Monday, December 18, 2006

The site died when I wasn't looking.

No more than three months after graduation, the university deleted my ftp access. ;-) Can you feel the love? Working to bring the site back up through the Computer Science dept, and later through a server of my own.

I think when you are put in a stressful situation long enough, you approach tasks and conversations with hard-nosed viewpoints and overzealous opinions.

Wakey-wakey. Time to get up.
Doom Unrated was an unexpectedly fun movie.
Not counting the seeds that were left for a good sequel, there was only one major loose end (Dr Carmack asking to shut "it" off, that he could feel "it." Once again, not counting the possibility of a sequel, I really got the impression that he wasn't talking about the thing growing inside him - even with the possibility of the teleporter, I can only speculate as to what he was talking about.) and one hilarious goof regarding the human genome mapping, but surprisingly neither one detracts from the movie.

It makes the kickass movie list for two reasons:

1.) The movie is littered with many tiny albeit extremely fulfilling easter-eggs and plot-twists.

2.) True, it's a no-brainer guy action flick, but the thematic oppositions represented in the movie are given a good shake in the pop-culture hero portrayal, especially as it relates to humanity&society vs corporate culture, family dynamics vs team dynamics, and virtue&vice vs good&evil vs benefaction&sin (there's the most interesting discussion; the differences between marines that 'transform' and those that, uh ... don't.).

Monday, October 23, 2006

And so where am I on my list of goals for this year?

#1: Graduate - check.
#2: Get a job - check.
#3: Take over the world. -- still on schedule.
#4: Visit sweetheart. -- scheduled.

Not bad so far, eh?

Taking over the world is actually just a tag-line.
I just think we can & should make this world safety-approved for all ages.

Monday, September 11, 2006

A rememberance and memorial for those who died.
I hope we are stronger for it.
Today's post has a pre-requisite reading:
The Economics of an Empire.
(The facts and figures in that article are correct as far as I can tell, although the 0.1% of GNP spent on education should actually be 0.11%)

There is no excuse for violence;

not for the United States,
not for those who hate the United States,
not for anyone,
not for any reason.


There was never a war on terror; this is a war on those who violently protest American foreign policy.

What do lobbyists do?
What effect do lobbyists have on the government?

Lobbyists are often paid large sums of money, right?

Who has enough cash flow to fund full businesses whose only purpose is to sway politicians?

(Here's a hint; it's really easy to blame Bush, but his administration isn't the primary cause. Even Clinton once supported the WTO. I don't know if he still does, though.

I feel sorry for Bush and his administration; he may get the rap for a lot of crap that's not his fault. It's true, the administration is making horrible policies, but so is congress.)


Who is behind this? If you can't figure out how the problem of mp3 file-sharing got into the G8 summit on poverty, hunger, and other real world problems, then you'll probably protest when I say it's corporate power.

By the way,
it's corporate power.

We must alter our perceptions; Corporate America is in the business of finding and using cheap labor and the business of promoting the shortest path to short-term success, even at the cost of eating itself alive.

Roughly half of all campaign fundings comes from the richest 5% of americans, which means the rich and powerful are who sway policies.

If a government is not in control of its economy, that sounds like there's a power that can get out of control, don't you think? A power that's not in our government's current system of checks and balances.

The act of making cheap labor in other countries was once known as "structural adjustment," which was a term used to obfuscate the lie of transforming third-world nations into developed nations.

Don't believe me? Regardless, I don't recommend that you EVER shout the phrase, structural adjustment in a large crowd outside of America - it starts a riot damn near everywhere else pretty damn easily. But many of us americans are slow learners.

Think about the term "free trade," for a moment.

You can see how "free" trade would be helpful if all businesses from other countries were on an equal playing field.

Now imagine what happens when all the small businesses that are on an equal playing field come in contact with a multi-billion-dollar corporation - lack of equitable trade laws would allow that corporation to control the market value of its products in that field.

Gee, that sounds like a monopoly.

It just so happens that there are some America-backed organizations that support "free trade," such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the IMF ...

Unless we force changes in our government to reign in business and the richest x% of our nation as a fourth power to be checked in our system of checks and balances, things will get worse. And as terrorists so easily remind us, the people who get blamed and the people who get hurt are not the policy-makers, not the committees and decision makers in businesses, not the bureaucracies, but instead they are the public at large.

The terrorists think they are justified in attacking a powerful nation by attacking its people. And the government thinks its justified in defensive counter-terrorist measures. And Corporate America makes more money.

No, this isn't a powerful nation at all. Our nation's own economy has got a foot on our collective throat while struggling to take the rest of the world hostage - it now has a foothold not only in America, but China as well.

If we change our foreign policy from that of making cheap labor to that of making business partners, then and only then, we will eradicate terrorism. This is what I believe.

We don't want "free" trade.
We want equitable trade.

September 11th.
Remember, remember.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Apparently, unique and unwanted (or so I mistakenly believed) online nicknames have expiration dates.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Since I am moving forward in job-hunting, I plan on using the blog to back a few claims I present in my résumé. Once again, I call attention to the original purpose of this site: a portfolio. In particular, code for the archive browser in the upper lefthand corner of the screen can be viewed here in its pre-processed form. Obviously the looped section can benefit from smaller variable names due to the nature of index pages for blogs. In a nutshell, that means this page can be a lot smaller than it is right now.

What do I mean by "archive"? When a person creates a blog, they are traditionally given a pre-designed page as their canvas, known as a blog template, as well as a choice to have their blog posts backed up by month, week, or day. This is blog archiving, and every time a batch of posts get archived, a link to the newly-created archive page is added to your index, ordered by date. This index grows as long as a blogger continues to post more articles, so a smaller "loop" section in the archive index means a faster download!

Many people still choose to edit their web pages from scratch via useful text editors such as the versatile Textpad and handy online references like W3 Schools and Visibone. This prevents excessive code generation from HTML-editing programs that hide the nitty gritty of web page scripting. The worst of excessive code generation are among the likes of the infamous forest of table grids (when you see the word, "table," used all too often in your page's source code) and the prolific blank space sequence, " ".

Such code-generating programs unnecessarily increase the download time of your page. Others may lack compatibility with all major browsing applications(browser for short) - this usually means telling the user that they need to view the page in some specific setting and only some specific browser, an annoyance especially because unlike humanity, all browsing applications were not created equal. (But their developers are getting warmer.)

Linux-users can simply use the extended version of Epiphany, and Macintosh users can delight in Safari. For Windows users, due to Firefox 1.5's current memory-hogging leak, and Microsoft Internet Explorer's continual security breaches in versions 6.5 and earlier, the best bet is to download either Opera, or Firefox 2.0's Beta whenever Mozilla is convinced that it's ready for public use. Otherwise, (and regardless) I urge you to upgrade Internet Explorer to Version 7 - at the very least, Version 7 offers features that finally keep it competetive with other modern browsers via site navigation and aggressive enhancements in protection; especially because your PC may come in contact with malware, even if you're tech-savvy - how? A young family member can easily and unintentionally infect your computer in less than five minutes of un-monitored, unprotected internet access.

While using Macromedia Flash to create a web page neatly sidesteps the above issue of browser compatibility as well as screen-size expectations, there are drawbacks: it forces users to download more stuff, which they might not be allowed to do in a public or pay-as-you-go setting; most Macromedia web designers don't bother with (or aren't aware of) loading their content "on-demand" or in the background ("persistant loading") - in my recollection, the prevalent practice requires loading the entire Flash object prior to fully-entering the site, a time-consuming process even for high-speed internet connections that attacks a user's patience from the start; web sites created entirely in Flash are not automatically compatible with even standard browser buttons such as "Go Back," "History," "Open in New Window," "Open in New Tab," "Highlight," "Print Selected text," "Copy selected text," etc, or even simply sending the address of a specific page to a friend until Macromedia realizes this and provides an add-on. More importantly from the user end of the internet connection, the issue of browser security is still not addressed by an all-Flash site.

Computer maintenance is easy, but finding the best software is difficult, especially in this bloated protection market. Even the wonderful Consumer Reports magazine failed woefully in their efforts to rank anti-malware programs (malware is short for malicious software)due to the surprising omission of the majority of top programs, most notably the freeware version of Avira Antivirus.

Avira is currently the top AV program I've come in contact with, which even guards well against online virus attacks - a feat that many AV companies claim, but few do well. Norton AV brings a system to its knees much like Firefox's memory leak and like all big-name corporate AV software, it's woefully overrated as anti-virus software. The common freeware name of AVG by Grisoft is also incomplete; between it and Norton, AVG may find many virii that Norton doesn't even detect, but half the time I used AVG, the purged virii kept coming back! Worse yet, many anti-malware programs don't automatically search highly-suspect files such as compressed and system files, two of the most common infection targets. And if your software doesn't check media files like documents and mp3s, don't bother using it at all.

My top pick: Go to Majorgeeks.com,
and download the free versions of:
1.) Lavasoft Ad-Aware (be sure go into Ad-Aware's settings and tell it to search in compressed files!),
2.) Spybot S&D (Don't run their Tea-Timer program unless you're willing to put up with constant warning messages every few minutes for the next few hours - essentially everytime an unknown program accesses the Windows system information ... and in the beginning, every Windows program is unknown to the Tea-Timer. The messages start to decline dramatically thereafter)
3.) Avira AV/AntiVir - be sure to install the free version of Avira when you don't expect to use the computer for anything important in the next hour or two, because it will run a scan immediately following its installation. From there, Avira will protect you nonstop, and you need only run Ad-Aware and Spybot once a week (I DON'T recommend running any of them at the same time - they often discover similar problems and react oddly when both attempt to fix such problems.)


Editing a page by hand also forces the webmaster to take a thoughtful approach to web design and keep the source code structured and ordered for the sake of readability and maintenance. Further sustainability in web design can be achieved by splitting the major components of your page into independent sections stored by database, (This is how blogging and blog commenting began - with roots in web forums and database design.) such as header, date, footer, page- & text-styles, text- and image-positioning, colors, javascript, archive index, alerts, posts, comments, etc. This enables efficient code maintenance, swift page updates, and most importantly, this layout is highly condusive to creating a user interface and settings page so that content-writers of a web page need not know anything about web design but can update the web page with custom text, layouts, and images in record time, allowing the web master to devote more time to hunt errors, ensure data security, backup data, ensure privacy, optimize, and add new features.

