Gray Hinthorn, with Cook & Co. Sign Makers, helps install the restored neon sign of the Tropicana Motor Hotel — one of four at the center of Friday’s lighting celebration.

A. E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

Neon Sign Lighting

• What: Includes the lighting of four restored historic neon signs, the release of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation's driving guide to Tucson's neon signs, a vintage fashion show, classic cars, music by Salvador Duran, and a sock hop.

• When: 6-9 p.m. Friday.

• Where: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave. The salvaged and restored signs were recently installed on East Drachman Street between North Oracle Road and North Stone Avenue.

• Cost: Free.

The Fifth Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour

• What: Celebrates the history and ongoing revitalization of the Miracle Mile area. Tours will include attractions such as the Monterey Court, which includes artists' studios, shops and a newly opened cafe and bar. The driving guide will also be available.

• When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,

• Where: Starts at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, west parking lot.

• Cost: Free parking, talks, and shuttles to tour sites.

• Full schedule:

• Bonus: Talks, supported by the Arizona Humanities Council, on the historic significance of the area, with particular attention to the contribution of the neon, will be given at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. While on campus, check out a photographic exhibit of some of the world-class jazz musicians who played at the Blue Moon Ballroom once located nearby.

The four signs

• The old Magic Carpet Golf sign, which once graced East Speedway.

• The Medina's Sporting Goods sign, formerly at North Main Avenue and West Speedway (members of the Medina family plan to attend Friday's lighting).

• The Tropicana Motor Hotel, which stood for years at 617 Casa Grande Highway 84, today's Miracle Mile.

• Canyon State Motor Lodge/Arizonan Hotel, also on Miracle Mile.

"Friday night's event is a great sign of things to come as the whole corridor comes to life."

David Higuera, an aide to Ward 3 Councilwoman Karin Uhlich