SUMMER MUSIC SHOWCASE: Fourth Avenue joins in the Downtown Saturday Night fun with live music every third Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at Creative Ventures Craft Mall, 522 N. Fourth Ave. Come listen to some of Tucson's hottest jazz on Saturday, July 15, with Bobby Taylor. Admission is $2, children under 10 free.
GET INTO THE SWING: Those high-strung players in the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music string band are wound up and ready to fiddle like mad dogs at this month's Contra and Square dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Armory Park Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave., between 12th and 13th streets. Whether you're a dancer, player or wallflower, come and be entertained by colorful callers and old-time music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and more. No experience is necessary, as all dances are explained and walked through by experienced callers. Admission is by donation at the door. Call 318-0810 for information.
TALK WITH THE ANIMALS: The Humane Society of Tucson will answer all your questions about animals with Insects to Mammals, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway. Meet Jigs the Greyhound, along with a colorful array of insects that "make great pets." There will also be some cats available for adoption. Presentation opens with a story hour for kids and continues with a responsible pet ownership workshop for the whole family. Call 745-9822 for information.
TALE OF ADVENTURE: Talking to the Ground is the telling of a family's four-hundred mile quest into the heart of Navajo desert country, which becomes a "mythical, moving journey of discoveries--about the Navajo people, the land and about each other." Acclaimed novelist Douglas Preston will read and sign copies of his book from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. Call 881-6350 for information.
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