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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 9:36 am, Thu May 30, 2013.


Through Sunday, June 2

• Catch a performance of the musical adventure Arizona Smith and the Relic of Doom. Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 3, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 & 6 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $17.95, $7.95 children; 886-9428.




Thursday, May 30

• Listen to the poetic rocker and gifted songwriter Juanes who has become a leading all-Spanish language music artist. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $35-$105; 800-344-9435. 


Sunday, June 2 

 • Bring a lawn chair and listen to the Tucson Pops Orchestra under the direction of Laszlo Veres featuring violinists George Blum and José Leonardi Reyes. Details: 7 p.m.; Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way; free.


Friday, June 7

• Don’t miss the Master of Madness Tour featuring Alice Cooper with Marilyn Manson. Details: 7 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $35-$75; 800-344-9435. 




Saturday, June 1

• Join the fun at the Bisbee Solar Cook-Off & Festival with solar cooking demonstrations and a chance to learn how to build your own solar oven from a cardboard box and aluminum foil. Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bisbee Farmers Market Vista Park, Bisbee; free; 520-331-9821.


Thursday, June 6

• Help raise funds at Art from the Heart to benefit Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona. Details: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Via Elegante, 5643 N. Via Latigo; free admission; 421-2157.






Thursday, May 30

• Take a self-guided tour and attend the Growdown! Designer Forum with a special screening of a short film documenting the design challenge of four local landscape designers competing to create the best small garden. Details: 4:30-5:30 p.m. tour, 5:30-7 p.m. forum and film; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; free; 326-9686.


Through Friday, May 31

• Learn about a more efficient and productive method of food production combining aquaculture and hydroponics at the Aquaponics Demonstration at the Gardens. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with $8 park admission fee, $4 children; 326-9686. 


Saturday, June 1 

• Learn about the Natural History of the Santa Catalina Mountains from authors Richard C. Brusca, E. D. Emeritus ASDM, and Wendy Moore, UA Professor of Entomology with a fascinating story of geological shifts, evolutionary responses, biological development, and the rise of ecological awareness. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

• Learn how you can become an official Weather Spotter and learn how to recognize cloud formations and impending storms presented by NOAA. Details: 2 p.m.; Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 


Saturdays, June 1-Aug. 31

• Bring the whole family to Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with special programs for families and weekly themes. Details: 6-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; 883-2702.


Sunday, June 2

• Learn about an efficient method of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) and how to build your own tank system at the Aquaponics Workshop I & II. Details: 9 a.m.-noon, & 1-4 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $40, $30 members per session or $65, $55 members for both sessions; 326-9686.

• Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Community Food Bank and watch the DVD What is Humanistic Judaism? which seeks a connection with Jewish culture, tradition, and history. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road; free; 577-7718.


Thursdays, June 6-Aug. 29

• Bring the whole family to Bat Bridge Discovery to see bats emerging from their roost to navigate the night sky chasing their insect prey with Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum docents stationed at the “Bat Bridges” with bat detectors, materials, and answering questions. Details: sunset; River Road & Campbell Ave. or Pantano Road and 22nd Street; free; 883-2702.




Saturday, June 1

 • Take a four-mile Nighttime Hike on the Iris O. Dewhirst Pima Canyon trail to celebrate National Trails Day. Details: 6:30-10 p.m.; meet at Chase Bank, 7952 N. Oracle Road for carpooling; 229-5050 or www.orovalleyaz.gov.




Sundays, May 26-Sept. 1

• Bring the kids for fun, hands-on science-related activities featuring specials guests from Tucson’s preeminent science community at Science Sundays. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; $2; 792-9985.


Thursday, May 30

• Make a Dragon Eye Pendant and get ready to take on Middle Earth at the summer club for teens. Details: 6 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free; 594-5200.


Friday, May 31

• Take the Lego Challenge at the Friday Fun Club where you imagine and build it with Legos provided. Details: 2 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free; 594-5200. 


Saturday, June 1

• Try out winds, strings, and percussions that anyone can play at Musical Magic for Kids: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo featuring the Civic Orchestra presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10-11 a.m.; Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; free; 797-3959.

• Experience the wonder of the animal kingdom with live ambassadors from Reid Park Zoo at Zoo to You! for kids and teens. Details: 2-3 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free; 594-5200.


Monday to Friday, June 3-7

• Explore the concept of pattern, incorporating fiber and fabric as a medium, and create a wall hanging at St. Philip’s Summer Arts Camp presented by Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. Details: 9 a.m.-noon; St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; $80; 299-6421 ext. 43.


Monday to Thursday, June 3-20

• Sharpen your skills at Hardwood Hoops Basketball Camp run by former IRHS and Pima CC basketball coach Karl Pieroway. Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Immaculate Heart School, 625 W. Magee Road; $135/weekly session; 272-9323.


June 3-6, 10-13, & 17-20; 

July 8-11 & 15-18

• Get hands-on, in-depth education about animal care and handling at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Dog Days in the Desert summer program for ages 6-14 with sessions for different age groups. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 3465 E. Kleindale Road; $225/session; 321-3704, ext. 142.




Through Thursday, May 30

• View the Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Collection exhibit focusing attention on the achievements of artists with disabilities, and to emphasize that physical disability is no barrier to creativity. Details: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free; 622-6014.


Saturday, June 1

• View Landscapes the Art of Photosensualis and meet photo artist Al Hernandez at the artist reception. Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Steinway Piano Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive; free; 888-325-9797.




Saturday, June 1

• Bring the kids and beat the heat at the Marana Parks and Recreation Department’s Dive In Movie featuring Happy Feet 2. Details: 7:45 p.m.; Ora Mae Harn Park, 13251 N. Lon Adams Road; free; 382-1950.




Thursday, May 30

• Learn What You Need to Know about Circulatory Disorders and Heart Attack from William J. Thomas, M.D. at the Touch My Heart lecture series. Details: 6 p.m.; Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road; free; 866-694-9355.


Wednesday, June 5

• Learn about cutting-edge developments in the future of joint resurfacing at Building Better Joints: The Future of Cartilage Tissue Engineering  presented by UA orthopedic innovator and researcher John A. Szivek, PhD. Details: 6-7:30 p.m.; DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.; free; 


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