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Tucson Calendar of Events for October 2010

Tucson temperatures start to cool down in October. That makes it perfect for some of Tucson's annual October entertainment and events like Tucson Meet Yourself, now in its 37th year, and Old Tucson's Nightfall Halloween event.

The 2010 Great Beer Festival, held at Hi Corbett Field in mid-October, lets you sample hundreds of different beers and food from local eateries.

During October 2010, the 5th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival will present various films at cinemas and music at concert venues around Tucson.

Outdoor evening entertainment at various venues includes concerts from Jazz Under the Stars at St. Philip's Plaza, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society; the La Encantada Summer Concert Series and the 11th annual Tucson Blues Festival held at Reid Park.



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Tucson Daily Events for October 2010


Through December 31, 2010

Carnival of Illusion An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders at Doubletree Tucson. A magical night out that transports you to a turn-of-the-century experience, Sarlot and Eyed present their Victorian-inspired magic show, $20-25, Fridays and Saturdays, 6 & 8:30 pm, 520-615-5299 or www.CarnivalofIllusion.com

Through October 2, 2010

ATC: BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS. Conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern; Book/Musical Arrangements/Original Songs by Christopher McGovern. Music by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern and Directed by Scott Schwartz. She danced her way into our hearts in the arms of Fred Astaire, setting the gold standard for grace and elegance on the silver screen.  In her surprising true-life story, we follow Ginger Rogers from the vaudeville stage at the age of 15 through her ascension to Hollywood goddess.  Backwards in High Heels is the story of a small-town girl from Texas who dazzled the whole wide world, playing everything from 'the girl next door' to the modern woman with a mind of her own.  It's a candy box of show-stopping dance numbers, great songs and some surprising revelations about the movie legend. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

Through October 3, 2010

Tucson Oktoberfest held at Hi Corbett Field from September 30-October 3, 2010. The Tucson Oktoberfest is a four day, festival style, family fun event. Live entertainment throughout the morning, afternoon and evenings. Now in its 8th year, the 2010 Tucson Oktoberfest features 100 Arts and Crafts Booths and a Childrens' Play area. This year's event to benefit the Optimist Clubs of Tucson. 3400 E. Camino Campestre. http://www.tucsonoktoberfest.org/

Friday, October 1, 2010

La Encantada Summer Concert Series presents Bill Ganz and his country music band performing the classic western music of our southwest heritage. 7 pm. La Encantada Mall, 2905 E. Skyline Drive at Campbell Ave. Phone: 520-797-3959. Admission: $10.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

11th Annual Traditional Indian Feast & Fundraiser Festival held at San Xavier Plaza. his event is open to the public!For the Native American scholarship program, silent auction, dinner of traditional foods. This Event is held the first Saturday of October of each year at the San Xavier Plaza, 1959 San Xavier Rd., Tucson, Arizona. (Across from the San Xavier Mission del Bac at I-19 Exit 92). Unique traditional foods featuring: wildrice, cholla bud salad, prickly pear tea, Saguro cactus syrup, buffalo, salmon, O'odham chili, and more Food, entertainment, and spiritual blessing. Sponsored by the Reservation Creation Women's Circle Charitable Trust. A Non Profit 501(c)3 organization $50-100, 6-9 pm, 520-295-1350 or 520-622-4900 or www.usaindianinfo.org.

TUCSON DOWSERS MONTHLY SPEAKER:  “MODIFYING UNHEALTHY PATTERNS WITH DOWSING” with Susan Collins. Do you have things in your life you’d like to change, but can’t seem to do it no matter what? Are there things that get you down? Whatever the issue, simple dowsing techniques can often quickly and gently identify and modify many unhealthy behavior patterns and get you back on track. Come prepared with a list of your issues, to this experiential presentation in which Susan will offer dowsing protocols to assist you in finding the originating sources of both conscious and unconscious patterns. Protocols will also be used to neutralize behavioral triggers, and to transform energies to create healthy patterns leading to balance and harmony in your life. 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Cost:  $5.00 donation requested – Open to the public at Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. Directions:  Off River between Swan and Craycroft. Contact:  Terry Klunk (520) 531-8039. More Information:  www.TucsonDowsers.org

Sunday, October 3, 2010

18th Annual Architecture Home Tour. Part of Architecture Week, a selection of homes throughout Tucson, featuring local residential projects that are varied and represent the unique architectural designs for the diverse lifestyles of Tucsonans, $25, benefits Habitat for Humanity, 520-323-2191 or www.aiasouthernarizona.org

Jim Click’s Run ‘N’ Roll. Includes BeachFleischman PC Open 8K Run/Walk, Pima Medical Institute Elite 8K Wheelchair Race and 3K Valvoline “Grease Your Wheels” Fun Run, also a race expo with free food, entertainment, health checks and music, http://www.runnroll.org/ http://www.saaca.org/events-summerconcert.html

Thursday, October 8 and 11, 2010

"Mine with the Iron Door" screening of the original 2924 film to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Rialto Theater downtown Tucson. Iron Door Mine Display presentation by Flint Carter,

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Night Bird Trio plays jazz music that will bring you back to the beginning of intimate jazz scenes. When Tony Frank blows the trumpet and sings, Rob Boone dances his fingers over the keys and Jack Wood strums the bass, musical melodies flow through the ears of fond listeners. Park Place Mall. Local bands perform at the outdoor pavilion, beginning at 6 p.m., between Bamboo Club and Forever 21, through October. Families can enjoy shopping, food and a children's play land, all nearby the concert's charming setting. saaca.org/events-parkplaceconcerts.html Phone: (520) 797-3959.

The Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition opening reception-Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.-will take place at the Ventana Gallery of Ventana Medical Systems Inc., 1910 E. Innovation Park Dr.  The reception will be open to the general public free of charge. Artwork from all exhibitors, each exceptionally talented, will be on sale until Jan. 3, 2011. SAACA and Ventana Medical Systems Inc. created the exhibition series so the many nationally honored artists could present their pieces of art, while receiving much deserved local recognition and promoting the creation and enjoyment of community art. More than 35 accomplished to novice artists of all ages have featured works in the show. The public may view, free of charge, or purchase artworks from the exhibit until January on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. http://www.saaca.org/events-ventanagallery.html Phone: (520) 797-3959

October 8 through October 31, 2010

22nd Annaul Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze. Horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, $4 for the festival, $20 for the corn maze, 10 am, weekends, 520-822-2277 or www.buckelewfarm.com

38th Annual SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show, Tucson TCC. Bi-annual show featuring landscaping, building materials & beautiful arts & crafts, 520-795-3025 or www.sahba.org

5th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival. Various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music, including shorts, features, music videos and amazing bands from the Southwest and beyond, www.tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com

Tucson Meet Yourself 2010 at El Presidio Park. Celebrate the richness and diversity of the living and traditional arts of Southern Arizona's folk and ethnic communities: ethnic food, performances and folk arts demonstrations, "Meet the Cooks," "Meet and Greet," and more, Fri-Tucson Meet Yourself 2010 is held on Sat. 11am - 10pm; Sun. 11am - 5pm, 520-792-4806 or www.tucsonmeetyourself.org

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In Sabino Canyon, during October and November, Sabino Canyon Tours offers evening rides three nights per month. Sabino Canyon is nestled in the southeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is one of the most sites to visit. Find out more about Sabino Canyon hiking, shuttles and activities.

Arizona Theatre Company has a new, enhanced website at www.arizonatheatre.org. The new site launched October 14, 2010 and was made possible from a 2009 Technology Grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Tucson Meet Yourself at 37

Tucson Meet Yourself celebrates 37 years of community folk art, traditions and cultural identity from October 8-10, 2010. Festival Location at Downtown Tucson, El Presidio Park & Jácome Library Plaza. Contact TMY 520.370.0588, mia@tucsonmeetyourself.org

Tucson Meet Yourself celebrates the richness and diversity of Southern Arizona’s folk and ethnic communities through music, dance, traditional arts, food ways, stories, crafts, occupational arts, cultural heritage, and other forms of traditional expressions that reflect the folk life of Southern Arizona. This is all possible through public support. Support for the 2010 Campaign is being requested to keep the annual TMY event open free to the public. http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/

Some of the events of this year's Tucson Meet Yourself include:

The Global Village has Tucson non-profit or grass-roots ethnic clubs, organizations, families and individuals are invited to share their cultural heritage through interactive displays of customs, costumes, dwellings, languages, storytelling, games, musical instruments, dances, and heritage. The Festival Marketplace has Individual folk artists who bring their personally handmade crafts to the festival for display and sale.

Tucson Meet Yourself Lowrider Car and Bike Show-N-Shine brings local automobile aficionados out in style. The Lowrider Car Show is held Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Cash prizes are given to winners in various categories. http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/

Tucson Meet Yourself Fashion Show is an exciting, colorful traditional wear fashion show offers people the chance to share what is worn in traditional cultures and share their beautiful traditional clothing, body art and accessories. Individuals or groups are invited to take part in this beautiful special event which will be held on Saturday of the Festival. http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/

Tucson Meet Yourself Corrido Contest Singer and songwriters are invited to share their corridos – the Mexican and borderland style ballad which combines poetry and song and speaks of real life events and personalities. Cash prizes sweeten the pot in this favorite special event of the Festival! http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/

Tucson Meet Yourself "Get Moving Run" The Get Moving Tucson 10 Mile Run and 3.1 Mile Walk and Run takes place in Downtown Tucson on Sunday morning, October 10th, 2010. Run and walk that is open to all ages and abilities. Cruise the streets of Downtown Tucson, then stay for the rest of the Tucson Meet Yourself festival. T-shirts, age-group prizes, raffles open to all, fitness activities, and plenty of FREE food and drink - children under 10 are FREE. Visit the Southern Arizona Roadrunners website: www.azroadrunners.org for race registration and information.  For additional information, contact race director Randy Accetta at 520.991.0733 or raccetta2@cox.net.

