Tucson: Events: 2009: May

Tucson Calendar of Events for May 2009

Tucson Toros back at the field

May is the start of the Tucson Toros new season. The Toros baseball is back again at Hi Corbett Field through the end of August.Tucson Toros Opening Night: is on Thursday, May 21, 2009 7PM. Tucson Toros Tryouts for a local player was held at Hi Corbett Field on May 2 and 9, 2009. FInd out the selected local player and get the full Tucson Toros season schedule, ticket and player information.

In Tucson, May is the last month before the annual summer heat starts to finally set in. More outdoor events start to shift from daytime to mornings or Tucson nightlife evenings. On Thursday evenings, The Live Music Series at Park Place Mall, features a variety of musical styles from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the South Courtyard Patio at the Park Place Mall. Free seating is available.

Arizona State Parks Campsites are Open for Memorial Day Weekend

The 27 State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for Memorial Day 2009 campers. State Parks such as Lyman Lake near Springerville, Roper Lake in Safford and Alamo Lake State Park will probably be campgrounds that will not fill to capacity. Day use and historic parks have plenty of room for daytrippers and Kartchner Caverns State Park always has 100 walk-up tickets each day and good camping opportunities (book cave tours in advance by phone if possible).

There are some fire restrictions around the State so if you are planning to build a campfire in a park, be sure to check for fire restrictions at azfireinfo.com. Remember if you cause a fire under fire restrictions it may result in substantial fines and jail time.  To keep your family and public lands safe while camping please follow these precautionary tips:

Bring a propane stove for cooking/heating rather than using a campfire. Carry a shovel in your car and use dirt and FIVE gallons of water for putting out campfires if they are permitted. Make SMALL campfires. Only smoke in vehicles or designed campsite and not while hiking.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular weekends to travel in Arizona, but campers are encouraged to use only propane stoves and heaters this summer while they are camping to prevent wildfires from escaped campfires.  Remember in Arizona, especially during drought, fire can burn slow along dry roots and duff and come from underground in the forest far from a campsite.

October 23, 24 & 25: The Desert Bluegrass Association presents the Tucson Bluegrass Music Festival on October 23, 24 & 25, 2009 at Desert Diamond Casino. The tenth annual festival will feature all-day (10am - 5:30pm) performances on Saturday and Sunday by The Gibson Brothers, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Goldwing Express, The Brombies, Headline Bluegrass Band and the Blues "N" Grass Neighborhood Band  - all staged in a beautiful outdoor plaza. Friday evening (7pm - 9 pm) features the Desert Bluegrass Association band contest.  Up to 10 bands will compete for $750 in prize money and the opportunity to perform on the festival stage on Sunday.  The evenings are for jamming so bring your instrument and join us.  Workshops will help pickers hone their skills, vendors will offer crafts and music for sale and Desert Diamond offers dining options ranging from fine dining to casual snacks.  A section of parking area near the plaza will be reserved for camping and jamming.  Daily admission is $20.  Weekend passes are $30.  Children under 16 are free with a paying adult.  Camping is included in the price of admission.  The Desert Diamond Casino is located at Interstate 19 & Pima Mine Road just south of Tucson, AZ.  For more information visit www.desertbluegrass.org or call Mike Headrick at (520) 760-0745.  The Desert Bluegrass Association is a non-profit, all volunteer organization who promotes Bluegrass Music in the Greater Tucson metropolitan area.

Throughout May 2009 in Tucson

Sumer Season movie 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.

Thru May 2: 9th Annual AZ Hog (Harley Owners Group) Rally – Downtown, motorcycle-themed happenings, live bands, street dances, poker runs, 602-955-2658 or www.azstatehogrally.com

Thru May 2: 35th Annual Rodders Days – Arizona’s Oldest Rod Run - 4th Avenue, includes a run to Kitt Peak, limited to 1963 and older vehicles, includes a burger burn, dinner and auction, car show, awards, www.tucsonstreetrodassociation.com.

