Listen to Your Library

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a series of free lunch-time programs that are as diverse as Tucson itself offered at Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Check the schedule for upcoming programs.

2011

The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands

1/27/11

Margaret Regan, a longtime writer with the Tucson Weekly, draws on ten years of border reporting in her timely new book, The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands. Featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation and on CNN's Book TV, the book puts a human face on the tragedy of migrant deaths, beginning with the story of a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador who was left to die alone in the wilderness outside Arivaca. Yet it also gives voice to Border Patrol agents, activists, ranchers, and a vigilante.

Living with Urban Wildlife

1/13/11

Presented by Sandy Reith of Pima County Natural Resources.
Learn about our resident wildlife, their habitat needs, and why they may be attracted to your yard. We'll also discuss ways to design and manage your personal property to benefit both you and wildlife, and practical tips on how to discourage wildlife that may become a nuisance or pose a risk to you and your family.

2010

Paper Paper Paper! Specific Techniques to Eradicate Paperwork Clutter

10/7/10

Presented by Ori Parnaby, professional organizer
Are piles of papers cluttering your workspace? This 60 minute highly interactive class with Professional Organizer Ori Parnaby will challenge what you've been taught about office organization. Ori will help you create a personalized system, which will allow you to gain control over your paperwork and put an end to the clutter.

How To Buy a Car

9/2/10

Presented by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona
Buying a car without doing your homework is like a game of chance. Make sure you're prepared before upgrading your old clunker. Learn what to research beforehand, what's included in the price of a car, and how to negotiate a good deal. In this fun and informative workshop, you'll learn what to research before entering the dealership, what to look for during the test drive, what information to provide to obtain the best deal, what is included in the final cost of a car purchase, and whether a trade in is the best option for your old vehicle. If you've done your homework, you'll be ready for anything!

Community Gardening in Tucson

8/12/10

Presented by Gene Zonge, President, Community Gardens of Tucson
The best kept secret in Tucson may be that there is a community garden near you. There are at least 20 community gardens spread throughout the city. A community garden is a place where neighbors can grow flowers or vegetables together on one piece of land. Separate garden plots are made available to individuals and families. A drip irrigation system is installed to supply water to the plants. A monthly meeting and a bimonthly newsletter give each gardener a chance to learn more about their plants by working directly with a local gardening expert. Learn more about gardening with your friends and neighbors.

Don't Borrow Trouble

7/29/10

Presented by Evelia Martinez, Special Projects Manager
How to avoid home foreclosure. Learn to protect yourself from opportunity hunters and scams. Beware of foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

Is Self-Publishing for You?

7/22/10

Presented by Jana Bradley and Bruce Fulton of the School of Information Resources and Library Science.
Have you ever thought about publishing your own book? Listen to learn whether this is a good option for you. Jana Bradley heads a research team that has studied self-publishing extensively. In this program, she will review self-publishing options, describe the self-publishing option realistically, and give you tips on how to decide if this is something that you want to do.

Non-Chemical Control of Insects in your Home and Garden

7/8/10

Presented by Entomologist and Garden Coach Christina O'Connell
Learn to identify and control common insect pests of the home and garden.

Encountering God Through the Mexican American Experience

6/24/10

Presented by Santos Vega, Professor Emeritus at the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University.
The Mexican American faithful see God with their own eyes, which are trained by their religious experience of different worlds. They encounter God through the knowledge and practice of their religion rooted in the theological grounding of Mexico's ancient religious beliefs. The Mexican American people have experienced the integration of Christianity from Europe with religious beliefs of Mexico. This integration has not only created a unique religious experience of God, but a fusion of religious and spiritual practices.
This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council and is a part of the library's Nuestras Raices: Celebrating Mexican-American Authors, Arts and Culture program.

Shoot Like a Pro

6/10/10

Presenter: Steve Renzi Photography
How to improve your photography through practical, real, and down to earth tips and techniques from a professional photographer. The discussion covered nature, landscape and portrait photography for all experience and skill levels.

