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In Tucson and Southern Arizona, when it comes to dining a lot of the discussion evolves into the great restaurants located downtown. While there is no doubt Tucson’s downtown culinary excellence is tough to beat, the variety, scenery and cuisine in the Catalina Foothills makes it a true hot spot for diners.
It’s no surprise that Blanco Tacos + Tequila in the Foothills’ La Encantada Shopping Center is packed in the hours between 4 and 6 p.m. given reasonable Happy Hour prices for drinks, and a wide variety of appetizers.
Join staff of Tucson Local Media for the monthly Sippin’ Social on Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Gallery Grille, located at the La Encantada Mall, 14000 Dove Mountain Blvd. from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for three years, bringing the region’s cultural garden to modern day tastes buds. The culinary event brings up to 50 chefs and restaurants preparing unique salsa recipes and mixologists creating innovative tequila-based drinks along with sweet and savory menu pairings. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and SAACA’s arts therapy and education programs.
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and La Encantada present Splash! summer charity event on June 21.
Best Mom and Pop Business Two-time winner
“With my paintbrush and the boldest colors, I pull ideas together in the best way that makes my heart sing. Always bright, always colorful, always pure of heart,” artist Regina Lord stated.
Calling all dogs! Join us on February 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Tucson Lifestyle Cover Dog contest! This year the festive photo party will be held in the lovely lower courtyard of La Encantada shopping center.
Savor Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival
Each week residents from northwest Tucson volunteer their time at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) by taking part in walking the dogs or by helping at off-site adoptions. Though it may seem like a small act of kindness, volunteers are considered to be an enormous help to the animal shelter.
Ellie Divijak, 3, plays with a terrier mix at a Pima Animal Care Center adoption fair at La Encantada on Saturday, Dec. 7. The animal shelter is located on 4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
On the busiest shopping day of the year, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is giving weary deal hunters a reason to take a break and relax. Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds on Black Friday for some “RA Retail Therapy.” Enjoy extended happy hour on Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at RA Sushi at La Encantada.
Taking in the desert animals around her, Tucsonan Julie Rustad created a unique and educational tool for her son, which has now turned into a growing business.
Oro Valley resident Bob Holzaffel received an email one afternoon from his credit card company telling him his information had been compromised. Someone other than him had used his Visa credit card to make three separate purchases totaling $3,500 at the Apple Store at La Encantada Mall between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Experience works by a cross-section of Southern Arizona artists and artisans along with live musical entertainment, artist demonstrations, culinary arts and wine tastings and food vendors stationed at four different shopping plazas -- La Encantada, Plaza Colonial, Paloma Village, and Gallery Row -- located on the four corners of the intersection of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. - 4p.m.
There’s no better way to kick the holidays into high gear than a fun photo session of your fur babies and not-so-furry-babies snuggling with Santa! The evening at La Encantada will also feature an Enchanted Snowfall dedicated to the HSSA, holiday music, and fun under the stars.
WHAT: Paws for the Holidays
WHEN: Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, from 5 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: La Encantada shopping center, downstairs from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s PAWSH Adoption Center
WHY: With an Enchanted Snowfall, music and Santa, Paws for the Holidays is Tucson’s premier holiday party for pet lovers!
COST: $10, with all proceeds to benefit the HSSA’s work with homeless pets!
For the past five years, Heroes Day has taken place to honor Southern Arizona’s first responders. Last week, three were awarded Hero of the Year, including Marana police officer Dan Rowan.
University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez speaks during the Heroes Day celebration at La Encantada.