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SlutWalk

Nov. 16

Tucson’s third annual SlutWalk will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at the University of Arizona’s Women’s Plaza of Honor. Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. and march at 5 p.m. from the UA to the Joel D. Valdez main library downtown.

SlutWalk is an international movement that aims to prompt discussion about rape culture and victim blaming, the tendency to blame the attacked instead of the attacker for sexual violence.

There will be speakers at the beginning and end of the march.

An open-mic survivor speakout and afterparty will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Fluxx Studio, 414 E. Ninth St.

The SlutWalk movement started in 2011 in Canada, after a police spokesman said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

Outrage at the comment spawned SlutWalks around the world, as people aimed to show that the word “slut” could be arbitrarily applied to anyone and that it is never an excuse for sexual violence.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit facebook.com/SlutWalk.Tucson.

Bicycle Swap

Nov. 16

The Greater Arizona Bicyle Association’s semi-annual Bike Swap will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 400 N. Fifth Ave.

Participants can buy or sell all types of bicycle-related items. Local bike shops and individual vendors will be present, along with Bicycle Inter-Community Arts and Salvage.

El Grupo Cycling will offer valet bike parking.

For more information, visit bikegaba.org.

Science Expo

Nov. 16-17

The Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo will feature exhibits, hands-on displays, interactive activities and talks from professional astronomers, TV personalities and astronauts.

The expo takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Featured speakers include retired astronaut Story Musgrave and Alexei Filippenko, an astrophysicist and professor at University of California-Berkeley.

Panels will discuss comets and science. There will also be daily solar observing through high-quality solar telescopes.

Professional astronomy exhibitors and manufacturers will display astronomical tools from around the world. More than 100 vendors will sell items including telescopes, cameras, mounts and binoculars.

Tickets cost $10 each day. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, or day-of at the TCC. The TCC charges a $1 surcharge.

For more information, visit scienceandastronomy.com.

Tour de Tucson

The 30th annual Tour de Tucson will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23. Participants must register before Thursday, Nov. 21, or by Monday, Nov. 18 if registering online.

Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour began in 1983 and is one of the largest road cycling events in the United States. In recent years, El Tour de Tucson has drawn in more than 9,000 riders.

Participants bike main event distances of 111, 85, 60 or 42 miles, or can opt for a Fun Ride of 10 or five miles. A quarter-mile activity course is another option.

All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks, and are spaced approximately seven to 10 miles apart. The Fun Ride offers an easy route along the Santa Cruz River path.

The start and finish line for El Tour is located at Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave. After crossing the finish line, participants can join an El Tour Downtown Fiesta afterparty, with food, music, swag, kids’ activities and more.

For more information, or to register online, visit perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tuc

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