And that's just the basics. This information doesn't even place a dent in the wealth of information these topics span.
It's not much of a portfolio without server examples and code involving Fourier transformations, Bayes' Theorem, Dempster & Shafer, Turing-level code modularity (for those of you who know GoF design patterns, I'm talking about adapters, bridges, facades, and proxies), Knuth, genetic algorithms, etc. I'll get there. All on one page. One day, one day.

Why Javascript? It has quite a few neat features not usually found together in a single language, and I was only too happy to see it available via the unconventionally-titled implementations Rhino, SpiderMonkey, Jscript.NET, and Jscript.Mono. If you don't know what those are, you're most likely in the majority, and should not worry. But then, if the majority of individuals do know, then ... wow ... These days, a person is just as likely to code a project in C (I hope) as in Prolog, so any opportunity to play with interesting languages is always great exercise.

... And yes, I did create this post as a follow-up to the post ahead of it despite the time discrepancy.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Midouri Melon, a Long Island with cranberry, and a Blue Hawaiian means you'll be drunk off your ass, but you won't know it until an hour later.

Drinking's bad, m'kay?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I had an interesting dream last night.

It was in a darkly-lit house, with an interesting and diverse array of artifacts and art.

I stood outside on the back porch, staring at an assortment of tree tops peeking above a ridge in almost total darkness.

I jumped from the porch to the paved walkway between some bushes on the side of the house, feeling as if I could continue floating through the air if I chose.

I jumped again, and as if following an air current, I randomly floated around the side of the house, nearing an ornate support structure that looked like carved obsidian or of a dark oil finish on wood. the support beam closest to me connected to a totem stacked with animals I did not expect. At the top, my arm brushed by the mouth of a burgundy-black lion, with open jaws that closed slowly, lightly, fluidly upon my left bicep, preventing me from floating away.

The eyes of the lion flared to life in a red glow reflecting on the near-black surface of its skin. With a voice filled with static reminiscent of a cheap Halloween decoration, it spoke to me, "You are eaten by the lion or you eat us." (I recalled this quite well earlier this morning, but alas now it is too faded, so the exact wording is currently lost to me.)

Vaguely aware that I was being given a choice, I stared at the head incredulously and said, "I'd rather eat!" I had intended to say, "I'd rather not do either," but I knew not of what that meant.

"Others choose differently," said the lion's head, as if grudgingly. It spoke further, or the message spoke something further to me, as if it didn't concern eating at all, but a choice to pass the buck. I could not understand its intent, but I knew the being was powerful.

The eyes dimmed, and the mouth opened. I was free to go.

Consequently, the dream fueled another sad attempt at poetry on my part:

The buck stops here.
The purpose is clear.
The door has opened, the way has been shown.
Deliver the truth, highlight the unknown.
Cherish your freedoms, but don't feel ashamed;
Gather heat from the fire, but don't fuel the flame.
A pact is dishonored. Unfairly you are blamed.
In this evil, only the middle-man has gained.
Don't lose composure, be not upset;
the stronger your emotions, more desperately you fret.
The stronger your structure, more resilience you get.
The stronger your intention, greater results you beget.
Strive to change the evils you saw,
lest they rub too long against you, and burn your skin raw.
The buck stops here.
Our purpose is clear.

Friday, August 25, 2006

My final class has been successfully transferred to the University, and my graduation advisor has signed off on it! I am now a UA Alumnus! And I just found out this morning on my birthday! Booyeah!

Monday, August 14, 2006

HEY! Remember: don't be evil, Google! That's your motto!

:-(®

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Listening to: [ The Theme of Rocky ]
The degree requirements are now complete.


I will request a transcript from PCC tomorrow, and it will be ready by Monday. I will turn the transcript over to my advisor at the University, and I will then await my degree evaluation.

I'M DONE ! IT'S DONE! IT'S COMPLETE! CLASS IS OVER! NO MORE!

(... at least until I go for a master's degree or a 2nd bachelor's of science ... )

Friday, July 21, 2006

With some embarassment, I realize that I have never posted a link on this site about its javascript innards, even though one of the two primary reasons I created this site was to showcase my competency. Thus, I humbly submit for your reading pleasure, the Heart of Nothing Spoken, formatted in color syntax. It gives you a taste of what a template system can do with an excellent yet neutered programming language. (Also available here in post-processed form.)


I'll be altering the topmost link so that it links to the archive rather than to my profile - I may have a better place for the profile link, anyway. Now as for that menu of buttons that don't look like buttons, well ... I'll have to tweak them just a bit, too. All this, of course will be done after I am finished with the last of my coursework ... which will be in less than two weeks!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Y'know, I just saw that American Idol winner on a car commercial, singing "I get what I want, I go where I please, and that works for me; possibilities!" And I admit, the song was fun and high-energy, but I just thought, "How could he be so obtuse as to sing that crap?" He should fire his agent or the car company should fire the employee who decided those lyrics would be great marketing.

Pardon: I've just seen enough earth & society videos to brainwash a consciencious objector into the green party's devoted hitman; enough to turn an athiest into Gaea's preaching zealot.

Save your cash, use it for funding research projects, green-science, and charities. Will someone finally start forcing people to vote in elections before they're allowed to vote in talent competitions?!

By the way, debt is how the new economy takes your individual power away from you.

Basically, the idea is that you get provided with opportunities to spend your money; but you don't have enough, so banks and credit companies use the money they stole from the poor to fund your outrageous lifestyle, at which point you become one of their indetured servants, but since you don't want to become one, you buy more - and that chain does stop somewhere; two places in fact: third world economies and the world's ecosystems. For the sake of all purity, these aren't new! They were known as repression, indentured servitude, classism, slavery, overtaxation, over-industrialization, pollution, and they've been around for millenia! They're as old and dumb as dirt. People say they're better than everything else, but that's because almost everything else sucked, and a bunch of idiots convinced us that ideas of more fluidity that allowed both individual and society to thrive as equally separable and unseperable beings weren't possible. They're possible. For the love of God, even this whole universe is based on that duality; particles and waves. Can't have one without the other.

Despite the atrocities inherited from the Romans, the Catholic Church had one thing right: loan sharks and high-interest rates are damnable sins. And so is the legal equivalent; attack by frivolous lawsuits, which amount to the same thing by taking away power and creating indentured servants for the banks who help pay for it.

Doesn't it make you wonder? Of the world's greatest powers, pharmacy companies, 1st-world banks, credit companies, oil companies, cellular comanies, why is it we don't see more research into real earth-friendly technologies? It's true there are many, many wonderful new Earth-friendly technologies on the horizon; but there can be much more. Is there anyone working on modifications of the Star Wars project that would prevent a nuclear bomb from going off? neutralizing a bomb vs blowing up off-target are two very different things. Or how about self-powering ways of sucking up pollutants in water and air? They exist. They can be deployed, and should.

And you know, with the power that mathematics as a science wields, why is it that the fast food companies, each of which make enough food to feed the entire world daily, don't utilize simple time-based probability statistics to save food that will most likely not get eaten, re-freeze it, and ship it off to a third-world country for free distribution?! There are a lot more ideas and ways of solving the world's problems all right under our noses on a daily basis that we hardly see. Open your eyes.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Minibosses, Minibosses, MINIBOSSES!
Fuck yeah!

The only real downside was the three hour wait, even though the newlyweds bailed out on us without saying a word, but their combined sleep schedule's so topsy-turvey, I think they were TKO for the night, so it's all good. We waited three freakin' hours before Minibosses came on: we had to agonize through three horrid bands ... well, the men in white were fun, but that sound guy (who was incredibly good with the soundboard otherwise) forgot to take off his ****ing earplugs (we should have brought some, too! You could hear everyone playing from inside a car a BLOCK away!) and blasted us all out with the FUCKING high-pitched gain-distorted guitar sounds! That really fucking hurt! It was so bad that we spent most of the time sitting out in the lobby talking with some friends from the U - I ran into another Computer Science alum, and Mike and I met up with some media arts majors and grads that we've run into so many times in the past it's ridiculous, so we six just held a section of the lobby and a small portion of the front in the over-21 area the rest of the night :-D - it turns out they're running a vg talk show over at hardcoregamersonly.com, and their trailer looked pretty damn slick!(They brought their trailer with them) So Minibosses finally got on stage at midnight, and brought the heart & soul with 'em! They kicked ASS! We were going to get 'em to sign the CD, but by 1:20am, they were finishing up, and all the other bands were getting back onstage for a 4-group collaboration, at which point both Mike and I were so tired and have things to do today since it's early morning now! It was time for us to exit stage-left and beat the crowd! So we did, beating the rush, and slamming home at 1:35am or so ... Club Congress is on the far west side, and I live on the far east side of town -- and Mike got home crazy fast, too! It was really weird ... the fact that I"m typing all this and it's only 1:50am! So good night to ya all, and rock out! Peace!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I got an A! One more makes pocket aces to finish the degree!
Imagine me whistling the tune of "If I only had a brain" ...
If you don't want to know, don't read it. ;-)
No encompassing flame of media attention is without its fuel, much less gallons of it, and without protecting ourselves from falsehoods and staying educated on all perspectives, some of us might doom ourselves to believing all that we are told even after new information arrives. So, props to you who are the naysayers that shout when the emperor walks out of the palace stark naked, fooled by two greedy men - But on to addressing the belief that ADHD does not exist, maybe it's only the questionable diagnoses that we should investigate, rather than the overgeneralizations we've been reading about that falsely claim without so much as batting an eyelash that there is no physical evidence of ADHD.
The first problem is of research; a lot of new and valid information isn't propogating to all important parties(those in power) as fast as we would expect; The cause must be investigated, because the new level of connectivity provided by technological advances should be assisting this endeavor tenfold, but in this case and many others (at least in reading the news about how political parties stand on pertinent issues), there is a lot of evidence that state otherwise. (warning, because I'm giving my opinion, I'm not concerned about stating my references. However, if asked, I will do so. It's just a bitch to go backtracking, otherwise this would be a rather nice and completely evidenced essay ... *sigh*)
The second problem: there is substantial evidence for which we can verify ADHD in some individuals, but we have not yet found substantial physical evidence for ALL those afflicted, and that's where the real issue appears. We can say there isn't any complete reliable evidence because reliable evidence only exists for a few of us, rather than all. The most common measurable effect used in the past was that many individuals diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have statistically much higher amounts of alpha and theta waves detected from their brain - meaning they're in a state of continually falling asleep. The other, more recently-discovered physical trait in these few is a slightly smaller brain size(yeah, that really sucks, doesn't it? We'll see less people flock to ADHD as a cultural identifier now, hopefully! I don't like the idea of statistically smaller brain size as a group identifier anymore than the next sane individual!) But it's also just a statistic; many individuals were studied who also have larger brains, but the overall trend is a significant difference in size - I don't even know if this is true for me! I can only go by my test results, my handwriting, my scores at games, my memory, and the health of my relationships with friends and family) which may often be underdeveloped or even show less activity than the average in some sections and more activity in others. Heck; for many it would have to deal with a simple imbalance of neurotransmitters rather than underdevelopment! It's all well and good to wonder about those without substantial proof of some form, but don't throw the baby with the bathwater by disregarding these individuals who benefit to the point of AT LEAST meeting normal development standards, much less those of us who can exceed them by use of ritalin and adderall (and still fail to meet them otherwise) - which many related studies DO report enhancement of brain development, especially in those of us with our 'smaller brains'. Furthermore, this result is backed up by other studies have shown that these medicines also (frighteningly enough) produce tiny and BENIGN growths (as opposed to large and/or malignant ones) all throughout the body over time: you'd have to expect such things to happen for anything that directly causes GROWTH in an organ! Why? Regardless of whether or not it's 'enhanced development', when you take a medicine that affects so much of the body as for instance the entire freakin' nervous system, if you see 'growth' in one area, you should expect to find growth somewhere else, too!! And since these tiny benign growths have been shown to be benign, and won't ever become visible to the naked eye, I prefer being a productive member of society, thank you. This isn't about me wanting to drug myself up! I hate taking the medication! I really f*cking hate it! But in comparison, the stupid things I've done without it is like being half-drunk most of the time, without even the luxury of drinking first! A little difference goes a long way for those of us who need it! But this is heresay for every individual who reads it until they(you) look it up for themselves(yourself)! So go look it up! Read the studies! Don't look for the articles! Look at the science and research publications directly! Don't worry that you may not have read them before. Just read them now! You'll get used to the jargon quickly, and get used to what is advertised bullshit (aka many non-academic-based research or heretofor unknown academic campuses) and what isn't. (And that's always a good skill to practice.) In other words, don't believe the hype of someone who hasn't actually read/done significant research (i.e. - more than the news, and more than the anecdotal evidence of one person vs thousands, as in some large research studies.) ADHD is now the unspoken banner for labeling hypochondriacs and psychosomatics rather than for what it was originally intended, which was bad enough; a catch-all for combinations of real learning disabilities that have real definitions aside from the term ADHD! When will people get their vocabulary right and talk about the real issues rather than finding scapegoats and incomplete information? We move ever closer, now that people see there's a lot more than two extremes to choose from ... But I will say this: After trying long-acting Adderall and Concerta (long-acting Ritalin), neither long-acting form does a darn bit of good for me.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