Tucson Meet Yourself Youth Culture is a special stage and area dedicated to youth culture and fusions of cultures. This is an area of the TMY festival where youth can express themselves in their own cultural or ethnic styles. Performance, art, digital storytelling, poetry, fashion, world games. http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/

How to get to Tucson MettYourself downtown? Parking in downtown Tucson is easy! There are over 15,000 parking spaces within a short walk of the Festival. Parking garages are within a few blocks of the TMY Festival located directly on top of the El Presidio Parking Garage. Special event parking rates as low as $2 up to $5.

Ride the Bus! Suntran offers award-winning public transportation to Downtown Tucson. http://www.suntran.com

Ride a bike! Tucson is one of the most ‘bike friendly’ cities in the USA. http://dot.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/

Catalina Adventure Program in October

An Environmental Education Program for Grades 1–3., The Catalina Adventure Program, is a 2-hour environmental awareness program designed for sensory learning for grades 1–3. This participatory and interactive field trip, led by trained naturalists, focuses on developing an awareness of nature through the senses. Appreciation of the natural world and our relationship to it is emphasized during a series of hands-on activities along a trail in the 5,500 acre park.

Students get to explore and learn to use all of their senses. The trail walk and activities apply the concepts of using the five senses learned in the classroom to improve the students’ understanding of the natural world. Teachers receive a packet with pre- and post-visit classroom activities to enhance the on-site experience. The materials contain specific key concepts, teacher background information, and student activity sheets. The Catalina Adventure Program begins in October 2010. There is currently a fee of $2 per student. For more information or to schedule a trip, please contact Catalina State Park Volunteer Naturalists Joanne and Andy Hogan at (520) 903-4367.

October 2010 Hikes at Catalina State Park

All hikes leave from main trailhead unless noted. For all hikes, please bring water, hat and food. Pace will be moderate. Hike listings are subject to change. For safety reasons, four hikers are required for a hike to take place. If poor weather, a hike may be canceled and the hike leader will phone registered hikers ASAP before hike time. Registration is mandatory. Please register with Gaston Meloche by 4 pm the day prior to the hike at (520) 638-5404.

  • Sunday, October 3, 2010. Total miles: 6–7, Elevation change: 300’. Destination: Bluffs & 50 year trail. Start time: 8 am (Hike starts from Equestrian Center)
  • Sunday, October 10, 2010. Total miles: 6–7. Elevation change: 400’. Destination: Alamo Canyon & West Ridges. Start time: 8 am
  • Sunday, October 24, 2010 hike. Total miles: 6–7. Elevation change: 1300’. Destination: Walter’s Cascade. Start time: 8 am
  • Sunday, October 31, 2010 hike. Total miles: 7–8. Elevation change: 300’. Destination: Catalina’s Medium Loop. Start time: 8 am (Hike starts from Equestrian Center).

More Catalina State Park, maps, videos, pictures, hiking and camping information.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

FAMILY WEEKEND UAHA Hispanic Heritage Day Tailgate Fiesta sponsored by V-me/Arizona Public Media, 3:00pm, UA Mall at Cherry Avenue. UAHA’s Hispanic Heritage Day festivities include a pre-game Tailgate Fiesta sponsored by V-me/Arizona Public Media: public television en Español. Join UAHA and hundreds of family, friends, alumni, and students approximately four hours before the UA kicks off versus the visiting Oregon State Beavers. The Fiesta will be located on the UA Mall and Cherry Avenue, the site where UA Football begins their new “Wildcat Walk.” Delicious food and refreshments will be for sale ($12/$10 for UAHA card-carrying members) along with a great atmosphere and plenty of entertainment.

33rd Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert. Friday parade on 4th Avenue at 6 pm followed by a block party, Saturday all-day festival at Reid Park, live entertainers, vendors, food court, Southern Arizona’s largest gathering of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, 10 am – 8 pm, 520-622-3200 or www.tucsonpride.org.

The New Deal in Arizona Teacher Workshop in conjunction with the new exhibit, It Saved My Life. Civilian Conservation Corps: Grand Canyon and Southern Arizona,  1933-1942. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Participate in a workshop focused on implementing primary sources and student-centered activities into 4th-12th grade classrooms. Receive take home materials, ready for use in the classroom. Earn 3 continuing education credit hours. Apply to your district for credit. $50 (snacks provided). For more information, contact Emily Spargo-Guerrero at (520) 617-1153 or at esg@azhs.gov. Free parking in the garage at the northeast corner of E. 2nd St. and N. Euclid Ave. Use the E. 2nd St. entrance. Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719. www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

6th Annual Carondelet Get Moving Tucson. Tucson Convention Center. The 28th running of the annual SAR 10-miler and 5K running race and non-competitive family fitness walk, awards and raffles, children under 12 are free (no shirt), post race festivities include music, face painting, climbing wall, $12-40, 7:30 am, 520-991-0733 or http://www.azroadrunners.org/

