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Cooler weather brings out more outdoor events

With cooler evenings, there are several outdoor day and nighttime events in and around Tucson. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7th, is the 39th Annual National Monument 8 Mile Run & 2-Mile Run/Walk. Beginning Thursday, September 10 Oracle State Park will be open Thursday through Monday from 8am to 4pm. The charge is $5 per vehicle. Some popular outdoor entertainment is the Saturday Night Summer Concert Series at La Encantada Shopping Center in the Lower Level Courtyard. at the northwest corner of Skyline & Campbell, from 7:30pm. Tickets are $10. On Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20, is theMT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: annual Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon with German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Food delights this month include the CEP Chili Festival and Children's Programs Fundraiser on September 12th and the 6th annual Flavors of Tucson at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Tucson events throughout September 2009

The Tucson Toros have clinched the GBL Southern Division Second Half title and will go to the playoffs in their inaugural season with 5-4 victory over St. George Sunday.  Box score attached....more details to come!

ATC's The Kite Runner runs September 10 – October 3, 2009.

Photo: Craig Piaget and Lowell Abellon in THE KITE RUNNER.  Photo by Kevin Berne. 

A New York Times Best-Seller becomes an equally compelling stage production. War on Terrorism is just as real today as it was eight years ago. Nearly eight years after the United States declared war on Afghanistan, ATC will proudly bring the most widely experienced account of the other victims of global terrorism to chilling life. The Kite Runner runs at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson until October 3, 2009 and at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix October 8 – October 25, 2000. Read more about the Kite Runner.

Sept. – 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. Located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

September 11–November 6, 2009: The Border Project is a mixed-media art installation highlighting the perspectives of high school students living along the borders of Arizona, Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, and the town of Ajo. This exhibit is the result of the students sharing their views through artistic expression. Deep in the heart of the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona, an exhibition created by students from the tribe as well as Anglo and Hispanic students from the United States and Mexico is challenging how many Americans view the U.S.-Mexico border. Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona. Read the full article at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/exhibits/borderproject/index.shtml

Through Feb 28 2010: Set in Stone: 2000 Years of Gem and Mineral Trade in the SouthwestArizona State Museum's exhibition explores how turquoise, Arizona's state gem, has brought trade and influence to the American Southwest for centuries. Image is a Mogollon pendant, c. AD 1300 from Kanishba ruins in Fort Apache AZ. Image by Jannelle Weakly, courtesy of Arizona State Museum. Times: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays. Arizona State Museum event listings.

Oracle State Park Current open hours are 7am-3pm Thursday through Monday for $5 per vehicle. Beginning Thursday, September 10 (following Labor Day Weekend), Oracle State Park will be open Thursday through Monday from 8am to 4pm.  The park is closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday (the main gate on Mt. Lemmon Road is locked).  The American Avenue parking lot and trailhead remains open seven days, dawn to dusk.  The park entrance fee following Labor Day (beginning Thursday September 10) is $6 per vehicle ($2 per person non-motorized entry on bicycle, horseback, or walk-in; kids free).

Sep 1 2009 - Sep 26 2009: Arizona Biennial '09. Tucson Museum of Art presents a juried exhibition highlighting some of the most innovative art created in Arizona by Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media. Tues-Sat 10a.m.-4p.m., Sun noon-4p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays.

September 15 – October 4, 2009 THE INVISIBLE THEATRE Presents THE COMEDY ABOUT FAMILY VACATIONS! LEAVING IOWA by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Directed by Susan Claassen. Through the generous support of Dr. Bella Eibensteiner. Ticket Price:  $16 - $25. Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30 pm - Preview ($16). Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm Opening ($22). Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm ($22). Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm ($25). Sundays at 3:00 pm ($25). Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. RUSH TICKETS:  One half-hour prior to curtain for any scheduled performance, tickets are available for half price subject to availability. CAST: Terry Erbe, Roberto Guajardo, Lori Hunt, David Johnston, Susan Kovitz and Victoria McGee. The Invisible Theatre kicks off it’s 39th Anniversary “Season of Love” with LEAVING IOWA BY Tim Clue and Spike Manton.  This heart warming comedy is about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes and is a nostalgic ode to days gone by.  With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, LEAVING IOWA shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination. The Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Avenue (at Drachman), Tucson, AZ 85719. Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Primavera Cooks! – gourmet dining 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 Maynard’s, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org

