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St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market. Another weekend, another farmers market. Consider checking out St. Philip's over on Campbell this Saturday, where Bakehouse Bread will be tabling. Of course, there will also be fresh fruits and veggies, jars of preserves, food designed to eat on the spot (we're being specific because odds are high that you're just going to want to eat all of the food you see on the spot) and lots more. You can stay out as late as you want partying Saturday night and feel just fine about it, because you started your day off right by supporting local farmers and enjoying fresh fruit. 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

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Green Chile Roast at Apple Annie's. Another weekend, another trip to Apple Annie's, where they'll have lots of free samples of both roasted and fresh green chiles, and plenty of both for sale as well. Fresh roasted green chiles are bagged in either quart- or gallon-sized bags. You can also throw some roasted green chiles onto your burger at lunch, Or, if you buy 40 pounds of green chiles, jalapenos, poblanos or any other chili they grow (they grow eight different kinds), then they'll roast them all for you for free! And don't miss out on the delicious green chili ice cream they have available for purchase... no, that's not a typo. Green chile ice cream. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, and Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Apple Annie's Produce Farm Location, 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox.

See A Show

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. You've probably had lots of evenings in your life that you've already forgotten for all time. But have you ever had one that featured Steve Martin and Martin Short in the flesh? Probably not? This evening full of stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business (what was it like for Steve Martin to play the iconic role of the dentist boyfriend in Little Shop of Horrors? Or for Martin Short to play the cunning Jack Frost in the Santa Clause 3?) also includes music by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers and renowned jazz pianist Jeff Babko. (He's a member of the Jimmy Kimmel Live band too). It's sure to be a magical Martin-y night! 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $53 to $173+.

The Game Show Show + The Laugh Tracks. Head on over to Tucson Improv movement for another night full of laughter, snacks and prizes that they expressly admit are not fabulous. House musical improv team The Laugh Tracks opens the evening, making up songs based on your suggestions that may or may not be stuck in your head forever. The Game Show Show pits contestants against each other in an improv show, which is where the un-fabulous prizes come in. And it's a family-friendly event! Let's get ready to chuckle! 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. 414 E. Ninth St. $5.

OAF–Back by Popular Demand. The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre is kicking off their 2018-2019 season with the return of the character OAF—a lovable carnival strongman trying to escape his day job, played by Matt Walley. Directed by physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart, it's one of Scoundrel & Scamp's most popular productions to date, and his been described as "funny. Very funny." Part of the theater's "Season for Scamps" show, it's suitable for ages 5 through 105—in fact, a disclaimer at the top of their event description reads "Not intended for mature audiences." 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Ave. $28 GA, $20 for those under 30, $15 students and teachers and $10 for kids 10 and under.

Learn Something New

Fourth Annual Women in Business Conference and Ball. Empowered women empower women! At this year's conference, the theme is "Collaboration, NOT Competition: The Future of Women in Business," and it focuses on providing tips and resources for collaboration using communication, trust and recognition of a common goal. More than 300 individuals, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and businesses from across the Tucson area and the whole United States will be there, and you should be too. Hear experts speak on how your competition can help you excel, how you can win business through collaboration, how to get organized and how to be a good leader. 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $25 to $197.

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Nature Play at Reid Park Zoo. Nature Play is a monthly play-based program at the zoo sponsored by Summit Hut. And we think all of us could use a monthly play-based program in our lives, couldn't we? This month's program is going to sound (maybe painfully) familiar, as the theme is "It's a Bright and Sunshiny Day." We all know the summers around here can sometimes be a little TOO bright and sunshiney, and the zoo is coming through with mud, water and shade to keep us all cool. Stop by to see what activities you can enjoy outside, even in this heat! 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Free with zoo admission, which is $10.50 for adults ages 15 to 61, $8.50 for seniors 62 and up, $6.50 for kids 2 to 14 and free for kids 1 and below.

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Tucson Pride Pageant. Here we go! The theme for this year's pride pageant is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which means that, if all goes according to plan, we'll be seeing lots of gorgeous Glindas (or Galindas, if you're a Wicked fan), dazzling Dororthys, marvelous munchkins and hopefully even some scarecrows, tin men, lions, Elphabas, wizards and flying monkeys. Contestants will compete in interview, presentation, evening gown/wear and talent categories, and onlookers are welcome to watch raptly. Be sure to bring your green-tinted glasses! 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. La Quinta Inn & Suites Tucson–Reid Park, 102 N. Alvernon Way. $10 to $100.

Refugee 101 Info Night. Tucson Refugee and Iskashitaa Refugee Network are hosting his opportunity for you to get informed about immigrant resettlement, and learn more about the struggles faced by new Americans. How do you define a refugee? An asylee? An immigrant? How can you welcome a family in your neighborhood? How do new Americans become self-sufficient? Refugee agencies and organizations throughout the city are represented, and all are welcome, especially present and potential volunteers (though attendance doesn't obligate you to volunteer—you're perfectly welcome to come if you just want to learn more about the situation, which we could all stand to do.) 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave. Free.

Day Trip & Pawjama Party Orientation. If you really feel like you need a reason to head over to the Pima Animal Care Center on a Friday evening, other than to coo over all the cute pets, consider this free orientation that briefs participants on the shelter's programs that allow you to take a dog out for a day trip, or home for a sleepover. It's a great way to help the animal shelter when it gets full, and for you to get a feel for what sort of pet personality fits best with your lifestyle. What could be cuter than a pawjama party? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Free.

