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PHILANTHROPIC FLAIR: Catch some fine crafts and help a great cause when Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson host their 10th annual Southwest Flair-A-Fair.

Work by more than 100 artisans will be on sale, ranging from furniture and fine art to jewelry, pottery, watercolors, woodwork, metal work, photography and leather goods. There will also be plenty of delicious grub. Proceeds help this big-hearted group mentor needy kids around town.

The Southwest Flair-A-Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 3 through 5, in La Placita Village, on the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. For information, call 624-2447.

GRUBSTAKE: Get your mitts on fresh delicacies at the Tucson Farmers' Markets.

Everything from fruits and veggies to baked goods and sultry salsas are for sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday at St. Philip's Plaza, on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. For information, call 743-8063.

HAZY DAYS: Tennessee Williams gets a nod with the PCC Theater Arts' performance of Summer and Smoke.

A brooding, poetic story of two lovers and the struggle to balance their spiritual and sexual natures, this production is part of a renewed appreciation for Williams' genius. "Times, tastes and critical orthodoxies have changed," writes Frank Rizzo in American Theatre magazine, "and now there is a Williams revival, focusing not only on the five or six recognized classics, but works from his early apprentice years .-- The message from a new generation of admirers, as well as from those who long refused to blow out his candle, is that Williams is a greater writer for the stage than previously believed, rivaling Eugene O'Neill as the greatest American dramatist of this century."

Show times for Summer and Smoke are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through November 11 in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors and students, and are available at the PCC box office and the door. For information, call 206-6988.

SONORAN STROLL: Take a little walk and learn a lot about nature with the Mason Audubon Center's Desert Life Series.

Titled Landscaping for Wildlife, this outing includes a one-mile tour of the beautiful 20-acre urban preserve, home to 350 ironwood trees and more than 400 saguaros, and habitat for the endangered pygmy owl.

Center naturalists will demonstrate the use of wild plants to attract wildlife, and share their knowledge of everything from shrubs and succulents to trees and wildflowers, all designed to draw fascinating critters to your patch of paradise. You'll also have a chance to investigate the new Butterfly Garden, and the Audubon Nature Shop.

Landscaping for Wildlife runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 4 at the Mason Audubon Center, 8751 N. Thornydale Road. The tours are free, but space is limited. For reservations and other information, call 572-9881.

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