Events This Week
MESSIAH CONCERT. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Enrique Lasansky, will perform its annual Messiah Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, December 15, at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Philip's in the Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, and are available at Jeff's Classical Records, Hear's Music and at the door. Call 327-4721 for information.
NACIMIENTO TOUR. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic Auxiliary hosts the seventh annual Nacimiento Tour from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 17, beginning at the Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. This fundraising tour travels through El Centro Cultural, Casa Cordova and several South and Southwest-side private homes, sharing in the centuries-old tradition of collecting figurines and sculptures for display during the Christmas season. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at El Charro Restaurant, St. Ambrose Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church and at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic. Call Marilee Paczosa at 623-9866 for information.
VALLEY OF THE MOON. 2544 E. Allen Road, Valley of the Moon is located just north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Take a break from the stress of shopping for a Holiday Glow Moon Stroll with no fuss, no waiting and no admission charge. Absorb the peaceful calm of Valley of the Moon from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17. Admission is free, however donations are gladly accepted. Call the George Phar Legler Society at 323-1331 for information.
HOLIDAY DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Experience the holiday spirit, art and culture with exciting street performances, live music and self-guided historic and art tours all day Saturday, December 16. From 1 to 3 p.m., children ages 6 to 12 can hear Cuentos, Cuentos y Mas Cuentos, Spanish stories highlighting Latino culture, at The Screening Room on Congress Street. Evening events in the Transit Center on Sixth Avenue include performances by Desert Voices, Chubasco and a community sing-along. The Double-Dutch Kids create magic with jumpropes at Pennington Street and Sixth Avenue, and Thee Tragidiots add a holiday twist to their usual roguish fare at 7 p.m. in the Transit Center. 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.
THE NUTCRACKER. The Ballet Arts Foundation presents the traditional Nutcracker December 15 through 17 at PCC Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Performances begin at 7 p.m., with 2 o'clock matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12, available at all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call (800) 638-4253 for tickets and reservations. Call Ballet Arts at 623-3373 for information.
BALLET ARIZONA. Ballet Arizona's production of the Nutcracker leaps across the stage December 14 through 17 at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $18 to $33, available at all Dillard's ticket outlets or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 882-5022.
TREES FOR YOUTH. The Lohse YMCA Men's Club invites all to buy a Christmas tree that gives year round. The YMCA Men's tree lot will be open through December 24 in the El Rancho Center, 3250 E. Speedway. All proceeds benefit YMCA youth programs. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call Lohse YMCA at 623-5200 for information.
SLEIGH BELL HAYRIDES. Nestle in the warmth of the holidays with an evening sleigh bell hayride at La Mirage Farms. Enjoy the view of living Nativity and luminarias, warm yourself by the campfire, and indulge in Christmas carols, hot cider, cocoa and La Mirage's organic farmer's market. Reservations for families and individuals are available Friday through Sunday. Rides for groups of 25 or more are available daily. Reservations required. Cost is $7.50, $5.50 for children. Children under 3 years are free. La Mirage is located off I-19 at Tumacacori Exit No. 29. Continue south two miles on the East Frontage Road. Regular farm hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 579-9035 for reservations and information.
MINI-HAVEN. Tour the neighborhood of Midvale Park, west of I-19 between Irvington and Valencia roads, during their Holiday Lighting Contest, with public viewing from 6 to 9 p.m. through January 1. Call 741-2994 for information.
HOLIDAY GIVING TREE. Our Town Family Center hosts its annual Adopt-A-Family/Giving Tree event to benefit hundreds of families in the Tucson area. "Adopt" one person or a whole family by visiting the Giving Tree during regular business hours at Our Town Center, 3833 E. Second St. The program is completely anonymous and gifts are tax-deductible. People are also encouraged to donate unwrapped toys and clothes at the center. Program continues through December 20. Call 323-1708 for information.
MRS. CLAUS' STORYTIME. Join Mrs. Claus and some of Tucson's favorite personalities as they recreate some of the world's most beloved children's stories at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 24 at Serendipity Playhouse, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. Santa is rumored to make appearances with treats for good little girls and boys. Tickets are $5, $3 for children under 12 years. Call 751-4445 for information.