One class down, one to go. "I ar teh winarr!"

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Night of a Million Zillion Z's

Ye gods, I am tired ... five days ago, insomnia kicked into high gear, and I went three days without sleep, the third day I spent with a friend who has the graveyard shift as a community support officer, looking for suspicious activity on a few PCC college campuses. we basically ran around checking doors, looking for people, calling in suspicious vehicles. We did this, driving from campus to campus listening to music and grabbing food on the way until it was about five or six in the morning. So after spending a night doing something a little bit more active and constructive, you'd think I'd be really freaking tired, right?

Right. Oh baby, the insomnia is so gone, and I am so tired. I can hear the fireworks, and I can't even get myself excited enough to run outside ...
So, I slept a good nine hours Sunday night, and seven hours last night ...
And for some reason, now, Independence Day, the Fourth of July, all day have I slept, all night have I slept, and I am so tired, I'm probably going to sleep the rest of this night ... I've been trying to get to Club Congress for the past few days to pick up tickets for the Minibosses, but I am so darn tired! Hopefully this will be the only day like that, but I don't know for sure ...
(And happy Independence Day everyone! I defend my right to call it happy because it wouldn't have been so happy if it wasn't an independence, right? Right? Well, who knows? Do you really want to ask the unasked question now, mr bigshot "patriot"?! Ha! So Happy 4th! It's how (I assume) our forefathers would've wanted us to celebrate!)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

un-conscious == LACK of consciousness; it means you're out cold.
sub-conscious == operating below the level of conscious thought.
Just some of the Notable Vegetarians:
(These are just my favorites, really. The full list is much larger...)
Ovid,
Voltaire,
Mark Twain,
Ben Franklin,
Leo DaVinci,
George Bernard Shaw,
Henry David Thoreau,
Plato,
Pythagoras,
Albert Einstein,
Leo Tolstoy,
Friedrich Nietzsche,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Mary Shelly,
Scott Adams,
Dan Piraro,
Berkley Breathed,
Susan B. Anthony,
Mr Rogers,
Dizzie Gillespie,
Bill Ford,
Chelsea Clinton,
Piers Anthony,
Vincent Van Gogh,
Kevin Eubanks,
Michael Eisner,
Bob Dylan,
David Duchovny,
Tom Petty,
Christie Brinkley,
Dirk Benedict, (The A Team!)
Lisa Bonet, (The Cosby Show)
Bill Maher,
Cher,
Chevy Chase,
Margaret Cho,
Tobey Maguire,
Jude Law,
Tony LaRussa,
Carrie Underwood,
Lenny Kravitz,
Gladys Knight,
Robert Kennedy, Jr.
Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls,
Mel C of the Spice Girls
Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Anthony Kiedis of the Red hot Chili Peppers,
Paula Abdul,
Dr John Harvey Kellog,
Ashley Judd,
Steve Jobs,
Woody Harrelson,
Billy Idol,
Jerry Garcia,
Michael J Fox,
David Bowie,
Kim Basinger,
Alec Baldwin,
Pamela Anderson,
Dennis Rodman,
Gwyneth Paltrow,
Ray mMay, (Denver Broncos)
Eustace Miles, (former tennis champion)
Edwin Moses (Olympic hurdler),
Martina Navratilova, (Tennis star)
Pat Reeves, (Power Lifter, won British Masters for 8 years)
Murray Rose, (Olympic swimmer)
David Scott, (6-time Iron Man Triathlon winner)
George Spitz (Marathon Runner)
Bill Walton (formerly with Portland Trailblazers)
Johnny Weissmuller, (who broke 6 world swimming records as a vegan)
Chris Campbell (Olympic Wrestler)
Andreas Cahling(Weight lifter)
Estelle Gray, (x-country cyclist)
Goose Gossage, (SD Padres)
Peter Burwash (Tennis champion)
Billy Jean King (Tennis champion)
Carl Lewis, vegan, but only when in training, (Olympic Champion)
Marv Levy, (Olympic runner/long-jumper)
Captain Alan Jones, (17,003 consecutive pushups)
Kathy Johnson, (Olympic gymnast)
Killer Kowalski, (Wrestling star)
Jim Brewer, (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Campy Russell, (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Bill Pearl, (body builder, Mr Universe)
Elvira,
Alanis Morissette,
Weird Al,
Stevie Wonder,
the band members of Def Leopard,
Steven Seagal,
William Shatner,
Mary Tyler Moore,
Moby,
Meatloaf
Larry Mullen Jr,
Jerry Seinfield,
David Carradine,
Steve Vai,
Natalie Portman,
Prince,
Brad Pitt,
Joaquin Phoenix,
Peter Brock,
Steve Perry,
Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Jack Irons of Pearl Jam,
Paul McGann,
George Harrison,
Paul & Linda McCartney (the whole family, really),
Ricky Martin,
Chris Martin,
Bob Marley,
Peter Cushing,
Hillary Swank,
Alicia Silverstone,
Erika Badu,
Andre Benjamin of Outkast,
Henry Rollins,
Terry "Geezer" Butler of Ozzy Osbourne's band,
Ozzy Osbourne, (but that's after the lifestyle changes ...)
Richard Pryor, (same here, he's dead now, :-( )

and of course,
Ralph Nader.

Sir Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare were also vegetarian, but both also had some relapses.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

All calculated:
Expenses, federal taxes, payroll taxes (by using the fed/pay percentage from the estimate given by the federal tax calculator), credit, and possible credit changes have all been assessed! Now I need only wait on my classes and the job market ... given the current situation, I'm most likely looking at a January moving day rather than a September moving day. Not too shabby.

Try calculations of your own:

1.) Expenses Calculator
2.) Federal Tax Calculator
(Now divide the federal tax amount by your monthly pay and in the next site, and put that percentage in for withholding - I think ... )
3.) Payroll & Tax Calculator
4.) Truly Free Credit Reports (Three free annually, one per company)
5.) FICO Estimator (Credit Rating Calculator)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Job search update: I've sent the ol' résumé to 6 places, uploaded it to the U's career center, have found 11 more places, and found 4 more sets of job listings to browse - but I'm done for now until I finish this latest homework/test combo for Wednesday & Friday.

This is one of the only tasks I know that are best-solved by aiming a cannon at the fly on the wall.

Friday, June 16, 2006

"You can't afford the luxury of a negative thought." -- John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
Sounds hokey, but it's true. It costs too much.

Places to go in Tucson:

List #1: Activities and Locations(Incomplete list)
List #2: Foods and Dinners(also incomplete)
List #3: Free/Low-cost Ideas
List #4: Resorts, Spas, and Secluded Areas ;-)
List #5: Mom & Pop Stops (a café-centric version of list #2)

Places to Go in Tucson Part #2: Foods & Dinners


Ultimate streetcorner areas:
UNIVERSITY AVENUE, FOURTH AVENUE, AND CONGRESS STREET (And really, most of Downtown)


Places that play live music (still adding; the current
three listed here are ones I've never been to, so I can't
really vouch to the quality)
Source #1: http://www.10best.com
Source #2: Google (stuff to be added later)
Source #3: VisitTucson.Org

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Rialto Theatre
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318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701-1833 · 520-740-0126

Dress:Casual
Features:Smoking
Type:Live Music

This venue, located in the heart of downtown, had a fascinating past as a Vaudeville theater. Now the refurbished facility is a great place to catch a touring band. Many styles of music, from blues to salsa to alternative, are represented, and big names often perform.

Hours:
Box office Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat noon-6pm; Show dates and start times avry.

