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Tucson Events for May 2010

Outdoor walk and run starts the mornings

Because the month of May in Tucson, Arizona is just on the fringe of the upcoming summer heat, many outdoor events take advantage of the cool summer mornings and evenings for outside entertainment and music events.

The first two Saturdays of the month starts out with the May 1st 2010 Relay For Life American Cancer Society of Tucson/Vail AZ. The annual run is held at Empire High School. Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. On Saturday, May 8, a fundraising walk in the the park event benefits the Easter Seals Blake Foundation (ESBF). The Walk With Me community walk is held at Reid Park in Tucson.

The annual 25th Annual Tucson Folk Festival Tucson runs from May 1 through May 2. The Tucson Folk Festival features approximately 115 acts on four stages.This two-day event offering over 20 hours of music, dance, and entertainment. Read more about this and other Tucon events in May below.

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The Invisible Theatre Presents "An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf"

Performances run through May 16th

A Delicious Comedy in Seven Course by Michael Hollinger, Directed by Samantha K. Wyer. Michael Hollinger's AN EMPTY PLATE IN THE CAFÉ DU GRAND BOEUF is the final main stage production of Invisible Theater's 2009-2010 Season.

It's 1961 and Victor is a wealthy American expatriate living in Paris. He owns the fabulous Café du Grand Boeuf (French for “Restaurant of the Big Ox”) – the world's greatest restaurant reserved solely for his private use. When he arrives one summer evening after a trip to Madrid in a state of broken-hearted desperation, the staff attempts to lift his spirits by seducing him with culinary splendors!

This deliciously zany comedy celebrates the pleasure of the joys of cooking, sensual desires and living each moment to its fullest. Call (520) 882-9721 to charge by phone. www.invisibletheatre.com

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Through July: Arizona Theater Company's 2010 Summer on Stage series. This summer, forty high-school students will learn acting skills from theatre professionals and perform on Arizona Theatre Company's professional stage for Summer on Stage 2010. A variety of acting fundamentals are taught, including character development, scene and monologue study, voice and movement, and dance techniques. Training culminates in two fully-mounted productions performed on July 28-31, 2010 at the Temple of Music and Art, the home of Arizona Theatre Company. Early registration cost is $575 with a deadline of May 1. Regular registration cost is $625 with a deadline of June 1, 2010. Late registration is $675 with a deadline of June 15, 2010. Read more about the 2010 ATC Summer on Stage.

May 1-2, 2010

25th Annual Tucson Folk Festival Tucson. 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. The kick off fundraiser is held on April 30 at Old Town Artisans. 520-792-6481 or www.tkma.org

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 Relay For Life American Cancer Society of Tucson/Vail AZ. Held at Empire High School on May 1. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing community event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.

The Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 19 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Thanks to Relay participants, they are creating a world with more birthdays a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration. After that, anything you can raise through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted. It is recommended that each participant to set a personal goal to raise $100. If you raise more, that's even better. Even if you do not raise $100, you are still welcome to participate. www.relayforlife.org.

Popular Friday Summer Tucson Concert Series feature 11 shows by top musical acts

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents 3rd-annual La Encantada Summer Concert Series, beginning Friday, May 14

2010 La Encantada Summer Concert Series is held at La Encantada Shopping Center, NW corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m. The local concerts take place in the lower-level courtyard of the La Encantada mall. Fridays, May to October. Cost: $10 in advance, $11 day of show; season tickets (11 concerts) $88 - 20-percent discount. Concert-goers also can redeem their ticket stubs at La Encantada restaurants for exclusive savings on dinner and drinks. For this event, SAACA partners with title sponsor La Encantada, a Westcor shopping center, and the Tucson Federal Credit Union. Online: http://saaca.org/events-summerconcert.html. Phone: (520) 797-3959.

May 14 - The Bryan Dean Trio - Blues
The Trio expertly blends elements of funk, jazz, rock and soul into its signature blues riffs.
May 28 - Julie Anne - Jazz vocals
Julie Anne pays tribute to classic jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Peggy Lee by breathing new life into their classic standards.  

