. December 2 and 3 only: A Slaying in the South. The Pot Luck Players present a benefit mystery dinner theatre in which the audience participates in solving the mystery of who shot Bo Davis. Tickets are $12.50, $10 for students and include dinner. Call 622-6481 for reservations and information.
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. Continuing through December 16: Little Shop Of Horrors, a musical comedy about a man-eating plant and a nerdy shop clerk who pines for the love of his beautiful co-worker. Post-performance discussions will be held December 5, 6 and 13. Tickets range from $21 to $30 and are available at the ATC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call 622-2823 for reservations. Call 884-8210 for information only.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing through December 23: Scrooge and Toyland, the merging of two classic holiday stories, as performed by actors ages four through adult. This production is most appropriate for families with young children. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Saturday matinees at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $4, $2 for children. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through January 6: The Flight Before Christmas, a story about America's darkest and warmest hours when World War II was ending and families waited for their loved ones to come home. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students/active military, and $6 for children. Performances are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call 886-9428.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Continuing through December 23: Rhapsody, a musical tribute to the Gershwin brothers, returns by popular demand. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Group rates available. Call 751-4445 for information.
COYOTE RAMBLERS THEATRE. a.k.a. Theatre. 125 E. Congress St. Continuing through December 3: Modigliani, the passionate comedy about the competitive lives of artists in 1916 Paris. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Call 797-7779 for reservations and information.
INVISIBLE THEATRE. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Continuing through December 3: Me and Jezebel, the true-life comedy of Bette Davis' one month stay with a Connecticut family. Tickets range from $12 to $14 dollars. Reservations are required. IT box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.
ONE IN TEN THEATRE. Historic Y Theatre. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 770-9279. Continuing through December 2: Raincheck, the story of estranged friends who reunite after 17 years. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday, except for the final weekend. Advance tickets are $9, $8 seniors/students, and are available at Antigone Books. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 770-9279 for reservations and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Auditions for the Simon Peter passion play will be held during the month of January. Men, women and children are needed for this musical drama on the life of Christ to be performed during Easter at the TCC Music Hall. No experience necessary. Call 529-3195 before December 31 for an appointment. No calls after 9 p.m. please.
AUDITION NOTICE. Old Pueblo Playwrights announces auditions for the New Play Festival scheduled for January 4 through 7. Auditions will be at 6 p.m. Monday, December 4, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Men, women and young adults of all ages are needed. Actors are asked to prepare a short monologue of two minutes or less. Call Sybil Needham at 742-7361 for an audition time. Call 743-0940 for more information about Old Pueblo Playwrights.
THEATRE CLASSES. Third Street Kids, an after-school performing arts school and company for children and young adults with and without disabilities, offers performing arts exploration classes, acting and dance classes. Cost is $5 per class, with scholarships available. Call 622-4100 to 513-0259 for information.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. a.k.a. Theatre is soliciting proposals for theatrical works to be performed in 1996. Preference will be given to modern and/or experimental works. In general, a.k.a. will offer royalty, publicity and limited technical production assistance, as well as rehearsal and performance space. Submissions require a copy of the manuscript or proposed play, theme of the work, director's concept statement and any special production considerations. Deadline for submissions is December 23. Proposal and guideline forms may be obtained by writing to: a.k.a. Theatre, P.O. Box 2583, Tucson, AZ 85702; or by calling Gary E. Sabbatg at 322-6275.
TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple Of Music And Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.
Opening This Week
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Opening December 2 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., and continuing through December 27: Fragments of Eden, featuring paintings by Nancy Chilton, Kurt Rosenquist and Erica Swadley. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night and Thursday Art Walk.
PAPER PRAYERS. Dinnerware Gallery. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Opening November 30 and continuing through December 22: Paper Prayers, the Shanti Foundation's third annual exhibition, sale and silent auction offers prayers of hope and good health to those living with AIDS. A reception and fundraiser will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 30. A $10 donation is requested at the door. The Shanti Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers support services to people affected with HIV/AIDS.
UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Opening December 3, with a reception from noon to 2 p.m., and continuing through December 20: 1995 Winter Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, featuring mixed media works by Herb Stratford, in which he explores family and societal expectations through his art. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.
APPARATUS GALLERY. 299 S. Park Ave. 791-3505. Continuing through December 31: selected paintings by Daniel Kriston. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through December 23: From the Archive and Beyond, an eclectic collection of small photographic works by David Elliot. A reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, November 30. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night. Call 792-0313 for information.
Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through January 7: A Nation of Strangers, a historical view of immigration in the United States featuring works by various photographers. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through December 9: Prints, print works in old and new media by Phillip Lichtenhan, Andrew Polk and Andrew Rush. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde, La Plaza Shops. 722-4412. Continuing through January 14: The Creative Spirit, featuring mixed media works by various artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Continuing through December 22: The 13th Biennial Invitational, featuring works in a variety of media by 23 emerging regional and nationally recognized artists. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1. As Friday marks A Day Without Art, the invitational exhibit will be shrouded in black cloth in response to the International Day of Action for the AIDS. Paper Prayers, the Shanti Foundation's third annual exhibition of handmade works in paper, will continue on display that day. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through January 13: paintings by Gail Marcus-Orlen and Eriks Rudans and photographs by Vicki Ragan. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night.
IRONWOOD GALLERY. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Continuing through January 18: Paintings of the Sonoran Desert, a juried exhibition of water-based media by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admittance is free with museum admission.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through December 24: Vallejo Sola!, a one-woman exhibition by Los Angeles artist Linda Vallejo, featuring works in gouache on paper and masonite, and acrylic on paper. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night.
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. 626-4215. Continuing through January 5: organic sculptural wall forms addressing concepts of time by UA art prof Moira Geoffrion. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through December 23: mixed-media sculpture and photography by Anna Lee Keefer, and painting and book arts by Jack Olson. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through January 6: Obsidian's 10th anniversary celebration and annual holiday exhibition, featuring a variety of works by regional artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PCC WEST CAMPUS ART GALLERY. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through December 14: photographs by Elaine Querry, paintings by Albert Kogel and sculpture by Ellen Phillips. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through January 27: Desert Heat: Glass Artists of the Southwest, featuring works by artists from New Mexico and Arizona. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Thursday Night Art Walk.
TEMPLE GALLERY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210. Continuing through January 3: paintings by DeAnn Melton combining still-life and figuration with influences in classical art from 17th and 18th century Dutch, Italian and Flemish paintings to graphic work and sculpture. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and prior to ATC performances.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through January 14 in the Exhibition Hall: Portraits of Clay: Pottery in Mata Ortiz, works by Juan Quezada and 14 other artists. Continuing through December 12 in the Gallery: Christmas for the Park '95, featuring one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments created by local artists. 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/PIMA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY. 240 N. Stone Ave. 624-0595. Continuing through December 29: Sitings/Sightings: An Exploration of Connections and Place, including works from the Graduate Student Collaborative Exhibit from the University of Arizona and University of New Mexico. An artists' reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursday Art Walk.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Continuing through December 10: Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay: Touching Earth, Contemporary Southwest Images X--The Stonewall Foundation Series, sculptural installations using materials collected from nature. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays. Docent-led tours of the TMA Historic Block are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Out Of Town
WOLFE GALLERY. 9600 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 742-4222. Opening December 2, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m., and continuing through December 31: The P.E.E.P. Show: Promote Effective Ecological Preservation, a fundraising, juried art show by the Oro Valley Neighborhood Coalition, conceived to celebrate the beauty of the desert and enhance awareness of important riparian habitats at risk now and in the future. The exhibit showcases 20 Arizona artists.
NAVAJO RUG SHOW AND SALE. The Yazzie Trading Company from Gallup, New Mexico, and Burnham Trading Company from Sanders, Arizona, will display hundreds of traditional and contemporary Navajo Rugs at the Arizona State Museum on December 1 and 2, The museum is located inside the UA main gate at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. Along with the show, lectures will be given on the folklore, creation and care of these rugs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 621-6281 for information.