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King Fisher Bar & Grill
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2564 East Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona
(520) 323-7739
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Live Music Schedule at King Fisher Bar and Grill!
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June 17 - Phil Lipman
June 19 - Amilicar Guerara
June 24 - Arthur Migliazza
June 26 - George Howard & Arthur Migliazza

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Berky's Bar
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5769 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85712 · 520-296-1981

Alcohol:Beer
Dress:Business Casual
Type:Bar, Live Music

A slightly more mature crowd gathers at Berky's, a local favorite with a great reputation. Live music is usually on the agenda, with well-known local groups as well as regional acts. The cover charge varies according to the band performing; call ahead for specifics.

Hours:Daily noon-1am

Admission:Cover Charge: Free - $10


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Club Congress
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311 E Congress St, Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701-1811 · 520-622-8848

Ambiance:Trendy
Dress:Casual, Trendy / Stylish
Features:Group Friendly
Type:Live Music

This upbeat dance club offers a wide range of popular theme nights, with some of the best DJs in the area spinning nostalgic tracks or the best alternative music of today. Live music is offered, too, with top national acts headlining. 80s fans shouldn't miss Blue Monday.

Hours:Daily 8pm-1am, bands start at 9pm

Admission:Cover $5-10




RESTAURANTS (My favs are at the top/closer to the top)
Unless otherwise mentioned, Favorites and places I'd like to try have been listed from
VisitTucson.Org

Of Course, at the top of my list, especially for the chocolate martinis and the excellent live jazz (which I don't remember seeing on visittucson's pages just yet, but it's probably there) is Sullivan's ... but expect it to be pricey.

Also, for Mother's Day and Father's Day, always reserve a table (at least a week in advance) at the West Inn La Paloma - they're among best for special events such as these.

Thirdly, Red Sky Café has been recommended by a friend.

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Café Poca Cosa
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110 E. Pennington St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-622-6400

Description:
Cuisine from across Mexico—daily changing menu. Mole sauces, unusual preparations. Pennington location serves lunch, dinner Mon.–Sat., Stone/Alameda location for breakfast, lunch weekdays. MasterCard, Visa.

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Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.
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865 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719- Phone #1: 520-624-4177
Email: realbeer@gentleben.com
Website: www.gentlebens.com

Description:
Located one block west of the University of Arizona. Gentle Bens is Southern Arizona's oldest and largest brewery and restaurant serving great food and ales daily.

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Elle, A Wine Country Restaurant
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Broadway Village, 3048 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716 Phone #1: 520-327-0500
Fax: 520-327-2353
Email: info@ellerestaurant.com
Website: www.elletucson.com

Description:
Located in historic Joesler building. Northern California, French and Italian cuisine. Appetizers include Citrus Shrimp Ceviche, Baked Brie in Puff Pastry; entree menu items include Butternut Squash Ravioli, Grilled Center-Cut Pork Chop, Sauteed Shrimp. Extensive wine cellar includes more than 300 selections, many wines by the glass. Open Mon.-Fri. at 11 a.m., Sat. at 4:30 p.m., Sun. brunch, at 10 a.m.


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Barrio Food & Drink
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135 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-629-0191
Website: www.barriofoodanddrink.com

Description:
Intimate bistro in heart of downtown. Contemporary little plates, greens, pastas, daily specials. Upbeat bar. Moments from theater, convention events. Lunch/dinner. Late night off-street parking.



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Gavi Italian Restaurants
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6960 E. Sunrise Dr. #110
Tucson, AZ 85750 Phone #1: 520-615-1900
Fax: 520-545-0392
Email: info@gavirestaurant.net
Website: www.gavirestaurant.net

Description:
Conceived by owner Gavi Colaleo, features authentic Italian food prepared fresh-to-order in a charming atmosphere. Enjoy Tucson Weekly's "Readers' Choice for Best Italian 2004-2005" inside or on the patio. You may dine from Gavi's extensive menu and wine list or sample daily lunch, appetizer and dinner specials. Other locations: 7865 E. Broadway Blvd., 290-8380; 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 219-9200.

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Frog and Firkin
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874 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719- Phone #1: 520-623-7507
Fax: 520-740-0192
Website: www.frogandfirkin.com


Description:
A unique dining experience. Choose from 26 import draft beers or one of our 50 import or domestic bottles. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, and specialty pizzas.



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58º & Holding Co.
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5340 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85711 Phone #1: 520-747-5858
Fax: 520-747-5859
Email: azinfo@58degrees.com
Website: www.58degrees.com

Description:
Come explore the cool world of 58º. Shop Tucson's definitive destination for fine wines and beers. Sip up to 58 wines by the glass, refreshing beers, and sample tempting treats in the chic, contemporary "Bar 58." Store your wines in our private and secure wine cellar at a chilly 58º. Other location: St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell, Ste. 27.



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Acacia at St. Philips
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4340 N. Campbell Ave. #103
Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone #1: 520-232-0101
Fax: 520-232-0103
Email: lila@acaciatucson.com
Website: www.acaciatucson.com

Description:
Acacia's contemporary American menu is as eclectic as America itself. Hints of new Latin, Pacific Rim as well as regional favorites lovingly handcrafted exclusively for Tucson diners. Enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch in the smartly appointed dining room or dine under the sycamores on the spacious patio. The comfortable indoor/outdoor lounge makes happy hour a must. Incredibly fun bar menu served from 11-11. Reservations appreciated.



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Cibaria Cucina Italiana
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12985 N. Oracle Rd. #165
Oro Valley, AZ 85737 Phone #1: 520-825-2900
Phone #2: 520-730-4761
Email: cibaria@netzero.net
Website: www.cibaria.com

Description:
Chef/Owner Michael Veres' gifted touch breathes life into familiar and well-loved favorites as well as creates incredible daily specials. Come in for the experience or let Cibaria bring the experience to you by catering your special event.



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Athens on 4th Restaurant
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500 N. 4th Ave., Ste. 6
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-624-6886
Fax: 520-624-0645
Email: athensonfourth@yahoo.com
Website: www.athensonfourth.com

Description:
Experience a divine blend of Greek hospitality and cuisine. Our recipes have been passed down for generations from many regions of Greece. We offer fresh fish and lamb specials daily in addition to our various entrees. To compliment any meal, choose from our extensive Greek and domestic wines and spirits.




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Anthony's in the Catalinas
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6440 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718- Phone #1: 520-299-1771
Fax: 520-299-6635
Email: anthonysinthecatalinas@msn.com
Website: www.anthonysinthecatalinas.com

Description:
Anthony's offers fine dining in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains with spectacular views, a continental menu, and a "Grand Award"-winning wine list.




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Catalina Grille at Omni Tucson National
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2727 W. Club Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Toll-Free: 800-528-4856
Phone #1: 877-2377
Fax: 520-742-2452
Website: www.omnitucsonnational.com

Description:
Open for dinner Mon.–Sat. 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sunday Brunch, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Reservations recommended.

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Grill on the Green
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5800 S. Camino del Sol
Green Valley, AZ 85614 Phone #1: 520-393-1933
Fax: 520-325-3230
Website: www.metrorestaurants.com

Description:
Part of Canoa Ranch Golf Club, the restaurant offers contemporary American cuisine. Indoor/patio dining with course view. Clubhouse available for private functions.



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Flying V Bar & Grill
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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750
Toll-Free: 800-234-5117
Phone #1: 520-299-2020
Fax: 520-299-6832
Email: MDominguez@Loewshotels.com
Website: www.loewshotels.com

Description:
Relaxed with outdoor seating. Southwestern. Favorite golfer-watering hole has excellent views of the Canyon Course, yet elegant enough for an intimate dinner beside the fireplace.


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Firecracker Bistro
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2990 N. Swan Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712 Phone #1: 520-318-1118
Fax: 520-325-3230
Website: www.metrorestaurants.com

Description:
The best lettuce cups in Tucson! Pacific Rim cuisine with flair. Look for fire-burning torches. Offering an extensive bar and wine list.



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El Parador Tropical Garden Restaurant
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2744 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716 Phone #1: 520-881-2808
Fax: 520-881-6483
Email: elparador@aol.com
Website: www.elparadortucson.com


Description:
Family owned and operated, serving Tucsonans since 1946. Offering fresh Sonoran-style, Nuevo Latino cuisine. Open daily. Fri., Sat. evenings, live salsa music and dancing. Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Five banquet rooms. Thirst-quenching Margaritas, refreshing Mojitos and an extensive Tequila list.



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Dakota Café & Catering Company
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6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715- Phone #1: 520-298-7188
Fax: 520-298-0588
Email: dakotacafe@aol.com
Website: www.dakotacafeandcatering.com

Description:
Open Mon.–Sat., lunch and dinner. Upscale cafe with fresh creative food. Outside patio dining. Full bar and affordable wine list. Daily specials, fresh fish nightly.




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Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
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198 W. Cushing St.
Tucson, AZ 85701- Phone #1: 520-622-7984
Email: cushingstreet@att.net
Website: www.cushingstreet.com

Description:
Historic Tucson landmark. A friendly gathering place downtown, serving homemade soups, salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, grilled steaks and seafood. Garden patios, antique dining rooms, private parking.

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Common Grounds Espresso Co.
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327 E. 7th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-770-9270
Fax: 520-777-7755
Email: camp327@aol.com
Website: www.commongroundsespresso.com

Description:
Common Grounds Espresso Co. has been serving professional organizations and events of all sizes since 1991. We have chosen to specialize in mobile on-site Cappuccino service. Our friendly and expert staff will deliver a truly unique experience to any occasion. Call for information and reservations.



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Brooklyn Pizza Company
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534 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-622-6868
Fax: 520-622-2968
Email: tonyvaccaro@excite.com
Website: www.brooklynpizzacompany.com

Description:
Watch us hand-toss and bake your pizza. Discounts for catering and pizza parties. Knockout lunch and late-night specials. Whole pies and by the slice. Our own Gelato/Italian Ice. Calzones, subs and pasta. Beer and wine.



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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre–West
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5247 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205- Phone #1: 480-325-6700
Fax: 480-325-6746
Email: tickets@broadwaypalmwest.com
Website: www.broadwaypalmwest.com

Description:
New, 500-seat, year-round professional dinner theatre presents full-length Broadway musicals/comedies combined with a savory buffet meal to create an exceptional dinner-and-show package.



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Bistro Zin (Hmmm.)
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1865 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718 Phone #1: 299-7799
Fax: 520-318-9653
Email: info@foxrc.net
Website: www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com

Description:
French-inspired American bistro/wine bar voted best new Tucson restaurant. Seasonal menu features classic French with American twist. Chic intimate interior or cozy patio with fireplace. Serving lunch Mon.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and dinner daily 5 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Places to Go in Tucson


Primary Sources: Visit Tucson dot org,
and myself for some of the more obvious stuff below.
Finally there's the Tucson Underground. A great source, with a lot of good & fun references for food, games, dance (yes, even traditional dancing, and all are up-to-date; they even put an R.I.P. notice for the good ol' Hazy Dayz hangout)

Also, here are major events in Tucson listed from now till 2008



The University


The University also has some nice lounge-areas for games, recreation, and entertainment, most of which is either at the Recreation Center (exercise), or Wilbur's Underground within the University Student Union, including comedy troupes, poetry nights, garage bands, advance & old movie screenings, pool tables, ping-pong, poker, and chess tables. There's also usually something going on at the University theatre, and public music recitals are regularly hosted at the auditoriums in the University Music Department.

The Fairgrounds

are usually hosting some activity (I think there's also a public race track in that area ...? I'll get more info on this racetrack shtuff, later)
And of course, there's the book stores, the Guitar Center (if you ever wanted to freely play with instruments at a store, this is it!), the ice- and roller-skating rinks, the skate park, etc - more details with the skate park and roller-skate rink, as well as the bowling alleys will come later.

Mainstreet Billiards has free Karaoke and free pool (the free pool is only during Spring & Fall sessions) on Saturday nights or Sunday nights for college students with valid IDs - but there's also an 18+ bar that has free karaoke Monday through Friday or Saturday, and I cannot remember its name - I'll get that from a friend later.

Malls:

There's five main malls as far as I know, Tucson Mall , Foothills Mall (There's a Gameworks here, but they call it GameZone) , El Con Mall , Park Place Mall , and La Encantada - I'm pretty sure they're in order of Largest to smallest, but DEFINITELY not necessarily in order of quality.

And all of them close disappointingly early.

Groceries:

For 'healthy' grocery stores, the best are Sunflower, Trader Joe's, AJ's, and Wild Oats, although Sunflower and Trader Joe's are the ones that save you $$.

But for all regular grocery stores, the Bashas' on Broadway and Houghton can't really be beat for quality in general.


And Everything else yet to be sorted


Drives up to Mount Lemon, and Gamezone, and please ADD your information to this list if you see something missing! Here's the list of things that were noteworthy enough to mention.
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Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley
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Jay Davies, Manager
10300 Ski Run Rd.
Mt. Lemmon, AZ 85619 Phone #1: 520-576-1400
Phone #2: 520-885-1181
Fax: 520-885-0033

Description:
30 miles, 30 degrees cooler in the aspen and ponderosa pine forest! Open year-round for skiing/skyride, unique gifts, homemade fudge and patio or fireside dining.


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Caves & Mines
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1. Colossal Cave Mountain Park
647-7275, 16711 E. Colossal Cave Rd., off I-10 at exit 279, east Tucson. Park admission: $3/car. $7.50/adults, $4/children 6–12, under 5 free. Summer 8 a.m.–6 p.m., winter 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Open an hour later on Sundays and holidays. Allow 1.5 hours.
The first formal tours of this cave were conducted in 1923 and involved ropes and lanterns. Today’s tours offer a much safer and more comfortable peek at this area’s underground geology. Colossal Cave is called “dry” or “dormant,” meaning that, due to a lack of water, it no longer is “growing” crystal formations. Yet the preserved stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone are beautiful to behold. And the temperature inside the cave is always a pleasant 70° Fahrenheit.


2. Kartchner Caverns State Park
586-2283, off AZ Hwy. 90. Reservations strongly recommended. Park entrance fee $5/vehicle; free with tour reservation. Rotunda/Throne Room tour: $18.95/adults, $9.95/children 7–13, children under 6 free, but need a ticket. Big Room tour: $22.95/adults, $12.95/children 7–13, children under 6 prohibited. Park open 7 days/week, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Tours run 8:20 a.m.–4:20 p.m. Reservations taken from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., each day. Allow at least 3 hours for entire park experience; cave tours last about one hour each. Photos and video equipment prohibited.
One of the great natural wonders of the western United States. It’s believed that no human had ever seen this huge living cave prior to its discovery in the 1970s by two Tucson cave enthusiasts. Care has been taken to preserve the pristine conditions within. Remarkable because it is a “wet” or “living” cave, meaning the calcite formations are still growing. See a stunning variety of multicolored cave formations.


3. Queen Mine Tours

478 N. Dart Rd.
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Toll-Free: 866-432-2071
Phone #1: 520-432-2071
Email: queenminetour@cityofbisbee.com
Website: www.discoverbisbee.com

Description:
Tour an authentic turn-of-the-century underground mine. Slicker, hard hat and head lamp provided. Reservations suggested.


4. Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629 Phone #1: 520-625-7736
Fax: 520-574-9238
Email: dryan@pimaair.org
Website: www.pimaair.org

Description:
Tours are offered of this actual missile site, the only one of 54 such silos preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Displays include an actual Titan 21CBM. Experience a simulated launch. Tour includes the control center and launch duct.



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Hot Springs
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1. Essence of Tranquility
Located 7 miles south of Safford at the base of Mt. Graham, this privately operated site features hot (96-106 degrees Fahrenheit) artesian mineral springs (indoor and outdoor, private and communal). Tent camping with communal facilities for kitchen and barbecue. 928-428-9312.


2. Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area
Located 35 miles south of Safford adjacent to Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. Producing more than 250 gallons of water per minute at 106 degrees Fahrenheit, this artesian well has flowed ever since 1928 when it was discovered by oil drillers. Outdoor hot tubs are soothing and restorative. Bureau of Land Management, 928-348-4400.


3. Kachina Hot Springs
6 miles south of Safford, off AZ Hwy 191, on Cactus Road. Natural mineral baths in tiled, Roman-style tubs with 108 degree Fahrenheit water that is piped directly to guests’ tub. Massage and reflexology spa treatments also offered. 928-428-7212.


4. Roper Lake State Park Hot Springs
Located 6 miles south of Safford. Enjoy a dip in a hot tub—an outdoor rock-lined pool created by park rangers and filled with natural hot mineral spring water. Open 6a.m. to 10p.m. Campground areas with electric hook-ups, restrooms, vending machines, picnic tables, grills, swimming, fishing, and public phones. 928-428-6760.




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Hiking
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1. Sabino Canyon Recreational Area
749-2861, 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., east Tucson. Parking $5/vehicle, Tram $7.50/adults, $3/children 3–12. Open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sabino Canyon offers spectacular views, a variety of wildlife, and dozens of marked trails that range from easy to advanced. The easiest hike is the one that takes you 3.8 miles up the canyon. Other favorites include the Telephone Line Trail and Bear Canyon.

2. Saguaro National Park West
733-5158, 10 miles west of Tucson. $10/vehicle.
Tucson Mountain Park just west of town has many great trails. The best place for information is at the Red Hills Visitor Center on Kinney Road. A popular hike is the Sendero Esperanza Trail to the top of Wasson Peak. Reaching the top of the 4,600-foot peak takes about two hours.

3. Mt. Lemmon
749-8700, north on Catalina Highway, one hour to the summit. $5/vehicle.
The short drive will take you thousands of feet above Tucson, where the temperature averages about 20 degrees cooler. A nice 6.5 mile hike is Butterfly Trail. The trailhead is at the ranger station at milepost 19.8. Before traveling up the mountain during the winter, it’s advisable to call the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Road Conditions Hotline, 547-7510.

4. Pima Canyon Trail
In north Tucson. The trailhead is at the east end of Magee Road, just past Christie Drive (the extension of First Avenue).
An exceptional hike for wildlife and scenery, the trail begins with a steep climb as you enter the canyon, then criss-crosses the streambed, offering a nice variety of short climbs and descents. Pima Canyon is a Bighorn Sheep Preserve. Steep climbs and rugged trails are for intermediate and advanced hikers.

5. Finger Rock Trail
North-central Tucson at the north end of Alvernon Way.
A highly visible landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Finger Rock is extremely steep—climbing from 3,000 to well over 7,000 feet. The wildlife is diverse and the city views spectacular. The 10-mile round trip is for intermediate to advanced hikers.


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Cycling & Mountain Biking
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1. Mission San Xavier del Bac
294-2624, off I-19 at exit 92. Free. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Allow 2–3 hours.
Begin your tour at Congress St. and Grande Ave., west of I-10. Grande Ave. becomes Mission Rd. as you travel south. The bike lane ends south of Drexel Rd. but remains a good paved road into the San Xavier Indian Reservation. Intermediate, one-hour ride.


2. Saguaro National Park West
733-5158, 10 miles west of Tucson. $10/vehicle.
There are two routes, approximately one hour each, through this scenic desert preserve. Experienced riders take Speedway Blvd. west of I-10 and continue west over Gates Pass. The traffic, narrow roadway and steep climb make this route a challenge. Continue west to Kinney Rd. and right to the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. An alternate, intermediate route begins at Picture Rocks Rd. on west Ina Rd. and continues south and west to the museum.


3. Old Spanish Trail to Colossal Cave Mountain Park
647-7275, 16711 E. Colossal Cave Rd., about 40 minutes from downtown Tucson.
The Old Spanish Trail begins at Broadway Blvd. and parallels the Old Spanish Trail roadway to Colossal Cave Rd. Prehistoric people and Wild West train robbers once used Colossal Cave as shelter. It is now a popular recreational attraction. One hour, one way, for novice to intermediate riders.


4. Starr Pass
6 miles west of Tucson, 15 minutes from downtown.
Take St. Mary’s Rd. west for an intermediate two-hour loop in the Tucson Mountains. St. Mary’s Rd. turns into Anklam Rd. as it curves and approaches the mountain. Turn south into Starr Pass Resort, left at the stop sign, and right on the next road to the trailhead. The trail takes you over Starr Pass with beautiful views of the valley.


5. Chiva Falls
10 miles east of Tucson, 40 minutes from downtown.
This is a 2–4 hour technical ride for intermediate to expert bikers. Take Tanque Verde Rd. east, which eventually turns into Redington Rd. The trailhead is about 5 miles up Redington to the south.


