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  • Born & brewed: Tucson beer cup at Hotel Congress

    September 19, 2014Event Location: 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701 Venue: Hotel Congress Time: From: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Admission: Cost is $30/person ($35 day of). Phone: 520-622-8848 

  • Get out to Kino Sports Complex for fun in September, October

    Take me out to the ball games, the concert and the beer festivals happening at Kino Sports Complex in September and October.The fun starts Sunday, Sept. 21, with the KFMA Fall Ball, one of southern Arizona's largest outdoor concert festivals. KFMA is partnering with Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival to bring Godsmack, Seether, Escape the Fate, Buckcherry and PopEvil to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. For more information or tickets, go to there's the 28th Annual Sun Sounds Great Tucson Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Kino Stadium. Choose from dozens of different beers, and enjoy snacks and food samples, music, horseshoes and other games for the $45 price of general admission. Designated driver tickets will be sold for $25 at the gate. It's a benefit for Sun Sounds of Arizona, which delivers news and information to people who cannot read print because they have a disability. For more information or tickets, visit your baseball fix when the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Tomateros de Culiacan, Yaquis de Obregon, and Mayos de Navojoa of the Mexican Pacific League, as well as a group of the top instructional league players from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals play in the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino Stadium on Oct. 2-5. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Kino Stadium box office, on the phone by calling (520) 434-1367 or online at's October without Oktoberfest? Head to Baja Oktoberfest, southern Arizona's largest craft beer festival, at the stadium on Saturday, Oct. 18. Don't miss more than 75 craft breweries, authentic German food, a polka band, dancing and games - including a brat-eating contest! For more information or tickets go to's 37th Annual Pride in the Desert is also Saturday, Oct. 18, at the sports complex South Soccer Fields. The free annual fundraiser features live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, the ever-popular IBT's Drag Depot, a dance tent, fun for the kids, and more. For more information, visit

  • Apple harvest celebration

    Celebrate the peak of the apple season with tree-ripened Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty apples at Apple Annie's Orchard.Experience the fun of picking your own apples, or select from already picked apples. Come early to enjoy the delicious "All You Can Eat" pancake breakfast served with hot apple topping or cider syrup, served each day from 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM. Apple-smoked burger lunches will be served from 11:30 AM - 3 PM.Free wagon rides will take you to the orchards for picking; Asian pears will also be available for picking. Homemade apple pies are baked fresh daily, and don't miss the delicious "apple crumb pie ice cream", made in our Amish ice cream freezer. Hot roasted sweet corn will be available at our farm location.Recurring August 30-September 1 (Labor Day weekend), Sep 6-7 & Sep 13-14.September 13, 2014 - September 14, 2014Event Location: 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ 85643 

  • Shopping Smarter for Family Necessities Can Help the Environment

    Everyday choices can affect your family’s health as well as the environment.There’s a growing trend among consumers to make choices reflecting the goals and values that matter to them most.  In fact, two out of five people say they’re more inspired to try a natural product that does something good for themselves, their family and the planet, according to a recent study conducted by Toluna for natural products brand Tom’s of Maine.So where can your family start? Here are a few ideas for easy changes:The BasicsStarting with the products you use most frequently can be a simple way to shift your choices to a healthier place. Many hygiene products, such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste use unnecessary chemicals that can be unfriendly to those with sensitive skin or allergies. Natural ingredients work as well or better than the artificial variety, so look for options that don’t rely on dyes, formaldehyde or parabens. Such ingredients directly impact waterways once they go down the drain. More natural options can be kinder to your body and the environment.Cleaning products like floor polish, glass cleaners, and bathroom disinfectants can be harsh. Consider gentler alternatives.

  • Happenings - Sept. 10

    THEATERThursday to Sunday, Sept. 11-28• Catch a performance of Clifford Odets’ masterpiece centered around the lives of an urban family during the Great Depression Awake and Sing. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; the Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd.; $22-$32; 551-2053. Saturday to Saturday, Sept. 13-Oct. 4• Catch a performance of the Arizona Theatre Company’s production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike setting the stage for an absurd weekend of hilarity and global warming. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; The Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $35-$52; 884-8210.

  • 3rd Annual AZ Conference of Festivals & Events

    The Festival & Events Assocation of Tucson & Southern Arizona presents its third a annual Arizona conference, presented with pre-conference professional Certified Festival & Events Executive (CFEE) training, at Tucson Marriott University Park in Main Gate Square on the Tucson Streetcar line.Friday, Sept. 5: Beginning At 5 p.m., a "Dine on the Line" party on the new Sun Link Streetcar route at Main Gate Square includes "speed networking."  Saturday, Sept. 6: Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Educational sessions and panels designed for all levels of the event industry. Speakers and panels will address a range of event industry topics, from "Project Management for Festivals & Events" to "Marketing & Media Tips from the Experts!" and "Culinary Event Trends".The Expo: On Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:45 a.m. the EXPO opens for vendors and suppliers to showcase their services and continues over lunch, at 11:45 a.m., and through happy hour, at 5 p.m., with great networking and socializing opportunities.Stay in the Tucson Marriott University Park in the heart of the University-4th Avenue-Downtown entertainment district for just $119/night. Book hotel now. (deadline for rate is August 11).September 05, 2014 - September 06, 2014

  • Happenings -- Sept. 3

    THEATERThursday to Sunday, Sept. 4-Nov. 9• Catch a performance of the Gaslight Theatre’s new musical comedy Cronan the Barbarian. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $16.50-$18.50; $8.50 children; 886-9428. Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 4-Nov. 15• Laugh, cheer, boo, dance, and have some Spooktacular fun at the Great American Playhouse’s newest production Beetle-Juiced. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road; $15.95-$17.95, $7.95 children; 512-5145.

