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  • Biosphere 2 hosts 2014 Summer Science Academies

    Beginning this week, the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 will offer two week-long, residential summer science programs. The Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy is designed to give middle and high school students an immersive experience in current, cutting-edge environmental science research, and to develop leadership and teamwork skills. The program is part of a larger effort to offer a diverse selection of science experiences at Biosphere 2.“We know that students in these age groups are eager to have fun, meaningful, and hands-on science experiences. Science should be about doing science, not just reading about it in textbooks,” said Kevin Bonine, Biosphere 2’s Director of Education & Outreach. “Biosphere 2 offers an inspirational setting for collaborative science activity, and our student village is a great place to have kids stay at the research facility in residence.”In addition to developing and conducting science experiments with Biosphere 2 researchers, the participants will journey to the UA main campus to visit the Flandrau Science Center and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.  A morning trip to the UA desert ropes course is planned as part of the leadership component of the week’s agenda. Emulating university researchers at scientific conferences, participants will present their findings at the end of the week.“One of our goals is to have the B2 facility vigorously in use year-round for education and outreach,” said Bonine. “The academy program allows us to both meet one of our mission goals  - to increase public scientific understanding  - and at the same time maximize the use of our facility in a meaningful way during a traditionally slower time of the year for us.”More than 80 middle and high school students will be part of the Summer Science Academy. Students will be coming from Canada, Mexico, and the US – including from more than a dozen states. With its diverse international composition, the Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy highlights the global value of the UA Science facility and provides an unmatched opportunity for youth from North America to learn from both peers and top scientists.Other than transportation costs for participants to make their way to and from Biosphere 2, the program fee is all-inclusive. “We’ll house and feed participants in very nice accommodations, transport them around town, and provide a state-of-the-art science experience,” explained Bonine. “And, our program cost is very competitive with similar, residential science programs around the country.”

  • Happenings -- Week of July 9

    THEATERFriday to Sunday,July 11-27• Laugh out loud at the wild, wacky Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Red Barn Theatre Company, 948 N. Main Ave.; $13-$16; 887-6239.Friday to Sunday,July 11-Aug. 24• Catch a performance of Peré Summers’ comedy The Stripper, The Wrestler, and Messages from Space. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; the Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $16-$18; 260-6442. 

  • Fourth of July events

    Fireworks planned in Oro ValleyThe Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, the AAA Four-Diamond resort located in the shadows of Pusch Ridge.Resort guests and locals alike are invited to celebrate Independence Day with Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort’s Stars and Stripes Classic BBQ event. Attendees will enjoy two live concerts, featuring Kaci Bays and Ken Martinson from 6 to 7 p.m. and country singer Marnie Chastain from 7 to 9 p.m. Throughout the event, the resort’s culinary team will be cooking-up a buffet-style BBQ feast featuring baby back ribs, southwestern green chili pork, gourmet hamburgers and hot dogs, roasted chicken, veggie burgers, tamales, served alongside an array of seasonal salads, side dishes and desserts. At 9 p.m., the resort will light-up the Tucson skies with a 30-minute spectacular fireworks show.The event is open to the public, with non-resort guest tickets available for $48 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-12, with no charge for children under the age of five. Ticket prices include taxes and gratuity, and advanced reservations are strongly recommended as the event is expected to sell-out.To purchase tickets, call the resort concierge at 520-544-1244 or visit the resort’s El Conquistador Country Club location at 10555 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley.The event will be held Friday, July 4 between 6 and 9:30 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m. for event parking.

  • Pima Air & Space Museum offering July 4th admission to military families

    Pima Air & Space Museum announces FREE admission for active military, their spouses and dependents this Independence Day (Fri., Jul.  4, 2014). The museum would like to salute our active military for their service during these extended tough financial times by offering FREE admission [during normal business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4 p.m.) for one day only, July 4. Military ID is required for this FREE admission.“The Arizona Aerospace Foundation salutes active military that dedicate themselves so we can celebrate Independence Day, by opening the museum door for the servicemen and women and their family,” stated Yvonne Morris, Executive Director of the not-for-profit Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates Pima Air & Space. She continued, “Watching the families interact with such enthusiasm for the aircraft is an added bonus.”Pima Air & Space’s onsite restaurant, Flight Grill, will be open as usual. The docent-narrated tram tour ($6) facilitates experiencing the amazing outdoor aircrafts over the museum’s 80 acres. Due to the holiday, the “Boneyard”/AMARG tours will not be operated. Pima Air & Space Museum traditionally offers free admission for active-duty military on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, however July 4th is FREE for their entire immediate family.

  • SAACA to host live arts and fashion show

    Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and La Encantada present Splash! summer charity event on June 21.On Saturday, June 21 at 6 p.m., the Splash charity event will dive into this modern art form and provide a venue for local “street” artists to create live, designing striking paintings in the event’s colorful theme. Attendees can watch the artistic process first hand and get a chance to speak to the artists in action.Vibrant sights, rich tastes and pulsating sounds will energize La Encantada during the fundraiser presented by SAACA. Walk through fashion displays and feast on creative food and cocktails as energetic music fills the mall’s center courtyard.Tickets are $25 per person, which includes cocktails and food samplings from participating restaurants, live art, goodie bags with coupons and giveaways from Tucson businesses, musical entertainment and access to the silent auction.

