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PLEASE NOTE BECAUSE OF THE  CHINA VIRUS MANY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED,  WE WILL UPDATE AS SOON AS THINGS OPEN UP AGAIN,


OFF-BROADWAY CAST OF “THE WHITE CHIP”, SEAN DANIELS’ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PLAY ABOUT HIS UNUSUAL PATH TO SOBRIETY, WILL DO A LIVE ONLINE READING AS A BENEFIT

Performance Will Benefit The Voices Project and Arizona Theatre Company and is 

dedicated to Terrence McNally.

            In line with Arizona Theatre Company’s (ATC) ongoing commitment to bringing diverse creative content to audiences online, the original Off-Broadway cast of The White Chip will perform a live reading of Artistic Director Sean Daniels’ play about his unusual path to sobriety as a fundraiser for The Voices Project, a grassroots recovery advocacy organization, and Arizona Theatre Company.

The benefit performance will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) / 8 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday, May 11 simultaneously on Arizona Theatre Company’s Facebook page(@ArizonaTheatreCompany) and YouTube channel. 

The performance is free, but viewers are welcome to donate what they can. The performance will then be available for four days afterwards through ATC’s website and YouTube channel. All donations will be divided equally between the two organizations.

New York TimesCritics’ Pick, The White Chip was last staged Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, from Oct. 4 - 26, 2019. Tony Award-nominated director Sheryl Kaller, Tony Award-winning sound designer Leon Rothenberg and the original Off-Broadway cast (Joe Tapper, Genesis Oliver, Finnerty Steeves) will return for the reading. 

The Off-Broadway production was co-produced with Tony Award-winning producers Tom Kirdahy (Little Shop of Horrors, Hadestown) and Hunter Arnold (Little Shop of Horrors, Hadestown).

The reading will be dedicated to five-time Tony Award-winning recipient, playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class).

 “It’s a challenging time for people in recovery, who used the same tools as theatre – gathering in a space with strangers to feel less alone – to stay healthy and connected,” said ATC Artistic Director and playwright Sean Daniels. “Now they simply can’t do the thing that has been a cornerstone to staying healthy, and in many cases, staying alive. So, as a theater that is a civic leader, and a cast that was blown away by the response of the theater community and the recovery community, we wanted to figure out how we can help.”

The New York Times wrote that The White Chip achieves“a delicate equilibrium between laugh-out-loud comedy and gasp-inducing, self-inflicted tragedy.” Reviewer Laura Collins-Hughes went on to say: “Plays save lives in all kinds of ways. I would bet that Sean Daniels’s addiction-and-recovery comedy “The White Chip” ... has, and will.”

A dry comedy about drying out, The White Chip follows Steven (Joe Tapper) on a wild theatrical journey to recovery. Steps away from his dream job running one of the hottest theaters in the country, Steven quickly spirals out of control from his place on top of the world to rock bottom. From first sip to first love, critical hit to critical care, he carves an unusual path to sobriety. 

Genesis Oliver and Finnerty Steeves will both read multiple roles including Steven’s father and Steven’s mother.

Daniels said: “The Voices Project is helping change the way America thinks about recovery through the experiences of those who know its challenges and benefits better than anyone. I’m inspired by Ryan Hampton, who created this project, every day, and it’s an honor to play a small part in his mission to destigmatize addiction.”

For more information about the Arizona Theatre Company, visitwww.arizonatheatre.org. For more information about The Voices Project, visitwww.voicesriseup.org.

 

The White Chip Live Reading

The White Chip

• Writtenby Sean Daniels

• Director: Sheryl Kaller

• Sound Design: Leon Rothenberg

• Technical Direction: Ido Levran

• Stage Manager: Kristi Hess

• Associate Director: James Blaszko

• Featuring: Joe Tapper, Genesis Oliver, and Finnerty Steeves

• Performance: Monday, May 11, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) / 8 p.m. (Eastern Time)

• Online Platforms: Facebook (@ArizonaTheatreCompany); YouTube

• To Make a Donationhttps://donate.arizonatheatre.org/thewhitechip




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ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY CHARGES INTO 54TH SEASON WITH 6 MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS, ADDITIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS, 9 INNOVATIVE LOCAL, NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND NEW-WORK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

Arizona Theatre Company will launch its 54th season with Artistic Director Sean Daniel’s first fully chosen six-play Main Stage lineup complemented by additional co-productions, nine exciting and innovative local and national collaborations and partnerships and numerous new-work development programs. 

 

“With our upcoming season, the first I got to fully plan, we’re laying out the blueprint for how Arizona Theatre Company can truly be the State Theatre.” Daniels said. “We’ll work with organizations larger and smaller than us to establish Arizona as one of the most exciting and innovative states when it comes to producing theater, and in the creation of new work. We’ll launch a year-round musical theater development program and nine new partnerships will reshape the arts in Arizona.”

 

ATC will partner with University of Arizona, ASU/Gammage, Herberger Institute of Design and Arts, Stray Cat Theatre, Tony Award-wining Tom Kirdahy Productions, Southwest Shakespeare Company, The Winding Road Theatre Ensemble of Tucson, Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and the fourth-largest music company in the world, BMG.

 

Full details of the partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks

 

“In addition to our usual six-play Main Stage Season, this will add two co-productions in Phoenix, one co-production in Tucson, two reading series and at least four musical and play workshop productions that will happen throughout the state,” Daniels said. “It’s time for Arizona to be a national leader, and Arizona Theatre Company is the way that happens.”

 

Main Stage Season

The 2020/2021 Main Stage Season opens with the Daniels-directed My 80 Year Old Boyfriend, created by Charissa Bertels, Christian Duhamel and Edward Bell. My 80 Year Old Boyfriend is a delightful award-winning musical about the magic that happens when we let ourselves say "yes." From a chance encounter to the unlikeliest of friendships, Charissa discovers there's much she can learn from her surprising new companion. Based on the true story of Broadway performer Charissa Bertels, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend is an incredible musical tale of the most unlikely pair as they reach across generational barriers to find friendship and learn a bit more about themselves.  This show will be going on tour after playing in Arizona.  Details will be announced. Tucson: Sept.5-265 Phoenix: Oct. 1-18.

 

My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend will be followed by:

 

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly by America’s most produced playwright Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky) and Margo Melcon, directed by Melissa Crespo. A cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice! Mary Bennet is unmarried, nerdy, and growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister. Miss Bennet is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family, awkward love, and personal transformation blending modern wit and grand period style. Perfect for all Jane Austen fans. Tucson: Oct. 17-Nov. 7; Phoenix: Nov. 11-29.

 

Little Shop of Horrors, music by Alan Menkin, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, directed by Casey Stangl. With a charming doo-wop and Motown-flavored score containing several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Somewhere That's Green", and "Suddenly, Seymour", Grammy and Academy Award-winning duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) Little Shop of Horrors will satisfy your craving for tongue-in-cheek humor, toe-tapping songs, and murderous hijinks! Tucson: Dec. 5-26; Phoenix: Jan. 8-31 2021.

 

how to make an American Son by christopher oscar peña, directed by Kimberly Senior in a co-production with The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The world premiere of a moving new play about the complexities of privilege, citizenship, and the most complex relationship of all: family. Senior directed Disgraced on Broadway when it won the Pulitzer Prize. A “Model Immigrant” and business mogul, Honduran born Mando’s cleaning empire is bracing for a downturn and he must rein in his over-privileged American son Orlando. In the wake of a personal crisis, Orlando suddenly finds himself responsible for the fate of a treasured undocumented worker and the future of his father’s entire enterprise.  The show will go directly from its world premiere to to play Off-Broadway. Tucson: Jan. 23-Feb. 13, 2021; Phoenix: Feb. 18-March 7.

 

Pru Payne by Steven Drukman, directed by Sean Daniels. The world premiere of a life-affirming story of love, (memory) loss, and how we deal with it all. Pru Payne explores love and family by hilariously and heartrendingly asking: what’s the best way for any of us to be remembered, and what’s love got to do with it? Tucson: March 13-April 3; Phoenix: April 8-25.

 

Nina Simone: Four Women by Christina Ham, directed by Tiffany Nicole Greene. A face-to-face musical evening with the fiery genius. Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragic 1963 bombing by the Klu Klux Klan at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Nina Simone: Four Women imagines a conversation, often through music, between Simone and three African-American women from varied walks-of-life. Director Greene is the current Resident Director on Broadway’s Hamilton. Tucson: April 24-May 15; Phoenix: May 20-June 6.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

 

With full details to be announced in the weeks ahead, here is a brief look at what to expect in 2020/2021.

 

BMG: which is the world’s fourth-largest music company and the first new global player in the recording business in decades. ATC Artistic Director Sean Daniels and Elyse Cogan, Director, Theatrical of BMG, are excited to announce a groundbreaking partnership to begin creating, workshopping and producing new musicals using today’s top theater artists and BMG musical artists.  This is the first known partnership of its kind.

University of Arizona: to produce the “hilarious and dizzyingly fun” Hot Pink by Joanie Drago and directed by Veronika Duerr.

ASU/Gammage.  Project to be announced.

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: workshop of “Froggy” by Jen Haley, directed Matt Morrow.

Stray Cat Theatre: the world premiere of Bleeding Hearts by Steve Yockey (Mercury, Wolves, Pluto, Octopus), directed by Daniels and starring Veronika Duerr, the stunning lead from this season’s production of Silent Sky.

Southwest Shakespeare: a reading series focusing on new work created from classic texts.

Tom Kirdahy Productions: details to be announced soon.

Winding Road Theatre Ensemble: a reading series focused on new work using artists from ATC and Winding Road Theatre Ensemble.

Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis: providing year-long dramaturgical support as we launch these new work efforts.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP SERIES

The following shows will be workshopped throughout the 2020/2021 season and open to subscribers and donors.

‘Sueños’ by Jessie Sanchez

Jeanette by Lauren Gunderson and Ari Afsar, Directed by Erin Ortman

Untitled But Sure To Be Awesomely Titled 70’s FM Radio jukebox lovefest- get ready’ by Chris D’Arienzo (Rock of Ages), directed by Sean Daniels

 

More shows will be announced at a later date.

 

Season-ticket packages for ATC’s Six Main Stage Season are available for renewing subscribers now. Renewing Subscribers will also have exclusive access to those new co-productions and events.

 

New subscriptions will be available for sale starting on sale April 1.  Single tickets will be available for purchase later this year.  For information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

 

To see a video of Artistic Director Sean Daniels talking about the season, visit https://youtu.be/dPPAjhDBqc4.

 

 

About Arizona Theatre Company: 

Under new leadership, and now celebrating its 53rd Season, Arizona Theatre Company is truly “The State Theatre.” Our company boasts the largest subscriber base of any performing arts organization in Arizona, with more than 130,000 people each year attending performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

 

Each season of high quality productions reflects the rich variety of world theatre – from classic to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works – audiences enjoy the rich emotional experience and joy that can only be captured through live theatre. ATC is the preeminent professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Under the direction of Artistic Director Sean Daniels, Managing Director Billy Russo, and Managing Director Designee, Geri Wright, ATC operates in two cities – unlike any other League of Resident Theaters (LORT) company in the country. 

 

ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 800 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways

 

ATC reaches far beyond the metropolitan areas of Tucson and Phoenix, enriching the theatre learning experience for current and future audiences.


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Arizona Renaissance Festival

     

February  th thru March th.

       


Cheer for brave knights! Roam our 30-acre festival village filled with whimsical castles, cottages, pubs and 14 stages of nonstop performances of music, mermaids, merriment, dance, acrobatics and comedy. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and revel with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters. Prepare for new shows, new stage and don’t forget to reserve your seat at the Pleasure Feast - the most exclusive event within the Festival with a five course dinner and variety show!