Through May 3: Hershey Felder performs a special gala evening for six performances only. Arizona Theatre Company presents HERSHEY FELDER IN CONCERT: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK SING-ALONG. Through May 3 in downtown Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art. Tickets range from $31-$54. Read more about ATC performance and season events.

May 6-8, 2009 Annual Trip for the Friends of the ASM Collections: Apache Country. Exclusively for Friends of the ASM Collections! Travel to Apache Country in a luxurious motor coach. Features include the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center, Fort Apache Cultural Center, expertly guided tours of Kinishba, Besh-Ba-Gowah and Gila Pueblo archaeological sites, catered traditional lunches, accommodations at Hon Dah Casino and Resort. $360 per person. 26 minimum/40 maximum. Contact 520-626-8381 or [email protected] to sign up.

May 12-17: Tuna Does Vegas TCC Music Hall, 7:30pm. Broadway in Tucson present the fourth installment in the series that gives a sidesplitting spoof of lie in Tuna, Texas – the state’s third-smallest town, 520-903-2929 or www.broadwayintucson.com

May 13-31: Don’t’ Talk to the Actors – Invisible Theatre, depicts the story of a young playwright who is thrust into the high stakes, big money, ego driven world of Broadway after being discovered by a New York producer, 520-882-9721 or www.invisibletheatre.com

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5/21/2009: Tucson Toros Opening night, 7:00 PM, game vs. Chico Outlaws

5/22/2009: 7:00 PM vs. Chico Outlaws
5/23/2009: 7:00 PM vs. Chico Outlaws
5/24/2009: 7:00 PMvs. Chico Outlaws
5/26/2009: TBA @Tijuana Potros
5/27/2009: TBA @Tijuana Potros
5/28/2009: TBA @Tijuana Potros
5/29/2009: 7:00 PM vs. Orange County Flyers
5/30/2009: 7:00 PM vs. Orange County Flyers
5/31/2009: 7:00 PM vs. Orange County Flyers.
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Weekly in May 2009

Thursdays: 2009 Live Music Series at Park Place Mall, features a variety of performance musical styles, every Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the South Courtyard Patio at the Park Place Mall. Free seating is available. This seventh annual Music Series showcases an eclectic mix of musicians from Southern Arizona. Music coordination by Joe Bourne Music, Art and Entertainment Productions.

Bookman's on Grant:
May 1st
, 3-5pm: Aloha Friday (featuring slack-key guitar player Jamie O'Brien, free Hawaiian snacks, and discounts for customers wearing Hawaiian shirts or leis)

May 2nd, 2-3pm: Live mariachi music (Free performance by Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School, Tucson's most popular youth mariachi!). Noon-4pm: Dog Adoptions

May 9th, 2-4pm: Mother's Day Card Making (all ages, materials provided)

May 16th, 1pm-?: Youth Video Game Challenge (ages 13 and under, sign-up from 1-2 pm; Challenge starts at 2. Game: Mario Kart, System: Gamecube.) Prizes: 1st Place - $100 gift certificate, Bookmans Goodie Bag, and Trophy. 2nd Place - $50 gift certificate and Bookmans Goodie Bag. 3rd Place - $25 gift certificate and Bookmans Goodie Bag

May 30th, 1pm-?: Adult Video Game Challenge (ages 14 and up, sign-up from 1-2 pm; Challenge starts at 2. Game: Street Fighter IV, system: Xbox 360.)
Prizes: 1st Place - $100 gift certificate, Bookmans Goodie Bag, and Trophy. 2nd Place - $50 gift certificate and Bookmans Goodie Bag. 3rd Place - $25 gift certificate and Bookmans Goodie Bag

May 28th, 10-11am: A Very Merry Unbirthday Party (A kid's evemt with special treats and a fabulous “unbirthday present” craft to kick-off the summer in style.)


