Weekend Pick January 11th – 13th


Head to Kino Stadium on Friday for the Casino Del Sol College All Star Game. It is the 2nd annual game where selected draft eligible seniors can showcase their talents. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. and ticket pricing information is available on their website

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2nd Saturdays downtown is back this Saturday. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes street vendors, performers, concerts, discount on downtown vendors & more. This event is family friendly and free!  

If you have always wanted to visit to the Circus (and don’t want to brave the cold this weekend), head down to Reid Park this weekend and visit the Zoppe Circus. For more information on this event visit the UApresents website.





Weekend Pick Dec. 28-31


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Revisit the classic Ghostbusters film on a big screen this weekend at Fox Theatre. Showings are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Ring in 2013 at the “One More Time” party at Playground Bar & Lounge. The party will be a tribute to Daft Punk and all tickets include a midnight toast and rooftop access (subject to capacity). Advance purchase of tickets recommended. MP900440311

If Daft Punk isn’t your thing, you could join the Neon party down the street at The Rialto Theatre. Neon is an 80s vs 90s video dance party, and you can have a chance at winning a costume prize! Dig out the leg warmers, parachute pants, flannel, and more and celebrate 2013 remembering decades past. Advance purchase of tickets recommended.

The theme seems to be remembering the bygone days, so head back in time at Hotel Congress’ Studio 54 New Year’s Eve bash. The party is sure to be great since Congress is competing for largest disco ball in North American history, two stages, photo booth, and if you’re interested, a VIP experience. It’s time to say goodbye to 2012, and hello 2013!

Weekend Pick Dec. 21-23


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Winterhaven Festival of Lights:

Tucsonans love to head to Winterhaven for the neighborhood’s annual Festival of Lights.  The light displays always bring the spirit of the holiday season, and the event is also an annual fundraiser for the Community Food Bank. Bring a canned good to donate, or make a donation. Check their website for walk-through and drive-through nights.

End of the World Party at Club Congress:

If the end of the world is coming, you might as well end it with a party. Head to Club Congress for the End of the World Party with Burger Records featuring live music from The Resonars, Feeding People, Lenguas Largas, Lovely Bad Things, White Night, Freezing Hands, and Acorn Bcorn. It’s 21 and up, tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the door.

Happy Himmel Holidaze Food Truck Roundup:

Nothing like a holiday food truck feast at the park. Head to Himmel Park in midtown anytime between noon and 6 p.m. for your chance to enjoy Korean kimchi tacos or steamed mussels from new food truck Chef’s Kitchen.

Weekend Pick for Dec. 14-16


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Here are our top picks for this cold weekend in Tucson!

Congratulations UA winter 2012 graduates! It’s commencement weekend so expect to see lots of blue gowns and blue caps walking around campus on Friday and Saturday. The main event happens Saturday morning at McKale.

Krissy with her husband Brandon at last year's Zoo Lights

Krissy with her husband Brandon at last year’s Zoo Lights

Bring on the holiday light shows! Head to Zoo Lights at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo any night this weekend for animal-themed light sculptures, falling snow, and Santa Claus. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children aged 2-14. Discount available for zoo members.

Cheer on the Arizona Wildcats football team one last time this year as they take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in the New Mexico Bowl. The game airs at 11 a.m. on ESPN. If you can’t make it to Albuquerque, we recommend catching the game at any one of these great local places. Frog & Firkin on University Blvd has televisions everywhere, an extensive beer list, and a great patio. No Anchovies next door offers a delicious thin crust pizzas, big screen TVs, and good beer. A local brewery such as Barrio Brewing Co. at Toole Ave & 16th St. will make sure your taste buds are satisfied while the Wildcats play.

Our Favorite College Traditions


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There are so many great things to do on and around The University of Arizona campus. As two Wildcat alum, we’re happy to share with you some of our favorite Tucson college traditions.

Krissy’s Favorites

Tailgate! – Tucson is a college town, and football and basketball become not just college events but community events as well. It also helps that the U of A has one of the most scenic college campuses, which makes hanging out there even better.

Frog & Firkin – This is a great restaurant off University Boulevard that serves up great food and drinks, and has one of the biggest beer menus around. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the beautiful weather Tucson has to offer. I highly recommend the green fries; they are delicious!

Nico’s Mexican Food – This is a local favorite and a great stop after a long night out. Some of the favorite menu items include the super fries and their variety of breakfast burritos.

Bison Witches – Head down to 4th Avenue for this great lunch spot which turns into a busy bar late at night. Their sandwiches are enormous as are the soup bread bowls. The “Tucson” sandwich is one of my favorites.

