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Bike For Boys
This is a fund raising bike-a-thon to support the Boys To Men program sponsored by The Desert Men's Council of Tucson. The DMC is a 501c3 group-mentoring organization providing serves to adolescent boys, and having conversations with them about the journey to manhood. Event takes place at Paseo de las Iglesias Park in Tucson.
Many mental health disorders begin during adolescence. This FREE community-focused training provides information on identifying the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders/crises in youth. A 5-step Mental Health First Aid action plan is explored and applied to youth mental health disorders and crisis situations, including approach skills and effective communication of concern and support. Training is intended for adults ages 18+ and online pre-registration is required. 8am - 5pm at Plaza Arboleda Conference Center, 2502 N Dodge Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks bring people together to make big changes in the world. These community events fund millions for suicide prevention research and programs, give hope to those who have been affected by suicide, and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Join us to raise funds to be used for local suicide prevention and awareness work done by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Arizona Chapter. Walk participation is free and fundraising is completely voluntary. Sign up for the Tucson walk at afsp.org/walk. Registration begins at 8am. Walk begins at 10am.
If you're going to plant, why not plant with a purpose? The Desert Museum's popular Plant Sale is back for its 19th year and better than ever! This year, we are highlighting areas that will guarantee you are planting with a purpose: hummingbirds, butterflies, and tortoises. Not only will you have knowledgeable Botany staff at your disposable, there will be unusual selections of plants not available anywhere else! See you there, from 6:30 am to noon.
ASUA and AZPM present a special screening of Frontline's acclaimed election-year series, "The Choice." The show goes behind the headlines to investigate what has shaped the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. This screening begins at 7:00 p.m. on the UA mall and is free and open to the public.
Medical Aid in Dying - A Community Conversation
An informative and timely panel discussion moderated by Dr. Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona. On the Panel: Dr. Alan G.Molk, M.D., FACEP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus; Dr. Jim Nicolai, M.D., Associate Medical Director at Casa de la Luz Hospice; Dr. Peter Brown, M.D., Medical Director Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Medicine; Kelly Davis, freelance journalist based in San Diego whose work focuses on the criminal justice system and vulnerable populations. Ms. Davis’ sister, Betsy Davis, was one of the first patients to achieve a peaceful death through the recently enacted California End of Life Options Act. This is a free event at DuVal Auditorium at Banner Medical Center.
Media coverage about the U.S. – Mexico border frequently projects a picture of violence and despair; however, a long history of cross-cultural cooperation and influence has resulted in a region with a unique culture, sense of place and strong economic growth. On September 29, Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will present Community Interactive: Stories from the Border - a live, interactive event featuring a panel of respected and accomplished journalists from Mexico and the U.S. Event takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance. Tickets will be available for reservation beginning September 1st.
From Albuquerque NM, Jésus Muñoz Flamenco’s new production, Íntimo, takes you on an intimate journey into the heart of Andalucia through Flamenco dance. Presented in partnership with CasaFlamenca.org whose mission is to create a vibrant, friendly community of individuals and artists who support the growth and development of world-class Flamenco art through programming and classes, for children through adults. Íntimo starts 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept 29 at the Zuzi! Theater in the Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Ave 85705. Call 505-247-0622 for tickets, or visit us online.
The Jewish History Museum and Consulate of Mexico in Tucson’s 2nd annual block party is September 29 at 7:00 pm. It will be on Stone Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. Live music by Mexico City’s Benjamin Schwartz Y Los Jreins. Los Jreins blend European Jewish Klezmer music with jazz and rock and Mexican influence combining traditional pieces with personal arrangements. There will be food trucks, local artists and a beer garden. The public is invited to this free event. For more information, contact Lisa at (520) 670-9073.
