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Has the sweltering summer heat turned your summer days in to a bummer vay-cay? Well don’t sweat it, there’s still plenty of time to turn it around!

This week, catch the cool summer nights swaying along to the music of a concert or duck inside a library down the street, avoid the heat and learn something too!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tucsonans enjoy a Music Under the Stars concert with the Tucson Pops Orchestra. Photo by Ken Bosma/ 

Music Under the Stars: “Last Dance – A Tribute to the Music of Donna Summer”

  • Where: DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park, 900 S Randolph Way
  • When: 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Lookin’ for some Hot Stuff this Sunday evenin’? Tucson Pops Orchestra welcomes vocalist Crystal Stark for Music Under the Stars, debuting Stark’s pop symphonic concert “Last Dance – A Tribute to the Music of Donna Summer.” Swing and sing to the sounds of Summer at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park. Free admission with the performance starting at 7 p.m., arrive early to lay your blanket or pitch your chair!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Meet Me at Maynards Walk/Run

  • Where: Maynards Market, 400 E. Toole Ave
  • When: Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m.

Make mundane Mondays into moving Mondays with Meet Me at Maynards Walk/Run.

Bring the family (even Fido, on a leash of course) to Maynards Market prior to starting for event check in and registration. Walkers and runners receive a stamp good for deals at Downtown Tucson restaurants and shops to help you enjoy the cool and unwinding trek! Check-in begins at 5:15 pm with participants able to begin immediately after registration. There are routes for all ages and abilities.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dinosaur Discovery

  • Where: Dusenberry-River Public Library with Children’s Museum
  • When: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE 30 minutes prior to start

Dig into Dinosaur Discovery at Dusenberry-River Public Library with Children’s Museum Tucson. Examine fossils and uncover the truth behind their appearance, appetite and extinction!

The presentation is from 2 - 3 pm and intended for ages 5 & up. Free tickets are given out 30 minutes prior to start.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Craft Hour with Mary Ellen Palmeri

  • Where: Eckstrom-Columbus Library
  • When: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

The Eckstrom-Columbus Library will be hosting a free craft hour from 3:30-4:30 p.m. led by instructor Mary Ellen Palmeri, an established local artist. During the hour, you can cut-out and decorate paper figures of athletes!

Come create your favorite sports player or imagine yourself as a player for favorite sports team!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch

  • Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N Oracle Rd
  • When: Various Times Throughout the Day
  • Cost: FREE admission, pay for what you buy

Oro Valley is the place to be for Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch!

Start early by 8 a.m. with the Heirloom Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch, until noon and stick around for dinner ideas and decorations.

For children, there will cultural presentations and a Father’s Day craft activity to make dad an awesome gift.




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 Apprentice. When Yanez is not doing school work, he is off doing daddy duties for young Kennedy.