KIDSARCHAEOLOGY 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. 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, 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.
TEENS & ART. Tucson Parks and Recreation Performing Arts Unit presents two new teen programs: Teen Combo Ensemble, which incorporates both music and dance in a performance-oriented venue; and The Self-Esteem Theatre, offering an opportunity to create and perform original theatrical productions. Both programs are free, and are offered at two locations: The Randolph Recreation Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way; and The El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway. Call Michael at 791-4663 for 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.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, Inc., is an International, non-profit organization dedicated to the entire single parent family. They offer Saturday night dances, campouts, picnics, skating, meetings, potlucks, games, house parties, movies, hikes, volunteer and community service opportunities, and much more. Call 622-8120 for information.
TUCSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL. 2109 E. Hedrick Drive. Tucson Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative, invites Tucson's parents and kids to their annual fundraising auction begining at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25. The evening features a silent and live auction, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Proceeds support the school's NAEYC-accredited preschool and kindergarten programs, and provides financial assistance for needy families. Call 326-9212 for information.
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