Cheap Thrills

NEW FARMER'S MARKET. A 50-year-old barn is home to the Rincon Valley Farmer's Market.

The new Saturday attraction, featuring a variety of fresh produce, breads and tortillas and flowers, also will host special events, including a tomato festival and pumpkin festival.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, year-round. The market is located at 12000 Old Spanish Trail, southeast of Escalante. For more information, call 591-2276 or e-mail

RISING FROM THE RUBBLE. "As the grass grows through the concrete, so must the hands make, so must the voice sing.

"Especially during such times of collectively felt sorrow, I strongly believe that the presence and cultivation of direct human expression here, among us, within all our daily spaces is essential as we independently and collectively attempt to heal and re-define."

So writes artist Pasqualina Azzarello, whose new paintings are displayed in an exhibition called Alive.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Feed Gallery, 1250 E. Manlove St., where the show runs through Novembber 9. Gallery hours are by appointment; for information call 624-8435.

BOOK RELEASE BASH. A full day of fun is slated to celebrate Roseann Beggy Hanson's new book.

Celebrate the publication of The San Pedro River: A Discovery Guide with walks, readings, signings and refreshments. Nature walks or talks are on the hour: 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Subjects include birds, plants, river ecology and archaeology.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch.

Hanson is a native Southern Arizona naturalist, author and director of the Sky Island Alliance. The book release party is part of the second annual Sky Island Festival sponsored by the alliance.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the San Pedro House, 9800 Hwy. 90 at the San Pedro River. For more information, call the Sky Island Alliance at 520-624-7080 or visit

SUNDAY FUNNIES. Summer break is over for the puppeteers at New Kiva Motions.

Arizona's premier professional puppet theater since 1980, New Kiva Motions is ready to get back to work at the Red Barn.

All Sundays in October, the group will present Fall Funnies, various shows from its repertoire and improvisations on classic kids' stories.

After every show kids get some up close and personal action with the puppets, and then the audience gets a chance to make a simple puppet to take home.

Shows begin at 1:30 p.m. Sundays at 948 N. Main Ave. Tickets cost $3 per person, $5 for 2 children and $2 for those with an AHCCCS card or low-income bus pass. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 887-5144.