The Birthplace of Jazz and so Much More: New Orleans Music and Culture. Chances are, you've enjoyed a jazz song or two in your time. Or you've eaten jambalaya. Or you've gotten wasted for Mardi Gras. Maybe all three. Maybe all three at once. This two-part class will teach you all about the origins of jazz, the unique history of Congo Square, Storyville's red-light district, the pageantry of the Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals (they're a romp) and early rock 'n' roll history, just for starters. Put on your thinking caps, and, of course, your jazz hands. 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 1. Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free.

Take a Breath

Free Stress-Free Workshop. If you give a stressed-out person a margarita, they'll be stress-free for a day (or less). If you give a stressed-out person a Hatha Yoga workshop, they'll come away with some techniques and tools for stress management that could last a lifetime. Mary James from the Yoga Connection will be teaching yoga poses to rejuvenate the body, breathing practices to calm and restore the mind and meditation and visualization to calm and center the spirit. These techniques can be used to develop an awareness of what elicits a stress response, so you can know immediately how to cope with or relieve it. Hooray! 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The Yoga Connection, 3929 E. Pima St. Free, but donations that benefit Habitat for Humanity are greatly appreciated.

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Yoga for Derechos Humanos–donation class. Nothing quite like the peace of mind you get after a good yoga sesh—except maybe the peace of mind that comes from going to a good yoga sesh AND making a donation to Coalición de Derechos Humanos, an Arizona grassroots organization that promotes the human and civil rights of all migrants, regardless of their immigration status. So head over to Floor Polish for this class with Marta, where all levels are welcome. Bring a mat, some water and a donation—or rent one of their mats if you want to. You can pay with cash or card. 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Floor Polish Dance + Fitness, 408 N. Fourth Ave. Donation-based.

Contentment: A Public Talk. If there's anyone who knows about peace of mind and contentment, it would probably be an internationally renowned Kadampa Buddhist Monk. And that's exactly who is leading this workshop. More specifically, it's Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, in from Canada, where he's the spiritual director and resident teacher at the country's Kadampa Meditation Center. He'll talk about how all the difficulties we have in our relationship with others actually stem from ourselves: We don't know how to be content. And then he'll share some methods for finding your way to peace of mind that lasts. Sounds at least worth hearing, right? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Kadampa Meditation Center, 5326 E. Pima St. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Kids and Families

Splash & Dash for Kids! The best part about a splash and dash, of course, is the implied "crash," during which you get to spend the rest of the day on the couch eating chips while your family marvels at your athleticism. This aquathlon series at the Tucson Jewish Community Center is open to athletes ages 7 to 15, and acts as a great way to meet fellow runners and swimmers. Ages 7 to 10 have a 100-yard swim and a 1.2-mile run, while ages 11 to 15 have a 200-yard swim and a 1-mile run. Check in at 6 a.m., and race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Tucson JCC, 3800 E. River Road. $25 USAT members, $35 non-USAT members.

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'90s Bar Crawl Tucson AZ. Well, the title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Bleach your hair tips, throw on a bunch of denim, pluck most of your eyebrows away and prepare to get slimed, because tonight is all about one of history's finest decades. Maloney's, the Funky Monk, Playground, Series 19, The Warehouse and more TBA will be participating. Your ticket includes exclusive '90s-themed drink specials, a photobooth at registration and a '90s-themed after party at The Warehouse. The first 25 people in line get limited swag. You'd better start practicing the Macarena. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Maloney's Tucson, 213 N. Fourth Ave. $15 to $69.

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Free Family Fun Day at Cactus Bowl.It's youth bowling season! To promote their youth bowling program, which starts on Sept. 8, Cactus Bowl is hosting this family fun day with free bowling, free pizza and free soda (boy, do they know the way to a person's heart). There will also be door prizes, raffle prizes, a bowling pin decoration station and a photo booth. And it's the perfect time to register your little bowling enthusiasts for their youth program, where they can grow and thrive in a supportive and encouraging environment. 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Aug. 25. Cactus Bowl, 3665 S. 16th Ave. and their three other locations. Free.

Fun in General

Bingo! At the Shrine! If you haven't had the full-body adrenaline rush that comes with frantically scanning a bingo card to see if you have a winner in more than a few months, it's time to live a little. If you're feeling lucky, or if you're just feeling like having a blast, head over to the Sabbar Shrine Center, where the bar will be open for food and drinks, the auditorium will be open for game-playing and money-winning and your mouth will be open as you shout, "BINGO!" (The key is to believe that you're going to get a BINGO, and hope it becomes a reality). 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 S. Tucson Blvd.

BearDownFest. If you're not a college student, brace yourself: The college students are coming back! If you are a college student, welcome back! This UA welcome week pool party will be the perfect way to get back into the swing of the school year. About 1,000 of your classmates will be there raging to sounds by @djyourstrulyradio and more. Hey, college is the time where you've got to live it up. Plus, you'll be doing your civic duty by getting to know your classmates and neighbors. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. $10.

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Cool Summer Nights at the Desert Museum. Happy Teacher Appreciation Night! All of Tucson's beloved teachers get free admission and 10 percent off in the museum gift with a teacher ID (or if your school doesn't do ID badges, bring a letter from a principal or other administrator on school letterhead verifying you're a teacher). Plus, books and posters from the museum's backlist are available free to teachers! Special events of the night include two 30-minute "Desert Survivor" presentations about some of the desert's most fascinating creatures and a talk from Svea Anderson, a STEM Coordinator and local teacher, who just got back from the Arctic Circle researching the effects of climate change. As always, check out docent stations, the stingray touch exhibit and the Packrat Playhouse. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora resident.

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