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Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:28 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

MOVIES

Century Theaters

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Michael Jackson's This Is It (PG)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

The Fourth Kind (PG-13)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Whip It (PG-13)

Fame (PG)

The Informant (R)

Inglourious Basterds (R)

My One and Only (PG-13)

Shorts (PG)

District 9 (R)

The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

 (500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

The Hangover (R)

Up (PG)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

THEATER

Thursday, Dec. 3

• Enjoy the Ironwood Ridge High School production of the outrageous musical hit Ruthless. Details: 7 p.m.; Blackbox Theater, 2475 W. Naranja Drive; $6 adults, $5 seniors/students; 696-3900.

Through Saturday, Dec. 19

• Travel back to 1930s Harlem with the Arizona Theatre Company at the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin'. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. 6th Ave; $35-55; 622-2823.

Through Saturday, Jan. 2

• Get into the holiday spirit On the Road to the North Pole, a musical-comedy-spoof-melodrama starring a trio of good little children who journey to the North Pole to rescue Santa Claus from an evil villain. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30 & 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $7.95-$17.95; 886-9428.

MUSIC

Thursday, Dec. 3

• Enjoy American works encompassing major milestones of the 20th century and selections from the brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles and flute quartet at the Pima Community College Wind Ensemble Concert. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

• Listen to the UA Wind Ensemble and UA Philharmonic Orchestra featuring pianist Tannis Gibson performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Details: 7:30 p.m.; Crowder Hall, Park Ave. & Speedway Blvd.; $5; 621-2998.

Thursday to Friday & Sunday, Dec. 3-4 & 6

• Enjoy the solo debut of Tucson Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Alexander Lipay at the Brahms & Flute Fantasy. Details: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $20-72; 800-745-3000.

Friday & Sunday, Dec. 4 & 6

• Ring in the Holidays with the SaddleBrooke Singers for a repertoire of old and new songs as well as sing-a-longs for the audience to join in. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $17, $15 in advance; 818-1000.

• Listen to holiday favorites and join in on beloved carols at the Tucson Chamber Artists' Traditional Lessons and Carols by Candlelight. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; 299-6421.

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 5-6

• Get into the spirit of the season with the Redondo Music Theatre presentation of Holiday Melodies, a musical revue of popular holiday songs from Broadway, Hollywood and everywhere. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Leo Rich Theatre, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.; $24; 800-745-3000.

Sunday, Dec. 6

• Listen to the special sounds of Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas music. Details: 6 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $59-79; 621-3341.

Monday, Dec. 7

• Join others from all over the community for the 33rd annual Messiah Sing-In directed by Tucson Boys Chorus director Julian Ackerley. Details: 7 p.m.; Grace to the Nations Church, 6180 E. Pima Street; free admission; $10/score or bring your own; 886-4046.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, Dec. 3

• Shop for a special holiday gift at the Diana Madaras Gallery and meet local author Ellen Kirton at her book signing of Cinderella is Still Dancing. Details: 5-7 p.m.; 3001 E. Skyline, Ste #101; free.

Friday, Dec. 4

• Help raise funds for the Sonoran Science Academy by attending their Holiday Bazaar & Business Expo. Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2325 W. Sunset Road; 665-3400.

• Taste six varietal wines and hors d'oevres compliments of Oracle Inn Steakhouse at the Oracle Historical Society's Best of Arizona Wine Tasting. Details: 7 p.m.; Acadia Ranch Museum, 825 Mount Lemmon Road, Oracle; $10, $5 members; 520-896-9609.

Friday to Saturday, Dec. 4-5

• Join the Oro Valley Holiday Celebration with a tree lighting, entertainment by local schools, crafts for children, and the arrival of Santa. Details: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; Steam Pump Ranch, Oracle Road between First and Tangerine; free.

Friday to Saturday, Dec. 4-5

• Meander through Tohono Chul Park with a hot cider in hand while you take in the lights, music and holiday cheer with performances by Gabriel Ayala, Joe Bourne, Reveille Men's Chorus, and Southern Arizona Women's Choir at one of Tucson's most loved traditions Holiday Nights. Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m.; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $10; $2 under 12; 742-6455.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6

• Create your own traditions and memories this season at the 23rd annual Luminaria Nights with music, Santa Claus and culinary treats sure to summon the holiday spirit. Details: 5:30-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $9, $5 children; $7 members, $3 member children; 326-9686.

Friday to Saturday, Dec. 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19

• Experience an Enchanted Snowfall show at La Encantada with between-show entertainment by the Tucson Desert Harmony chorus and other fine performers who will serenade with festive holiday tunes. Details: 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.; 2905 E. Skyline Drive; free; 299-3566.