ART SHOW/SALE. Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road, sponsors its fourth annual art show and sale December 1 through 3, featuring works by Owen Rose, Sharon Nichols, Cheri Reynolds, Jan O'Connor, Marjorie Coffey and Frank Rose. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 298-1245 for information.
ART TALK. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., offers the following free lectures at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Education Building: On November 30 Virgie Miller presents Whistler and His Enemies; and Nina Kepple presents The Glories of Venice on December 7. Call 624-2333 for information.
GREEK STATUES. Sarah P. Morris, author and archaeologist from the University of California, presents a free slide/lecture entitled Greek Cult Statues from Ephesus to Athens, at 3:15 p.m. Friday, December 1, at the Center for Creative Photography auditorium on the UA campus. The lecture focuses on the colorful and controversial nature of the Artemis image in antiquity. Call 690-0279 for information.
GRANTS. Tucson/Pima Arts Council is giving Local Origination Grants for Independent Producers working in film or video. Individuals and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Collaboration between independent producers in film/video and arts organizations and/or artists are encouraged. Co-sponsored by Access Tucson. Applications are available at the T/PAC office, 240 N. Stone Ave. World Wide Web access is available at: http://www.azstarnet.com/~tpac/media_arts.html. Deadline is December 15. Call Colleen Greer at 624-0595, ext. 13, for information.
ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS. Applications and guidelines are now available for the 1996 Artist Fellowships at the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. Four $3,000 fellowships will be awarded for visual arts, with three $3,000 fellowships for performing arts. Application deadline is December 11. Local Origination Grants for film and video artists are also available. Deadline is December 15. Call Colleen Greer at 624-0595, ext. 13, for information.
TEMPLE TOURS. ATC is hosting tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., at 11 a.m. every Monday and at 10 a.m. every Saturday through May 18, 1996. Tours begin in the courtyard and are guided by ATC docents. Reservations are not needed for these free public tours. Group tours may be arranged by calling Hope Towner at 884-8210.
ARTWALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with free docent Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Suite Inn Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.
DEMONSTRATION. Watch glassblowers practice their craft at the downtown studio of Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Call 884-7404 to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 1200 W. Speedway. 327-4809. The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Giorgi Jordania, performs Rossini, Mozart, Franck and Brahms at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 3. Tickets are $7, $4 for seniors and students and are available at the door. Call 323-7166 for reservations and information.
MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC. 1950 W. San Xavier Road. 294-2624. Take I-19 south to San Xavier Road and head west. The Tucson MasterSingers present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6. Admission is free, however donations are accepted of which part will go towards the mission restoration project. Call 722-4235 for information.
PROSCENIUM THEATRE. PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6458. The PCC Wind Ensemble perform a holiday instrumental concert featuring works by Sousa, Mozart and Torme at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3; the PCC Jazz Improv dishes out ultracool sounds from the jazz spectrum at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 4. Tickets for both performances are $4, $3 for seniors and students, and are available at the cashier's office. Call 884-6458 for information.
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-0811. The Southwest String Quartet and three student string quartets from the Southwest School's String Quartet Program perform at 8 p.m. Friday, December 1, in the recital hall. The music of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Correlli, Mozart and others will be featured. Proceeds benefit the Southwest School of Music and Dance. Admission is $5, $3.50 for students.
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. James McMurty brings his narrative style of music to the Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30. Stefan George will open the show. Tickets are $10, $9 for KXCI, TFTM and TKMA members; and are available at Loco Music, Zip's on Speedway, and Hear's Music. Charge tickets by calling 881-3947 ($1 charge). Call 881-3947 for information.
REVEILLE SINGS. Grace St. Paul's Church. 2331 E. Adams St. The Reveille Gay Men's Chorus presents Holiday Tapestry: Celebrating the Songs of the Season at 8 p.m. Friday, December 1. Advance tickets are $10, $12 at the door. Call 795-7156 for reservations and information.