Tucson, AZ events day by day in May 2009

Friday, May 1

Stomp, University of Arizona Centennial Hall, 8:00 pm.

Fiesta Fantastica – La Encantada, presented by University Medical Center, 520-577-5106 or www.parseghian.org

Los Lonely Boys – Rialto Theatre, Grammy Award winning band of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with vocal in 2005, all-ages concert, $31-36, 8 pm, www.rialtotheatre.com

Celebrate the Future – Tucson Music Hall, a full-orchestra annual concert featuring winners of the TSO Young Artists Competition and selected works by students in the TSO Young Composers Project, 7 pm, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org

Saturday, May 2

Tucson Toros Open House and Local Team Try Outs. The Toros will reserve a roster spot or two for local players from Tucson, AZ.; Toros Job Fair; Team Shop Apparel; Game Tickets; Toros "Tuffy Bull Pen" Area. Please bring a can of food for the Tucson Community Food Bank. 10AM-3PM, at Hi Corbett Field. Read about the new Tucson Toros.

Tucson Street Rod Association’s Hot Rod Show – Fourth Avenue, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and the Tucson Street Rod Association present an outdoors show of more than 250 hot rod cars, including gleaming examples of Detroit's finest old cars with new engines, free, 8 am – 3 pm, 520-624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis – Brandi Fenton Park, benefits Southwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, www.ccfa.org

24th Annual Tucson Folk Festival - El Presidio Park, nationally known headline acts each evening, as well as local and regional musicians, and workshops, a gospel sing-along, a children’s' show, and food and crafts booths, free, Sat noon - 10 pm, Sun 11 am - pm, 520-792-6481 or www.tkma.org

Sunday, May 3

24th Annual Tucson Folk Festival - El Presidio Park, nationally known headline acts each evening, as well as local and regional musicians, and workshops, a gospel sing-along, a children’s' show, and food and crafts booths, free, Sat noon - 10 pm, Sun 11 am - pm, 520-792-6481 or www.tkma.org

28th Annual Cinco de Mayo 10K Fitness Fiesta – Southern Arizona Roadrunners presents Tucson’s largest and most scenic 10K, winds its way through Starr Pass in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, run or walk the course, post-race refreshments, $25-35, 7 am, 520-299-5215 or 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.org/events/cinco.html  H

Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Kennedy Park, food, dancing, artists, music, folklorico dancers & food, 520-292-9326 or www.visitTucson.org

Monday, May 4

Thursday, May 7

“Retro Rockets” – 60’s Rock and Roll The concert is sponsored by The Body Shop, which will host makeovers and product demonstrations, as well as offer guests product samples during the evening.

DIAMOND FOUNDATION OF TUCSON WILL BE HONORED AT THE NEW DIRECTIONS INSTITUTE FOR INFANT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT SCIENCE OF EARLY LEARNING AWARD LUNCHEON. The New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development (NDI) will honor Donald Diamond and Helaine Levy of the Diamond Foundation with the 2009 Science of Early Learning Award at the sixth annual Science of Early Learning Luncheon, Thursday, May 7, 2009, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix.  The Science of Early Learning luncheon brings together business leaders from across the state to learn the latest information and scientific research about early brain development and the award is given to Arizona leaders who have shown a commitment to this important issue. Past “Science of Early Learning Award” recipients are:  Lattie and Elva Coor (2004), Eddie and Nadine Basha (2005), Bruce and Diane Halle (2006) and Donald V. Budinger and Susan M. Budinger (2007) and Governor Janet Napolitano (2008).  For sponsorship information or to reserve a table or seat at the luncheon, visit www.arizonaschildren.org/events.htm or call us at 800.944.7611 ext. 271.