Tucson Toros annual "Job Fair" at Hi Corbett Field from 10am to 2pm. This is an opportunity for adults of all ages to participate in the seasonal operation of the Tucson Toros Baseball team games. Positions include hospitality, concession, ushers, ticket office and security. While most positions do not require prior experience there are a few specialty positions such as Club House Manager and Sports Trainer. Over the past season, many "game day" employees held full time positions in other employment, while utilizing their second job with the Toros as "extra income and entertainment" Applicants are urged to bring a resume, if they have one prepared and be prepared for an immediate interview. No advanced interviews will be scheduled.History in the Headlines Spring 2010 Saturday Speaker Series held on Saturday, May 1st. Continental breakfast followed by presentations about Arizona's headline stories. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719. 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. $15  ($12 AHS members).For more information or to register, please contact Emily Spargo-Guererro at (520) 617-1153 or [email protected] or visit us online at www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org. Free parking in the garage at the northeast corner of N. Euclid Ave. and E. 2nd St. Use E. 2nd St. entrance. On May 1, 2010- The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd Jana Bommersbach, Author. One hot Phoenix night in 1931, Winnie Ruth Judd allegedly murdered her two girlfriends, stuffed them into a trunk, and took them by train to Los Angeles. Jana Bommersbach reinvestigates the twisted, bizarre murder case, uncovers evidence long hidden, and encourages Judd to break her life-long silence. Read about the 2010 Tucson Toros baseball season and download schedule.

Rodders Day in Tucson. TheTucson Street Rod Association showcases more than 250 hot rod cars, including gleaming examples of Detroit's finest old cars with new engines, free, 8 am - 3pm, 520-624-5004 or http://www.fourthavenue.org

Sunday, May 2, 2010 Tucson events

Wellness & Lifestyle Festival Featuring keynote speaker: Stephen Brewer, MD, AAFP. On Sunday, May 2, the Tucson community is invited to participate in the Tucson Botanical Gardens first ever Wellness & Lifestyle Festival. Celebrate nature, health and well-being with a full schedule of cooking and fitness demonstrations, wellness experts and guest speakers, guided tours of the Gardens, booth displays and giveaways. The festival will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and takes place throughout the Gardens. Stephen Brewer, MD, AAFP, Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona will give the keynote address. Participants include: Women’s Wellness Collective, Heifer International, Fred Astaire Dance, Salud Perfume, Prime Academy and Vemma Vitamins. In 2004, Dr. Brewer accepted the position of Medical Director of Canyon Ranch Health Resorts in Tucson, one of the top resorts and spas in the United States. In addition, he is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Hours & Admission: Event date/hours: Sunday, May 2, 10 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: $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 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.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

9th ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER Benefitting Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse will host its 9th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 6, 2010. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Westin La Paloma Pavilion. Tickets are $75 or $700 for a table of ten. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased by calling (520) 795-8001. The 9th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon will feature a silent auction, raffle and lunch. Kristi Tedesco with KVOA will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event which will include a special award for the 2010 Mother of the Year. The Mother of the Year Award is given to participants who stand out as a role model to others for their unwavering dedication to their children in the face of extreme adversity. The event will also offer the opportunity to pay tribute to a mother or other courageous woman. For an additional $100 gift, her name and your tribute, up to 25 words, will be printed in the Mother’s Day Luncheon event program. Other advertising opportunities for the event program are available as well. This event provides needed funds to support Emerge!’s many programs and services. Last year, proceeds helped provide: 29,879 nights of safe shelter for women and children; 1,730 hours of group counseling for women and children; 3,267 hours of individual counseling for women and children; 730 children with domestic abuse education and prevention services to stop the cycle of violence. For more information, please contact Tana Jones at (520) 795-8001 or [email protected] About Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse (www.emergecenter.org) in Tucson, Arizona, provides opportunities to create, sustain and celebrate a life free from abuse. Established in April 2008 as a result of the merger between the Tucson Centers for Women and Children (founded in 1975) and the Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services (founded in 1963), Emerge! operates two emergency shelters in addition to providing crisis intervention, individual and group support, life skills development, prevention, a community-based childcare center and community education.