The Pleasure Feast! And YOU are invited. Food, Fools and Frivolity - Don't miss the incredibly delicious and wildly raucous Pleasure Feast!

Savor five courses of fine foods and ample drynk, served with a side order of live entertainment and Festival souvenir goblet! Be treated like royalty as the King's kitchen and the boisterous serving maidens dish up a roaring good time! Limited seating twice daily makes this the most exclusive event at the Festival! Your Pleasure Feast purchases includes admission to the Festival ($28.00 value).

The AZ Renaissance Festival transports visitors to a medieval amusement park, a 14-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts extravaganza, a jousting tournament, people powered games and rides, mermaids and a feast -- all rolled into one non-stop, ALL-DAY adventure.

Have you bowed before a QUEEN?! Locked looks with a KNIGHT in Shining Armor? What are you waiting for? Experience Action & Adventure at the Faire. All the festival is a stage; you never know what unpredictable mayhem YOU may find as you explore the shire.

The 16th century festival is home to many popular traditions including chomping down on a giant roasted “turkey leg” or Cheering "HUZZAH" at the jousting tournament. The Marketplace features over 200 artisans displaying a variety of unique, hand-made wares. Watch as the ancient skills of glassblowing, leather work, weaving, woodcarving, blacksmithing, candle making and pottery are displayed...IT IS A SHOPPER'S PARADISE! Don't miss YOUR chance to Rub shoulders with ROYALTY! Remember to dress comfortably; wear sunscreen, drive safely-ENJOY THY TRIP BACK TO THE 16th Century!

Advance tickets: save time when tickets are purchased on-line at RenFestInfo.com, or save with discount tickets purchased at Fry’s Food stores statewide. Discount ticket prices are Adult $  .00, children 5-12 $  .00 purchased at Fry’s Food stores, children under 5 are always FREE. Tickets purchased at the Festival are two dollars more. Senior discount tickets are $   .00 for those 60 and older, available only on Festival days at the front gate ticket booth. Parking is Free courtesy of Fry’s Food stores. The Renaissance Festival site is located east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60, just past Gold Canyon Golf Resort. (12601 East US Hwy 60) For visitor information call: 520 - 463 - 2700 or visit RenFestInfo.com HUZZAH!

Order Your Tickets  Here !

  Arizona Renaissance Festival

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Planning on visiting any of the U.S. National Parks this year? Or simply looking for a good, cheap adventure for you and your friends/family? This coming Monday (January 20 and MLK Day) will be the first of five days in 2020 on which "all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone." Because many of the 400+ National Parks and National Park Service sites already don't charge a fee, in essence, pretty much all of them will be free to visit. Here are all five of the days you can visit National Parks for free in 2020, plus more information, straight from the National Park Service:

Mark the above on your calendars, and see more info here. And for more National Parks tips and content, see the tip on JohnnyJet.com here.

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Tucson Museum of Art celebrates opening of Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education

 

After nearly three decades in its present location, TMA’s education center—built in 1943 as the City Court Building to house judges’ quarters and a courtroom—was completely renovated thanks to a gift from Alice and Paul Baker, long time museum benefactors. To honor this historic gift and to recognize Alice’s long-term commitment to TMA as a Trustee, the facility has been renamed the Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education.

 

The renovations increase TMA’s capacity to provide rich experiences for visitors of all ages through TMALearn! and Community Engagement programs. The facility includes:

 

Second SundAZe Family Day is presented by the Stonewall Foundation with additional support from the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

About the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The museum was founded in 1924 and is located in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.

The museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, pre-Columbian, European and Asian art. The 74,000-square-foot museum offers guided tours and education programs. The museum’s historic block of 19th and 20th-century adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing a four-acre city block, includes the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, the Museum Store and additional exhibition spaces.

TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333.

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TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS ARE THE REAL STARS OF THE 2020-21 SEASON

SAYS MUSIC DIRECTOR JOSÉ LUIS GOMEZ

 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert and Beethoven’s Ninth

Are Holiday Specials

 SuperPops to include the return of Troupe Vertigo for Day of the Dead,

Plus a new Beatles program

 

(Tucson, AZ)─Some of today’s hottest young soloists and some longtime favorites will perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the 2020-21 Season. Holiday specials include Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, but Music Director, Maestro José Luis Gomez, announced today that the real stars are the musicians of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

 

          “I am confident in the orchestra as the protagonist,” stated Maestro Gomez, who will be in his third season as Music Director.  “When I came here we were exploring lesser-known works. This year, we’re going through the always challenging Beethoven cycle. This next season, we are taking on some of the most ambitious works of the orchestral repertoire, such as Petrushka, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Ein Heldenleben. Our musicians are at the top of their game and the orchestra will shine.”

 

          The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s 92nd season will feature the return of Steven Moeckel, Amit Peled and Joyce Yang, plus debuts by pianist Alexander Romanovsky, violinists Nemanja Radulovic and Francisco Fullana, and sopranos Erin Wall and Nicole Cabell.

 

          Gomez describes the opening of the Classic Series, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, as “core repertoire with lots of orchestra power.” The program will mark a reunion for Maestro Gomez with cellist Amit Peled. After making his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut in October, 2014 as a candidate for Music Director, Gomez returned one year later to conduct Peled in a special concert, the Elgar Cello Concerto. Now, the “larger-than-life” Israeli-American cellist returns with The Casals Cello for Camille Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto, often considered the greatest concerto for the instrument.

 

           Former Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Steven Moeckel, returns for the first time since 2014 to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on a program with Petrushka. The second of Stravinsky’s three early, magnificent ballets for Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russe, will provide an opportunity to display the full range of virtuosity and color of Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s musicians.

 

           Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and a favorite of Tucson audiences for the past decade, will perform Jonathan Leshnoff’s Piano Concerto. He composed the concerto for Yang and she performed the world premiere in November, 2019. The concerto was co-commissioned by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 will conclude the program.

 

          The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and UA Dance will be featured on Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Written for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe, Ravel called it his choreographic symphony, bringing more color and imagination to Daphnis than anything else he wrote for the orchestra.

 

       Erin Wall, acclaimed for her performances of Mahler and contemporary opera, will sing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and the solo in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Alexander Romanovsky has been praised by The New York Times as “special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for color and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter.” Romanovsky will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 on a program with Richard Strauss’ tone poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life). Maestro Gomez describes it as “a journey through life but finally the hero wins.” The Classic Series will close with Violin Showpieces, featuring virtuoso violinist Nemanja Radulović─called a “rock star” by Gomez─playing two rhapsodic showpieces: the exquisite Poème of Ernest Chausson and Maurice Ravel’s exotic Tzigane.

 

MasterWorks Will Feature World Premiere of Young Composers Graduate’s Concerto &

First Artist-in-Residence

 

          Claire Thai, a 2019 graduate of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project, is the fourth alum to be commissioned by TSO for a performance on its subscription series. Now a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Thai has written a concerto for her own instrument, the harp. She will give the world premiere performance on the MasterWorks program, Mozart and Brahms. Thai will also be featured with principal flute Alexander Lipay on Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp.  The program will conclude with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

 

          Estonian bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann dazzled MasterWorks audiences when he opened the 2018-19 season with Christopher Theofanidis’ Bassoon Concerto, a Grammy®-nominated piece composed for him. He is joined by Tucson Symphony principal clarinet, Dario Brignoli, to open this season with Richard Strauss’ Duet Concertino for clarinet and bassoon, followed by Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite, a reimagining of the best-known music from Bizet’s famous opera, will close the program. As the Tucson Symphony’s first Artist-in-Residence, Kuuskmann will offer master classes and work with the Young Composers Project students, among other special projects.

 

          Nicole Cabell, a soprano with a voice that has been called “liquid gold” by Opera News, and praised by the Chicago Tribune for having it all, “striking natural beauty, a killer smile, a statuesque frame a supermodel would envy and, of course, that gorgeous voice,” will make her Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut when she performs Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations on a program with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

 

          One of English composer Peter Maxwell Davies most enduringly popular pieces, An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, one of the few classical pieces to feature bagpipes, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring, are among the notable pieces completing the MasterWorks Series.  The Four Seasons Recomposed will be performed by Francisco Fullana, a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Prize winner. His recording of the piece was recently named Forbes' CD of the Week and featured as the #1 Classical Track on Apple Music.

Troupe Vertigo to Open SuperPops! Series

 

                    Troupe Vertigo, who left packed houses stunned with their acrobatics at their Cirque Holiday show in 2018, return to open the SuperPops! Series. They will bring Day of the Dead to life with acrobatic realizations on stage—all accompanied by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Maestro José Luis Gomez. Stuart Chafetz, who conducted Cirque Holiday, returns to the podium for this season’s Greatest Hits from TV and Film featuring music from today’s hit series and movies such as Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Lost, Wonder Woman and Star Trek.

 

          Revolution, the new authorized symphonic tribute to the Fab Four, features top vocalists and musicians accompanied by Grammy®-winner Jeff Tyzik’s new arrangements, transcribed and arranged from the original master recordings at Abbey Road Studios. Accompanied by hundreds of rare and unseen photos from the historic, London-based archives of The Beatles’ official fan magazine─The Beatles Book Monthly─along with stunning video and animation, Revolution takes audiences on a magical musical and visual journey of The Beatles. The production features arrangements of over 25 top hits including Ticket to Ride, Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Get Back, Here Comes the Sun and Hey Jude.

 

          Andy Einhorn, who conducted the hit, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim, shifts gears this season to conduct the final SuperPops! show, Country Comes to Town. He’ll play piano and conduct hits by Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn and Blake Shelton accompanied by vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle and the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Star Wars; The Empire Strikes Back in Concert and Beethoven’s Ninth Are Holiday Specials

 

          Following the success of Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert in 2018, this season’s Thanksgiving Film Weekend special will be Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back featuring every note of John Williams’ music in the film in its entirety as the movie is projected above the orchestra on a giant screen. After conducting Messiah with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time this season, Maestro Gomez will return to conduct Handel’s masterpiece and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto on the MasterWorks holiday special this season. Hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, crackling with energy, on December 19 and 20, in the week of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Mexico Magico: Sight and Sound will complete the 2020-21 Specials. Images of Mexico from Westwater Arts will accompany the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s performance of popular music from the country. The production was created by Nicholas Bardonnay, who thrilled Tucson Symphony Orchestra audiences with the Grand Canyon Special he produced for the 100th anniversary of the national park in 2018.

 

          Subscriptions for the Classic, Masterworks and SuperPops! Series are available now. Tickets for the Specials are available now only for subscribers and won’t go on sale until a later date. They are available online at www.tucsonsymphony.org, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Avenue or by phone at (520) 882-8585.  TSO Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

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                                           Xmas planting tips

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Tucson, Arizona

Southeast Arizona is an incredible place for birders, with lots of species you’re not likely to see anywhere else north of the border. Stay in Tucson for all the modern amenities, and don’t neglect the city interior for low-stress birding.

Check out Tucson’s Evergreen Cemetery in late fall and early winter to see migrating oddballs like the pine warbler (Setophaga pinus). Stop by Sentinel Peak Park -- particularly the hill emblazoned with the huge red, white, and blue letter A -- and keep an eye out for greater roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus)and all sorts of hawks.

Be sure to get out of town for some real prizes, too. The area east of Interstate 19 and south of Tucson proper is full of rarities like the species listed below.

When you plan your trip, reach out to the Tucson Audubon Society; the organization offers group birding expeditions, tons of great information, and a Tucson Birding Trail Map throughout the year.