The Mini-Time Machine Museum: A Big World of Small Delights

5/27/10

Museum volunteer Susan Freud tells her audience about surprises they can find at the Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, including antique and contemporary miniatures from around the world. Learn about this extraordinary collection and discover Tucson's newest treasure.

Chaos to Calm

4/29/10

Are you oppressed by clutter? Learn how to turn your home into a sanctuary that makes you feel in control instead of overwhelmed. Learn simple techniques to help tame your clutter and reclaim your space. Presented by professional organizer Ori Parnaby.

That's My Take: Teen Filmmaking, presented by Matt Landon and Jennifer Nichols

4/22/10

In 2009, fifty-three teens at five libraries and two partner locations worked with youth mentors to produce short films dramatizing their favorite books, including The Lightning Thief, Maximum Ride, Night, and World War Z. Youth librarians Matt Landon and Jennifer Nichols introduce the trailers by briefly explaining the project and its goals.

Database fun for all ages: Library Resources to Cover Any Interest presented by Shawn Flecken, Electronic Resource Librarian, Pima County Public Library

3/25/10

The library's online databases are great for the kids' homework projects, but did you know you can use them to investigate your personal interests and hobbies as well? Databases aren't just for scholarly research. You can also use them to find decorating ideas and craft projects; to investigate your ancestry; or to keep up on the news in your hometown. You can even get step-by-step help with home improvement or car repair projects. Electronic Resources Librarian Shawn Flecken will show you how to do all these things, using resources available for free and accessible from home, through the Pima County Public Library website. Includes: NewsBank, Auto Repair Reference Center, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, Home Improvement Reference Center & HeritageQuest

A Reader's Theatre of The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, presented by the Arizona Theatre Company.

2/25/10

Listen in as members of the Arizona Theatre Company staff lead a Reader's Theatre event that asked members of our community to take on the exciting challenge of portraying some of America's greatest literary characters with guidance from trained acting professionals..

Twitter 101

2/11/10

What is Twitter and why should you care? Professional communicator Julie Ray will guide you through this social networking phenomenon and demonstrate how to maximize Twitter for business and/or personal use. The workshop will cover setting up an account, developing your Twitter identity, building a follower base, Twitter vocabulary and etiquette, using Twitter for self-promotion, and Twitter trends. Bring a laptop or mobile device and get ready to jump into the fantastic world of micro-blogging.

African Cultural Astronomy

2/04/10

Dr. Jarita Holbrook, Assistant Research Scientist, College of Science, University of Arizona resents an overview of the indigenous astronomy of various ethnic groups in Africa.

The History of Mexican Food

1/28/10

Presented by Tucson Museum of Art docent Corinne Milton.
Learn about the foods that originated in Mexico and how they made an impact on the cuisines of the rest of the world. Explore the foods introduced by Europeans to Mexico in the following centuries and how they changed the Mexican diet. This mixture of the imported foods along with the original Mexican foods have made Mexican food one of the five great cuisines of the world.
This program is part of the library's Nuestras Raices: Celebrating Mexican-American Authors, Arts and Culture program.

Tucson: Little Giant of Contemporary Art

1/14/10

Mike Dominguez, of Davis Dominguez Gallery, presents an insider's look into the vibrant Tucson contemporary art scene, including museums, galleries and artists. Plus answers to the questions, "What is contemporary art, where does it come from and why should I care."

2009

The Changing Nature of Resources on Arizona's Native American Lands

11/12/09

Presented by Barbara Jaquay, Ph.D. While no fence demarcates the boundary between the Native American reservation and a metropolitan area, a sharp boundary is readily apparent on the landscape. Since the legalization of gaming on Native American lands, land as an economic base has changed for those tribal lands in proximity to metropolitan areas. Other tribes must continue to develop their natural resources to attract economic growth to the community and to provide jobs to tribal members. Outdoor recreational activities such as camping, fishing, and hiking will always attract outdoor enthusiasts, but the economic gain is low for tribes near metropolitan areas compared to leasing their land for economic development or building gaming facilities. . This presentation focuses on several Arizona reservations and explore how each has developed their lands for economic gain while trying to maintain their Native cultures.

