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Celebrate Tucson’s birthday at weekend parties

Corrected version: corrects baker of the cake

Celebrate Tucson’s 232nd birthday at a series of events this weekend.

• What’s a birthday without birthday cake? Get yourself a piece from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Manager David Slutes promises Sweet Things, which is making the cake, will top last year’s effort.

• Get in the Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, free Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Swim free at the city’s Edith Ball Recreation Center adaptive pool, 3455 E. Zoo Court (north of the zoo) from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

• If you haven’t had your fill of cake, head to the Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., for more and create and color a birthday card. Get in the museum free, courtesy of US Bank and the Wal-Mart Foundation.

• Hear about 4,000 years of history in an hour. Retired teacher, historian and Tucson native Irma Moreno talks at 6:30 p.m. about recent archaeological excavations, related to the city’s Rio Nuevo Project, at the site of the Mission San Agustín. The talk is Sunday at Presidio San Agustín de Tucson, 133 W. Washington St.

• There will be more cake Monday when the five flags that have flown over Tucson – American, Spanish, Mexican, Confederate, and the state of Arizona’s – are presented in an annual birthday ceremony. The Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui flags will also be presented, as will a replica of the 28-star American flag brought by the Mormon Battalion and flown briefly over Tucson on December 16, 1846. It is at 8 a.m. at the Presidio San Agustín de Tucson Courtyard. Wear a period costume and you’ll fit right in.

• The Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road, offers free admission Monday to any Tucson resident with proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill) and an out-of-town guest. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Last admittance is at 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.tucsonsbirthday.org

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