Birds To Look For: gray hawk (Buteo plagiatus), elegant trogon (Trogon elegans), painted redstart (Myioborus pictus)


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                                                                         US MARSHALS LAUNCH NEW MOBILE TIP APP

Public can submit tips on fugitives, non-compliant sex offenders, judiciary threats

 

tips-bannerWASHINGTON -- The U.S. Marshals recently launched a new mobile and web-based app that allows the public to anonymously report information they believe will help authorities track down and arrest wanted fugitives.
“We value the information that we receive from the public, and wanted to ensure that people could provide that information to us with confidentiality using the USMS Tips app,” said U.S. Marshals Criminal Intelligence Branch Chief Jennifer Armstrong. “All tip submissions are safe, secure, and discreet.”
The Marshals also want the public to use the app to report non-compliant sex offenders and threats affecting the federal judiciary.
“We want citizens to not only submit tips on persons with active arrest warrants,” said Armstrong, “we also want them to submit information about convicted sex offenders who fail to register and comply with their state’s laws, and report people who threaten a federal judge, a federal judicial employee, or a federal court facility.”
The USMS Tips app works on Apple and Android devices, and can be downloaded from a mobile provider’s marketplace. It can also be accessed online at
www.usmarshals.gov/tips
 

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Whipple Observatory Increases Public Programming, Hours

Winter break to bring science demonstrations, activities to Observatory leading to new Science Saturdays

(Amado, AZ)—The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO)—part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard &

Smithsonian—located at Mt. Hopkins, has announced new public programs and hours as part of a new effort to increase public accessibility

to the Southern Arizona-based branch of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Beginning January 2019, the Whipple Observatory Visitor Center, previously open on weekdays only, will pilot open hours on the first

Saturday of each month from 8:30am-1pm for Science Saturdays. “The Visitor Center is here to serve the public in Southern Arizona, and

that includes children and families who need us to be open on weekends,” said Oliver. “Being open on the first Saturday of each month is

the first of many steps towards increasing community accessibility, and we’re very blessed to have staff, a site director, and a volunteer corps

that are all dedicated to making this happen.”

The Whipple Observatory will also pilot science demonstration and activity programs beginning this month. The new holiday-break program, Whipple’s Winter Wonderland, runs December 24th through January 5th, ending with the premier of the Observatory’s Science Saturdays

program. “Demonstrations, hands-on activities, and personal interactions are the backbone of public science education,” said Oliver. “When

we work together to answer questions and make science happen in real-time…you’re not going to forget what you learned or how exciting it

was to be learning. That’s what science learning should be about.”

As a part of the Smithsonian Institution, activities, demonstrations and presentations in the Visitor Center are free of charge to the public.

Unless otherwise specified, all activities and demonstrations take place at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Visitor Center at 670 Mt.

Hopkins Road in Amado.

What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

·        December 24th, 10am-12noon: Out of this World Ornaments (activity)

·        December 26th, 10am-12noon: Growing crystals (activity)

·        December 27th, 10am-12noon: Elephant toothpaste (demo and science lesson)

·        December 28th, 10am-12noon: Growing crystals (activity)

·        December 31st, 10am-12noon: New Year's Day Celebration (activities, games)

·        January 2nd, 10am-12noon: Celebrating Ultimate Thule & New Horizons (activities

·        January 3rd, 10am-12noon: Asteroids (activities and science demos)

·        January 4th, 10am-12noon: Black holes (activities and science demos)

·        January 5th, 8:30am-1pm: Science Saturday "Solarbration" (activities and science demos focused on the Sun and Parker Solar Probe)

Up-to-date information about events can be found on FLWO’s Facebook page, and by joining the Observatory’s mailing list.

About Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a collaboration between the Smithsonian

Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin,

evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

About Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

Established in 1968 as the Mt. Hopkins Observatory at the base of Mt. Hopkins in Amado, Arizona, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

is home to the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT)—a collaboration between the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian—which at 6.5m is the world’s 14th largest optical telescope. The site is also home to two 1.2m imaging optical telescopes for solar system, galactic and

extragalactic astronomy; the 1.5m Tillinghast optical spectroscopic telescope for solar system, galactic and extragalactic astronomy; the HAT

array of five small optical telescopes for robotic observations of the night sky; the MINERVA array of four 70cm optical telescopes for

photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy; the MEarth array of eight 40cm optical telescopes that surveys 2000 nearby M-dwarf starts;

and the VERITAS array of four 12m telescopes for gamma-ray astronomy.

For more information, contact:


Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
+1 520-879-4407


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About Arizona Theatre Company: 

Under new leadership, and now celebrating its 53rd Season, Arizona Theatre Company is truly “The State Theatre.” Our company boasts the largest subscriber base of any performing arts organization in Arizona, with more than 130,000 people each year attending performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

 

Each season of high quality productions reflects the rich variety of world theatre – from classic to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works – audiences enjoy the rich emotional experience and joy that can only be captured through live theatre. ATC is the preeminent professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Under the direction of Artistic Director Sean Daniels, Managing Director Billy Russo, and Managing Director Designee, Geri Wright, ATC operates in two cities – unlike any other League of Resident Theaters (LORT) company in the country. 

 

ATC shares the passion of the theatre through a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and community events. With more than 800 Education & Engagement activities through the schools and summer programs, ATC focuses on teaching Arizona’s youth about the creative power of dramatic literature and how it can enrich their own lives in multiple ways

 

ATC reaches far beyond the metropolitan areas of Tucson and Phoenix, enriching the theatre learning experience for current and future audiences.






The Mini Time Machine was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. Pat’s fondness for miniatures began in the 1930’s, when as a young girl she received her first miniatures- a set of Strombecker wooden dollhouse furniture. It wasn’t until the Arnells moved to Tucson in 1979 that Pat began collecting in earnest. The Arnell’s became very active in the miniature community becoming recognized members and supporters of important organizations such as NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans).The collection grew and the Arnells, dreamed of a way to share it with more people. They envisioned an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of the collection could be enjoyed by everyone- a place that would be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.

The concept of “the mini time machine” was born out of the notion that a visitor would be seemingly transported to different eras by the stories and history of the pieces in the collection. The design and building of the museum was a huge collaborative effort. Swaim Associates Architects in Tucson, Arizona was chosen as the architect for the project. The exhibit design was carried out by Claro Creative Studios, a team of designers, gadgeteers and entertainment enthusiasts based out of Glendale, California. Construction of the project spanned nearly two years.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a 501(c)(3) board-only nonprofit organization, classified as a private foundation with a long term goal of achieving public charity status. All proceeds from every sale, including admission, membership and merchandise go towards funding the museum’s operations.

The museum is dedicated to all who participate in the world of miniatures through education, creation or enjoyment.




           Copper Fitness Gym - Green Valley, AZ   Copper Fitnes Gym,  "Building a Better You",  Geen Valley, AZ

                                                                  1060W Bets St., STE 150, Green Valley 85614,    (520) 777-3645       

                LOCATION:
                             
Copper Fitness is located in the beautiful Green Valley Sahuarita area just a few minutes south of Tucson.  Conveniently off of I-19 using the Duval Mine Rd. exit, just south of Sahuarita Rd.  We are located just behind the Octopus Car Wash and Burger King Restaurant.     We are available on both Google and Apple Maps.

        Silver Sneakers, Yoga, Steppers, Trainers, Zumba, Great Equipment
,  and a whole lot more.....Stop on by.


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Pima County Office of Emergency Management launches mass notification system that keeps public informed during emergency events

 

PIMA COUNTY - Pima County has launched a mass notification system designed to keep the public informed in the event of an emergency.

 Pima County’s MyAlerts.pima.gov, hosted on the Everbridge platform, pushes messages to all kinds of devices, quickly and reliably, making it the go-to tool for keeping the public informed.

 Subscribers can receive notifications about weather-related events, police situations, public health concerns or any public emergencies. MyAlerts.pima.gov also allows Pima County to send geographically specific messages, tailored to ZIP code, blocks, streets or regions charted on a map.

 

To subscribe, users create a profile at MyAlerts.pima.gov. Subscribers can enter additional information like physical addresses, to receive emergency notifications specific to the areas where they live and work.

  

About Pima County Office of Emergency Management

 

The Office of Emergency Management works to prevent the loss of life and reduce property damage resulting from man-made, technological and natural disasters. PCOEM also assists municipalities and local governments with developing plans to ensure the highest level of emergency preparedness.

 

About Everbridge

 

Following the tragic events of 9/11, Everbridge was founded with a vision of helping facilitate this approach and improving the way that people communicate and locate their people in critical situations. Our SaaS-based critical communications platform is built on a secure, scalable and reliable infrastructure with multiple layers of redundancy to enable the rapid delivery of critical communications, with near real-time verification, over numerous devices and contact paths.

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Letter from the Maestro
We are looking forward to the 66th year of Music Under the Stars™ which will begin on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th. Our wonderful Tucson Pops musicians will perform six concerts for the spring season during which our three Conductor finalists, Khris Dodge, Enrique “Hank” Feldman, and Toru Tagawa, will each conduct a full concert featuring a program of their own creation. I have been busy developing music programs for the remaining concerts.  We will be having some very special guest soloists and I can promise you a very exciting season!

The very first Tucson Pops Concert was performed in 1955 and our commitment today to bring you high quality, professional orchestral entertainment is stronger than ever but it is only possible because of your love of music and your continuing support. We hope you will consider increasing your donation this year so we may continue to serve generations to come.

You can renew your Friends of the Pops’ membership for 2020 either by mailing your check to the Tucson Pops Orchestra, P O Box 43114, Tucson, AZ 85733 or donating by credit card at tucsonpops.org by clicking on the DONATE button below. As always, donor names will be entered into our drawings at each concert for a chance to win fabulous prizes, gift cards to local restaurants, theater tickets and more.

We look forward to seeing you at our opening concert on Sunday, May 10th at 7:00 pm, Reid Park. Please visit our website at www.tucsonpops.org for more information.



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Your constant support and attendance is very much appreciated. To help us continue to grow and thrive, I encourage each of you to invite someone you know who has never been to a Pops concert to share the experience with you and become a new "Friend".  

Spring Concerts
will be on Sundays, 
Cancelled
"Free"
DeMeester Performance Center, Reid Park

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U of A Theatre School of Arts

Arizona Repertory Theatre(ART) is a unique theatre company within the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, Film & Television.  ART presents six productions each season designed to educate and train theatre students while providing an incredibly entertaining experience for audiences.  ART performs over 100 performances each season from September through May.  ART is modeled after professional theatre companies and consists of students from the Acting and Musical Theatre program with students from the Design and Technology program providing production support. Arizona Repertory Theatre invites you to experience the future of theatre and “See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!”

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University of Arizona School of Theatre Film & Television Arizona Repertory Theatre Announces 2019/2020 Season

 

 

TUCSON, AZ – Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) announces an outstanding line up of productions for the 2019/2020 season. The season assures the School's long tradition of outstanding training for University of Arizona theatre students and advances its commitment to offering exceptional programming to the public.

 

Arizona Repertory Theatre is thrilled to present a season filled with joy, intellect, drama, heart, and most of all, a genuine reflection of humanity. It is a reflection that can be both beautiful and sad, but is always powerful and moving.

 

The Legend of Georgia McBride kicks off the theatrical journey with the funny and heartwarming story of an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen. After that, Stephen Schwartz’s modern musical classic, Pippin tells of a young prince and his quest for true happiness and fulfillment. The year comes to a close with The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a Tony Award winning play which finds the Freitag family confronting their own prejudices, desires and beliefs as they prepare for the social event of the year.

 

A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama, The Wolves is a ferocious, smart and fun look into the world of young female competitors, their relationships to one another and the world around them. Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona tells the comedic tale of two long lost friends in love with the same woman. The season ends on a beautiful note with another Tony Award winner, The Light in the Piazza. Set in Italy, this romantic location is the perfect backdrop for exquisite songs and a delightful love story.

