Things to do in Tucson this week….

February 25th, 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ace of Escape!
Enjoy a new, fun & challenging experience at Tucson’s Ace of Escape! Our 7 escape rooms offer a live experience where groups of two or more are locked in a keenly decorated room or series of rooms/Participants are challenged to use their knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a collaborative setting/Race against the clock to find all the clues, solve all the puzzles and unlock the final key to escape-Whether you escape or fail, your group will leave smiling and wanting to do more! Ace of Escape 406 N. Church Ave. 222-7395 www.AceOfEscape.com Promo code: CLUE with 15% off (By appointment only)

Ash Wednesday – Morning Ashes 6:30AM – 8:30AM
On Ash Wednesday ashes are placed in the shape of a cross on one’s forehead to celebrate the accomplishment of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, which paid the price for our sin and secures our eternal life with him in glory/Join us in the morning to receive this symbol in ashes and wear it all day long! Imposition of ashes given by Northminster’s pastors/Northminster Presbyterian Church-Sanctuary 2450 E Fort Lowell Rd (at Tucson Blvd) 327-7121

Guided Bird Walk 8:00AM
Both novice and seasoned birders will enjoy the variety of birds that visit and live in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains with our experienced bird guide, Mary Ellen/Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (guide not mandatory) This walk lasts several hours/Meet at the last parking lot by the Main Trailhead/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

Discovery Nature Walk 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Discover what’s happening with the plants and wildlife in Sabino Canyon on Wednesday’s Discovery Nature Walk for adults-Approximately 2.5 mile walk/No reservations required-Participants meet in front of the Visitor Center/Visitor Center Open daily, 8AM–4:30PM/Sabino Canyon 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. 749-2861 (Parking $5/day, per vehicle)

Free Demonstration Garden Tour 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Our 14 unique Demonstration Gardens will expand your gardening knowledge and give you many ideas for your own landscape/We want to help you become a more successful gardener, so let a Master Gardener volunteer lead you on a journey of discovery through these beautiful and interesting gardens/You can also do a self-guided tour-No reservations needed/UofA Pima County Cooperative Extension 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 626-5161 (Meet at the plant clinic)

Green Valley Village Farmers & Artisans Market 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Stroll through the market to find artisan goods, jewelry, and southwest flavor for your home and taste buds! This market is reminiscent of the Mercados from ages past, where merchants from the surrounding areas came to town to sell their wares/Right off of the I-19 South Freeway. Take the Esperanza exit, then head west and turn into the Green Valley Village Shopping Center 101 S. La Canada Dr. 882-2157

Reid Park Zoo Senior Day 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Who says the Zoo is just for kids? Reid Park Zoo is honoring seniors both human and animal during Celebrate Senior Days/Each Wednesday in February from 9AM-2PM guests ages 62 and greater (with ID) will receive discounted daytime admission of $5 each and can enjoy a 25% discount on all items in Zoo’s café/Reid Park Zoo 3400 E Zoo Ct. 791-3204

Essentials to Wellness: Getting to the Heart of the Matter 10:00AM – 11:15AM
Free/Struggling with why you aren’t losing weight or implementing changes that would make a difference? Join Zoe Schroeder, MS, RD & Mary Vikupitz as they share information that might help/TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus 1400 N. Wilmot Rd. 324-4345 Pre-registration is Required

Viva Seniors! Drop-In Meeting 10:30AM – 12:00PM
Free/For independent community-dwelling older adults. Join with other older adults for coffee, conversation and laughter/TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus 1400 N. Wilmot Rd. 324-4345 Pre-registration is Required

Sonoran Sleuths Mystery Book Club 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Like reading books in the mystery genre? Wish there was a book club devoted to mysteries, suspense novels, thrillers, and crime fiction? There is! Join us for lively discussions on recommended favorite books and authors/February: Never Tell-A Novel by Lisa Gardner/Oro Valley Public Library 1305 W. Naranja Dr-Oro Valley 594-5580

See Birds Of Prey – Night And Day 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Free with Park Admission/Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder rejoins us with her Harris’ Hawk buddy Sueño and two new friends Poppy, the Western Screech Owl, and Banshee, the Barn Owl/Discover the different habits of birds of prey who hunt by night or by day/Tohono Chul 7366 Paseo del Norte 742-6455

Downtown History Museum Tour 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Wednesday-Fridays 11AM-3PM/Self-Guided Tours available during regular business hours at no cost/tucked away in the Wells Fargo Bank building, features historic artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Tucson’s origins as a Spanish fort and mission to its modern-day incarnation as a modern city with a strong sense of pride in its “Old Pueblo” origins/Arizona Historical Society Downtown History Museum 140 N. Stone Ave. 770-1473 (Validated parking is available in the Wells Fargo garage on Alameda)

