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Season tickets for Harkins Theatres' popular 10 week Summer Movie Fun program are on sale at Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18.  Season tickets are $5 for all 10 movies.

Summer Saturday Evening Fun Starts at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Beat the heat and enjoy the fun with the start of summer hours and Saturday evening happenings at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Summer Saturday Evenings give visitors a unique chance to tour the Desert Museum at night, a time when many of the animals are at their most active with the onset of the summer heat. The popular Summer Saturday Evening programs showcase what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt. Summer Saturday Evenings begin Saturday, June 6 and continue each through August 29. After 4 p.m. Saturdays, the special discounted admission is just $6 per adult and $2.25 for children between 6 and 12 years of age. Get the entire Desert Museum Summer Saturday Schedule.

June 6: Live and "sort of" on the Loose 
June 13: Make and erupt your own volcano!
June 20: Bug Night, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m., Warden Oasis Theater.
June 27: Family Astronomy Night.

June 1 – Sept. 30, 2009: DIG: Prehistoric Gardens. The dinosaurs are back! DIG: Prehistoric Gardens, an exhibit that explores geology, paleontology, and botany returns to the Gardens on Monday, June 1. Ferns and horsetails, spiny cycads and monkey-puzzle trees are just some examples of plants that developed millions of years ago that are still in existence today. Come explore the many plants found in our Garden that have links to a prehistoric past. Learn about the creatures that fed on these plants over time including giant dragonflies, millipedes and of course, dinosaurs. Join us on a scavenger hunt, dig in our fossil quarry, or take a picture with a velociraptor. Tours and family activities will be posted on the Gardens website or call for more information. Hours: Garden hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Open seven days a week, year round, except July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day. Gardens’ admission: DIG: Prehistoric Garden exhibit is included with regular admission. $7 for adults (age 13+), $3 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 1/2 acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

June 6-August 28: Summer Movies and Summer Classic Movie Series at Fox Tucson Theatre – classic movies for the entire family, at downtown Tucson’s historical Southwestern Art Deco movie palace, Classic series includes The Wolf Dog, The Underseas Kingdom, the Green Archer, classics are Saturdays 1 pm, other movies will be shown on various dates at 7:30 pm, 520-624-1515 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org

Twilight Thursdays Summer evenings at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Summer days in Tucson are hot, as we all know, but once the sun sets, the air cools and there is no better place to be than enjoying the beautiful outdoors of our desert home. Get out of the house and join us for a full schedule of fun events planned for the second annual Twilight Thursdays. Thirteen themed evenings will include music, education and activities for the whole family. The Gardens will be open for this special event series from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Thursday in June, July and August. The Gardens Café featuring Café 54 will offer buffet menus corresponding with the evenings theme.
 
June 2009 Event Schedule*
June 4 – Members Picnic, featuring Entre Peruanos (free to Gardens members, this night only, open to the public)
June 11 – Kids’ Night, featuring storyteller Jordan Hill
June 18 – Local Band Night, featuring Golden Alphabet and roth d’luxe
June 25 – Brazilian Night, featuring Batucaxé (pronounced bah-too-cah-SHEH)
* Themes and entertainment are subject to change. Visit our website www.tucsonbotanical.org, for weekly updates. Twilight Thursday events will be held rain or shine. Hours & Admission. Twilight Thursday hours: 5 – 9 p.m. every Thursday evening in June, July and August. Twilight Thursday admission: $7 for adults, $3.50 for member adults, $3 for children, $1.50 for member children. Members free of charge on June 4. Garden Hours: Garden hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Open seven days a week, year round, except July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 ? acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

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Wednesday, June 3

FAIR for Educators 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Holiday Inn Palo Verde, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd. Highlights include valuable resources from over 100 local exhibitors; over 20 workshops on various topics; Arizona recertification credit available; networking opportunities; fresh, new ideas; and it's FREE! Register online at www.fairforeducators.org. Hosted by the Office of the Pima County School Superintendent

Thursday, June 4

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona 2009 Golf Classic at The Gallery Golf Club. (520) 326-0060 ext. 104.

