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FIDDLES, FOOD AND FUN. Handmade crafts are just the start at the Saturday Craft Market.

Grab something to munch on at one of the booths or tune in to performers with the Southern Arizona Fiddlers Association.

It's an evening of fun at Ronstadt Transit Center, where the main event will be the variety of unique crafts put together by an eclectic gathering of artists.

You don't want to miss this, especially if you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone.

The market runs 7 to 10 p.m. at the center, located at Congress and Broadway. For more information, call 624-9977.

ALL ABOARD. Whether you're interested in toy trains or already have a passion for the hobby, check out this swap meet for trains, trains, trains.

The meet is a great way to get acquainted with the hobby. Collectors and operators can look for that special find.

The Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum is holding the biannual event at the Roadway Inn event center, West Grant Road and I-10. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $2 for adults; children under 13 are free. For more information, call 721-1085.

GREAT GOSPEL. Robert Robinson, considered by some as the "Pavarotti of Gospel," will perform Saturday in Tucson.

Robinson, who has been featured as a guest soloist for the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., has performed for Promise Keepers at Detroit's Silverdome, and was the featured artist for the Twin Cities Billy Graham Crusade.

He will perform in the Heart and Soul concert at Christ Presbyterian Church, bringing his message of "comfort and love to all people."

This is a chance to hear a singer who has performed with Prince, Aretha Franklin, the Steele Family and Jermaine Jackson. Currently, Robinson tours as a soloist with pianist Lorie Line.

Doors open at 7 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian, 6565 E. Broadway Blvd. There will be a free-will offering. For more information, or to reserve seating, call 886-5535.

OUT IN ORBIT. What better way to imagine yourself freed from the dark subject of death than to put yourself in a spacesuit and just fly away?

Catherine Eyde's Women in Space! exhibition is an attempt to do just that.

Eyde has broken from her work in the themes of death and the earth, creating instead images that reflect freeing herself from them. The liberation, both physical and psychological, often depicts women flying free in retro spacesuits, floating to infinity, surrounded by possibility.

The new Eyde images are sweet and playful, but continue to reflect the mysterious and surreal nature of her earlier works.

In addition to her watermedia works on canvas and wood, Eyde brings forth untraditional watercolors on paper and hanging steel birds painted with space imagery.

Eyde has exhibited in several Tucson galleries, including Apparatus Gallery and the Temple Gallery.

Her latest exhibition is at the gallery in Hotel Congress, in the lobby. Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. The exhibition runs through March 16. For more information, call 903-0577.

Read Margaret Regan's review, "Space Odyssey," on page 37.

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