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Tucson Calendar of Events for August 2010. Happy 235th Tucson!!

Tucson August 2010 events hit their peak for the summr when Tucson's 235th Birthday is celebrated on August 20, 2010. A ceremony held at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson features the five flags that have flown over the city of Tucson since its founding in 1775. There will be events held throughout downtown and across the city. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Fox Tucson Theatre, The Loft Cinema, and Arizona Historical Society are some the organizations that will host free and family-friendly events.

Other Tucson August events to celebrate the city bvirthday, include La Fiesta de San Agustinon on Saturday, August 28th at Armory Park & Center to celebrate Tucson's founding. The free annual Tucson August event features live entertainment, speakers series and an art exhibits, food for sale from noon - 11 pm. See upcoming Tucson birthday celebration events and the story of Tucson's development from the 1500's through the 1800's and other features.

Mt. Lemmon Music on the Mountain

Summerhaven's annual Music on the Mountain series continues through August 2010. It is held every Sunday afternoon through September 5th.

The music event is under a large tent at 12901 N. Sabin Canyon Parkway in Summerhaven.

Concerts are from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs, but outside food and drinks are not allowed. The event is sponsored by LAVA Music and by Mesquite Homes.

Sunday, August 1 - The Wyatts
Sunday, August 8 - Strait Country
Sunday, August 15 - The Dreadnutts
Sunday, August 22 - The Last Call Girls
Sunday, August 29 - The Wayback Machine
Sunday, September 5 - Chuck Wagon and the Wheelchairs

Find out more at www.lavamusic.org for concert details and links to muician's web sites. See our section on Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven for news, features and weather.



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The Gaslight Theatre presents a musical comedy spoof, featuring Princess Layla and Duke Starfighter, based on the "Star Wars" movie. Tues/Wed/Thurs 7pm. Fri/Sat 6:30pm and 9pm. Sun 3pm and 7pm. Closed Mon. Through August 21, 2010

Sierra Vista: 19th Annual Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival Self-guided and guided tours, field trips, seminars, vendors, silent auction, displays, lectures, bat stalks, owl prowls, displays, arts & crafts, Pete Dunn is featured speaker, $15 for adults, free for children with parents or grandparents, 520-678-8237 or www.swwings.org.

Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum through Aug 21 2010. The popular Summer Saturday Evening programs showcase what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt. Tour the Desert Museum at night, a time when many of the animals are at their most active with the onset of the summer heat. 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743. Phone: 520-883-2702 Admission: $6 admission per person after 4 p.m. during summer months. http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/news_show.php?article=212


Daily Tucson, AZ Events for August 2010


Sunday, August 1

Summer Saturday Evening at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. This event showcases what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt. The program this evening, live and "sort of" on the Loose and Raptor free flight. Cost is $2.25-6. Starts at 4 pm, 520-883-2702 or visit www.desertmuseum.org

LAVA Music presents Music on the Mountain at Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon. Featuring The Wyatts, free, 1-5 pm, www.lavamusic.org

Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, 2010

BMX Riders Hit Tucson Arena. A sport created by kids for kids in the 1970s will be showcased in Tucson at the ABA-BMX Southwest Nationals, August 6-8. The American Bicycle Association (ABA) will bring an estimated 1,000 amateur bicycle motocross (BMX) riders to the Tucson Convention Center for an air-conditioned national competition. BMX riders will perform jumps, flips, and tricks on a massive, ABA regulation dirt track. Riders ages 5 to 60 will compete in pre-race events on Friday, Aug. 6; the National Race will occur on Saturday, Aug. 7; and the final race happens Sunday, Aug. 8.  The entire ABA-BMX 2010 Southwest Nationals race event is free and open to spectators. More information is on ababmx.com.