TECLA BENEFIT. Nicaragua's brother-sister duo, Guardabarranco, perform a benefit concert for the TECLA Refugee Legal Assistance Project at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at Antigone Books, Hear's Music, Bentley's, and at TECLA, 631 S. Sixth Ave. Call 623-5739 for information.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. The Arizona Repertory Singers present an afternoon of holiday music at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, in the performance garden. Cost is $5, $2 for park members and children under 12 years, and includes admission to the park. Call 742-6455 for reservations and information.
TMA SUNDAYS. Music and dance fills the galleries of the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., with a performance by pianist Carol Rhodes and guest dancers at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3. Performance is free with museum admission.
LA PLACITA CONCERTS. Free concerts are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Interested musicians can call 623-2748 for information.
MUSICIANS NEEDED. String players of all levels are invited to attend the next meeting of the Tucson Adult Amateur String Players Association (TAASPA) at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 10. This monthly gathering allows musicians to play is duets, trios and quartets. No auditions. Call 886-7754 for meeting locations and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Reveille Gay Men's Chorus announces auditions at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at Metropolitan Community Church of Tucson, 3269 N. Mountain Ave. All levels welcome. A prepared audition piece is not required. Call 795-7156 for information.
CELTIC JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Join in the fun from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at this weekly Celtic Music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to join in.
UA MUSIC/DANCE. UA School of Music and Dance calendars for the 1995-1996 season are currently available. The UA School of Music and Dance presents between 250 and 300 concert events each year, most of them free of charge. To subscribe, send your name, address and a check for $5 payable to the University of Arizona, to: Calendar Subscription, School of Music, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. For this week's music and dance events call the 24-hour MusiCall hotline at 621-2998.
Opening This Week
GITTINGS DANCE THEATRE. UA mall, west of Campbell Avenue. 621-4698. The UA College of Music and Dance presents Crosswinds, a dance concert at 7:30 p.m. December 1 and 2. Admission is free. Call the UA dance office at 621-4698 for reservations and information.
TFTM DANCE. TFTM offers a Contra Dance every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. All welcome. Admission is $4, $3 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information.
DANCE IMPROVISATION. Mary Ann Brehan will teach a dance improvisation class from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at the Tucson Creative Dance Center, 3131 N. Cherry Ave. Emphasis will be on relaxation. Newcomers welcome. Pre-registration required. Cost is $5. Call 323-6711 for reservations and information.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are currently on sale for Ballet Arizona's production of The Nutcracker, scheduled for December 14 through 17 at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $18 to $33 and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 882-5022.
BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Enjoy theme-dress occasions with a large, romantic, decorated ballroom to match. Cost is $7, $5 members. Free group dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. for members. Annual membership is $20. Call 885-4599 for information.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Experience art and culture with exciting street performances, live music and self-guided historic and art tours all day Saturday, December 2. Celebrate the season with the sounds of holiday music throughout downtown with performances by the Tucson Goodtime Singers, the Gatekeepers Youth Choir, Caliente, carolers and a dance performance by Dansweet. Horse-drawn wagon rides run from 7 to 10 p.m. Pick up a program of events at the information booth at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Congress Street. Call 624-9977 for events and information.
WORLD AIDS DAY. A number of events are scheduled in remembrance of World AIDS Day, December 1. This day has been named in respect for those who have died and those who are living with HIV and AIDS in hopes that a cure may some day be found. The UA is hosting activities all day on the mall including anonymous HIV testing and counseling. Call 791-7676. The Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS network will have an interfaith service at 5:30 p.m. at Presidio Park, 115 S. Church Ave. All communities of faith are asked to ring their bells fifteen times at 1:50 p.m. to commemorate 15 years of the AIDS epidemic. Tucson businesses and homes are asked to dim their lights at 5:45 p.m. in conjunction with President Clinton's dimming of the White House lights as a tribute to those living with and those who have died. Many local art galleries will shroud their exhibits in remembrance.
