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    Tucson to celebrate 235th birthday in style

    The city of Tucson is quickly approaching one of its biggest celebrations. On Aug. 20, Tucson will reach its 235th birthday; the city was founded in 1775. In honor of this occasion, celebrations will be held all month and will involve food, fun, art, performances and music.

    Here are just some of the many events that will take place this August.

    Friday, Aug. 20

    Honor the city with the Ceremony of Flags, which will display the five flags that have been flown in Tucson. The flags of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe will be raised, as well as the American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate and Arizona state flags, and a replica of the 28-star American flag flown by the Mormon Battalion in Tucson on Dec. 16, 1846. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free admission. Presidio San Agustin de Tucson Courtyard. 577-6261.

    Saturday, Aug. 21

    Just because Tucson doesn’t have a beach doesn’t mean there can’t be a tropical celebration! Check out The Big Kahuna Tropical Bash in the historic entertainment district consisting of downtown Tucson, Fourth Avenue and Main Gate Square. The party will feature activities for all ages, including birthday-inspired discounts, giveaways and prizes, plus live music. The bash is free, though some events charge admission. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 837-6504.

    The anniversary festivities will continue on Saturday at the the San Xavier del Bac Mission, where Native American arts, crafts, food and entertainment will be presented all day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Free admission. 573-4007.


    If you are looking for a milder event, you can stop by The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and see the Remembering Tucson exhibit. The show features pieces from local artists Tom Bulow, David Donnelly and Dirk Arnold. Their work reflects some of Tucson’s architectural past. The exhibit is taking place until Sept. 4. On Aug. 21, there will be a special meeting with the artists from 1 to 4 p.m. Cake will be served. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. 881-0606.


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