Two free shows with Giant Blue in Northwest

Giant Blue plays its blend of jazz, rock and blues at two free concerts in the Northwest this Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.

The Tucson band performs at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the green at the Steam Pump Village shopping center off North Oracle Road, just north of First Avenue in Oro Valley. It's the final concert in the 2009-'10 Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance Cultural Concert Series.

Giant Blue then performs at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road in Marana. The free concert is part of SAACA's "A Concert in Your Backyard" in Marana.

Featuring some of Tucson's finest musicians, Giant Blue offers a blend of jazz, rock and blues. The group includes vocalist Anna Warr and large horn and rhythm section. Core members include Warr; vocalist and guitarist Mike Walden; keyboard player Chuck Morrow; bassist and vocalist Bob Thames; drummer Jeff Stone; tenor sax player Jose Durazo; baritone sax player Jason Tanner; trumpeter player Glen Gross; trumpet player Ross Daniels and sax player Damian Hagge.

Luncheon for birth mothers this Saturday

Any woman who has chosen to place her child for adoption at any time in her life is invited to join other birth mothers at the eight annual Birth Mother's Day Luncheon this Saturday, May 8.

The event is set from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hometown Buffet on Oracle and River.

Birth mothers receive free admission for themselves and a guest. Additional guests may come at a nominal charge. Speakers include other birth mothers who will share their experiences and offer support and encouragement. Arizona Care and Oasis Adoptions sponsor the event. RSVP to 296-8255, or e-mail

Birth Mother's Day began in 1990 when a group of Seattle birth mothers created a special day to honor mothers who had lost children to adoption. It is intended to educate, honor, and help heal other women with similar experiences, a release said.

Sponsors are Arizona Children's Association, attorney Scott Myers, Catholic Social Services, Christian Family Care and Oasis Adoptions.

Bluegrass jam this Thursday on Dove Mtn.

A bluegrass jam session is unfolding this Thursday, May 6, in the Dove Mountain Retail Center at Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard.

The jam session is hosted by the Desert Bluegrass Association. It is free and open to the public, with hours from 6 to 8 p.m.

Vero Amore restaurant sponsors the jam, which is held on its adjacent patio. "Come early or bring a lawn chair," a release said.

For more information, call Charlie Sides at 579-5918.

NW Fire has two 'town hall' events Wednesday, Thursday

Northwest Fire District officials are holding two "town hall" discussions with residents this Wednesday and Thursday, May 5 and 6.

The Wednesday session is being held at Donaldson Elementary School, 2040 W. Omar Drive. Thursday's session is at Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Road. Both start at 6:30 p.m., and are expected to last two hours.

The district hopes residents and business people alike will participate in "open discussions about the impact of current economic conditions on taxes and the level of services provided by Northwest Fire District," a release said. "Fire officials hope these forums will provide opportunity for taxpayer to ask questions and give input as to what services provided by the fire district are most valued."

For additional information, contact Division Chief Jim Grasham at 887-1010, extension 2910 or at

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