SEASON OF LIGHTS. More than 10,000 lights and storybook scenes illuminate this drive-through Christmas celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. through December 17 at Canyon del Oro Assembly of God, 2950 W. Lambert Lane, Shannon Road north of Overton Road. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Call 742-1168 for information.
'TIS THE SEASON. 621-STAR. This multi-cultural holiday show explores holiday traditions from around the globe with a dazzling array of video and laser imagery, music and narration. Show continues through January 5 in the Flandrau Science Center Planetarium Theater on the UA campus. Show times are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $3 to $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS. The Territorial Christmas and Holiday Exhibit continues through January 31 at the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes, menorahs and Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments will be displayed. Admission to this Arizona Historical Society exhibition is free. Call 628-5774 for information.
TREE OF HOPE. The American Cancer Society Resource Center, 1636 N. Swan Road, No. 151, is accepting monetary donations through January 2 for the Tree of Hope. Contributions will 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.
CHILDSPLAY. Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway. 770-3690. Two days only: The Velveteen Rabbit comes to life at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 23. Tickets are $12.25 for adults and $9.25 for students and seniors. Call (800) 583-7831 for tickets and information.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Opening December 31: New Year's in New York, an evening of champagne and Broadway show tunes starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 per person, $32 per couple. Call 751-4445 for more information on Serendipity happenings.
Opening This Week
ARIZONA ROSE THEATRE. TCC Leo Rich Theatre. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4836. Opening December 16: Rainbow's Magical Christmas, an interactive journey into the storybook town of Rainbow, including a visit with Santa and the Mrs. and their merry elves. Kids are asked to donate a favorite toy still in good shape for the gift bags at Cristo Rey and Santa Rosa Mission. Performance dates for Rainbow are December 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children, available at the TCC box office and Dillard's. Call 791-4836 for reservations and information.
BIANCO THEATRE COMPANY. Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing on selected dates through December 28: Annie, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and children. Call Arnie Bianco at 290-9108 for reservations and information.
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. Continuing through December 20: 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. Tickets range from $21 to $30, 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.
BRAVO THEATRE. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing Saturdays and Sundays through January 28: scenes from The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespearean tale of a volatile young woman who meets her match in an equally stubborn suitor. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4. 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.
COMMUNITY THEATRE. Reid Park Performing Arts auditorium. 200 S. Alvernon Way. 791-4663. Continuing through December 17: Little Women, an adaptation of the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Performances begin at 8 p.m., with 2 o'clock matinees December 16 and 17. Admission is free. Call 791-4663 for information.
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BISBEE REPERTORY THEATRE. Old Baptist Church Showcase Theatre. 94 Main St. Continuing through December 31: The Saga of Roaring Gulch, a wild-west melodrama performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, with children under 16 admitted at half-price. Sunday, December 17, is pay-what-you-can day. Advance ticket outlets are Jane Hamilton's Fine Art Gallery (Main Street), and Magpie's on Subway Street. Call (520) 432-3786 for information.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. ASU Gammage Auditorium, Tempe. (602) 965-3434. Opening December 16 and continuing through January 27: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, performed by the Really Useful Theatre Company's Broadway touring cast. Tickets range from $15 to $65 and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call (602) 965-3434 for groups sales and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Youth Theater announces auditions for Romeo and Juliet from 4 to 7 p.m. January 8 and 9, at 5526 E. 22nd St. Performers ages 10 to adult are needed. There is no salary. Rehearsal and performance schedules will be given at the auditions. Call 790-0844 for information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Auditions for the Simon Peter passion play will open 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 is necessary. Call 529-3195 before December 31 for an appointment. No calls after 9 p.m. please.
THEATRE CLASSES. Third Street Kids, an after-school performing arts school and company for children and young adults of all abilities, 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 in addition to 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 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 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
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Opening December 14 and continuing through January 6: Journey to the Great White Father's Home, paintings and mixed media works by Gerald Dawavendewa showing the artist's reflection on Native American relations with the U.S., past and present. There will be an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night and Thursday Art Walk.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Opening December 14 and continuing through January 29 in the Gallery: Small Wonders: An Exhibition of Miniature Doll Quilts, by various Arizona artists. Continuing through January 14 in the Exhibition Hall: Portraits of Clay: Pottery in Mata Ortiz, photographs by Sandy Smith depicting works by 14 potters from this small pueblo in northern Chihuahua. 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.
UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Opening December 15 and continuing through January 28: Joseph DiGiorgio: Prospect Park, a visual diary of changes through the years in Brooklyn's famous Prospect Park. Continuing through December 20: 1995 Winter Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, featuring mixed media works by Herb Stratford exploring family and societal expectations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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: paintings by Daniel Kriston. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31: Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, a photographic exhibit tracing the development of the South Park neighborhood, located along Park Avenue south of 22nd Street. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Momento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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. 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.
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. 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, and Downtown Saturday Night.
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LAS AMERICAS. 40 W. Broadway. Continuing through December 31: El Juguete Popular Mexicano, an exhibition of popular Mexican toys since pre-Hispanic times. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 323-2746 or 298-8268 for information.
THE CROSSING. 44 W. Sixth St. 318-1599. Continuing through December 31: painting and photography by Dana A. Bonner, mixed media furniture and accessories by Eric Lee Cooper, and painting, printmaking and mosaics by Robin Riley. There will be a holiday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Downtown Saturday Night.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through January 20: Arizona, featuring paintings by James Cook and sculpture by Mark Rossi. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DEGRAZIA GALLERY. Little Gallery. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9192. Continuing through December 22: Bad Girl Storytelling Brigade, featuring works by Katie Cooper, Mitzi Cowell, Cantrell Maryott, To-Reé-Neé and Karen Falkenstrom. Join them from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 16, for "Art Jam," an afternoon of live music, poetry readings and disucssion celebrating the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road, 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. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
ECLECTIC GALLERY. 69 E. Pennington St. 620-1668. Continuing through January 31: National Small Works Juried Competition Exhibit, featuring mixed media emphasizing diversity and technique. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursday Night 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.
JCC ART GALLERY. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through December 31: an exhibition by Southern Arizona Jewish community artists including watercolors, photographs, oils, acrylics, collographs and other media. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
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 or by appointment.
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.
MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through January 31: designs by Rammed Earth Development, Inc., featuring the Meyer Avenue Project, located in Bario Viejo and Barrio Santa Rosa. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
PAPER PRAYERS. Dinnerware Gallery. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. 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. The Shanti Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers support services to people affected with HIV/AIDS.
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.
STUDENT GALLERY. UA Campus. Gross Gallery Building, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Continuing through December 23, and reopening January 2 through January 11: Romance of the Open Road: The Museum of the American Temporary Worker, an installation by master's candidates Matt Marcus and Polly Giragosian, which uses "artifacts" found along the railroad tracks of Tucson to create a faux anthropology museum which examines the culture of the modern hobo and temporary worker.
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. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and prior to ATC performances.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Continuing through January 21: Covering the West, works by 64 Southwest Art magazine cover artists. 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.
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. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursday Art Walk.
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WOLFE GALLERY. 9600 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 742-4222. 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.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR. Last minute Christmas shoppers can stop by the holiday arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17, at Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St. Exhibitors from all over Arizona will display and sell their unique creations. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Catalina H.S. athletic department. Call Linda Ireland at 296-4059 for information.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR. WomanKraft Castle, 388 S. Stone Ave., hosts its annual holiday bazaar with affordable art by local artists. Items available include jewelry, clay sculpture, paintings and prints, with unique gifts by child artists showcased in the Kidcraft section. Show continues through December 23. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 629-9976 for information.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE. The Tucson Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAB) will have a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, at 3767 E. Grant Road. TAB members specialize in creative pieces that are not only beautiful to see, but interesting to touch. Braille holiday cards are also on sale throughout the month of December. All proceeds benefit TAB, who provide comprehensive rehabilitative services to the blind and visually impaired. Call 795-1331 for information.
