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REMEMBERING MEXICO: Get a feel for the village life, landscapes and religious ceremonies of the Tarahumara of Mexico in a free photo exhibit.

The works of Karl Kenberger are on display through April 6 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum. The exhibit features 20 color and 10 black-and-white photos shot between 1959 and 1971.

An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. Friday at the museum, 949 E. Second St. The exhibit is free, as is parking. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 628-5774.

PET OWNERS, PET OWNER WANNABES: If you own a pet, or would like to adopt one, or both, check out Animal Expo 2001.

The event Saturday at Rincon Shopping Plaza showcases products and services to improve the health of pets, and the relationships they share with their owners.

Experts will cover topics such as disaster planning for pets and pet first aid, as well as horse nutrition and care.

The event highlight for those in search of the perfect pooch or a cuddly kitten will certainly be the "Waggin' Train," a converted motor home used as a mobile adoption center. Members of the Southern Arizona Humane Society, which drives the train, will be on hand.

"This provides an excellent opportunity for the residents of the area to find a new companion without having to come to the Humane Society or Animal Control," said Tracy Charles, education events specialist.

Animal Expo 2001 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rincon Plaza, at the southwest corner of Golf Links and Harrison roads. The event is free. For more information, call Charles at 321-3704, ext. 168, or visit the Humane Society's website, www.humane-so-arizona.org.

HERE'S A CLUE: The author of Iced, a Montana-set mystery featuring ex-con and repo woman Meg Gardner, will be at Clues Unlimited on Wednesday.

Jenny Siler, whose first book, Easy Money, was a New York Times notable book, has won praise as an innovator in the mystery field. Not surprising, since she is among a handful of writers to produce a hardboiled thriller from a woman's perspective.

Siler will sign copies of Iced from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Clues Unlimited mystery bookstore in Broadway Village, at Broadway Boulevard and Country Club Road. For more information, call 326-8533.

ONE MORE WEEK: Feel like taking in a little art?

Take a look at an exhibition of the (really) small paintings of Smita Kohl Mathews, a fine arts master's candidate at the University of Arizona.

Spice and Paper, an exhibit at the Shane House Gallery, features Mathews' modern artistic interpretations of Indian miniature paintings. Finding her legs as an artist, Mathews also hopes to gain insight into her Indian ancestry.

"I see a parallel between the shifting identities caused by Western influences upon modern India and upon myself, being that I am a product of both cultures," she says.

The exhibition runs through Wednesday at Shane House, 218 S. Fourth Ave. For an appointment to view the work, call 629-0994.

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