6. Anza Trail

Discover the Spanish history of the American Southwest along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The trail commemorates the route followed in 1775–76 by a Spanish commander, Juan Bautista de Anza II, who led a party of 240 colonists on an expedition from Mexico to found a presidio and mission near the San Francisco Bay. The United States section of the Anza Trail is a 1,200-mile marked highway route beginning in Southern Arizona.

7. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Off I-19, 1 Burruel St., Tubac, AZ. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas day. Contact park for current entrance fees: 398-2252. Allow 1–2 hours.
Founded in 1752 as a Spanish presidio to defend the mission at Tumacacori and the village of Tubac—known today as the oldest European-settled city in Arizona. From this location, Anza staged two overland expeditions to what was then known as Alta California. The ruins of Anza’s house can be viewed through an underground archeological exhibit.


8. Tumacacori National Historical Park

398-2341, off I-19, near Tubac. $3/adults, under 16 free. Grounds and museum open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Allow one hour.
The abandoned ruins of three ancient Spanish colonial missions are here on 45 acres. The mission San Jose de Tumacacori first was listed in 1691 as an outlying visita by Father Kino, and is one the oldest in Arizona. Tumacacori contributed a herd of cattle to the Anza expedition and Father Font, a member of Anza’s colony, stayed here while Anza marshaled his forces at Tubac.



9. Sierra Madre Express

P.O. Box 26381
Tucson, AZ 85726
Toll-Free: 800-666-0346
Phone #1: 520-747-0346
Fax: 520-747-0378
Email: adventure@sierramadreexpress.com
Website: www.sierramadreexpress.com

Description:
Embrace the magic of a timeless culture when you travel by private train on the Sierra Madre Express to Mexico's magnificent Copper Canyon. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, discover the world of the shy & mysterious Tarahumara Indians, indulge in Mexican hospitality at it's best. All Inclusive, American Owned & Operated. Phone 1-800-666-0346 or click on our website above.


Casinos:

1. Desert Diamond Casinos

I-19 at Pima Mine Rd.
Phone #1: 520-393-2700
Fax: 520-393-2851
Email: comments@desertdiamondcasino.com
Website: www.desertdiamondcasino.com

Description:
Slots, Blackjack, Poker, Keno, and Bingo, sports bar, buffet, Agave Restaurant, catering, meeting rooms, and Diamond Center. Other location: Nogales Hwy. & Valencia.
An enterprise of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

2. Casino of the Sun

7406 South Camino de Oeste, Tucson, Arizona, 85746
(520) 879-5450
Website: http://www.casinosun.com

Description:
casino, slots, bingo, video roulette, video craps, Club Sol, Buffet & Midnight Express. An enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (www.pascuayaquitribe.org)


Stuff still to be sorted:
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The Fox Tucson Theatre
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17 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-624-1515
Fax: 520-624-5855
Email: info@foxtucsontheatre.org
Website: www.foxtucsontheatre.org

Description:
The Fox Tucson Theatre, built in 1930 and recently restored and reopened, is a stunning Southwestern art deco movie palace.


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O.K. Corral®
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308 E. Allen St.
P.O. Box 367
Tombstone, AZ 85638-
Toll-Free: 800-518-1566
Phone #1: 520-457-3456
Email: ok-corral@ok-corral.com
Website: www.ok-corral.com

Description:
World-famous site of the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral® in historic Tombstone. Daily live shootout reenactments with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday. Life-sized animated figures of the gunfighters. Five historic museum displays. See Doc Holliday's room and fascinating photos of 1880s Tombstone and the Apache Geronimo. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission.



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Signal Hill Petroglyphs
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733-5158, Saguaro National Park West, off I-10 at Speedway Blvd. exit, located 30 minutes west of downtown Tucson. $10/vehicle. Park open sunrise–sunset. Visitors center 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Allow 1 hour.
The Signal Hill petroglyphs are typical of the many rock paintings and carvings scattered throughout the Sonoran Desert by ancient Native Americans. Picnic area path leads up to petroglyphs.

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Mission San Xavier del Bac
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294-2624, off I-19 at exit 92. Free. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Allow 2–3 hours.
Established by Father Kino in 1732 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Anza expedition stopped on October 25, 1775 to mourn the only death on the expedition and to celebrate three marriages. The mission is noted for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and colorful art adorning the interior.

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Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
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P.O. Box 40802
Tucson, AZ 85717 Phone #1: 520-577-3769
Fax: 520-881-2009
Email: office@arizonachambermusic.org
Website: www.arizonachambermusic.org

Description:
Presenting the world's finest chamber music groups: Evening Chamber Music Series, Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, Sunday Matinee Series "Piano & Friends." Leo Rich Theatre in Tucson Convention Center.

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Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block
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624-2333, 140 N. Main Ave., downtown Tucson.
$8/general,
$6/seniors,
$3/students with an ID,
under 12 free,
free admission on the first Sun. of every month.
Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.,
Sun. 12–4 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays. Allow 1–2 hours.
The museum’s permanent collection includes exhibits of pre-Columbian, Hispanic, Western, and contemporary art. Call for current traveling exhibits. Next door, the museum maintains several restored historic buildings.

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Downtown Walking Tour
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800-638-8350, tour begins at the Tucson Visitor Center, 110 S. Church Ave., Self-guided tour. Free. Allow 1 hour.
The area west of Old Town Artisans is where Tucson’s elite built their homes in the late 1800s. This neighborhood is where Tucson’s original walled presidio once stood. Watch for historic plaques. A portion of its original adobe wall can be viewed at the historic Pima County Courthouse, at Church Ave. and Alameda St. See the Tucson Official Visitors Guide for full tour.

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Barrio Historico
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South of Cushing St. between Main Ave. and Stone Ave., downtown Tucson. Private businesses and residences.
Throughout the area you’ll find examples of typical Sonoran architecture—original, thick-walled adobe homes and businesses, many painted with vibrant colors.


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El Tiradito 'The Wishing Shrine'
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On Main Ave. just south of Cushing St., downtown Tucson. Free.
This street-side shrine is covered with flowers and candles placed there by ordinary citizens hoping to make a wish come true.

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St. Augustine Cathedral
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623-6351, www.saintaugustinecathedral.com, 192 S. Stone Ave., downtown Tucson. Open for church services. Call for times.
Dating back to 1896, the building has an impressive sandstone façade with carvings of saguaro, yucca, and horned-toad lizards. Above the entry is a bronze statue of St. Augustine, the patron saint of Tucson.



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Arizona Historical Society Museum Downtown
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Wells Fargo Building, 140 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-770-1473
Fax: 520-629-8966
Email: ahsref@azhs.gov
Website: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Description:
Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. History in the Heart of Tucson exhibit.
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Arizona Historical Society/Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House
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151 S. Granada Ave.
(in the Convention Center complex between the Music Hall and the Arena)
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-622-0956
Fax: 520-629-8966
Email: ahsref@azhs.gov
Website: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Description:
Features period furnishings, special seasonal exhibits. Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Walking tours of surrounding Presidio neighborhood offered Thurs. & Sat., Nov.–Mar., 10 a.m.
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Arizona Historical Society/Fort Lowell Museum
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2900 N. Craycroft Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712 Phone #1: 520-885-3832
Fax: 520-629-8966
Email: ahsref@azhs.gov
Website: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Description:
The museum depicts life at Fort Lowell as a frontier Arizona army post. Long-term and changing exhibits. Special exhibits, outpost ruins featured. Wed.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
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Arizona Historical Society/Tucson
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949 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone #1: 520-628-5774
Fax: 520-629-8966
Email: ahsref@azhs.gov
Website: www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Description:
Long-term exhibits recounting Arizona's history from Spanish Colonial times through the 20th century; Research Library/Archives, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Interactive children's exhibit. Affiliate of Smithsonian Institution. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.



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Arizona Opera
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3501 N. Mountain Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone #1: 520-293-4336
Fax: 520-293-5097
Email: info@azopera.com
Website: www.azopera.org

Description:
Five productions each season running Oct.–April in the Tucson Music Hall. All performances are sung in their original language with English translations projected above the stage. Call for current schedule.



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Arizona State Museum
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University of Arizona (Park Ave. And University Blvd.), 1013 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721 Phone #1: 520-621-6302
Fax: 520-621-2976
Email: dfl@email.arizona.edu
Website: www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

Description:
Experience the vibrant indigenous cultures of Arizona and northern Mexico through exhibitions, educational programs, a research library, and a museum store. Arizona's premier research museum. The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, est. 1893. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate. Home of the largest collection of Southwest Indian pottery in the world.




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Arizona Theatre Company
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Temple of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701- Phone #1: 520-622-2823
Fax: 520-628-9129
Email: mpaschke@arizonatheatre.org
Website: www.arizonatheatre.org

Description:
Arizona's leading professional theater company. Performances Tues.-Sun., Sept.-May, at Temple of Music & Art. Discounts for seniors, students, military, groups. Major credit cards.








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Upcoming Culinary Events
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La Encantada Culinary Concert Series
Enjoy live musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations and food sampling from Tucson’s finest restaurants and resorts including NoRTH, Firebirds, Bluepoint, RA Sushi, The Westin La Paloma and Westward Look Resort. Saturdays, June - August from 10am - noon. Free Admission. Please call (520) 299-3566 for details.

Peach Mania Festival Aug.
Pick your own peaches at rural farm, with cafe serving lunch, peach pie and peach ice cream. Apple Annie's Orchard, (520)384-2084.

AugustFest at Sonoita Vineyards Aug. 5-6
Celebrate upcoming harvest, with grape-stomping contest, tractor-drawn guided vineyard tour, grape-tasting, live music, and local restaurants providing food to complement the wines. Sonoita Vineyards, (520)455-5893.

Tucson Greek Festival Sept. 21-24
A Greek cultural experience, with homemade Greek food, Greek music and dancing, and imports. St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, (520)888-0505.

Tucson Oktoberfest
Sept. 28-Oct. 1
German festival, with live music and dancing, kids' games, craft booths, and German foods, at Hi Corbett Field. Optimist Clubs of Tucson, (520)574-9320.