Zoe Boutique – One of Tucson’s greatest boutiques is close to campus and downtown, also located on 4th Avenue. They are not overly expensive and offer a great mix of clothes.

Student Union & Bookstore– The U of A has the largest student union in the country and has almost anything you could need. Here you have everything from great foods like Chick-Fil-A and Panda Express to a game room and career center. There are also lots of hidden quiet areas perfect for studying or taking a quick nap.

Also, the bookstore is a great place to stock up on all of your U of A gear. The Friday before any home football game, you can get 25% off most U of A clothes, perfect to create your tailgating outfits!

Breweries– There are three breweries close to campus–Gentle Ben’s, Barrio Brewing Company, and Borderlands Brewery. Even if you are not quite 21 you can visit Gentle Ben’s and Barrio to enjoy their food, while Borderlands is only open for beer tastings.

Carrie’s Favorites

Pasco Kitchen & Lounge – A relatively new addition to University Boulevard, but probably my favorite restaurant on this strip of street. I recommend the Patio Herb Collins cocktail and the T-Town nachos with chicken.

Wilko – I love the sophisticated air of this wine and cocktail bar. It’s a great place for a drink by yourself at the bar, a quiet dinner with a couple girlfriends, or it’s dimly lit enough for a romantic meal for two.

Chocolate Iguana – Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 6th Street, I frequented this coffee shop often when I was in high school. (I’m a graduate of Tucson High, just down the street). It’s a cute little shop with great sandwiches, coffee drinks, and a wonderful selection of candies as well as some cute gift items. If you’re looking for a sandwich, you can’t go wrong with their turkey pesto.

Yoga Oasis – With two studios relatively close to campus, students will be able to find inner peace and outer strength with this local studio’s practice. And, students will appreciate the $4 yoga hour classes.

UA Campus Recreation Center – Students love the recently expanded and remodeled student rec center. Campus Rec highlights include the Olympic-sized swimming pool, the recently added climbing wall, and group fitness classes.

Coffee Xchange – Students love working at this local coffee shop located off campus at Grant Road and Campbell Avenue. Best part? Coffee Xchange never closes. Caffeine, free wi-fi, and pastries are available to you 24 hours a day to help you through that paper or test.

What do you think about our list of favorites? Truthfully, this list doesn’t even begin to represent the many things we love about the U of A and the area surrounding it. Leave a comment and share your favorite campus spot.


Great Tucson Parks: Fort Lowell Park

This beautiful park offers a great piece of Tucson history—the ruins of the former Camp Lowell. Stroll around the park while Little Leaguers practice on the diamonds and kids clamber over the playground. Take a soccer ball on a fall afternoon and enjoy a friendly game on one of the big grassy fields. If you need to cool down, there’s also a public pool here. If you’re craving a waterfront view, take a seat and relax a while alongside the lake. BodyZen Boot Camp hosts a morning and evening class here. To learn a little more about its history, visit the Fort Lowell Historical Museum on Friday or Saturday. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Great Tucson Parks: Brandi Fenton Memorial Park


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This northside park is a summer favorite, in no small part, thanks to the kids’ SplashPad, designed for ages 5-12. Kids will love running around the SplashPad and its various water features, especially during the Tucson summer. The park is named after a teenage girl who was killed in a car accident in 2003. It’s a beautiful park with soccer fields, shaded basketball courts, dog parks, a commemorative community garden, and the aforementioned SplashPad. The park is also notable for its equestrian facilities, and is the home for some of the smaller equestrian events and competitions. The basketball courts, ramadas, soccer fields, and equestrian facilities are available for reservation. Click here for more information about Brandi Fenton Park amenities and making a reservation.

Our Q & A with The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain


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  1. Do you offer any discounts or specials for Tucson residents?

We offer very special summer rates which, while they are available to everyone, are very competitive with the locals’ rates offered by some properties. Additionally, we have an excellent Loyalty Dining Program specifically for our neighbors.

  1. What sets this Ritz-Carlton location apart from others?

The sense of place of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain truly sets the resort apart. The desert materials, design and environmental mindfulness which were all used in the design of the resort give the property a high Sonoran Desert authenticity which people say is unforgettable. The hotel is visually stunning, very luxurious, and yet truly a product of its striking environment.

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  1. Do you use any local products in your restaurants? Or spa?