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-20

• Local artists will display paintings, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, photography, sculpture and more for sale. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday (weekends only); Village Square 1995 W. American Ave.; Oracle.

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Deck the Hall with an arts and crafts fair. Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Oracle Community Center, 685 E. American Ave.; Oracle.

• Purchase ethnic Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Finnish foods and crafts while being entertained by folk dancers and musicians at the Nordic Guild Holiday Fair. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima Street; free admission; 795-1932.

• Don't miss the Zuni Fetish Show and Sale at the Western National Parks Association. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free admission; 622-6014.

• Enjoy the rich taste, smell and variations of tamales from the Southwest and México at the Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival featuring live entertainment, music, and arts and crafts. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; AVA Amphitheater-Sol Casinos, 5655 W. Valencia Road; 838-6700.

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Celebrate the holiday season and give the Community Food Bank of Tucson a much-needed boost during the holidays by attending the Winter Wonder Ball and bringing non-perishable food items to the gala. Details: 6-11 p.m.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.; 791-6107.

• Ring in the holidays with music, food and crafts at the Marana Holiday Festival and Parade. Details: 4-8 p.m.; Marana Municipal Complex courtyard, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive; free.

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 5-6

• Rescue, recycle, and reuse quality items by shopping at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northwest Tucson's Book and Accessory Sale featuring recent novels, best sellers, costume jewelry, purses, hat belts, handcrafted items and more. Details: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday; 3601 W. Cromwell Drive; free admission; 544-7723.

• Take a greenhouse tour of 20,000 poinsettias at the Poinsettia Festival to learn about their growing and care and browse the Farmers Market featuring holiday recipes, plants, artisans, entertainers, and music. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Green Things at the Binghampton Historic District, off River Road between Campbell and Alvernon; free; www.greenthingsaz.com.

Sunday, Dec. 6

• Commemorate Mexico's patron saint with spirited outdoor performances by youthful mariachi and folklorico groups at La Fiesta de Guadalupe and bring donations for the Community Food Bank. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan; free; 299-9191.

• Find some gift-worthy treasures and help support the Avra Valley-Marana VFW Post 5990 at its rummage sale. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 15850 W. El Tiro Road; free admission.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

• Take a tour of the Arizona State Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and enjoy a buffet lunch with transportation provided by the Western National Park Association. Details: 9:10 a.m. departure from WNPA headquarters, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $35; 626-8381.

• Celebrate the holidays from around the world through music and stories at Holiday Happenings. Details: 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 229-5300.

Through Saturday, Dec. 12

• Experience the Mini-Time Machine Museum decorated for the season, browse holiday themed merchandise, enjoy traditional European food and drink, and participate in holiday craft projects at the Winter Market. Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive; $7, $6 seniors, $5; 881-0606.

Through Sunday, Dec. 13

• Find everything you want to give, even more you want to receive at the Southern Arizona Arts Guild's arts and crafts sale Holidazzle with original art, pottery, woodwork and special stocking stuffers by guild members. Details: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Mondays; 7961 N. Oracle, Estrada de Aro Shops; free admission; www.southernazartsguild.org.

Through Apr. 30, 2010

• Enjoy Arizona's only live tropical butterfly exhibit as Butterfly Magic Returns to the greenhouse at Tucson Botanical Gardens with hundreds of spectacular butterflies from all over the world. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $6.50 children; 326-9686.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Friday, Dec. 4

• Learn about invasive species and other threats to our desert ecosystem at the UA School of Geography and Development's lecture Can We Save Arizona's Sonoran Desert? presented by U.S. Geological Survey scientist Julio Betancourt. Details: 3:30-5 p.m.; UA Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Building, Room S202, Speedway & Mountain; free; 621-1652

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Hear stories of the colorful famous and infamous characters from Tucson's past and explore unique Southwestern architecture on Historic Walking Tours. Details: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Tucson Visitor Center, 110 S. Church Ave.; $20; 887-4145.

• Learn about the university's landmarks, history and traditions at the UA Shuttle Tour. Details: 10-11 a.m.; UA Visitors Center, 811 N. Euclid Ave.; free but reservations required; 621-5130.

Monday, Dec. 7

• Learn what to do if a rattlesnake crosses your path or how plants and animals survive 115 degree heat at Sabino Secrets Revealed, a two-hour nature walk in Sabino Canyon. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road; free; 749-8700.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

• Learn how to make Holiday Origami suitable for card making and scrapbooking. Details: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Marana Heritage House, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, $30; 682-3224.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

• Hear radio host Phil Seader's lecture at the Enchanted Desert Garden Show. Details: 10:30 a.m.; Courtyard at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive; free; 299-9471.

