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TROUBLE SHOOTING: "If ya wanna be in pictures" show up Monday nights for the video taping of the local TV show Let's Get Into Trouble, Baby!. Listen, dance or just look too cool. Ska, punk, blues, big band sound, you name it and you'll probably find it here. Strut your stuff in front of the camera and call all your friends for a viewing party when the shows air on Tucson Cablevision, Channel 5, Fridays at 10 p.m. Recently relocated to the Paragon, 144 W. Lester, showtime is 8:30 p.m. This week expect to see Funky Bones, Buttercup, Zero Tolerance Task Force and Yellow Brick Road Kill. Do you think Dick Clark started this way? Price doesn't get any better than this: It's free. For info call J.T. at 624-9710.

THIS SIDE OF PARADISE: It's time to roll up your sleeves and play in the dirt. But first, take your wagon over to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, for the final days of the TBG Nursery Summer Close-out Sale, continuing through Saturday, May 25. Take it easy on yourself and the water table with drought tolerant plants including flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs adapted for responsible desert living. Save up to half-price on many selections. Sale hours Saturday are 9 a.m. to noon. Call 326-9255 for information.

GET THE BRUSH OFF: If you've always wanted to learn to paint and didn't know where to start, this may be the moment you've been waiting for to free your artistic identity from the closet. Don your chapeau and get into the Crayola-color period of your choice at a free demonstration on the joys of watercolor painting. Rub palettes (watercolor palettes, that is) with local artist Tad Lamb from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at ART!! Gallery, 6328 E. Broadway, in the El Mercado shopping center. Call 745-8586 for information.

CAT'S MEOW: Tucson's cutest cats strut their stuff at the sixth annual Spring All-breed Cat Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, in the TCC Meeting Rooms, 260 S. Church Ave. Cats of all shapes, sizes, cultures and coiffures are on display for prowling feline fanciers. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors and $2 for kids ages 2 to 12. Call 622-3827 for information.

LET'S SEE THOSE BLOOMERS: Tucson mornings are still a treat. Make a detour on the way to work and cruise through the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Take a quiet moment. Birds are singing; the pink crepe myrtle is profuse; the lavender desert willow is beckoning and the salvias are into their violet period. A morning or midday walk is guaranteed to drop the day's stress level by at least 10 points. Summer garden hours start one hour earlier, at 7:30 a.m., beginning Tuesday, May 28, and closing is at 4:30 p.m. daily. Visit this oasis in the desert for only $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are always free. TW

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