HOLIDAY MARKET. The Tubac Center for the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, Tubac, hosts the 13th annual Holiday Art Market, with original and handcrafted works by more than 70 artists of the southwest. This year's selections feature wearable art and hand-dyed, handwoven fibers of silk, wool and cotton. Alice Watterson presents The Dollmakers' Art from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 16. The Holiday Market continues through December 30, but will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (520) 398-2371 for information.
NAVAJO SANDPAINTING. Arizona Health Sciences DuVal auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The free Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society lecture series continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 18. Trudy Griffin-Pierce, Ph.D., presents Space, Time and Astronomy in Navajo Sandpainting, focusing on the use of sandpaintings in Navajo healing ceremonies and lore. Call 327-7235 for information.
ART TALK. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., offers the following free lectures at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building: D r. Sheila Mortonson presents The Origin and Development of the Nativity Scene on Thursday, December 14. Edie Prescott discusses Sacred Sights in the Holy Land on December 18. On December 21, Corinne Milton presents Christmas in Art. Call 624-2333 for information.
ORIGAMI. Mary Ellen Palmeri teaches Origami, the art of paper folding, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 18, at Campaña del Rio Retirement Community, 1550 E. River Road. Cost is $5. Call 299-1941 for reservations and information.
TILE WORKSHOP. The last Storytelling in Tiles workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at the Womankraft Castle, 388 S. Stone Ave. Participants should register at least three days in advance for the free workshop. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 629-9976 for information.
TEACHERS/ARTISTS. Artists/teachers of various disciplines are needed to teach eight-week sessions for Pima County's Parks and Recreation after-school programs. Sites include elementary schools and recreation centers in Tucson, Ajo, Arivaca, Avra Valley, Catalina, Littletown, Rillito, Sahuarita, and South Tucson. Call the Tucson/Pima Arts Council at 624-0595, ext. 16, for an application and information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board is soliciting entries for its second annual sculpture competition and exhibit scheduled to open June 7. The juried competition is open to New Mexico and regional sculptors. Criteria for selection will be artistic merit, with suitability for public display considered. Artists may submit up to three slides of their sculptures. For information, write: Fuller Lodge Arts Center, P.O. Box 790, Los Alamos, NM 87544; or call (505) 662-9331. Deadline for submissions is March 1.
PROSPECTIVE ART COMMISSION. The General Services Administrator (GSA) is accepting submissions for a prospective art commission for the new Federal Building/Courthouse in downtown Tucson. All media will be considered, and materials must be durable and permanent. Individual and collaborative artists are eligible. Funds may not exceed $317,500. GSA may select more than one artist for the project. Opportunities for the incorporation of art into the surrounding areas may be possible. Contact the following for a "Notice of Prospective Art Commission": Elmo Novarese in San Francisco at (415)744-5769; or Meredith Fisher in Washington, D.C., at (202) 501-0418. Deadline for submissions is December 22.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Art History Graduate Student Association at the University of Arizona is accepting entries for the seventh annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, entitled Death Masters, opening March 1. All student artists enrolled in an institution of higher learning may submit slides of drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and video. Slides must be clearly labeled with artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, and a number corresponding to an accompanying slide list. The slide list should include title, medium and dimensions. Slides must be in a clear plastic page. A SASE must be included for return of slides. Entry fee is $5 in check or money order made payable to the Art History Graduate Student Association. Fees are non-refundable. Mail entries to: Barbara Dobbins, c/o Joseph Gross Gallery, UA Art Department, P.O. Box 210002, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002. Deadline for entries is January 6, with notification by January 31.
TEMPLE TOURS. ATC hosts 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.
ART OPTIONS. Fine Art Options represents local fine artists with rotating shows in a variety of Tucson businesses. Fine art sales and leasing are also available. Call Donna Wallin at 795-9030 for current shows and/or consultation.
ART WALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, with free docent-led Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Suite Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Seeking your creativity? Want to find your voice? Do so through experiments with sound and voice, words and play. Call 544-8683 for registration and information.
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
ARIZONA REPERTORY SINGERS. The Arizona Repertory Singers present two evenings of a cappella works and traditional holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. December 14 and 15, at Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road. Admission is free, with donations encouraged to benefit the mission restoration project and ARS. Call 792-8141 for information.
BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 1200 W. Speedway. 327-4809. Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai performs the third annual Winter Celebration Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17. Nakai is joined by guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman for an evening of colorful harmonies. Tickets are $15, $12.50 for AHS members, seniors, students and children under 12 years and are available at the Arizona Historical Society, Jeff's Classical Records, Desert Son, Mostly Books and the Haunted Bookshop. Call 628-5774 for 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. Tuesday, December 19. Admission is free, with donations shared with the mission restoration project. Call 722-4235 for information.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON. The Tucson Boys Choir and Horns of the Tucson Symphony perform a free holiday concert from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 15, at the Sabino Canyon Lowell House, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Dress warmly and bring your own seating and beverages. Donations are accepted to enhance Sabino Canyon's facilities. Call the Tucson Boys Choir at 296-6277 for information.
TUCSON MASTERWORKS CHORALE. The Tucson Masterworks Chorale presents a holiday concert featuring soloists Lisa Caldwell, Grayson Hirst and Charles Roe at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students and $2 for children, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 884-3506.
UNICEF BENEFIT. The Civic Orchestra of Tucson presents a festive holiday concert to benefit Unicef at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Program features music by Tchaikowsky, Bizet, Strauss and Corelli. Admission is by donation. Call 791-9246 for information.
WITTMAN RINGERS. The Wittman Ringers present an evening of seasonal music at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, at Campaña del Rio Retirement Community, 1550 E. River Road. The public is invited to attend and join in the singing. Admission is free. Call 299-1941 for information.
CASAS ADOBES CONCERTS. Casas Adobes Congregational Church. 6801 N. Oracle Road. HarpFusion, a group of 14 outstanding international harpists, performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17. Admission is free. Call 297-1181 for information.
HOLIDAY COFFEE HOUSE MUSIC. The Coffee House Music series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, December 15, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road, with an evening of community singing, holiday poetry reading and performances by local musicians. Bring the whole family and get in the holiday spirit. Admission is free. Call 298-1245 for reservations and information.
LUNCHTIME 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.
Out Of Town
MARIACHI CHRISTMAS. Herberger Stage West. 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. (602) 678-2222. The color and pageantry of Arizona's Mexican culture and the sounds of the holiday season return at the fourth annual Christmas Mariachi Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Mariachi musicians from the United States and Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de San Juan will perform, along with special guest Vikki Carr. Tickets range from $15 to $50 and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call the Mariachi Festival hotline at (800) 637-1006 for information.
TKMA HOLIDAY PARTY. The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association hosts a holiday party from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Michael's and All Angels Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road. The evening features performances by Brenda Buckendahl and Mary Loser, Stefan George and Songtower, Eb Eberlein, Ad Hoc Committee, Art Kershaw and Linda Lou and The Drifters. Admission is $5, $4 for TKMA, TFTM, KXCI, DBS, and Guitar Society members. A hot meal and refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Tucson Folk Festival. Call TKMA at 326-9021 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 19, at this weekly Celtic Music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to join in.
DESERT DRUMMERS. The Desert Drummers invite all women to drum along, share experiences and their voices at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 17, at Kennedy Park, Ramada 40, at Ajo Way and La Cholla Boulevard. Women who do not have drums can bring any other instrument. Admission is free. Call Lois at 883-0377 for information.
SINGERS NEEDED. The UA Community Chorus is looking for singers for the spring 1996 portion of its concert season. Tenors and basses are especially needed. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning January 16, in the UA Music Building, Room 146. No audition necessary, but a $10 fee is required at the first rehearsal. Call David DeVenney at 621-8651 or James Kantor at 621-4444 for information.
BLUEGRASS JAM. The Desert Bluegrass Association hosts a bluegrass jam from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Call Bob at 761-8384 or Bonnie at 296-1231 for information.
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
ZENITH CENTER. 330 E. Seventh St. 623-0193. Bodhitree Gallery and the Zenith Center present an evening of Mantra dance, poetry and music at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 17. The program features the Tara Dancers and Singers, a reading by Vladan Mijatovic, poetry by Tom Cox and music by Lisa Thiel. Admission is $8 with partial proceeds benefiting the Tara Abbey in Nepal. Call 623-0193 for information.
