KIDS

ARCHAEOLOGY FOR ALL. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center presents Open1, a chance for kids ages 5 and up to learn about different cultures by participating in the excavation of a make-believe archaeological site. In addition to dig time, each session also includes an indoor craft activity and instruction in artifact cleaning and interpretation. Cost is $35 for four 90-minute Saturday sessions, or $10 per individual session. Special rates and dates available for groups. Call 798-1201 for registration and information.

AMAZING MUSIC. Tucson Center for the Performing Arts. 408 S. 6th Ave. 792-9155. On Saturday, January 3, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents "Just for Kids: Musical Awakenings," a free musical adventure that traces the evolution of sound into music by exploring different musical styles using Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusic as a theme. Two concerts begin at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and also feature a hands-on session where audience members are invited to play percussion instruments during a lively session with the Tucson Orchestra String Quartet. Sponsored in part by Beaver's Band Box, Tucson Arts District Partnership and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information call 792-9155.

BUILD-A-BIKE. BICAS Youth Underground Build-A-Bike program is an eight-session program for adults and kids, offering extensive hands-on training for basic bicycle mechanics. In addition to learning new skills, you'll also be helping your community by fixing up old bikes and getting them back on the streets. Students are required to complete a 25-hour apprenticeship and final exam to earn their first bicycle. Classes are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Class tuition is based on a sliding-scale. Call 628-7950 for registration and information.

QUINTESSENTIAL PRODUCTIONS. 118 S. Fifth Ave. Quintessential Productions, Inc., a nonprofit performing arts education and production company, offers STAGES Theatre Classes for kids. Classes are broken down into three groups: Stage One for kids ages 4 and 5; Stage Two for kids grades 1 through 5; and Stage Three for kids grades 6 through 8. Classes are taught by Michelle Fincher, professional children's theatre instructor. Classes begin in early January; registration ends January 5. Call 531-8074 for a schedule and registration information.

SCIENCE GLADIATORS. Science Gladiators 2000, a locally run and produced kids' science show, seeks contestants and kids to join the studio audience for future shows. The show airs on TCI cable channel 61 at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings. Call Janette Jaquish at 622-7856 for information.

Parents' Corner

CHILDREN TO CHILDREN. 3922 N. Mountain Ave. Children to Children is a grief support center for children and families who have experienced the death of someone they love. They provide support services in a caring environment, and currently have space available in their groups. Call 322-9155 for information.

PARENTING 101. Compass Health Care. 1230 E. Broadway. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence presents the following free classes to help give families an informed edge: BASICS (Building A Strong Independent Child) provides classes, activities, discussion and support for parents and their children, infancy through adolescence, with the goal of learning to help our children to be healthy, substance-free and caring individuals. Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Enrollment is open. Call Linda Yuguchi at 620-6615, ext. 22, for registration and information.

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, Inc., is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the entire single parent family. They offer Saturday night dances, camp-outs, picnics, skating, meetings, potlucks, games, house parties, movies, hikes, volunteer and community service opportunities, and much more. Call 622-8120 for information.


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