Steak Sandwich Wednesday! 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Your choice of one tender 4oz flat iron steak Sandwich for $5, or two for only $8/Steve Bob is cooking them up to your liking and you have your choice of side/Nevada Smith’s Saloon 1175 W. Miracle Mile 622-9064 www.NevadaSmithsSaloon.com

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser (Coming March 5th, 6PM-9PM)
Hosted by Eagles Wings of Grace, Intl/You won’t want to miss this! Come see great spring fashions from Stein Mart and purchase great items at the Silent Auction/You will be supporting a worthy cause that is making a difference in Southern Arizona/Tickets are purchased through Gaslight $50 each/The Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle Rd. at Rancho Vistoso Blvd-Oro Valley 529-1000 OR eagleswingsofgrace.org

Community Gardening Hour 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Join us every Thursday morning and help us maintain our community garden/Learn ways you can garden at home and help us grow a healthier community! Event is free and open to the public/The Garden Kitchen 2205 S. 4th Ave. 621-0476Become a Sponsor

Romero Ruins Adventure Walk 9:00AM
Join Park Ranger Jack as he leads a tour of the Romero Ruins Trail, where the whole family can learn about the history and mystery surrounding the Hohokam’s largest ruin site in the park/This walk lasts several hours-Meet at Romero Ruins Ramada/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

Historic Canoa Ranch Country Market 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Free/Artisans, vendors, food trucks, musicians, and local food produce (Vendor fee is $25 for a 12 x 12 space which benefit the restoration of the Tradesman House for a new Visitor Center and Gift Shop) Historic Canoa Ranch Conservation Park 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd. (909-3281 for more info)

Tucson Petting Zoo! 9:00AM – 5:00PM
$8 a person/Includes food for all the farm animals and emus! $12 includes all the farm animals and exotic animal tour. Come down and meet capybaras, tortoise, goats, chickens, porcupines and lots more! Funny Foot Farms 2405 W. Wetmore Rd. 399-6555 www.tucsonpettingzoo.com OR www.facebook.com/FunnyFootFarm

Bus Tour of Historic Rio Rico 9:30AM – 5:00PM
Hosted by the Rio Rico Historical Society/Stops along the tour include these historic sites: Calabazas Mission (includes a 1/3-mile hike each way up a steep dirt road) Hacienda de Corona (Lunch included) Historic Calabasas Cemetery (New! With special tour guide) Calabasas Town Site & Monuments (brief stops) Geology (brief stop) Historic Valle Verde Ranch tour Rio Rico History Museum (drinks & snacks reception) Note: Good hiking shoes, hat, water, sunscreen, snacks are recommended, portable chair if desired/Tour cost: Members $40, Non-Members $45 (Prepaid Reservations Required) Tour meets at 9:30AM at Rio Rico Community Center 391 Avenida Coatimundi 761-9907

Heart Failure: Causes & Treatments 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Free/Join Nader Makki, MD, Pima Heart & Vascular, as he shares how you can prevent and manage heart failure/TMC Senior Services, El Dorado Health Campus 1400 N. Wilmot Rd. 324-4345 Pre-registration is Required

Ranger-Guided Tour: The River Made Me 10:00AM – 12:00PM
This walk explores the history of Tubac, nature, the Santa Cruz River and the Anza Trail. Meet at Tubac Presidio, then stroll 2 miles from the Tubac Presidio, a short walk along the river and back-Bring layers, water, snacks, and footwear for all trail conditions/Tickets $5 and includes admission to the park/Tubac Presidio State Historic Park One Burruel Street
Tubac (Call for reservations 398-2252)

The Good, the Bat and the Ugly (Plaza Program) 11:00AM
Contrary to their portrayal as scary monsters of the dark, bats are essential to our worlds/Come learn about the many ways these fuzzy, flying friends make our desert a “bat-ter” place to live! Saguaro National Park (East) 3693 S Old Spanish Rd. 733-5153 (Park Entrance fee applies $25 per vehicle/weekly pass-both districts of the park)

Panning for Garnets (Family Activity) 11:00AM – 2:00PM
This is a family activity, weather and water flow permitting/We will meet at the second bridge on the shuttle road/Evert Thursday through April 23rd/Visitor Center Open daily, 8AM–4:30PM/Sabino Canyon 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. 749-2861 (Parking $5/day, per vehicle)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Murder at the Magic Show! TONIGHT!
Give us a call to confirm date and to Get Tickets before they sell out! Classic Comedy Murder Mystery! Partake in an abundance of the best magic, mystery, murder and mayhem that Tucson has to offer/Enjoy all the madcap antics with tons of opportunity for audience volunteer interaction and participation creating a veritable plethora of downright fun! See a volunteer from the audience sawn in half/You’ll be mystified, amazed and filled with non-stop laughter! Enjoy a delicious actor-served candle-lit 3-course dinner with a hilarious murder mystery 3-act play and a magic show! Marrying the best of two of the most popular live theater performing arts genres with an executive chef prepared fine dining experience; this dinner show is sure to please! Mystery & Magic Dinner Theater Playhouse at Skyline Country Club 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. 861-4800 or 800-266-4800 for tickets www.MysteryDinner.Theater (SEE MYSTERY & MAGIC ARTICLE)