Crash Kings will be coming to Tucson for a show at Club Congress on May 6th. Their single 'Mountain Man' is #1 on the alternative charts as of last week. Custard/Universal Motown trio Crash Kings debut single, “Mountain Man”, from their eponymous debut album, catapults to the #1 slot on the Alternative Radio Charts this week.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Space Day at Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson. Pima Air & Space Museum invites children of all ages to visit its Space Gallery and participate in hands-on activities focused on exploring aerodynamics, rocket science, and living and working in space, free with museum admission, 1-4pm, 520-574-0462 or  www.pimaair.org

Saturday, May 8, 2010

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day celebrate the global movement. Read our special web page that highlights how international Red Cross programs, such as Restoring Family Links, connect with people here, in Southern Arizona. Visit rhe Red Cross office for one of their (almost) monthly tours, called Red Cross Live. Consider becoming a volunteer! Read about volunteer opportunities and how to get started. See special web page for the Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

Fundraising Events to benefit Easter Seals Blake Foundation (ESBF) Walk With Me. Held at Reid Park. The Walk begins at 7:30am. For more information contact ESBF at (520) 327-1529. Visit www.blakefoundation.easterseals.com to learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Giant Blue. Composed of Tucson's finest musicians, Giant Blue provides high-quality blues and rock for any occasion and all venues. Giant Blue features a great 4-piece horn section, dynamic male and female voices, and a HOT rhythm section. Mike Walden (Vocals / Guitar), Chuck Morrow (Keys), Bob Thames (Bass / Vocals), Jose Durazo (Tenor Sax / Horn Arrangements), Jason Tanner (Baritone Sax), Glen Gross (Trumpet), Ross Daniels (Trumpet), Damian Hagge - Saxophone www.giantblueband.com  Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N Silverbell Rd., Marana, AZ  85743, Concert Begins at 6pm. FREE ADMISSION.

Tucson Celebrity Waiters Dinner. We will honor multiple citizens of Tucson that are making incredible contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their donations and fundraising efforts in Team in Training, Light the Night and other activities.6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ. TICKET: 60$ | TABLE FOR TEN: $600.Purchase Tickets call 1800-568-1372, press 1, extension 7605. The 25th Annual Celebrity Waiters dinner will be brimming with energy as we bring each honoree on-stage to be recognized with thunderous applause and an award. The evening will culminate in a live auction and performances by our waiters on-stage. Remember the dancing football team from last May? Get ready for even more! www.lls.org/TCWD.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

RINGLING BROS. & UNITED BLOOD SERVICES PARTNER IN A LIFESAVING ACT Tucson & Oro Valley Blood Donors Earn a Voucher to FUNundrum! When it comes to saving lives, United Blood Services and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileyâ don’t clown around.  Perform a lifesaving act in Tucson in May or June and you will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the newest Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileyâ circus production, Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM June 30 – July 4 at the Tucson Convention Center.  To make a donation appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) toll free or visit www.UnitedBloodServicesAZ.org click on the “Donate Blood” link and enter the blood drive date. On Thurs., May 13, 2010: Cord Blood Registry, 8am – 5pm, 6550 S. Bay Colony Dr., Bloodmobile, Tucson.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Arizona History Museum: It Saved My Life Civilian Conservation Corps, Grand Canyon and Southern Arizona, 1933-1942. Exhibit Opening on Friday, May 14, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. View the museum’s newest exhibit, listen to stories from CCC enrollees, and savor light refreshments. Family Program on Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Go on a tour with Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, enjoy a fireside chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and participate in hands-on activities. Both events are free and open to the public. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719. Free parking in the garage at the northeast corner of E. 2nd St. and N. Euclid Ave., use E. 2nd St. entrance. (520) 628-5774 www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