Johnny Winter performs at Rialto Theatre, a guitar hero for over 30 years.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oracle State Park offers indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. Friends of Oracle State Park Hike/Picnic to the Windmill. 11am-1:30pm.  By reservation only, lunch will be provided.  Please contact Friends of Oracle State Park President Cindy Krupicka at (520) 818-7883 or email: nkrupicka(at)gmail.com.  Visit FRIENDSOSP.org. Please call the Park for a reservation at (520) 896-2425.

Saturday, September 5

Summer Concert Series at La Encantada, Award Winning JOVERT! Steel Drum Band. A trio of players, quietly playing a quaint island melody. Palm tress softly swaying in the background. Dancers form the festive and carefree conga line. These are the makings of the stereotypical "steel band" experience. Jovert obliterates those stereotypes. Well...ok...the players do conga on occasion. When people hear Jovert, they will hear familiar songs...they just won't hear them in a familiar way. When Jovert plays, listeners can expect to be surprised, enlightened, and above all, entertained. Movement, theatrics, and choreography are very much a part of each Jovert performance. Students from Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson, Arizona make up Jovert. Originally started in 1991 as the Tucson High Steel Band, the program developed over its first few years, but remained small until its present director, Khris Dodge, arrived on the scene in 1999. La Encantada Shopping Center in the Lower Level Courtyard. Northwest corner of Skyline & Campbell, 7:30pm - Tickets $10. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

Lesley Abrams and Dean Steeves of the LaughingStock Comedy Company have partnered with the Westward Look Resort to present An Evening of Improvisational Comedy at the Lookout Bar & Grill on Saturday, September 5, 2009 (Labor Day Weekend). A three-course dinner and LaughingStock comedy show are included for $30, but limited to 80 guests. The event is reservations only. Reservations may be made by calling The Westward Look at 520-297-1151, and asking for Comedy Night Reservations. Westward Look is located at 245 East Ina Road in Tucson.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeff Kashiwa concert – Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, (7000 N. Resort Dr.), jazz saxophonist, part of the Tucson Jazz Society’s Jazz in Style summer concert series, $35, 7 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

Monday, September 7, 2009 Labor Day

39th Annual National Monument 8 Mile Run & 2-Mile Run/Walk – Saguaro National Park East, paved road, rolling hills, $17-35, 6:30 am, 520-991-0733 or www.azroadrunners.org H

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Living Healthy community lectures and events at the Arizona Arthritis Center. The Center’s share goals in providing information and care to the community. The lectures are free and open to the public and feature both community speakers and professionals within the Center. The next lecture that will take place is on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 from 6:00-7:30pm at University Medical Center (1501 N Campbell Avenue) in Chase Bank Auditorium Room 8403. The presentation will be given by David Wayne Smith D.ED., DABPS, DACFE who is the Director of Disability Assessment Services and Research for the Arizona Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona. He will discuss the role of DASR (Disability Assessment Services and Research) at the Arizona Arthritis Center. Reservations can be made at (520) 626-5040 or by emailing [email protected]

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Arizona Theatre Company’s production of The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner runs at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson September 10 – October 3, 2009 and at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix October 8 – October 25, 2009. A New York Times Best-Seller becomes an equally compelling stage production. War on Terrorism is just as real today as it was eight years ago. Nearly eight years after the United States declared war on Afghanistan, ATC will proudly bring the most widely experienced account of the other victims of global terrorism to chilling life.  With the aid of San Francisco playwright Matthew Spangler and world-renown and NY Times Best-Selling author Khaled Hosseini, our very own ATC Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein will capture the emotion of international strife and expel it movingly to the audience of Arizona and the world. Premiere production developed from the mind of ATC resident artist David Ira Goldstein (live interview opportunities both available and encouraged); David can provide a teaser about bringing the pages to theatrically technical life (i.e. kite flying; sets that portray both the Bay Area and the war-torn Afghanistan). Continue reading about ATC's 2009-2010 season.

