TSO sets 'Just for Kids' program in Oro Valley
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra's "Just for Kids" series, which uses classical music to tell stories and features instrument demonstrations, will be in Oro Valley in early March.
The orchestra will perform "Pecos Bill, A Wild West Story" at 10 a.m. Sunday at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. The event is free.
For more information, go to www.tucsonsymphony.org online.
Holiday Inn Express to open branch in March
Travelers who stop in Oro Valley will technically have a new hotel option in Steam Pump Village.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 11075 N. Oracle Road, which used to be known as Oro Valley Hotel & Suites, has been renovated and is scheduled to reopen sometime in early March. The facility boasts new mattresses, refrigerators and TVs. The hotel also offers free high-speed Internet access.
For more information, call 544-2100.
Town to hold event for new aquatic center
Oro Valley has scheduled a grand opening event for its aquatic center.
The free event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. March 15 and will include a community pool party, prize drawings, games, music, a dive-in movie with free popcorn and the Tucson Food Truck Roundup.
The aquatic center is at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia.
"This is a huge day for our community," Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath said in a news release.
"Not only are we opening a competition-level facility that will draw athletes from around the nation, we are also now able to provide family-friendly amenities such as a slide and splash pad."
Olympic swimmers including silver medalist Lacey Nymeyer-John will be on hand for photos with attendees.
Several swimming events are slated to take place at the facility throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.orovalleyaz.gov and click on the yellow "Aquatic Center Expansion" button.
New Ala Buzz Cafe opens, plans regular car shows
An eatery with a classic car theme opened in Oro Valley on Monday.
Husband-and-wife team Chris and Cathy Roberts opened their new Ala Buzz Cafe, which replaced Izzi's Cafe at 12985 N. Oracle Road.
Ala Buzz will be open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and will serve what Cathy calls "quality, comfort home cooking" with breakfast, lunch and dinner options offered all day long.
"If three people come in and one wants a club sandwich, one wants an omelet and one wants meatloaf with mashed potatoes, we can do that," said Cathy, a 30-year veteran of the food service industry.
The restaurant has regular specials, including a 30-minute-or-less lunch deal and heavier midday options.
After the cafe gets up and running, Cathy said the owners plan to hold car club gatherings in the parking lot, north of East Rancho Vistoso Boulevard.
For a full menu and other information, visit alabuzzcafe.com online.
Cattleman's Cafe to have second location in OV
Owners of the Cattleman's Cafe at the Marana Stockyards plan to open a second location in Oro Valley within the next month.
Mike McGee and his wife, Cindy, have 1,900 square feet of space staked out at 10110 N. Oracle Road, just north of East El Conquistador Way. They are calling it Cattleman's Cafe 2.
Mike said the second location will serve the same style of food, which includes everything from sandwiches and burgers to biscuits and gravy.
It is one of five locations the McGees hope to open across the Tucson area within the next few years.
"We are looking to build a brand," Mike said.
The new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Call 682-4319 for more information.
Free VIN etching available at Sat. event in Marana
In an effort to help auto owners guard against theft, the town of Marana, the Marana Police Department and State Farm Insurance are getting together to offer free vehicle identification number (VIN) etching on windows.
The measure deters theft, police say, because car thieves have trouble selling parts with VINs etched on them.
The event will run 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 9100 N. Silverbell Road.
For more information, visit www.azwatchyourcar.com online.
Gerald M. Gay contributed to this report. Email briefs to reporter Phil Villarreal at email@example.com