Gunfight at the OK Corral

10/01/09

Presented by Dr. Jack Ziegler. The OK Corral shootout is shrouded in myth. Through research in legal documents, photographs, diaries, newspapers, and scholarly studies, Ziegler examines the confrontation as it looked in the late fall of 1881, and contends that the gunfight centered on the political and financial control of Tombstone. The shootout marked the climax of a power struggle between the "world unfenced" of the cowboys and the law-and-order world of the town-centered Earps.

Planning for Health, Wellness & Caregiving

9/24/09

Presented by Career Services Unlimited. Learn about your mind-body connection and six practices you can do to improve your health. Learn how to become a partner with your health-care provider, develop a "wellness" mindset and maintain your mental health. Learn where to go for caregiver training and some of the financial consequences of caregiving..

The Role of the Mass Media in our Uncertain and Uncivil Society

9/10/09

Presented by John E. Craft, Ph.D., Professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. In our complex and diverse society, most must of us rely on the mass media in order to know and understand events that are happening beyond our immediate environment. But many of us are becoming increasingly distrustful of the images of our world that the media portray for us. This presentation will examine the role that the media is expected to play in our democratic society, and specific incidents of success and failure.

Financial Literacy at Midlife, presented by Career Services Unlimited

8/27/09

Learn ways to manage your income and expenses at midlife. You'll gain basic literacy of financial terms and concepts, such as your insurance needs, stocks, bonds and mutual funds, your "risk tolerance," how taxes affect your investment income and what questions to ask a financial professional. This is a Fit for Life 50+ program. It is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records..

Travel to Iran

08/06/2009

Presented by Ingrid Trebisky, Pima County Public Librarian. Travel to Iran: Come hear PCPL librarian Ingrid Trebisky describe her recent travel adventures in the Islamic Republic of Iran, formerly known internationally as Persia until 1935. Get a glimpse of what the real Iran is like today through photos and gain an understanding of this country we label the "Axis of Evil".

Volunteering & Socializing

07/23/2009

Presented by Career Services Unlimited. Using a Wheel of Life, you'll review your passions and preferences and learn how to shift into a post-work identity. Explore social networking and your reasons for wanting to volunteer. Learn the physical and mental benefits of volunteering and socializing. This is a Fit for Life 50+ program. It is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records.

History, Hip Hop and American Popular Culture

07/09/2009

Presented by Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, Associate Professor of United States History, African and American Studies, and Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West (2005) and CEO of the Whitaker Group, L.L.C., a human relations, organizational development, and diversity consulting firm. This talk will demonstrate that Hip Hop and Rap is arguably the post Civil Rights Era’s highest form of creative, extemporaneous, ever-evolving form of communication and expression. Indeed, Rap is a form of expression that finds its roots imbedded deep within African, Caribbean, and African American culture and oral tradition. This "signifying" often took on an innocuous, playful tone, but through Hip Hop culture and Rap music, it would become a way of communicating serious objections to racial oppression, police brutality, political isolation, elitism, educational inequalities, war and more. This lecture will argue, therefore, that Hip Hop and Rap "emerged as window into, and critique of, the criminalization, socio-economic isolation, and negative perceptions of black youth, and has evolved into a multi-racial, multi-generational, global critique of rigid structures, class-ism, and representative authority." This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Entrepreneurship & Owning Your Own Business

06/25/2009

Presented by Career Services Unlimited. Increasingly, self-employment is an attractive option to many at midlife. Learn if you have what it takes to be self-employed and whether your idea is feasible. Create a development plan and explore your customer base and how to reach it. Learn to network in Tucson and the options for getting started, including franchising or purchasing an existing business. This is a Fit for Life 50+ program. It is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public records.

