Women’s chorus seeks new members

The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus is once again sponsoring its summer mixed chorus. Under the direction of Terrie Ashbaugh, the chorus will perform Monday nights starting June 6 through July 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road, in Northwest Tucson.

The chorus is open to women ages 18 and over. No audition is necessary, just a love of singing.

The $50 registration fee helps offset the cost of sheet music.

To register or for more information, visit southernarizonawomenschorus.org or contact Ashbaugh by email at tlashbaugh@aol.com or by phone at 404-3148.

Local eateries to join in ‘sugar high’

The online site Yelp Tucson is celebrating all things sweet with Sugar High, a weeklong tribute to local sugary goodness. From May 9 to May 15, businesses specializing in confections will offer three different items at up to a 50-percent discount.

In Northwest Tucson, participating businesses are Frogs Organic Bakery, 7109 N. Oracle Road, and Mini’s Cupcakes, 7051 N. Oracle Road. Frogs is offering three mini cookies for $1 instead of $2, two French macaroons for $1.50 instead of $2, and one morning sticky bun for $1.80 instead of $3.60. Mini’s is offering one to five cupcakes for $1.75 each instead of $3.50 each, a mini sampler box of four cupcakes for $2.50 instead of $5, and a gourmet cake for $25 instead of $50.

Some restrictions and pre-ordering may apply. Call Frogs at 229-2124 or Mini’s at 299-2605 for details.

Tee Up for Tots to help UA children’s research center

The Tee Up for Tots organization is hosting a benefit Saturday, May 21, to raise funds for the University of Arizona’s Steele Children’s Research Center.

The UA children’s center is comprised of physicians and scientists who are working to research causes and develop cures for childhood illnesses and diseases. As one of the nine prestigious Centers of Excellence within the UA College of Medicine, the organization’s goal is to advance medical knowledge to improve the health of Arizona’s children as well as children throughout the world

With music, dancing, raffles and a casino, the event is being dubbed “A fun night out.”

Tesoro & Vampyros Bonobos will provide live music.

The event will also include wine tasting and food, starting at 7 p.m. at Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive.

For more information, call 275-3733 or go online to teeupfortots.org.

Tee Up for Tots is a grassroots charity started by the parents of Courtney Zillman, who died of cancer at the age of four in 1999.

Jerry and Kathy Zillman have since dedicated their efforts to help other pediatric cancer patients and their families who find themselves in the same heartbreaking situation.

Big band music Headlines May 14 Jazz concert at St. Philip’s Plaza

The Tucson Jazz Society’s spring series Experience Jazz in a New Way concludes with a concert featuring The Big Band Express with Christine Vivona and Crystal Stark. It will take place on Sunday, May 15 starting at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Plaza, Campbell Avenue and River Road.  

“This series has been a great way to expose all forms of jazz to Tucson,” says Rick Gregson, president of the Tucson Jazz Society. “We end the series with a tradition of big band music under the stars at St. Philip’s Plaza.”

Big Band Express consists of Tucson jazz professionals with many years of experience in big bands throughout the United States. Led by Kelland Thomas, the 16-piece band features the arrangements of many of the Big Bands’ finest musicians.

Award-winning harpist Christine Vivona is a versatile artist, comfortable in classical, jazz and popular settings. Vivona frequently performs classical and jazz programs for concert series throughout Arizona. Her CDs “Radiance” and “Red Hot and Blue” receive international airtime on both classical and jazz radio.

Crystal Rose Stark is an award-winning jazz, soul and R & B vocalist who brings a positive message to today’s music scene. Her powerful voice and infectious smile has captivated audiences across the nation. Stark added “American Idol” finalist to her list of accomplishments when she tried out for the show during season five.

For more information and tickets, visit www.tucsonjazz.org or call 903-1265.

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