Cheap Thrills

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS: Way back in 1971, a considerate book-lover opened up his patio and served margaritas and Bloody Marys to the folks who stopped by his unique little book sale.

A few folks probably got buzzed and the sale netted $125. Smiles all around.

Oh, what a difference 30 years make; membership in the Friends of Tucson-Pima Public Library has grown from a couple dozen folks to more than 2,100. Last year, the annual book sale raised $150,000 for the library system's literacy and author programs.

The 2001 version, a 17-day event that runs February 2 through 18, boasts some 250,000 books, the vast majority of which are dirt cheap.

"Most books are priced under $5, and of these, 80 percent are $2 or less," Friends president Gerald Riggs said.

Got kids?

"There are thousands of children's books at 50 cents each," Riggs said.

Even better deals can be had. February 6, 12 and 17 are half-price days. February 13 and 18 are "bag days," when buyers get all the books they can stuff into a grocery bag for just $5. And for teachers, February 16 means a 10-percent discount.

The sale starts Friday at Friends Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 795-3763.

CHEERS TO SENIORS: Get out and support the 3,500 seniors expected in Tucson for the 17th annual Senior Olympic Festival.

Opening ceremonies are Saturday, which also features track and field competition and an activity fair.

Events in the weeklong festival include 30 athletic activities from aerobics to volleyball, and seven non-athletic events, including cards and chess.

The festival opens Saturday at Drachman Stadium at Plumer Avenue and 15th Street, and closes February 10 at Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. For more information, call 791-4865.

THE GLASS THAT BINDS? Some couples find companionship watching TV together, others are fitness fanatics, others still find that what brings them closer is, well, a shared love of glass.

Married to Glass is the name of a new exhibit featuring the works of nine married couples devoted to the art of glass.

The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through April 21 at Philabaum Glass Gallery, 711 S. Sixth Ave. An opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 884-7404.

COME AS YOU ARE: A five spot's all it takes to enjoy a night of performing art.

Zuzi! Move It Dance Company's got you covered with its No Frills, Cheap Thrills, Come As You Are Dance Happening.

Billed as a collision of talent, both youthful and wise, the show features special guest Sara Shelton Mann, founder and director of the San Francisco-based dance company Contraband.

Performances start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Zuzi's Little Theater in the Historic YWCA, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 629-0237.

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