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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:00 pm

Jewish food fest, fair Sunday at Fenton park

The Jewish Food Festival and Family Fun Fair is this Sunday, Oct. 25, at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road.

"You don't have to be Jewish" to enjoy the event, a release said.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Jewish food cook-off contest, crafts, live entertainment including Israeli dancers, Irish dancers, the Catalina Foothills Steel Band, rock bands and free children's activities.

Food from popular Tucson restaurants and other "mouthwatering" treats are a highlight for the day.

Admission is $3, and free to children under 12. Parking is free.

Admission proceeds benefit Congregation Or Chadash, the Tucson Community Food Bank and and Interfaith Community Services. See http://www.JewishFoodFestival.com">www.JewishFoodFestival.com, for more information, or call 512-8500.

Free pumpkin carving at eatery

An Oro Valley restaurant is hosting a free community pumpkin carving this Saturday, Oct. 25.

Kids, as well as the young at heart, are invited to Harvest to join its staff in carving and decorating pumpkins donated by local growers.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Harvest patio at the southwest corner of Lambert Lane and La Cañada.

"Come early to get your best pick of pumpkins," a release said.

World premiere, soprano at TSO on Oct. 29-30

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs Richard Strauss' "sublime" "Four Last Songs" and the world premiere of Stephen Paulus' "Dylan Thomas Songs" in the Classic Series program "Strauss, Liszt and Poetry" Oct. 29-30.

George Hanson, music director and conductor, leads the two performances on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30, at 8 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall.

The event features the TSO debut of one of today's most in-demand sopranos, Elizabeth Futral, performing the Strauss and Paulus compositions.

The evening of music and poetry opens with the Overture to Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," and concludes with Lizst's "Les Preludes," a work which inspired a new musical form — the symphonic tone poem.

"A world-class singer, a world premiere, and three of the most beloved works in the orchestral repertoire," Hanson said. "This will be one of the most memorable musical events of the year."

Dylan Thomas Songs was commissioned by TSO benefactor Dr. Helen S. Schaefer. The Strauss, Liszt and Poetry program is made possible by the support of Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer.

Tickets, $20 to $72, are available online at http://www.tucsonsymphony.org">www.tucsonsymphony.org, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office located at 2175 N. Sixth Ave., or by phone at (520) 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harris hawk, wildlife rehab specialist back at Tohono Chul

Sue-o, a female Harris' Hawk, has returned to Tohono Chul Park on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month through Dec. 22.

Sue-o is accompanied by Kathie Schroeder, a certified wildlife rehabilitator. Together, they'll give demonstrations and share secrets in the lives of these birds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the children's ramada. The next demonstration is Oct. 28.

Hawk Happening is free to members and is included in the cost of admission to non-members.

The park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, just west of Oracle and Ina.

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