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS. A series of three workshops taking you from organizing your plot to writing a succinct query letter.  Each session Fee is $25.00 plus $9.30 for all-you-can-eat buffet.  Held in the Meeting Room of the Hometown Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson.  8:30am - 5:00 pm each Saturday session.  Go to www.janholmesfrost.com to register and learn about the companion study workbook.  Pre-payment suggested.  Limited to 30 Participants.  Also event held on Oct 16, 2010. For more information please phone 520-572-6278

October 10, 2010

Holualoa Tinfoilman Triathlon. Final race of the series, 825 yd pool swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run through UA campus, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, $60, 6:30 am, 520-670-0223 or www.tritucson.com

Saturday, October 16, 2010-November 6, 2010

ATC: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM by August Wilson. Directed by Lou Bellamy
Tucson: October 16 – November 6, 2010. Phoenix: November 11 – 28, 2010. It's 1927 and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is getting ready to record the jazz songs that she sings like no one else.  As she strides into the recording studio, she squares off against a battling quartet of musicians, a tight-fisted producer and her manager who's just trying to keep the recording session on track. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a gripping drama from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson, gives us a look at a time when even the most legendary singer of her day had to fight for every scrap of respect she could get. Starring renowned actor and recording artist Jevetta Steele as Ma Rainey. Contains mature themes and language. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

The Great Tucson Beer Festival. Enjoy sampling 100's of beers along with food provided by local restaurants included in price. (included in ticket price), fun games such as horseshoes and steer roping (it’s not a real steer) along with excellent music all night long.. Tickets are $40 general and $75 VIP. VIP entrance gives you early entrance at 5pm with an additional area access and premium food. 6-10pm. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. Events are held rain or shine, no rain checks. Designated Driver tickets will be available only on the night of the event at the Hi Corbett box office. Plenty of free parking! The Great Tucson Beer Festival is held every fall in central Tucson at Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre. Proceeds benefit SunSounds of Arizona. http://www.azbeer.com/tucson.htm

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Southwest at the Arizona Historical Society. Arnold Roy, Instructor, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair with Arizona began while consulting on the Biltmore Hotel. A decade later he built his winter camp, Taliesin West, and began designing homes and public buildings. Roy, who worked with him, illustrates how Wright merged the colors, textures, and mood of the desert to create a uniquely Arizonan style of architecture. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $15 ($12 AHS members). For more information or to register, please contact Emily Spargo-Guererro at (520) 617-1153 or esg@azhs.gov or visit us online at www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org Free parking in the garage at the northeast corner of N. Euclid Ave. and E. 2nd St. Use E. 2nd St. entrance.

The 100 Club of Arizona Hosts Fun and Informative Brunch. The 100 Club of Arizona, a state-wide non-profit organization, has supported Southern Arizona’s numerous law enforcement and public safety agencies for more than 40 years. From the most solemn of situations to hope-filled student scholarships, the 100 Club’s goal is to provide assistance at a moment’s notice. Women throughout Tucson are invited to attend the inaugural Dish, Dine & Design event — a fun opportunity to network with old and new friends, design a uniquely themed lunch table, and enjoy delicious food! (Sorry guys — this event is for women only.) When guests RSVP for the event, they will be teamed with a table of 7 or 9 other attendees. Guests can also sign up as a full 8- or 10 –person team with coworkers or friends. Each table’s mission?  Design either a unique themed full table setting (flatware to stemware) or a fun-themed centerpiece. Themes are up to each table but here are some examples: cow print, baby, military, desert dwellers, bird sanctuary, retail, monsoon, etc. Centerpieces and tables will be judged by a special guest on overall creativity, designers’ attention to detail, and the "wow” or “cool” factor. A top prize will be awarded for both centerpiece and table setting categories.  9:30 a.m. - noon (table set-up begins at 9:30 a.m., brunch and program begin at 10:30 a.m.). Held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. $35 per person. Please RSVP by Friday, October 1, 2010 to  lauri@buildingblockspr.com. For more information on the 100 Club of Arizona visit:  http://www.100club.org

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mark Willis has been performing with his wife, Arlette, since High School in the late 1970's . His jazz and Broadway tunes, accompanied by the piano and harmonica, have gained recognition around the world. Audiences can engage in the well-known hits from beloved Broadway shows. At Park Mall. Local bands perform at the outdoor pavilion, beginning at 6 p.m., between Bamboo Club and Forever 21, September through October. Families can enjoy shopping, food and a children's play land, all nearby the concert's charming setting. The Park Place Mall Concert Series features performances by talented musicians in nearly every genre imaginable, from jazz and country-western to Irish folk and Native American music, with a mix of music from various cultures for October concerts. saaca.org/events-parkplaceconcerts.html Phone: (520) 797-3959

Friday, October 15, 2010

GMB/Universal/Motown Recording Artist Kat DeLuna in Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Tucson, 7060 South Tucson Blvd  Tucson, AZ 85756  (520)-746-0271. KRQ 93.7 will host a Halloween bash featuring Pop and &B singer Kat Deluna. The event will take place in the old Farmer John’s Building which is now a haunted house. Other guests featured are B.O.B and Tino Coury.

