Beads, Bracelets, Booze, Greyhounds, Tea

June 25 is a very important date in Tucson – greyhound racing ends! That means a celebration hosted by Beading Divas to the Rescue, a 501c3 who has raised more than $150,000 for animal charities by selling one handcrafted beaded bracelet at a time. That is a whole lot of beads, maybe millions of beads (all donated). When: Saturday June 25 from 4 to 7 PM We are asking party attendees to bring beads and/or old jewelry that can be reused. When you bring beads to the party, your favorite 501c3 animal charity will be entered into a drawing and
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Lost Restaurants of Tucson Dinner at the Carriage House

While some authors option their books for movies, author Rita Connelly’s book, Lost Restaurants of Tucson, will have its own dinner benefiting the Tucson Museum of Art Historic Block Restoration Fund. The one-of-a-kind event will showcase five “lost” or previous iconic restaurants long gone but not forgotten. The dinner is Friday June 10 at 6 pm at the Carriage House. The event will benefit the Tucson Museum of Art Historic Block Restoration Fund which was once the home of Janos’ first restaurant. The culinary trip down memory lane will feature chef/owners Donna Nordin and Don Luria from Café Terra Cotta,
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Tucson Events: Meet Historical, Cookbook, Mystery Authors

Lost Restaurants at Hotel Congress March 4 6 – 8:30 PM Hotel Congress has played a major role in Tucson’s history (John Dillinger and his gang were captured there) and many passengers traveling through town on the Southern Pacific Railroad stayed there. The lobby has been lovingly restored with stunning Art Deco touches and is the site of one of the four bars that can be found in the building. Tiger’s Tap Room is another and of course, there’s Club Congress, one of the best musical venues in the West. We also like the Cup Café for a hearty breakfast
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Tucson: 1055 Brewing Celebrates 3rd Anniversary – Feb. 6

If you’re not going to Savor, a mega food & beverage event at Tucson Botanical Garden and even if you are — chill out here celebrating three sudsy years at 1055 Brewing. Ten Fifty-Five Brewing has established a reputation for being innovative and nimble in creating their small-batch, hand-crafted brews. To celebrate the milestone, they will be holding a 3rd Anniversary Celebration from 2 to 10 PM at 3810 E. 44th Street (near Palo Verde) with plenty of free parking. In addition to some of their show-stopping suds that have become anchors on their line-up, such as the Leap Pale
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Tucson: Perfect Pairings, Pre-Event-SAVOR Food & Wine

PERFECT PAIRINGS February 2nd from 5 to 7 PM TICKETS $25 EACH Buy now – no day of tickets available Location: Monark Premium Appliance, 3850 W. Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ 85742 Join master chefs for an intimate evening of spectacularly prepared food expertly paired with some of the regions best wines and beers. Ticket includes samplings from Tucson’s elite culinary stars, beer and wine pairings, raffle ticket, and an event goodie bag. Perfect Pairings kicks off the SAVOR Food & Wine Festival with a PRE-EVENT KICK OFF party at the Monark Premium Appliance Showroom in Tucson at the NW
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Year of the Monkey – Happy Chinese New Year Tucson

Join Lotus Garden as they celebrate Year of Monkey with a multi-course robust feast including pork broth with bean thread and wood ear, onion pancakes with crispy green beans, whole sea bass, roast crackling pork belly, lo mein noodles, walnut shrimp, curry fried rice, steak que, roast duck, Chinese broccoli, dessert and some bubbly. Reservations mandatory and will be held with a credit card. Cost: $47/pp + tax & tip. Make your reservation at 520-298-3351. Lotus Garden Chinese New Year celebrates Year of the Monkey on Saturday Feb. 6 – 6 PM (Chinese New Year begins Feb. 8) Year of
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Heirloom Farmers Markets Host Fourth Viva La Local Food Festival

Check out this fun event guaranteed to entice all your senses. Heirloom Farmers Markets is proud to announce its signature Viva La Local Food Festival. This event is a Tucson favorite and proceeds benefit Heirloom Farmers Markets’ initiatives, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. This event partners with the Living Streets Alliance’s Cyclovia Tucson. Together Tucson Tandem is a weekend of fun celebrating local food and five miles of car-free city streets. Viva La Local happens on Halloween day, October 31, from 9 AM -5 PM. Cyclovia Tucson is November 1, from 10 AM -3 PM, along the Midtown route featuring 4th Ave
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Tucson October Food Events, Circle of Food

October in Tucson and Southern Arizona is busy multiplied. Dig in… Special Cupcake for Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro have created a special cupcake — pink vanilla cake, strawberry filling, strawberry buttercream with fondant topping available all month long. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Making Strides against Breast Cancer in Tucson. Gourmet Girls is located at 5845 N Oracle Road Oct. 9 – The Living Room Opens A new restaurant with Scottsdale ties opens in the former Armitage Wine Lounge at La
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Loews Ventana Canyon: Casks and Cooks – 10.17

Local breweries + local chefs light up the night on Oct. 17 from the press release (Update: the correct price is $55/pp) WHAT: Dragoon, Ten Fifty-Five and Pueblo Vida brewing companies are joining together for the second time with the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort culinary team for Casks and Cooks. Tucson’s top chefs and brewmasters unite from each of the three breweries are paired with the perfect variety of grilled to order specialties. Don’t miss an outdoor evening under the stars featuring local craft beer, live bluegrass music and incredible BBQ. WHEN: Oct. 17 from 6-9 PM HOW: $50 $55
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Sideways, Merlot Madness, Tucson Loft

Sideways, the often hilarious 2004 Oscar-winning movie, takes two obnoxious aging buddies in search of good wine and women in Central California. In this case the wine is Pinot Noir which rose in popularity after the movie aired while miserable Merlot plummeted. I hate to admit this publicly but to this day I’ll choose almost any red wine over Merlot and when I do drink it, Sideways plays in the background of my mind. According to some wine experts, the drop in Merlot drinking caused much of it to scram from the marketplace and only the better (mostly) Merlot remains
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