FESTIVAL FOR LIFE. The Jerome Beillard Festival for Life begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. A live and silent auction of fine art, holiday gifts and more will be featured. Proceeds benefit P.A.C.T. For Life, a non-profit agency that acts as a referral and information source for people with HIV and AIDS. Call 293-9545 for information.
DIVERSITY DAY. Join in with friends and neighbors to celebrate people's diversity and organize to help support affirmative action from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Armory Park Bandshell, located on south Sixth Avenue across from the Children's museum and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DeMeester Performance Center in Reid Park, Country Club Road south of 22nd Street. Both locations will offer food, music, information and talks in support of Affirmative Action. Sponsored by the Tucson Civil Rights Coalition. Call 326-2287 or 749-1551 for information.
TRAIN SHOW. The Great American Train Show stops in Tucson from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 2 and 3, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. This national show features over 10,000 model trains on display and for sale. Admission is $5, and children under 12 years are free with an adult.
BODHISATTVA'S WAY. The Bodhitree Studio and Gallery presents Bodhisattva's Way of Dance, a multimedia homage to the essence of wisdom, featuring video by Vladan Mijatovic Zivojnov, dance by Elizabeth Breck and poetry by Tom Cox, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1, at 33 S. Fifth Ave. Admission is free, with donations gladly accepted by the Tibetan Nuns Project. Call 882-5195 for information.
FOOD FOR PETS. The Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is currently holding its third annual Good Samaritan Pet Food Drive through December 22. The drive is designed to help needy pet owners of Tucson. SAVMA reminds the public that the holiday season is not the only time people should give. Pet food can be donated at participating veterinary clinics or to the Community Food Bank, 23 W. 27th St. Cash donations benefit the Good Samaritan Program, which provides free spay and neuter services for low-income families, and may be made at the SAVMA office, 1604 N. Country Club Road. Call 325-1055 for information.
FOOD FAIRE. Plaza Palomino, located at Swan and Fort Lowell Roads, hosts a gourmet food faire every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring fresh produce, herbs, coffee, arts and crafts, live music and more. Call 795-1177 for information.
FARMERS MARKET. St. Philip's Plaza, located at Campbell Avenue and River Road hosts a farmers market every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring local artisans and food vendors. The Humane Society will also be featuring a selection of pets for adoption each week. Call 628-9811 for information.
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FIESTA DE TUMACACORI. The 25th annual La Fiesta de Tumacacori takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 2 and 3, at Tumacacori National Historical Park, located 45 minutes south of Tucson off exit 29 on I-19. The fiesta celebrates the enduring cultural traditions of the upper Santa Cruz River Valley, featuring music, dance and over 50 booths offering traditional crafts and food. Admission to the park and fiesta are free. Call (520) 398-2341 for information.
THE AMERICAN DREAM. The UA faculty lecture series continues with a free presentation by John Schwartz, professor of Political Science, entitled The American Dream: Is Equal Opportunity Enough?, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, in the College of Pharmacy auditorium, corner of Mabel Street and Warren Avenue. Call 621-3512 for information.
HOLIDAY BLUES. The joys of the holiday season can turn into days of sadness and depression for many. Dasa Hirsch of Hospice Family Care, Inc., will discuss How to Beat the Holiday Blues at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. This lecture is free. Call 323-3288.
HEALTHY SEXUAL AGING. Old Pueblo Urology presents Healthy Sexual Aging: Solutions to Impotence, a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at El Dorado Hospital, 1400 N. Wilmot Road. According to Dr. Daniel Karsch, "Up to 80 percent of men suffering from chronic impotence can trace the cause to common physical or medical conditions." Spouses and partners are encouraged to attend.
TOUCH FOR HEALTH. Lhasha Tizer presents Touch for Health, a practical guide to natural health enhancement, at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, 639 N. Sixth Ave. The lecture is free, with donations gladly accepted. Call 321-3670 for information.