Ace of Escape!
Enjoy a new, fun & challenging experience at Tucson’s Ace of Escape! Our 7 escape rooms offer a live experience where groups of two or more are locked in a keenly decorated room or series of rooms/Participants are challenged to use their knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a collaborative setting/Race against the clock to find all the clues, solve all the puzzles and unlock the final key to escape-Whether you escape or fail, your group will leave smiling and wanting to do more! Ace of Escape 406 N. Church Ave. 222-7395 www.AceOfEscape.com Promo code: CLUE with 15% off (By appointment only)

Friday Guided Bird Walk 8:00AM
Join experienced bird guide Steve, he will help participants spot and identify the various birds that visit and live in the Catalina Mountains/This is an event for novices, seasoned birders and for every experience level of birder/Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (guide not mandatory) Meet at Trailhead/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

Friday Trail Hikes 8:30AM
For More Info visit: www.sabinonaturalists.org/events/event/friday-trail-hikes-january-and-february-2020

Arizona Beach Volleyball vs. Washington 4:00PM
Free/Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets/Bear Down Beach 1847 Enke Dr. (at Campbell) 621-CATS

All You Can Eat Fish Fry $6! 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Also Specials on Shrimp Baskets, Steak Fingers, Chicken Tenders, Wings, Fries and Onion Rings. Prices ranging from $4-$7/Oysters On The Half Shell $12 per dozen/Nevada Smith’s Saloon 1175 W. Miracle Mile 622-9064 www.NevadaSmithsSaloon.com

Arizona Baseball vs. Central Michigan 6:00PM
$8/$5 Hi Corbett Field 3400 E Camino Campestre 327-9467

UofA Women’s Basketball vs. Stanford (Fan Appreciation Night) 6:00PM
$5-$8/Postgame Autographs/UofA McKale Center 1 National Championship Dr. 621-CATS

Saturday, February 29, 2020

12th Annual Special Olympics 2020 Tucson Polar Plunge 9:00AM – 10:00AM
9AM Check-in & Registration/10:30AM Costume Contest/11:30AM PLUNGE! Special Olympics athletes, their families, friends and fans will be “Freezin’ for a Reason!” in support of athletes living in Southern Arizona/Highland Vista Pool 315 N. Woodland Vista (Holly Thompson 207-1382)

Free Demonstration Garden Tour 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Our 14 unique Demonstration Gardens will expand your gardening knowledge and give you many ideas for your own landscape/We want to help you become a more successful gardener, so let a Master Gardener volunteer lead you on a journey of discovery through these beautiful and interesting gardens/You can also do a self-guided tour-No reservations needed/UofA Pima County Cooperative Extension 4210 N. Campbell Ave. 626-5161 (Meet at the plant clinic)

San Pedro River Walk 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Here you’ll find 82 species of mammals, dozens of different reptiles and amphibians and nearly 350 species of birds/The interpretive river walks are usually 1.5 to 2 miles long over easy terrain, including sections where the trail is uneven and rough/Slower paced than a hike and suitable for most adults and children/Walks are free, although donations are accepted/San Pedro House is located at 9800 E. Highway 90, approximately 7 miles east of Sierra Vista

Start Your Spring Garden! 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Free/Learn the basics of starting a successful spring garden. Great for beginners! Led by Erick Meza of the Community Food Bank/Las Milpitas de Cottonwood 2405 S Cottonwood Lane 622-0525 (Call for registration info)

6th Annual Spring Fling Family Carnival 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Bring the family and enjoy a day of carnival games, shows, food and more/Christ Lutheran Vail Church 14600 E Colossal Cave Rd-Vail 478-7075

Heirloom Farmers Market-Rincon Valley 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Stretching along the Rincon Valley and the Cienega Corridor of the beautiful Sonoran desert, vendors offer everything from locally grown produce, freshly roasted coffee, baked goods, tortillas, salsas, ready-to-eat food and a variety of handmade artisan goods/12500 E Old Spanish Trail (Located East of Vail and South of Escalante Rd. on Old Spanish Trail) 882-2157

12th Annual Tucson Polar Plunge for Special Olympics 9:00AM – 1:00PM
9AM Check-in & Registration/10:30AM Costume Contest/11:30AM PLUNGE! Special Olympics athletes, their families, friends and fans will be “Freezin’ for a Reason!” in support of athletes living in Southern Arizona/Highland Vista Pool 315 N. Woodland Vista www.specialolympicsarizona.org/event/2020-tucson-polar-plunge