Tucson Meet Yourself October 13-15
Tucson Meet Yourself is a celebration of the richness and diversity of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona's folk and ethnic communities. Some thirty groups - Mexican, African-American, Norwegian, Thai, Lao, Filipino, Polish, Danish, and many more - sell ethnic foods at the festival.
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Marana Skydiving Center
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11700 W. Avra Valley Rd.
Marana Regional Airport
Marana, AZ 85653
Toll-Free: 800-647-5867
Phone #1: 520-682-4441
Fax: 520-682-3711
Email: info@skydivemarana.com
Website: www.skydivemarana.com
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Description:
Arizona's only true parachute-training facility. Instruction, training available for first-timers through world champions. MSC is a USPA-affiliated full-service skydiving center, a real world-class facility.

First Jump
* Cost: $139.00
* $129 for students
or military with ID
* $119 per person for
group of 3 or more with
prepaid $50.00 nonrefundable deposit.

FIRST **SOLO** JUMP COURSE
Cost $119

REFRESHER COURSE
Cost $119

Continued training
* 250/ = $275 in skydives
* $500/ = $575 in skydives
* $1000/ = $1200 in skydives

RIGGER TRAINING
Cost: $850.00

ACCELERATED FREEFALL
Contact us for further info and prices.
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Sabino Canyon Tours, Inc.
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5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85750 Phone #1: 520-749-2327
Phone #2: 520-749-2861
Fax: 520-749-9679
Email: sabinoshuttleinfo@worldnet.att.net
Website: www.sabinocanyon.com
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Sabino Canyon Trail
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Hours & Information

Summer Hours: (July through mid-December)
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Winter Hours: (mid-December - June)
Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Visitor Center:
Monday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fee Information:
$7.50 adults, $3.00 children 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Driving Directions:
From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson turn north on Sabino Canyon
Road 4 miles to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Visitor Center.
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Bear Canyon Trail
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Summer Hours: (July through mid-December)
Open 365 days a year with rides available every hour on the hour.

Visitor Center:
Monday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fee Information:
$3.00 adults, $1.00 children 3-12. Children 2 and under are free.

Driving Directions:
From Tanque Verde Road in Tucson turn north on Sabino Canyon
Road 4 miles to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
Visitor Center.
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Description:
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Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.

A narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Daytime rides 365 days a year. Moonlight rides three times monthly Apr.–Dec.


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Tucson Botanical Gardens
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2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712 Phone #1: 520-326-9686
Fax: 520-324-0166
Email: info@tucsonbotanical.org
Website: www.tucsonbotanical.org

Description:
8:30-1:00pm daily
Closed Jan 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, December 25

Adults 13 & up: $5
Children 6-12: $2.50
Children <= 5 : FREE

An urban oasis of 5+ acres with 15 specialty gardens that surround visitors with beauty and inspiration. Gift shop and tours.
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Pima Air & Space Museum
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6000 E. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85706 Phone #1: 520-574-0462
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Description:
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Largest aviation and space museum west of the Rockies. See 250+ aircraft. Exhibits from pre-Wright brothers to space travel. Pet friendly. 9 a.m.–5 pm. Winter: $11.75 adults; $9.75 seniors, groups, military; $8 children 7–12; Summer: $9.75 adults; $8.75 seniors, groups, military; $6 children 7–12. Children under 6 free.
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Black Diamond HUMMER Tours
P.O. Box 36494
Tucson, AZ 85740 Phone #1: 520-907-1061
Fax: 520-531-9741

Email: zimmagent@comcast.net
Website: www.bdhummertours.com

Description:
Adventurous off-road or scenic tours of the Sonoran desert from the comfort of an exciting and capable HUMMER H2. Your expert guide safely takes you on half-day or full-day tours exploring unique rock formations, beautiful vistas, and HUMMER rock crawling. We leave the others in the dust!
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(Not for summer)
Fleur de Tucson Balloon Tours
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4635 N. Caida Place
Tucson, AZ 85718- Phone #1: 520-529-1025
Fax: 520-791-2738
Email: fleurdetucson@earthlink.net
Website: www.fleurdetucson.net

Regular $230 per person
Internet Special $210 per person
Children under 12 $185 per person

Approximately 60-75 minute ride over the beautiful Tucson Mountains and Saguaro National Park West, traveling 10-18 miles at elevations from treetop to 2,500 feet above the ground. Includes delicious continental brunch with premium champagne served in crystal flutes (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), 10 digital pictures of your entire flight, and frame-able flight certificate. Allow 3 hours for your adventure.

*Due to extreme heat in the summer months,
our season begins October 1st and ends April 1st. *
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(Still avail in June)
Balloon America, Inc.
P.O. Box 31255
Tucson, AZ 85751-1255 Phone #1: 520-299-7744
Email: BalloonAmerica@cs.com
Website: www.balloonrideusa.com

Description:

Tucson's number-one-rated professional balloon-tour operator. FAA-certified commercial pilots. 20 years, more than 100,000 passengers. Banquet, meeting facilities. Pick-up/return to most resorts. Oct.–June.
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ATV Desert Tours--Shadowadventures, L.P.
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38582 S. Rans Lane
Marana, AZ 85653- Phone #1: 520-682-3669
Fax: 520-682-2629
Email: shadowadv@aol.com
Website: www.ATV-deserttours.com

Description:
ATV rides in the beautiful Southern Arizona desert. We offer day rides, night rides, bonfires with steak cookouts. Lunch and water provided on 1/2-day tours.
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Arizona ATV Adventures
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12906 N. Yellow Orchid Dr.
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Toll-Free: 800-242-6335
Phone #1: 520-577-1824
Fax: 928-282-8738
www.arizonaoutdooradventures.com

Description:

Pricing: $115 per ATV plus tax
The second rider on any ATV is FREE!

Explore the mountains and canyons of Arizona while in command of one of our ATV's. Photographers - bring your camera! This is a unique off-road experience. Beginners, experts, and young drivers are all welcome. All of our tours can be tailored to your group's skill and experience level. All ATV Tours include the use of our ATV, a certified instructor/guide, liability insurance, helmets, gloves, and goggles, water, snacks, and FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

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International Wildlife Museum
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4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.
(5 miles west of I-10 on Speedway Blvd.)
Tucson, AZ 85745 Phone #1: 520-629-0100
Phone #2: 520-617-1439
Fax: 520-618-3561
Email: iwm@thewildlifemuseum.org
Website: www.thewildlifemuseum.org

Description:
Featuring natural-history collections from around the world, hands-on exhibits, Wildlife Theater showing films hourly, Oasis Grille, and gift shop. Group tours and discounts available.

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Reid Park Zoo
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1100 S. Randolph Way
Tucson, AZ 85716 Phone #1: 520-791-3204
Fax: 520-791-5378
Email: reidzoo@tucsonaz.gov
Website: www.tucsonzoo.org

Description:
Enter Randolph Way off 22nd St., west of Alvernon. Over 500 animals from different continents in naturalistic settings. Conservation, recreation and education for the entire family.


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743 Phone #1: 520-883-1380
Fax: 520-883-2500
Email: info@desertmuseum.org
Website: www.desertmuseum.org

Description:
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We are open every day of the year!

* June - August
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
(Unclear whether the original page meant June-August Saturdays, or everyday 7:30-10)
Admissions after 5:00 p.m. ONLY $5.00

* March - September
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

* October - February
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

What does it cost to visit the museum?
* June - August
$9 Adults
$2 Kids 6-12
* September - May
$12 Adults
$4 Kids 6-12
* Children 5 and under are free!


Evening Exhibit Closing Times
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* June 3 - August 12: 7:00 p.m.
* August 19 & August 26: 6:30 p.m.


Sonora Desert Wildlife Museum Stores
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* Food & Dining
o Ironwood Terraces Restaurant:
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

o Ocotillo Café Restaurant:
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

o The Cottonwood (snacks):
9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

o Phoebe’s Coffee Bar:
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

* Gift Shops
o Mountain House Gift Shop:
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
(Near the front entrance)

o Ironwood Gift Shop
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(next to the Ironwood Terraces Restaurant)

Nightly Events
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Between 6:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. you may discover Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpreting live animals, celestial wonders, fluorescent minerals, night pollinators, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, and bat, scorpion, or rattlesnake kits. Look for them at the following locations: Cat Canyon, the Cave, Yucca Ramada, Ancient Arizona, Entrance Patio, Vista Ramada, Desert Tortoise Ramada, Riparian Corridor, Desert Garden, Pollination Garden, Fish and Amphibian Room, Grasslands, Orientation Ramada, and at the Amphitheater.
CHECK THE WHITE BOARD AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE FOR UPDATED NIGHTLY INFORMATION

Special Events
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June
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June 3
Live and "sort of" on the Loose
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Gallery

June 10
Family Astronomy Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. In the Gallery and throughout the grounds

June 17
Storyteller Gerard Tsonakwa
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. In the Amphitheater

June 24
Bear Awareness Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. In the Mountain Habitat area
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July
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July 1
Tucson's River of Words & The Art Institute Student Show
There will be a reception for both the Art Institute and Tucson's River of Words students.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Ironwood Gallery.

July 8
Dr. Carl Olson "the Bug Man"
7:00p.m. - 7:45p.m. in the Gallery
8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. at the black light station in Cat Canyon

July 15
Live and "sort of" on the Loose
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Gallery

July 22
Animal Enrichment Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. around the Museum grounds
Storyteller Gerard Tsonakwa
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Gallery

July 29
Sonoran Sea Aquarium and Monterrey Bay Aquarium "Sustainable Seafood Night"
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Gallery and throughout the grounds
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August
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August 5
Teacher Appreciation Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Gallery

August 12
Family Astronomy Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Gallery and throughout the grounds
Wolf Awareness Night
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Mountain Habitat

August 19
Live and "sort of" on the Loose
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Gallery
Storyteller Gerard Tsonakwa
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater

August 26
All about Bats
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the Gallery and on grounds
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Arizona State Parks
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1300 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007- Phone #1: 602-542-4174
Fax: 602-542-4188
Email: ebilbrey@pr.state.az.us
Website: www.pr.state.az.us

Description:
The Arizona State Park Department oversees the operation of 27 state parks. These attractions are nine historic parks and 14 recreational parks with many amenities.
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Spanish Trail Outfitters, Inc.
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8500 E. Ocotillo Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85750 Phone #1: 520-749-0167
Fax: 520-751-0938
Email: spanishtrailnkg@aol.com
Website: www.spanishtrailoutfitters.com

Description:
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We also have boarding and group events. See our website.