STOP THE VIOLENCE. The Alternatives to Violence Project hosts a community workshop December 8 through 10. This workshop offers experiential exercises and skills training for successful communication, cooperation and problem solving. Participants look at the roots of violence in human life, then learn how to turn potential violence into creative action. Cost is $35. Call AFSC at 623-9141 for registration and information.
BOOKSIGNING. The Book Mark. 5001 E. Speedway. 881-6350. Terrence and Suzi Moore present a slide presentation and booksigning of Under the Sun: Desert Style and Architecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30.
BOOKSIGNING. The Haunted Bookshop. 7211 N. Northern Ave. 297-4843. C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D. will hold a mini-workshop and sign A Woman's Book of Creativity from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Susan Tweit will sign copies of Meet the Wild Southwest: From Hoodoos to Gila Monsters from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 3. Jeanne Williams will sign copies of Home Station from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 6.
BOOKSIGNING. Booked Up, Inc. 2828 N. Stone Ave. 622-8238. Leslie Marmon Silko will sign Sacred Water, Laguna Woman and Strength and Delicacy of Lace; and Richard Corbett will sign My Heart Like a Fish from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 2.
SIGNING/DISCUSSION. Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Betty Baker Spohr will discuss and sign copies of her book, Catch a Falling Star: Living With Alzheimer's at 4 p.m. Friday, December 1. Sheila Tobias will discuss and sign her book Overcoming Math Anxiety at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 3. Dariek Scott will read from and sign copies of Traitor to the Race at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 6.
READING/SIGNING. Eileen Oktavec and Bernard Fontana will read from and sign copies of Answered Prayers: Miracles and Milagros Along the Border from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Alan Dean Foster will read from and sign copies of Mid-Flinx from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7.
BOOKSIGNING. Audubon Nature Shop. 300 E. University, Suite 120. 629-0510. Susan Tweit will sign copies of Meet the Wild Southwest: Land of Hoodoos and Gila Monsters and Barren Wild, and Worthless: Living in the Chihuahuan Desert from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2.
BOOKSIGNING. St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Tucson author Martha J. Retallick sill sign copies of Discovering America at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 3.
READING/SIGNING. Borders Books and Music. 4235 N. Oracle Road. 292-1331. Local children's author Margaret Garaway will read from and sign copies of The Teddy Bear Number Book/Los Numeros Con Los Ositos on December 2.
HOLIDAY BOOKSIGNING. The Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St., hosts its annual Holiday Book Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1. The following authors will be on hand to sign their works: Sinclair Browning, Neil Carmony, Abe Chanin, Evelyn Cooper, Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, Phyllis De La Garza, L. Boyd Finch, Susan Garris, Jim Griffith, Brian Laird, Betty Leavengood, Susan Lowell, Margaret Maxwell, Kent McManish, Gregory McNamee, Richard Morgan, Jr., Eileen Oktavec and Bernard Fontana, Ken Randall, W. Lane Rogers, Tom Sheridan, Denise Webb and Walter Porter and Jack Wilson.
POETRY READING. David Scott Penn, Kristie Atwood, Brendon MacBryde and Tish Sotomeyer will read from works in memory of John Payne at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Modern Languages Building auditorium, UA campus, north side of the UA mall west of Cherry Avenue. This free series of fall readings is presented by the UA Poetry Center. Call 321-7760 for information.
POETRY READING. Open mic poetry reading is held every Wednesday night from 9 to 11 p.m. at Gargoyles Coffee House, 3206 N. First Ave. Poetry and dramatic reading enthusiasts are invited to share original poems or the works of a favorite poet/writer. Call 690-1930 for information.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY. The Dead Poets Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 577-2444.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS. Teach someone to read. Become a tutor for literacy volunteers of Pima County. Call 884-8337 for information.
JUST FOR KIDS. The TSO String Quartet performs Holidays, Southwestern Style, a Just For Kids concert from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. The sounds of Christmas, Native Americans and Hanukkah will fill the air. A musical dramatization of Las Posadas with text written by Susan Lowell, will finish up the performance. Admission is free. Call 792-9155 for information.