Dancing with Our Stars. Dust off your dancing shoes...our big annual event is right around the corner!  Save the date for Friday, May 14, 2010 at The Westin La Paloma to see community leaders dance off in a competition to be the best.  Join us for a fun evening to support the Diaper Bank. This year's dancers are: Tanner Bell, Dale Berg, Sally Fernandez, Mrs. Grant, Joan Kay Cauthorn, Fran Katz, John Peña, Nick Soloway, Kelland Thomas. Benefits the Community Diaper Bank. Phone:  520.325.1400. Email:  [email protected]

Casas Church presents AWESTRUCK! a multi-sensory concert of extended worship - offering a blend of music, scripture and prayer with the freedom to express yourself in worship to our savior, Jesus Christ. 7pm. Admission is free for this city-wide event. Casas Church is located on N. La Cholla Blvd, just north of Lambert Lane on Tucson’s northwest side. Contact: 520-878-1201 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Twilight Tour of Jewish History Museum in Tucson. Built in 1910, the Jewish History Museum (Historic Stone Avenue Temple) was the first Jewish house of worship established in the Arizona Territory; located in the downtown Tucson area within the Barrio Libre National Historic Area, free, 7pm, 520-670-9073 or http://www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/home.

Shred-a-thon will be held at Savers Thrift Store at 3949 W. Costco Drive, Tucson from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  $5.00 donation per banker’s box of shredding. Tax deductable donation.  Tax documents to dispose of?  Bring your paper clutter to the site where Tucson Professional Organizers will assist in unloading your material and Iron Mountain Data Processisng will shred your documents on the spot. 520-904-8699.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

"A Sixties Concert" benefiting the Tucson Peace Center - Admission is the price of a woodstock ticket $8. All ages invited. The show will be from 7 to 11pm. The concert will be held at People's Imports 276 S Park Ave., Tucson, Arizona, in the Lost Barrio, Sunday May 16th from 7 to 11pm. The door price is $8. This all ages show will benefit the Tucson Peace Center and Fair. peacecaledar.org.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Junior League of Tucson New Member Happy Hour. Live, Laugh & Lead with the Junior League of Tucson! For over 75 years, Tucson women have joined the Junior League to make friends and serve their community. Please join us for a Happy Hour to meet the ladies of the Junior League, learn about our projects and find out how to become a member. You are welcome to join us on March 31, May 19 and July 14 at 6:30 pm at the Armitage Wine Lounge, 2905 East Skyline Drive for Happy Hour. To RSVP or for more information, please call 520-299-5753 or e-mail us at [email protected].

Saturday, May 22-23, 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.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Arizona History Museum: It Saved My Life Civilian Conservation Corps, Grand Canyon and Southern Arizona, 1933-1942. Family Program on Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Exhibit Opened Friday, May 14. View the museum’s newest exhibit, listen to stories from CCC enrollees, and savor light refreshments. Go on a tour with Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, enjoy a fireside chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and participate in hands-on activities. Both events are free and open to the public. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719. Free parking in the garage at the northeast corner of E. 2nd St. and N. Euclid Ave., use E. 2nd St. entrance. (520) 628-5774 www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday, May 29 - Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer ARTmarket. Saturdays and Sundays (May 29 and 30, June 26 and 27, July 31 and Aug. 1, and Aug. 28 and 29) - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at the Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road. Free admission.Indoor juried art festivals featuring original works by more than 120 top regional artists; events will include free children's activities and live music. Online:www.southernazfestivals.org/artmarket.html. Phone: (520) 797-3959. Read more about the Summer ARTmarket.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Tucson Favorite Namoli Brennet Headlines Concert to Benefit Local Firefighter's Charity Bike Ride. AIDS fundraising event and concert which will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. The concert benefits the fundraising efforts for Tucson firefighter Michelle Maliniak's upcoming 545-mile, 7-day charity bike ride.

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