Fall’s in full swing, and we’ve got just the ticket for you – whether you’re into art installations or a photography class, fall harvest fun with the family, or if a lecture series is more your speed, Tucson’s early October events have you covered.

UA Science Café Lecture Series
Discover the fascinating science happening all around us at the UArizona Science Café Series, brought to you by the University of Arizona College of Science. Science Cafés bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You’ll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate café series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions. Come join the conversation! UA Science Cafés locations: Borderlands Science Café – Magpie’s Science Café – SaddleBrooke Science Café – Tucson Botanical Gardens – Tumamoc Hill Science Café
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12 Months of Madaras: Spirit Animal Month
Madaras Gallery presents 12 Months of Madaras: Spirit Animal Month – The Spirit Animals tell the story of Diana’s deep connection to animals, a recurrent passion throughout her life. There will be 20 painted by the year’s end to commemorate the Gallery’s 20th anniversary. Visit the Gallery any time in the month of October to view a unique Spirit Animal art display.
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Adult Art & Photography Classes
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Art Institute offers a variety of visual art classes throughout the year. Its fall 2019 semester is underway and classes run through December with varying class start-end dates. Learning how to draw or paint, especially nature art, on the grounds and surroundings of the (ASDM) offers art students a special place and access to a beauty they wouldn’t find anywhere else. There is a nature art certification program, but the museum’s Art Institute also offers a catalog of classes every semester with classes that provide the basics from painting to drawing to photography, and there are classes for those with more experience. Those who are true animal lovers may even find themselves face-to-face with a live desert model brought in for a drawing class, a true desert art-making experience.
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Valley of the Moon – Haunted Ruins Rising: A Retro Experience
This October your family is invited to Valley of the Moon for the haunted ruins theme “A Retro Experience.”  Come experience the interactive Halloween show every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, with an additional night, Wednesday, October 30th included. Travel back in time as we journey through the enchanted land of Valley of the Moon in a play that was originally performed in 1976. A band of mortal pilgrims will embark on an adventure tour throughout the Haunted Ruins. Join them as they search for the Golden Key to Happiness and learn the value of kindness. Includes access to an area formerly closed to the public for decades.  Fun for all ages!  More information at www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com.  If you have special needs please feel free to get in touch to make arrangements.
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Fall Pumpkin Celebration

Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins hosts pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn maze and family activities with two levels of difficulty. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket, fall days can be quite cool in Willcox. 2019 dates: September 21-22, Septembr 28-29, October 5-6, October 12-13, October 19-20, October 26-27.
At the Orchard location:

  • Come early and enjoy a delicious “All-You-Can-Eat” pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast served from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Partake in the Apple Smoked Burger lunch served from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Enjoy Delicious Homemade pumpkin ice-cream, Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts

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