OUTDOORS

Friday, Dec. 4

• Take a relaxing, naturalist-guided Twilight Nature Walk through Feliz Paseos Park and experience the quiet of the desert at dusk. Details: 5-6 p.m.; 1600 N. Camino de Oeste; free; 615-7855.

Sunday, Dec. 6

• Join with Tucson Audubon to remove invasive giant reeds at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Details: 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road; free, obtain a volunteer's parking pass to place in your windshield at the registration table; 971-2385.

CHILDREN

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 4-20

• Visit Reid Park Zoo decked out with twinkling lights, be visited by Santa Claus, and enjoy holiday music and refreshments at Zoo Lights. Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; 1030 S. Randolph Way; $4, $1 children (free with unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots through Dec. 13 only); 791-4022.

Saturday. Dec. 5

• Celebrate Christmas Around the World with a singing performance by the Arizona Youth Chamber Ensemble, story times on various Christmas traditions, children's activities and a visit by Santa. Details: 1-4 p.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; discount admission $3.50, $2.50 seniors/children; 792-9985.

• Bring the kids to the Santa Claus Fly-In Breakfast where they can participate in holiday activities and have pictures taken with Santa. Details: 9 a.m.; Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road; $18; $12 ages 7-12, $5 ages 6 and under; 618-4850.

Sunday, Dec. 6

• Bring the whole family to Hanukkah Mall Madness and play dreidel, make Hanukkah cards, beeswax candles, and take home Hanukkah recipes sponsored by the Outreach Connections program of the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Details: 1-4 p.m.; Foothills Mall, Ina Road & La Cholla Blvd. & Ina Road; free; 577-9393 x 130.

VISUAL ARTS

Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 3-5

• Support Tohono Chul Park at their annual Holiday Ornaments Exhibit and Fundraiser featuring one-of-a-kind ornaments and holiday decorations created by local artists. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free with park admission; 742-6455.

Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 3-Jan. 16

• View the exhibit Mexico, the Revolution and Beyond: the Casasola Archives, 1900-1940 at the Arizona State Museum. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1013 E. University Blvd.; $5, under 17 free; 621-6302.

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

• View David Conklin's exhibit Gallery in the Gardens featuring subjects ranging from wildlife, marine, and portraits which have appeared on the covers of outdoor magazines and featured in National Geographic. Details: 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with admission $7 adults, $3 children; 326-9686.

Through Friday, Jan. 8

• View World Adventures in Watercolor with contemporary American artist Glenna Gilbert-Jones and other renowned artists. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Toscana Studio and Gallery, 9040 N. Oracle Road, Suite A; free; 575-1445.

Through Sunday, Jan. 10

• View the exhibit Canyons of the Southwest, Cliffs, Gorges and Chasms. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Exhibit Hall; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

• View desert region works by member artists of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild at the Fiesta Sonora Art Exhibition. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ironwood Gallery, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; free with museum entrance fee; 883-27020.

Through Saturday, Jan. 16

• See paintings, photography and sculptures featuring works by Katie Iverson and Barbara Terkanian at the Right Brain, Left Brain: Two Artist-Biologists exhibit. Details: 12-4 p.m. Thursday, 12-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Blue Raven Gallery, 3054 N. 1st Ave., Suite 4; free; 405-3657.

Through July 2

• View Yoeme Carving: Generations of Wooden Face, masks carved for ceremonial dancers whose wooden, carved mask represents a family tradition passed down for centuries. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

FILM

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Enjoy Polar Express, the beloved holiday film about a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus' home. Details: 12:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street; $6-8; 547-3040.

HEALTH

Friday, Dec. 4

• Develop a profound understanding of your true nature by studying your face at author Patrician McCarthy's presentation Who do you think you are? Details: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Marshall Conference Center at TMC, Grant & Craycroft; $5 suggested donation; 798-6300.

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Tell Me Again …What is Aphasia? Fabiane Hirsch, PhD will explain this communication disorder and various treatment options. Details: 9-11:45 a.m.; St. Joseph's Hospital Auditorium, 350 N. Wilmot Road; free; 877-246-7595

• Learn about the Lap-Band, a remarkable tool in the fight against obesity at an information session presented by Sarah J. Lee, M.D. Details: 10 a.m.; Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road; free; 797-3000.

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