October 16-November 6, 2010

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a riveting drama from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright August Wilson, stars renowned actor and recording artist Jevetta Steele as Ma Rainey. Contains mature themes and language. A gripping drama about a time when even the most legendary blues singer of her day had to fight for every scrap of respect she could get. Temple of Music and Art. Downtown Tucson.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOPS. A series of three workshops taking you from organizing your plot to writing a succinct query letter.  Each session Fee is $25.00 plus $9.30 for all-you-can-eat buffet.  Held in the Meeting Room of the Hometown Buffet, 5101 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson.  8:30am - 5:00 pm each Saturday session.  Go to www.janholmesfrost.com to register and learn about the companion study workbook.  Pre-payment suggested.  Limited to 30 Participants. For more information please phone 520-572-6278.

Broadway Village Art Bazaar. Last opportunity to attend. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance partnership that brought top regional artists to thriving Midtown center comes to a close for the summer. The heart of midtown Tucson was brought to life this summer through monthly Broadway Village Art Bazaars. The summer bazaars, made possible by the partnership between Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Broadway Village, now come to a close for the year. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and see historic Tucson come alive through exhibits from top artists in the Southwest region. Broadway Village shopping center (southwest corner of South Eastbourne Avenue and Broadway Boulevard). Cost: Free to attend. Indoor location features works by regional artists in a variety of mediums, from pottery and sculpture to jewelry and paintings. Online: www.southernazfestivals.org/artbazaar.html Phone: (520) 797-3959.

GMB/Universal/Motown Recording Artist Kat DeLuna in KRQ Concert at The Slaughterhouse Farmer John’s 1102 W. Grant Road from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. KRQ 93.7 hosts a Halloween bash featuring Pop and R&B singer Kat Deluna. The event takes place in the old Farmer John’s Building which is now a haunted house. Other guests featured are B.O.B and Tino Coury.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mount Lemmon Marathon 2010. The inaugural Mt. Lemmon Marathon will be held October 17, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. The full marathon is 26 miles long from the bottom to the top of the mountain. Course will be open for 10 hours, includes a half marathon Read more about the Mt. Lemmon Marathon.

Last Alarm Fundraiser is restoring a ‘54 Mack L Model Fire Truck to transport departed firefighters to their final place of rest… their last alarm. The cost of using an operational truck in a funeral procession has become too expensive for most fire departments, and the modern trucks stand too high to safely lift a casket onto the hose bed. Our restored truck is equipped with an electric lift system. The benefactors of our beautiful vehicle will be the families of retired and active firefighters in Arizona. The truck also will be available to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for children and fire/safety education events. Last Alarm board members and those working on the truck are volunteers - all funds go towards the restoration project. We need help to get this truck on the road as soon as possible so we will be ready for them (like they always are for us). We hope this truck is the first step towards communities across the country starting their own “Last Alarm” group. We must ensure that our firefighter heroes all receive the time-honored, traditional, funeral procession that they so truly deserve as they answer their last alarm. Held from 2-6:00 p.m. at The Event Center, 1365 W. Grant. Road (I-10 and Grant) behind the Hampton Inn and Las Cazuelitas. Music by Miguel Diaz and his Orchestra live performance. 50/50 raffle and more. Catering by Mary's Lucky Dollar at $7 a plate. www.lastalarmfoundation.com

Blues Festival Tucson - Reid Park. Promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, 11 am – 6:30 pm, http://www.azblues.org/

22nd annual AIDS WALK TUCSON, benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and once again the Planning Committee has thoughtfully invited people living with HIV/AIDS (POZ Warriors!) to play a special part in the festivities if you wish. The Opening Ceremonies begin at 9am and at a special moment, the Emcee will invite HIV+ folks and their caregivers to come to the stage.  It's a powerful gesture to stand among your poz brothers and sisters, knocking down the stigma, and letting the thousands of SAAF supporters put real faces, YOUR face!, with their efforts to make a difference.  We will be given red balloons as well and when the signal is given, we will release them into the sky, in memory of those who are no longer with us.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Girl's Night Out Shopping Extravaganza held at the Tucson JW Marriott Starr Pass.Exhibitors celebrating beauty & fashion, beauty gift bags, cocktails sampling, benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2-9 pm, www.girlsnightoutaz.com.