TFTM DANCES. TFTM offers a Contra Dance every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. All levels, singles and couples welcome. Admission is $4, $3 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information. The Third Saturday Contra and Square Dance, with live old-time music by the TFTM String Band, is held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Singles and couples are welcome, no experience necessary. Lessons are given from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door. Fiddle players are invited to join in.
SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL. Registration is still open for the 48th annual Southern Arizona Square and Round Dance and Clogging Festival, coming to the Tucson Convention Center January 18 through 20. Call 885-6273 for registration forms and information.
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.
YOUTH STOREFRONT. The Youth Storefront Project, 118 S. Fifth Ave., No. 200, will have an open house from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 16. The Storefront is a collaboration between artists, merchants and educators hoping to provide in and out-of-school "at risk" youth with hands-on experience in running an operating a gallery shop. Refreshments will be served and local musicians will perform at the opening. The Youth Storefront Project is run by students of Project M.O.R.E. Alternative High School. Call Thomas Anderson at 617-6460 for information about the Storefront and Project M.O.R.E.
POTLUCK/MUSICAL CELEBRATION. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom hosts its annual Potluck Luncheon and Musical Program at noon Saturday, December 16, at the Friends Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. The event is a celebration of the winter holidays and the League's 80th birthday. Bring a main dish, side dish or salad. Desert will be provided. A donation of $3 and canned goods for the Community Food Bank are requested. Cash proceeds benefit the International Office of the WILPF. Call Mary MacEwan at 622-5743 for information.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. The Tucson chapter of the Save the Manatees Club hosts a Christmas Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road. The event will feature games booths, Christmas Café, jumping Castle, Ye Ol' Christmas Shopping Village, pictures with Santa and a manatee awareness booth. Admission is by donation of non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank. Call 326-8803 for information on the fair and the Save the Manatees club.
STAMP SHOW. Coins of the Realm, the monthly Tucson Coin and Stamp Show, meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at Marketplace USA, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Collectibles such as coins, stamps, tokens, post cards and sports cards will be available to buy, sell and trade. Free appraisals, admission and parking. The Tucson Stamp Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. The next meeting is December 19. Browse and trade at 6:30 p.m., with meeting following at 7:45 p.m. Call 743-0429.
SPORT CARD SHOW. A sports card and memorabilia convention meets December 15 through 17 at El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway. Sports cards, comics, Pogs, sports memorabilia and autographs are among the offerings. Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 722-2756 or 299-0505 for information.
FOOD FOR PETS. The third annual Good Samaritan Pet Food Drive continues through December 22. The drive is designed to help needy pet owners of Tucson. Pet food can be donated year round at participating veterinary clinics and 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. 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, 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.
MENTAL CHALLENGE. Michael Winerip, author of 9 Highland Road, presents Stigmatizing Those Who Stigmatize the Mentally Ill at 2 p.m. Friday, December 15, at the UA Health Sciences Center auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Winerip, a deputy metro editor for The New York Times, spent two years observing a government-financed group home for the mentally ill in suburban Long Island. Admission is free. Call 626-7301 for information.
CONSIDERING DIVORCE. A free information seminar entitled, Considering Divorce meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, at Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Program focus is to provide a greater understanding of the legal and emotional aspects of the divorce process. Call Ford Nicholson at 740-5590 for information.
HOLIDAY STRESS RELEASE. The Tucson Center for Self Discovery hosts a special Holiday Meditation and Winter Solstice Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 21, in the Catalina Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Sunrise Drive and Kolb Road. The event, featuring guest speaker Tony Chester, will provide an opportunity to step out of the hectic holiday schedule to find inner balance and renewed energy through meditation, discussion and laughter. Cost is $10. Call 318-6508 for information.
MEDIA WORKSHOP. Access Tucson is offering an all day workshop, Lighting For Television and Film, at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway. Workshop covers power sources, use of light, equipment, locations and budgets. Cost is $25. Call Access Tucson at 624-9833 for information, or visit them on the World Wide Web at http://access.tucson.org.