The 6th Annual Flavors of Tucson is an unique gourmet delight sure to please your palate. Sixteen of Arizona’s premiere chefs assemble for a night of elaborate table décor, exquisite food, fine wine, live and silent auctions, and a great cause.  Each chef has his or her own table for 12 with the responsibility making each table unique. Each table also includes a station so that food preparation can be done right in front of the gala’s guests who enjoy five courses with accompanying wines.  This allows all guests to interact with the chef and with one another while learning some tips from the experts.  Some chefs provide the recipes for selected courses so that guests may try the creations at home. The chefs are led by Co-Chairmen Chef Marc Ehrler Executive Chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Chef Jason Jonilonis of Sol Casinos. Other chefs scheduled to appear include: Chef Addam Lee Buzzalini of Maynards Kitcher, Chef Aris Cabrera of The Double Tree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, Chef Kenneth Foy of the Tucson Country Club, Chef Dakota Likewise of Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Chef Jan Osipowicz at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. The event benefits the American Liver Foundation (ALF) to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. 6:30 p.m.-Reception/Silent Auction. 7:30 p.m.-Program/Dinner/Fund A Grant. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive.  $225 per person, $2,700 for table of 12. American Liver Foundation – Arizona Chapter office: Online: www.liverfoundation.org/chapters/arizona.  Phone: 1-866--953-1800.

2nd Annual Wish You Were Here: Fiber Art Postcards – Tohono Chul Park, (7366 N. non-juried exhibit of artist-made postcards by those working with fiber-based media, documenting real or imagined places, trips, experiences or events in the state of Arizona, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org

Friday, September 11, 2009

NEVER FORGET Join us to pay tribute to our heroic men and women as we honor them at the SEPTEMBER 11TH TRIBUTE TO VETERANS. Join Hon. Frank Antenori, Gen. Robert Johnston (Ret.), Lt. Col. Scott Campbell, Sgt. Robert Shirley. Entertainment by ENOCH. Emcee: Jon Justice. Held at Clements Park, 8155 Poincianna. Bandshell – Bring your blanket/lawn chair and picnic basket. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Gate opens at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE but we’ll be passing around the “helmets” collecting donations to be divided between our event’s beneficiaries Marine Corps League – Marana Detachment, Cars 4 Veterans. Enjoy a family evening of fun, refreshments (no alcohol please) and music as we pay tribute to our veterans, honor our brave and remember our fallen heroes. Join the Koz.

“A Living Memorial: Multi-Faith Commemoration of 9/11” at Temple Emanu-El. On Friday, September 11, 2009 at 12:00 noon, the 8th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, the Tucson Multi-Faith Alliance will hold a community prayer service entitled “A Living Memorial:  A Multi-Faith Commemoration of 9/11” at Temple Emanu-El.  Clergy representatives of many different faith communities, civic leaders including Mayor Bob Walkup, and others will participate in a ceremony of music, prayer, and reflection.  This multi-faith service reminds us that the meaning of loss can be more than pain,  when honored by those who promote peace and understanding.  Through these reflections and prayers, the stories of those who are gone renew and sanctify our lives. After the service, all are invited to a fellowship reception.  A wall of remembrance will memorialize the names of all who died on 9/11.  A collection will be taken to benefit the American Red Cross, which continues to play a crucial role alleviating suffering at times of crisis, as it did during 9/11. The Tucson Multi-Faith Alliance is a multi-faith group dedicated to building mutual understanding and community across the boundary lines of religion, race, creed, orientation, and ability.  Its members commit themselves to an ongoing dialogue, and resolve to learn, teach, pray, and act together to bring an open religious and spiritual dimension to public life in Tucson. Temple Emanu-El is located at 225 N. Country Club Road, between 5th and Broadway, in central Tucson. Call (520) 327-4501 for more information.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

