Read to a Dog — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Children practice reading aloud. 4-5 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. 594-5580.
Drop-In Computer and Job Help — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. A computer instructor is available to answer questions on a wide variety of computer and job topics. 10 a.m.-noon. Sept. 26. Free. 594-5580.
“Pistol Pete, The World’s Greatest Cowboy” — The Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Musical melodrama for all ages. See super cowboy Pistol Pete as he trounces the bad guy, wins the girl and lassos cattle. 7 p.m. Thursdays; 6 p.m. Fridays; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 and 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16. $17.95; $15.95 students, seniors, military; $7.95 children 12 and younger. 512-5145.
University of Arizona Museum of Art Lecture Series — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. “The Power of Artistic Imagination: Fantasy and Reality in Art,” presented by Kate Phillips. Presentation includes prints and paintings created between 1400 and 2000. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 594-5580.
Meet Author J.A. Jance — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. The best-selling author will discuss her latest novel, “Second Watch,” featuring J.P. Beaumont. Question-and-answer session and book signing to follow. Noon-1:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 594-5580.
Facilitated Gathering for Job Seekers — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Beth Cole, former executive recruiter, discusses job search strategies, followed by a question-and-answer session. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 594-5580.
Toddler Story Time — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Accompanied children interact through stories, songs and rhymes. Stories are kept short to fit the toddlers’ attention spans. 10:30-11 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 22. Free. 594-5580.
GED Preparation and Tutoring — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Drop-in help for students ages 16 and older. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 13. Free. 594-5200.
Rhythm Nights — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. “Blues is Jazz” featuring Heather Hardy, Lisa Otey and the Blues Masters. Food and beverages available from the Garden Bistro. Tickets available at www.rhythmnights.com. 7 p.m. Sept. 27. $26.50; $21.50 members; $16.50 students. 230-8910.
Catalina Art and Farmers Market — 77north Marketplace, 16733 N. Oracle Road. 9-1 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 27. Free. 825-4427.
Friday Fun Knitters — Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Knitters of any skill level are welcome. 10 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 31. Free. 293-0781.
Nature Nights: Bugs and Black Lights — Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road. As the sun sets, the desert comes alive with a vast array of wildlife, many of which are insects. Pima County naturalists help participants identify and learn about these six-legged creatures. 7-10 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 615-7855.
Reptile Ramble — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Get up close with the desert’s scaled and slithery creatures from snakes and lizards to tortoises. 10-11 a.m. Fridays through Oct. 25. Included with $8 admission. 742-6455.
Teen Gaming — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Wii, PS2 and board games. 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 594-5580.
“A Pain in the Aunt” — The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. Margaret is old and grumpy, but Priscilla has promised to take care of her. They’re bound together, but maybe there’s a way out in this heartwarming comedy. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 13. $18 regular admission; discounts available. 260-6442.
American Indian Arts Show — National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Featuring Hopi katsina carver Coolidge Roy Jr. and Tohono O’odham watercolor artist Michael Chiago. The artists will demonstrate their processes throughout the day. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. 622-6014.
Marana High School Dance Team 2013 Kids Camp — Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Road. Join the MHS dancers for a day of dance, technique, games and prizes. Includes lunch, snacks and T-shirt. Show for parents at 1 p.m. Event: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 28. $30 in advance; $35 at the door. 579-5105.
Live Music Fundraiser — The Parish Gastropub, 6453 N. Oracle Road. Supporting KXCI to upgrade and improve their Studio 2A. Live music by Roman Barton-Sherman, JMC & His Wooden Hearts and Treehouse Fire. 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 28. $5 suggested donation. 797-1233.
Annual Plant Sale — Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Buy unique desert plants and support the museum. Botany staff will be on hand for advice and guidance. Potting service available. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. 883-2702.
Birding Walk — Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Guided bird walk with Marjorie Flory to spot Gambel’s quail, verdin, gnatcatchers and other birds of the Southwest desert. Ages 12 and up. 7-8:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Free. 615-7855.
Classical Meets Ecclesiastical: Famous Favorites — Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2800 W. Ina Road. An afternoon of music featuring organist David Gay on the church’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra string quartet. 3 p.m. Sept. 29. Freewill offering. 297-2551.
Everyone Runs Catalina State Park Reverse the Course 5.2- and 10.3-Mile Trail Run — Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road. Course starts on the Bridal Trail, then to the Canyon Loop, up and down Montrose and then a loop on the Nature Trail, all counterclockwise. Awards, breakfast, smoothies, massage, photos and tech shirts. 10.3-miler for runners only. Limited to 500 runners. 6:30-9 a.m. Sept. 29. 5.25-mile: $40. 10.3-mile: $55. 797-7867.
One-on-One Computer Help — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Individualized one-hour sessions. Receive basic computer tutoring. Call for appointment. 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Free. 594-5200.
Baby Time — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Activities that promote development and learning. 10-10:30 a.m. Mondays through Nov. 4. Free. 594-5580.
Abbett Mystery Book Club — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. 2-3 p.m. first Tuesday of the month (ongoing). Free. 594-5200.
Fall Readers Program-Celebrate David Shannon’s Birthday — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Read David Shannon books, enjoy a snack and make a craft. For children 5–8 years old. Registration required. 4-5 p.m. Oct. 1. Free. 594-5580.
How Do They Do It? — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Discover how the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert have adapted to the harsh conditions of this unique environment. Wheelchair-accessible. 1:45-2 p.m. Oct. 1. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Neighborhood Characters — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. An easy nature walk in the Cactus Garden will bring visitors face to thorns with plants that remind them of people they know. Wheelchair-accessible. 10:45-11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and 3. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Whales in the Desert — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Learn about the connection between whales and the Sonoran Desert. Wheelchair-accessible. 3:15-4 p.m. Oct. 1. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Family Story Time — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. For all ages. Opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 27. Free. 594-5580.
Writers’ Workshop — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Discuss your project and discover creative writing techniques. Presented by Alexis Powers. 9-11 a.m. Oct. 2. Free. 594-5580.
Petroglyphs: Communications Etched in Stone — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. The Hohokam people carved and pecked symbols into stone, leaving meanings still subject to speculation centuries later. What is the current thinking about the meanings of petroglyphs, and what might have indigenous people been communicating? Wheelchair-accessible. 10:45-11:15 a.m. Oct. 2. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Meet Me in Marana — Wade McLean Park, 8000 N. Silverbell Road. Fun, noncompetitive social walk-run along the Santa Cruz River. Check in starts at 5 p.m. Weekly raffle prizes. Attend eight events and get a free T-shirt. 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 382-1950.
Teen Expressions — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Explore and exercise your creativity by producing an arts-and-craft project. Supplies and directions provided. 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 2-30. Free. 594-5580.
“Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier” — Western National Parks Association Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Meet the man, not the myth, as an elderly Wyatt Earp tells of his adventures during the final days of the American frontier. Noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 2. $15; $10 members. 622-6014.