Twilight Thursdays Entre Peruaños at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Entre Peruaños provides entertainment and family activities and tours. The Gardens will be open for this special event from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gardens Café featuring Café 54 will offer buffet menus corresponding with the evenings theme. 5:00 p.m. Gates open; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Octopus Agave planting activity; 6:00 &; 7:00 p.m. Butterfly Garden guided tour; 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Entre Peruaños*; 7:00 p.m. Highlights of the Gardens’ February trip: Overwintering monarchs in Monterey. All evening Weird Plant Raffle, Gardens Gift Shop Yard Sale. * Entre Peruaños performs traditional folk music from the Andes mountain regions of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Ecuador, along with Afro-Peruvian classics from the coastal region of Peru. With five musicians singing and performing 12 traditional instruments, Entre Peruaños brings you the ancient and everyday stories of the Andean people - their joys and struggles, courage and imagination, and unique heritage. 
Hours & Admission: Twilight Thursday hours: 5 – 9 p.m., Thursday evenings, June, July and August. Twilight Thursday admission: $7 for adults, $3.50 for member adults, $3 for children, $1.50 for member children. Members free of charge on June 4. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 ? acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Friday, June 5

Open Test n Tune - Southwestern International Raceway, free-$10, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Saturday, June 6

June 6-August 28: Summer Movies and Summer Classic Movie Series at Fox Tucson Theatre – classic movies for the entire family, at downtown Tucson’s historical Southwestern Art Deco movie palace, Classic series includes The Wolf Dog, The Underseas Kingdom, the Green Archer, classics are Saturdays 1 pm, other movies will be shown on various dates at 7:30 pm, 520-624-1515 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org

Weird Plant Sale – Tucson Botanical Gardens, features the most bizarre members of the plant world, dedicated to the strange and dramatic, the weird and the wacky, the bizarre and smelly, free for sale, 8 am – noon, 520-356-9686 or www.tucsonbotanical.org

Summer Art Cruise – Central Tucson Gallery Association members stay open late so visitors can browse galleries in and around downtown Tucson all day and evening, visit artist receptions and exhibit openings, and tour galleries on free shuttle vans, 520-629-9759 or www.ctgatucson.org.

Sunday, June 7

June 7: 5th Annual "Music in the Park" Spring Music Concert Series at Oracle State Park. Three concerts scheduled one Sunday a month April through June. The concerts are a special event fundraiser presented by the Friends of Oracle State Park. The three concerts will be held outdoors at the Kannally Ranch House. No reservation is needed.  Tickets will be available in advance or the day of the event for $10 each.  The cost includes the entrance fee to Oracle State Park. Annual park passes do not apply for this special event; kids age 13 and younger are free. The last concert of the series is held on Sunday, June 7, with another evening performance from 7 to 9 pm on the upper patio (The performer will be announced at a later time). For tickets or more information call Oracle State Park at (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park, Center for Environmental Education, is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge located in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the town of Oracle north of Tucson.  The Mediterranean Revival-Style historic Kannally Ranch House and patios offer sweeping views of the Galiuro Mountains and surrounding area. For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at www.azstateparks.com.

Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair - Lew Sorensen Community Center, 60-90 antique vendors with furniture, pottery, china, glass, farm implements, art work, coins, native artifacts, Oriental rugs, free, 9 am - 3 pm, 520-232-1201 or www.pima.gov  H

Mt. Hopkins Hill Climb – 12-mile mountain bike climb on a windy dirt road with scenic views, www.bikegaba.org

Wednesday, June 10

Primavera Cooks! – gourmet dinning event series supporting the community, some of Tucson’s finest chefs and adventurous donors create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner with proceeds benefiting the Primavera Foundation,  this week’s venue is Vin Tabla, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org

Friday, June 12

Open Test n Tune - Southwestern International Raceway, free-$10, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com.

June 12 & 13: EL SOL FLOOR & SUPPLY “STUCK ON TUCSON FOR CHARITY” Much more than just buckets of glue… El Sol Floor & Supply, Tucson’s premier flooring distributor, announces “Stuck On Tucson” Anniversary Celebration and Grand Re-Opening of its new location in Tucson. El Sol is much more than just bucket’s of glue.  Join us for “Stuck on Tucson,” Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 for a spectacular flooring showcase.  See unique flooring products from across the globe including hardwoods, laminate, VCT, ceramic and glass tiles, vinyl stone and wood looks, flooring installation tools, sundries and more.  Experience first-hand demonstrations of innovative installation and flooring products proven to bring ease and affordability to the flooring industry.  Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Tucson’s Community Food Bank and receive a chance to win televisions, electronics, sports memorabilia and more!  One raffle ticket will be given for every canned or boxed food item donated, increasing chances to win. “We are proud to be a part of the Tucson business community and hope to donate hundreds of pounds of food to Tucson’s food banks,” said Ken Fuchs, El Sol Floor & Supply Owner and Founder.  “We want to help those who are struggling in this tough economy, and introduce people to the many affordable and beautiful flooring solutions available at our new location in Tucson.” The event will run from 7 a.m. –  7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 and 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 with free food and lots of fun prizes and give-aways all weekend long.  El Sol Tucson is located at 3810 S. Evans off Ajo Way and Park in Tucson. For more information: Call 520.889.4800 or 602.944.4285. El Sol Floor and Supply is located at 3810 South Evans in Tucson, AZ  85714.

