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Dog Days of Summer menu. Bring your four-legged friends to Café Botanica inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens from now until Sept. 30 for a chance to try out the café's new menu. Your dog can enjoy an upgrade from their bone; the café is debuting three different options from a dog-friendly menu, such as a hamburger, chicken and rice or a handmade dog biscuit. For the humans, the café offers a menu including apricot-glazed chicken, sweet cornbread strata and more. To visit the café, pay the Tucson Botanical Gardens' admission, which for non-members is $15 for adults and $8 for children over 3. Admission for dogs is $3 a day and $10 for additional dogs. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

Ren Coffeehouse Grand Opening. There's a new coffeehouse opening in town. Here's the chance to try it out before all the college kids come back and make it their new study spot. Ren Coffeehouse is celebrating its opening with complimentary yoga and kombucha on its patio, drink specials and prizes. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest, and the winner gets a bag of coffee every month for a year. 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 4300 N. Campbell Ave.

Vegan Brownie Sundaes Free Class. Is there such a thing as healthy brownies? Head on over to Natural Grocers in Tucson Broadway Village to find out. The store is holding a class, led by Chef James Ray, that will lead you through a recipe to make brownie sundaes the vegan way. So what's the secret? Black-bean brownies and coconut milk-based ice cream. At the end of the class, you can try it for yourself. Free and open to all ages. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 3016 E. Broadway Blvd.

Mini Cupcake and Beer Pairing. Have your cake, and drink beer, too. Beer and cupcakes come together for a sweet tooth's dream pairing at Dillinger Brewing Company, which will host an event serving up flights of the pairing in partnership with Tucson Roller Derby. Check out pairings such as pretzel cupcake and Hunny Porter, pineapple upside-down cupcake and Tiki Party Gose and strawberries and cream cupcake with Boat Shoes IPA. If you're just here for the sweet stuff, no worries: you can purchase cupcakes individually, too. Pairings cost $12 each. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 3895 N. Oracle Road.

Employee Ice Cream Competition. Take a break from the heat with a cold one—and a cone. 1912 Brewing Co. is hosting an Employee Ice Cream Competition to see who can create the best ice cream, using a 1912 beer, which will then also be paired with the beer. Though it's a contest, with beer and ice cream, there can only be winners. Head over to try out the combos yourself. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 105.

Summer Invitational—A Seat at the Table. The Coronet is celebrating the summer season with a series of great eats, especially for those who make it to their five-course dinners. This time around, they are pairing with The Natural Wine Company, and the menu includes red wine braised rabbit and chilled burnt tomato and peanut soup. To make reservations, call (520) 444-2830 or email sally@cafecoronet.com. $70 per guest with wine pairings or $50 per guest without the wine. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. 402 E. Ninth St.

Watermelon Wednesday. Reid Park Zoo puts a wild twist on a classic summer staple with its weekly Watermelon Wednesday events. Hang out at the zoo and watch elephants, grizzlies, otters, tapirs and more snack on watermelon popsicles and smash whole watermelons. You don't have to stand on the sidelines when it comes to the watermelon: watermelon Eegees and slices will be available for purchase throughout the zoo. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. 3400 E. Zoo Court.

Woof Down Wednesday at Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. Chow down on Hawaiian barbecue and help some pets while you're at it. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has partnered with various restaurants across Tucson to pair good food with a good cause. This week, head over to Mama's, grab your favorite dish and be sure to take your receipt to the Humane Society table inside the restaurant, where 20 percent of your bill will go to the foundation. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. At Mama's locations at 8300 N. Thornydale Road, Suite 120, 6310 E. Tanque Verde Road, suite 120, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave. and 4016 N. First Ave., suite 100.

Four Peaks Beer Dinner. Upgrade your barbecue dinner with brews from Four Peaks Brewing Co. Brother John's is hosting a pairing dinner that offers a broad sampling of the local beer and their signature barbecue. For more menu information, RSVP and call 520-867-6787 for reservations. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19. 1801 N. Stone Ave.

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