 

“Audiences and students will find the season is exciting in its clear intent toward diversifying representation on our stages," said Deanna Fitzgerald, Interim Co-Director of the School of Theatre, Film & Television and Producer of Arizona Repertory Theatre. "Some of the productions may be familiar and some may be new, but we expect all of them to be entertaining and provide audiences with a theatrical experience they will not forget.”

 

Fitzgerald also noted, "The training of our students in the classics like Pippin and The Two Gentlemen of Verona continues to be a high priority, while newer works like The Legend of Georgia McBride and The Wolves provide them with the opportunity to challenge themselves with more contemporary and ambitious scripts. As an educational institution with a professional faculty and rigorous standards, we believe that all of these productions will positively shape the lives of our students, as they learn to create impact for our audiences, and prepare them to transition successfully into the theatre and entertainment fields."

 

Ticket Information

Subscription renewals and new subscriptions on sale March 25, 2019. Subscriptions available at the College of Fine Arts Box Office by phone at (520) 621-1162 or in person at 1025 N. Olive Road, inside the Marroney Theatre on the University of Arizona campus. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 12-4pm.

 

Single tickets on sale Monday, August 26, 2019. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (520) 621-1162 or online at tickets.arizona.edu.

 

Learn more about Arizona Repertory Theatre at theatre.arizona.edu.

 

 

 

About Arizona Repertory Theatre

Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) is a unique theatre company within the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, Film & Television. ART presents six productions each season designed to educate and train theatre students while providing an incredibly entertaining experience for audiences. ART performs over 100 performances each season from September through May. ART is modeled after professional theatre companies and consists of students from the Acting and Musical Theatre program with students from the Design and Technology program providing production support. Arizona Repertory Theatre invites you to experience the future of theatre and “See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!”


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more about the 2018 ranking at https://goo.gl/Ucq1Kf

Ticket Information
Subscription renewals and new subscriptions available now! Subscriptions available at the College
of Fine Arts Box Office by phone at (520) 621-1162 or in person at 1025 N. Olive Road, inside the
Marroney Theatre on the University of Arizona campus. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday,
12-4pm.
Single tickets on sale Monday, August 20, 2018. Tickets may be purchased by phone or online at
tickets.arizona.edu.
Learn more about Arizona Repertory Theatre at
theatre.arizona.edu.

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                                                       CPAC - Community Performinf Arts Center in Green Valley

2019-2020 Season On-Sale Dates
The 2020 Theater Season and Ticket Order Forms Will Be Published Online at www.performingartscenter.org :

Choose Your Own Season Flex Pass of 12 or More Unique Performances (20% discount on entire order when completed in a single transaction):
-On sale June 3, 2019 at 9am - in person at CPAC office or via phone only (seat requests will be filled in chronological order starting 9am June 3)

Choose Your Own Season Flex Pass of 6 or More Unique Performances (15% discount on entire order when completed in a single transaction):
-On sale June 10, 2019 at 9am - in person at CPAC office or via phone only

Single Tickets:
-On Sale June 24, 2019 - in person, via phone and online

We are happy to announce a new feature! Once tickets become available online, patrons will have the ability to order multiple performances and choose your own seats in one single transaction from your home computer. Simply click the "continue shopping" button and select additional performances. Patrons who use this feature may contact the office after the transaction to receive any relevant discounts. 
Contact the CPAC Box Office:
520-399-1750
1250 W Continental Rd
Green Valley, AZ 85622
www.performingartscenter.org

We look forward to seeing you at the theater and thank you for your support!

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                                                                                                                Gas Light Theatre Tucson                            Gas Light Music Hall Oro Valley AZ
 Gaslight Theatre(s)

🔥 Our temps have almost reached 106! 🌡️ But don't worry! Little Anthony's Diner is your Heat Shelter! Come in this summer when the thermometer reads 106 and get a FREE junior sundae on us! 🍨 ☀️
-Limit one sundae per person per day
-Thermometer must be at 106 degrees or higher to receive free sundae


The Gaslight Theatre (Oro Valley Location)

Presents


The Gaslight Theatre, Broadway & Kolb

**Tickets are $21.95 with discounts available for kids, students, seniors and military members.
Call the box office today before tickets are gone!#520-886-9428.


Gaslight is going Late Night!


Join us for our interactive comedy show featuring original sketches, musical improv & scenes created on the spot based off YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!

This show is a melting pot of “Saturday Night Live” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with a sprinkle of “Gaslight Charm.” 

Come see Gaslight favorites

Todd Thompson • Charlie Hall and Mike Yarema

Randall McDonald • Janée Page and MORE as they perform off-the-cuff unscripted hilarity in this fun and edgy show for adults. 

This experience features live music from our house band led by Sly Slipetski and Alex Flores, full-bar service and a new Late-Nite menu that will satisfy all of your cravings! 

Tickets are $15. Hurry before it sells out!





Upcoming Concerts!

Click the Purchase link to buy Tickets!

 


MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA

9/30/19, 5/11/20, 10/26/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E. BROADWAY

THE DESERT TENORS CLASSIC CONCERT

6/1/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

SURF'S UP *BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE*

6/15/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

DIVAS FABULOUS 50'S *DESERT DIVAS*

6/29/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

SALUTE TO AMERICA*PATRIOTIC TUNES AND MORE!*

7/6/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

MALT SHOP MEMORIES *4GENTS*

7/13/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

ALL- AMERICAN GIRLS *WOMEN IN COUNTRY*

7/20/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

THE MUSIC OF THE BLUES BROTHERS

7/27/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

COUNTRY COUPLES

8/3/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

TAKE IT EASY/EAGLES TRIBUTE *WALKER FOARD*

8/10/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

TRAVELING WILBURYS*COOPER,THOMPSON,YAREMA*

8/17/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

STRAIT COUNTRY *STRAIT COUNTRY BAND*

8/24/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

MOTOWN! *DESERT DIVAS*

9/7/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

SUPER SONGS OF THE 60'S *WALKER FOARD*

9/14/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

ULTIMATE MANILOW TRIBUTE *MIKE YAREMA*

9/21/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

DOWN ON THE CORNER-CCR TRIBUTE *MIKE YAREMA*

9/23/19, 9/28/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

THE MUSIC OF NEIL DIAMOND * DAVID FANNING*

10/5/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

BACK TO BACK *JONES & HUMPERDINCK*

10/12/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

THREE DOG NIGHT *FANNING, THOMPSON, YAREMA*

10/19/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY *MANHATTAN DOLLS*

10/21/19, 11/2/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY

SWING SHOW *CHARLIE HALL*

11/16/20
THE GASLIGHT THEATRE 7010 E BROADWAY
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Event Details
  

We're adding new shows to the Music Hall schedule daily, make sure you visit the website and Facebook often.

 

 

Please call (520) 529-1000 to purchase tickets Online go to www.gaslightmusichall.com. We look forward to seeing you soon at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley!

 

 

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The Arizona Grand Opry is BACK!
Come join us to see these rising stars LIVE

The ARIZONA GRAND OPRY is a new live music production organization dedicated to developing new talent by paying homage to the roots of American Country music. Drawing on the repertoire of the legendary artists that set the American experience to song, the Arizona Grand Opry is a membership-driven showcase for those who have chosen to pursue the performing arts of country music in all its forms and styles.

The opportunity to showcase local and regional country music talent in a professional setting has been greatly lacking in the southwest. The Arizona Grand Opry sets out to fill the void by providing a forum for talented performers who share a passion for country music to develop and refine their skills (regardless of prior experience). The Opry will provide an environment that promotes education and experience-building by partnering developing talent with seasoned professional musicians, and allowing them to polish their skills in a live performance setting.

The final product of the ARIZONA GRAND OPRY and its family of performers will be a bi-monthly live concert at the beautifully-appointed GASLIGHT MUSIC HALL in Oro Valley, AZ. The production will be a public, ticketed event designed to showcase the passion and hard work of these talented up-and-comers as they perform country music classics backed by a live band comprised of music industry veterans. We encourage all music-lovers to come and be a part of this amazing process; whether onstage or in the audience, it's an amazing opportunity to watch the superstars of tomorrow as they begin their journey today!

*Tickets are only $12.50!

The ARIZONA GRAND OPRY is a new live music production organization dedicated to developing new talent by paying homage to the roots of American Country music. Drawing on the repertoire of the legendary artists that set the American experience to song, the Arizona Grand Opry is a membership-driven showcase for those who have chosen to pursue the performing arts of country music in all its forms and styles.

The opportunity to showcase local and regional country music talent in a professional setting has been greatly lacking in the southwest. The Arizona Grand Opry sets out to fill the void by providing a forum for talented performers who share a passion for country music to develop and refine their skills (regardless of prior experience). The Opry will provide an environment that promotes education and experience-building by partnering developing talent with seasoned professional musicians, and allowing them to polish their skills in a live performance setting.

The final product of the ARIZONA GRAND OPRY and its family of performers will be a bi-monthly live concert at the beautifully-appointed GASLIGHT MUSIC HALL in Oro Valley, AZ. The production will be a public, ticketed event designed to showcase the passion and hard work of these talented up-and-comers as they perform country music classics backed by a live band comprised of music industry veterans. We encourage all music-lovers to come and be a part of this amazing process; whether onstage or in the audience, it's an amazing opportunity to watch the superstars of tomorrow as they begin their journey today!

*Tickets are only $12.50!

We are looking for new Opry Talent! Email us for your chance to showcase your talent in front of your friends and family on The Gaslight Music Hall stage with a live band! vggonzo@aol.com

Fathers of Soul pays tribute to three Soul Masters of the 1960’s… Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke! These three Soul Voices helped unite the races with their music, and during the civil rights movement in a divided America, helped bring us all closer together Fathers Of Soul preserves and performs this great music with: Billy Rock and Bad News (Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame) “Settin’ the groove - Giving new life to Soul Hits of Yesteryear!”
 
With Songs like: Midnight Hour, Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay, Wonderful World, You Send Me, Shake, and one of the most played tunes of all time...Mustang Sally, they take you on a journey back in time to the Era of 60’s Soul Music! Now kick-off your shoes & socks and come dancin’ in the streets,...cause they be -- - Barefootin’ - All Night Long!!!
 
 
Check out these events at the Gaslight Music Hall!
Call right away to reserve your favorite seats!




We're adding new shows to the Music Hall schedule daily, make sure you visit the website and Facebook often.

  Please call (520) 529-1000 to purchase tickets Online go to www.gaslightmusichall.com. We look forward to seeing you soon at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley!


Upcoming Concerts!

Click the Purchase link to buy Tickets!

 



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              Biosphere 2 Tucson AZ


New Tours

The Biosphere 2 tour experience has been redesigned to feature the cutting-edge science shaping the future of our planet. Come experience the remarkable Biosphere 2, which Time Life Books named one of the "50 Must-See Wonders of the World." Updated tours include our classic Under the Glass Tour, which takes you along a once-in-a-lifetime tour route of the 3+ acre research facility, where you will smell our ocean and feel a tropical rainforest up close.

General Information

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 3:45 p.m.

Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson, Arizona at the base of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains. This one-of-a-kind facility sits on a ridge at a cool elevation of nearly 4,000 feet and is surrounded by a magnificent natural desert preserve. See why visitors from around the globe journey here for this unique adventure not found anywhere else. Discover real-time research on the future of our planet as it unfolds in the world's largest earth science laboratory. LEARN MORE ABOUT BIOSPHERE 2.

