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(BPT) - Deciding to get married is one of the biggest and most important decisions many people will ever make. According to The Knot and WeddingChannel.com, the average wedding costing more than $28,000 - the cost of a new car or a down payment on a home, so your next biggest decision may be figuring out how to pay for it. With that in mind, many couples are opting to tie the knot at home. Although hosting your special day in your own backyard can cut costs and give you more flexibility, you must address some critical details before you walk down the aisle.
1– Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-27; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100.
More than $30,000 in funds to benefit the Tucson staple, Rialto Theater, were collected on Feb. 15 during the second-annual Rialto Theater gala.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, the first SaddleBrooke Patrons of the Arts performance will be offered at the Desert View Performing Arts Center (DVPAC.) The event will feature multi-talented Toni Morrell, staging her “Remembering the Ladies” production.
Last week, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) showed appreciation to artists and partnerships they have formed during an annual gala. However, while accepting the awesome appreciation award on behalf of The Explorer, I was thinking there needs to be more appreciation shown to SAACA for the work they do every year to keep the arts alive and well in the Tucson region.
Maker House hosts the Tucson Arts Brigade fundraiser with delicious and artistic delights: hors d'oeuvres, desserts, cocktails, and fashion inspired by art throughout time. Guests may come dressed as a favorite art piece or art movement. Judge the best costume and display, and the chefs' most delicious and creative dish. The gala features live music, photo booth, auction of table set, and the final destination of the Traveling Art Show Auction.
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Join the party on Tuesday, Dec. 31 to ring in the New Year at the spectacular JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. This event has become a destination for jazz lovers across the country.
"This award is well-deserved recognition of the McGuire Center's decades of impact and success as an innovation engine for the region," said Len Jessup, the UA Eller College of Managementdean. "Next year marks the center's 30th anniversary, and there is so much more to come."
Each of the four finalists for this year's award in the academia category was from the UA. In addition to the McGuire Center, the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, the iPlant Collaborative housed at the UA's BIO5 Institute and the Landscape Evolution Observatory at the UA's Biosphere 2 were in the running.
Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 by The Princeton Review, the McGuire Center is one of two U.S. entrepreneurship programs that made the cut in a recentstudy on entrepreneurship education issued by the World Bank.
"Receiving this award brings a special honor to the McGuire Center," said the center's executive director, Robert Lusch.
Established in 1984 as one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country, the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is the McGuire Center's signature experience. Since the program's founding, nearly 3,000 students have completed the competitive, year-long program, and have gone on to launch hundreds of business ventures.
"We have been recognized nationally and internationally for our outstanding programs, but to be recognized at home is even more meaningful," Lusch said. "All of what we accomplish would not be possible without the hard work, ambitions and dreams that our entrepreneurship students have brought to us over three decades.
A selection committee of experts independent of the Arizona Technology Council chose the winners, commending the McGuire Center on its successful track record in educating students in effective entrepreneurial practice.
At the center, UA students learn and experience the entrepreneurial process from start to finish as it is one of the only programs in which students create, validate and implement new ventures. Also, the center's cutting-edge research sets it apart from other programs and has a lasting impact on entrepreneurial education, according to the selection committee.
In addition to housing the undergraduate and graduate education programs, the center also offers support and resources to research faculty in disciplines across campus and entrepreneurial students in other UA departments.
"As we begin to see improvements in the economy, innovation is more important than ever," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
"It is essential that we celebrate the creative spirit of Arizona by recognizing and honoring the state's most innovative thinkers," Zylstra said. "We congratulate all the winners and extend our thanks for their part in advancing Arizona as a top-tier technology state."
The other finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award in academia are:
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona's premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, the council's members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action.
The council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry.
With almost 750 member companies throughout the state, the council is Arizona's largest science and technology organization. Members of the Council include technology companies, service providers, government agencies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Four University of Arizona alumni and a group of Tucson filmmakers have been invited to compete as one of five teams in the first-ever Napa Valley Film Festival Sony 4K Film Challenge.
Universal Learning Centre, a not-for-profit organization that builds and sustains library learning centers in developing nations, invites the community to attend the organization’s upcoming Fundraiser Gala with dinner, dancing and a dance performance.
This Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave., vocalist Joe Bourne presents The Music of Motown and Other Gems of that Era with his ten piece band. Travel back with these timeless tunes by Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson and many more to enjoy those fond musical memories with songs like “Baby Love,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Sugar Pie,” “Just My Imagination,” “I’ll Be There,” “Hello, What’s Going On,” “How Sweet It Is” and more.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Pima Community College’s new director of the Center for Training and Development will tap her extensive experience with local social service agencies in building on CTD’s 50 years of service to Pima County residents.
Tucson’s most exciting mix of entertainment, movies and community events are showcased all year long in Tucson’s beautifully restored theatre. With state of the art equipment and outstanding acoustic values, every show at the Fox creates a lasting memory. Here is your chance to make some of those wonderful memories for yourself!
PCC Center for Training and Development 50th Anniversary Reception Gala & Silent Auction will he held on Sept. 4 at Lodge on the Desert.
Pima Community College’s Center for Training and Development invites community members, CTD alumni, and current and past employees and staff, as well as students to attend its 50th Anniversary Reception Gala & Silent Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
PCC Center for the Arts, located on West Campus, is dedicated to providing outstanding cultural enrichment opportunities for the college and the Tucson community. There is ample free, well-lit parking adjacent to the center. For more information call the box office at 520-206-6986.
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Pima Community College’s Center for Training and Development on June 13 will honor 16 students who have earned certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing.