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TUCSON through AUGUST 31
MarsQuest Science Exhibition - Park Place Mall. An exhibit of national stature with more than 20 interactive experiences and four demonstration models. Kids can program a Mars rover module, experience a large-scale volcanic eruption and handle simulated Martian soil from the Johnson Space Center. $4.50-3.50. Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm and Sun 10:00am-5:00pm. 520-792-9985.

TUCSON through August 5
Arizona Biennial '01 - Tucson Museum of Art. Statewide exhibition open to artists in any media and currently working in Arizona. 520-624-2333.

TUCSON THROUGH AUGUST 31
MarsQuest Science Exhibition - Park Place Mall. An exhibit of national stature with more than 20 interactive experiences and four demonstration models. Kids can program a Mars rover module, experience a large-scale volcanic eruption and handle simulated Martian soil from the Johnson Space Center. $4.50-3.50. Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun 10:00am-5:00pm. 520-792-9985

TUCSON AUGUST 1-31
MarsQuest Science Exhibition - Park Place Mall. An exhibit of national stature with more than 20 interactive experiences and four demonstration models. Kids can program a Mars rover module, experience a large-scale volcanic eruption and handle simulated Martian soil from the Johnson Space Center. $3.50-4.50, Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sun 10:00am-5:00pm. 520-792-9985.

TUCSON AUGUST 1-31
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series - Tucson Raceway Park. Features all five Bud Five Star divisions: NASCAR Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Mighty Compacts and Factory Stocks. $7-10. 5:00pm, Saturdays. 520-762-9200.

TUCSON AUGUST 2-5
Tucson Sidewinders vs. Salt Lake - Tucson Electric Park. 520-434-1021.

TUCSON AUGUST 3
TMAS Summer Student Exhibition - Tucson Museum of Art. Students from the summer program for children will exhibit selections from their projects. 520-624-2333.

DOUGLAS AUGUST 4-6
6th Annual AJRC Rodeo - Arizona Junior Rodeo Association. Open to youths ages 5-18. Barrel racing, team roping, bareback riding, calf roping and steer riding. FREE. Rodeo dance. 520-364-2477 or 520-805-0275.

WILLCOX AUGUST 4-5
Peach Mania Festival - Apple Annie's Orchard. U-pick tree ripened peaches and apples. All-you-can eat pancake breakfast 7-10:00am. Peach ice cream, peach pie and outdoor craft festival. 7:00am-5:30pm. FREE. 520-384-2084.

TUCSON AUGUST 5
Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair - Lew Sorensen Community Center. 60-100 vendors with country furniture, pottery, china, glass, farm implements, Oriental rugs, art work, jewelry, fossils and native artifacts. FREE. 10:00am-4:00pm. 520-740-5845.

SIERRA VISTA AUGUST 8-11
Southwest Wings Birding Festival - Windemere Hotel. In the Hummingbird Capital of the US. Field trips, displays, lectures, bat stalks, owl prowls, displays, arts and crafts. 800-946-4777 or 520-378-0233 or hotline 520-459-3868.

SIERRA VISTA AUGUST 10-12
Thunder Mountain Softball Tournament. Brooks Field, Ft. Huachuca. Area teams play a double elimination schedule. 520-533-5031.

TOMBSTONE AUGUST 10-12
Vigilante Days. Shoot-outs, hangings, concert, chili cook-off and saloon girls - 10K. 520-457-9317.

TUCSON AUGUST 10-13
Tucson Sidewinders vs. Fresno - Tucson Electric Park. 520-434-1021.

TUCSON AUGUST 14-17
Tucson Sidewinders vs. Las Vegas - Tucson Electric Park. 520-434-1021.

TUCSON AUGUST 24-25
14th Annual Norteno Music Festival and Street Fair. Music developed by German descendants living in the southern U.S. and ranchers in Northern Mexico. Highlights the button accordion and the bajo sexto. Food, local crafts, art exhibit and children's entertainment area. FREE. 4:00pm-11:30pm. 520-622-2801.

SIERRA VISTA AUGUST 25
7th Annual Golf Classic Invitational - Pueblo del Sol Country Club. 520-417-4502.

TUCSON AUGUST 27-30
Tucson Sidewinders vs. Sacramento - Tucson Electric Park. 520-434-1021.

SONOITA SEPTEMBER 1-3
86th Annual Labor Day Rodeo - Fairgrounds. Bulls, saddle broncs, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback, calf roping, team roping, team penning, and muttons. Dinner and dance. $10. 520-455-5553.

TOMBSTONE SEPTEMBER 1-3
Rendezvous of Gunfighters - Allen St. 3 days of shows in the O.K. Corral by the best western show groups from around the US. Authentic costume parade on Sunday. $4 for the O.K. Corral, 5 shows daily. 520-457-9465 or 520-457-3548.

