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TAUC Leadership Conference - Entertainment Guide

February 12 2007

2007 Leadership Conference

?Dawn of a New Day?
April 17-21, 2007

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona

The format of the Leadership Conference will break from tradition, and include much more take-home value for TAUC members and attendees this year. Based on member suggestions, we will not be hosting pre-organized leisure activities, but instead we will be encouraging our guests to take advantage of the wide variety of entertainment opportunities available in Tucson, Arizona. 

Below is a listing of popular leisure activities offered during the week of the conference. Also, representatives from the Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau will be on hand during your stay to assist you in finding the social, cultural or fine dining experience you desire.

The TAUC Convention Committee has worked hard to bring you this comprehensive list of popular activities in the Tucson area. However, with so much to see and do in Tucson, it is possible we overlooked some exciting activities our guests would enjoy. If you would like to see something added to our ?things to do list,? please feel free to contact Tad Kicielinski at tkicielinski@tauc.org, or by calling (703) 524-3336 ext. 124.

Getting Around Tucson

Tucson’s transportation system will get you where you need to go. In the city, call SunTran, the public bus system, at (520) 792-9222 for route maps and schedules. In the downtown area, catch a free ride on T.I.C.E.T., the Tucson Inner City Express Transit. Of course, there are many major car rental agencies, shuttle & charter services, and taxi companies too.

The Tucson International Airport is located just 18 miles from the La Paloma.


Concierge Recommendations

The Westin La Paloma Concierge can help you plan your dining and entertainment agenda during your stay. Concierge Aroline Coates can be reached at (520) 742-6000 ext. 7878. All estimated travel times and distances are relative to La Paloma.

Old Tucson Studios
Where: 201 South Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 857335
When: 10 a.m. ? 4 p.m.

Gunfights, Musical & Comedy Shows. From daring cowboy gunfights and stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson offers exciting Old West entertainment. From western movie heroes like John Wayne to current box-office stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, many of Hollywood’s legends have walked these rugged streets, the setting for hundreds of major motion pictures. You’re invited to retrace the bootsteps of your favorite stars and spend a day in the life of an 1880’s Western town. To complete your Western experience, take a trail ride along scenic desert mountain trails!

 (520) 883-0100
Total Est. Time:  38 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 25.03 miles

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Where: 2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
When: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (no entry after 4:15 pm)

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. The Museum offers interpretive displays of living animals and plants native to the Sonoran Desert — an arid region encompassing parts of Arizona and California in the United States and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.

(520) 883-2702
Total Est. Time:  40 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 21.23 miles

Sabino Canyon
Where: 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Road
Tucson, AZ 85750
When: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson?s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

(520) 749-2861
Total Est. Time:  9 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 5.92 miles

Spanish Trail Outfitters’ Ranch
Where: 8500 East Ocotillo Drive
Sabino Canyon Road & Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ  85730
When: Call for reservations

Spanish Trail Outfitters’ ranch sits at the base of the majestic Catalina Mountains.  It features authentic Western activities such as guided trail rides through the lush Sonoran Desert and Western Carnivals complete with Bucking Bull Riding, Rollin’ Roper and Quick Draw events.

(520) 631-3787
Total Est. Time:  11 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 6.65 miles

Trail Dust Adventures
Where: Trail Dust Adventures, Inc.
1665 S. Craycroft Road
Tucson, AZ 85711
When: Call for reservations

A thrilling desert ride! Pull on your favorite jeans and come experience the real Sonoran Desert with Tucson’s largest and best four-wheel drive adventure company. From tree-lined creeks to majestic mountains, you’ll enjoy a rugged trip into the Old West. Sense the excitement as our authentically dressed, knowledgeable guides point our open-air vehicles toward a trail of adventure!

When: (520)747-0323
Total Est. Time:  19 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 9.81 miles



The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is the closest resort to La Encantada.  La Encantada is an intimate open-air center with upscale shops including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, St. John, Tommy Bahama, Coach, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel as well as four fabulous restaurants. Located at Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, La Encantada offers an upscale experience in an enchanting outdoor atmosphere.

Complimentary transportation to and from La Encantada is provided by La Paloma. Departure is scheduled for 4 times daily: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pick up service times are: 11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.

Reservations are encouraged. Without reservations, shuttle service is first come, first serve.

Sedan Service to the Foothills Mall is also available for $12 one-way.

Community Events

Ladies’ Afternoon Tee
Where: Arizona National
9777 E Sabino Greens Drive
Tucson, Arizona  85749
When:  April 17, 3:00 p.m. ? 5:00 p.m.

Every Tuesday players can tee off for 5 or 9 holes anytime between 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. at a special Ladies Tee Rate. Cost is $10 – $20. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on specified weeks, a Ladies Tee Game Improvement Clinic is held by PGA Professionals. The golf groups cater to ladies of all playing abilities and provide a fun and flexible atmosphere.

(520) 749-3636
Total Est. Time:  28 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 15.59 miles

Hand + Spirit + Art
Where: Tohono Chul Park
7366 N. Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, Arizona  85704
When: March 8 ? May 20

A juried exhibition of Arizona Designer Craftsmen members, celebrating fine contemporary crafts by Arizona artisans.

