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SOUTHWEST SETTINGS. National Public Radio commentator Mary Sojourner has written down a few things.

The Flagstaff author will talk this weekend about her new book, Delicate: Stories of Light and Desire, a collection of stories set in the Southwest.

The first reading and discussion starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. A question and answer session follows the reading. For more information, call 792-3715.

The second reading and book signing is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Reader's Oasis, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd., #114. For more information, call 319-7887.

WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE. Saturday's a great opportunity to check out the Mason Audubon Center.

Never heard of it? Find out what the center's got to offer during a walk along the nature trail with center naturalists and help conduct an informal survey of resident and migratory birds.

You'll learn the basics of bird identification, observe a variety of nesting strategies (in cholla cactus, for one) and pick up on interesting behaviors.

Bring along binoculars or check out a "loaner" pair at the center.

The free walk at 8751 N. Thornydale Road starts at 8:30 a.m. and should be over by about 10.

TWO-WHEELED MYSTERY. A unique fundraiser this weekend will benefit the homeless of Pima County.

Billed as Motorcycle Mystery Fun, the event will send bikers off on a wild goose chase of sorts.

Organizer Betty Bitgood was tightlipped about the run, saying that to reveal much "wouldn't make it much of a mystery."

OK, so here's what we do know.

The event, which will help fund the Hope of Glory Center, a planned full-service facility for the homeless, is Saturday at the Pima County Rodeo Grounds, 4823 N. Sixth Ave., in the north parking lot. Sign-in for motorcyclists who want to ride is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free food, games and a $100 prize for the first biker to unravel the mystery are on tap. For more information, although you probably won't get much more, call Bitgood at 887-2120.

PESKY RUGRATS. Chuckie and Angelica will be at Tucson Mall on Saturday.

Just ask your kids who the celebs are--they'll tell you Chuckie and Angelica are TV's Rugrats.

Young fans will want to get a picture snapped with the stars during a photo op from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Court.

Bring cash because it's a good bet you'll find a few must-have Rugrats trinkets. For more information, call 293-7330 or visit