Origami Workshops this summer at Pima County Public Libraries

Mary Ellen Palmeri, origami teacher/founder of Origami LAFF (Lyrics Arts Folding Fest) is hosting several origami workshops at the Pima County public libraries.  These are family friendly activities, and very cool for the hot summer months.


July 18: Prehistoric Origami at Quincie Douglas library, 1585 E. 36th St., 11 a.m.

July 21  Origami Games at Valencia library, 202 W. Valencia Rd. , 2 p.m.

July 27 Origami Games at Flowing Wells library,1730  W. Wetmore Rd. , 2 p.m.

August 12 Origami Safari at Kirk-Bear Canyon library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Rd. , 10 a.m.

All these sessions are listed on our SAJCC Calendar, and also on www.library.pima.gov for the respective library branch.


Annual MegaMania 2017! at PCC Downtown on July 15

Pima Community College Downtown campus, 1 to 6 p.m., 1255 N. Stone Ave.

Costume contest photo courtesy of Pima County Public library

“Time to put on your best cosplay and gather up your bag of holding! MegaMania!! 2017 is here and it is bigger and better than ever! Gather up your friends and join us at Pima Community College Downtown as we celebrate our seventh year of free comic-con fun.

Pig out on free pizza, drinks, and snacks in the Cantina, try to clock your best time running through our inflatable obstacle course and immerse yourself in the many different cultures of Tucson in our Cultural Room.

Wanna win some epic loots? Try your hand at our conference quest and secure yourself a chance to win one of three EPIC prize backpacks!

Still not convinced? We’ll have a slew of local artists and prominent authors, panels on all kinds of cool pop culture topics, a cosplay room where you can craft your own gauntlets or capes, crafting, live PvP on the green, a gamer’s den sporting everything from Playstation to Minecraft to board game, and much, much more! Don’t miss this free adventure!

PCC Downtown is at 1255 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson (NW corner of Speedway Blvd.)

Japanese Language & Culture summer camps at Tanque Verde Elem. School in June, 2017

For Grades 1 – 6 “Each week-long camp introduces students to Japanese language and its fascinating culture. The language lessons will teach students greetings, simple words and phrases in Japanese. Students will experience many fun hands-on activities that Japanese children enjoy in their country. Activities will include Origami, calligraphy, games, folk telling stories, songs, train toys, making & enjoying snacks, experiencing eating noodles with chopsticks, and wearing Kimonos.”

Instructor – Miki Pimienta

Cost $53 to 66  (June 12 to 16 and June 19 to 23 is $66; June 27 to 30 is $53). Scroll down in the box to find the week you are interested in.  Camps are 10 to 11:30 a.m. daily.



Origami ongoing through summer of 2017

Love origami?  Every month the Tucson Origami Club meets on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dao’s Tai Pan (Vietnamese/Chinese/Thai) restaurant, 446 N. Wilmot Rd. (south of Murphy-Wilmot branch library).  Founder/teacher M. Fumie Craig (and her daughter Stephanie Mariko Rojas) teach various origami foldings all year long.

origami butterflies made at Tucson Origami Club meeting

Tucson Origami Club FB page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/184882481623357/

In the Northwest section of Tucson, another origami teacher Mary Ellen Palmeri teaches at the Nanini branch library, 7000 N. Shannon Way (north of Ina Rd.). on the 3rd Sunday every month. She calls her club Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest), and they meet from 1 to 4 p.m.

Origami cranes made by Origami LAFF

Origami LAFF FB page:https://www.facebook.com/OrigamiLAFF.Tucson/

Join either or both of these family-friendly origami clubs, in a fun, cool setting in the hot summers of Tucson (and all year long too). Both these clubs are listed on our SAJCC Calendar for each month.

Summer Recreational Taiko drumming continues at Odaiko Sonora

6 week Saturday sessions of All Ages Recreational Taiko at Odaiko Sonora, May 20 to June 24, 2017

“6 weeks of basic taiko training. This session you’ll learn a song from Odaiko Sonora’s repertoire, basic technique and kata (form), and drills to hone your new skills. Call 520 481-8003 or email info@tucsontaiko.org to register.”

Started May 20, 2017 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. Tucson, for 6 weeks.” (Saturdays)