Cheap Thrills ECO-ADVENTURE: The Sierra Club raises the awareness meter with Eco Adventure, presented as an exploration of this fragile, increasingly besieged region we call home.

The evening will feature a wide roster of environmental luminaries, keynoted by wilderness visionary Dave Foreman. A co-founder of Earth First!, Foreman now chairs The Wildlands Project. Other presentations will focus on Sonoran Desert conservation efforts; and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance will present Wild Utah!, a multi-media slide show highlighting the fight to save that state's stunning wilderness areas.

Event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29, in UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For details, 620-6401 for details.

DEAD REDUX: The eternal journey lives on when the Arizona Historical Society hosts its Day of the Dead exhibit. This poignant, celebratory show will feature the work of longtime Tucson photographer David Burckhalter, well-known for documenting Day of the Dead customs in intimate detail. There will also be an altar with Mexican Day of the Dead artifacts.

The exhibit runs through December 5, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 30, in the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Call 628-5774 for information.

CIVIC SPOOKS: Tucson Parks and Recreation creeps into the Halloween scene with a series of free events around town on Saturday, October 31.

From noon to 3 p.m., the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center will host a Halloween festival for kids ages 12 and under. There will be a haunted hayride, a creepy cadre of game booths and costume contest. The first 2,000 kids will receive a free trick-or-treat bag. The center of the action is Reid Park, between Broadway and 22nd Street, east of Country Club Road. Call 791-5155 for details.

The El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road, will host a ghoulish gala for kids ages
5 to 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The eerie action includes games, food, treats, and a dance for teens. For information, call 791-5155.

For family fun, head over to the Archer Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd., where there's a haunted house, apple champagne, dancing and karaoke from 5 to 9 p.m. Call 791-4355 for details.

Finally, a "Fright Night" Halloween party gets underway from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Randolph Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. For information, call 791-4560. El Rio Center, 1390 W. Speedway, will also host its own Halloween festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 791-4693 for the chilling details.

DEMING'S CIVILIZED WORLD: Besides running the UA Poetry Center, Alison Hawthorne Deming is a powerful poet in her own right. Her first collection of poetry, Science and Other Poems, won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets in 1994, and her second collection, The Monarchs, was published in 1997 by LSU Press. Her most recent book, The Edges of the Civilized World, was published this year.

Deming shares her unique vision with local fans in a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, in the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, north of the main mall. For details, call 321-7760. TW

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