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February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Today

Tucson African Violet Society Monthly Meeting - The Inn at the Fountains, 5830 N. Fountains Ave. Learn how easy it is to grow African violets. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Free to attend; $15 to join the club. 574-1367.

"Art of the Cosmos" - Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Colorful images of star clusters and nebulae highlight the work of regional astro-photographers and artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Included in $8 admission. 742-6455.

AARP Tax-Aide - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Volunteer-run tax-preparation and assistance serving low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free. 594-5580.

Beat Cancer Boot Camp Exercise Classes - Northwest Community Park, 7601 N. Mona Lisa Road. Exercise and support classes for cancer survivors and anyone touched by cancer. Meets once a week. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. $35 for eight weeks. 546-1601.

Little House of Funk Concert - Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. Blend of R&B, jazz and soul. 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Free. 797-3959.

Farmers Market at Dove Mountain - Highlands at Dove Mountain, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays. Free. 603-8116.

Climate Change - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Join us as we examine and explore the methods used to determine past, present and possible future climate change. 1:15-1:45 p.m. Feb 14. 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 15. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Contemporary Literature Book Club - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. "The Lonely Polygamist" by Brady Udall. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 14. Free. 594-5580.

Geology of the Tucson Mountains - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. This program explores how the Tucson Mountains came to be, where they are now, their composition and the forces that built and continue to shape them. 2:15-3 p.m. Feb. 14. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Digital Downloads Help - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Learn about free digital downloads and download ebooks, audiobooks and videos to your device. One-on-one help and advice. One hour sessions. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 594-5580.

Friday

Oaxacan Woodcarving Show - Western National Parks Association Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Artisans Jacobo and Maria Angeles give free carving and painting demonstrations throughout each day. Also, traditional handmade, embroidered garments and beaded jewelry available. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15-16. Free. 622-6014.

Stories that Soar! - Henry Elementary School, 650 N. Igo Way. Watch the magic unfold as students' original stories soar to life in a unique, innovative theatrical production by the Stories that Soar! ensemble. 9-10 a.m. Feb. 15. Free. 360-6709.

Toddler Storytime - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Stories, songs and rhymes for accompanied children 18 to 36 months old. 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays. Free. 594-5580.

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed Improv Comedy Troupe - Rock N' Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road. Family-friendly improvisational comedy. 7-8:15 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Free. 861-2986.

Catalina Art and Farmers Market - 16733 N. Oracle Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. Free. 825-4427.

Friday Fun Knitters - Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Knitters of any skill level are welcome. Meet in the food court. 10 a.m. Fridays. Free. 293-0781.

Birding Adventure - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Join an expert birder on a nature walk to discover what's flying around out there. A short 100-yard walk. 10:45-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Lizards are Hot, Lizards are Cool - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Discover how these frequently overlooked, small denizens of the desert become a critical component of our desert community. 3:15- 3:45 p.m. Fridays. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Teen Games - Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. PS2 and board games. 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 15. Free. 594-5580.

"My Friend From India" - The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. Comedy. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18; discounts available. 260-6442.

Saturday

Independent Small Business Expo - 77north Artworks and Marketplace, 16733 N. Oracle Road. Variety of products and services. Vendor fee $20. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. 825-4427.

SCORE Business Counseling - Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Free one-on-one counseling provided by SCORE counselors to America's small business executives. Make a one-hour appointment by calling 229-5300. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays and Mondays. Free. 594-5580.

"Jamaican Me Laugh" - DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke. Featuring the Jamaican bombshell "Matilda" and her sidekick, Second City-trained Patrick Murray, a ventriloquist, puppeteer and humorist. Appropriate for families. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $22 in advance; $24 at the door. 825-2818.

Dispose-A-Med Oro Valley - Target Stores, 10555 N. Oracle Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. 229-5080.

Fifth Annual Oro Valley Classic Car Show, BBQ & Blues Festival - Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. Car show, BBQ and blues music. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 16. $5 for adults; children 10 and younger get in free. 797-3959.

Dewdrop Arts & Crafts Fair - Albertsons, 7300 N La Cholla Blvd. Paintings, pottery, jewelry and metal work by local artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15-16; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17. Free. 488-5780.

Designing Outdoor Kitchens - Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. Tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes, source the best materials and the real scoop on appliances and lighting. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 16. $8; $4 members. 742-6455.

Mason Center Saturday Morning Bird Walks - Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Road. Learn the basics of birdwatching and how to identify the backyard birds commonly seen in the Tucson area. Advance signup required - contact volunteer@tucsonaudubon.org via email. 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. Free. 209-1811.

Paint Out in the Park - Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join Tucson Plein Air Painters Society signature artist Walter Porter to learn some techniques for painting landscape scenes in the open air. 8-11 a.m. Feb. 16. Free. 615-7855.

Snakes: The Slither Factor - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Snakes of all kinds play important roles in desert ecology, including controlling rodent population. 11:45 a.m. Feb. 16. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Tucson Mountain Park, 2020 N. Kinney Road; call for meeting location. Help eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in the park. Work may require hiking and pulling buffelgrass on steep slopes. 8-11 a.m. Feb. 16. Free. 615-7855.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) - Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Volunteer to be a member. This is a group of teens that plans activities and shares ideas while hanging out in the TeenZone. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Free. 594-5580.

Sunday

Where the Hot Things Are - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Join a naturalist in search of signs of life from some of the often unnoticed yet unique creatures of the park. A 15-minute program. 10:45-11:00 a.m. and 11:15-11:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Monday

Student Artwork From the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind - Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Included with $8 admission. 742-6455.

Tuesday

Rainbow Magic Fairies Book Club - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. "Amber the Orange Fairy" by Daisy Meadows. For children ages 5 to 10. Registration required. 4-5 p.m. Feb. 19. Free. 594-5580.

Preschool Storytime - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and their parents or caregivers. All programs are designed for parents to participate with their children. 11:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. Free. 594-5580.

Adaptations: Recipe for Survival - Saguaro National Park Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Take a 100-yard walk in the cactus garden to discover various adaptations of desert plants 10:45-11:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Park entrance fee. 733-5158.

Wednesday

Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands - 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. Expect to see a variety of wintering sparrows, hawks and migrating warblers. Reservations required. 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. Free. 615-7855.

Abbett Book Choices - Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Book club for adults. Call to find out the next title and/or to reserve the book. 2-3 p.m. every third Wednesday. Free. 594-5200.

Writers' Workshop - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Discuss the joy of writing. Presented by Alexis Powers. 9-11 a.m. Feb. 20. Free. 594-5580.

Family Storytime - Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. 10-10:30 a.m. Free. 594-5580.

Doo-Wop Divas - DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke. Doo-wop and early rock 'n' roll. 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 20. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 825-2818.

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