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GOOD OLD DEAL. If you've seen your 50th birthday come and go, go to -- Old Tucson.

From live music and shows to thrilling Western movie history, Old Tucson will treat seniors to a "Golden Day" of fun and adventure from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month through April.

Visitors who have reached the golden age of 50 will receive half-price admission on an adult ticket (regularly $14.95).

On Thursday, January 31, the park features the band Renegades playing classic country music.

February 28 and March 28 spotlight the Hot Flashes, a renowned senior dance group. The Old Time Fiddlers dish up a jamboree on these dates as well. By popular demand, the Clogging Desert Stars will return to light up the Grand Palace on April 28.

The Pima Council on Aging and El Dorado Hospital's Senior Friends, which sponsor the event, will be on hand to counsel guests on how to maintain a rip-roarin' lifestyle.

Old Tucson Studios is located at 201 S. Kinney Road, in the Tucson Mountain Park. Take Speedway Boulevard west, following the signs. For more information, call 883-0100 or visit

BINGE FOR THE BRAIN. Got lard-ass kids? Then get their lard-asses off the couch and take them shopping for some brain food.

I don't mean to be crass (really, because skinny kids are most welcome, too) but the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will help your little and not-so-little ones meet Mozart through music, story and costumes. Then they'll discover the "Mozart Effect" and find out if it changes their IQ!

The quartet of violinists David Rife and Wynne Wong-Rife, violist Ilona Vukovic-Gay and cellist Mary Beth Tyndall presents the fourth Just For Kids concert, The Mozart Effect.

The program is an ideal introduction to how music affects our lives. And don't forget, parents: They say listening to the music of Mozart expands brain capacity!

This is the fourth in an interactive series for kids and will be presented at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the Performance Hall of the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 North Sixth Ave., just south of Grant Road. For more information, call the box office at 882-8585.

FUNKY (AND FREE) FESTIVAL. For the past 43 years, Tubac has been sponsoring an annual arts festival.

That little town must be doing something right. Check it out for yourself this year. The Festival of the Arts starts Saturday and runs through February 10.

The event brings more than 200 artists to the streets of Tubac displaying and selling their works. Local musicians will entertain and visitors can sample from the festival's international food booths.

Admission is free. Parking costs $4, with free horse-drawn trolleys providing transportation to and from the village. Tubac is 45 miles south of Tucson off I-19. For more information, call the Tubac Chamber of Commerce at 520-398-2704 or visit

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