Friday, August 6, 2010

La Encantada Summer Concert Series presents Los Esquineros with fusion jazz pianist Amilcar Guevara. Guevara was born in Central America (El Salvador) into a family with a musical background  based in traditional Latin music. After many years of learning, playing and experimenting with all different kinds of music, he has developed a versatile approach to his playing and his composition. 7 pm. 2905 E. Skyline Drive Tucson, AZ 85718. Phone: 520-797-3959. Admission: $10. http://www.saaca.org/events-summerconcert.html

La Posada Serves Up “Ice Cream & Music” Friday Nights. The performances are hot and the treats are cold! Every Friday between June 25 and August 6, Posada Java will host a free concert as part of the new “Ice Cream & Music Friday Nights” series. The events will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with entertainers taking the stage at 5:00 p.m. La Posada Java has already lined up an exciting collection of local musicians for the events. Confirmed artists include Green Valley favorites Regina and Joey Lessa, who will perform their repertoire of popular standards. Additional performers include Adam Estrada and others. In addition to the new concert series, Posada Java offers delightful coffee drinks including espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, teas, and milk shakes and freshly-baked sweet treats such as sticky buns, pies and cookies! Posada Java is located within The Shoppes at La Posada. For more information, please visit www.laposadagv.com or call (520) 648-7870. All events and performers subject to change.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum. The popular Summer Saturday Evening programs showcase what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt.From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743. Phone: 520-883-2702. Admission: $6 admission per person after 4 p.m. during summer months. http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/news_show.php?article=212

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

‘MARIACHI IDOL’ FINAL COMPETITION AT LA FUENTE. In response to last year’s success of the first-ever “Mariachi Idol” singing competition, La Fuente Restaurant, 1749 N. Oracle Road, will once again host the competition beginning June 30, as a part of our annual summer events. Soloist singers in mariachi-style, ages 18 and older, are encouraged to register for a chance to compete for cash prizes and more.  Mariachi Estrellas de La Fuente will provide music for contestants and the competition will begin each Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. with only 10 slots available each evening. Contest rules and guidelines are posted on La Fuente’s web site at www.lafuentrestaaurant.com. New this year for these special event evenings, patrons will enjoy the entertainment competition, along with a full, all-you-can-eat buffet including soft drink, tax and gratuity for a “Precio Fijo” of $13.99.  (Children, ages 3-12, $6.99). For more information call (520) 623-8659 during regular business hours. Contact: Carlos or Mary Jane Portillo, Owners La Fuente, 1749 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85718. 520-623-8659.

Perseid Meteor Shower at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter. Stay for most of the night to enjoy this annual, sold-out celestial show, $70 adults, $35 youth (under 18), reservations required 4:45 pm, 520-626-8122 or http://skycenter.arizona.edu

Primavera Cooks! Gourmet dining event series supporting the community, some of Tucson’s finest chefs and adventurous donors create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner with proceeds benefiting the Primavera Foundation,  this week’s venue is Acacia, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org

August 13 through August 29, 2010

Putnam County Spelling Bee at Temple of Music & Art. Arizona Onstage Productions presents Tony Award-winning musical about a fictional middle school spelling bee with off-beat adolescents and the eccentric grown-ups dealing with them, $29.50 -$32.50, 520-882-6574 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/101976

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sports Compact and Street Legal held at the Southwestern International Raceway. 8 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum. The popular Summer Saturday Evening programs showcase what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt.From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743. Phone: 520-883-2702. Admission: $6 admission per person after 4 p.m. during summer months. http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/news_show.php?article=212

Tucson Walking Tour Ken Scoville has the dirt on our city fathers and mothers and will use it on Saturday, August 14, 2010 to enliven a walking tour following the outlines of the original Presidio wall. Scoville's talk, which begins at 9 am., emphasizes the many layers of cultures that inhabited what is now downtown Tucson, including that of the ancient pit house and the foundation of a 19th Century residence excavated from within the grounds of the old presidio, and the stories of the mansions later built around the presidio's circumference in the area known as Snob Hollow. The cost of the tour is a $10 donation to the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, which requests that anyone interested in attending make a reservation via e-mail to info@preservetucson.org in order to be sure enough materials are available. Read more about this and other see our Tucson's birthday events.