7th Annual Ajo Food Festival 9:00AM – 3:00PM
“Taste of Ajo” tour, food and artisan vendors, demonstrations, garden bike tour, salsa cook-off and more! 100 Estrella Ave
Ajo, AZ 387-7742

All-day Scrapbooking Crop 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Leap into your scrapbooking projects, get your photos organized, or start that album you’ve always wanted to create/Event fee is $18 full-day, $10 half day and includes gift bag, make-and-take and prizes! Snacks and beverages provided/Optional workshops available/Lord of Grace Lutheran Church 7250 N. Cortaro Rd. (Pre-registration requested 443-244-0460)

Excursion Through the Saguaros (Van Tour: 3 hours) 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Join a park ranger on a narrated tour of the Bajada Loop Drive and learn about some of the amazing geology and history of the Western District of Saguaro National Park (West) 2700 N. Kinney Rd. 733-5158 (Park Entrance fee applies $25 per vehicle/weekly pass-both districts of the park) Reservations Required

Painting Class (Phoenix OR Tucson Starry Night) 10:00AM – 12:00PM
$25/painter, Saturday morning classes are good for all ages… come with the girls, bring the kids or just have grab some ‘me’ time! Creative Juice 6530 E Tanque Verde Rd Ste. #160 (La Plaza Shoppes) 359-6675 www.creativejuiceartbar.com

Nature Program: Saturdays 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Learn about and see many reptiles that live naturally in the Sonoran Desert-Listen to our experts talk about the creatures and their adaptions to survive in the desert/This is a live reptile exhibit and much more! Fun for all ages! Program is weather permitting/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

Healthy and Delicious: Winter Classics Hands-On Cooking Class 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Practice the fundamental cuts: mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet and julienne/We’ll practice how to cut large food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears! Learn techniques for safety and keeping all your knives maintained and sharp/Skills taught: Safe, efficient cutting skills for a variety of different shapes and textures of foods, knife care and safe storage, and shopping tips for cost effective produce purchasing/Class fee $55 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made (All proceeds go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education) The Garden Kitchen 2205 S. 4th Ave. (621-0476 for Registration info)

Free Health fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Free and Open to the public/Hosted by The UofA College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation/This fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, breathing, vision, and medication reviews/Activities will include face painting and bracelet making/El Rio Neighborhood Center 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. (Paul Ponce 791-4683)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Ace of Escape!
Enjoy a fun & challenging experience at Tucson’s Ace of Escape! Our 7 escape rooms offer a live experience where groups of two or more are locked in a keenly decorated room or series of rooms/Participants are challenged to use their knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a collaborative setting/Race against the clock to find all the clues, solve all the puzzles and unlock the final key to escape-Whether you escape or fail, your group will leave smiling and wanting to do more! Ace of Escape 406 N. Church Ave. 222-7395 www.AceOfEscape.com Promo code: CLUE with 15% off (By appointment only)

The 9th Annual Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off (Registration for April 18th Event)
Pima Air and Space Museum 6000 E Valencia Rd. 547-0462 www.facebook.com/events/119169492827099

Sunday Guided Bird Walk 7:30AM
Experienced bird guide Mike Max help participants spot and identify various birds that live and visit the park/Novices, seasoned birders, and every experience level of birder enjoy this event-Please bring binoculars, and a bird guide (guide not mandatory) This walk lasts several hours/Meet at Picnic Area Ramada/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

East Side Vintage Market 8:00AM – 2:00PM
East Side Vintage Market will be held on the 1st Sunday of every month through May/Lots of free parking, easy walking & tons of “treasures”! We are located at 9615 E Old Spanish Trail in the Target parking lot.

Sunday Geology Walk 8:30AM
Learn about the geology of Catalina State Park with experienced geologist, Karen/How were the Santa Catalina Mountains formed? What are some of the different rocks in the park? The walk takes several hours-Meet at Picnic Area Ramada/Catalina State Park 11570 N. Oracle Rd. 628-5798 (Park Entrance Fee $7 per Vehicle)

Heirloom Farmers Market-Rillito Park 8:30AM – 1:30PM
Tucson’s largest year-round farmers market is located along the bike trail known as The Loop and nestled in the Southeast corner of Rillito Park which hosts farmers, ranchers and artisan food purveyors featuring local produce and fresh cuisine/Rillito Park 4502 N 1st Ave. 882-2157

Petanque in the Park 9:00AM
Tucson Petanque Club/Learn and play the French game of petanque (pay-TONK) a form of boules in which metal (rather than wooden) balls are thrown (rather than rolled) while the player stands with both feet firmly planted/A game consists of a series of rounds, and is played to the winning score of 13/We play Sunday mornings at Brandi Fenton Park through April/Visitors and beginners welcome! Call 664-4133 for more info