  • Sabino Canyon evening rides

    Experience Sabino Canyon -- riparian wonderland in Coronado National Forest -- by moonlight aboard a tram. Night is a special time when desert creatures emerge from daytime siestas to prowl around the cool desert floor, and the moon gently illuminates the silhouettes of stately saguaro cacti. During September-November and April-June, Sabino Canyon Tours offers evening rides three nights per month.Schedule:September 5,6,7, 2014-8:30 p.m. (Reservations begin August 15)October 4,5,6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. (Reservations begin September 18)November 2,3,4, 2014, 7 p.m. (Reservations begin Octoer 14)Reservations will be accepted beginning October by phone, email or in person.

  • Summer Beach Party

    The Downtown Tucson Partnership hosts an end-of-summer bash at downtown's faux sandy beach, located in the empty lot at 5th Avenue and Toole Avenue. The Summer Beach Party will feature volleyball games, carnival games, a sand castle competition, and a children's obstacle course. Beer and wine will be served and live music will be played at 7pm by Jan Cervelli's band, Skyline. Later in the evening, Shrimp Chaperone and Surf Sonics will rock the party with live performances.Here's a rundown of the action Saturday:Bands - Skyline, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; Shrimp Chaperone, 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m.; Surf Sonics, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.Food Trucks - DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Bam Bam Mexican Asian Fusion, Sonoran Mexican Cuisine Sonoran HotdogsDrinks - Beer and wine, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.Fun for Kids - 10 carnival games, YMCA Booth, Playformance, obstacle course, Tucson Children's Museum, big blue blocks (interactive fun)

  • Tips to Make the Most of Camping and Tailgating Season

    It’s that time of year again, when outdoor enthusiasts take to campsites for weekends outdoors. And what sports fan ever turned down an opportunity for tailgating before the big game?When gearing up for that next big event, here are some things to keep in mind:Set UpOne important rule of thumb for both camping and tailgating is to be respectful of those around you. Don’t infringe on anyone else’s territory physically, or audibly. Everyone wants to enjoy their time unhindered, but you can be a friendly neighbor by setting the volume of your music at an appropriate level.The early bird catches the worm, so arrive with plenty of time to set up your space. For campers, that means well before sundown so you can get a lay of the land. For tailgaters, that means beating the crowds so you can get an ideal spot.Power Up

  • Motorcycle group coming through Tucson

    On Aug. 27 and 28, 300 long-distance motorcycle riders will converge on Tucson for the 39th annual Three Flags Classic tour. Riders from all over the USA and Canada will leave Tucson early Friday morning of Labor Day weekend and travel the West’s backroads to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Their four-day, 2,300-mile journey will take them through parts of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Riders stop and overnight wherever they want, but need to make checkpoints during their operational hours.Each rider carries a Three Flags “Passport” from Tucson and it is stamped at the three checkpoints along the route… Torrey, Utah; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Walla Walla, Washington. Riders arriving at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort before 9 p.m. on Sept. 1 will receive a limited edition belt buckle, a long standing tradition that serves as a completion trophy.The riders come from 30 states and four Canadian provinces. Men and women from 35 to 80 years old will ride. Some people ride over 2,000 miles to the start, then ride over 2,300 miles to Canada and still have to ride home. It’s an exhilarating and challenging ride that can come with extreme weather changes and elevations. Riders must be prepared for 40-degree mornings and 100-degree afternoons along the way. “Over the years we have been faced with occasional mountain snow storms, blazing desert afternoons and all-day rain mixed with mostly beautiful days and moderate temperatures. You have to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best,” commented Steve Shulman, Vice Chair and one of 30 volunteers. Shulman further stated, “We are excited to be in Tucson for this year’s start and think we’ve put together a great route. Many of our riders have participated for over 30 years, so there must be something great that draws people to it.”No SCMA Board member or those who put the ride together are paid. All people who put on this ride do so for the fun of it and their love of long-distance motorcycling. Riders pay a fee to go on the ride. They receive refreshments, meals and paraphernalia relating to the ride.

  • HoCo Fest Music Festival

    On Labor Day weekend, Club Congress packs 37 local, national, and international acts into four days for the ten-year anniversary of HOCO FEST, also known as Tucson's oldest indoor/outdoor, multimedia festival with good eats and great drinks.The party runs Thursday, August 28 and through Sunday, August 31, with free shows, V.I.P. tickets, limited-edition t-shirts, and more.Day One:• Doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 28• Free Show• For ages 18+

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