Friday, August 20, 2010 - Celebrate Tucson's 235th Birthday Event!

Tucson's 2010 birthday events

Photo of East Congress Street, Tucson in 1874.

Citywide Tucson Birthday Bash - Tucson turns 235 years old this summer. A ceremony will be held at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson featuring the five flags that have flown over the city of Tucson since its founding in 1775. The ceremony takes place on Tucson's official 235th birthday, August 20, 2010. Cake will be served throughout the city; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Fox Tucson Theatre, The Loft Cinema, and Arizona Historical Society all plan free and family-friendly events. For more details on Tucson's birthday celebrations, entertainment and events see our Tucson's birthday event page and read more about early Tucson accounts.

August 20, 2010: 235th Birthday Flag Ceremony. The five flags flown over Tucson - American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate and the State of Arizona - are presented in a ceremony that celebrates Tucson’s 235th birthday. More Tucson's birthday events.

Annual Tucson Cake Bake-Off Competition, 9am to Noon- Cake viewing Coffee/tea/lemonade will be served. Noon: Cake Judging by our celebrity judges! Catagories: Taste, creativity, decorations, and Tucson representation. 1 to 3pm. More Tucson's birthday events.

Tucson's Birthday at the Zoo. Kids ages 0-14 can visit the Zoo for free all day. Animal demonstrations, feed the giraffe ($2), and even some birthday treats for the animals. More Tucson's birthday events.

For more information on Tucson's birthday call (520) 327-7544, or see the official web site for Tucson's birthday at TucsonsBirthday.org.

La Encantada Summer Concert Series presents The Jive Bombers who mix a strong foundation of Blues and Jazz with a little Funk and Roots to create a sound that will get you up and moving.  It's a combo that will leave you satisfied yet still wanting more. 7 pm. 2905 E. Skyline Drive Tucson, AZ 85718. Phone: 520-797-3959. Performances for these sell-out shows begin alternating Fridays at 7 p.m. Individual tickets cost $10 in advance and $11 the day of the show. Additionally, season tickets for the 11-concert series cost $88, offering savings of 20 percent. The final acts in the series include: Heather Amelia Quartet, Jovert!, and Bill Ganz and his Western Band. Proceeds from the Summer Concert Series will benefit the many arts education programs and activities SAACA sponsors in local schools and at its many community festivals and programs held throughout the year. http://www.saaca.org/events-summerconcert.html

4th Avenue Annual Underpass Party. Fourth Avenue Merchants Association presents a free party to celebrate Tucson's 235th birthday in the heart of Tucson's Entertainment District with music prizes, trolley rides, and more, 4-11 pm, www.VisitTucson.org

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tucson 235th Birthday Party Celebration. or more details on Tucson's birthday celebrations, entertainment and events see our Tucson's birthday event page and read more about early Tucson accounts.

Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum. The popular Summer Saturday Evening programs showcase what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt.From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743. Phone: 520-883-2702. Admission: $6 admission per person after 4 p.m. during summer months. http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/news_show.php?article=212

Historic Broadway Village Art Bazaar. Tucson’s midtown is thriving again. At the corner of Broadway and Country Club, Broadway Village carries the pulse of Tucson in its timeless design and regal sense of place. A 1939 Joesler & Murphey creation, it was not only Tucsons’ first suburban shopping center but a neighborhood destination for families to gather and shop. Join us and rediscover the heart of Tucson. Saturdays, 9:00am-4pm. This presentation is also held Sept 18. http://www.southernazfestivals.org/artbazaar.html

Sierra Vista: Buffalo Soldier Historic Sites Tour August 2010 Learn more about the renowned Buffalo Soldiers, the All-Black unit in the late 1800s through the turn-of-the-Century, reservations required, $12, 11:15 am, 520-417-6960 or 800-288-3861 or http://www.visitsierravista.com.