Please note that pets are not allowed inside Biosphere 2 or on the grounds. Service pets that are trained to do specific tasks are welcome. Do not leave pets unattended in vehicles.

Tour Schedule & Hours

Biosphere 2 is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Under the Glass guided tours of Biosphere 2 are offered throughout the day on a first-come, first-serve basis. Biosphere 2 hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., please arrive no later than 3:45 p.m. for the last tour of the day. 

Under the Glass tours include a short film on Biosphere 2, a guided visit to the Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Ocean, Marsh, Desert, technosphere and Lung.  As the conclusion of the tour, visitor may explore the habitat and Ocean Gallery on their own. In the habitat visitor will see the Lunar Green House, upper Landscape Evolution Observatory, Former Biospherian Dining table, kitchen and living quarters. Exploring the Ocean Gallery is a must, where you can peer into million-gallon tank ocean tank.

See the TOURS page for information on our public tour offerings.





New Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page for Green Valley Residents
January 20, 2016
As more and more Pima County residents turn to social media for their daily news and other community information, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has decided to create a new Facebook page dedicated specifically to the Green Valley District. This new page is named “Pima Sheriff Green Valley District.”
The Pima Sheriff Green Valley page will help enhance communication between Green Valley residents and the Sheriff’s Department, giving residents the ability to communicate directly with department members. The page will be run by the Green Valley District Commander, Lieutenant Jeffrey Palmer, Green Valley District Detectives,  and other staff assigned to the area who are familiar with the nuances of day-to-day life in Green Valley. The page will feature community specific events, information on crime activity in the area, crime prevention tips, and anything else that might be beneficial to the Green Valley community.
We invite Green Valley residents to like the new Facebook page so they may have a more direct line of communication with the people who serve the community.

Here is a link to the page: www.facebook.com/PimaSheriffGreenValleyDistrict/

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                               AZ Theatre Company

                                                                                           


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About Arizona Theatre Company:

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is the preeminent fully professional theatre in the state of Arizona committed to inspiring, engaging, and entertaining - one moment, one production, and one audience at a time. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the U.S. that is fully based in two cities providing its wide array of programming and community outreach across the region. Now in its 49th season, more than 130,000 people a year attend our performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Each season of home-grown productions reflects the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs. Designated The State Theatre of Arizona, ATC is led by Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, and a dedicated Board of Trustees.  


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Tucson Museum of Art explores the original territories of the Tohono O’odham
in The Place Where Clouds are Formed

                                                                                                                               

Exhibition investigates the intersection of religion, migration and community in the Sonoran Desert

 

Tucson, AZ - Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) will celebrate the opening of The Place Where Clouds are Formed with a public opening on Second SundAZe Family Day, February 9, 2020. The exhibition will be on view through August 9, 2020.

 The Place Where Clouds Are Formed investigates the intersection of religion, migration and community in the Sonoran Desert—more specifically in the original territories of the Tohono O’odham. The project started in 2018 as a result of a Magnum Foundation Grant and was expanded by Tucson Museum of Art with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

 Photographs by Gareth Smit and Amber Lee Ortega (Tohono O’odham, Hia-Ced O’odham) depict Tohono O’odham villages in Quitovac, Cu:wĭ I-ge:sk (San Francisquito), and Sonoyta—towns located in Sonora, Mexico—as well as Quitobaquito and the surrounding lands in Southern Arizona. Images are interspersed with poetry by Ofelia Zepeda, PhD (Tohono O’odham) and Amber Lee Ortega and critical text by Martín Zícari, providing additional context and meaning to the places. The installation includes a creative exploration by potter Reuben Naranjo (Tohono O’odham) to further explore this land.

 The U.S./Mexico border in Arizona separates the Tohono O’odham as well as their sacred sites and ancestral land. This international border has long been the site of struggles over sovereignty. The desert has increasingly become the focus of political debates and issues related to immigration, disrupting the livelihood of its inhabitants and those who transit through it.

 Tucson Museum of Art is committed to broadening how the museum presents exhibitions and engages local audiences through collaboration, and this exhibition, displayed in conversation with the permanent collection, exemplifies this pledge.

 All are invited to the opening celebration of The Place Where Clouds Are Formed during Second SundAZe Family Day on February 9, with free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include:

 Art-making activities, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Create watercolor landscapes, clay vessels and desert-inspired patterns

 This installation of The Place Where Clouds Are Formed is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant (MG-50-19-0044-19). Additional funding for this project is provided by Magnum Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the European Research Council.

 Second SundAZe Family Day @ TMA is presented by the Stonewall Foundation with additional support from the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

 About Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is “connecting art to life.” The museum was founded in 1924 and is located in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.

 

The museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, pre-Columbian, European and Asian art. The 74,000-square-foot museum offers guided tours and education programs. The museum’s historic block of 19th and 20th-century adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing a four-acre city block, includes the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, the Museum Store and additional exhibition spaces.

 

TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333.

 

The 2019/20 Season at Tucson Museum of Art is generously sponsored by Joyce Broan, Connie Hillman Family Foundation, Jon and Linda Ender, James J. and Louise R. Glasser, and AC Hotel Tucson.

 

Land Acknowledgement

As an institution built upon the original territories of the O’odham, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block acknowledges the Indigenous Sonoran Desert communities, past and present, who have stewarded this region throughout generations.



About the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded in 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.


The museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000-square-foot museum offers guided tours, education programs, and studio art classes in a contemporary building. The museum’s Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, displaying the museum’s notable art of the American West collection, the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, and additional exhibition and studio spaces. For more information, please visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333.  Follow the latest events on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization.

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Museum Directions
The Museum is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson at the crossroads of W. Alameda and N. Main Avenue. Parking is free in the Museum’s lot on W. Washington Street.

Museum Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Open Late Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM (first Thursday of each month is free from 5 PM8 PM)
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM (first Sunday of each month is half-price admission)
Closed Monday

Admission
Adult/$12; Senior (65+)/$10; Student (with college ID)/$7; Youth (13-17)/$7; Child (12 and under)/Free; Veteran with ID/Free; Museum Member/Free.

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Ranger Tours of Tumacácori Mission Church and Grounds
Daily, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. January - March

Tumacácori National Historical Park, 1891 E. Frontage Road
Tumacacori, AZ 85640 United States + Google Map
Tours may also be available at other times of the day and year. Call ahead or inquire at the visitor center. Tours leave from the visitor center garden and last approximately 45 minutes.


Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day 1 of the month
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street

Join us for a guided tour where you'll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history. Allow 1 hour for the tour. $10 fee includes all day admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 12; reservations requested, 520-398-2252


                                                      Blue Willow - Tucson            Cafe Roka - Bisbee



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                                     TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                                               

                                                                                                                                                

 

The TSO’s Just for Kids Series is sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Diamond Family Music Education Endowment Fund. 

 

         

Family Friendly Programs

          The Tucson Symphony Orchestra encourages families to bring their children to TSO performances as parents deem appropriate. And to make that easy, child subscriptions to Classic, MasterWorks, and SuperPops! series are 50% off the regular subscription price. Plus, children receive a 50% discount to The Magic of Christmas, Messiah, and the Celebrate the Future concert featuring young artists and composers.

 

          The popular Just for Kids Series at the Tucson Symphony Center will begin on Saturday, October 3, 2015 with two performances by the Wind Quintet and continue with two performances on the first Saturdays of November (Piano Trio), December (Percussion Ensemble), January, 2016 (String Quartet), February (Flute Viola Harp Trio) and March (Brass Quintet). The Series concludes with The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale concert on May 1. A fun, family experience filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, these interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate young listeners. A $3 admission is suggested.

 

Moveable Musical Feasts

          The TSO’s Moveable Musical Feasts are renowned for gourmet dinners paired with the perfect wines, favorite music performed by TSO musicians, iconic Southern Arizona settings and as evenings for making and sharing memories.  The two extraordinary evenings this season will be at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails and Dragonfly Gallery with the TSO String Quartet and Wind Quintet on November 1, 2015 and at Tanque Verde Ranch with the TSO Brass Quintet and Flute Viola Harp Trio on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The evenings include presentations from the chefs  on the cuisine and how wine is paired with food. Feasts are priced at $140 per person, all inclusive.

Pricing

          Subscriptions to the Classic Series are priced from $184 to $504 (eight performances); Classic Winter subscriptions are $92 to $285 (four performances). Subscriptions to the TSO SuperPops! are $92 to $240 for four shows and $81 to $201 for the Winter Series.

 

          Subscriptions to the MasterWorks Series are $175 to $225. MasterWorks Winter subscriptions are $126 to $153. There is a special introductory offer for the Saturday matinee performances during the Winter Series. If patrons order before April 12, the subscription prices for the Saturday matinee performances only are $114 to $141.

 

          Prices for the TSO Classic Special with André Watts are $45 to $95. Tickets for the MasterWorks Special, Handel’s Messiah, are $45, $50 and $55. The SuperPops! Specials are priced at $24 to $77 for The Magic of Christmas and $45 to $90 for The Chieftains.

 

          Create Your Own Subscriptions with your choice of four concerts are available for $103 to $240.

 

          Children grades 1-12, full-time students with a valid student identification card and active military personnel with identification receive a 50% discount on individual, advance-sale, single-ticket prices, even subscriptions (excludes Concert Specials).  One discount is permitted per valid student or military ID. Discounts are also available for groups of ten or more.

 

          Purchase subscriptions and tickets at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue (just south of Grant), online at tucsonsymphony.org or by phone at (520) 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Single tickets for the 2015-16 season will go on sale August 24.

 

          Prices, artists and programs are subject to change.

 

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                              Arizona Zipline Adventures, Oracle, AZ

 
Arizona Zipline Adventures has been brought to life through the efforts of many hands and hearts. We are incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to make this a place for everyone to enjoy. What started out as a working cattle ranch is now the site of Southern Arizona's first and longest Zipline EcoTour as well as a central hub for the backside of Mt. Lemmon.

As Joe Goff (one of our major supporters) taught us, there is something to be said for living a life that you love and believing in what you do. He was a hard working man whose connections to this place and to the people who knew him still hold strong.

Making it easier for people to explore and enjoy this area that he loved is something that we feel passionate about and are excited to do. We at Arizona Zipline Adventures believe that in doing so, we are strengthening our community and continuing his legacy.



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            National Parks Logl

National parks continue to be popular among Americans

By Brent Frazee  

 

There are many more miles to travel, many more national parks to visit, before Phil and Judy Goneau's bucket list is complete.

But for now, they can take pride in the fact that they have seen back roads in America as few others have witnessed.

Traveling with their good friends Phil and Candy Reed, they have made one long marathon across the county on their touring motorcycles. They set out with a single goal: to visit each of the lower 48 states. That mission has been met.

But along the way, a second goal developed: to visit as many national parks as possible. A large map hanging in Phil's den in the couple's home in Kansas City North indicates that their travels have brought them through 29 of the U.S.' 59 national parks.

And that total would be even higher if it weren't from some unusual circumstances.

"We got to entrance of Redwood National Park (in California), but a lady at the booth said there were way too many bears in the park for motorcyclists to be safe," said Phil, 71. "She said she wouldn't recommend it. We followed her advice."

But that's one of the few detours the Goneaus have run into as they have toured America's brightest jewels, its national parks. They and the Reeds could be poster couples for the virtues of the parks that preserve some of the country's most beautiful spots.

They have cycled to mountain peaks where they marveled at the snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park. They hiked to beautiful waterfalls and along creeks in national parks such as Yellowstone. And they have taken in the rugged beauty of the landscape at parks such as the Badlands and the Grand Canyon.

"In the first 18 years of my life, all I saw was four states," said Judy Goneau, 69. "But since then, I've made up for it. I've been to 50 states and I've seen some of America's most beautiful places. I feel very fortunate.

