Happening in December

Happening in December

By Amanda BallardUniversity Relations - Communications
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You don't have to be a professional poet to join the conversation at Poetry in the Gardens, a series of discussions on poetry held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
You don't have to be a professional poet to join the conversation at Poetry in the Gardens, a series of discussions on poetry held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
The UA School of Music's "Holiday Card to Tucson" will feature more than 250 singers from multiple choir groups.
The UA School of Music's "Holiday Card to Tucson" will feature more than 250 singers from multiple choir groups.
Speed dating meets "Shark Tank" during Playground Games, hosted by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the UA Institute for the Environment.
Speed dating meets "Shark Tank" during Playground Games, hosted by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the UA Institute for the Environment.
What's in store for the economy next year? Find out at Eller's annual Economic Outlook luncheon.
What's in store for the economy next year? Find out at Eller's annual Economic Outlook luncheon.
Don't miss the Mannheim Steamroller's performance at Centennial Hall on Dec. 27.
Don't miss the Mannheim Steamroller's performance at Centennial Hall on Dec. 27.

We may not be dashing through the snow here in Tucson, but we are dashing toward the end of 2014. Between spending time with loved ones, wrapping presents, sipping hot cocoa and cuddling by the fire, be sure to find time for some of the exciting events happening in December.

As another year winds down, what will 2015 bring for southern Arizona's economy? Find out at the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon. If you need some help getting in the holiday spirit, check out the UA School of Music's "Holiday Card to Tucson" performance or Mannheim Steamroller at Centennial Hall. After listening to a Show & Tell @ Playground lecture, stick around for "Playground Games," a new event that puts UA faculty members together in a high-pressure environment to develop a project in a limited amount of time. And don't forget, the University will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

Interested in learning about more events happening this month? Be sure to check out the UA Master Calendar.

Poetry in the Gardens | Dec. 6

Explore the connections among art, nature and humanity at Poetry in the Gardens, a series of informal monthly poetry discussions led by docents from the Tucson Botanical Gardens and the UA Poetry Center. Docents will provide participants with a packet of poems that will be discussed in the Tucson Botanical Garden's Zen Garden. This event is free with museum admission, which is $13 for adults. You don't need to know about poetry to join the conversation, but bringing a pen and notebook is recommended.

'Holiday Card to Tucson' Performance | Dec. 7

This UA School of Music performance will feature more than 250 singers from multiple choir groups, including the Arizona Choir, UA Symphonic Choir, University Community Chorus, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and Tucson Girls Chorus. Held in Tucson's recently restored St. Augustine Cathedral, this event is the perfect start to your holiday season. There will be two performances on Dec. 7; one at 3 p.m. and a second at 7:30. Click here for information on how to get tickets.

Show & Tell @ Playground | Dec. 10

Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the UA College of Science and UA vice president for innovation, will present a new vision of southern Arizona as a destination for international tourism by promoting its cultural heritage, geology and biodiversity. His talk, "The Geotourism Corridor: Southern Arizona's Gateway to Discovery," is presented by the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St.

Playground Games | Dec. 10

After the Show & Tell @ Playground discussion, stick around for a fun-filled, game show-like event featuring UA faculty on the rooftop of Playground Bar and Lounge. Hosted by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry and the UA Institute for the Environment, this event is like a combination of speed dating and "Shark Tank," with an academic spin. Faculty contestants will be divided into interdisciplinary teams that will "speed network," plan a project and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and the audience. Two winning teams will have their projects funded before the night is over. Space is limited; RSVP by clicking here.

Economic Outlook Forecast Luncheon | Dec. 12

Tucson's economy is growing, but is it growing fast enough? Find out what 2015 could have in store at the Eller College of Management's annual Economic Outlook Forecast Luncheon. This year's presenters include George W. Hammond, research professor and director of the UA Economic and Business Research Center, and Anthony Chan, chief economist for JPMorgan Chase. The luncheon will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. Registration is required and can be completed online here.

Downtown Science Café – 'Tracking Climate Extremes Across the Desert Southwest' | Dec. 16

Mike Crimmins, associate professor in the UA Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, will present this talk at Magpies Gourmet Pizza, 605 N. Fourth Ave. This talk is part of the Science Café series by the College of Science. "Extreme Weather" is the theme for this fall's lecture series, which features top UA researchers sharing the latest science surrounding extreme weather events.

UApresents – Mannheim Steamroller | Dec. 27

Join UApresents for the 30th anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an American holiday tradition that combines a modern take on holiday music with dazzling multimedia effects. The performance will be held at 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online.

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