August 26, 2010

Primavera Cooks! Held at Gourmet dining event series supporting the community, some of Tucson’s finest chefs and adventurous donors create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner with proceeds benefiting the Primavera Foundation,  this week’s venue is Janos, $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org

August 27, 2010

Test and Tune at the Southwestern International Raceway, 8 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com.

Toros Taste For A Cure. Tucson Toros partner with Elle Restaurant and Wines Without The Mystery for wine, food and baseball fundraising event at Hi Corbett Field. This wine, food and baseball fundraising event to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. From 6pm to 8pm the event will feature wine and food pairings by Elle Restaurant, wine education by wine enthusiast Jon Rogers of Wines Without The Mystery, and an opportunity to win amazing raffle prizes. The ball game starts at 7pm and includes post-game fireworks for all to enjoy. Continue reading about the Toros Taste for A Cure.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tucson's Birthday Celebration La Fiesta de San Agustin, Armory Park & Center celebrate the 1775 founding of "El Presidio de San Agustin del Tucson," festive celebration with live entertainment, speakers series and an art exhibits, food for sale, free, noon - 11 pm. 520-792-4806 or www.culturalexchangecouncil.org or www.visittucson.org. Phone: 520-792-4806.

More Tucson's birthday events.

Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum. Teacher Appreciation Night. The popular Summer Saturday Evening program showcases what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt. From 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743. Phone: 520-883-2702. Admission is $6 admission per person after 4 p.m. during summer months. http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/news_show.php?article=212

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Primavera Cooks! Gourmet dinning event series supporting the community, some of Tucson's finest chefs and adventurous donors create and prepare an elaborate wine-paired dinner with proceeds benefiting the Primavera Foundation. Cost $125, 520-623-5111 ext. 101 or www.primaveracooks.org. Phone: 520-623-5111.

Sports Compact and Street Legal -Test and Tune Southwestern International Raceway, 8 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com, Phone: 520-762-9700.

Summer Saturday Evening at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum showcasing what happens in the desert after dark and how plants and animals adapt, program this evening live and "sort of" on the Loose and Raptor free flight, $2.25-6, 4 pm, 520-883-2702 or visit www.desertmuseum.org. Phone: 520-883-2702.

Sunday in the Park at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Vail, free, 520-647-7275 or 520-647-7121 or www.colossalcave.com. Phone: 520-647-7275

Have Your Tucson Events Post Free: Tucson-area non-profit groups and community organizations can post August Tucson event listings for free. Email your Tucson event, presentation, workshop, family activities, etc. for consideration. Non-commercial listings only. Send your listing to events@emol.org.

Nominations for the 2010 Cure, Care & Commitment Awards Deadline. American Diabetes Association is still accepting nominations for these annual community-oriented awards. The 2010 Cure, Care & Commitment Awards represent the third year that this wonderful program has allowed the American Diabetes Association to honor local individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping those with diabetes. Past awardees include Dr. David Armstrong (Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Association), Dr. Mark Wheeler (University Medical Center), Ms. Lori Regehr (Carondelet), Mr. Terroll Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham Nation), Ms. Ginny Phillips (University Physicians Healthcare) & Dr. Tsu Shuen Tsao (University of Arizona). Thanks to our Award sponsors: Carondelet, Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ, and CareMore. Nominees for the Cure, Care & Commitment Awards should have made significant contributions to diabetes care, treatment, education, community awareness or research in Southern Arizona and will exhibit the core values of the American Diabetes Association. Core values include: Trust, Integrity, Leadership, Inclusion, Passion for Making a Difference and Ownership. If you would like to obtain a nomination form, please contact Alicia Eller at (520) 795-3711 ext 7114 or aeller@diabetes.org. We look forward to learning more about those making a difference right here in our own back yard! Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, including 119,000 in Southern Arizona.  Additionally, another 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.  The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.  Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.  Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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