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The road best traveled. Forget for a moment the information superhighway and all the busy intersections you face each day.

Consider instead the ideas of The Good Road: The Journey Along a Spiritual Path, a book that seeks to give readers a clear map for spiritual development.

Louis F. Kavar, the book's author, on Friday discusses spiritual practices best suited for the frenetic pace of the 21st century. The book includes stories of those whose lives have been transformed by traveling the good road.

The Good Road is Kavar's fifth book. He is also the author of Living with Loss and Pastoral Ministry in the AIDS Era.

Kavar, a counselor, spiritual leader and retreat leader, talks about his book from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Borders Books and Music, Park Place. For more information, call 290-1591.

A river runs through them. The Santa Cruz River runs through three nations.

That's right. The Santa Cruz winds down through the United States, Mexico and the Tohono O'odham. Learn about the archaeology, history, hydrology and biology of the river's environment at a new exhibit called Life of the Santa Cruz River.

The display opens Friday with a 5 p.m. reception and runs through mid-September at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, call 628-5774, ext. 144.

Go play in the sand. If you're feeling like your family really ought to get out more, go out and meet Doris Evans, author of Let's Go Explore the Desert!

She'll lead a family-oriented morning designed to introduce you to tried and true ways to enjoy the desert around Tucson in an event limited to 30 participants.

Evans will give tips on interpreting the desert and share resources covered in her book, including a list of family-friendly trails in and around town. Of course, she'll also sign copies of Let's Go Explore the Desert!, part of the Family Go Guide series.

The event is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mason Audubon Center, 8751 N. Thornydale Road. For reservations, call 572-9881.

See Teach read. Teachers and other school workers can browse for summer reading and get the kinks worked out with free massages at an annual event at Borders Books.

Teacher Appreciation Day features free five-minute rubs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The annual "thank-you" to teachers (not to mention soft and fuzzy publicity stunt) also gives educators the opportunity to save 20 percent off most purchases.

The event at Park Place, open to all classified employees with a pay stub or district identification, also boasts raffles, refreshments and free posters and bookmarks. For more information, call 584-0111.

Show the kids. A magical bird, a princess and a lobster?

Take the kids to see The Firebird, a charming Russian folktale adapted by Ruth Baron. The show, directed by James Mitchell Gooden, centers on a princess and her magical friend, the firebird.

Performances are at 1 p.m. every Sunday, except April 15, through April 22 at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. For more information, call 327-4242.

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