Beatrix Potter talk for university women

The Casas Adobes Tucson branch of the American Association of University Women is hosting a talk about Beatrix Potter, who wrote "The Tale of Peter Rabbit."

Barbara Gates will deliver the talk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hope Room in the Mountain Vista Recreation Center, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Admission is $6, which includes a continental breakfast.

For more information, call 825-9851.

Bookmans+reading= Cat in the Hat party

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is celebrating the world of Dr. Seuss, as well as Love of Reading Month, with a free Cat in the Hat party.

The family-friendly event, which includes music, crafts, snacks and story time, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the store at 3733 W. Ina Road.

For more information, go to online.

Marana, Oro Valley to host hiking event

Oro Valley and Marana are partnering to host a hiking challenge.

The second annual Move Across 2 Ranges event is March 9 in the Tortolitas and Santa Catalinas.

Courses range from 5 to 21.5 miles. Registration includes a shirt and an invitation to the post-challenge Managed the Move party at The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, 12005 N. Oracle Road. The party features food, prizes and live music.

Those who register before Saturday pay $45.

For more information, call 229-5052.

OV components OK in Dreamliner tests

Testing at two Arizona facilities that supply electrical system components for the Boeing 787 has wrapped up with a declaration of "no significant findings."

Federal investigators visited Securaplane Technologies Inc. in Oro Valley and UTC Aerospace Systems in Phoenix as part of their inquiry into what caused a fire aboard an empty Japan Airlines 787 at a Boston airport earlier this month.

The fire affected the plane's auxiliary-power unit, or APU, one of two lithium-ion batteries used to power Boeing's high-profile, energy-efficient Dreamliner aircraft.

All 50 Dreamliners have been grounded since a smoking battery led to an emergency landing in western Japan later in the month, and a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration review was launched.

Although U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said last week that investigators made "minor findings" during their Arizona tests, those findings have since been determined not to have been significant.

San Diego zoo animals visit AAA in free event

Tucsonans like to use San Diego as a vacation spot, but animals in the coastal city are reversing things and taking a trip to Tucson.

San Diego zoo exhibitors are bringing animals to the AAA Tucson West office, 6950 N. Oracle Road, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.

The event is free.

A kangaroo, laughing kookaburra, blue-tongued skink, cane toad and cockatoo will all be there to promote the zoo's Australian Outback exhibit, which will open Memorial Day weekend. Zoo workers will give away door prizes, including two San Diego Zoo gift baskets.

For more information, email

Marana to launch town email newsletter

In an effort to spread news affecting the town to its residents, Marana is launching an email newsletter, dubbed About Town, to be published four times a year, starting this month.

To sign up for the newsletter, go to online and click on "About Town Community Newsletter."

The newsletter will include looks at what goes on behind the scenes in the town's government, profiles of newsmakers in the community and notifications about civic developments.

Carli Brosseau contributed to this report. Email briefs to reporter Phil Villarreal at