CEP Chili Festival and Children's Programs Fundraiser on September 12, 2009. Time: 11AM - 4PM. Location: 450 E. Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85705. Join us as we celebrate our Southwest heritage with world-famous chilies from Hatch, NM!   Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities and delicious fresh-roasted chili.  There will be something for everyone: community artisan booths, family-friendly entertainment, children's carnival games and a 50/50 raffle.  Community Extension Programs, Inc. (CEP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so all contributions are tax deductible.  Event proceeds will go to CEP's Scholarship Fund to assist families with financial need. For more information or to become a Chili Fest Vendor, Performer or Sponsor, please contact: Melissa Andrews. Phone: (520) 888-2727x103. E-Mail: [email protected]

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Primavera Cooks! – gourmet dining 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 Kingfisher, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org

Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening features Latin jazz with a spicy Cuban flavor, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

5th Annual Massage for the Cure Event –all 29 statewide Massage Envy locations, clinics offer $35 massages, with $10 donated to the Phoenix and Southern Arizona affiliates of  Susan G. Komen for the Cure, requires appointments, 8 am – 10 pm, www.massageenvy.com.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

James Arthur Ray, an internationally-renowned Success Strategist, Visionary and New York Times Best-Selling Author, is offering free admission to a special seminar entitled The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way. James presents his practical teachings on creating abundance and harmony in all areas of life to hundreds of thousands of individuals and business leaders across the globe each year; he is a recurring guest on NBC’s top-ranked national morning show Today and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live several times; and his most recent book, Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, reached number five on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2008 after its first week in print.  Register to see James Arthur Ray live in San Diego by visiting www.jamesray.com/events.  Hurry as seats are filling up fast.

A Night Of Art & Fashion at W Boutique, St. Philips Plaza (4340 N. Campbell Ave # 185), 4-7pm. On display will be The Artwork of Christina Pell Randall, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Tucson-based fine artist. Pell's work exudes a whimsical style yet she also excels in detailed portraits.  There will be three main collections on display for the evening, one of the series was inspired by 1930's rural China, another was influenced by mathematical formulas and architectural blueprints and lastly a grouping of her well known portraits. All works presented will be available for purchase and range in size from small scale to 5 ft. in size. The event will be catered by Acacia Restaurant including complimentary
red and white wine. Sydney Duncan, owner of W Boutique, will be offering a 20% discount on all new Fall merchandise between 4-7pm. For more information, contact Jeffrey Abbott, AIM Integrated Marketing, 520-743-6878.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sports Compact and Street Legal - Southwestern International Raceway, 8 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Saturday, September 19, 2009

MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon - German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or www.visitTucson.org

23rd Annual Sun Sounds Great Beer Fest - Hi Corbett Field, (3400 E. Camino Campestre, 85716), taste a wide variety and styles of beer by brewers and breweries from around the Southwest, also hors d’oeuvres to sample, games such as horseshoes and steer roping, music and wine garden, must be 21, benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona, $25-90, 6-10 pm, 520-296-2400 or www.azbeer.com or www.sunsounds.org

Oro Valley Public Art Tours Experience over 30 pieces of Oro Valley Public Art in a three hour narrated and guided tour starting at the Oro Valley Marketplace. Tickets $25 per person Includes cold water bottle and commemorative Oro Valley Public Art Brochure. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Announces 2009-2010 Schedule of Events, Festivals & Concerts. www.SAACA.org, www.SOUTHERAZFESTIVALS.org

Naturalist Program: Gemstones and Copper Minerals of Arizona, with Mineralogist Wolfgang Mueller.  11am in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House.  Free with park entrance fee of $6 per vehicle.  Please call the Park for a reservation at (520) 896-2425.

