Create Cafe is hosting a party for families on Saturday afternoon that benefits people who have been directly affected by 9/11 and other acts of terrorism.

Lauri Fay Marks Kaye, Create Cafe's owner, said the event also kicks off a series of Saturday specials and activities for families.

This Saturday there will be live music and an assortment of children's activities such as face painting and jumping castles, Kaye said, in addition to kung fu and dance demos.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will also bring cats and dogs available for adoption.

Specials include $1 kids meals, $2 beers, $3 margaritas.

Five percent of the proceeds will be donated to Tuesday's Children, a non-profit family service organization.

One of the local programs that it sponsors is the Assistance League of Tucson's Operation School Bell, which provides school supplies and clothes for children.

Saturday's observance of 9/11 is a time to remember its far reaching impact.

Kaye's brother-in-law, who worked across from the Twin Towers, could have been one of the victims had he not been late for the subway that morning - fortuitously kept up late by his daughter the night before.

Create Cafe serves American food such as soups, salads, burgers and wraps.

It also caters for companies, schools and events, and recently started hosting birthday parties.

Also Saturday, the cafe will start staying open for dinner until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you go

Family Happy Hour Event at Create Cafe and Catering

• When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: 4660 E. Camp Lowell Drive.

• More info: 298-3421.

Jackie Tran is a University of Arizona student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact him at starapprentice@azstarnet.com