I hope everyone has had the chance to dry out from the past week's monsoon showers. The summer's seasonal rain is a opportunity for the desert to recharge and replenish itself, much like these awesome events that will excite and invigorate your week!

Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art is turning 20 years, come celebrate this weekend!

Friday, the museum will be hosting their monthly screening of 4th Friday Films, presenting the documentary on photographer Sebastião Salgado,"The Salt of the Earth." Grab your foldable longue chairs and head out early to secure your spot. Enjoy the food trucks parked on-site providing refreshments to keep you cool throughout the night with, available for purchase. The showing will being at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, MOCA dials it back and parties it up like it's 1997! Starting at noon, families can come in and create their own slapband bracelets, collages, help decorate the 'Rave Room' and even get a snapshot in the Gameboy Photo Booth. The Loft Cinemas will be presenting a double-feature in the museum's Great Hall: "Reality Bites" at 3 p.m. and Singles at 5 p.m. From 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., dance the Nineties away with the decade's tops hits and live music by The Lollapaloozers. $10 cover with cash bar. Enjoy a slice of MOCA's birthday cake and rotating food trucks parked on site, thoughout the day.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yoga in the Park

  • Where: Ramada 18, Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way
  • When: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE, donations recommended

Don't "namast'ay" in bed all Sunday, stretch out the fun this week with yoga at Reid Park!

Before the morning's brunch and booze, bring your mat, water bottle and friends along to rise with the sun.

Meet up is near Ramada 18 (off the corner of 22nd Street and Country Club.) Arrive a few mintues early to lay your mat, check-in and warm up.

All ages and skill-levels are encouraged to join in every Sunday for FREE yoga sessions, donations are welcome. 

Monday. July 24, 2017

Game Night

  • Where: Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive
  • When: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Unplug, rewind and come together for a good ol' game night! 

This game night skips on the screens to deal out the deck. Try your hand at dozens of fun, family-friendly options from classic board games to quirky card games. Compete against other gamers or amongst your family to see who's champion...or at least for a winner's ice cream cone! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

KidFlix Tuesdays

  • Where: Sam Lena – South Tucson Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave.
  • When: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Whether the weather — stormy or sunny—this show will go on...

Every Tuesday, the "Sam Lena Cinema" is screening kid-friendly favorites throughout the Summer. Light snacks will be provided. When the lights flip on, kids are free to craft away during an arts session following the movie. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

School Readiness Night

  • Where: Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.
  • When: 5:30 pm – 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $3 per person, free admission for members

Summer may be sticking around but it's time, yet again, for a new school year in the Old Pueblo!

Children's Museum Tucson knows the first day of school may be overwhelming. Take a crash-course in "the classroom" with School Readiness Night!

Beat back first day jitters before the morning bell even rings. Bring your preschooler, kindergartener or young student by for eight rooms of interactive tools and skills for a successful school year! Learn how to conquer the classroom with learning, behavior and listening demonstrations. Plus, students get to take home a school supply grab bag. Make sure your student's ready! 

Admission is $3 or FREE with museum membership.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christmas In July

  • Where: The Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 
  • When: Kick-off event 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Main event 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase, before 10 p.m.; 21+ only, $3 cover after 10 p.m.

Ho, ho, ho!

This year, the big red guy booked a room at Tucson's Hotel Congress for his Summer getaway and is bringing Christmas in July!  

There is fun for everyone with a family friendly kick-off event from 4 - 7 p.m., kids can indulge in sno cones, slip down water slides, submerge dad in a dunk tank and craft along with Ben's Bells. After 10 p.m. the holiday "spirit" really gets going with drinks, live music, snowball fights and even an appreance from Summer Santa, himself. 

And yes, there will be snow! 

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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.