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NOT JUST KIDDING AROUND. Music director Enrique Lasansky and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra are putting on another freebie in the park.

The annual Young Artist Concert once again includes the crowd pleaser, Peter and The Wolf.

Soloists include Sara Wang and Dari Duvall. Both are under the age of 18, and are winners of the orchestra's Young Artist Competition held in April.

In keeping with tradition, admission is free and families with children are encouraged to attend.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Reid Park band shell. For information about the concert or the young soloists, contact Lasansky at 293-7664.

PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES. Get out of the house and onto the dance floor.

Tucson Friends of Traditional Music presents Contra and Square Dance with local callers and the driving energy of live string band music. Contra dancing is energetic social dancing in a non-drinking, non-smoking atmosphere. Bring a friend or come alone. Everyone gets to dance.

The dance takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 915 E. Fourth St., between Park and Tyndall, just west of the university. Admission is $7 general, $6 TFTM Members, first-time dancers receive a free ticket to the next dance. For more information, call 293-3783.

SOOTHING SATURDAY. Enjoy the wonderful sounds of the Silverwood duo.

The timeless appeal of the flute and guitar provide a perfect blend. The Silverwood duo has a diverse repertoire, and they'll be playing selections from their CD Collage during the free show.

The event takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bookman's Used Books, 1930 E. Grant Road. For more information, call 325-5767.

GO HOME. Building a house of straw, at least one that will weather the elements, takes a little research.

Learn from Carolyn Roberts, a local author who shares her secrets in A House of Straw: An Odyssey into Natural Building. Roberts' tale is part memoir, part construction journal. The book demonstrates the joys and agonies of building your own home.

Roberts will talk about her hard-earned lessons in an event that also features Ursela Gurau, whose book, House as Teacher: Creating Sacred Space in the New Millennium, also chronicles her journey as big-time homemaker.

Gurau will talk about finding and buying land, and designing, building and moving into her three-domed, one pyramid house.

If you're thinking about building your own home, get an earful of good advice at 7 p.m. Friday at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. For more information, call 792-3715 or visit