Tony Hillerman, Yataalii of the Navajo Way

06/11/2009

Presented by Richard E. Wentz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, founder of the Religious Studies Department at Arizona State University. Tony Hillerman, the well-known mystery writer, devoted much of a lifetime weaving stories of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Hillerman was a master at moving us inside the geographical and spiritual worlds of the Hopi and Diné (Navajo). Avid readers of Hillerman find themselves at home with the mesas, canyons, and reservation lands of Northern Arizona and New Mexico. Hillerman introduced us to the ceremonial ways of the Navajo, and in doing so, he himself performed a ceremonial role, inviting us into the mysteries of what may be called the Navajo Way. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Tony Hillerman, Yataalii of the Navajo Way

06/11/2009

Presented by Richard E. Wentz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, founder of the Religious Studies Department at Arizona State University. Tony Hillerman, the well-known mystery writer, devoted much of a lifetime weaving stories of Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. Hillerman was a master at moving us inside the geographical and spiritual worlds of the Hopi and Diné (Navajo). Avid readers of Hillerman find themselves at home with the mesas, canyons, and reservation lands of Northern Arizona and New Mexico. Hillerman introduced us to the ceremonial ways of the Navajo, and in doing so, he himself performed a ceremonial role, inviting us into the mysteries of what may be called the Navajo Way. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Employment at Midlife

05/28/2009

Changing careers at age 50+ can be challenging. Explore the current job market and assess your skills and interests. Learn about local career change resources and local training and networking opportunities. Develop a resume and cover letter and hone your interviewing skills.
This is a Fit for Life 50+ program. It is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records.

Farewell, My Beijing: The long journey from China to Tucson

05/07/09

Presented by Chi Newman. Chi Newman and her identical twin sister Lu were born in Beijing, China into the wealthy family of a high government official. She and Lu were sent away at age thirteen to escape Communist forces. Their parents went into hiding and disappeared. She married an American who worked for the U.S. Department of State. They lived in thirteen countries on five continents and raised two wonderful children. She based her life on the "Yin Yang" philosophy. She knows in each life there are ups and downs, happiness and sorrow, health and sickness. Learn more about Chi Newman and her long journey from Beijing to Tucson. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Planning at Midlife

04/23/09

Presented by Career Services Unlimited. Create a Wheel of Life that demonstrates how eight areas of your life - employment, volunteerism, education, health, housing, transportation & safety, socialization and spirituality - change at midlife. This is a Fit for Life 50+ program. It is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records..

Resist Much, Obey Little: Edward Abbey and the Monkey Wrench Gang

04/09/09

Presented by Karyn Riedell, Ph.D., English Professor, Arizona State University and Journalist. Through his novels, essays, and speeches, Edward Abbey was an environmental activist who wrote passionately and eloquently in his defense of the American West. When he died in 1989, the West lost one of its most powerful, brilliant, and controversial advocates. The Walt Whitman quote, "Resist much, obey little," was his motto. In his efforts to defend the land he loved, Abbey mocked the government bureaucracy and corporate forces that he believed were destroying the environment. He wrote twenty-one books, including his comic novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has inspired environmental activists ever since. One such group was Earth First!, which was formed in 1980 and advocates eco-sabotage, or "monkeywrenching." Abbey was never an official member of the group, but he did sometimes write for the organization. This presentation will examine the influence of Edward Abbey on other writers and the groups that have been inspired by his writing and environmental activism. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

A Third Country? Cultural and Economic Melding on the Arizona/Sonora Border

03/12/09

Presented by Ed Williams, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Latin American Studies, University of Arizona.
"Borders form more than a dividing line. They define a meeting ground where two peoples interact, where the two influence one another, where a new synthesis emerges from the blending of the two. Cultural, economic, and political interaction pervades the U.S.-Mexican border region. Border dwellers borrow and combine English and Spanish in wondrous ways. Artistic styles like muralism progress from the South. Mexican Northern ballads and American Western music enrich the region. Baseball invades Mexico from the North. Sartorial styles distinguish Mexicano and Gringo borderlanders. Vaqueros and cowboys dress in ways never imagined in New York or Mexico City. The economies and polities of the two nations also interact in the border region – sometimes for the better of both, but sometimes not. Many have studied the special qualities of the border. Mexican social psychologist Rogelio Diaz Guerrero speaks of value convergence. American social historian Oscar Martinez highlights the complexities of border life. And, Mexican sociologist Jorge Bustamante defends the "Mexicaness" of Mexican borderlanders."
This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Beyond the Cotton Fields: Black Migrant Women Building Communities

