NOTE: Many events and venues are closed on holidays. Call ahead to find out if they’re open on Christmas.
Santa’s Workshop/Holiday Collection Party — Rock N’ Java, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road, Marana. Collection of new and used toys and clothes. Also, hygiene products, food and household items that will be donated to various local charities. Visit with Santa and some of his elves. Bring your camera for photos. Holiday music, caroling and crafts. Santa’s Workshop was created 27 years ago by the Arizona Rose Theater Co. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. 888-0509.
Oracle Crafts & Art Market — 1880 W. American Ave., 1880 W. American Ave, Oracle. Work by 15 artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 22. Free. 1-520-896-2464.
Dove Mountain Farmers Market — The Highlands of Dove Mountain, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays through April 10. Free. 661-7215.
Fitness at Oro Valley Library — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Kickboxing. Elements of rhythmic kickboxing aerobics set to music, as well as skills development and personal safety preparation. Class is entirely non-contact. Instructor Brandon Lyons. 6-7 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. 594-5580.
Great Literature of All Times — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Led by Bill Fry. “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 19. Free. 594-5580.
Brown Mountain Hike — Tucson Mountain Park, Brown Mountain Trailhead, 8451 W. McCain Loop Road. A 2-mile moderate level hike with a naturalist to learn about the plants and wildlife that inhabit our local desert. Ages 12 and up. 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 19. Free. 615-7855.
Geology of the Tucson Mountains — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A geologist explains how the Tucson Mountains and the Santa Catalinas separated and what is shaping the mountain range today. Wheelchair accessible. 2:15-3 p.m. Dec. 19. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Raptor Free Flights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Watch as these native birds of prey soar and swoop in their desert habitat while a narrator describes their attributes, habitats and behaviors. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily through April 24. Free with admission. 883-2702.
Drop-In Computer & Job Help — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. A computer instructor answers questions on computer and job topics. Includes Microsoft Word, Internet browsing, the library catalog, library databases, resume writing, online job searching, email and Internet. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 19; 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 24 and 26. Free. 594-5580.
“A Christmas Carol” — The Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley. Singing, dancing, games and some heartwarming moments in this presentation of the classic holiday tale. 7 p.m. Thursdays; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 and 6 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 4. $17.95; $7.95 12 and under. 512-5145.
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. Fridays through Dec. 27. Free. 594-5580.
The Christmas Spider Puppet Show — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Wondered why tinsel is on a Christmas tree? A special holiday puppet show to hear the legend of the Holiday Spiders and find out why. Space is limited. Tickets given out one hour before the show. 2-3 p.m. Dec. 20. Free. 594-5200.
“Hope is Born” Christmas Musical — Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley. Broadway style music, an electric light parade and a chance of snow. 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20; 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22. Free. 297-8297.
Catalina Art and Farmers Market — 77north Marketplace, 16733 N. Oracle Road. 9-1 p.m. Fridays through March 28. 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.
Desert “Pigs” — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A talk on javelinas. Wheelchair accessible. 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays Jan. 3-31. Free with park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Desert Jigsaw Puzzle — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A short walk to view plants and animals follows a patio program. Wheelchair accessible. 1:15-2 p.m. Dec. 20, 21; 10:45-11:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Snakes: The Slither Factor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Talk on desert snakes. Wheelchair accessible. 9:45-10:30 a.m. Dec. 20. Free with park entrance fee. 733-5158.
One-on-One Computer Help — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Individualized one-hour sessions. Tutoring in computer, Internet, and email. Also, iPad and eReaders, digital downloads, job help, Microsoft Office, library catalog and other online resources. Call to set up an appointment. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20. Free. 594-5200.
SCORE Business Counseling — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. One-on-one counseling to small business owners or to anyone contemplating starting a new business, provided by SCORE counselors. Make a one-hour appointment by calling 505-3636. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21 and 28. Free. 594-5580.
Esperanza Holiday Concert — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Classical and jazz holiday favorites. Carlie Rigg and Bob Billups, violin; Melissa Hamilton, viola; and Marilyn Billups, cello. 11 a.m.-noon. Dec. 21. Free. 594-5580.
Heartbeat — Westward Look Resort — Lookout Bar & Grille, 245 E. Ina Road. Rock music from the ‘50s to the ‘80s. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Free. 297-1151.
The Spirit of Christmas — DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke. Tucson Dance Academy and the Booth family perform. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Dec. 21. $25 in advance; $30 door; $18 children 12 and younger; free children under 5. 825-2818.
Mason Center Beginner Bird Walks — Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Road. A bird walk around the 20-acre saguaro-ironwood preserve. Loaner binoculars available. Registration deadline the Friday night before the walk at tucsonaudubon.org 8 a.m. Saturdays through March 29. Free. 209-1811.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Volunteer to be a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). This is a group of teens that plan activities and share ideas while hanging out in the TeenZone. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Free. 594-5580.
“Christmas Oratorio” — Casas Adobes Congregational Church, UCC, 6801 N. Oracle Road. Directed by Darryl King with pianist David Craig, organist Chris Fresolone and harpist Christine Vivona. 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. Dec. 22. Dec. 22. Free. 297-1181.
“A Christmas Carol” — The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. This adaptation of the Dickens classic includes music, singing and dancing in a family-friendly show. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 29. Additional shows: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 26. $18. 260-6442.
Garrick & Kirkland: The M3 Show — Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 E. Ina Road. An evening of entertainment and astonishment with magic, mind reading and mystery. Includes three-course dinner. 5:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 26. $99.50. 297-1151.
Chess Club — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 30. Free. 594-5580.
Strings and Things Knitting Club — Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road. Knit, crochet, chat and trade ideas. All skill levels welcome. 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Jan. 27. Free. 594-5225.
Puma: Predator, Prey and Peril — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Often called puma, cougar or mountain lion, this predator is secretive, nocturnal and elusive. Explore the threats this creature faces as it struggles to survive within an ever-shrinking habitat. Wheelchair accessible. 2:15 Mondays through Jan. 27. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
The CCC in Saguaro National Park — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a Great Depression-era work program that greatly influenced national, state and county parks. Saguaro’s trails, picnic areas and scenic drives were established during this program. Old photos and movie clips illustrate a brief history of the CCC in this area. Wheelchair accessible. 2:15-3 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 30. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Adaptations: Recipe for Survival — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A walk in the cactus garden to discover some physical and behavioral adaptations of desert plants. Wheelchair accessible. 10:45-11:15 a.m. Dec. 24. 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. Dec. 24. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Drop-In Computer & Job Help — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. A computer instructor answers questions on computer and job topics. Includes Microsoft Word, Internet browsing, the library catalog, library databases, resume writing, online job searching, email and Internet. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 19; 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 24 and 26; 2-5 p.m. Dec. 31. Free. 594-5580.