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MUSEUM SATURDAYS: Arrive early and stay late on Saturdays at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which extends its hours for the summer. Starting April 13, the majority of the grounds will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with docents on hand to share the nocturnal secrets of the plants, animals and geology of the Sonoran Desert on paths illuminated by the gentle glow of gas lanterns. Activities vary from one Saturday to the next. Call 883-2702 for program and ticket information. Extended hours continue through September.

TALL TALE: There's more to being tall--I mean really tall--than meets the eye. In addition to finding cars with adequate leg room and instinctively ducking door frames, it can put a measurable strain on one's social life. Back in 1937, a 6'2" woman in San Fernando Valley decided to rise up against her fate and started the SFV Tip Toppers, the first tall club in America. Apparently the idea caught on, because the Tucson Tall Club, formed back in 1977, is part of Tall Clubs International. As if these people need help finding each other in a crowd? Check it out at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Catalina State Park, where the local club hosts a picnic, hiking and volleyball. Call 298-5074 for information.

DANCE HANDS: The Tucson Federation of Musicians offers ballroom dancing featuring Mexican and American music played by a live, 13-piece band from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays starting April 13, at the Musician's Hall, 620 S. Sixth Ave. Admission is $5 per person at the door, with all levels welcome. Call 624-4556 for information.

PIPE DREAM: A free organ recital celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Guild of Organists will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, on the marvelous new pipe organ in the UA Holsclaw Recital Hall. Local organists Stephen Keyl, Jeffri Sanders, Jane Smith and Cherie Wescott perform works by Widor, Franck, Reger and Bach. Call 770-1934 for information.

WELL SPOKEN: Join storyteller Spider McCluskey and other unfathomable guests for an evening of spoken word performance Wednesday, April 17, in the Bowler Room at Café Magritte, 250 E. Congress St. Sign-ups start at 8 p.m. Call 884-8004 for information.

G-WHIZ: Forget that corny X-Files propaganda and head over to Borders Books where you can get the real scoop on this country's jackbooted G-Men. Wesley Swearingen discusses and signs copies of FBI Secrets: An Agent's Exposé at noon on Sunday, April 14, at Borders Books and Music, 4235 N. Oracle Road. Call 292-1331 for information. TW

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