Harkins to reopen theater on May 2

Harkins Theatres is set to reopen a familiar location to Marana moviegoers.

The Scottsdale-based theater chain is opening the theater, formerly known as Tower Theatres, 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive, as Harkins Arizona Pavillions 12 on May 2, when "Iron Man 3" releases.

Harkins is upgrading and remodeling the theater.

"This year marks our 80th year entertaining our friends and neighbors in Arizona," Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres, said in a news release. "What better way to celebrate than to expand to a new Arizona location?"

Harkins will hire more than 75 employees at the site.

SAACA, mall to host Cocktails, Classics

Live music, food, drinks and fashion will meld together at the Tucson Mall for Cocktails and Classics.

The second annual event will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 19 at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road. Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance is presenting the event along with the mall.

Inspired by the mid-20th-century swing era, Cocktails and Classics will feature big-band music and period fashion. There will be a red carpet runway fashion show featuring clothing from the mall's stores. Mall restaurants will provide appetizers.

Admission is $35. For more information, call 797-3959.

Dollar Xpress opens Oro Valley store

Oro Valley shoppers looking to stretch their dollars have a new low-priced option: Dollar Xpress.

The store, which is now open in a 3,500-square-foot suite at 2060 E. Tangerine Road, sells prepackaged foods, party supplies, tools, jewelry, clothing and other items. Oro Valley resident Suby Khangura is the owner.

The store is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Securaplane breaks ground on facility

Securaplane Technologies Inc., which supplies avionics products for military, commercial and business aircraft, broke ground on its new facility in Oro Valley's Innovation Park on March 29.

The 55,000-square-foot facility, north of East Tangerine Road between East Innovation Park Drive and North Oracle Road, is expected to be in operation by the end of the year.

The company took advantage of Oro Valley's Economic Expansion Zone review process, which allowed town administrators to review and approve the site plans, skipping the need for customary obstacles.

Securaplane was acquired in 2011 by Meggitt PLC.

Goodwill opens new boutique on Oracle

Goodwill of Southern Arizona opened Good Threads, its first boutique store on April 4.

Unlike older Goodwills, the store at 7366 N. Oracle Road offers name-brand clothing as well as household goods, furniture and collectible items.

As with other Goodwill stores, sales from the boutique will fund the nonprofit's job training and placement services.

The store is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Bluegrass festival to feature 10 bands

The Marana Bluegrass Festival will round up 10 bluegrass bands from around the state for a weekend-long party.

The event will run from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 13 and 14 at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road.

General admission is $7 per day or $12 for the weekend, with kids under age 12 getting in for free.

The town of Marana, the Desert Bluegrass Association of Tucson, The Arizona Bluegrass Association of Phoenix and S&S Bluegrass Promotions are staging the event.

For more information, go to www.maranafestival.com online.

University Women's group meets Saturday

The Casas Adobes Branch of American Association of University Women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hopi Room of the Social Hall at Sun City Vistoso, 1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Liz Baker will give a talk on the Girl Scouts' Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

Admission is $6, which includes continental breakfast.

For more information, call 825-9851.

3 workshops to focus on domestic abuse

Women in abusive relationships may find help at the "Stepping Into Wholeness: Exchanging Ashes for Beauty" event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte.

Three workshops will be offered - "The Power Wheel," "Understanding Sexual Abuse" and "Boundaries: Learning to Say 'No' " - and there will be presentations by the Rev. Dawn Scott Jones and the Rev. Carla Williams, both survivors of abuse.

Registration is $25 and includes snacks, lunch and beverages. Limited scholarships are available, and there is free child care by reservation. Register by Friday by going to www.standrewspres.com or calling 297-7201.

Email briefs to reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com