Harvesting Workshop and Bug Fest at Oracle State Park. Naturalist Program: Gemstones and Copper Minerals of Arizona at 11am. Presented by Mineralogist Wolfgang Mueller, this presentation will take place in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Free with park entrance fee.  Please call for a reservation at (520) 896-2425. Ongoing Weekends: Historic Kannally Ranch House Guided Tours. Tours are held at 10am and again at 2pm and are 45-minutes in duration. The four- level Mediterranean revival style adobe ranch house was built from 1929-33 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are scheduled by reservation by calling (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park Summer Hours: Oracle State Park is open Thursday through Monday from 7am to 3pm.  The park is closed to the public Tuesday and Wednesday (the main gate on Mt. Lemmon Road is locked).  The American Avenue parking lot and trailhead remain open seven days, dawn to dusk.  The park entrance fee through Labor Day is $5 per vehicle ($2 per person non-motorized entry on bicycle, horseback, or walk-in; kids free). For more information about events at Oracle State Park call (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Oracle State Park offers day-use picnic sites and over 15 miles of trail for use by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. A four-mile section of the Arizona Trail passes through the park, connecting Mexico to Utah. Once part of the Kannally family cattle ranch, the unique Mediterranean style ranch house in the park is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The diverse vegetation, slope and elevation within the park provide habitat for a variety of animals. For more information about the 30 State Parks, statewide hiking opportunities, off-highway vehicle trails, and other outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities in Arizona, call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit AZStateParks.com. Follow us on twitter.com/AZStateParks.

SAQHA/SAILA Fall Circuit Horse Show - Pima County Fairgrounds, Quarter Horse show, free, 8 am - 6 pm, 520-792-1060 or www.azqha.org

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon - German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or www.visitTucson.org

SAQHA/SAILA Fall Circuit Horse Show - Pima County Fairgrounds, Quarter Horse show, free, 8 am - 6 pm, 520-792-1060 or www.azqha.org.

Kitt Peak Time Trial – AZ-386, 11.6 miles cycling, $15 registration, 7:30 am, 520-398-7368 or www.saguarovelo.org/

Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this Tucson evening features The Original Wildcat Jazz Band, celebrating the early years of America’s only original art form, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

Tuesday, September 22-27

Monty Python's Spamalot at the Tucson Music Hall.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tucson Greek Festival – St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, a Greek cultural experience with homemade Greek food, music, dancing and imports, $3, under 12 free, 520-888-0505 or www.stdemetriostucson.org

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 7th Annual Grape Expectations event presented by University Medical Center, held at the La Encantada Shopping Center Courtyard. The event features wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres from premier Tucson restaurants, and a great silent auction. Proceeds will go directly to help fund the operations of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona. Help us continue to fulfill our mission to provide comfort and support to the families of children facing serious illness or injury by purchasing tickets to Grape Expectations. RSVP to Charity LaPonsle at 326-0060 ext. 104.