02/12/09

Presented by Geta LeSeur. This presentation is based on the stories of five women from the Casa Grande Valley towns (Eloy, Randolph, Coolidge, Casa Grande, the Gila Reservation), who despite their busy and oppressive lives of work, family, poor housing, etc., managed to become politicized, self-educated activists. They would then go on to rebuild their lives and create lively communities even after "the cotton machine" took away their job opportunities. This presentation is a tribute to these resilient women.This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Arizona for Newcomers

01/08/09

Presented by Gregory McNamee. What is it that makes Arizona unique, that gives it a different flavor from neighboring New Mexico, California, Utah, and Sonora? In part the answer lies in Arizona's longstanding habit of absorbing influences from its neighbors. Influences such as architecture, music, cuisine, and the arts are continually incorporated into Arizona's already vibrant traditions, and served up in a unique blend of visual arts, literature, and folk life that is unlike any other. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

2008

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art

12/11/08

Presented by Allen Dart. Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which have communicate meaning. But are these claims supported by archaeology or Native Americans themselves? Dart discusses southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and illustrates how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Early History of Arizona: German Jesuits as Founders of Arizona

11/13/08

Presented by Dr. Albrecht Classen. Contrary to common perception, the early history of Arizona was deeply influenced by German Jesuits. Even Padre Eusebio Kino, though of Italian descent, received his entire schooling in Germany and lived there until his departure for the New World. After his death in 1711, numerous German Jesuits followed him, and until 1767 they manned most Jesuit missions in Southern Arizona. Learn how these Jesuits later wrote highly impressive travelogues and other accounts about their life in Sonora (Pimeria Alta), which shed fascinating light on the early history of our state. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Scare-Izona: A Travel Guide to Arizona's Spookiest Spots

10/30/08

Scare-Izona: A Travel Guide to Arizona's Spookiest Spots, presented by authors Katie Mullaly and J. Patric Ohlde, is an informative discussion about some of the most haunted locations in the state of Arizona, and our findings during our investigations. We will also spend time discussing the basics of paranormal investigation to give first-timers an idea of what to do, what not to do, and what to expect.

Family Secrets: The Uneasy Tradition of Diarists and Their Readers

10/23/08

Presented by Professor Judy Nolte Temple. The long tradition of diary-writing dates from the 17th century, when people like Samuel Pepys described their days-and their deviations into sins. Some argue that this private sort of writing can form a serial autobiography especially suited to women. This talk will trace the history of diaries and the various motives of their writers, famous, infamous, and unknown. How do censorship, self-censorship, and coding make diaries mysteries to be solved? Now that many diaries are published, how are family relations strained when private thoughts become public? How do today's on-line blogs tease the line between privacy and publicity? This presentation will cover such diarists as Anne Frank, Anais Nin, and Overland Trail men and women. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

2008 Ballot Propositions

10/16/08

Presented by The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson. Hear information about the pros and cons of issues such as marriage laws, payday loans, majority vote, and more. Learn more about the 2008 Ballot Propositions and become an informed voter.

Voter Education

9/18/08

Presented by Shirley Sandelands, Immediate Past President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson. Are you prepared for the upcoming elections? Learn more about the process of voting, Arizona legal requirements, and how you can become an informed voter.

