SEE OF TRANQUILITY. Arizona's night skies can be mesmerizing. Add a bright moon and the desert takes on an almost mystic quality.

On Saturday, you can take a "moon stroll" at Valley of the Moon. Wander and wonder at your leisure through the pathways, caverns, pools and gardens of a fantasy park built of one part rock, one part imagination.

The Arizona and National Historic District and a few surprise musical guests promise to delight visitors. Bring your family and friends, but leave your pets at home.

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road, east of Tucson Boulevard. Other strolls are planned for July 28 and August 25. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 323-1331.

KIDS STUFF. Glitter bottles and fun for the Fourth are lined up for kids this week at the Tucson Children's Museum.

On Sunday, kids are invited to bring some ideas and create a beautiful glitter bottle they can take home and display in their room. The event takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

On July 4, events in two locations offer something for children of all ages.

Visit the museum downtown to learn more about space on the anniversary of NASA's Pathfinder landing on Mars. Visitors also will have a chance to make an edible Mars Rover out of their favorite candy. The event is from noon to 3 p.m.

Also on the Fourth, check out the MarsQuest exhibit at Park Place and win prizes while jockeys from 104.1 The Point broadcast live. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The museum is located at 200 S. Sixth Ave. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission costs $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors and $3.50 children. For more information, call 792-9985, ext. 112.

FULL MOON AT HALF-PRICE. If you would rather skip the festivities this year and spend July Fourth weekend in the wilderness, check this out.

You can spend July 4 and 5 at the Ramsey Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a guided walk under the full moon with naturalist Mark Pretti. And you pay for just one night's lodging.

You may hear and see bats and owls, and you'll be able to check out the nocturnal goings-on at the preserve's frog pond.

The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve is 380 acres on the lush northeast slope of the Huachuca Mountains in Southeastern Arizona. The preserve is home to hundreds of plant species; dozens of species of mammals, reptiles and butterflies; and more than 100 species of birds.

If you're not game for the overnight deal, consider a visit for a regular guided nature walk, conducted at 9 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through October 31. No reservations are necessary. For more information and directions to the preserve, call Pretti at (520) 378-2640, or e-mail him at

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