Please note, for safety reasons:

*Riders must be physically able to control a horse
*Children must be 7 years of age or older
*Weight limit is 225 pounds
*Closed toed shoes, long pants, sun visor or ball cap
*Cameras are suggested and water bottles are recommended
*Please, no back packs, purses, pagers or cell phones
*Riders must understand instructions spoken in English

Pricing:

1 Hour $ 35.00 per person (2 person minimum)
1 1/2 Hour $ 45.00 per person
2 Hour $ 55.00 per person
Sunset $ 55.00 per person
Advanced $ 70.00 per person

(Prices do NOT include gratuity)


Ride through streams, mesquite woodlands, pass Hohokam village sites on desert trails in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Secluded, private, close to major hotels.
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Arizona Horseback Experience

Toll-Free: 866-844-7444
Phone #1: 520-455-5696
Email: ride@horsebackexperience.com
Website: www.horsebackexperience.com

Description:
Memorable full day adventures! A unique experience! Energetic, responsive horses! Exciting trails, panoramic views, historic places to visit! Experienced riders or beginners. Reservations required.
Full Day
$140 per person ($230 single)
Wine Tasting Ride
$160 per person ($260 single)
3 hours
$80 per person ($150 single)
Horsemanship "101"
$160 per person ($260 single)
Overnight Camp Outs
3 days, 2 nights - $535 per person for 4 or more
4 days, 3 nights - $735 per person for 3 or more
2 days, 1 night  - $785 per person for 2 or more
4 days, 3 nights - $1,200 per person, 2 persons
Cowboy Camp Out - 2 days, 1 night
$350 per person for two or more ($495 single)
Multiple Day Adventures
$130 per person per day for two or more
Canyon De Chelly
$1550 per person for four or more
Special Discounts
Active Military, Church and Scouting Groups
Cancellation Policy-Link
*Day rates include lunch, bottled water, and snacks when you return.
*Camping and Canyon De Chelly rates include meals, sleeping bags, cots, and tents.
* Rates are subject to change without notice.
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Tucson Trap & Skeet Club
7800 W. Old Ajo Hwy.
Tucson, AZ 85735 Phone #1: 520-883-6426
Fax: 520-883-7948
Email: tts@theriver.com
Website: www.tucsontrapandskeetclub.com

Description:
Trap, skeet, sporting clays, and five-stand shooting available for novice to highly experienced levels. Gun rentals and instructors available. Nice clubhouse with kitchen. We offer everything from casual shooting to large registered tournaments. Corporate outings our specialty.
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Tucson Ice
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7333 E. Rosewood St.
Tucson, AZ 85710 Phone #1: 520-545-0700
Phone #2: 520-407-6535
Fax: 520-204-1185
Email: tucson@groupice.com
Website: www.tucsonice.com

Description:

Adults : $6.50
Seniors 55+ : $5.00
Youth 12- : $5.50
Children <3 : Free
Military : $5.00
Skate Rental: $2.50

New Public Skating Summer Schedule
Monday
9:30 - 11:45 am
1:30 - 2:45 pm
$5 admission special

Tuesday
9:30 - 11:45 am

Wednesday
9:30 - 11:45 am
1:30 - 3:45 pm

Thursday
9:30 - 11:45 am

Friday
9:30 - 11:45 am
1:30 - 5:00 pm
7:30 - 10:30 pm

Saturday
1:00 - 5:00 pm
7:30 10:30 pm

Sunday
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Public Skating Passes
Adults
$275 per year
$150 for 6 months
Child (12 and under)
$225 per year
$125 for 6 months

Passes provide unlimited Public Skating
Rental skates not included

Public Skating Programs
* Ice Age Package
* Teen Night
* Snow Day
* Coffee Club

Family fun-filled environment. Public skating sessions daily. Tasteful music while skating. Little Anthony's Diner located in rink; enjoy the 50s-themed restaurant and food. Video arcade, snack bar, and pro shop located in lobby. Groups welcomed, discounts available. Classes, hockey leagues, and birthday parties availabale.
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(YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO GO HERE, don't deny it)
Tucson Children's Museum
200 S. 6th Ave., P.O. Box 2609
Tucson, AZ 85702-2609 Phone #1: 520-792-9985
Fax: 520-792-0639
Email: tcm@tucsonchildrensmuseum.org
Website: www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org

Description:
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Tuesday - Saturday:
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Last admission at 4:30 pm

RATES:
$3.50 for children ages 2-16
(Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.)
$5.50 for adults
$4.50 for seniors
Children under 24 months are admitted free
The Museum offers a free admission day every month. Please call for more information.

Southern Arizona's interactive museum for children. Explore ten exciting galleries of hands-on exhibits and participate in challenging activities. Guided tours for groups available. Air-conditioned. Nonprofit.
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Golf N' Stuff
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6503 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715- Phone #1: 520-885-3569
Phone #2: 520-296-2366
Fax: 520-296-0229
Email: gnssales@juno.com
Website: www.golfnstuff.com


Miniature Golf (2 courses, 18 holes each)
Lit'l Indy Race Cars (Go-Karts)
Bumper Boats
Laser Tag
Batting Cages
Snack Bar
The Rock (rock climber)
Over 100 Arcade Games

Every Tuesday night from 7 pm - 9 pm
Enjoy UNLIMITED Go-Karts, Bumper Boats,
Laser Tag and Miniature Golf!
Only $12. per person!!!
Groups of 10 or more are just $10. per person!

*SUMMER FUN DAYS are here!

From now until September 4th, get your All Park Pass for just $11. each at any Bashas or Food City!
Each pass includes 1 Round of Miniature Golf, 4 Attraction Tickets, and 4 Arcade Tokens.

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Weekends are UNLIMITED FUN!
Now get 2 hours of Unlimited Fun including Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag and now includes 4 Arcade Tokens for only $23. per person! Unlimited Use wristbands are available Fridays after 6 p.m. and all day Saturdays and Sundays! Please check ride hours below.
Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

WINTER HOURS: (when school is in session)
* Fri: 10 am to 1 am (rides open 2 pm to 12:45 am)
* Sat: 10 am to 1 am (rides open 10 am to 12:45 am)
* Sun: 10 am to 10 pm (rides open 10 am to 9:45 pm)
* Mon thru Thurs: 10 am to 10 pm (rides open 2 pm to 9:45 pm)

SUMMER HOURS: (no school and Holidays!)
* Fri/Sat: 10 am to 1 am (rides open 10 am to 12:45 am)
* Sun thru Thurs: 10 am to midnight (rides open 10 am to 11:45 pm)

Miniature Golf:
Adults $7.50
Children Under 5 yrs. One FREE w/paid adult
Seniors $6.50 (w/Hole In One discount)

Go-Karts:
Driver (must be at least 56" tall) $5.50 per ride
Passenger (must be at least 44" tall) $2.50 per ride w/paid driver

Bumper Boats:
Driver (must be over 48" tall) $5.00 per ride
Passenger (must be under 48" tall) $2.50 per ride w/paid driver

Laser Tag:
(must be at least 44")
$4.50 per session

Batting Cages:
$1.00 (20 pitches)
BASEBALL Cages include:
· 2 baseball cages at 50 mph
· 1 baseball cage at 60 mph
· 1 baseball cage at 80 mph
SOFTBALL Cages include:
· 1 slow pitch cage
· 1 softball cage at 50 mph
· 1 softball cage at 60 mph

The Rock:
$2.00 per climb

Arcade Games:
1 to 8 tokens per play
Tokens: 1 for $0.25
4 for $1.00
20 for $5.00
48 for $10.00

ALL PARK PASS!
Regular Price $19.00
Includes: 1 golf game, 4 rides, and 4 tokens!!
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Funtasticks Family Fun Park
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221 E. Wetmore Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone #1: 520-888-GOLF(4653)
Fax: 520-293-7597
Email: jhofer@zumafuncenters.com
Website: www.funtasticks.com


Description:
Exciting 18-hole mini-golf courses, go-karts, bumper boats, batting, arcade, three-story Laser Tag arena! Kiddie Land: coaster, bumper boats, go-karts, and more! No admission fee. Group discounts.

Value Packages
Value Pack #1: $18.00 for guests 56" and taller
Value Pack #2: $14.00 for guests under 56" tall
Add a game of Laser Tag to either package for an additional $4.00

Batting Cages
One token (20 pitches): $1.00
Six tokens (120 pitches): $5.00 - Special

Bumper Boats
Driver: $4.50
Passenger: $1.50

Go-Karts
Driver, over 56" tall: $5.50
Passenger, over 36" tall and minimum 4 years old: $2.25

Kiddie Land Rides
Air Bounce Jump Castle: $3.00
Carousel: $3.00
Itty Bitty Bumper Boats: $3.00 (under 40 pounds)
Kiddie Roller Coaster: $3.00
Orbitron: $3.50
Rookie Go-Karts: $4.00

Laser Tag
Member: $4.00 Non-Member: $5.00
Memberships: $15.00 First game free, all games $1.00 off for one year. Each player receives a personalized player name.

Mini-Golf
Adult (12 and older): $6.00
6-11 years: $5.00
5 years and younger play free with paying adult

Video Arcade Games
Tokens: $0.25
Most games require one or two tokens.

New Family Pricing!
3 attractions and 1 round of miniature golf: $11.00 per person
(Minimum 4 people required)
does not include laser tag.




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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
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299-9191, www.degrazia.org, 6300 N. Swan Rd., north Tucson. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. Allow 1 hour.
The work of renowned Tucson artist, the late Ted DeGrazia, portrays Native Americans of the Sonoran Desert in all aspects of daily life. He designed, built, and lived at the chapel and art gallery complex.



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(September)
University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
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P.O. Box 210036
Tucson, AZ 85721 Phone #1: 520-621-7074
Fax: 520-621-7186
Email: edavison@ag.arizona.edu
Website: http://arboretum.arizona.edu

Description:
The University of Arizona campus contains some of Tucson's oldest trees. For over a century, University researchers and botanists have installed unusual species from all over the world on the grounds. Visitors enjoy 100-year-old olives, historic buildings, shady groves, sparkling fountains, and huge trees of all kinds. Many trees have ID signs. Get walking maps and learn "what's in bloom" from our website. Free admission.



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(2007)Arizona International Film Festival
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127 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone #1: 520-628-1737
Fax: 520-628-1737
Email: azfilmfest@yahoo.com
Website: www.azmac.org

Description:
Considered the largest and longest-running film festival in Arizona. Festival 2007 celebrates its 16th edition by showcasing over 150 films from around the world, April 20-29.