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Explore art, history, outdoors at any age

It’s never too late to learn and grow. The Tucson Jewish Community Center provides numerous opportunities to help people discover their passions later in life. Here are a few highlights of events and classes coming up.

“Inside Writing a Mystery” is a free discussion with local author and retired lawyer Jerry Sonenblick, at noon on Sunday, Feb. 11. Journey with award-winning local artist Lynn Rae Lowe in her “Drawing it Out” series based on her core belief that it is not that artists are special, rather each person is a special kind of artist. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Lowe will explore aligning ourselves with who we want to be, 10:30 a.m. to noon. On Monday, March 19, Lowe’s 6 to 7:30 p.m. workshop focuses on tapping into our spiritual potential. Round out the arts with a Wednesday, April 4 concert with Mariachi Arizona, the University of Arizona’s performing Mariachi ensemble, 6 to 7 p.m.

Travel through time and history to explore the Old Pueblo with an historic downtown El Presidio walking tour, Sunday, March 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Explore Hispanic vs. Anglo-American housing construction and layout, the effects of the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the landscape of historic preservation in this tour led by Jim Sell, Ph.D., a retired geography professor. 

Journey a little farther afield on the “Chiricahua Mountains, Massai Point and Pinery Canyon Study Tour.” Visit one of Southern Arizona’s most spectacular areas in scenic drive through pine forests at 7,000 foot elevations. Some short hikes are included. The Sunday, March 11 tour, led by historian William Ascarza, meets at the J at 7:30 a.m..

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