"These national parks are special places that Phil and I hold dear to our hearts."

The Goneaus aren't alone in their love of America's national treasures.

The National Park System, which includes historic sites, monuments, battlefields, recreational areas and wild and scenic rivers, attracted more than 292 million recreation visits in 2014. That was a record, a sign that even in these fast-paced days, Americans still treasure nature and the solitude it brings.

Camping, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, mountain biking, motorcycle and automobile touring all can be found at the national parks.

"We save what we value," said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. "These national parks are expressions of who we are.

"They are a mosaic of our core beliefs. It's pretty hard not to feel a rush of pride when you stand on a cliff overlooking a place like the Grand Canyon.

"This is America."

The National Park System includes 408 areas covering more than 84 million acres. Every state is represented. In Missouri, the highlight is the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Some of the national parks are wildly popular. Consider Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, which led the nation in attendance last year after attracting more than 10 million visitors.

On a recent weekday, the park provided a vivid contrast between big-city life and nature. Bumper-to-bumper traffic formed on a 10-mile loop around Cade's Cove, an automobile tour that provides beautiful vistas and a chance to view wildlife.

Vehicles filled with tourists inched along as visitors strained to spot some of the park's bears and deer. When wildlife was spotted, dozens of vehicles pulled off the gravel road, and tourists with binoculars tried to get a glimpse of the park's wild residents.

Some worry that some of the national parks are being loved to death. They point to air pollution that has diminished views, dangerous conflicts between camera-carrying tourists and wildlife, and littering.

Jarvis acknowledges the management challenges that crowding brings.

But he added, "I'll take that over apathy any day."

Rick Smith
5264 N. Ft. Yuma Trl.
Tucson. AZ 85750
Tel: 520-529-7336
Cell: 505-259-7161
email: rsmith0921@comcast.net


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The Mini Time Machine Museum of miniatures


EXHIBITS:


HOURS:

TUESDAY-SATURDAY: 9AM TO 4PM 
SUNDAY: 12PM TO 4PM
CLOSED MONDAYS
AND MAJOR HOLIDAYS

ADMISSION:

For more information about visiting, including directions, group pricing and pre-visit activities, please click here or call 520 881 0606

The Mini Time Machine was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell. Pat’s fondness for miniatures began in the 1930’s, when as a young girl she received her first miniatures- a set of Strombecker wooden dollhouse furniture. It wasn’t until the Arnells moved to Tucson in 1979 that Pat began collecting in earnest. The Arnell’s became very active in the miniature community becoming recognized members and supporters of important organizations such as NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans).The collection grew and the Arnells, dreamed of a way to share it with more people. They envisioned an interactive space where the entertaining and educational aspects of the collection could be enjoyed by everyone- a place that would be enchanting, magical and provide a rich sensory experience.

The concept of “the mini time machine” was born out of the notion that a visitor would be seemingly transported to different eras by the stories and history of the pieces in the collection. The design and building of the museum was a huge collaborative effort. Swaim Associates Architects in Tucson, Arizona was chosen as the architect for the project. The exhibit design was carried out by Claro Creative Studios, a team of designers, gadgeteers and entertainment enthusiasts based out of Glendale, California. Construction of the project spanned nearly two years.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a 501(c)(3) board-only nonprofit organization, classified as a private foundation with a long term goal of achieving public charity status. All proceeds from every sale, including admission, membership and merchandise go towards funding the museum’s operations.

The museum is dedicated to all who participate in the world of miniatures through education, creation or enjoyment.


Pima Air Space Museum



 ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Be wowed at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings, 95% say “Thumbs up!”) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft:


 

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Museum Directions
The Museum is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson at the crossroads of W. Alameda and N. Main Avenue. Parking is free in the Museum’s lot on W. Washington Street.

Museum Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Open Late Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM (first Thursday of each month is free from 5 PM - 8PM)
Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM (first Sunday of each month is half-price admission)
Closed Monday

Admission
Adult/$12; Senior (65+)/$10; Student (with college ID)/$7; Youth (13-17)/$7; Child (12 and under)/Free; Veteran with ID/Free; Museum Member/Free.




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                           19th Hole Bar and Grille Green Valley Arizona





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Titan Missile Museum  officially unveiled its new nuclear warhead exhibit on Aug. 9 during its cool Saturday summer evening program, Moonlight MADness.

This full-scale model of the W-53 warhead is the “bomb” carried by the Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The W-53 rode in the nosecone of the missile and it was the only part of the missile that would make it all the way to its target.

 

The W-53 warhead was a hydrogen bomb. It was the largest nuclear weapon ever deployed on a land-based missile, and after 1975 the W-53 was the largest nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile. It had a yield of nine megatons, meaning that it had the explosive power of nine million tons of TNT. 

 

[How much TNT is that?  A freight train required to carry that much TNT would have to be about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) in length. The actual warhead, by contrast, is barely 9 feet (3 m) in length. For additional perspective, a nine megaton weapon would produce a shockwave sufficiently powerful to destroy wood-frame homes and buildings at a distance of about 17 miles. That works out to an area of destruction of about 900 square miles (2,300 sq. km). If the bomb had hit Tucson the entire city would have been completely destroyed per the red circle in the attached diagram. Finally, nine megatons is about 650 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.]

 

The exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. This exhibit is important because the W-53 nuclear warhead was the only significant part of the Titan II weapon system the museum did not have and it answers the extremely common question from visitors, “What did the bomb look like?”

 

“With this grant we constructed an exhibit that includes a full-sized model of the W-53, accompanied by video screens that provide interpretive text and graphics for our visitors,” stated Yvonne Morris, a past commander of this Titan II site and the Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates the Titan Missile Museum. Morris continued, “The W-53 Warhead Exhibit makes it possible now for the museum's visitors to understand the full story of the Titan II ICBM and the important role it played in the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War.”

 

Moonlight MADness is the museum’s special summer-evening event that features kid STEM activities presented by “MAD scientists,” special admission prices—just $7.00 for each adult, and kids 12 and under are FREE—and the chance to see THE missile lit up after dark. [MAD is an acronym for Mutually Assured Destruction, the doctrine that the ability of two enemies to annihilate each other prevents it from happening.]

Moonlight MADness takes place the second Saturday of each month from June through September:  Jun. 14, Jul. 12, Aug. 9 and Sep. 13, 2014 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Moonlight MADness tours of the underground facility begin at 5:00 p.m., with the final tour starting at 8:00 p.m. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. For reservations or more information call 520 625-7736 or e-mail info@titanmissilemuseum.org. Admission to Moonlight MADness is free for museum members.


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News from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

HANDOUTS HARM, DON'T HELP, WILDLIFE

 Winter is here and that means animals will have to search a little harder for food. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that the best way to help hungry animals is to let them find their next meal on their own.
 
"People may mean well, but those who feed deer do more harm than good," said Scott Murdoch, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer in Conifer.
 
A law passed in 1992 makes it illegal to feed big game animals. This includes deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and bears. Feeding wildlife is bad for the animals and dangerous for people, for a number of different reasons.
 
In the wild, deer and elk naturally spread out when grazing or browsing for food. Artificial feeding encourages them to crowd together making it easier to spread disease throughout a herd. Also, artificial concentrations of deer in neighborhoods results in increased vehicle collisions and conflicts with dogs harassing deer.
 
Deer are the primary prey of mountain lions and large gatherings of deer can attract lions into neighborhoods, putting people, livestock and pets at risk. The mountain lions are also then put in danger because it may become necessary to kill them if they become a threat to human health and safety.
 
“Every winter, officer’s deal with numerous pets and livestock that get killed by mountain lions because homeowners are feeding deer; deer do just fine without the public’s help,” says Murdoch.
 
Wild animals have complex digestive systems and their natural diet is difficult to duplicate. Food from human sources can also lead to malnutrition, a disruption in natural migration patterns and death.
 
To report incidents of feeding or other illegal wildlife activity contact a local Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards may be offered is the information leads to a citation.
 
For more information, please visit:
http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeDeeraspx

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HAVE A HEART, DO YOUR PART. BE “BEAR AWARE“ THIS SPRING

DENVER, Colo. - Each year in Colorado dozens of bears must be relocated or euthanized because of conflicts with humans. Often times these conflicts can be avoided by following a few simple steps. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking people to do their part to keep bears out of trouble.

Bears have awakened from their winter naps and are searching for food. Bears are always looking for easy meals and are often drawn to towns, residences and campgrounds for a quick treat. Once a bear identifies a location as an easy food source they will return over and over again, which is why it's important to not attract them to the area in the first place.

Colorado, generally, has a two-strike policy for bears. The first time a bear becomes persistent in its search for food near humans, it may be trapped, tagged and taken to a remote area to be released. If the bear gets in trouble again, it is destroyed. Sometimes, however, if a bear shows very aggressive behavior on a first encounter it can be euthanized.

"Destroying a bear is never an easy decision for a wildlife officer," said Abbie Walls, public information officer for CPW in southeast Colorado. "But human health and safety is always our number one priority. That being said, if humans take just a few minutes out of their day to do what is right, we could really cut down on the amount of conflicts we have every year."

Bears are not typically aggressive towards people, but may become so if food is present. Never approach a bear--If you see a bear encourage it to leave the area by yelling, throwing rocks, or spraying water at it from a safe distance. However if food continues to be  present, they will likely return.

Follow these tips to help keep bears out of trouble:
- Keep garbage in a well-secured location and only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.
- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.
- If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become smelly into the freezer until trash day.
- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside.
- Bird feeders should be brought in at this time of year -- birds don't need to be fed during the summer.
- If you have bird feeders clean up beneath them, bring them in at night and hang them high so they're completely inaccessible to bears.
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food and they'll eat anything.
- Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after each use.
- Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck. Don't allow food odors to linger.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't allow fruit to rot on the ground.
- Always close garage doors.
- Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when you're not at home.
- Do not keep food in your car and lock the doors.
- Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.

For more tips and information go to, http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlife.aspx.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information, go to cpw.state.co.us.

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For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.

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ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Touch 100 years of aviation history at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft:

·         the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane);

·         a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs);

·         the world’s smallest bi-plane;

·         the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident);

·         plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca.

Explore five large hangars totaling more than 189,000 indoor square feet—four+ football fields­—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. The 390th Memorial Museum (a independent museum located on the grounds) and two hangars are dedicated to WWII, one hangar each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

 


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BLM’s Project Daylight Seeks to Stymie Smugglers by Removing Vegetation along I-8


 Crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), have begun clearing and trimming brush and trees from along portions of Interstate 8 east of Gila Bend.


The operation, called Project Daylight, is intended to take away cover used by human and drug smugglers to hide and drop contraband along the I-8 right-of-way. The smugglers make their way to the interstate where they transfer cargo to vehicles for further distribution.


Crews will be working over the next two weeks to prune or remove dense vegetation over a six-mile area in three sections from Milepost 126, east of Gila Bend, to Milepost 142. Motorists in the area should be aware of possible shoulder closures and intermittent lane closures.


The area where the work is being done is in the Sonoran Desert National Monument, which encompasses 487,000 acres bisected by I-8. Project Daylight is a tool to discourage illegal activities that damage the natural resources within the Monument.


 The BLM has a fourfold mission in Project Daylight:

“We are pleased to be cooperating with ADOT on this project. We see it as an element of our strategic plan to provide a safe environment for the public, protect the resources of or public lands, and work cooperatively on these issues with other agencies,” said Ray Suazo, BLM Arizona State Director.


An eight-person crew will be pruning and removing trees and brush. A second crew, composed of inmates from the Lewis Prison Complex, will gather the vegetation for dispersal or removal. The follow-up crew will also remove roadside trash and debris left by smugglers. The crew will repair the right-of-way fence, where needed.