Growing up Chicana in Morenci

9/11/08

Presented by Elena Díaz Björkquist. Growing up Chicana in Morenci is a platica (informal talk) about Chicanas who lived in the mining town of Morenci, Arizona. Through a slide presentation of what the town looked like before its destruction in the late 1960s, readings from her books Suffer Smoke and Water from the Moon, and from oral history interviews she conducted for an AHC project, Díaz Björkquist portrays the lives of girls and women of Morenci in their own voices. It is a historically accurate picture of life for Mexican Americans in a segregated copper mining town from the 1920s to the late 1960s.

This inspirational presentation pays tribute to four generations of Chicanas who, in spite of discrimination, persevered and showed that si se puede (it can be done). Morenci Chicanas were the glue that kept the family unit together with their unique cultural spirit, demonstrating courage and strength. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Landscaping for Birds and Butterflies

9/4/08

Presented by Meg Quinn, Environmental Educator, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Learn which plants will attract butterflies and birds and how to have a succession of blooming species.

Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona

8/28/08

Presented by archaeologist Allen Dart, Executive Director of Tucson's nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. In this program, Dart summarizes and interprets the archaeology of Arizona from the earliest human occupations through the late prehistoric period. Please join him for a discussion of Arizona archaeology, connections between archaeology and history, and how the earliest peoples relate to the Native American, European, Mexican, African, and Asian peoples who have formed our state's more recent history.

This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, funded by the Arizona Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Through the Arizona Humanities Council's support for programs like this one, the people of Arizona benefit from federal funds allocated through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Relive Tucson's film and TV history

8/21/08

Presented by Actor Don Collier & Arizona Daily Star film critic Phil Villarreal. Join us as we get a peek into Tucson's film and TV history. Hear stories about The High Chaparral, The Young Riders, and other significant shows in Tucson television history. You'll enjoy a live dialogue between legendary Tucson actor, Don Collier, and Arizona Daily Star film critic, Phil Villarreal.

Philately With A Sonoran Twist

8/14/08

Presented by Kelly McClear of the Postal History Foundation. Experience the magic and fun of postage stamps and postal history. Representatives from one of the most unique small museums in the West will take you on a powerpoint tour and send you home with a new appreciation of one of our smallest treasures - the postage stamp!

Sonoran Desert Wildlife

8/7/08

Presented by Sandy Reith, Environmental Education Program Coordinator, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation. In this informal program, Reith discusses a variety of interesting animals that inhabit the Sonoran Desert and explore their adaptations by examining skulls and pelts.

Jazz and the American Identity

7/31/08

Presented by Janice Jarrett, a jazz musician, journalist, educator, and ethnomusicologist. The history of jazz goes back over 100 years and is intimately interwoven with a number of historical events and cultural traditions unique to America. A self-invented country, the United States broke from the European mold, and jazz, for decades the popular music of America, improvisatory and based on individual expression, closely reflects many of the attributes associated with this nation. Jazz is also highly regarded internationally as a valuable art form, and is, like America, closely associated with the concepts of freedom and democracy. Learn how a musical genre can be a window into profound national issues, controversies, and contradictions, and a means of deepening understanding of American history as a whole. Hear the music and stories of a great art that America invented. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Travel to China

7/24/08

Presented by Ingrid Trebisky and Sharon Yang-McNeil, Pima County Public Librarians. The eyes of the world will be focused on Beijing, China for the 28th Olympic Games this August 8-24. Get a sneak preview of Beijing through slides and stories from Ingrid Trebisky who ran the Beijing Marathon this past October and Sharon Yang-McNeil, who was raised in China and lived a year in Beijing.