SIERRA VISTA SEPTEMBER 1-30
Guided Nature Walks - Ramsey Canyon Inn/Preserve. Interpretation of the general natural and cultural history of the canyon, the conservation work of the Nature Conservancy and topics such as birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles. Tue. Thu. and Sat. 9:00am. 520-378-2640.

TUCSON SEPTEMBER 1-30
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series - Tucson Raceway Park. Features all five Bud Five Star divisions: NASCAR Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Mighty Compacts and Factory Stocks. $7-10. 5:00pm. Saturdays. 520-762-9200.

BISBEE SEPTEMBER 2
26th Annual Brewery Gulch Daze. Chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament, waterball tournament, kiddie carnival, live music, dunk tank, pet parade, Miz Ol' Biz contest, mining games and cake walk. FREE. 11:00am-5:00pm. 520-432-5578 or 520-432-5421.

TUCSON SEPTEMBER 2
Some Like It Hot! Salsa/Latin Jazz Dance Competition - St. Philip's Plaza. Featuring Tucson's Best. $6-11. 8:00pm. 520-743-3399.

TUCSON SEPTEMBER 2
Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair - 11100 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 60-100 vendors with country furniture, pottery, china, glass, farm implements, Oriental rugs, art work, jewelry, fossils and native artifacts. FREE. 10:00am-4:00pm. 520-740-5845.

TUCSON SEPTEMBER 3
32nd Annual Saguaro National Monument 8 Mile Run and 2 Mile Run/Walk - paved road, rolling hills. $8-20. 6:30am. 520-326-9383.

SIERRA VISTA SEPTEMBER 7-9
9th Annual Oktoberfest 2001 - Veterans Memorial Park. Live entertainment, food, beer tent, music, men's and co-ed softball tournament and carnival. FREE. 520-417-6980.

DOUGLAS SEPTEMBER 14-16
Celebration of Mexican Independence - Veterans Memorial Park. 520-364-2478 or 888-315-9999. P> FT. HUACHUCA SEPTEMBER 14-16
Ft. Huachuca Heritage Days. Carnival, food, games, American Indian pow-wow, Buffalo Soldier and B-Troop demonstrations. 520-533-2374.

SAFFORD/THATCHER SEPTEMBER 14-16
8th Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering - Graham County Fairgrounds. Cowboy poets, storytellers, singers, cowboy breakfast and BBQ. $. 520-348-9371 or 888-837-1841. P> SAFFORD SEPTEMBER 15
WalkAmerica - Firth Park. Scenic walk, benefits March of Dimes. Donation. 7:00am. 520-298-5490.

BENSON SEPTEMBER 16
Mexican Independence Celebration - Benson Lion's Park. 520-586-9482.

SONOITA SEPTEMBER 21-23
86th Annual Santa Cruz County Fair - Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Carnival, games, 4H livestock, goat shows, vendors, dances, food and entertainment. 3-day roping event. Gates open at 9:00am. $3. 520-455-5553.

PATAGONIA SEPTEMBER 22
San Rafael Valley and Canelo Hills - Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve. Lush, mountain-rimmed grassland at its greenest and freshest. Follow scenic Harshaw canyon from Patagonia into "The Valley," followed by a hike along O'Donnell Creek and the Cienaga wetland. 8:00am. $20. 520-622-6381.

WILLCOX SEPTEMBER 22-23
Cider Sip'n Celebration - Apple Annie's Orchard. U-pick tree ripened apples, peaches and Asian pears. All-you-can eat pancake with cider syrup breakfast, pies, jams and jellies. FREE samples. FREE. 6:30am-5:30pm. 520-384-2084.

MT. LEMMON SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 14
Oktoberfest. German bands and dancers. German food and beer. Ride the chairlift. FREE. $3 parking. Sat-Sun noon-5:00pm. 520-576-1321.

DOUGLAS SEPTEMBER 27-30
Cochise County Fair - County Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, collegiate rodeo, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auction, live entertainment and exhibits. 520-364-3819 or 888-364-5500.

MARANA SEPTEMBER 29
MS 100 Corona de Marana Bike Tour. 60-mile, 30 mile and 5 mile bike tour. Family ride bicycling event for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Benefits MS. $25. 6:00pm. 520-747-7472.

SIERRA VISTA SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1
Sierra Vista Open - Pueblo del Sol Country Club. Annual golfing event with up to 84 professional golfers from all around the country competing with up to 100 amateur golfers. 520-458-1542.

TUCSON SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 7
9th Annual Architecture Week. Walking tours, interactive building activities for children, workshops, lectures and exhibits. Annual home tour is October 7th. 520-323-2191.




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