On Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m., join in the discussion with Dr. Wilson at the Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Call to reserve your seat for the free lecture at 748-0388.
MERCI, BEAUCOUP. Celebrate Francophone cultures of the world at the Francofolies on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ooh, la la. At 10 a.m., there's the Bienvenue (welcoming ceremony) followed by Cajun music with Black Leather Zydeco and a lesson on the Cajun two-step. A Pétanque Tourney fills the rest of the day peppered by a tasty French cuisine demo by Red Sky Cafe's Steve Schultz, West African percussion, sidewalk art judging, a French waiter's race and, at 1:30 p.m., more music by the French jazz group Naïm Amor.
It all happens at the University of Arizona Mall in front of the Student Union at Second Street and Mountain Avenue. Questions? Call 621-3740.
WILL AN UMBRELLA HELP? There's a chance of showers this weekend.
A meteor storm happens when the comets get a little too close to the sun and shed clouds of dust and rubble. The debris trail spreads out into a meteoroid stream. You get as many as 100,000 meteors an hour and it's a veritable nighttime shower. Astronomers aren't sure when the heaviest meteor storms will happen. But they do know it'll be sometime in the late night hours between November 16 and 19.
To help us view the Leonid shower, the Flandrau Science Center hosts a special presentation on meteors at their regular planetary show, More than Meets the Eye, on Saturday, November 16, at 8:30 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for kids under 13. The Flandrau Center is located at 1601 E. University Blvd. at the corner of Cherry Ave. Call 621-STAR for information. Leave the umbrella at home.
EVERYONE ELSE IS UNDER WATER. Living in Tucson, it's easy to forget that the ocean covers 70 percent of our planet and that the nearest shoreline is a mere four hours drive from here at the northern tip of the Gulf of California.
Starting on Thursday, November 14, and continuing all weekend through Sunday, November 17, it's Ocean Science Week. Explore the biology and geology of our neighboring Sea of Cortez with activities and interactive presentations at the Flandrau Science Center, 601 E. University Blvd. at the corner of Cherry Ave. On Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., there are hands-on activities on the exhibit floor and in the mineral museum. On the weekend at 4:30 p.m., the planetarium presents The Great Barrier Reef.
Most events are free with museum admission. Call for details at 621-STAR.