Art, music and salsa Thursday on Gallery Row

An evening of "art, music and salsa" is being offered at Gallery Row, Skyline and Campbell, this Thursday, July 1.

The event, put on by Gallery Row art businesses and the Steinway Piano Gallery, runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Guests may stroll patios and galleries, meet artists, listen to live music and sample salsa.

Tucson students are performing at both ends of Gallery Row on the intersection's northeast corner.

For information, call 325-9797.

AZ Highways features area camps, wildlife

Campsites and wildlife viewing places near Tucson are being highlighted in the July issue of Arizona Highways magazine.

The publication has a feature called "Ultimate Camping," calling attention to the 10 "coolest" campsites in Arizona. Among them are Barfoot Park and Cochise Stronghold east of the city.

County among the best places to see endangered wildlife in the state are Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains, Sierra Vista, and Madera Canyon.

The state-supported magazine is on newsstands.

Rural/Metro fire collects soccer balls for Iraqi kids

Through Oct. 1, Rural/Metro Fire Department is collecting soccer balls for donation to Operation Soccer Ball, an American armed forces effort to "make a positive impact in the hearts and minds of local Iraqi children," a release said.

Soccer balls will be shipped to the Air Force Reserves Fire Department in Iraq, where American soldiers will distribute them to Iraqi children.

New or used soccer balls can be donated in the local area at Rural/Metro Station 74, 4820 E. Sunrise; Station 76, 500 W. Magee; Station 80, 1833 E. Skyline Rd.; and fire administration, 490 W. Magee.

"When Chief Tom Brandhuber asked us to participate in this program, we were very excited to get the word out and get involved," said Anne-Marie Braswell, Rural/Metro public information officer. "This is a great way to lift the spirits of our troops and Iraqi children."

Brandhuber, an Air Force Reserve fire chief, is serving in Iraq and is expected to return in October of this year.

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