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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:33 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

ArtsFest this weekend at La Encantada

La Encantada is the place for second annual ArtsFest, set for this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance hosts the event, with regional and national artisans showing their work. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. La Encantada is located at 2905 E. Skyline Drive.

Among the media and genre featured at the two-day festival are pastels, oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more.

There are numerous activities for families and children, among them face-painting and various arts and crafts. Several live music and artistic performances are scheduled for both days, including performances by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra brass quartet, the Arizona Opera, Ballet Tucson and the University of Arizona School for Theatre Arts, among others.

For more information, go online to www.saaca.org/events-artsfest.html, or call 797-3959.

Admission to fair on Saturday? Shoes

A vendor fair, intended to help the Marana Optimist Club supply shoes to needy young people, is being conducted this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bashas' center at Cortaro Farms and Thornydale roads.

Free food and drinks are being offered to everyone who enters. The fee is $15 per family, $10 per couple and $45 per individual – or pairs of new tennis-style shoes, a release said. Children's sizes 1-6 and teen sizes 7-10 are particularly needed.

The goal is to collect 400 pairs of new tennis shoes for children in Marana schools, the release said.

Twenty-five businesses and agencies are expected to participate.

Hip hop dance Nov. 13-14 at Marana auditorium

Marana High School's Dance Team hosts the seventh annual Tucson Hip Hop Show on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, in the auditorium at 12000 W. Emigh Rd.

The show features "some of the most talented dancers in Southern Arizona performing the latest styles of hip hop, breaking and popping / locking," a release said.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling Coach Jennifer Barton at (520) 616-6474.

Each year, sold-out audiences of more than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and community members have turned out for the show, a release said.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for school dance programs, dance studios and individual artists to come together as a community to celebrate the arts through dance," Barton said. "It also provides an excellent opportunity for the audience to show its support for these hard-working and talented young dancers."

Over the past six years, the MHS Dance Team has won state championships in hip hop dance in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and the state cheer / pom tournament in 2009. It has earned top-15 places nationally in hip hop and jazz competitions.

Admission to fair on Saturday? shoes

A vendor fair, intended to help the Marana Optimist Club supply shoes to needy young people, is being conducted this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bashas’ center at Cortaro Farms and Thornydale roads.

Free food and drinks are being offered to everyone who enters. The fee is $15 per family, $10 per couple and $45 per individual – or pairs of new tennis-style shoes, a release said. Children’s sizes 1-6 and teen sizes 7-10 are particularly needed.

The goal is to collect 400 pairs of new tennis shoes for children in Marana schools, the release said.

Twenty-five businesses and agencies are expected to participate.

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