3rd Anniversary celebration of Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson

“To mark our third anniversary, on January 16 we will feature performances of traditional Japanese music throughout the day by members of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra, as well as music performed on the koto, the 13-stringed national instrument of Japan. Admission is free for members of Yume Japanese Gardens. Admission for non-members is $13 plus regular admission to the Gardens.” More info: www.yumegardens.org.
Schedule: Akiwa Abe Brown on koto at 11 a.m., Mindi Acosta and Sierra Norris, TRO flutists at 1 and 2 p.m.
Yume Japanese Gardens opened on January 15, 2013, at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens in Tucson.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).