BLM staff will be monitoring the cleaned-up areas to determine the effects on criminal activity and trash dumping along I-8. Long-term plans are to prune or remove vegetation along I-8 from Milepost 119, near Gila Bend, east to Milepost 161, which is south of Stanfield. The agencies have not established a schedule for the expanded work.


The BLM and ADOT cooperated in a similar pilot project in 2011, in which vegetation was removed from about 200 feet near I-8 Milepost 150.


Project Daylight is conducted in conjunction with BLM’s Operation ROAM (Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments), an ongoing effort to combat border-related criminal activities and to protect and restore natural resources from damages caused by the criminal activities. One aspect of ROAM is to bring in a contingent of BLM law enforcement rangers for periodic two-week “surges.” During those surges, youth crews and other BLM workers engage in reclaiming illegal roads and trails, cleaning up trash, and other natural resource protection activities.  



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The Tucson Rodeo

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros and the Tucson Rodeo is Southern Arizona’s oldest and most celebrated heritage event, and as one of the top 25 rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) calendar, it’s a major stop for the sports’ best cowboys and cowgirls. The Tucson Rodeo features six rodeo performances: February 21st  and through March 1st . Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $12-$26, and available in advance at www.TucsonRodeo.com, or by calling (800) 964-5662. 

The 2015 La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is Feb. 21 through March 1 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. See directions.

Current and former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champions are featured in each Tucson Rodeo. “The entry list for Tucson could be the ‘Who’s Who’ of pro rodeo,” boasts Gary Williams, general manager of the Tucson Rodeo. “In addition to the caliber of competition and the prize money, cowboys look forward to Tucson because the fans are great and the sky is blue. This is the first major outdoor rodeo of the year, so they’re ready for sunshine, fresh air and 11,000 fans each day cheering them on,” adds Williams.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade is billed as the world’s longest non-motorized parade. This two-hour spectacle features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. An estimated 200,000 spectators view the parade each year.

The Tucson Rodeo enlists over 650 contestants from the United States and Canada competing for more than $460,000 in prize money. The Tucson Rodeo, the first major outdoor event on the PRCA schedule, gives visitors an opportunity to see real-life cowboys and cowgirls display their ability in the only sport in the world developed from work skills.

Rodeo events include bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and women’s barrel racing. Also featured each day are kids’ events -- Dodge Mutton Bustin’, when four-to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep, and the Justin Junior Rodeo for young cowpokes ages 7-12.

The Tucson Rodeo Committee and Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, both volunteer-based, nonprofit community groups, stage La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

Proceeds from the Tucson Rodeo benefit a University of Arizona scholarship fund for student rodeo athletes,  the Downtown Lion’s Club, Rotary Clubs and 4-H Groups.

Order rodeo tickets online or call (520) 741-2233.

 

TUCSON RODEO COMMITTEE

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is staged by the nonprofit Tucson Rodeo Committee, Inc. A portion of the rodeo proceeds benefits community groups including a University of Arizona scholarship fund and local Lion’s, 4-H and Rotary Clubs.

                                                                     


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Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® 2020:

              Tucson Gem and Mineral Society   

Each year the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society strives to produce a great gem and mineral show with something for everyone, and this year is no exception. The theme for our 64th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is Minerals of Western Europe.

Europe is the birthplace of mineralogy, so bringing minerals from every country is a fitting tribute. With approximately 250 dealers in our show, in addition to minerals, there will be gems, finished jewelry and many one-of-a kind specialty items for sale.

The Show has something for everyone, from Junior Education for the young to our lecture series for anyone who wants to learn more about minerals, mining, or mineral locations.

Join us February for Minerals of Western Europe. And don’t forget Valentine’s Day. Friday, February 13 – Active Military & Senior Citizens - $2.00 off  (Cannot be used with any other discount)

For additional information, visit: http://www.tgms.org/.




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HANDOUTS HARM, DON'T HELP, WILDLIFE


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Winter is here and that means animals will have to search a little harder for food. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that the best way to help hungry animals is to let them find their next meal on their own.  

"People may mean well, but those who feed deer do more harm than good," said Kevin Madler, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer in Walsenburg.  

A law passed in 1992 makes it illegal to feed big game animals. This includes deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and bears. Feeding wildlife is bad for the animals and dangerous for people, for a number of different reasons.

In the wild, deer and elk naturally spread out when grazing or browsing for food. Artificial feeding encourages them to crowd together making it easier to spread disease throughout a herd.   

Deer are the primary prey of mountain lions and a large gathering of them can attract lions into neighborhoods, putting people and pets at risk. The mountain lions are also then put in danger because it may become necessary to kill them if they become a threat to human health and safety.

"If you want to do wild animals a favor, don't change their natural behavior. Watch them from a distance and allow them to remain wild," Madler said.  

Wild animals have complex digestive systems and their natural diet is difficult to duplicate. Food from human sources can lead to malnutrition, a disruption in natural migration patterns and death.

To report incidents of feeding or other illegal wildlife activity contact a local Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards may be offered is the information leads to a citation.

For more information, please visit:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/Pages/HelpDeer.aspx

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information, go to cpw.state.co.us.



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Thanking America's Armed Forces

  Active Duty U.S. Military and their dependents may now obtain  a free pass, which will allow free entrance to all national parks.

Carlsbad, NM ­To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 ­ Armed Forces Day ­ the National Park Service will begin issuing an annnual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.
"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our service men and women who make great sacrifices and put their lives on the lines to protect our country and preserve our freedom," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. "In  recognition of their contributions and service, we are putting out a  welcome mat for these brave men and women and their families at America's most beautiful and storied sites."

While the military pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of  these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes, such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access Pass granting free lifetime access for permanently disabled U.S. citizens. For a description of all available passes, visit this website, http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm

National parks and the military have strong ties going back to the establishment of Yellowstone as the world's first national park in 1872. The U.S. Cavalry watched over America's national parks and did double duty, serving as the first park rangers until the National Park Service was created 44 years later. During World War II, many parks were set aside for the training and care of military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.

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Plan ahead to visit national parks in 2020! The fee-free dates are: 
Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last entry into the cave via the natural entrance, a steep hike, is 2:00 pm and last entry via elevator is 3:30 p.m. Due to elevator renovations, visitors are encouraged to plan more time for their visit as lines may form for entering and exiting the cave via elevator. Also, surface activities such as birding and hiking are always free, and mild autumn and winter weather make conditions more inviting for exploring outdoors. The Desert Loop Drive is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and not recommended for low clearance vehicles.
For more information about guided tours, hiking trails, and other activities at Carlsbad Caverns call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.

National Parks to Offer Free Admission on 9 Days in 2020 

There are nine more reasons to enjoy your National Park! Thje parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2015. The 2017 entrance fee-free days are:

• February :           Presidents Day weekend

• April :     National Park Week’s opening weekend

• August :      National Park Service’s 99th birthday

• September :             National Public Lands Day

• November :             Veterans Day

WASHINGTON – Circle the dates on the calendar and plan your trip – America’s 401 national parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2015, including several holidays! 



“America’s national parks welcome more than 280 million visitors a year. To say thanks for that support and invite every American to visit these treasures that they own, we are declaring nine days of free admission next year,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Whether it’s that once-in-a-lifetime family trip to Yellowstone or taking a daily walk along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., or the moment at Central High School that your child suddenly understands what civil rights are all about, national parks offer places for unforgettable experiences. 

“National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value; they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation.  Visitor spending represents a $30 billion annual benefit to the national economy and supports more than 250,000 jobs,” said Jarvis. “Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite.”  

With more than 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, 17,000 miles of trails, 5,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures, and 100 million museum items and an infinite number of authentic American stories to tell, national parks offer something for every taste. 

Those in search of superlatives will find them in national parks including the country’s highest point (in Denali National Park) and lowest point (in Death Valley National Park), deepest lake (Crater Lake National Park), longest cave (Mammoth Cave National Park), tallest trees (Redwood National Park), and highest waterfall (Yosemite National Park). 

Normally, 133 national parks charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $25. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. 

Other Federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2015 are:  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.  Please contact each for details. 

The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs. These passes provide access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, grasslands, and other federal lands. Four passes are available:

·        free annual pass to current military members and their dependents

·        free lifetime pass for people with permanent disabilities

·        $10 lifetime senior pass for those aged 62 and over

·        $80 annual pass for the general public.

 

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Taxes for Lobbyists?  By Norbert T. Rempe

It is disheartening to see businessmen (represented by the Carlsbad DOD (Department of Development)), whose livelihood depends on the free exchange of goods and services, advocate the use of force (taxation) to advance their goal (economic development).  Carlsbad and Eddy County, NM taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize non-governmental organizations, whether the DOD or the Sierra Club, even for generally laudable activities.  Nuclear and other economic activities in our region should be based on voluntary consent and market-driven, not imposed by government.  A market not politically distorted by government is the only economic mechanism suitable for a free people.  The DOD, City Councilors, and County Commissioners should abide by and honor that principle.

Carlsbad, NM City Council Resolution 2011-76, adopted November 15, 2011 directs the mayor to appoint a committee that shall develop a request for proposals for lobbyists “to further the interests of Carlsbad and Eddy County relating to the nuclear industry.”  Scant public discussion by city councilors preceded the decision.  But several members of the Carlsbad Department of Development spoke in favor, and the motion passed with two council members abstaining.

One proponent argued that the motion has community support but conceded that a petition in its favor was not circulated among “individuals on the street”; approximately 700 signatures were supposedly obtained from business owners and managers.  Another proponent emphasized that a lobbyist would cost the Carlsbad DOD $270,000 to hire, while local government could avoid paying the 35% tax and therefore obtain the same services for “only” $200,000.  Research by the city’s attorney identified no legal obstacle to the city hiring a lobbyist.

DOD members previously argued in these pages that paid advocates played key roles in WIPP’s success.  If private initiative and individuals paid for them, I have no problem with them being unsung heroes, and I salute their efforts.  But if they were supported by public funds, their names, their successes and failures, and their compensation should be public record.  Let the sun shine on their deeds.

A deeper issue is whether we should be doing what may be legal but is arguably unseemly and unbecoming.  Let’s not pretend that the “lemming” argument (it’s a common practice; do we want to be in the game?) is morally persuasive.  TV commercials for sexual dysfunction remedies apparently are legal: does that make them proper or appropriate for prime-time family viewing?  (Sad to say, I am almost afraid of the answers I may get.)

Lobbying funded by private interests is fundamentally different from lobbying funded by taxes.  The former is covered by the petition clause of the First Amendment and is an exercise of freedom.  The latter is an overreach of government and an exercise of force.  We can choose not to contribute to lobbying by private interests; we have no such choice when lobbyists are paid for by our taxes.



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CONSUMER REPORTS WARNS AGAINST RENTAL CAR GIMMICKS

What consumers can do to avoid gotcha pricing,
aggressive sales pitches and hidden fees

YONKERS, NY—As the weather heats up and fuel prices continuee to rise, the last thing travelers want is to have pay even more when they hit the road this summer. Rental car companies used to try harder to put the consumer in the driver seat with ease, but today's rental car companies are putting the gas on gotcha pricing, pushy pitches and costly extras.

In its June issue, available online at www.ConsumerReports.org and on newsstands May 10, 2011, Consumer Reports outlines some costly and common car-rental hassles and how consumers can fight back.

"It used to be that car-rental companies made it as easy as possible to get you signed up and on the road," said Consumer Reports senior editor Jeff Blyskal. "These days consumers need to slow things down and be more guarded to make sure they don't pay more than necessary."

