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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 10, 2003

Friday
Controlled Environment Agricultural Program Tour
Fri. 9 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.

Got a green thumb?
Tour a controlled environment greenhouse that produces hydroponic tomatoes. See 1,000 plants grown in water, computer control and cooling and heating practices.
Meet at the Campus Agricultural Center. Free.

To the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab - and beyond
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If you have ever looked at the stars and contemplated the meaning of love, you might want to take advantage of the rare opportunity of touring the facility responsible for the world's largest and most powerful giant lightweight honeycomb telescope mirrors. In short, some people are lucky enough to contemplate love through a telescope lens, but the folks at the Mirror Lab make it all happen. Think of how jealous your friends will be when you tell them you saw the telescope mirrors of the future. Meet at the Mirror Lab under the UA Stadium and wax poetic about telescope mirrors for free.

Kartchner Caverns
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. or Noon - 5 p.m.
Do stunning limestone caves in southeastern Arizona make you smile? If so, come ready to make some memories at Kartchner Caverns. The cave, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. A cool $30 will pay for park admission, transportation, a snack and tour. Tours meet at the Old Main fountain.

UA Campus Tours
Fri. 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
The UA campus is not only beautiful, but also full of tradition and history. Join the Arizona Ambassadors on a walking tour and learn some of the history and see some of the sights that make the UA the pride of the Southwest. You might end up shifting uncomfortably while some proud parent belts out "Bear Down." Or you might end up the one singing. WeČll see. Meet at the Old Main fountain. Free.

McKale Athletics Facilities Tour
11a.m., 1p.m., 2 p.m.
Are you an aging athlete, feeling like a "has been" or a "never will be?" That's okay! Rip open your shirt (or not) and show some chest hair (at the behest of family, friends and strangers) as you take a tour of the facilities offered to our UA athletes. Visit a locker room, training room, computer lab, weight room and the McKale arena. Also, visit the newly opened Eddie Lynch Pavilion. Meet at the Old Main fountain for the free tour.

Jesus Christ Superstar
8 p.m.
That's right. Andrew Lloyd Weber's 1971 Broadway hit comes to Tucson this weekend. Show up at Centennial Hall to watch the last seven days of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Prices will vary depending on seating. Saturday showings: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday showings: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Sabino Canyon Tour (a.m. tour)
8 a.m. - Noon
Relax in Tucson's picturesque oasis. Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon is part of Coronado National Forest. A narrated round trip tram tour lasts 45 minutes and travels the most camera-worthy scenery in the Tucson area. Price includes transportation, park admission, tram tour and snack. Meet at the Old Main fountain. Bring $18.

Sabino Canyon (lunch tour)
Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sun.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Very similar to the a.m. tour - except this one costs $25. Meet at the Old Main fountain. Like we said, very similar.

Biosphere 2
10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center was constructed in the late 1980s to discover if eight people could sustain themselves in a sealed, energy rich environment. Take advantage of this special opportunity to actually go inside Biosphere 2 via a massive airlock to explore the biomes "under the glass." See the living quarters, orchard and half-acre agricultural biome up close as well. Price includes admission, tour, transportation and deli board buffet lunch. A buffet! Meet at the Old Main fountain with $32 in hand.

Colossal Cave
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Colossal Cave, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, is a dry cave about 17 miles east of Tucson. Learn about the history, legends and geology of the cave as you walk six and a half stories down into the earth. See beautiful cave formations under their newly installed lighting system. Price includes admission, tour, transportation and a deluxe box lunch. Meet at the Old Main fountain with $25.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Desert Museum teems with life. This zoo's exhibits recreate the natural landscape so realistic, you will find yourself eye-to-eye with live mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks and much more! So bring your mother-in-law. Not for the faint of heart. Price includes transportation, admission and a snack. Meet at the Old Main Fountain with the $17 entrance fee.

UA Football's First Home Game Without Former Head Coach John Mackovic.
The powers that be have pitted UA against UCLA on Family Weekend. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., but is subject to change based on TV scheduling.
Individual tickets must be purchased for each family member and student. For upgraded seating options, tickets can be purchased through the McKale Ticket Office, or by calling 621-CATS or 800-452-CATS. Individual game tickets can also be purchased online at www.arizonaatheletics.com. Location of game: AZ Stadium.

Sunday

Catholic Newman Center Pancake Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the Catholic Newman Center for an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Catholic Newman Center, 1615 E. Second St. ItČll cost you $3 to gorge yourself.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
San Xavier has been called "The Sistine Chapel of the New World" and is considered the finest example of mission architecture in the United States. Attend mass or simply tour the museum and chapel. There is much to see inside San Xavier: the Sanctuary, The Sacristy, The Tabernacle, The East Chapel and also an unusual reclining wooden statue of St. Francis. Price includes transportation and a snack. Meet at Old Main fountain with $10.

Tours of Campus Trees
10 a.m.
The UA Campus Arboretum will be conducting 45 minute walking tours of some of the more interesting and historic trees and foliage on campus. Bring a knife to carve your initials and mark your territory for all time in a calculated act of rebellion and wanton vandalism. No wait, scratch that. Meet at the Old Main fountain for the free tour.

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