(520) 742-6455
Total Est. Time:  8 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 5.24 miles

The Virgin, Saints, and Angels:
South American Paintings 1600 – 1825 from the Thoma Collection

Where: Tucson Museum of Art
140 N Main Ave.
Tucson, Arizona  85701
When:  January 20 – April 29, 10 AM – 4 PM

This exhibition examines the diverse schools of painting that developed within the vast Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, a territory that encompassed present day Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay and Ecuador.

Total Est. Time:  23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 11.31 miles


Gallery at the Gardens April Exhibit
Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona  85712
When:  April 1-29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

You will be amazed by the majestic botanical gardens and these large format watercolors.

Total Est. Time:  11 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 6.62 miles

Human Interest: Photoessays from the Collection
Where: Center for Creative Photography
1030 N Olive Rd
Tucson, Arizona  85719
When: February 9 – May 27, 9:00 a.m.

The middle decades of the 20th century mark the golden age of photojournalism, when cameramen and women went into the field to cover stories and illustrated magazines such as Life, Look, and Collier?s. Free exhibit.

Total Est. Time:  19 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 8.66 miles

Green Fire Open Mic
Where: Green Fire
925 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, Arizona  85719
When:  April 17, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Tucson’s best open mic with a stage, lights, great sound and an attentive audience.

Total Est. Time:  13 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 6.65 miles

Old School, Rare Grooves
Where: Heart Five
61 E Congress St
Tucson, Arizona  85701
When:  April 17, 8 p.m.

Downtown dancing to old school and rare grooves.

Total Est. Time:  23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.27 miles

Major Events

A year in Southern Arizona is packed with fun things to do. Major annual fairs, fiestas, and cultural and sporting events are listed here.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

April 17-22, 2007  (Tucson) A comedy that follows two con artists as they take on the lifestyles of the rich and shameless ? and end up with a lot more than they bargain for. Tucson Music Hall. Broadway in Tucson, (520) 321-1000.  Show Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Total Est. Time:  23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.38 miles

USFA North American Cup

April 18-24, 2007  (Tucson) Fencing tournament for Division I (Elite) and youth (ages 8-15) competitors from around the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America, at the Tucson Convention Center. Events are expected to attract at least 1,100 athletes and 2,400 attendees. United States Fencing Association (USFA): (719) 866-4511.

Total Est. Time:  24 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 11.78 miles

Pima County Fair April

19-29, 2007  (Tucson) Old-fashioned fair with exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, including a Gem and Mineral Show section. Pima County Fair Grounds: (520) 762-9100.

Total Est. Time:  35 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 23.99 miles

Arizona International Film Festival

April 20-29, 2007 (Tucson) Citywide festival features worldwide contemporary cinematic diversity, with opportunities to meet the filmmakers at workshops, seminars and presentations at various venues around Tucson. The Screening Room: (520) 622-2262.

Total Est. Time:  22 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.22 miles

Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards

April 21, 2007 (Elgin) Ministers and priests bless the grape vines to foster a bountiful crop at harvest time, in a ceremony followed by food, wine-tasting, and live entertainment at the winery. Sonoita Vineyards: (520) 455-5893.
Total Est. Time:  1 hour, 52 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 66.00 miles

Restaurants in Tucson, AZ

French Southwestern
770 East Sunrise Drive Tucson, Arizona, 85718
Price range $14-80
On the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort

3770 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ
(520) 615-6100
Price range $6-18
On the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort

4310 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 795-7221
Price Range $18-28
Total Est. Time:  8 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 4.34 miles

The Dish
New American, Vegetarian, Eclectic
3200 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85716
(520) 326-1714
Price range $16-24
Total Est. Time:  16 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 8.52 miles

Cafe Poca – Cosa
110 E Pennington St
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-6400
Price range $12-30
Total Est. Time:  23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.49 miles

Bluefin Seafood Bistro
7053 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 531-8500
Price range $17-30
Total Est. Time:  8 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 4.95 miles

Cafe Terra Cotta
3500 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 577-8100
Price range $17-28
Total Est. Time:  2 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 1.25 miles

McMahons Prime Steakhouse
American Steakhouse, Barbecue
2959 N Swan Rd
Tucson, AZ 85712
Price range $31-40
Total Est. Time:  7 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 4.72 miles

Grill at the Hacienda del Sol
New American
5601 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718
Price range $30-80
Total Est. Time:  1 minute
Total Est. Distance: 0.68 miles

The Barrio Grill
American with regional accents
135 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(928) 629-0191
Price range $20 – 35
Total Est. Time:  23 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.39 miles

Trattoria Pina
5541 N. Swan
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 557-6992
Price range $15-28
Total Est. Time:  2 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 1.49 miles

Gold Room at Westward Look
Eclectic, California
245 E. Ina
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 917-2930
Price range $31-50
Total Est. Time: 7 minutes
Total Est. Distance: : 4.31 miles

Bars in Tucson, AZ

Hotel Congress
Live Music
311 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701 USA
(800) 722-8848
Total Est. Time:  22 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 10.09 miles

Live Music
340 E. 6th St.
Tucson, AZ, 85705
(520) 798-1298
Total Est. Time:  21 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 9.68 miles

Maloney?s Tavern
Irish Pub
213 North 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ
(520) 388-9355
Total Est. Time:  21 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 9.90 miles

The Shanty
Outdoor Beer Garden
401 E 9th St
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 623-2664
Total Est. Time:  22 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 9.92 miles

Restaurant and Bar
299 E. Skyline Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 299-1600
Total Est. Time:  3 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 1.53 miles

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