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POT POURRI: The Arizona State Museum preserves the past with Saving Southwest Traditions: The Pottery Project.

This new exhibit showcases the center's own exquisite pottery collection, which was recently ranked an official project of Save America's Treasures, itself a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Quite a mouthful, but well worth it. The ASM is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region, and home to the world's most comprehensive collection of Southwest Indian poetry. In turn, the project focuses on nearly 20,000 vessels documenting 2,000 years of prehistory and history in the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Collectively, the pots represent virtually every cultural group in the region.

Highlights include a set of San Ildefonso Pueblo dinnerware donated by Ansel Adams; Nampeyo pottery; pieces ranging from AD 500 to the present; and ceramics from landmark excavations by anthropology pioneers Byron Cummings and Emil Haury.

Exhibit continues through the fall in the ASM, on the UA campus inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 621-6302.

BUNNY BLAST: The funky rabbit does its deed all over Tucson this weekend, providing wee ones with several Easter Egg hunts and other action.

Tucson Parks and Recreation kicks off the search from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, in the Udall Regional Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road; and 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Quincie Douglas Neighborhood Center, 1575 E. 36th St.

On Saturday, April 22, hunts continue from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ormsby Recreation Center, 899 W. 24th St.

Catch more egg action from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Randolph Regional Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. For information concerning city-sponsored events, call 791-4873.

Catalina State Park hosts a basketful of Easter fun from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 22. Activities include an egg hunt, a jumping castle, games and prizes, as well as a visit by the Big Hare himself. To reach Catalina State Park, take Oracle Road north to Milepost 81. There is a $5 fee per car. For information, call 628-5798.

WELL-READ WARBLERS: Join the Chorallers for a novel vocal feast at the northside Bookman's. The dynamic, 15-member UA ensemble performs a variety of jazz standards, complete with refreshments -- literary and otherwise -- among the stacks.

Show time is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Bookman's Used Books, 3733 W. Ina Road. Admission is free. Call 579-0303 for details.

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