River’s Edge - Classic Series – Tucson Music Hall, Tucson Symphony Orchestra features conductor George Hanson, 8 pm, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org

Friday, May 8

24th ANNUAL CELEBRITY WAITERS DINNER. Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, 6 pm - 10 pm. Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for The Celebrity Waiters Dinner. Be served a three-course meal by local celebrities,  pop a ballon for a $10 donation and find a prize inside, and compete against your fellow guests for exquisite trips, nights out, and jewelry in the auction! Featured celebrities: The University of Arizona student atheletes! Watch them backflip and stand on their heads to earn tips for charity. 2009 Honored Hero: Tony Bouie, a Stage 4 lymphoma survivor with some serious football history. This former All-America U of A football star played safety in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was inducted into the U of A Football Hall of Fame in 2000.  Also, Tony went from being on the board of the U of A National Alumni Association to becoming the newest board member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ticket: $60. Call 1800-568-1372, press 1, extension 760.

River’s Edge - Classic Series – Tucson Music Hall, Tucson Symphony Orchestra features conductor George Hanson, 8 pm, 520-882-8585 or www.tucsonsymphony.org.

16th Annual Climb to Ski Valley – Mt. Lemmon, bike ride, followed by lunch at Summerhaven, includes four sag stops, www.bikegaba.org.

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Leo Rich Theatre, Broadway musical, madcap merriment filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, $17-24, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-321-1000 or www.redondomusictheatre.com

Saturday, May 9

Ira Glass, Centennial Hall UA.

6th Annual Ride for the Red Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Run. 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Ride raises money to help children and families who need assistance from the Red Cross. All bike models are welcome. Be on top of it -- Register before 5/3. Those who sign up early save time on Ride day, and get free swag! Can't Commit? Slackers can join us, but they pay more at the door if wanting a t-shirt and pin. Not a rider? Come party with us at AVA Amphitheater from 12-4pm, for a small fee, and support the Red Cross. Be among the first 1,000 riders to sign up, and your registration includes our signature Ride for the Red short sleeve T-shirt, Ride for the Red 2009 pin, free admission into AVA Amphitheater and one free poker hand. All bike models and their riders are welcome. Register for the Bike Ride.

Tucson Toros Tryouts will be held at Hi Corbett Field. The Toros will reserve a roster spot or two for local players from Tucson, AZ. Tucson Toros baseball.

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Leo Rich Theatre, Broadway musical, madcap merriment filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, $17-24, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-321-1000 or www.redondomusictheatre.com.

Tucson Boys Chorus Pops Concert – Tucson Music Hall, a light pops repertoire, $18, 7:30 pm, 520-296-6277 or www.boyschorus.org

Sunday, May 10 - Mother's Day

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Leo Rich Theatre, Broadway musical, madcap merriment filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, $17-24, 7:30 & 2 pm, 520-321-1000 or www.redondomusictheatre.com.

10th Annual Ironwood Festival - Mason Audubon Center, a celebration of the ancient ironwood tree and the Sonoran Desert, educational activities for the family with an education fair, 520-744-0004 or www.tucsonaudubon.org/masoncenter

Mother’s Day at the Gardens –  Treat your mom to a lovely day in the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the floral lined paths and shop for distinctive items in the Gift Shop. Bring a picnic or let the Gardens Café featuring Café 54 do the work for you. Hot brunch served from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Box picnic lunches will also be available at the Café. Hot brunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. No reservations are required. $19.95 – adults , $9.95 – children (Price does not include admission to the Gardens). 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: $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, located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org

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.

This Sunday, May 10, local favorite, "Diamond Jim" Hewitt and Friends will perform a full moon concert from 7 to 9pm.  His ensemble includes a mix of jazz, celtic hoedown and bluegrass, featuring Hewitt on the fiddle. The last concert of the series will be 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.