Body Awareness by Annie Baker
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker, pens this comedy about a quirky family, tenuously held together by love, whose fragile harmony is threatened when they host a controversial guest artist for "Body Awareness Week" at a local college.Cost: GA (general admission) $22, Seniors/Students/Military $18. Sep. 30 - Oct. 16 at the Temple of Music and Art (330 S. Scott Ave)
Arizona Browncoats Present: Serenity in the Desert
Charity Screening of Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog and Serenity to benefit the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA) and Kids Need to Read. October 1st at Fox Theatre. Doors open at 5PM. Show starts at 6PM. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Military, Seniors and Students and are available at foxtucson.com or at the door.Featuring: Merchandise (Includes homemade and licensed goods to buy!), Fund Raising Raffle (Featuring rare and hard to find goodies plus autographed awesomeness!), Costume Contest (Come in your best Whedon-themed get-ups and win fabulous prizes!), and a FREE Photo Booth.
Always a favorite with first-time visitors and Garden Regulars alike, Butterfly Magic is a fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom. With a constantly changing and growing display, and new varieties of butterflies being added regularly, Butterfly Magic is never the same experience twice! Included with Tucson Botanical Garden Admission. Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Book Sale
Saturday, October 1st the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society will hold its largest ever sale of used books to benefit the Arizona State Museum library. Arizona State Museum North Building, just inside the Main Gate at University & Park Ave. A unique opportunity, for a good cause, that book lovers should not miss.
The Civic Orchestra of Tucson presents ""Urban Landscapes," a free classical concert. Travel to great cities of the world that have inspired great music: Paris: Gershwin's "An American in Paris"; Vienna: Wiener Blut Waltz by Strauss; Prague: Mozart's Symphony No. 38; New York City: "Salute to the Big Apple"; Also featured is award-winning Evan Willmarth, age 17, who will perform the first movement of Piano Concerto No 2 by Camille Saint-Saens. Before the concert, starting at 2:15, enjoy the orchestra's Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, where people of all ages can try playing an orchestral instrument. Begins at 3 p.m. at Sahuarita District Auditorium, 22 W Sahuarita Rd, Sahuarita, AZ.
An innovative and unique adaptation of George Orwell’s famous short novel, Animal Farm. Performed inside MOCA (Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art), Animal Farm is an art installation of ballet and modern dance and live classical music portraying one of society’s most famous and controversial narratives. Performed by the Artifact Dance Project company, the Tucson Girls Chorus, Korby Myrick, mezzo-soprano, piano, violin and cello. Friday, October 7, 2016, 7:30 pm.
Are you worried about climate change but not sure what to do about it? We have a solution! Economists, climate scientists and a growing number of politicians agree that a price on carbon is an effective, crucial first step to reduce global warming. Citizens' Climate Lobby is a nationwide network of volunteers committed to building bipartisan support & passing Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation in 2017. We are ramping up our activities in Southern Arizona and welcome everyone who wants to help in this urgent and historic effort. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson. Lunch included!
Now in its 35th season, The Arizona Early Music Society presents Canadian instrumental ensemble Sacabuche (Spanish for sackbut) performing works by Venetian masters. This exciting concert of 17th century music features baroque winds (including sackbuts), strings, organ, and Grammy-award winning tenor Aaron Sheehan. Tickets are $25, available online and at the door; reduced price tickets for individuals age 28 and under are $5 available at the door. Concert begins at 3 p.m. at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church. For more information, visit www.azearlymusic.org or call 520-721-0846.
Only one opportunity to see the full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, featuring Russia's brightest ballet stars! There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Russian Grand Ballet was founded by and incorporated graduates from the Great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies. Today, the Russian Grand Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 brilliant dancers. Fox Tucson Theatre, October 11, 2016.
We are pleased to announce the return of the Free Flight Film Festival! This is a wonderful assortment of short films showing hang gliding and paragliding. The amazing visuals will excite and invite those familiar with the sport and those interested. The films will be combined with a raffle & prizes to raise money for the SAHGA organization. The festivities make for a fun-filled, exciting night! The cost is FREE, so come join us at Sky Bar! Event starts at 7pm and is free, with suggested donation of $5 (which earns 3 raffle tickets). Raffle tickets for sale at $2 a piece, with prizes ranging from tandem flights, intro lesson, and gift cards from local vendors.
