Finding the right bit of entertainment can always be a bit of a hassle, especially as the summer sun begins to beat down on our necks, forearms and ears. Instead of searching through online listings, ads and previews, take a moment to consider Logan’s top five things to do this week.
1. The Arizona Grand Opry: Located at Oro Valley’s Gaslight Music Hall, the Opry follows in the long tradition of live country music performances through which legends of the likes of Elvis were discovered. Local musicians and touring performers alike take the stage for a memorable performance of a truly southwestern character. By filling the void between stadiums and garage sets, the Opry is a chance for some of the newer names in country music to impress the community. Details: Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m., 13005 N. Oracle Rd., tickets are $12.50, gaslightmusichall.com or 529-1000.
2. National Museum Day at the International Wildlife Museum: Dedicated to spreading knowledge about the animals of the world, the International Wildlife Museum has caught the attention of both local families and regional visitors since its founding in 1988. Including displays of more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe, the museum hosts exhibits more than 100 years old, and gives visitors a chance to interact with hands-on dioramas, computers, displays and more. Details: Thursday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., though the last admission is at 4:15 p.m., 4800 W. Gates Pass Blvd., free admission, thewildlifemuseum.org or 629-0100.
3. Drive-in Movies on the Driving Range: Set in the grass at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, the drive-in movie series is back for another summer of family-friendly cinematic adventures for movie buffs of all tastes. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, or hangout in one of the center’s golf carts, though pets are asked to be left home. The season kicks off with a showing of “Moana,” with four other G or PG-rated films being shown until September. Details: Saturday, May 20 at 7:15 PM., 10555 N. La Cañada Dr., free admission, 544-1900.
4. Birding Tours at Tohono Chul: One of the north side’s most beautiful expanses of desert life and landscape, Tohono Chul Park offers guests the opportunity to take to easily-managed walking trails and get a closer look at some of the more-than-500 different species of birds that call the region home throughout the year. On any given trek, the park says you may see more than 20 different species flying or hovering through the air, including year-round hummingbirds and more. Details: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 a.m., 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, free with cost of admission, tohonochulpark.org or 742-6455.