RESEARCH GRANTS. The Tucson/Pima Public Library offers free orientations to the Main Library's Grants Collection, which contains information on foundation and government grants for non-profit organizations and individuals. All workshops are held from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. in the Main Library, third floor, 101 N. Stone Ave. Upcoming workshops will meet December 14 and 28. Call Jean Lewis at 791-4393 for information.
POP-UP BOOK EXHIBIT. James T. Sinski, UA professor emeritus of microbiology, shares his hobby of collecting pop-up books with fellow bibliophiles in the annual pop-up storybook exhibition continuing through January at the UA Main Library, south side of the UA mall near Cherry Avenue. The collection is located in three different areas of the library and covers topics from Disney's favorite villains to 15th century Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Call the Main Library at 621-6440 for information.
POETRY READING. Open mic poetry reading meets every Wednesday 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.
POETRY SOCIETY. The Tucson Chapter of the Arizona State Poetry Society meets at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave. Program features works by Denise Levertov. Call 797-7287 for information.
JAMES JOYCE SOCIETY. The James Joyce Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, in the Bowler Room at Café Magritte, 254 E. Congress St. All those interested in Joyce and his works are welcome. Call 623-8905 for information.
SPARROWGRASS POETRY. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum is offering a grand prize of $500 in its Distinguished Poet Awards contest. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject and in any poetic style. Submitted poems will also be considered for publication. No entry charge. Deadline is January 31. Send poem to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc., Dept. N, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.
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.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The National Library of Poetry will award $24,000 to some 250 poets entering the North American Open Poetry Contest. Poets may send one original poem, 20 lines or less, any subject or style. Name and address should appear on the top of the page. Send entries to: The National Library of Poetry, 11419 Cronridge Drive, P.O. Box 704-1986, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Deadline is December 31.
STORYTIME. Singer/songwriter Patty Horn will be the celebrity guest at storytime at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at the Haunted Bookshop, 7211 N. Northern Ave. Call 297-4843 for information.
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.
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.
HOLIDAY FUN. Celebrations from Around the World is this month's theme for Activity Time, held at 11 a.m. each Tuesday at Borders Books and Music, 4235 N. Oracle Road, in the Kid's Amphitheater. Stories of Christmas will be explored on December 19. Activity Time is most appropriate for pre-schoolers. Call Borders at 292-1331 for information.
ESSAY CONTEST. The Grand Canyon State Games Student Essay Contest seeks submissions by Arizona students on How Sports Make a Difference or How Sports Build Character. All essays must have a cover page with the following information: title, author's name, address and telephone number, birthdate, school, certification by parents and teacher. Send entries to: Grand Canyon State Games, P.O. Box 15068, Phoenix, AZ 85060-5068. Deadline is January 15. Call (602) 545-3700 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.
SHOES FOR CHILDREN. The Educational Enrichment Foundation needs sponsors for its annual fundraiser for new shoes for disadvantaged children. For just $20, sponsors will give a child a new pair of shoes, three pairs of socks and holiday treats. Donations can be made at the EEF office, 1661 N. Swan Road, Suite 116. Call 325-8688 for information.
PARENTING CLASS. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (TCADD) offers a six-session parenting class entitled Discovering Normal, geared toward adult children of alcoholics, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from January 3 and through February 7, at the Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, 1230 E. Broadway. The parent and child preschool program is from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 16. These free classes cover the basics of parenting and situations and needs unique to ACOAs. Call 882-7703 for registration and information.
FAMILY FORUM. Family Forum is a free, ongoing class which meets at 10:15 a.m. Sundays at St. Philip's In The Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Family Forum offers frank discussions about families, children and parenting. Dr. Jeanette Renouf presents Christmas Sanity on December 17. Call 299-6421 for 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Girls Ranch seeks volunteers for tutoring in basic skills and computers, for house repair and maintenance, and to help with projects and fundraising. Girls Ranch provides services for at-risk children and teens. Call Linda Schnelle at 887-3282 for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Women volunteers are urgently needed as phone mentors for young women who return to their community after participating in Job Corps training. These women need personal guidance and emotional support to help them assess and meet their current and future needs. Call Women In Community Service, Inc., at 792-3015 for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Children to Children, a non-profit grief support center for children and their families, seeks volunteers to train as support group facilitators. The next training session begins in September. Call 322-9155 for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children (TCWC) seeks volunteers for multiple services for survivors of domestic violence. Call 795-8001 for information. Your involvement makes a difference.
