Diana Madaras greets community of fans at the grand opening of her new Madaras Gallery on Swan Road and Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson.

I like to learn new things, don’t you? First, let’s talk berries. Did you know that an avocado is a berry and that a strawberry is not?

For a fruit to be a berry it has to have seeds inside. Strawberries have seeds on the outside so it isn’t really a berry. Now nuts—seeds surrounded by a hard wood-like covering are nuts. They even float in water. Peanuts are not really nuts! They are pods. What are pods? Pods have a row of seeds that stick to the inside of the fruit like a pea pod or a peanut.

This past month was the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. This year’s theme was “The Minerals of the Mid West.” The show displayed many beautiful gems and minerals including geodes, calcites, turquoise, fluorite, wulfenite, and more. You haven’t herd of wulfenite? Nether had I until I found out that there Is a house bill to make wulfenite the state mineral of Arizona. If the bill passes Arizona school children will all know what wulfenite is.

For those aspiring to be fashion designers you must attend Tucson Fashion Week. I attended the October show that featured local designers and of course my fav, Richie Rich, as the headliner. What a night!  


TFW was held over three days in October in Tucson.

“This Is Me” is a new book written by Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s about the courage it takes for a family to move their home to another country and it makes kids think about what’s important.

The Disney On Ice show, Worlds of Enchantment, came to Tucson in October. It was very enchanting indeed because it had classics like Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more. I had the opportunity to attend a media event to help kick

off the first show! A group of local Tucson elementary kids were there to attend a reading from the book Cars, take pictures and talk to two ice skaters from the show followed by a pizza party. This got the kids so excited and pumped to see the show!

Attention all space fans! The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has launched a new kid’s magazine called NASA Next! It was created for kids in grades 5–8. The magazine breaks down science and space to a kid’s level. It is only available online. You can download the latest issue for free on any device. Kids can tell their teachers about the NASA Next Educators page so they can learn more about space and science in the classroom. The first issue was presented on May 23, 2016, and the fall issue has already been released.

“Renoir—A Coloring Book” contains some of the most beautiful paintings by Renoir, and what’s fun is that you, too, can paint and color in the book yourself.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir started his career painting on porcelain, but when the porcelain factory shut down he decided to become an independent painter. He did not find widespread approval during his lifetime, and he lived a life of poverty. Today he is is considered a master painter. Just get out your favorite paints and away you go to create your own masterpieces.

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