5th Annual (and very popular) Insect Festival



The fifth annual Arizona Insect Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Arizona. More than 20 booths on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom (1303 E. University Blvd.) will offer theme-based, interactive activities and exhibits about the importance of insects in our lives, and exciting UA research.

Dr. Kathleen Walker
Carolyn’s note:  What is this fascination with insects and bugs? Went to this event 2 years ago and it was standing room only (plus more).  I did try to eat a few insects at the tasting table, but wasn’t convinced to give up dessert.  Check it out with your budding entomologist kids.  I can proud to said that one of my best friends is an Entomologist.


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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).