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Gusty winds, swift downpours, hair-raising lightning and earsplitting thunder…

Monsoon season is now upon us in the Old Pueblo, granting Tucsonans at least a temporary relief from the enduring heat.

This week, Interfaith Community Services and Even Stevens Sandwich Shop are partnering up to collect school supplies for ICS’ Gifts of Love School Supply Drive. With a new school year around the bend, students and classrooms need to be prepared. From now through July 21, stop by Even Stevens Sandwich Shop during regular hours to drop off backpacks, pens, notebooks, etc., in onsite collection boxes.

In addition, for every sandwich sold at Even Stevens, one is donated through their four community partners to help with food relief… So treat yourself to lunch for doing double good.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Mahjong Monday

  • Where: Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., Tucson
  • When: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Whether you’re a mahjong master or timid tiler, Mondays at Himmel Park will have you hooked!

Come out for an afternoon of calculated competition and socialize with fellow mahjong enthusiasts. Try your hand against various skill levels or learn from seasoned players and maybe soon the winds might be blowing in your favor!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Prehistoric Origami

  • Where: Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St., Tucson
  • When: 11 a.m. - noon
  • Cost:  FREE, tickets available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Quincie Douglas Library’s quaking with an uproar of fun!

Fold and crease along for an hour of easy origami to craft Cretaceous creations. Design your very own dino small enough to get home! Arrive half an hour early for tickets, limited availability.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Kids Events: LEGO Build Off

  • Where: Bookmans Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd., 
  • When: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE

For kids, LEGOs are spaceships blasting through galaxies or fortified castles of medieval fantasies. For parents, LEGOs are the sharp pain on the bottom of their feet. 

Bookmans has it covered with FREE Summer Kids Events, LEGO Build Off!

While parents can walk about worry-free, there'll be plenty of building fun for kids as they engineer their blocks over snacks and a movie, grab photos with their masterpiece and even a take part in a FREE raffle to win a LEGO prize!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Night Live! with Reno Del Mar

  • Where: Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd., Tucson
  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

FREE parking in the Tyndall Garage after 5 p.m. for Friday Night Live concert-goers. Swing by early to fill up on great food, drink and shopping specials. Stick around when Reno del Mar takes to Geronimo Plaza to rock the night away!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

LOFT Kids Fest

  • Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
  • When: 10 a.m., doors open 9:15 a.m. (July 22 – July 30)
  • Cost: FREE

A gang of friends from Mildred & Dildred Toy Store hosts The Loft Cinema’s 11th annual Loft Kids Fest!

Each morning from July 22 through July 30 at 10 a.m., Tucson’s popular independent theater opens its doors for free screenings of some of the best family-friendly films of all-time, according to the website. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for pre-film activities, including live performances, giveaways, games and much more. Click the link above for more information.

National Day of the Cowboy

  • Where: Empire Ranch Headquarters, East Empire Ranch Road, Sonoita
  • When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Empire Ranch invites everyone to saddle up for National Day of the Cowboy!

The Empire Ranch Foundation will be hosting FREE docent-led tours starting at 11 a.m. Afterward, participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch as Empire Ranch will provide dessert. Come celebrate our nation's pioneer heritage and cowboy culture with cowboy stories and demonstrations. 

Teen Dive-in Movie Nights at Oro Valley Aquatic Center

  • Where: Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley
  • When: showing at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

The Drive-In might seem lost on this generation but Dive-Ins are where it's at! 

Presented by the Youth Advisory Council, this event provides Oro Valley teens, ages 13 to 19, a safe and fun alternative to the sun. Admission is FREE so round up the gang and head to the pool for games, water activities or to hang out. 

As the sun begins to set, wade across the water to the jumbo screen for a showing of Marvel's Doctor Strange.



Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.