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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:00 am

Local trio closes San Lucas park concert series

Three uniquely talented musicians – the Bryan Dean Trio – will play the last San Lucas Concert of the season starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 8 at the San Lucas Community Park, 14040 N. Adonis Road.

Admission is free.

One might have seen the trio perform a number of times, but the group guarantees no two shows are alike; not even one song is played the same way.  

Tucson native Bryan Dean has been known as one of the best guitar players in town. This talented musician wrote songs from the trio’s debut album, “Pink Elephant.” The lyrics are unparalleled but true to life, mixed with clever irony and humor, and have received rave reviews from fans and media.

The trio’s drummer, Ralph Gilmore, is also on Tucson’s top percussionist list. Gilmore not only keeps the beat but he also takes the band and audiences on a wild musical ride. Bass player Koko displays maturity in her playing, lets her bass do all the “talking” and holds the bottom of the trio together.

Optimists hope to bowl over event sponsors

The Marana Optimists club is raising money for books this year, and is looking for sponsors and competitors for a May 14 bowling tournament.

“Bowling for Books” will be held Saturday, Mary 14 at the Bedroxx Bowling Center, located at 4385 W. Ina Road, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Optimists are still searching for sponsors for the event, which raises money for literacy. All proceeds benefit literacy programs for the youth of Marana and Northwest Tucson communities.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can call Angie Kayfes at 579-3300.

Sponsorships range in cost between $250 and $100.

Anyone interested in competing in the tournament can also contact Kayfes. The entry fee for a team of four is $100.

Workshops give Tucsonans a say in their future

Deadline is May 12 to register for Imagine Greater Tucson, a regional visioning process that is expected to attract more than 1,000 people to three upcoming workshops – May 18, 24 and 25 – where people will share their ideas to help build alternative scenarios for the future of the greater Tucson region.

Imagine Greater Tucson learned that residents value family time, minimal time in the car, easy commutes, access to their great outdoors, bicycle and pedestrian safety, low crime and engaging youth activities. Imagine Greater Tucson discovered, however, that the path the region is on, based on its current trends and decision-making policies, does not align with its residents’ values.

In the fall, the public will have an opportunity to review the alternative scenarios and provide feedback that will lead to a preferred scenario that addresses some of the values. All of the values will be incorporated into the Imagine Greater Tucson Vision.

To register, visit www.imaginegreatertucson.org.

Ironwood fest fundraiser is for the birds

Tucson Audubon, the Friends of Ironwood Forest and the Tortolita community will present the Twelfth Annual Ironwood Festival on May 14, which happens to be International Migratory Bird Day.

All proceeds will benefit Tucson Audubon’s programs in environmental education and habitat conservation.

This family-friendly event will be held on the grounds of Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Road, at Thornydale Road. The music will begin at 5 p.m. with the band Ray of Hope, playing familiar tunes of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as blues and rock music. It will be followed at 6:30 with the dance band Still Cruisin’, featuring special guests Greg Morton and Duncan Stitt. The group will perform classic rock tunes from 1958 to 1974.

Beer, wine, soda, water and pizza will be available for purchase.

Admission will be $5 at the gate.

For more information, visit www.tucsonaudubon.org or contact Jean Barchman by phone at 209-1802 or email at jbarchman@tucsonaudubon.org.

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