Our restaurants work with a great many local farmers, ranchers and other regional purveyors who bring a wonderful local flavor to our cuisine. There is also a 42-tree citrus orchard on the property, and guests may harvest their own fruit to build mimosas and other libations (in season). Our chefs are frequent visitors to the farmers’ markets in the area, and our Sunday Market Brunch, which resumes in September from summer break, showcases a great many local ingredients. The Ritz-Carlton Spa also uses local ingredients in body scrubs and body treatments, and these locally-derived experiences are best-sellers among our spa guests.

  1. What is a fun or interesting fact about the hotel that people may not know?

The entire main building was relocated by two feet from the original architectural plan, in order to protect a saguaro cactus.

  1. Although The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is unique to Tucson, what are a few signature Ritz-Carlton elements a guest should expect?

Warm, very caring Ritz-Carlton service is what stands out, and we are proud to focus on this as a priority. The training which our staff members receive is intense and frequent, and we strive to provide guest amenities and experiences which match the specific preferences of each guest. People are also delighted by the relaxed, very friendly atmosphere of the hotel, by the facility/ treatment standards and utter beauty of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and a wedding/meetings offering which makes for a truly seamless experience for event planners, brides and grooms.

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  1. If you could describe The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in three words, what would they be?

Authentic, stunning, relaxed

  1. What are some activities that guests can experience while staying here?

It’s a very long list, but with three swimming pools, a 235-foot water slide, dive-in movies, Cosmic Slide parties, daily guided hikes, mountain biking, stargazing, geo-caching and a very comprehensive Dove Mountain Rangers program for younger guests, there is lots to do, both indoors and out.

  1. What can parents expect for their children while staying here? Are there certain clubs, activities, etc designed specifically for children?

The Dove Mountain Rangers program is extremely popular.

  1. Why did you choose the Dove Mountain/Marana area to open up a Ritz-Carlton in Tucson?

The astonishingly beautiful setting and accessibility to both Tucson and Phoenix were irresistible.

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  1. There are some who still think of Tucson as a small, behind the times, ultra casual kind of city, and that’s certainly not the Ritz’s image. How do the Ritz and Tucson complement one another?

A Ritz-Carlton resort tends to be a warmly relaxed, not-at-all formal experience, and that invitingly casual feel certainly pervades at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Many of our employees grew up in Tucson, and they are rightfully proud of the local community and delighted to share information about it with our guests. We are thrilled and honored to be based in Marana, in the greater Tucson area.

Days of Summer Giveaway

There’s nothing like summer in Tucson! Summer specials, native Tucsonans, monsoon season. Local Tucson Scene is celebrating Tucson summers with our Days of Summer Giveaway.

Starting today and going through Labor Day, each week we’ll host a giveaway on our website, Twitter, or Facebook page. The giveaway will be for a gift card or product from a local business. We’ve collected a great variety from Tucson restaurants and retail shops, and we hope it encourages you to keep visiting yours and our favorite local businesses.

For this week’s giveaway, comment on our Tea & More article and let us know your favorite kind of Tea to win a $20 Gift Card.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay on top of all our giveaways this summer!

At Home Therapies Mobile Spa Therapy

I have always enjoyed a day of pampering whether it is getting a pedicure, massage, or facial but have never liked getting into my car and dealing with traffic and other stressors afterward. At Home Therapies is a mobile spa company that brings wellness and massage to you. Just imagine finishing your treatment in the privacy of your own home and you can go right out to the pool and relax or take a nap. There are no membership fees, no traveling fees, and even better, you can save on gas money by not having to drive anywhere. The prices are also competitive with the average price of a one-hour massage being $50.

Lynda Gonzales, owner of At Home Therapies, started her company in May of 2010 but has been providing in-home massage for more than seven years.  After two years of independently providing the service of in-home home massage she knew she wanted to own her own company. When speaking to her about her company you can feel firsthand how truly passionate she is about her work. Her favorite part about her job is the traveling; each day is a new adventure. One day she may be working on the northwest side of town and another day could bring her to Green Valley or Vail.

When At Home Therapies was founded in 2010 Lynda was the only massage therapist, and now she employs a staff of four. All staff must be licensed and insured, as well as complete a background check. When a member of the At Home Therapies staff arrives at your home they will have everything needed to complete the massage except for the music. They ask that you provide the music since each person has their own preference. Also you choose the location of your massage; whether it is out by the pool or in your living room it is up to you. At Home Therapies also participates in providing wellness at the workplace, couples massage, spa parties and most of all convenience.

At Home Therapies travels across Tucson reaching as far north as Oracle, Az. and as far south as Green Valley & Vail. The new client promotion is: if you book book five massages, you get the sixth one free. For more information visit their website or Facebook page. Mention this article and the promo code “Local Tucson” and receive $10 off your massage.