Events & More

Your guide to what’s happening on the home and garden front this month. Event listings run without charge on a space-available basis as a service to our readers.
Because of possible last-minute changes, readers should confirm event details by calling the telephone numbers in the listings.


Tucson Area Iris Society’s monthly
meeting will feature “Videos on Color
Patterns in Iris: It’s Show Time,”
May 13, 1-4 p.m. at Murphy-Wilmot Library.

Don’t miss Tucson Botanical Gardens’
annual Weird Plant Sale Sat., May 13,
with a members-only preview the day before.
You’ll find specimens including Lithops,
or “living stones,” as seen in the photo above.

Art & Special Exhibits

Tucson Museum of Art
Body Language: Figuration in Modern and Contemporary Art, through July 9
Poetic Minimalism, through July 23
Henry C. Balink: Native American Portraits, through July 23
On the Cusp: Modern Art from the Permanent Collection, through July 23
From Modern into the Now: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, through July 23
Palice Gallery of Latin American Art, through July 30
Art of Latin America; Art of the American West; and Modern and Contemporary Art: Ongoing
Museum Hours: Sun. 12-5 p.m.; Tues-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. Located at 140 N. Main Ave. Contact 624-2333, or visit for further details and other events.
Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students 12-17; free for active military and veterans with ID, and children 12 and under.

Arizona State Museum
Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam, through Sept. 16
Snaketown: Hohokam Defined, through Sept. 23
The Pottery Project, ongoing
Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico, ongoing
Museum Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Sun. and federal and state holidays. Adult admission $5; free for ASM members, UA and PCC students, children and staff. Arizona State Museum located on the University of Arizona campus, 1013 E. University Blvd. Visit for further information on exhibits, lectures and special events. Fees vary by workshop.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art
Fame: Paintings by Robert Priseman, through Aug. 11
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition 2017, through May 12
Exposed: The Art And Science Of Conservation, through May 13
The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Collection: Models and Sketches, ongoing
The Altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo, ongoing
Museum Hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Mon. and University holidays.
Located on the campus of the University of Arizona, 1031 N. Olive Rd. Visit for more information on exhibits, hours, events and education. Admission: adults, $8; $6.50 seniors 65+ and groups of 10 or
more; museum members, students, children, military, and UA faculty and staff, free. (520) 621-7567;

Tucson Desert Art Museum
THE DAZZLED EYE: Navajo Textiles from the Getzwiller Collection, which explores the story of Navajo eyedazzlers and optical art, continues through May 28th.

Continuing in the Museum are three related exhibitions exploring Perspectives on Japanese American Incarceration through April 30. These include:

GAMBATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, an exhibit by Paul Kitagaki, Jr.

Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese American Incarceration in Arizona.

Art of Circumstance: Art and Artifacts created by Japanese Americans Incarcerated During World War II.

In the Gallery

First Americans, an art show and sale honoring the history and resilience of Native Americans, continues through April 30.

The Museum’s Permanent Collection showcases a premier collection of Native American textiles, classical and contemporary paintings and photography, and other artifacts that tell the stories of the Desert Southwestern region.

Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Rd. (southwest corner Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Roads). (520) 202-3888,

Metal Arts Village
Open Studios Under the Full Moon, May 10, 6-9 p.m.

Visit the numerous artists’ studios, enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and demonstrations. Check the website for classes. Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., 975-9792,

Gardening & Plants

Ballet in Bloom
Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. This “garden event” will benefit Ballet Tucson, and includes brunch with a mimosa and margarita bar, performance of excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, live entertainment by the Southwest String

Quartet, silent auction of garden art and other valuable items, and live demonstrations of summer bouquet arranging by Jacque Askren and how to use beneficial insects in your garden by Sheri Herrera de Frey of ARBICO Organics.

Skyline Country Club. 903-1445.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Weird Plant Sale, Sat., May 13, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; members-only preview, Friday, May 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Butterfly Magic, through May 31, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. See tropical butterflies up close and personal in a greenhouse filled with orchids and other tropical flora.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Exhibit, through May. The exhibit will run for eight months accompanied by cultural celebrations and educational programming throughout and examines her significant work through the lens of botanical

themes and nature.

Frida Al Fresco, March 31, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy the Frida Kahlo exhibit after hours in the beautifully lit gardens. Features a farmers market, food, drink, live music, look-alike contests, flower crowns and more.


Aromatherapy Day-to-Day, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $35

Edible Plant Tour and Tasting, Thursday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m. $25, limited seating.

For more class listings, check the website listed below.