Common Hassles

Consumers have a choice when it comes to pricey add-on services and liability coverage. Consumer Reports recommends watching out for these gotchas the next time a salesperson puts the pressure on.

1. There is a fee for every extra.Treat a rental car like a hotel mini bar: Don't take any goodies without knowing the price. This includes GPS navigation, satellite radio, and child safety seats. One Consumer Reports reader was charged $9.50 for $2 worth of tolls after he used an EZ-Pass toll payment transponder he found inside his Hertz rental.

Don't take it: Consumers faced with undisclosed surcharges should dispute them with their credit card company. Be sure to ask about these possible hidden fees: late or early return of the car, going through an unmanned, electronic-only toll gate, road service in case the driver runs out of gas or locks keys in the car, and administrative fees related to parking tickets and moving violations.

2. The insurance hard sell. Rental agents might strongly sell renters on a loss damage waiver that limits the renter's liability for damage for $60 to $250 a week.

Don't take it: Consumers may already be covered on their own auto insurance policy if it includes collision and/or comprehensive coverage. Some credit cards also provide protection. Just make sure the personal policy covers rentals and business travel and that it pays the "full value" of a loss, administrative fees, towing and "loss of use." Also check if it's valid abroad and covers a second driver or comprehensive claims (such as fire, theft and vandalism).

3. Scratch-and-dent claims. Always pay by credit card so any inaccurate charges can be disputed. One Consumer Reports reader was billed $304 for "damage" after he dropped off an Avis Rental in Lyon, France, at the locked return lot before business hours.

Don't take it: Fully inspect the car at pick up time, noting any damages in the paperwork and request a signed, dated copy. Do the same at drop off. If it's before or after business hours, take photos to document the car's condition.

4. Return the car with gas. If not, expect to pay as much as $8 per gallon to have the rental agency fill the tank. Other gas overpricing might not be so obvious. For example, Hertz's fuel purchase option—buy a full tank at the prevailing loccal per-gallon price—might seem like a good deal, but the renterr pays for a whole tank even if they only use a fraction of it.

Don't take it. Always fill it up before returning the car.

5. Decline the upgrade pitch.In good economic years, agencies had more cars than they could rent. Now inventories are tighter, so don't expect to be offered a roomier car at no extra cost. Worse, agents might try to convince the renter into taking a costlier car.

Don't take it. If the agent talks down a specific model, ask about other cars in the same group.

Consumer Reports also suggests looking for deals on websites like Travelocity and Expedia and then calling a specific location to negotiate the cheapest rate. Also check off-brand companies like Ace Rent a Car, Pay Less, and Midway. Groups like AAA, AARP, Costco, labor unions and other groups might offer discounts. For more tips on how to get the best deal on car rentals log on to www.ConsumerReports.org.

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ABOUT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Touch 100 years of aviation history at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world and the largest non-government-funded in the U.S. (TripAdvisor ranks it in the Top 10% worldwide for excellent ratings.) Its significant collection, 300 strong from around the globe, covers commercial, military and civil aviation alongside more than 125,000+ artifacts, including a moon rock donated by Tucsonan and Astronaut Frank Borman. Be amazed by many all-time great aircraft:

·         the SR-71 Blackbird (the world’s fastest spy plane);

·         a B-29 Superfortress (the WWII bomber that flew higher, farther and faster plus carried more bombs);

·         the world’s smallest bi-plane;

·         the C-54 (the Berlin Airlift’s star flown by the famous “Candy Bomber” Col. USAF (Ret.) Gail Halvorsen, a Tucson-area winter resident);

·         plus planes used as renowned-contemporary-artists’ canvases, including Brazilian graffiti artist Nunca.

Explore five large hangars totaling more than 189,000 indoor square feet—four+ football fields­—of air/space craft, heroes’ stories and scientific phenomena. The 390th Memorial Museum (a independent museum located on the grounds) and two hangars are dedicated to WWII, one hangar each to the European and Pacific theaters. Pima Air & Space maintains its own aircraft restoration center. It also operates exclusive tours of the “Boneyard,” aka the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, plus offers a docent-led tram tour of its 80 acres (additional fees apply). Pima Air & Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd., just off I-10 exit 267, in Tucson. More information can be found at www.pimaair.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PimaAirAndSpace, or by calling 520 574-0462.

 

 

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Carlsbad Taverns®
637 Canal St.
Carlsbad, NM 88220
575-628-3389
"Home of Ray's Loco Ale"

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-midnight.

Carlsbad Taverns Brewery Bar-B-Que is located in the the heart of Carlsbad,NM, Main Street District, just thirty minutes from the World famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This restaurant and tasting room is also the home of our microbrewery where we bottle and keg all of our great fresh ales for off premise sales. Come by for some awesome bar-b-que, fresh beer and a tour of our brew house.

Carlsbad Taverns Brewery and Bar-B-Que opened in April of 2001 and was voted one of the best brewpubs in Carlsbad, NM in 2003. The Bar-B-Que offers some of the best bar-b-que in Southeastern NM. Our menu features hickory smoked pork ribs, 16-hour smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, juicy chicken, breast of turkey and heart stopper sausage. The menu offers some great appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches and full platters, all made fresh daily by our skilled kitchen staff.

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TUCSON'S FIVE SEASONS

I've heard many people say, "I'd never live in Tucson... You have no seasons." I've also heard people say, "Tucson has only one season -- Hot," usually followed by a chuckle. Next time you hear this, tell the misinformed person that Tucson actually relishes 5 seasons, one more than everyone else! Besides the images below, check out "Annual Change" to see how one spot changes in appearance through the year.

SPRING: Late February - April. Days are usually warm and sunny with cool nights (however, the occasional cold snap can still come through; it snowed in Tucson on Easter in 1999). This is peak wildflower season, with both "winter" wildflowers and shrubs splashing the desert with color. Toward the end of the season the leguminous trees and the cactuses (even the occasional Saguaro) are blooming. Migratory birds fly through Tucson, using the riparian (wetter) areas as corridors north. Many of the migrating birds stay (e.g., Black-chinned Hummingbirds and White-winged Doves) to breed. Many of our local animals are breeding. Reptiles come out to soak up the warmth and breed. Butterflies and other insects take advantage of the good weather and abundant food.

DRY SUMMER: May - June. Days are usually hot, and dry, but the nights are still cool. This is when the majority of the saguaro (and other columnar cactuses) bloom, and the bats that pollinate them (e.g., Lesser Long-nosed Bat) migrate into the area from Mexico. Later in the season, the cactus fruits Jojoba seeds, and legume tree pods ripen, providing food for people and animals at a critical time of year (hot and dry). This is when the buzz of cicadas fills our ears.

MONSOON SUMMER: June - September. Beginning in 2008, the monsoon period in Tucson offically extends from June 15 - September 30. Before 2008, the monsoon period began officially after 3 consecutive days with daily mean surface dew points of 55 degrees F or greater (representing an influx of moisture into our area). The increase in dew point occurs when the prevailing winds shift from westerly to southeasterly, bringing more moisture in from the Gulf of California (mostly) and Gulf of Mexico. Days often begin clear and very warm, but as the heat of the day builds, huge clouds build and tower above (see Why it Rains), cooling the temperatures somewhat (but increasing relative humidity) and often dumping huge quantities of rain in a very short time. This is the time of wind and dust, flashfloods and lightening. Summer rains trigger the appearance of many animals. For example, many of our amphibians emerge above ground and begin their hasty breeding cycle, taking advantage of the massive flights of new ant and termite queens and males, among other insects. Summer rains also trigger a second wildflower show, this time composed of "summer" wildflowers and shrubs. Wonderfully-sweet Prickly Pear fruit ripen (see in picture to right). Birds begin moving through and out during their fall migration.

Monsoon (Storm) Safety

         Never cross a wash or road that has running water flowing over it.  The water depth is very easy to misjudge, and the road itself may be damaged or destroyed underneath the murky water.  As little as ten inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks.  Be especially cautious at night as flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark. 

 

         Do not play in wet or dry washes especially when thunderstorms are in the area. A wash can become flooded in a matter of minutes even if it is not raining in that area. Flash flooding can occur many miles away from the thunderstorm as the runoff flows into the valleys and deserts.

 

         During a monsoon storm stay home or inside the building where you are until the rains and lightning have passed. When indoors, do not touch any wires or plumbing inside a building. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using corded telephones or any electrical appliance.

When in doubt, wait it out!


FALL: October - November. Days are still hot at the beginning of the season, but nights become cool again as the humidity leaves the area (see the bottom of Meteorological Concepts). Things begin to quiet down. Reptiles begin seeking shelter. Wintering hawks and sparrows begin moving into the Tucson area. Desert Broom blooms, much to the agony of allergy sufferers but much to the pleasure of the many butterflies that visit Desert Broom. Freezing temperatures and even snow can occur late in the season. Octotillo leaves turn orange and drop off (see picture). Toward the end of the season, as temperatures cool off, animals that were more nocturnal during the summer now begin to become more diurnal and visible. This is when many of the wildflower seeds are waiting for cues to germinate. If the rains are right, we can expect a magnificent show; if the rains are not right, many of the seeds will wait for another year.

WINTER: December - Early February. Days are usually clear, except when fronts move through bringing clouds and rain (or rarely snow), but daytime temperatures plummet to the 60s and nighttime temperatures average in the upper 30 and lower 40s. This means we often have to scrape ice off our windshields. This is also the season that we listen to the Northern Mockingbirds sing all night long, as they establish their territories and show off their song repertoires. Gila Woodpeckers and Flickers, lacking the beautiful voice of the mockingbirds, tap loudly on anything that will resonate (such as trees, houses, light poles, and other metal objects) to establish territories. Phainopeplas adorn the treetops between feasting on Desert Mistletoe berries. Many plants drop their leaves (e.g., Velvet Mesquite and other leguminous trees), but the winter rains may trigger leafing in shrubs such as Brittlebush and Ocotillos. Early wildflowers begin to bloom as harbingers to the spring.

Also see Tucson Climate Statistics for precipitation and temperature data by month.


June’s Planting Tips

·        Feed established roses with Flower and Vegetable Food or Magnum Rose Food (for potted roses) at half strength. Add Epsom salts at half strength. Increase deep watering to every day. Mulch your roses to help retain moisture. Apply chelated iron to roses exhibiting an iron deficiency (yellow leaves with bright green veins). Keep an eye out for spider mites. Treat with Systemic Insecticide.

Distorted buds are a sign of thrips damage. It is important to treat buds (with Systemic Insecticide) at a very early stage, before the damage is visible.

·        Summer annuals varieties include calibrachoa, celosia, cosmos, golden fleece, nierembergia, periwinkle, portulaca, salvia, and sweet potato vine. For shady areas, plant begonias, caladium, dahlias, impatiens, and pink splash.

·        Plant summer annuals from seed. Varieties include cosmos, sunflowers, tithonia, and zinnias.

·        Plant summer vegetables such as Armenian cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, and watermelon from transplant or seed.

·        Cover tomatoes with shade cloth or perhaps you have grown some shade.

·        Sow fall tomatoes indoors.

·        Make sure you have covered the soil with mulch to retain moisture and reduce plant stress.

·        Plant summer herbs such as basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme.

·        Plant trees, shrubs, and vines by the beginning of the month in order to benefit from a full summer season of growth.

·        Prune dead branches, or branches that compromise the growth or shape of trees or shrubs, but don’t do any severe pruning at this time.

·        Most established trees and shrubs will need weekly irrigation. Water slowly and deeply.

·        Water established non-native cacti once a week. Established native cactus such as prickly pear and ocotillo should be watered at least once a month (saguaro cactus should not need any supplemental water, unless recently planted). Container cacti may need watering up to twice a week.

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