Five Great Things To Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, July 18

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Watermelon Wednesday. Reid Park Zoo puts a wild twist on a classic summer staple with its weekly Watermelon Wednesday events. Hang out at the zoo and watch elephants, grizzlies, otters, tapirs and more snack on watermelon popsicles and smash whole watermelons. You don’t have to stand on the sidelines when it comes to the watermelon: watermelon Eegees and slices will be available for purchase throughout the zoo. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. 3400 E. Zoo Court. Details here.

Beginners Guide to Meditation. Are you one of those people who’s always thought that meditating sounded like a good idea, in theory, but every time you’ve sat down to try it, you haven’t been able to stop thinking about when the last time you washed your sheets was, or whether you paid the electricity bill, or whether people still remember that embarrassing thing you did in fifth grade? This affordable series of classes will get you set up with all of the basic guidelines and simple, time-tested techniques to get you on the right track. All levels are welcome! Even if you’ve been meditating for awhile, but want to reboot your practice, this class could be for you. 7 a.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 1. The Yoga Connection, 3929 E. Pima St. $40. Details here.

Woof Down Wednesday at Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. Chow down on Hawaiian barbecue and help some pets while you’re at it. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has partnered with various restaurants across Tucson to pair good food with a good cause. This week, head over to Mama’s, grab your favorite dish and be sure to take your receipt to the Humane Society table inside the restaurant, where 20 percent of your bill will go to the foundation. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. At Mama’s locations at 8300 N. Thornydale Road, Suite 120, 6310 E. Tanque Verde Road, suite 120, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave. and 4016 N. First Ave., suite 100. Details here.
North of Nightfall. Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists and The Loft Cinema are teaming up for a premiere of the new Red Bull documentary on some of the most incredible biking trails in the world. High up in the arctic glaciers, cyclists ride over ice and snow, and wouldn’t have it any other way. All proceeds support development of the 100-Acre Wood Bike Park. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Details here.

Arizona Biennial 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art. Artwork from all over the state was juried into this exhibition by guest juror Rebecca R. Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Works by dozens of artists, in dozens of mediums, will be on display in the James J. and Louse R. Glasser Galleries, the Chann Gallery and the Green Gallery. After all, you can’t spell “Tucson, Arizona” without “art.” On display through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $7 college students with ID and youth 13-17, free for kids 12 and under, veterans and museum members. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, Dylan Reynolds, BS Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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