  • Summer Beer Tasting at Hotel Congress

    What better way to cool off than with a tall, cold one? Every Saturday, beginning in June and lasting all summer long, Hotel Congress is hosting samplings of beers from all around the world, every weekend. At the end of every summer month, join us when we pair the brews from that month's tasting with cuisine from Cup Cafe for a very special beer dinner. For the schedule of beers, go to June 14, 2014 - August 02, 2014Event Location: 311 E. Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701 Venue: Hotel Congress Admission: Sample 5 beers with bites for $20 every Saturday (2nd Saturdays tastings hosted at Maynards Market) Phone: 520-622-8848 

  • Father's Day Weekend Golf Classic

    The Children's Museum Tucson invites you to come and play with us! Play golf, that is! Join us for our 10th Annual Father's Day Weekend Golf Classic at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, presented by Caterpillar.  All proceeds benefit the exhibits and programs at the Children's Museum Tucson where we provide fun, play-based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families.The museum has planned an exciting day with contests, raffle prizes, lunch and awards. Check out the special room rate for players (and their families) at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.June 14, 2014Event Location: 10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 Venue: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort Time: Registration starting: 6:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. 

  • Mt. Lemmon Sky Ride

    The Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley ski lift is open as a Sky Ride, Thursdays through Mondays, during the summer. The Sky Ride to the summit and back takes about one hour, and travels from 8,200 feet in elevation to 9,100 feet in elevation. Watch for wildlife and summer birds. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is the southernmost ski area in the United States, and, compared with the Tucson valley, temperatures here are 30º cooler in the aspen and Ponderosa pine forest.Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is a small enclave of shops with the Iron Door restaurant, the Miner's Sweet Tooth café selling homemade cookies and fudge, Grub Stake patio café (open on weekends). The Sky Ride is located a 30-mile drive north of central Tucson, on the slopes of Mount Lemmon in the Coronado National Forest.June 02, 2014 - September 07, 2014Event Location: 10300 Ski Run Rd., Mt. Lemmon, AZ 85619 Venue: Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Time: Mon, Thur, Fri 10:30AM-4:30PM; Sat, Sun 9:00AM-5:00PM 

  • Summer Art Cruise

    Central Tucson Gallery Association presents self-guided tour and receptions at galleries in and around downtown. Get free maps/schedules at Davis Dominguez Gallery and other participants.June 07, 2014Event Location: 154 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ 85705 Time: Starting: 6:00 PM Admission: Free Phone: 520-629-9759 

  • OV Aquatic Center open for summer fun

    For those who may be spending the next couple months in the desert heat, places like the Oro Valley Aquatic Center and Breakers Water Park will help.The Oro Valley Aquatic Center will begin offering beginner to advanced swimming lessons starting June 2. Parents can sign their child up for 10 total classes that will run twice a week for a month. Each class is 25 minutes long and has three to four students, which helps the instructor provide more one-on-one help.After each lesson, parents will receive reports on their child’s progress, a more thorough write up halfway through the month and a final swim lesson certification at the end.Classes this summer will run Monday and Wednesday, June 2 - July 2, and Tuesday and Thursday, June 3 - July 3. Also, 10 classes will be offered from May 31 - Aug. 9 (closed July 5) on Saturdays.The cost is $120 per 10-class session with the additional $15 annual registration fee per child. For information, visit, or call 288-5865.In Marana, Breakers Water Park offers a day of water slides, a wave pool and a splash pad for children. The Riptide is a 52-foot-high slide that is known for its speed and steep drop.

  • National Trails Day

    Celebrate National Trails Day with a visit to a state or national park, national forest, or nature center in Tucson or Southern Arizona, and experience our great outdoors.June 07, 2014Event Location:, , Admission: Phone: 

  • Is Farmed Seafood Safe to Eat?

    There are plenty of fish in the sea, so it’s important to know which are safe to put on your plate. Farmed seafood can serve up a variety of benefits -- affordability, year-round availability and great taste.If you’ve heard negative press about farmed seafood, you may have questions. Before passing on farmed seafood at the supermarket, take the time to learn the truth about some common myths.• Myth: Fish farming is bad.Fact: Farming seafood can provide a consistent, high-quality, year-round supply of healthy, flavorful protein. When done right, “aquaculture,” can be safe for the environment and a crucial supplement to wild-caught seafood.  Avoid seafood raised with poor farming practices that cause water pollution and overuse chemicals and antibiotics. Ask your fishmonger for specifics on where their seafood comes from. Be careful if they cannot provide details.• Myth: Farmed fish is raised with antibiotics and hormones.Fact: There are ways to avoid this, so ask questions. David Pilat, global seafood buyer for Whole Foods Market, recommends asking your fishmonger if farmed fish was fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics, pesticides or added growth hormones, which are prohibited at the company’s stores. Ideally, fish farms should be audited annually by third parties to ensure requirements are met.

OV Mayor Candidates Debate

The Oro Valley Mayor Candidates Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, and Pat Straney debated on July 30 at ...


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