Run Wild in 2013
Anytime Fitness Resolution Day 5k
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1
Cross Middle School, 1000 W. Chapala Drive
Remember how you made that resolution to improve your health and get in shape? Well, come join in the Anytime Fitness Resolution Day 5k. Even if you're not up to something as potentially intimidating as a 5k run, don't count this one out! It's got something for everybody.
The Anytime Fitness gyms around Tucson have partnered up to co-sponsor this event benefiting Grow 2B Fit, a local foundation educating families about healthy eating habits and childhood obesity.
There are two different races: The 5K race, and a 1-mile Family Fun Run. The 5k costs $30 to enter and includes a racing T-shirt; the Family Fun Run is $5 per family.
The day also consists of a Family Health and Fitness Expo, where you can participate in a yoga or Zumba fitness class; compete in a push-up, sit-up or planking contest; get your blood pressure and BMI checked; get a relaxing massage; and get tips on eating right and staying healthy. Gymnastics World will also lead some fun, kid-centered activities.
Mike Urbanski, owner of the Anytime Fitness on Oracle Road, said he believes events like this are important for the community. "Health and wellness is important to us," Urbanski said. "It's more and more obvious with the obesity crisis that families need to do this and be healthy."
All events will start off at Cross Middle School. The 5k loops through Tohono Chul Park, and makes its way through a nearby neighborhood before circling back to the finish line at Cross.
To register for the races, go to the link above. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. —A.G.
Tying the Knot
The Ketubah Exhibit
Opening reception: 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1
Exhibit on display 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; noon to 3 p.m., Friday, through Thursday, Feb. 28
Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave.
Spend your New Year's Day in style at the Jewish History Museum's fifth annual Antique Wedding Gown Exhibit—this year featuring 27 wedding dresses from as early as 1720, and as recently as 2012 (which was so yesterday).
The opening-day festivities include a chocolate and champagne reception, and a live style show featuring many of the garments.
So how did the Jewish History Museum eventually make it to their fifth-annual gown exhibit?
"In our collection, we found an old wedding dress," said Eileen Warshaw, the museum's executive director. Their research about the dress put them in touch with a number of different museums, who in turn offered to lend dresses. Donors and patrons also offered dresses when word got out about the project.
"Nobody wants to throw (the dresses) away, but nobody knows what to do with them," Warshaw said. What all the support amounted to was the largest collection of wedding garments worn in Jewish ceremonies in the U.S. And at 27 garments this year, this will be the biggest show so far.
But the exhibit is about a lot more than just the clothes; it's about who wore the dresses, why they wore them, and when. Each dress has its own history.
"We don't collect things; we tell stories," said Warshaw. "I think the stories that come along with the dresses are so interesting."
Tickets for opening festivities are $20, and reservations can be made at 670-9073. General admission is $5.
"We all want a happy ending," said Warshaw. "We all want a happy story once in a while ... a little hope, when it seems like the world's gone mad." —A.G.
Free and Fantastic
Tucson Repertory Orchestra's Music of the Masters II
2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29
Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.
There's something about wintertime that makes the idea of an afternoon orchestral performance appealing. Well, on Saturday, Tucsonans will have an up-close-and-personal opportunity to see some of Tucson's biggest talents play in a smaller, more-personal setting.
Toru Tagawa, conductor of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra, along with flute-player Linda Doughty Kneifel, created the Tucson Repertory Orchestra in 2011 out of a desire to create an outlet for orchestral music and musicians in Tucson. Because money is tight, and there aren't too many places to play, the idea of a smaller repertory orchestra seemed to fit the bill for Tucson.
Right now, there are about 100 people in the TRO, and they meet once a month to play music together. The orchestra is very diverse, and Tagawa said all of the individuals are truly passionate.
"There are people who love to play music, and have been playing a long time," said Tagawa.
Music of the Masters II will be the orchestra's second concert. This time around, TRO will play Beethoven's Symphony No. 1; the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, featuring cellist Theodore Buchholz; and Johann Strauss' Blue Danube.
Tagawa said he chose Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 because it is traditionally played at the end of the year in Japan. "I am hoping to start a Tucson tradition," he says. "It would be nice to have something that starts at the end of the year."
Tucson Repertory Orchestra's Music of the Masters II is free; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
"We play great music at a high level," Tagawa said. "It will be a great orchestra experience." —A.G.
A Fruitful Community Event
Market on the Move
8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29
Pueblo Magnet High School, 3500 S. 12th Ave.
A $10 donation gets you up to 60 pounds of fresh produce. That's the idea behind Market on the Move, a program created by the 3000 Club, a nonprofit charitable organization.
Perfectly good produce often ends up in landfills due to blemishes, discoloration, bruises or a lack of demand. That's where Market on the Move comes in: With the help of a couple semi-trucks, Market on the Move takes unwanted produce from Nogales and drives it to Arizona cities for distribution. (For more, see this week's TQ&A.)
On Dec. 29, Market on the Move will be in Pueblo High School's front parking lot. Lourdes Rios, community schools coordinator at Pueblo, said the aim is for Pueblo High to become more of a part of the community, and more healthfully minded.
"We want the school to be a hub in the Pueblo community," said Rios. "This year, we wanted to bring in Market on the Move. ... We wanted to get the word out."
So for $10, you get 60 pounds of produce to do with as you see fit. If you can't use it all, please share the love.
"Sixty pounds is a lot! ... I give it to my sister, my brother, my mom," said Rios. "I always share it."
In addition to the fruit-and-veggie fest, there will be other services inside the school's faculty cafeteria. TUSD nutritional staff will be cooking up some of the provided vegetables for people to try, and sending anyone interested home with some tried-and-true recipes. There will be applications for Kids Care; the Marana Health Center will be providing dental and vision checks; and COPE Behavioral Services will be promoting their health programs.
Visit the www.the3000club.org for more information. —A.G.