The Bouncing Czechs will perform at Park Mall during the celebrated Oktoberfest, playing upbeat music that brings listeners out of their seats and on to the dance floor. The polka band-with tuba, accordion, saxophone, drum and vocals-plays traditional Czech Republic and Slovakia music, as well as American music from the "pre-Be Bop era."  Local bands perform at the outdoor pavilion, beginning at 6 p.m., between Bamboo Club and Forever 21, September through October. Families can enjoy shopping, food and a children's play land, all nearby the concert's charming setting. saaca.org/events-parkplaceconcerts.html Phone: (520) 797-3959

Friday, October 22, 2010

Park After Dark at Tohono Chul Park. Celebrate the folklore and fantasy of the Day of the Dead, showcases a mysterious mix of vignettes, wildlife experts with live animals such as spiders, bobcats and snakes, Southwestern ghost stories performed, $5, 5-8 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org

October 22, 23, 24, 2010

Howl-O-Ween at Reid Park Zoo. Join the Reid Park Zoo for this annual event of Halloween fun, including costumed characters, theme trick-or-treating and decorations galore. Once again, there will be less "boo" and more "zoo" to provide the entire family with an enjoyable but not so frightening celebration. No scary area. Animals will not be on display. Purchase advance tickets, available at the Zoo's front admission gate starting October 1st. Dates: October 22, 23 & 24, 2010. Times: 6-8 pm Gates open at 5:30 for members only. Price: $5 per person of any age. $4 per member of any age. 1100 S. Randolph Way. Phone: 520-881-4753. website: www.tucsonzoo.org

Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24, 2010

Park Place Arts & Crafts Festival. Join the Park Place Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm at the Park Place Mall. Experience the southwestern hospitality of Tucson’s favorite shopping destination, Park Place! Shop an incredible selection of stores like Coach, Buckle, Hollister, Chico’s, Forever XXI, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Enjoy a variety of dining options at the Bamboo Club Asian Bistro, Chipotle, Charley’s Grilled Subs, or Coldstone Creamery. Spend some quality time with your family in the Tucson Medical Center Children’s Play Area or at the Century 20 Theatres! Held at Park Place Mall Parking Lot, 5870 East Broadway Blvd. Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 10:00am - 5pm and Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11am - 5pm. (520) 572-0006. http://www.southernazfestivals.org/parkplaceartsfest.html

Saturday, October 23, 2010

4th Annual “Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods” (G.A.I.N.) events. With the assistance from other Town of Marana Departments. Between 1 P.M and 4 P.M. This is an annual statewide crime prevention celebration centered on neighborhoods working with their neighbors to prevent crime. These events bring communities together for a common goal: to let criminals know that citizens are united in the fight against crime. Your business is a vital part of every neighborhood as the places residents shop, eat and spend time with family and friends are typically close to home. Most of the GAIN events held in neighborhoods and will be paid for by the residents. For this reason, I am asking for your support of local neighborhood-based events. We understand that you receive many requests of this nature and that the size of donations varies depending upon your circumstances. All donations are greatly appreciated and to show our gratitude we would like for you to come and join us. You are able to place your business information, flyer's or coupons and/or setup a booth. We will also display your information and/or deliver them to our residents all year around. www.thespringsatsilverbellapts.com.

3rd Annual Stop the Violence Poker Run to benefit Homicide Survivors Inc. Firelite Lounge, 2413 W Wetmore Rd. Food-Raffles-Fun. $10 per person. Homicide Survivors, Inc. provides grief support, cemetery plot donations, assistance with funerals, financial assistance to help families attend trials, and a huge Christmas party for the children of these families each year.  Federal funds for crime victims have been greatly reduced due to the economic cutbacks. The need is greater than ever before to help raise money for Homicide Survivors’ Victim Assistance Fund. Next event November 13, 2010.

UA HOMECOMING — Saturday, October 23, 2010. Pachanga. UAHA tent on the UA Mall at the main stage area in front of Old Main. The fun begins 4 hours before kickoff of the football game: UA vs. Washington. Game time is TBA. For more information, contact Oscar Lujan at 520-626-9327 or e-mail lujano@al.arizona.edu.

The Great Pumpkin Race at Buckalew Farms. Cross-country style 5K races though the Buckalew family farm and includes portions of their wild and crazy corn maze, in addition to free entry into the farm, participants will also be eligible for prizes, and race day activities like pumpkin carving and kid’s face painting,  benefits the Hydrocephalus Foundation and Tedy’s Team, 8 am, $8-10, http://www.azroadrunners.org/races/detail/pumpkin

Lung Cancer Support Group. The American Lung Association's Support Groups are for people who have been touched by lung disease: patients, their families, friends, and caregivers. Each support group offers education on a wide range of topics  and enables members to give and receive emotional support. Call 520-468-7455 for more information. All meetings are held at: American Lung Association,n 2819 E. Broadway Blvd. 9:00am.

Brown Mackie College – Tucson will host Education Day, ‘Grow Your Life. Evolve Your Mind. Become Your Vision.’ on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Prospective students will learn about targeted education for future careers; convenient “one course a month” morning, afternoon and evening schedules, meet the president, faculty, staff, employers, students, and have the opportunity to tour classrooms and labs. Education Day is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. To register online, visit brownmackie.edu/EducationDay. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Brown Mackie College – Tucson,  4585 E. Speedway Boulevard. For additional information about Education Day at Brown Mackie College – Tucson, contact Karma Owens at (520) 319-3300, toll free (888) 311-4445, or visit http://www.brownmackie.edu/pr.aspx?ID=BMC2237.