YOUTH INITIATIVE. An orientation meeting about Youth Initiative, an organization that gives young people the chance to have a serious impact on how community problems are being solved, will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Tucson Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. in the Children's Meeting Room. Youth Initiative personnel will discuss the training process, application and answer questions.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES. Tucson/Pima Libraries offer a wide range of holiday activities for all ages with family hours, puppet shows and visits with Santa. Call your local library for schedules and information.
PHOTO CONTEST. Tucson/Pima libraries seeks photo entries from teens ages 12 to 18 years. Entries should depict how reading helps teens improve some aspect of their lives. Photos can be any size, and either black and white or color. Finalists will be exhibited in the library in April and one winner will be selected. Deadline for entries is December 15. Call the library's Public Information Office at 791-5647 or a local branch for information.
MUSIC CLASSES. Music classes of all levels and types are offered at the Desert Dove School of Music, 6163 S. Midvale Park Road. Beginning and intermediate band, guitar and preschool/interactive music classes are now forming. Call Judith Richardson at 888-3352 for information.
HOMEWORK HELP. Tucson/Pima libraries offer free drop-in homework help for students in elementary, middle and high school. Experienced tutors and homework help resources will be available throughout the school year. Call Ann Dickinson or Gina Macaluso at 791-4391 for information.
POWERFUL DAUGHTERS. PCC Corporate and Community Education Division presents Raising Daughters to Powerful Women, a three week course beginning Saturday, December 2. Rosemary Tindall-Gibson, MA, will examine how we can raise daughters free from cultural images that are often impossible standards. Call 884-6720 for registration and information.
G.E.D. TESTS. GED testing is offered on Monday and Wednesday year round at the Assessment Testing Center in the Student Center at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Call 748-4528 for information.
LA FRONTERA WORKSHOPS. DES and La Frontera offer a variety of free parenting workshops on a monthly basis. Call Julie Mack at La Frontera, 884-9920 ext. 291, for registration and information.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Six monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for membership and meeting 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 a variety of educational and support services for families. The program's core is its Parent/Child Play program, which brings parents and children together for activities geared toward the social and physical development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The program provides instruction and discussion on communication, limit setting and nurturing for young children. Enroll now in Parents As Teachers, a free home-based program for parents of children ages birth to 2 years. The Parent Connection also offers a meeting site, library, indoor/outdoor play areas and referral to community resources for families. Additional class and lecture series and support groups are available. Call 321-1500 for registration and information.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Momento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman. Continuing: Exploring 1870s Tucson, a hands-on exhibit showcasing Tucson's rich, multi-cultural heritage. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. Park Avenue and University Boulevard 621-6302. The Arizona State Museum, on the University of Arizona campus, features anthropology exhibits with particular emphasis on the Southwest. Continuing through December 1996: Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta, an exhibit of more than 350 Mexican folk masks, from mermaids to scorpions. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Flandrau Science Center. UA campus. 621-STAR. Exhibit halls feature hands-on science exhibits and a 16-inch telescope that allows the public an astronomer's view of the night sky. A mineral museum in the basement features hundreds of beautiful minerals and gems. The planetarium theater offers entertaining programs on scientific and cultural topics, as well as laser light shows featuring projections that explode across the dome in a rainbow of colors. Continuing through January 5: 'Tis the Season, a multi-cultural holiday show exploring holiday tales and traditions from past and present. Admission to exhibits is $2, free with purchase of a theater ticket. Up to four children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Telescope viewing is still free and is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Theater ticket prices are $3 and $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road, in Fort Lowell Park. Learn about the forts, camps, the Mexican militia cavalry and more with Lances, Shields and Carbines: The Military History of Tucson from 1775 to 1891. The exhibit consists of 13 paintings by artist Wayne Sumstine and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through January 1996.
