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Weekend festivities

By Brian Gruters and Kristopher Califano

Friday October 26, 2001

Between asking Mom and Dad for more money and explaining how your name ended up in Police Beat, be sure to check out these Family Weekend events:


Chow down on muffins, juice and other breakfast goodies at the Student Union Memorial Center from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Dodge the unsightly construction pits while taking a tour of the revamped Student Union Memorial Center. To attend the tour or find out more information on the construction project, meet at the tours tent on the UA Mall at 2 p.m Friday or 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Do you dig heavenly bodies? If so, visit the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Science exhibits will help your family explore the wonders of the cosmos. Learn about far-off worlds from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 621-STAR.

Face painting and children's story-telling are only two of the attractions at the new UA bookstore this weekend. You can sell back books from the classes you dropped or pick up some Wildcat apparel. The bookstore is open Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tempt your palate with a spicy dish at the Mexican Madness Dinner. Burritos, tamales and tacos will be served buffet-style at the UA Mall stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dance to Mariachi music as that bladder comes a callin'. Costs $14.

See a part of UA that may not live on and visit the Arizona International College. The AIC reception will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Take the tram ride or hike the vista-filled trails at Sabino Canyon. Tours start between 8:15 am and noon. Register for the tour at the tours tent on the UA Mall.

Like drugs? Come to the free event at the College of Pharmacy from 8 a.m. to noon. Learn about the UA pharmacy programs and facilities.

Break a hip, twist an ankle and shoot some hoops with the pops at the 2-on-2 basketball tournament at the Student Recreation Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tournament is single elimination, so do not suck. There will be shoot-outs, and souvenirs and awards for participants and winners.

Had a bike stolen? Is your car stereo missing? Come to the UAPD campus safety seminar from 10 to 11 a.m. The tour and presentation are free, but space is limited.

Learn what the words "stalactites," "stalagmites," "flowstone," "boxwork" and "helicities" mean at the tour of the Colossal Cave from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll see beautiful cave formations and learn about the history, legends and geology of the site. Meet at the Tours tent on the UA Mall; space is limited, the cost is $25 and hey, lunch is included.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and Tucson weather with a tour of the Tucson Botanical Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at the Tours tent on the UA mall.

Like an underdog? Come to the UA vs. USC football game to see the Wildcats scramble, pass and tackle for their first Pacific 10 Conference win of the year. Tickets will be available at Arizona Stadium and begin at $11. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.

Got the munchies? Come to the post-game barbecue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the UA Mall. Juicy hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, beans, chips, soda and dessert will be served - sorry, no Top Ramen. The cost is $13 for adults and $7 for children under six, so get those fake IDs now.


What's better than a Sunday morning filled with all-you-can-eat pancakes and God? Come to the Catholic Newman Center for a pancake and sausage breakfast. The food is served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the cost is $3. Masses will be held Sunday at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Come check out the Titan Missile Museum, the world's only Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Complex preserved as a museum. You will get a guided tour of the control room and missile silo of this National Historic Landmark. The cost is $17, including transportation, admission and the tour. Space is limited.

Finalize the Family Weekend with a brunch at Cactus Grill inside the Student Union Memorial Center. The meal cost $8 and is all-you-can eat. The brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes waffles, pancakes, pastries, fruit, vegetables and dessert.


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