KIDSANGEL YOUTH CENTER. 160 E. Alameda St. Youth of all ages are welcome to participate in the center's free activities, which include billiards, ping-pong, arts and crafts, music lessons, and computer games. The center is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and until 10:30 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 624-2447 for information.
ARCHAEOLOGY FOR ALL. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center presents Open1, a chance for kids ages 5 and up to learn about different cultures by participating in the excavation of a make-believe archaeological site. In addition to dig time, each session also includes an indoor craft activity and instruction in artifact cleaning and interpretation. Cost is $35 for four one-and-a-half hour Saturday sessions, or $10 per individual session. Special rates and dates available for groups. Call 798-1201 for registration and information.
BACK TO SCHOOL. It's time for school and the children at Tucson Shalom House need your help to get a great start on the new year! Tucson Shalom House is a non-denominational, non-profit organization that provides housing, counseling, and support services to homeless women and their children. The children are in need of school supplies and new school clothes. Donations of notebooks, pencils, pencil boxes, tablets and filler paper, markers, glue sticks, etc., gift certificates or cash donations for clothes and shoes can help make a homeless child's transition back to school a more gentle one. Call 292-5667 for information.
BUILD-A-BIKE. BICAS Youth Underground Build-A-Bike program is an eight-session program for adults and kids, offering extensive hands-on training for basic bicycle mechanics. In addition to learning new skills, you'll also be helping your community by fixing up old bikes and getting them back on the streets. Students are required to complete a 25-hour apprenticeship and final exam to earn their first bicycle. Classes are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Class tuition is based on a sliding-scale. Call 628-7950 for registration and information.
KIDS' CLUB. Bookman's Used Books. 1930 E. Grant Road. 325-5767. Bookman's Kids' Club teams up with The Humane Society of Tucson from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, September 14. Kids can watch a video on pet safety, and fun with mask making. Call 325-5767 for information.
LIBRARY POWER. Celebrate Diez y Seis, Mexican Independence Day, at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at the Columbus Library. Kids ages 6 and up will enjoy stories and legends of Mexico, and make a surprise craft to take home. Call 791-4081 for information. Call 791-4391 for a calendar of other library-sponsored events.
THEATRE FUN. Shoe Box Theatre. 40 E. Pennington St. Stages, the theatre education division of the non-profit Quintessential Productions, announces fall theatre classes with Michelle Fincher. First Stage, for children ages 4 and 5, offers a choice of one of two sessions: 10 to 11 a.m. October 6 through November 10; or 3 to 4 p.m. October 2 through November 6. Second Stage classes, for students grades 1 through 5, are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 4 through November 22. Third Stage, for students grades 6 through 8, are from 1:30 to 3 p.m. October 4 through November 22. Registration deadline is September 30. Call 531-8074 for class descriptions and enrollment information.
CHILDREN TO CHILDREN. 3922 N. Mountain Ave. Children to Children is a grief support center for children and families who have experienced the death of someone they love. They provide support services in a caring environment, and currently have space available in their groups. Call 322-9155 for information.
PARENTING 101. Tucson Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence. 1230 E. Broadway. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence presents the following free classes to help give families an informed edge: BASICS (Building A Strong Independent Child) provides classes, activities, discussion and support for parents and their children, infancy through adolescence, with the goal of learning to help our children to be healthy, substance-free, and caring individuals. Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Enrollment is open. Call Linda Yuguchi at 620-6615, ext. 22, for registration and information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. 5326 E. Pima St. 321-1500. Help new families get off to a good start. Use your time and talents to work with newborns and their parents. Volunteers are needed to offer support, advice, and a caring ear to new parents. Comprehensive training provided. Call Sheryl Thomasson at 321-1500 for more information.
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