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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Calendar listings week of July 9

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9

• Join the Mystery Book Discussion Group for a talk about the book  “Sleeping Dog”  by Dick Lochte. Details: 7 p.m.; Barnes and Noble, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd.; free; 742-6402.

CLASSES

THURSDAY, JULY 10

• Hear a lecture on public art in Tucson titled  “From Flying Fish to Giant Chairs, Men on Horseback to Magic Carpets”  by Carol Lehrman, a docent for the Tucson Museum of Art. Details: noon; Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.; free; 791-4010.

• Join in a  tour of the rainwater harvesting demonstration project  at The Nature Conservancy, which showcases harvesting methods for residences and businesses. Details: 8 a.m.; 1510 E. Fort Lowell Road; free; 547-3437.

SATURDAY, JULY 12

• Hear about the Coronado Expedition, a two-year endeavor by the Spaniards that took them from Mexico to current-day Kansas, during a  history presentation  by Jim Turner of the Arizona Historical Society. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free; 622-6014.

• Learn about the basic principles of xeriscaping, including water-conservation, water harvesting techniques, appropriate irrigation methods and mulch use during a class titled  “Xeriscape Doesn’t Mean Zeroscape.”  Details: 9:30 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $14; 326-9686.

MONDAY TO TUESDAY, JULY 14-15

• Learn how to entertain children, give first aid, offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use a fire extinguisher during a  babysitting class. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Northwest Fire District office, 5225 W. Massingale Road; $20; 887-1010.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

• Learn about plants that provide food, cover and homes for local birds and butterflies during the program  “Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies.”  Details: noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free; 622-6014.

VISUAL ART

THROUGH JULY 13

• See  “Beyond Visions of Planetary Landscapes,”  a traveling exhibit of large-scale photographs of outer space, including sand dunes on Mars, storms on Neptune and fiery eruptions on the sun. Details: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; $9.50 for adults, $2.25 for children ages 6 through 12; free for children under 6; 883-2702.

THROUGH AUG. 17

• See work of 23 artists from the Southwest that offers a closer-than-usual glimpse of some of the smallest creatures on earth during the exhibit  “Artful Insects and Inspired Arachnids.”  Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free with park admission; 742-6455.

THROUGH AUG. 30

• Catch a diverse  salon-style exhibit  featuring paintings, sculptures and glass art, along with a permanent collection of copper vessels, rugs and jewelry. Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; Tangerine Gallery, 2522 E. Fort Lowell Road; free; 326-5028.

THROUGH SEPT. 9

• See artwork by area youth during the exhibit  “That’s Artrageous: Works by Student Artists.”  Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free with park admission; 742-6455.

THROUGH SEPT. 30

• View the exhibit  “Postage Stamps: A Global View of Prehistoric History”  featuring a private collection of stamps from places around the world, including Malaysia, Japan and parts of Africa, that depict the prehistoric Earth. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; free with park admission; 326-9686.

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