The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association is putting on their bi-annual Home & Garden Show in Tucson from October 9-11, 2009, at the Tucson Convention Center. Hundreds of businesses will be giving demonstrations and displaying their home goods inside the 350,000 square foot TCC complex. Numerous entertainment acts, seminars and charity drives will also be taking place at the 2009 Tucson Home Show.
The SAHBA Home & Garden Show runs Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. General admission is $8 for adults, and children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Military discounts will be available throughout the 2009 Home Show, and Senior Discount Day is Friday, which offers half-price admission for those over age 50.
The twice-yearly event features local businesses that provide home goods and services. Visitors to the 2009 SAHBA Home & Garden Show can view hundreds of samples of windows, window coverings, cabinetry, showers, tubs, sinks, flooring, tile, pools, spas and more. Interested in energy and the environment? Get information on solar panels at the Solar Power booth.
Beyond just displaying home wares, the SAHBA Home & Garden Show strives to entertain and benefit the community of Tucson during the three-day event. One such charitable event, a “Charity Chili Cook-off”, is being put together by the Tanque Verde Lions Club chapter, and hosted by Tucson radio station KHIT 107.5.
With a budget-friendly, three-dollar “Taste Ticket”, Home Show guests can sample all the chilies being presented at the Cook-off, and all proceeds go to charity. On Saturday, October 10, the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will bring in 20 of their own chili cookers, and tasters can vote throughout the weekend for the best concoction.
In another effort to give back to Tucson while promoting the SAHBA’s 2009 Home Show, the Tucson Community Food Bank is receiving non-perishable food items at the east and west entrances to the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). In return, participating visitors will get a discounted admission. Be it one food item, or ten, visitors will receive $2 off the general admission.
The 2009 SAHBA Home & Garden Show will also feature a bone marrow drive for a young girl named Lizzie Bell, who is fighting a rare form of anemia. The drive is being organized by the Home Show and State Farm Insurance, and visitors are encouraged to have their cheeks swabbed with a Q-tip to determine if they might be a viable match for Lizzie. Lizzie needs a bone marrow transplant to avoid the bi-monthly blood transfusions she currently needs to stay alive.
The bone marrow drive for Lizzie Bell will be held in The Arena of the TCC throughout the SAHBA Home & Garden Show, October 9-11, 2009. In addition, there will be a toy drive in The Arena, to benefit “Lizzie’s Loot”, a program which Lizzie Bell started to match sick children with much-wanted toys.
The Humane Society is also counting on the kindness of strangers to save a life with a Petco Sponsored “Adopt-a-Thon” during this weekend’s SAHBA Home & Garden Show. Visitors can check out dog, cats, puppies and kittens up for adoption at TCC’s west entrance, then attend and engage in informative seminars about pet care, safety and training.
Likely Page BreakTucson’s own “Hypno Joe” will be performing his tantalizing mental trickery onstage in TCC’s arena throughout the Home & Garden Show weekend. Currently featured at and sponsored by Old Tucson’s “Nightfall” show, hypnotist Joe DeCarlo will be selling his CDs on quitting smoking and losing weight through hypnosis after his Home Show performances.
More attractions and exhibits at the 2009 SAHBA Home & Garden Show include cooking demonstrations by Tucson cooking school, Cuisine Classique, and educational seminars on desert foliage given by the Botanical Gardens.
Entertainment abounds, with various musical and dance acts throughout the 2009 Home Show weekend. Expect to be “wowed” by the Middle-Eastern dance group, Sahara Dancers, who will perform on the Food Court stage. Watch the female-fronted band, Megan’s Law, rock the stage during performances on Friday evening. Take in reggae group, Planet Jam, or enjoy the stylings of Ironwood Ridge High School’s Improv troupe.
With so many different things to see, hear, taste and do, the SAHBA Home & Garden Show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. All in all, the 2009 Tucson Home Show just may be the most charitable, budget-friendly, good, clean fun you can have in Tucson this weekend!
For more information on the Tucson’s 2009 Southern Arizona Home Builder’s Association’s Home & Garden Show, visit the official Web site.