Reenact the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and other Bike Fest fun
When: 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Meet at the flagpole west of Old Main at 1200 E. University Blvd. on the University of Arizona campus.
Cost: The ride is free.
Details: Re-enact Paul Revere’s ride, galloping through the night on bikes, hollering: “The British are coming! The British are coming!” The evening starts with a tea party at 10:30 p.m. and the ride is at 11. Organizers note that on the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was instructed to ride to Lexington, Mass., to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. On the way to Lexington, Revere “alarmed” the country-side, stopping at each house, and arrived in Lexington about midnight.
- Want more?
- This ride is among a month of activities as part of Bike Fest, a program of the Living Streets Alliance. See more, including details about the Saturday Night Bike and Dance-A-Thon, at bikefesttucson.com/events
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Compass Park, on the northeast corner of Tangerine and Lon Adams roads in Marana.
Cost: Admission is free.
Details: A day of family-friendly activities including Easter egg hunts, entertainment, a fun zone, vendors and food trucks. Pima Paws For Life will bring adoptable pups and there will be Marana police dog demonstrations.
- Gladden Farms Community Association’s Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/Gladden-Farms-Community-Association/251137788254?ref=hl
Peer into the heavens, sleep under the stars
at Catalina State Park
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Catalina State Park is on State Highway 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Road.
Cost: This family-friendly event is free, but the park entrance fee is $7 per vehicle. Primitive to full-hookup camping sites range from $15 to $30.
Details: Astronomers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will be there to answer questions and talk about what you can see in the sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot. Once it’s dark, astronomers will volunteer their expertise and telescopes for visitors to view celestial bodies such as star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. Bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), sweater or jacket.
RSVP to camp 24 hours in advance: 586-2283 or visit AZStateParks.com/parks/CATA
- Want more?
- The Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction is throwing a similar party on Saturday, April 26—hosted by the Superstition Astronomical League. Get details at AZStateParks.com/parks/LODU
Celebrate Earth Day and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony
- When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kartchner Caverns State Park is on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.
Details: Hundreds of pregnant myotis bats (scientific name Myotis velifer) return to Kartchner Caverns around the end of April, where they each give birth to a single pup in late June. During the summer months, the cave’s Big Room serves as a nursery. The park closes the Big Room for tours while the bats are using it.
Saturday’s Earth Day celebration will include presentations by visiting bat experts in the theater plus family activities, such as a scavenger hunt and meeting reptiles from the Huachuca Area Herpetological Association.
There will be kids activity table with a recycling game and crafts from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ted Fleming will present “The Columnar cactus-nectar bat connection; and Ronnie Sidner will present “Life and Times of the Kartchner Caverns Cave Myotis (the bats!).” Cave tours should be reserved in advance and are an extra cost.
RSVP: For camping or cave tours can be made at AZStateParks.com or by calling 586-2283.
watch a Movie and Cuddle a pooch
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25. To take part children, ages 6 to 14, must be registered by Wednesday.
Where: Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Companions for Life Center, 3465 E. Kleindale Road.
Details: Kids watch a movie and cuddle with a trained companion animal. They should bring their pajamas, sleeping bag, pillow, blanket and cozy up for the movie, which will be shown on a big screen. There will be snacks, pizza and crafting activities.
RSVP: Find out more by calling Laura Jones at 321-3704, ext. 171. Or go online at hssaz.org/kids