October 28 through October 31, 2010

Tucson Culinary Festival is Tucson’s premier wine and food event featuring gourmet samplings from Tucson’s finest independently owned, original restaurants, wines and spirits from around the world, and the annual World Margarita Championship, 520-488-8601 or www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com

Thursday, October 28, 2010

2010 Tucson Culinary Festival - 5th Annual World Margarita Championship. It’s all about the tequila at the 5th annual World Margarita Championship. Guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of margaritas with paired food from a variety of Tucson Originals restaurants. Your vote does count and will be combined with those of our panel of celebrity judges to choose the winner of the “World’s Greatest Margarita.” 5:30PM – 8:00PM. The Patio of Maynards Market and Kitchen at the Historic Train Depot,: 400 N. Toole Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701. $35 per person. http://tucsonculinaryfestival.com.

Street Minstrels, performing at the Park mall Concert Series, got their group name after playing on the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. The festive melodies dancing from the instruments played by the three members-violin, guitar, flute and clarinet-frolic from the stage and deliver a cheerful vibe to audiences. Local bands perform at the outdoor pavilion, beginning at 6 p.m., between Bamboo Club and Forever 21, September through October. Families can enjoy shopping, food and a children's play land, all nearby the concert's charming setting. saaca.org/events-parkplaceconcerts.html Phone: (520) 797-3959

October 29 through October 3, 2010

Tucson’s 11th Annual Desert Bluegrass Festival at the Tucson AVA Amphitheater.Features top national, local and regional bluegrass bands, jam sessions, music and craft vendors, workshops, food, free camping, free on Friday, Sat-Sun  $20, weekend $30, 520-296-1231 or www.desertbluegrass.org

Friday, October 29, 2010

2010 Tucson Culinary Festival – Reserve Tasting. An evening made for wine lovers and aficionados, the Reserve Tasting provides a rare opportunity to taste small production, boutique wines seldom available by the glass, along with specialty dishes created by Tucson Originals chefs to complement the wines. 7:00PM – 10:00PM . Canyon Café and Patio at Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 North Resort Drive Tucson, AZ 85750. $100 per person/$125 at the door. Website: http://tucsonculinaryfestival.com.

October 30 and October 31, 2010

Fall-O-Ween Extravaganza-a Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Weingarten Realty and the Oracle Crossings Shopping Center present Fall-O-Ween Extravaganza-a fun filled, family fiesta-Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, from 12 to 6 p.m. at Oracle Crossings, the shopping center on Oracle and Magee Roads. SATURDAY: Trick-or-Treat at Brake Max and National Bank of Arizona. SUNDAY: Pumpkin toss with candy and toothbrush giveaway at Catalina Smiles and Massage EnvySaturday, Oct. 30, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 31, 12 to 6 p.m. (520) 797-3959

SPIRIT Native American Fine Arts Festival held at Desert Diamond Casino - Pima Mine Road. Through the displays of museum-quality artwork, the sounds of unforgettable music and the taste of delicious food, the Spirit Native American Fine Arts Festival educates, entertains and enriches the senses through a valuable cultural experience. The Spirit Festival, presented by SAACA and Desert Diamond Casino, was designed for attendees to engage in Native American culture by walking through showcases of hand-crafted artwork and talking directly with artists, listening to live entertainment, and learning the historic art forms of basket weaving and dance through demonstrations. Artwork prices range from $10 to $10,000, and the monies raised by the event go directly back into Native American communities, like the Tucson Indian Center, setting the Spirit Festival apart from all other Indian art fairs. The festival affirms a commitment to artists and their communities and is supported by the Tohono O'odham Nation. www.nativefestival.org

Saturday, October 30, 2010

28th Annual Oracle Run in Oracle - Arcadia Ranch Through scenic areas of Oracle, with a Halloween theme, benefits Oracle Historical Society, covers hilly terrain over rural roads on the north slope of the Santa Catalina Mountains at 5000 ft. elevation, 10K and 1 mile fun run/walk, T-shirts, prizes, awards, $22-35, 9 am, www.azroadrunners.org

2010 Tucson Culinary Festival – Grand Tasting. Description: This is Tucson’s premier dining event! Enjoy an exceptional selection of over 100 wine & spirits from around the world with tastings of signature dishes from over 40 Tucson Originals chefs. Other highlights include special guest, Master Mixologist Tony Abou Ganim, cookbook signings, and a silent auction filled with trips, wine, culinary treasures and more. 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Grand Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 North Resort Drive Tucson, AZ 85750.  $65 per person/$75 at the door. Website: http://tucsonculinaryfestival.com.

