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Celebrate Oro Valley. Oro Valley Parks & Recreation is hosting a five-day online event running from Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 23, that celebrates life beneath the Pusch Ridge. April 19 celebrates Arts & Culture, featuring a virtual tour of some of Oro Valley’s public ar…

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Dozens of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are on display at the Pima County fairgrounds this week.

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Celebrate Oro Valley. Oro Valley Parks & Recreation is hosting a five-day online event running from Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 23, that celebrates life beneath the Pusch Ridge. April 19 celebrates Arts & Culture, featuring a virtual tour of some of Oro Valley’s public ar…

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With COVID cases continuing their three-month decline, vaccines flowing and artists with a year of material ready to perform, the coming months are shaping up to be great times to attend live music in Tucson. Of course, many local venues are not quite ready to host indoor concerts. Those wit…

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Tucson Folk Festival. The celebration of acoustic music returns this year with in-person and virtual options across town. After cancelling last year’s show, the 36th annual Tucson Folk Festival takes place with drive-in shows at the Park Place Mall, performances at the MSA Annex, and livestr…

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Tucson Folk Festival. The celebration of acoustic music returns this year with in-person and virtual options across town. After cancelling last year’s show, the 36th annual Tucson Folk Festival takes place with drive-in shows at the Park Place Mall, performances at the MSA Annex, and livestr…

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Bit by bit, the arts are opening up in Tucson. And the arts organizations are dreaming up clever new ways to keep their artists and fans safe from COVID-19. 

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It’s been a long, uncertain year for kids and parents everywhere, but things are finally looking up. The summer months are fast approaching, and in-person camp opportunities for youth are back! While summer camps and classes might look a bit different this time around due to smaller group si…

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Since the onset of the pandemic, there’s been no shortage of reminders from government agencies and the media to stay indoors and maintain distance from those outside of your immediate circle—often with one exception. Officials had stated that time can still be spent in nature and open recre…

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Every Thursday this April, the University of Arizona's College of Science will present a new topic relating to the science of water, as part of their 16th annual lecture series. The free, online lectures will range from the water on Earth's cosmic origins to the challenges of conservation to…

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Springtime in Pima County is the reason we endure triple-digit summers that seem to last longer and longer annually. Considering we live in a place that gets more than 350 days of sunshine each year.

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Drive-in Concerts at Steam Pump Ranch. The drive-in concerts return this month with a celebration of classic rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s, courtesy of local band Your Money’s Worth. This free event will feature the band performing on a stage, but also projected onto a screen for good viewing …

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The Town of Marana has enjoyed exponential growth and a booming local economy in recent years thanks to the many qualities that make our community great: beautiful weather, recreational opportunities, great schools, a business-supportive environment, and the excellent services provided by ou…

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The Invisible Theatre, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to both theatre and music productions, will continue its 50th anniversary celebration this April through a new “April Love” musical series. 

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Throughout the pandemic, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has worked to provide opportunities for local artists—one of the hardest hit industries. Now, with Arizona’s COVID cases nearing their third straight month of decline, SAACA is hosting their largest event since quaranti…

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The Hopi History Project. The University of Arizona’s Southwest Center is hosting a virtual seminar about better understanding the nearly three centuries of contact and conflict between the Hopis and the Spanish empire. To do so, they compare and contrast the Spanish colonial documentary rec…

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On a hot Arizona day in 1940, a little girl climbed out of a filthy trailer on the old 87 road south of Chandler, when Chandler was nothing but cotton fields.

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As we might be starting to possibly see the beginning of the light at the end of the COVID tunnel , it's time to think about summer camps. If you're gearing for kid activities and you want to be in our Summer Camp guide, send your info to TucsonEditor@TucsonLocalMedia.com

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Online Cooking Classes. Flying Aprons, where local chefs show you how to cook speciality recipes, is hosting multiple online classes this month over video chat. First up: On Friday, March 19, Mark Beres of Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery will show you how to mix Flying Leap’s Classic …

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Tucson photographer and filmmaker Patrick McArdle has spent years documenting the life and struggles of homeless populations. First spending six months photographing the homeless in San Diego in stark black and white, McArdle says that project felt unresolved because of the city’s lack of ef…

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High School Art Invitational. The Pima County Public Library recently revealed the artwork in their 26th Annual High School Art Invitational. For this exhibit, they invited more than 100 high school art and photography teachers to submit images of their students’ work. In total, they collect…

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Whether you bike, hike or head out for a walk, Oro Valley has a lot to offer. Due to COVID 19 we have all learned the value of the great outdoors. Now that the region’s snowy season appears to be over, and the days are beginning to get both longer and warmer, it is the perfect time to get ou…

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The University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is almost ready to open its doors to the public at its new location in the historic Pima County Courthouse downtown, but the COVID outbreak means the exact opening date is still up in the air. 

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PHOENIX – Picture a baseball game at Chase Field. Or a basketball game at Suns Arena. As more fans begin returning to sporting events after the COVID-19 pandemic, they are welcomed by the benefits of live competition, from ballpark hot dogs to the energy of a packed stadium.

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Tucson Mountain Botany Hike. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting a two-mile educational hike around King Canyon on the morning of Friday, March 5, where you can learn about the variety of shrubs, trees, cacti, and wildflowers that grow in Tucson and their adaptations for desert survi…

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Center for Creative Photography. The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography is hosting exhibits you can enjoy from home and in person. To begin, their show “Photojournalism 20/20: A Think Tank for an Unimaginable Present,” available online, asks the question: how do photogra…

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The University of Arizona is hosting a free, online lecture series to help the public better understand specific aspects of COVID-19, including how the virus spread throughout the world, and our eventual return to normalcy. The monthly series includes five talks, each hosted by a different U…

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The Tucson Museum of Art recently highlighted local multi-media artist Willie Bonner, whose work has appeared in the museum multiple times. Bonner’s art, which includes paintings and sculptures, serves as an “allegory of what it means to be Black in postmodern America.” 

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Tucson's XIXA have an expert grasp on the disorienting borderlands they call home. The psychedelic sextet maps the "New Southwest" with their unique fusion of cumbia, desert rock, tejano and gothic aesthetics. And while their debut album Bloodline captured the physical elements of the border…

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Though few businesses have made it through COVD completely unscathed, music and performing arts continually rank as the industries most affected by the pandemic. Music venues like the Rialto Theatre and 191 Toole have remained closed for in-person concerts for nearly a year now. Luckily for …

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Editor’s Note: With COVID-19 still widespread, we’re looking at events you can enjoy from home or outdoors this week. 

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On March 13 last year, Arizona Theatre Company debuted The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Temple of Music and Art. Right after that opening night performance, the play closed down. The company has mounted no more in-person plays in Tucson or in Phoenix ever since. 

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We’ve missed so much of Tucson’s rich and vibrant arts community over the last year, from opening receptions at small galleries to big parties on the Tucson Museum of Art patio, from productions at the Temple of Music and Art to raucous concerts at the Rialto, Fox or Club Congress.