With school back in session, enjoy some of this week's picks of the fun and family-friendly events across the Old Pueblo. Enjoy free movies, outdoor walks and birding courtesy of a variety of organizations across the city. 

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

7th Annual The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

  • Where: Riverpark Inn, 777 W Cushing St
  • When: Varies on workshops you want to attend
  • Cost: Varies on activities you would like to attend (we recommend the nature photography class)

Southern Arizona hosts one of the most diverse populations of birds in the world. With the summer monsoons quenching the thirst of our desert landscape, monsoon birding is an exciting feature for Sonoran Desert bird enthusiasts. Enjoy your pick of different field trips and workshops with renowned leaders in birding and also enjoy a plethora of free workshops and talks, including the Nature Expo with plenty of activities for kids. The festival officially ends on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Friends of the Public Library Book Sale 

  • Where: Friends Book Barn, 2230 N Country Club Rd.
  • When: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cost: Browse for free, pay for what you like

Join the Friends of the Public Library and browse among thousands of gently used books for sale to benefit the public library this Sunday! With more than 75 categories to choose from, it’s easy to find your next read! Browse a great selection of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, audio books, puzzles, collectible & giftable books. Children’s books, young adult, large print, fiction & non-fiction galore/Most books priced $1-4, children’s priced 50cents-$1

Yoga In The Park: Reid Park

  • Where: Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way
  • When: 9 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated

Bring a mat or towel, some water, and bring a friend! This fun and free activity welcomes Yoga beginners and enthusiasts at all-levels! This will be held Near Ramada 18, contact Sandra at 520-477-6432 for questions.


Sunday Love Feast *Bhakti Yoga* with FREE 10-Course Dinner

  • Where: Govinda’s, located on 711 E. Blacklidge Dr.
  • When: 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Bring your friends and family and immerse yourselves in the ancient tradition of Yoga of the Heart (Bhakti). This includes a sit down bhajan meditation, a philosophical discussion on the ancient Vedas, Traditional Arti offerings to Temple deities and Kirtan followed by a FREE 10 course blessed vegetarian feast.


Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Career Center with Arizona@Work

  • Where: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue
  • When: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Looking for work or just basic career advice? Arizona@Work connects job seekers (youth, adults, veterans and laid-off workers) to a network of employment, training, and educational programs in Pima County.

Movie Afternoon: Before I Fall

  • Where: Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Rd.
  • When: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Teenagers are invited to relax with your family and friends while watching Before I Fall at the Dusenberry-River Library. Popcorn is provided and the movie is rated PG-13. It may not be suitable for all audience.






Dollar Night at Skate Country

  • Where: Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd St
  • When: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $1 Admission, #3 Skate rental

Get your friends and family together for Skate Country’s Dollar Night this Monday! Admission is only $1! No skates? No worries! Rentals are down to $3 so you can hit the floor with your friends and rock-n-roll the night away!


Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Blue Star Museum

  • Where: Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd Street
  • When: Now until Labor Day
  • Cost: FREE Admission for active duty military w/military ID and up to five family members. Parking is also free in the NE corner of the Second Street Garage located on East 2nd Street and North Euclid Avenue.

The Arizona History Museum partners the National Endowment for the Arts to offer free admission for active duty military and up to 5 family members now until Labor Day (September 4) The museum is one of 2,000 museums participating in this national appreciation program to thank military families for their service and share with them America’s cultural treasures.

Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga

  • Where: Quaker Meeting House, 931 N. 5th Ave., Call 520-490-5500, if lost
  • When: 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Time and again, laughter has proven to be a great form of exercise and healing! Join in on Tuesday for this exercise in laughter and harmony.


Tuesday Night Bike Ride

  • Where: Meet at the Flag Pole west of University of Arizona Old Main
  • When: 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

With the monsoon season being out in full force, enjoy an active night out with hundreds of other bike enthusiasts for the Tuesday Night Bike Ride! This group is for anyone that has fun on a bike, big bikes small bikes, fast bikes, slow bikes. The group rides every week, heading to different destinations in Downtown Tucson. While the ride isn't too hard, the group promises to make it enjoyable for all skill levels.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Exploring Tucson History

  • Where: Downtown History Museum, 140 N. Stone Ave, in the Wells Fargo bank Building.
  • When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, donations welcome. Parking is free with validation in the Wells Fargo garage on Alameda Street

Explore early Tucson businesses and homes with exhibits that showcase the development of Downtown Tucson, including drugstores, police and fire departments, and the Romero barbershop over the past several decades.

Desert Voices Tucson Chorus Open House for next Season

  • Where: 3269 N. Mountain Ave., call 520-791-9662 for more information.
  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Join Desert Voices in welcoming its new artistic director. They are also looking for both SINGERS and NON-SINGERS to join Desert Voices during this open house rehearsals! Join Desert Voices as they celebrate their 29th Season impacting the people of Southern Arizona and GALA Choruses.


Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Guided Birding at Agua Caliente Park 

  • Where: Agua Caliente Park, 12325 Agua Caliente Park Rd.
  • When: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE with Membership, $5 for non-members. Call 520-615-7855 for more info

Join other enthusiasts and experts in exploring Agua Caliente Park and witness the diversity of the bird species in our desert backyard! See wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors! Loaner binoculars will be available.


Cinema La Placita Outdoor Movie: King Kong (1933) Not Rated

  • Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.
  • When: 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $3, FREE Popcorn, Street Parking is free after 5. Call Kelly at 520-616-2687 for more info

Enjoy an outdoor movie downtown at the Tucson Museum of Art! This week, the Outdoor Movie features 1933 version of King Kong, starring Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with the movie!



Letter from the Editor: Normally, this column is written by Bear Essential News reporter Kristopher Yanez, who has been promoted after finishing his stint as the summer newsroom apprentice. However, because of a family tragedy, Kristopher will be taking a few days off from Bear Essential News, but he will be back soon.