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. This non-profit educational institution is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of the world's fascinating wildlife. Continuing through December 31: twenty-two metal sculptures of impressionistic animal images by Marlene Knutson of Tubac. Admission is $5, $3.75 for seniors, military and students and $1.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of the Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.
Reid Park Zoo. 22nd Street, east of Country Club Road. 791-4022. Stroll through the Festival of Lights holiday extravaganza from 6 to 8 p.m., December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Trees are decorated through the creative efforts of dozens of community groups. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, 75 cents for children 5 to 14 and free for children 4 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of the animals, don't bring any food, toys or pets.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE MUSEUM. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0956. Opening December 2 and continuing through January 31: Antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes and menorahs as well as Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments will be displayed. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tuesdays are reserved for group tours only. Admission is $1.50 for children, $3 for adults. Call 792-9985 for registration and information.
YOZEUM. 2900 N. Country Club Road. 322-0100. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On display are all kinds of yo-yos, from styles popular in the 1920s to current designs, and yo-yo memorabilia. The owner of the museum is Don Duncan, Jr., son of the founder of Duncan Yo-Yos. Groups and schools can call ahead to arrange for a tour. Free admission.
MOUNTAIN MYSTIQUE. Learn the history and folklore of the Tucson Mountains from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Participants will visit a site in the Tucson Mountains with an archaeologist and historian. A short uphill hike on an established trail is necessary. Cost is $35, $25 for museum members. Registration is required. Call 883-3022 for registration and information.
HISTORIC WALKS. Walking tours of El Presidio Historic District are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Cost is $4. Call 622-0956 for registration and information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology 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.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Tohono Chul Park grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The park presents "Walk in the Park Tours" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, and "Birds of Tohono Chul Tours," at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tours last about one hour. "Art in the Park Tours," a docent-guided look at the gallery exhibits, happen at 11 a.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A Xeriscape landscape tour takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16. Join Roger Repp and members of the Tucson Herpetological Society as they teach about desert snakes at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7, in the Wilson Room. Reservations are required. Call 742-6455 for reservations and information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum is part botanical garden, part geology museum and part zoological park. Naturalistic settings house 1,386 plant species and 317 animal species. Interpretive tours, live animal visits, and botanical and raptor interpretations are given daily. During the month of December early morning birdwalks begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guided tours are held daily at 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live animal interpretations are held daily at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Admission is $8.95 ages 13 and over, and $1.75 ages 6 through 12. Discount group rates are available.
SAN PEDRO HIKES. Organized hikes will be offered through December 9. Hikes range in difficulty and duration, and include photographic ventures to the Little Boquillas Ranch/Boston Mill, Charleston/Indian rock art and Clanton Ranch Road. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress properly for weather conditions and bring food and a minimum of one quart of water per person. Pre-registration is required. Call (520) 459-2555 or (520) 458-3559 for registration and information.
LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES. Share the beauty of a live tree and help protect the environment by purchasing Old Tannenbaum at Overton Farms, 1801 W. Overton Road. Overton Farms trees are desert adapted and are grown in root bags so they may be planted in the ground after the holidays. Educational exhibits show the values of tree planting, and a petting zoo and farm atmosphere is maintained for children's enjoyment. Trees are recommended by Trees for Tucson and are available for sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, through December 24. Call 742-5274 for information.
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 CENTERS. The following recycling centers are open from 8 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month: Park Mall, 5870 E. Broadway; Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road; El Con Mall, 3611 E. Broadway; Tucson Marketplace, 210 N. Pantano Road; Bank One, southeast corner of Irvington Road and South Campbell Avenue; Foothills Mall, Ina Road at La Cholla Blvd.; Sunrise Elementary School, 5301 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information call 791-5000.
RECYCLING CENTERS. The following neighborhood drop-off centers are open 24 hours daily: 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.
POOLSCAPES. JD DiMeglio of Horizons West will show how to choose the correct vegetation for your pool area and make it look great at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Cost is $2, free for park members. Reservations required. Call 742-6455 for registration and information.
BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Nursery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and "Birds and Gardening" tours meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
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