General admission: $13 adults; $12 Student/Senior/Military; $7.50 for those 4-17; 3 and under are free. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; Thurs. and Fri. evenings, 4:30-8 p.m. Register for most classes online — call for details. Class size

is limited and prices per class vary. All events held at the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Call 326-9686, ext. 35 or visit for details on special events, classes, ticket prices, etc.

Tohono Chul

Arizona Abstract, April 27-Aug. 13, Main Gallery

Charles Hedgcock: Drawn By The Sun, through April 30; Jeffrey DaCosta: Parcel, May 5-June 4, Entry Gallery Project Space

Featured Artist: Alexandra Bowers, through April 19, Welcome Gallery

Day for Night, through April 19, Main Gallery

For all classes and workshops, call 742-6455 x 0 to register. Pre-registration is required. Tours, classes and exhibits vary by season. All proceeds benefit the park. Open daily 8-5; closed on national holidays. Adult admission $10; seniors

$8; student and active military $5; children $3. Located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Visit for more information and fees.

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson
The Gardens close from mid-May through Oct. 1. Check their website for classes and events. Open daily except Mondays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. General Admission: $9 Adults; $8 Seniors; $7 Students & Military with ID; $5 Children 3-15;

Free, children 2 and under. 2130 N. Alvernon, (520) 282-3200.

Pima County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
Check the website for classes and lectures.

Tours of the Demonstration Gardens: every Wednesday and Saturday of each month, except in January, near major holidays or in bad weather. Tours run 9-10:30 a.m., 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Groups of 8 or more should call ahead. Meet

near the door to the plant clinic.

Arizona Native Plant Society
Monthly Meetings: 2nd Wed. of every month (Sept. through May) at 7 p.m. (sometimes earlier) at the AZ Game and Fish office, 555 N. Greasewood. For more information contact Carianne Campbell at

Rose Society of Green Valley
Monthly Meetings: 1st Mon. of every month (except June-Aug.) at the East Social Center (Abrego and Esperanza) at 7 p.m. Contact: Lea Ellen, 625-0862.

Rose Society of Tucson
Monthly Meetings: 1st Tues. of every month (except July & Aug.) at Tucson Botanical Gardens at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Judy Singer, 529-6020, or visit

Southern Arizona Koi Association, Inc.
Monthly Meetings: 4th Sunday of each month at various member ponds. For more information, visit or call 390-0879.

Tucson African Violet Society
Three meetings a month: September-November and January-April, then potlucks on a Saturday in December and May. During the summer just one group program once a month on a Saturday.

They meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Cascades, 201 N. Jessica Avenue, third floor.   They meet the second Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at The Inn at the

Fountains, 5830 N. Fountains Ave. in the basement by the elevator (north of River Road and east of La Cholla Blvd.). For more information call 574-1367.

Tucson Area Iris Society
TAIS Meeting, May 13, 1-4 p.m. “Videos on Color Patterns in Iris: It’s Show Time”

Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Rd. 749-9512.

Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society
Monthly Meetings: 1st Thurs. of every month (except December) at Sky Island School, 6000 E. 14th St. For more information go to or call 885-6367.

Tucson Garden Club
Monthly Meetings: 3rd Wed. of every month, 10 a.m. (Sept.-May) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Affiliated with national Garden Club and Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs. Some meetings are not held at

TBG. For information call Paulette Stag at 529-2789.

Tucson Orchid Society
Monthly Meetings: 3rd Wed. of every month at Adobe Bridge Club, 3727 E. Blacklidge Road. Contact: Jim W., 749-1142 for information and time.

Tucson Organic Gardeners
Monthly Meeting: 3rd Tues. of every month at 7 p.m. (Sept.-April) at St. Mark’s Church, 3809 E. 2nd St. For more information and event times, call 670-9158 or visit

Food & Wine

Bear Canyon Open-Air Market
8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
northwest corner of Catalina highway
Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, call 982-2645

Trail Dust Town Farmers Market
6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information, visit

Oro Valley Farmers Market
10901 N. Oracle Rd.
Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information, visit

Plaza Palomino Farmers Market
2970 N. Swan Rd.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (winter)
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (summer)
For more information, call 327-4676

Rillito Park Farmers Market
4502 N. 1st Ave., Rillito Park Racetrack
Sundays 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
For more information, visit

Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market
12500 E. Old Spanish Trail
Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, call 591-2276

St. Philip’s Artisan Farmer’s Market
St. Philip’s Plaza
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, visit

St. Philip’s Classic Farmer’s Market
St. Philip’s Plaza
Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, visit

To submit your home and garden event or workshop, contact Anne Kellogg at