Featured Artist: Barbara Brandel — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Barbara Brandel is an award-winning local textile artist who most recently has been working in a range of media, including painting, collage and sculpture. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 10. Free. 742-6455.
Friends of the Oro Valley Library Book Sale — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 24. Free to attend; books and other media available for purchase. 594-5580.
Connie Brannock’s Little House of Funk — Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Funky blues. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. 207-2429, Ext. 3.
“Pistol Pete, The World’s Greatest Cowboy” — The Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Musical melodrama for all ages. See super cowboy Pistol Pete as he trounces the bad guy, wins the girl and lassos cattle. 7 p.m. Thursdays; 6 p.m. Fridays; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 and 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 16. $17.95; discounts available. 512-5145.
Broadway Showcase — Ironwood Ridge High School auditorium, 2475 W. Naranja Drive. A night filled with song and dance from musicals including “Annie,” “Chicago,” “Rock of Ages,” “Les Miserables” and “Shrek.” 6:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 24. $8. 407-4244.
“Monterey After Dark” Fourth Fridays Artwalk — Monterey Court Studio Galleries, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Meet the artisans; light refreshments and live music. 5-8 p.m. fourth Friday of the month through Dec. 27. Free. 207-2429.
Small Works Exhibition — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Modestly priced small artworks by more than 130 artists. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 15. Included with $10 admission. 742-6455.
UA Museum of Art Lecture Series — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Maynard Dixon: An Artist’s Love for the Southwest. Explore examples of Dixon’s artwork from the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Presented by Jacquelyn Feller. 2-3 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 594-5580.
Rhythm Nights — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Night of jazz featuring Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and Friends 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25. $26.50; discounts available. 230-8910.
Wally Lawder — Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Original folk songs. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 207-2429, Ext. 3.
Pumpkin Carving by Southwest Woodcarvers Association — Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Faces carved on pumpkins. Purchase carved pumpkin with donation to the Square and Compass Children’s Clinic. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Free. 743-1717.
Catalina Art and Farmers Market — 77north Marketplace, 16733 N. Oracle Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 27. Free. 825-4427.
Gladden Farms Fall Festival — Gladden Farms Community Park, 12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road. Costume contest with awards by age group, carnival games, inflatables fun zone, face painting, rock wall and DJ. Food available. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 682-1357.
Friday Fun Knitters — Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Knitters of any skill level are welcome. In the food court. 10 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 31. Free. 293-0781.
Lizards Are Hot, Lizards Are Cool — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Frequently overlooked, these small denizens of the desert are a critical component of our desert community. Wheelchair-accessible. 1:45-2:15 p.m. Oct. 25. Included in park entrance fee. 733-5158.
Plant Walk — Wild Burro Canyon, Tortolita Mountains, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive. Moderate level three-mile hike to learn about the trees, shrubs and cacti that inhabit the area. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Free. 615-7855.
Teen Gaming — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Test your Wii and PS2 skills, or choose from a variety of board games. 3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 594-5580.
Eleventh Annual Trunk or Treat — Pima Community College Northwest, 7600 N. Shannon Road. Food truck roundup starting at 5 p.m. Crafts, games, face painting, storytime and car decorating contest. Tickets for train rides, inflatables and climbing wall. Ticket 50 cents in advance at YMCA Northwest, $1 at event. 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 229-9001.
Halloween Party and Magic Show — Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road. Dress in costume for pictures, crafts and music with Mr. Nature, snacks and cookie decorating. Also, Halloween magic show starts at 4 p.m. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 579-0303.
Tucson Desert Harmony Annual Show “Tricks and Treats” — St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte. Singing, dancing and comedy. A cappella chorus singing in the barbershop style. Costumes optional. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26. $18; discounts available. 744-3271.
Home Energizer and Passive Solar Design Mini Workshop — Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Talk and demonstration on ways to use trees, awnings and overhangs. Also, TEP Home Energizer Workshop. Attendees receive an energy efficient kit. Includes admission to museum on day of workshop. 2-5 p.m. Oct. 26. $14. 883-3086.
Arizona Opera Starring David Portillo — DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke. David Portillo en Espanol. Portillo performs a Spanish-language program with Arizona Opera Head of Music Allen Perriello on piano. 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 825-2818.
National Make a Difference Day — Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Road. Nature preserve volunteers will prune dead trees, help plant, build rainwater harvesting basins and improve the site to attract wildlife. Advance signup required. 7-11 a.m. Oct. 26. Free. 209-1811.
Debut of “Joey’s Morning: The Legacy of a Therapy Horse” — Wood Haven Healing Ranch, 16925 W. Pepperbox Lane, Marana. Mary Ann Hutchison’s latest book with collaborator Deb Wood. Cheesy Rider will provide food for purchase. See www.woodhavenhealing.com for directions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 449-4892.
Art Fest at the Omni — Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive. More than 50 artists. John McNulty, from the Tucson Museum of Art, judges. Raffle of art and jewelry. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 574-5535.
Strings and Things Knitting Club — Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road. Knit, crochet, chat and trade ideas. All skill levels welcome. 1-3 p.m. Mondays through Jan. 27. Free. 594-5225.
ReadStrong — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Half-hour sessions focused on improving reading skills and reading for fun. Facilitated by tutors to build confidence and get motivated in a relaxed setting. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 18. Free. 594-5200.
Salute to Our Heroes, Starring Robert Shaw and Friends — DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke. All net proceeds from ticket sales will support military families. 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 30. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. 825-2818.
Día de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Craft — Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road. Decorate a sugar skull in celebration of Día de Los Muertos. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 594-5225.
Teen Expressions — Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Explore and exercise your creativity by producing an arts and crafts project. Supplies and directions provided. 3-5 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 594-5580.
Reenactment of the Life of Annie Neal — Western National Parks Association Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive. Cherokee, black and white in ancestry, born on the Cherokee reservation and educated by the sisters of the St. Augustine Academy, Neal was the owner of one of the most famous tubercular rest homes and luxury hotels in the world. Noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 622-6014.