Saturday, June 13

Fuel Altered Nationals - Southwestern International Raceway, motorcycle, Box/No Box Gambler, Jr. Dragster exhibition, free-$20, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Summer Movies and Summer Classic Movie Series at Fox Tucson Theatre – classic movies for the entire family, at downtown Tucson’s historical Southwestern Art Deco movie palace, Classic series includes The Wolf Dog, The Underseas Kingdom, the Green Archer, classics are Saturdays 1 pm, other movies will be shown on various dates at 7:30 pm, 520-624-1515 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org

Greater Oro Valley Arts Council Offers Oro Valley Public Art Tour on Saturday, June 13th. The Town of Oro Valley began commissioning works of art in 1997 with the passage of a 1% per cent for public art ordinance.  The code would mandate that 1% of the construction budget of all commercial developments and public works projects would be required to use the 1% monies to develop Public Art The Public Art collection includes over 40 projects that highlight many of Arizona's outstanding artists as well as artists from across the United States, and is on display all over town.  The diverse collection includes photography, sculptures, paintings, textiles, stained glass, murals, steel, iron and ceramics. A larger than life tree sprouts from a tome of knowledge, its roots entwined amongst the words. Shimmering leaves reflect the afternoon sunlight and represent the knowledge that we gain from reading.  This sculpture by Joe A. Tyler stands before the majestic Catalina Mountains at the Oro Valley Library. Hidden gems lie in the most unexpected places. While pumping gas you can experience "The Spirit Within", a statue by Bruce LaFontain, depicting the evolution of a warrior's pride. Dropping your child at daycare provides the soothing sounds of Dan Elder's "The duality of time", a cleverly constructed fountain whose shadows mimic the majestic Pusch Ridge. Waiting for pizza and pasta you sit gazing at the flora and fauna created by Santa Teresa Tile Works. Painstakingly constructed with thousand of tiles, the sitting area is a pleasure to behold. Experience all of this and much more through a public arts tour, the newest addition to the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council's annual event and program calendar. Gail Munden, local artist and designer of the first ever Oro Valley Public Art Book, will lead groups of up to 55 on customized tours through Oro Valley neighborhoods, streets and commercial developments where public art has been installed. Tour participants will learn about the artists, their creative process and a history of the Oro Valley's public art. The Public Art Tour will take place on Saturday, June 13th and will originate at the Oro Valley Marketplace at 9am in front of the Marketplace water towers.  The tour will last approximately 3 hours and include complimentary water and keepsake public art brochure.  The tour costs $25 per person and includes an air-conditioned coach that can seat up to 55 people. For more information or to book the Public Art Tour, call (520) 797-3959.  Space is limited, reservations are strongly recommended.

EL SOL FLOOR & SUPPLY “STUCK ON TUCSON FOR CHARITY” The event will run from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 with free food and lots of fun prizes and give-aways all weekend long.  El Sol Tucson is located at 3810 S. Evans off Ajo Way and Park in Tucson. For more information: Call 520.889.4800 or 602.944.4285. El Sol Floor and Supply is located at 3810 South Evans in Tucson, AZ  85714.

Thursday, June 18

Twilight Thursdays Local Band Night, June 18, at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Summer days in Tucson are hot, as we all know, but once the sun sets, the air cools and there is no better place to be than enjoying the beautiful outdoors of our desert home. Join us for Local Band night on Thursday, June 18 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Three different bands, Golden Alphabet, roth d'lux and Ryanhood will provide the entertainment for the evening . The Gardens will be open for this special event from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gardens Café featuring Café 54 will offer a buffet menu. 5:00 p.m. Gates open. Twilight Thursday hours: 5 – 9 p.m., Thursday evenings, June, July and August. Twilight Thursday admission: $7 for adults, $3.50 for member adults, $3 for children, $1.50 for member children. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 ? acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Friday, June 19

