As part of the organization’s Santa Cruz River restoration project, volunteers will replant native mesquite trees and combat invasive species such as Russian thistle, amaranth, and bermuda grass. Volunteers will also conduct water-harvesting tasks such as earth contouring and rock work to help slow the flow of water and increase water infiltration in order to reduce erosion and promote the growth of native vegetation. The restoration project needs funding so that the Sonoran Institute can purchase supplies including an emergency-first-aid kit, pruning shears, spade shovels, McLeod rakes and hoes for water harvesting, and snacks for volunteers.
CYT Tucson immerses kids in a supportive environment that nurtures discipline and self-confidence while instructing the future thespians in the arts of the stage. Their introductory Rising Stars program acquaints children aged 5–7 to the magic of drama through games, dance, and the lesson that emotions can be faked to influence people other than relatives and mall Santas. Older students can enroll in specialized classes and devote their attention to the triple-threat disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting. They may also branch out into specialty courses on such topics as improv and stage fighting. Leading its charges through the production of a fully realized musical, the center also stages several shows, including past productions of Pocahontas and Annie in recent years.
With 23 years of experience mining bellies for their precious laughs, Laffs Comedy Caffe features an ever-changing lineup of comics from around the country. Upcoming chucklemeisters include Comedy Central–featured Robert Mac (August 26–27), ComedySportz's Scotty Blanco (September 2–4), and Mike Merryfield (September 9–10), each deftly accompanied by a rotation of featured comics and a cloud of winged whoopee cushions. Guests take in the laugh-rousing performances securely nestled in the stage-front preferred seats, ensuring that ears get to take the first, succulent bites of oncoming jokes. Each Laffs show has a two-order minimum purchase (not included in this Groupon) from the menu, well stocked with such giggle-fueling fare as hot wings ($7.50) and patty melts ($7.50), as well as cocktails and bottled laughing gas from the full bar.
Rusty's sports a hefty menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, melts, and more in a lively sports-stuffed environment. Belly up to a booth for a plate of hot wings available in seven sauces such as barbecue, teriyaki, and smokin' hot to leave sticky, incriminating evidence of who changed the channel on the booth's personal TV set ($7.99+). Leaf lovers fork through the cucumber, tomato, roast beef, and turkey-topped chef salad ($7.95), while hands-on consumers contemplate the selection of 10 melts, including the Hot-N-Heavy ham melt, a porcine pairing of ham and bacon under american and swiss cheeses ($7.95). Patty pilgrims celebrate Rusty's line up of 16 charbroiled burgers, including the pineapple-enhanced Hula burger ($7.95), barbecue-bathed Brandin' Iron ($6.95), and the of Fame burger, a one-pound round buried under tasty tiers of ham, turkey, bacon, two types of cheese, and a fried egg ($10.95). Patrons practice their knife and fork aptitude as they slice and spear through hefty helpings of Rusty's pot roast dinner ($9.95) or the oversized italian lasagna dinner ($9.95).
The Empire Pizza and Pub staff assembles a mix and match of 23 ingredients—including barbecue sauce and genoa salami—atop 13 New York-style pizzas. Their efforts helped earn the eatery a Best Pizza nod in 2011 by Metromix. They name their specialty pies after notable places in New York, such as Soho’s white pizza with tomatoes, basil, and parmesan and the Jackson Heights slathered in barbecue sauce and sprinkled with chicken, green pepper, and onion. By preparing the pies, subs, and salads for carry-out, delivery, or serving them at the restaurant as late as 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday (11 p.m. other days) and as early as 835 B.C.E., the staff accommodates diners of many tastes and schedules.
The arena in which the team’s servers operate features exposed-brick walls lining the narrow layout. A bar at the back pairs libations with pizzas, while vintage lights illuminate the copper ceiling.