As the spring semester passes its halfway point, students and some employees are making travel plans for spring break next week, which is bookended by the Tucson Festival of Books  the first weekend and St. Patrick's Day the final weekend.
All of that on its own adds up to plenty to do this month. But it's not even half of it.
Among the upcoming events are activities geared toward socially conscious art enthusiasts, people looking to travel outside the country, fans of public radio, women planning their financial futures and employees who are parents.
If none of that sounds like your pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow, check out the UA Master Calendar , where you're sure to find something that does.
'UAMA After Hours' Closing Event for 'The Border Project' Exhibition  | March 8
"UAMA After Hours" is a periodic event the UA Museum of Art hosts that includes tours, contests and discussions. This installment centers around the closing of "The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes" exhibition, which has been running since November and officially ends Sunday. In honor of Arizona’s Statehood Centennial Celebration, "The Border Project" presents art, music, performance, painting, sculpture, installation art, video, film and photography that examine historical and contemporary life in the U.S./Mexico borderlands region.
Passport Day in the U.S.A. 2012  | March 10
Planning travel outside the United States? On Saturday, you can apply for your U.S. passport at a regional passport agency without an appointment. The UA Passport Acceptance Facility, right on campus at 935 N. Tyndall Ave., is participating in this nationwide event. On Passport Day, you can apply for standard processing (four to six weeks) or pay an additional $60 for expedited processing (two to three weeks).
UApresents: 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!'  | March 15
Billing itself as "the oddly informative news quiz," "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" is a weekly National Public Radio quiz show that features witty, well-known panelists offering their take on current news events. The program is coming to the UA's Centennial Hall for a live taping this month. Award-winning playwright, author and host Peter Sagal will be there along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell.
'Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women' Financial Education Workshop  | March 20
In this semester's third installment of the Human Resources financial education program, women are invited to explore some of the financial issues that are more likely to be unique to women. Organizers have previously noted that women have longer life expectancies than men and are more likely to have taken time off in the middle of their careers – usually to raise a family – that could lead to smaller nest eggs compared with those of their male counterparts. The financial education classes are free and take place during lunch.
Lunch & Learn: 'Are UA Parent ... of a Preschooler?'  | March 27
Perhaps your retirement plan is intact, but you could use a bit of support in the child care department. UA Life & Work Connections has a different kind of lunch workshop for you. This one is focused on people whose children are beyond infancy but not in school yet. Life & Work Connections speakers Caryn Jung, senior coordinator for child and elder care and work/life programs, and Jodi Charvoz, nutrition/fitness counselor in the employee wellness and health promotion program, will touch on everything from nutrition to educational experiences to child care resources in an informal discussion setting.
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