To celebrate International Archaeology Day Old Pueblo Archaeology Center is having an open house from 9am-1pm. This free to the public family friendly event will include hands on activities, games, and a stone tool making demonstration. Come by and check us out! 2201 44th Street Tucson, Az 85713.
Artist Joe Forkan joins us for a presentation of the ideas and process behind his exhibition of paintings, The Lebowski Cycle, currently on view. This event is included with Museum admission, and is FREE to Museum members, students, UA Faculty and Staff, those with a military or tribal ID, and those under 18. September 15th, 2016 5:30 PM @ The University of Arizona Museum of Art,1031 North Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002.
Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture Series
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) is pleased to present Patricia A. Gilman, who will discuss, "Social Contexts of Chaco and Mimbres Macaws." At University Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium, start time is 7:30 PM. Meetings are free and open to the public.
Live hiring event in Tucson on October 18, 2016. Event is FREE for all career seekers. Meet face to face with employers. Career seekers should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Pre-register to attend here. Hilton Tucson, 7600 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85710, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Speak The Speech Theatre Company, a local 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, opens its Fifth Season with a production of American Buffalo by David Mamet directed by Dan Reichel. The plays perform Thursday thru Sunday October 6, 2016 – October 23, 2016. The performances will be held at The Community Playhouse, 1881 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ. Thur., Fri. and Sat. Performances at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm. Tickets: $18 Adult Advance Ticket (reserve tickets before opening night) $20 Adult, $15 Sr./Mil./Stu. For reservations or information, please call Paul Brunelle at (520)-904-8054 or visit ststheatre.org.
Art Sprouts is a fun story time and art making event for families with children ages 2 to 5 years. Adults and their children will explore works of art, move their bodies, read a book, and investigate objects and art materials. Choice-based studio activities extend the learning and fun. All of these components are designed to not only inspire, but to also foster cognitive, fine, and gross motor skills, which are essential to child development. It’s also a great bonding experience for families! To RSVP, contact Chelsea Farrar at email@example.com or call (520) 621-9504. Art Sprouts is FREE with Museum admission ($8/general, $6.50/65+) and is always FREE for Museum members, and University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty (with CatCard). Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 am @The University of Arizona Museum of Art.
50th Reunion of Class of 1966, Sunnyside High School
Sunnyside High School, Tucson, AZ, Class of 1966 will host their 50th Reunion on October 7/8, 2016 at Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Az. The deadline for registration is August 15, 2016. All alumni are welcome, especially Classes of 65-66-67.
Are you an artist who works in behavioral health, is receiving behavioral health services and/or a family member? Then, you're eligible to enter an art piece into this free arts show! Founded with the understanding of the importance of art to mental health and recovery, the arts show itself is free and open to the public to view amazing pieces of art on display during the 3-day show. Artist entry form and full information available online.
Altrusa International of Tucson invites you to its 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Altrusa Tucson is a non-profit organization comprised of diverse professional who serve the community, focusing on literacy, leadership development and fellowship. At the Radisson Hotel and Suites, 6555 E. Speedway Blvd. starting at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $40 ($20 tax deductible) RSVP by 10/19/2016; Contact Bonnie McPherson (520) 323-6970, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.altrusatucson.org.
Some 50 artists in midtown Tucson invite you to visit their studios, talk about their art and find out about the vibrant arts scene in the center of Tucson. Midtown artists will open their studios from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details and a map, see heartoftucsonart.org. This is a free event.
Opening Night Gala includes: Pre-performance wine & buffet reception, Silent auction, Live musical entertainment, Post-performance champagne toast and dessert reception with company artists, Spirit Garden (premiere), Choreography: Chieko Imada, Mary Beth Cabana, Renowned artist Lawrence W. Lee, the music of Tucson’s own internationally celebrated troubadours Calexico, and Ballet Tucson collaborate on this unique celebration of “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead). Perseus and Andromeda (premiere), Choreography: Daniel Precup. Following the success of Gemini, this is the second installment of Precup’s “Greek Heroes” series. Visually rich with the gods, monsters, and mythology. Red, White & Blue! Choreography: Chieko Imada, Mary Beth Cabana. The company’s light-hearted salute to patriotism rounds out the program.