Dance, Sensuality, and Culture

7/17/08

Presented by Dr. Adair Landborn, performer, educator, choreographer, and scholar specializing in Spanish flamenco and American modern dance.
Beneath every human culture, there exists an underpinning of unconscious cultural knowledge and sensual experience that emerges through its dances. The sensual living experiences, the values celebrated within a culture, and the communal and personal needs unique to each culture find expression through the reiteration of rhythmic movement patterns known as 'dance.' The qualities most intrinsic to a world dance form are often taken for granted by the people of that culture; some performers may never verbally articulate the values that motivate their movements. Dance scholars agree: dance is not a universal language. Rather, like language, dance is a human universal and many relationships exist between its variant forms. This presentation attempts to decode the human significance of world dance forms, exploring cultures through cross-cultural dance experience. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

Change Your Life . . . From Flying Fish to Giant Chairs, Men on Horseback to Magic Carpets: Public Art in Tucson

7/10/08

Presented by Carol Lehrman, a Tucson Museum of Art Docent. Call them quirky, bizarre and unconventional or stately, monumental and grand. Tucson - the gallery that's open 24/7 - is home to a rich and diverse collection of public sculptural art.

Change Your Life . . . Explore Nature by Journaling

7/3/08

Nature journaling has become a popular way for people to explore the natural world while exploring their own creative abilities. You don't have to be a world-renowned artist to try your hand at nature journaling. Learn to use writing and sketching to record your reflections about the Sonoran Desert around you. Presented by Carol Tepper, Environmental Educator, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation.

Change Your Life...Travel to Alaska

6/26/08

Come to the land where bald eagles breed like alleycats. See a dozen whales break the harbor's surface in a feeding frenzy. Eat lots of fish. Join us for a cruise up the placid waters of the Alaskan panhandle. John Howley, Pima County Public Librarian will share photos and stories of his travel from Vancouver to Anchorage via ship, floatplane and locomotive. View John's Photos on Flickr

Change Your Life...ALTCS Overview: Learn about the Arizona Long Term Care System

6/19/08

Learn about the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) which is Arizona's long term care program for those who are elderly or blind, physically disabled or have a developmental disability, presented by Irma Sierra, Human Service Specialist, Arizona Long Term Care System. ALTCS helps pay for nursing home care or special need care that allows you to remain in your own home. The program is administered under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS.

Change Your Life Through History...Corbett House: A Pioneer Home Then and Now

6/12/08

The Corbett House is a good example of how the railroad changed the architecture in Tucson. Tucson Museum of Art Docent Sandy Cord discusses the history of the family that built the house and its later transition into a museum of the Arts and Craft Movement.

Change Your Life...Explore Orienteering

6/5/08

Carol Tepper, Environmental Educator with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation presents about how the natural world around us can contribute to our physical and mental health. But what would you do if you got lost out there? This short introduction to using a compass will increase your confidence about being out in the wild, and help you travel safely in unfamiliar terrain.

Change Your Life...Volunteer

(5/29/08)

Linda Krause, Senior Manager of Community Involvement from the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona shares information on how to get involved in your community and provides an introduction to the Volunteer Center website to locate volunteer opportunities.

Change Your Life...Fit to a T

(5/22/08)

Do you know your T Score? It's not about golf. It's about your bone's ability to keep you moving. If you are between the ages of 40 and 60, find out what you can do to prevent or slow osteoporosis, the most prevalent bone condition among Americans, effecting nearly one in two women, and one in four men. Physical therapist Mark Roberts, PT, of MDR Spine and Sports Physical Therapy, strive to enhance health, function, mobility and quality of life through wellness education and exercise.

Saving the Last Great Places on Earth

(5/15/08)

Is global climate change real? If so, how might it affect you? Is there anything you can do about it? Come hear about The Nature Conservancy's projects. Sharon Olbert, longtime volunteer, public speaker and representative to Sustainable Tucson for The Nature Conservancy, will speak on how TNC is out to save the last great places on Earth.

Tohono O'odham Nation with Melvin Ortega

(5/8/08)

Filmmaker Melvin Ortega joined us for a film presentation of Tohono O'odham Nation and Native American events, profiles and interviews.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Preview with Robert Reed

(5/1/08)

Robert Reed, Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Orchestra Manager/Artistic Administrator, discussed the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's first commercial recording in its nearly 80 year history. The recording will be made during the final Classic Series performances of the 2007/08 season. The performances and subsequent CD will contain three works by French Canadian composer André Mathieu and will be released by the Canadian-based label, Analekta in the fall of this year.

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