Sept 25-26: Arizona's Salsa Trail celebrates its 3rd Annual SalsaFest in Safford, Arizona September 25 & 26.  The SalsaFest is a celebration of everything salsa and features fun and affordable activities for the whole family.  Children will enjoy the free corner, complete with face painting, piñata busts and a bounce house. Other activities will include a Balloon Salsa Glow and Balloon lift-off, a salsa making contest, Festival Marketplace, Salsa music and dancing, food demonstrations, chile roasting, and Jalapeño and Salsa Eating Competitions, and a Salsa Walk to benefit the Gila Valley Boys and Girls Club. The Sisters on the Fly will be attending SalsaFest 2009! Sisters on the Fly are a unique sisterhood focused on seeking adventure and having fun.  Visitors can check out their Cowgirl Caravan, an encampment on the Sister's vintage trailers. Details at:  www.SalsaTrail.com or 1-888-837-1841.  Friday, September 25, 2009 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Saturday, September 26, 2009 6:15 am - 4:00pm. Most activities FREE ($4 per person for Chips in the Salsa Trail Tent). Safford Lion's Club & Gila Valley Rotary Club. Safford, Arizona, Safford Town Square. 1-888-837-1841 for information - Graham County Chamber of Commerce. Arizona's Salsa Trail® is all about terrific Mexican food and down-home friendliness.  Sprinkled through the small Southern Arizona communities of Safford, Pima, Thatcher, Solomon, Clifton, Willcox, and York are a dozen Mexican restaurants, a family owned tortilla factory and a lady who grows chiles, who have all joined together to make up the Salsa Trail.  Once a year members of the Salsa Trail, along with the Graham County Chamber of Commerce, come together to celebrate the SalsaFest. For additional information about the Salsa Trail or the Balloon Festival and to watch the SalsaFest video visit www.SalsaTrail.com or by call the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 1.888.837.1841 or 928.428.2511.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tucson Botanical Gardens Pointless Plant Sale. The Tucson Botanical Gardens will hold the first annual Pointless Plant Sale, Friday, September 25, noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Experience a new kind of desert plant sale that features a huge variety of native desert plants that grow without spines or thorns. Pointless plants don’t poke, prick or puncture people. Different growers from the area will showcase and sell finger-friendly cacti, succulents, landscape plants and other non-threatening vegetation. Pointless pottery and refreshments will also be on sale. Admission to the plant sale is free. Desert vegetation is expected to be spiny, thorny and vicious.  Water is scarce, so every drop should be defended by spikes – or so the common wisdom goes.  But many desert-growing or arid-adapted plants exist without spines. You may overlook them as their spiny cohorts are tapping you on the shoulder (or the ankle). Some spineless plants specialize in being overlooked.  Living stones and Living rock cacti are defenseless plants with skins resembling the rocks in their habitat.  Individual species are often adapted to specific rock types.  Other plants, such as Baby’s toes, certain cacti, and many haworthias, do not look much like rocks but in the wild grow buried in the soil with just their tops showing in the sunlight. A few spineless plants live sheltered lives on sheer cliffs or high ledges out of reach of most predators.  Such is the home of the smooth-leaved Octopus agave and Squid agave, both from steep cliffs in parts of Mexico. Some spineless plants are outright mutations. Be they natural mutations or the result of selective cultivation, they are not characteristic of the typical species. The remarkable Totem pole cactus is an example of a natural mutation which grows in the wild in Baja California. Plant Sale Hours: Friday, Sept. 25, noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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. Gardens’ admission: Admission to the plant sale and the Gardens is free during the Pointless Plant Sale. 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. It is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10, email [email protected] or visit www.tucsonbotanical.org.

– Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, see some of the 250 varieties of butterflies found in the Sonoran Desert region, also displays and docents lead butterfly-spotting tours, 520-883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org/visit/events_butterflyfest.php

Sunday, September 27, 2009

9th Annual Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, see some of the 250 varieties of butterflies found in the Sonoran Desert region, also displays and docents lead butterfly-spotting tours, 520-883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org/visit/events_butterflyfest.php.

Everyone Runs Fleet Feet TMC, Prestige Fitness “Reverse the Course” – Catalina State Park, 4.25 & 8.5 mile trail race, featuring spectacular mountain views and a bit less distance, travels the Canyon Loop (counterclockwise) and Nature Trail (clockwise), mostly moderate climbs and descents, $30-45, 6:30 am, www.everyoneruns.net

Wednesday, Septeber 30, 2009

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is looking for a new LOGO. Winning Design Receives $500 Cash Award. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities its serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old. HOW TO APPLY - ACCESS THE APPLICATION ONLINE AT: http://www.saaca.org/pdf/SAACANewLogoCompetitionApplication.pdf  Call us at (520) 797-3959 with any questions or concerns or access the application online at www.SAACA.org  

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El Charro Salsa Picante

Authentic salsa from El Charro Cafe in Tucson, AZ. Contains: crushed tomatoes (tomatoes, salt, citric acid), water, salsa (onions, salt, garlic, white vinegar, canola oil, chiltipin pepper, oregano), tomato puree (water, tomato paste citric acid), citric acid.

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