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.
MENTORS NEEDED. Jewish Family & Children's Services, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions and ethnic origins, seeks women to serve as mentors for teenage mothers in high school. Women are needed to spend one hour weekly for a six-month period with one young mother. JFCS offers training and ongoing practical advice and assistance. Contact Bonnie Kneller-Hernandez at 795-0300 for more 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. 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.
GADSDEN-PACIFIC TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM. Foothills Mall. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. See and operate antique and contemporary toy trains at this free museum, Friday through Sunday during mall hours.
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., daily.
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 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.
RIALTO THEATRE GALLERY. 318 E. Congress St. 740-0126. Continuing: an exhibition of historic theatre photos, artifacts and cinematic memorabilia as part of an effort to educate the public about the history of downtown theatres and the renovation of the Rialto. The exhibit traces the history of 20 prominent theatres located downtown between the 1920 and the 1980. Call 795-1420 for information and exhibit hours.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE MUSEUM. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0956. 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.
SABINO CANYON RUIN. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers two-hour guided tours of this ancient Hohokam village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Tours leave on the hour. Participants should bring water, dress properly for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Reserve tickets by December 15 by calling 798-1201. Tickets can be picked up from the center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Tour is free, with a suggested $2 donation to off-set operating costs.
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 two hours. Cost is $4. Call 622-0956 for registration and information.
CALLING ALL BIKES. Paint peeling, busted rim, broken chain, blown tire, too small, too big? Bring that bike, no matter how clean or broken, to Tucson Bicycles, 4743 E. Sunrise Drive, and donate it to the Salvation Army Christmas program. Both adult and children's bikes are needed. Tucson Bicycles will completely refurbish that old clunker and make it look like new. Call 577-7374 for information.
NATURE TOURS. Baja's Frontier Tours offers natural history and whale watching in Baja, tours through Mexico and day and over-night eco-tours around Southern Arizona. Future tours include Caving and Astronomy and Native American Storytelling. Advance registration is required. Call Piet Van de Mark at 887-2340 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, and 1 p.m. Sunday. "Birds of Tohono Chul Tours" depart 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 meets at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16. The Tucson Hand Bell Ensemble provides a change of pace with a free sing-along in the performance garden at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17. Bring your own chair. 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 depart daily at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live animal interpretations are held daily at 8:30, 9:30 and 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.
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.
Sierra Club. The Sierra Club offers many outdoor activities including bike trips, campouts, picnics, singles events and various hikes for all levels. Call the Sierra Club at 620-6401 for 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.
CHRISTMAS TREE CARE. Not quite sure how to keep that Christmas tree fresh and safe? The National Christmas Tree Association has the answers on the World Wide Web. Log on at http://execpc.com/.~ncta and learn about tree history, care, safety, facts, figures and tree selection.
CANS FOR CATS. Help keep the environment clean and keep a homeless cat safe and warm by recycling aluminum cans for the Hermitage Cat Shelter. This program, adapted from PAWS to Recycle, will continue throughout the year. Animal lovers are encouraged to call the Hermitage Cat Shelter at 571-7839 to arrange for pick-ups or drop-offs at various locations throughout town.
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 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; 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.
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. Other regular attractions include the following: "Birds and Gardening" tours at 9 a.m. Tuesday; "Gardening for the Newcomer," a monthly class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; a plant clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday; compost demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; the Native Seeds/SEARCH mini-museum of ethnobotanical displays, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and the TBG library, open 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Botanical illustration classes begin January 6. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Tucson Organic Gardeners meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, at TBG in Porter Hall. Scott Cordier, of YouthWorks, will present tips on Planting and Maintaining Trees, Vines and Shrubs in the Desert. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff a compost maintenance site at TBG, with master composters on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays to answer all of your composting questions. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 798-6215; or call 883-0377 for information on monthly lectures.
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