Tuesday, May 12

May 12-17: Tuna Does Vegas TCC Music Hall, 7:30pm. Broadway in Tucson present the fourth installment in the series that gives a sidesplitting spoof of lie in Tuna, Texas – the state’s third-smallest town, 520-903-2929 or www.broadwayintucson.com

Friday, May 13

May 13-31: Don’t’ Talk to the Actors – Invisible Theatre, depicts the story of a young playwright who is thrust into the high stakes, big money, ego driven world of Broadway after being discovered by a New York producer, 520-882-9721 or www.invisibletheatre.com

Thursday, May 14

“The Original Wildcat Jass Band” – Traditional New Orleans and Chicago Jazz

Friday, May 15

Test and Tune - Southwestern International Raceway, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Sunday, May 17

5000 Run/Walk – Reid Park, pancake flat, fast 5K run, the USAT&F State 5K Championship, benefits Pima Community College Cross Country Team, $25, 7 am, 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.or

Thursday, May 21

“The Gary Bonnett Band” – Red Dirt Country and Bluegrass Music

Friday, May 22- Saturday, May 23, 2010

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS TAP DANCE COMPETITION. The award-winning dances will also be performed at the annual Sounds of the Soles of the Southwest performances May 22-23, 2010, at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre (West Campus) in Tucson.  The performances are part of a weekend festival celebrating National Tap Dance Day.  DancInc, a Tucson-based dance organization and the Arizona Dance Coalition, a statewide dance non-profit organization, are announcing the first Young Choreographers TAP Dance Competition.   Tap dancers ages 16-30 are eligible who reside in Arizona.  The deadline for submissions was March 27, 2010.  For details, contact Krystyna at 520/743-1349 or email [email protected] Winners announced April 30.  Prizes are 1st place $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of this TAP Day.  The official NTD date is May 25th, the birthday of the famous tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson who often appeared on film with Shirley Temple. To learn more about the Arizona Dance Coalition, visit www.azdancecoalition.org

Sunday, May 24

Tucson Toros returns to Hi Corbett Field

Monday, May 25- Memorial Day

Thursday, May 28

“Vocalist, Joe Bourne and Stevie Woods with the SPS Combo” – A blend of Swing, Blues and Pop standards, with a touch of Billie Holiday The evening will be dedicated to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Concert goers can make a donation to CMN with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Tucson Medical Center. In addition, the Bamboo Club will donate 10% of proceeds from patio sales during the concert to Children’s Miracle Network.

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

LAST ALARM FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER DANCE. The Last Alarm Foundation Inc., based in Tucson, is restoring a 1954 Mack L Model Fire Truck to transport departed firefighters to their final place of rest. This fire truck/hearse will operate in Arizona to ensure that we provide the time-honored traditional fire truck funeral procession they desire and deserve when they answer their “Last Alarm.”  Held at The Event Center, 1365 W. Grant Road. DONATION: Only $10 per person. Two exciting groups performing live: Second Chance & Los Requerdos. Great food and drink available, and fabulous raffle prizes. Your ticket price is tax-deductible! If you want to find out more and add your name to the list of those who have donated in honor of all departed firefighters, go to www.lastalarmfoundation.org.

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STATE PARKS CAMPGROUNDS  in Southern Arizona - Call ahead...

Catalina State Park (520) 628-5798 - 125 campsites, hiking, corrals for horses. Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires not allowed.

Kartchner Caverns State Park (520) 586-2283 - 60 campsites - cave tours. Propane only. Smoking in camp area or vehicle, no smoking while hiking.

Lost Dutchman State Park (480) 982-4485 - 70 campsites, hiking into Superstitions. Charcoal and propane fires only, wood campfires not allowed, no smoking while hiking.

Patagonia Lake State Park (520) 287-6965 - 107 campsites, boats to rent, fishing, beach. Campfires ok in designated grills, must provide own firewood, no gathering or cutting on park property. Smoking in camp areas only, no smoking while hiking.

Picacho Peak State Park (520) 466-3183 -  85 campsites - fantastic walking trails.
No restrictions at this time, no smoking while hiking.

Roper Lake State Park (928) 428-6760 - 71 campsites - hot tub, fishing. Campfires and smoking restricted to developed areas only, no smoking while hiking.=