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MAKE A COOL CHANGE. Enjoy a little bossa nova and jazz standards in a free concert Saturday at Bookman's.

Gina Haley and Cool Change perform from 3 to 5 p.m. Haley, a Tucson newcomer, is from the Los Angeles area, where she appeared professionally on the Brazilian and jazz music scene. She has a Top-10 MP3 hit.

Band members include Tucson locals guitarist Josh Tofield, bassist Eric Seger, drummer Carl Taylor and trumpeter Glenn Harmond.

The show is at Bookman's Used Books, 1930 E. Grant Road. For more information, call 325-5767.

SUPERIOR HERB FESTIVAL. If you're into herbs and good music, take a drive to Superior on Saturday.

Visitors can learn to make herbal soap, enjoy live music and see a demonstration of herbal cuisine while children craft handmade butterflies at the annual herb festival at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

The arboretum's Wing Memorial Herb Garden is the setting for this festival, which will include lessons in herbal cuisine from culinary instructor Jennifer Mraz of the Art Institute of Phoenix, guitar and flute music from the Levno Duo, herb garden tours and information about cultivating and harvesting herbs.

There will also be a variety of herbs for sale, games and crafts with the Arizona Museum for Youth, and presentations by members of the Arizona Herb Society.

The festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is about 90 minutes north of Tucson via Highway 79; founded in 1925, the park is dedicated to instilling an appreciation for desert plants. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 5-12. For other information call 520-689-2811 or visit www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.

FIVE FOR FIVE. How much would you pay to see some awesome gardens? How about a buck apiece?

Not a bad deal at all, because these gardens are part of the fourth annual Master Gardener Home Garden Tour.

You'll get a map with directions to the working gardens of five master gardeners. Hosts and the master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

The tour also includes a look at demonstration gardens at the Pima County Extension Center at 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

The self-guided tours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. You can visit the gardens in any order you wish. Tickets are $5 for adults; children under 12 are free. For more information and tickets, call 626-5161.

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