Los Cuatro Vientos To Headline Concert Benefiting the Latin American Social Club Holiday Bicycle Giveaway. Cast members from the movie La Diabla y Javier will perform a benefit concert to raise funds for the Latin American Social Club’s annual holiday bicycle giveaway. The concert will take place at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 19, 2009 at El Casino Ballroom located at 437 E 26th Street. The concert will feature Los Cuatro Vientos an award-winning traditional mariachi quartet. The group includes Tucsonans J. Javier Enríquez on rhythm instruments and Juan G. Aguilar and Sulema Bracamonte on violin and Phoenician Ernesto "Ernie" Ferra on the harp. Also performing will be recording artist Conner Cecil from Globe, Arizona. Cecil is a classically trained pianist, guitar player, and songwriter with a terrific voice, a million dollar smile and an infectious stage presence. Cecil was recently nominated for a TAMMIE…The Tucson Area Music Awards. Mariachi Sonido de Mexico, a well-known 10-piece mariachi group that has been performing in Tucson for over twelve years, will also take the stage along with Ballet Folklórico Destino and other special guests. Anchoring the evening’s entertainment will be FEAR a Tejano conjunto group featuring local musician’s Fernando Rodríguez, Edward López, Artie Rodríguez and Richard Rodríguez. La Diabla y Javier is a musical comedy full-length film that will be shot on location in Tucson. The independent film, produced by William Ackerley, tells the timeless story of a young musician tempted by the devil through the desire for fame and fortune. Written by Ackerley, Aguilar and Enríquez, the film gives a positive depiction of the Mexican-American culture and the Tucson musical scene through the adventures of a young but talented mariachi group. “We are in the process of raising capital to produce the movie,” said Ackerley. “We decided to stage a benefit concert to raise funds for the project. All of the musicians and dancers, who will eventually play a part in the movie, will donate their services at the benefit concert. A majority of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Latin American Social Club with the remainder set aside for the movie’s production fund,” In addition to numerous educational scholarships the Latin American Social Club gives away 500 new bicycles each year to area children during the holiday season. Tickets for the benefit concert are $10.00 and are available at El Casino Ballroom, Yolie’s Music Shop and any of the participating musicians. The evening will include food and drink for an additional charge and a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the holiday bicycle give away. For further information: William Ackerley  – 546-9707; Los Cuatro Vientos – 461-5796

Saturday, June 20

Juneteenth Festival – Kennedy Park Fiesta Area, food, song and dance festival, 520-225-2670 or www.visittucson.org

Summer Movies and Summer Classic Movie Series at Fox Tucson Theatre – classic movies for the entire family, at downtown Tucson’s historical Southwestern Art Deco movie palace, Classic series includes The Wolf Dog, The Underseas Kingdom, the Green Archer, classics are Saturdays 1 pm, other movies will be shown on various dates at 7:30 pm, 520-624-1515 or www.foxtucsontheatre.org

Wednesday, June 24

12th Annual Dia de San Juan Fiesta - Rio Nuevo North, kicks off monsoon season, Native American groups, displays of horsemanship, blessing of the statue, children's activities, food & drink, free, 5-10 pm, 520-791-4040 or www.tucsonfestival.org or www.tucsonstyle.com

June 25-28, 2009

Mata Ortiz & Paquime Learning Expedition. Meet famed potters and buy ceramics directly from them, enjoy ceramic-making demonstrations, explore cliff dwellings of the Sierra Madres, tour the Museo de las Culturas del Norte, visit early terraced hillside villages, shop local galleries. See http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/public/tours.shtml for complete itinerary.

Thursday, June 25

Twilight Thursdays Brazilian Night, June 25, at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Summer days in Tucson are hot, as we all know, but once the sun sets, the air cools and there is no better place to be than enjoying the beautiful outdoors of our desert home. Join us for Brazilian Night on Thursday, June 25 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Local drum and dance ensemble, Batucaxé will have you on your feet dancing. The Gardens will be open for this special event from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gardens Café featuring Café 54 will offer a buffet menu. 5:00 p.m. Gates open. Batucaxé is a drum and dance ensemble and school in Tucson, Arizona. Inspired by the music of Brazil, Batucaxé (pronounced bah-too-cah-SHEH) features the music of many traditions, from Brazil and all over the world. "Batucaxé" is a combination of "batuca", or drum beat, and "axé", the life-force in all things, and the power to make things happen. You are invited to share that power through the drums, rhythms, songs and dance. Twilight Thursday hours: 5 – 9 p.m., Thursday evenings, June, July and August. Twilight Thursday admission: $7 for adults, $3.50 for member adults, $3 for children, $1.50 for member children. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a private, non-profit organization that promotes botanical, horticultural, and ecological education; encourages responsible environmental stewardship; and provides a beautiful setting for enjoyment and relaxation. The Gardens, designated as America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, is an urban oasis in the heart of Tucson featuring a 5 ? acre collection of 16 specialty gardens. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org

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