Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tucson

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Just waking up to greet the heat? Good. Now put on sunscreen, grab a hat and bring your water bottle. It's time to celebrate our city's 235th birthday. You missed the Prayer Walk on A Mountain, but if you've been living right, voted early or plan to vote next week, you're doing OK.

Here's a rundown on the birthday offerings for today. For a complete list go here:

San Xavier Mission Celebrates Tucson's Birthday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free at 1959 San Xavier Road. Enjoy Native American arts and crafts, food booths and entertainment all day with present-day members of the original community at Chuk Shon. All proceeds will benefit the Wa:k Community.

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free at 414 N Toole Ave. The Museum will have a Diesel Simulator for young engineers and Locomotive 1673 (featured in the movie Oklahoma ) will be available for photo shots. Cake and popcorn and "goodies" from Amtrak will be served.

The Buffet Bicycle Bonanza, 5-8pm, free, but if you want to participate in the bicycle ride it is $10 per rider. Go to the Buffet Bar at 538 E 9th St. Dress up like Tucson's Birthday and win up to four free tickets to the Loft Theatre! The Buffet Bicycle Bonanza, celebrating Tucson's Birthday, will raise funds for Project Power - an HIV/AIDS prevention/awareness program. Project Power is part of the non-for profit organization Positively Beautiful.
Participants/bicyclists: Meet at the Buffet and bike to selected bars that carry New Belgium beer. At each bar the participant must pick up a particular New Belgium pin and return to the Buffet, proving their completion of the circuit by collecting each bar's particular pin. Everyone who has proof of completing the event will receive two raffle tickets. Participants may bike, skate, unicycle, tricycle, BMX, walk, skip, run ... as long as it's human powered. There's also a costume contest and you can register in teams.

The Big Kahuna Tropical Bash, 5-9 p.m., free, although some venues have an admission, from Main Gate Square near the UA to Fourth Avenue and Downtown. Celebrate our "all sand, no water" existence at this family-friendly tropical bash for Tucson's 235th birthday. Sure, we have beach envy. But, Tucsonans know how to party among the palm trees and warm breezes without regret. The Big Kahuna is a family-friendly evening of festivity in Downtown's historic Entertainment District. Toss on your favorite flowered fashions and join the fun.

Big Kahuna Tropical Birthday Bash at the Riverpark Inn, 5-9 p.m., free, at . In conjunction with the other Big Kahuna Tropical Bash Events for Tucson's 235th Birthday throughout Downtown, the Riverpark Inn will host a Water Safety Demonstration with the Tucson Fire Dept & Red Cross and a Gilligan's Island Castaway Look-a-Like Contest.

The Birthday Cake You've Been Longing For, 6 p.m., free, from Hotel Congress served across the street at Maynards, 400 E. Toole. Was there any doubt in your mind that Hotel Congress would once again host the community for Tucson's official Birthday cake? Sure, there's birthday cake all over town all month long. Life is short; eat the cake! But that's all the more reason to partake of the fabulousness that is the Hotel Congress' annual piece de resistance. Hotel Congress' annual celebration of the very idea of birthday cake rises out of the sea of cake like a desert Venus. This year's cake will be served at Maynards as part of the Big Kahuna birthday party all along the route from the University Main Gate to the Fox Theatre downtown. And befitting the Big Kahuna theme, the cake will be a sandcastle! There will also be a 22-ft water slide and a tropical party boat with margaritas!

Los Descendientes Birthday Gala, 6 p.m. to midnight, $80 per person, $800 table for 10 at the Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Dedicated to helping preserve the history of early Tucson, Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson annually sponsor a dinner and dance featuring many Tucson dignitaries and celebrities, and special guests—Las Donas del Presidio. The event annually marks the debut of the new Dona chosen to reign for the year. Mariachi, a silent auction and raffle, music for dancing make for a great evening of entertainment, socializing and dancing. Proceeds will benefit The Friends of Tucson's Birthplace.

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