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Learn About La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
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Learn About La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

By Lynessa Corrales & Mike Korchmaros Image courtesy of Mike Korchmaros Okay, buckaroos and buckarettes. Get ready for this year's Tucson Rodeo. The La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Festival of the Cowboy) is celebrating its 99th year here in the Old Pueblo. It runs from Feb. 17-25. This year’s parade will follow a new route. The new route will begin at South 12th Avenue and West Drexel Road. The route will head east on Drexel to South Nogales Highway. Then it will head north until it reaches East Irvington Road, just before reaching the rodeo grounds. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. It is free for everyone. but grandstand seats are available to purchase. There is also a parking charge. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (or the Tucson Rodeo) has been a long-...
A Night of Remembrance: Tucson’s 34th annual All Souls Procession
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A Night of Remembrance: Tucson’s 34th annual All Souls Procession

The horn of a conch shell signals the beginning of the procession, led by women in ghostly white garb chanting and dancing to deep drumbeats. Urn ambassadors preparing to lead the procession. At first, the procession is relatively slow, stopping and starting to allow onlookers to write notes to be deposited into the large urn behind the leaders. One woman silently holds out a basket, an offer to accept a slip of paper inside; a memory, or perhaps a prayer, or a simple, “I miss you”. One of the Urn's attendants collecting notes from the crowd. The procession snakes its way up Grande, the quiet footsteps punctuated by the beats of participants’ loved ones’ favorite music or occasional teams of dancers. One woman dances relentlessly to a stream of Latin hip hop, a lit photo of a wo...
Tucson Meet Yourself Celebrates 50th Anniversary
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Tucson Meet Yourself Celebrates 50th Anniversary

October 13 marks the beginning of Tucson's 50th annual Tucson Meet Yourself event, a free festival which celebrates traditional folk arts by those from the wide variety of cultures that call Tucson home. Participants can experience local music and dance, arts and crafts, and of course, food. Aside from ethnic food from dozens of cultures and other treats such as homemade frybread and foods with native Sonoran desert plants, one of the culinary options this year will be Tucson Meet Yourself’s first ever heritage beer garden, honoring the ancient art of beer brewing and providing samples of heritage brews. The festival isn't just limited to showcasing food and multicultural events; as this is the festival's 50th anniversary,  this year's Memory Tent will be "The Way We Were", com...
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Pima Participates in Deaf Awareness Month

By RUTH BEHRPima Post September is Deaf Awareness Month, a time to recognize the unique culture and languages of the Deaf community. The North American Deaf community includes those who are deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing as well as Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs).  According to Gallaudet University, approximately 0.9-2.2% of the US population has what the University refers to as “a severe hearing impairment or is functionally deaf.” While not all those people are part of the Deaf community, Ernest Willman, one of Pima’s American Sign Language professors, is among them. Willman, speaking through an interpreter, says, "I am from a generationally Deaf family. My parents are Deaf and my siblings are also Deaf." While the Deaf community is vast and diverse, they ar...
Fang shui: Get your reptile fix at upcoming show
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Fang shui: Get your reptile fix at upcoming show

By QUENTIN S. AGNELLOPima Post For those who live in Tucson, the Gem and Mineral Show is a busy, well-known event that’s often an inconvenience for regular commuters.  As someone who has attended the Gem Show, I can say that it certainly is interesting. However, colorful crystals have never really been my forte.  For people who might feel the same way, there is another show that has been running in Tucson for the past 20 years: the Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show. The show is targeted to all ages, and the two-day show Oct. 1 and 2 will include a variety of vendors selling captive-bred reptiles and amphibians.  Animal lovers will enjoy the petting zoo, which will include giant tortoises, lizards and snakes. This year, even warm-blooded animals will be repres...
Pima Theatre to present family-friendly ‘Ballet & Bagels’ in October
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Pima Theatre to present family-friendly ‘Ballet & Bagels’ in October

Director Milta Ortiz directs cast members during rehearsals of Ballet & Bagels (Photo courtesy Pima Theatre) Pima Theatre presents'Ballet & Bagels'Pima West Campus, Black Box Theatre,2202 W, Anklam Rd. 85709October 6 - 16Thursday - Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., General Admission: $10Students/Seniors/Military/Groups: $5Advanced reservations are recommended. Pima Community College students can receive one free ticket to each performing arts production as part of their tuition. Tickets can be purchased at pima.edu/arts. The box office is open Tuesday - Friday from 12-5 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance.520-206-6986 | [email protected] Tucson, Arizona -- Pima Theatre starts off its season with family-friendly 'Ballet & Bagels', directed b...
Reading, math scores fell sharply during pandemic, data show
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Reading, math scores fell sharply during pandemic, data show

FILE - Desks are spaced apart ahead of planned in-person learning at an elementary school on March 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. Pandemic school disruptions resulted in the largest drop in reading achievement in 30 years, according to newly released national test scores on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The data is from 9-year-olds who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2020 and 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) By COLLIN BINKLEYAP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Math and reading scores for America’s 9-year-olds fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new federal study — offering an early glimpse of the sheer magnitude of the learning setbacks dealt to the nation's children. Reading scores saw their largest decrease in 30 ...
Tucson Taco Madness: fish food fight
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Tucson Taco Madness: fish food fight

By JAVIER DOSAMANTESPima Post Making a fish or shrimp taco sounds like a simple task, right? You grab a tortilla, pack it with fish, pour some “powers” (veggie toppings and salsas) on it and you’re good to go. Well, actually … no. No, I tell you, no. What is known as a fish taco or a shrimp taco, isn’t made willy nilly with any kind of fish or shrimp. Nor with random powers and any kind of tortilla. It is not a simple taco. It is one of the most layered, colorful and loudest tacos. Jazz music is just random sounds and noises, struggling to find a flow and rhythm without structure to the unfamiliar ear. When in fact, it’s a beautiful collection of melodies within a structure. And that from time to time, it steps out of that structure in search of more adventurous soun...