Open Talk about Ghosts. Meet the cast; discuss the play and its themes and spend some time with the company of The Rogue before seeing the production. Free; reservations not required. Saturday October 30, 10:30 A.M. The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd. www.TheRogueTheatre.org

Sunday, October 31, 2010 Halloween

2010 Tucson Culinary Festival – Copper Chef Challenge and Barbecue. Join us for the chef challenge of the decade! Will Murph and Jeff of Bluefin and Kingfisher retain their title as they challenge a newcomer on dueling barbecues? Add two other surprise “throwdown” challenges to the mix, fabulous brunch, barbecue and cocktail offerings from Tucson Originals chefs, and you’ve got the perfect way to wrap up the weekend! Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM. Venue: Kiva Patio at Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 North Resort Drive Tucson, AZ. Cost:  $25 per person ~ $10 for kids 12 and under. Website: http://tucsonculinaryfestival.com. Contact: Missy Colosimo at 520-318-9445 or mcolosimo@pvinc.net

Other Tucson October events in 2010


These October Tucson events and entertainment are annual events, but do not have a definite date reported yet. Check the links to the web sites for updated information from the event sponsors.

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Nightfall: Release the Beast at Old Tucson Studios on weekends all month, scary and fun Halloween activities for all ages (with gory stunts, thrilling walk-through adventures, and a trick-or-treat trail) presented as only a movie studio can, 520-883-0100. Read more about Old Tucson's Nightfall or www.nightfallaz.com

Tucson Blues Festival held at Reid Park. This 11th annual concert promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, 11 am - 6:30 pm, www.azblues.org.

11th Annual Fiesta de las Calabazas held at Oracle State Park. This annual pumpkin festival, children's activities, pumpkin corral, food, fine arts gallery, local author's table, local artists, music, $2 roundtrip shuttle & admission, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-896-2425 or www.azstateparks.com or www.calabazas.org.

18th Annual Architecture Home Tour, part of Architecture Week, a selection of homes throughout Tucson, featuring local residential projects that are varied and represent the unique architectural designs for the diverse lifestyles of Tucsonans, $25, benefits Habitat for Humanity, 520-323-2191 or www.aiasouthernarizona.org.

22nd Annaul Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze has horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, $4 for the festival, $18 for the corn maze, 10 am, weekends, 520-822-2277 or www.buckelewfarm.com.

33rd Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert. Friday parade on 4th Avenue at 6 pm followed by a block party, Saturday all-day festival at Reid Park, live entertainers, vendors, food court, Southern Arizona's largest gathering of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, 10 am - 8 pm, 520-622-3200 or www.tucsonpride.org.

38th Annual SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show, TCC. The bi-annual show featuring landscaping, building materials & beautiful arts & crafts, 520-795-3025 or www.sahba.org.

5th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival has various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music, including shorts, features, music videos and amazing bands from the Southwest and beyond, www.tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com.

6th Annual Carondelet Get Moving Tucson. This the 28th running of the annual SAR 10-miler and 5K running race and non-competitive family fitness walk, awards and raffles, children under 12 are free (no shirt), post race festivities include music, face painting, climbing wall, $12-40, 7:30 am, 520-991-0733 or www.arizonaroadracers.com.

Fall Concert Series held at Tohono Chul Park featuring, $18, 7 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org.

Girl's Night Out Shopping Extravaganza held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. See exhibitors celebrating beauty & fashion, benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2-9 pm, www.girlsnightoutaz.com.

Holualoa Tinfoilman Triathlon, 825 yd pool swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run, 6:30 am, 520-670-0223 or www.tritucson.com.

Jazz Under the Stars, St. Philip's Plaza, outdoor evening concert presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org.

Jet Car Nationals at the Southwestern International Raceway. Quik Mart Series #3 Saturday Only, free-$20, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or www.Sirace.com.

Park After Dark at Tohono Chul Park to celebrate the folklore and fantasy of the Day of the Dead, showcases a mysterious mix of vignettes, wildlife experts with live animals such as spiders, bobcats and snakes, Southwestern ghost stories performed, $5, 5-8 pm, 520-742-6455 or www.tohonochulpark.org.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival held at Tucson Expo Center with exhibits from many companies, new products, techniques and ideas, "make and take' workshops, educational seminars, $10, 10 am - 5 pm, www.rustybarn.com.

Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival at Rillito Downs Park with more than 200 food, art, wine, beer and everything culinary themed art vendors and booths, live music, dancing and cooking demos, children's activities, $5, Sat. 10:30 am - 8 pm, Sun 10:30 am - 5 pm, www.saaca.org.

Tucson Aerobatic Shootout is sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, www.desertaircraft.com.

Tucson Culinary Festival. This is Tucson's premier wine and food event featuring gourmet samplings from Tucson's finest independently owned, original restaurants, wines and spirits from around the world, and the annual World Margarita Championship, 520-488-8601 or www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com.

Tucson Wool Festival at The Withers Ranch. Enjoy a tour of a working fiber farm and meet llamas, alpacas, angora goats and rabbits, Shetland, Rambouillet, Jacobs and Border Leicester sheep, try your hand at a workshop or visit fiber artists from throughout the Southwest as the demonstrate their craft, free, 9 am - 3 pm, 520-572-3758 or 520-401-6117 or www.uniquedesignsbykathy.com


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