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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2007 2:06 pm

CACTUS CLASS Learn how to propagate cactus and how to select ones ideal for a blend of color, shapes and flowers from Matt Johnson, the Tucson-based author of “Cacti, Other Succulents and Unusual Xerophytes of Southern Arizona,” during a class 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, U.S. 60, near Superior. $27.50. Registration required. (520) 689-2723.

BOOK SIGNING Shelly Sikora, one of the local authors of the cookbook “Tomatoes & Mozzarella,” will sign her book and offer samples from one of the book’s recipes during an event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School, 10749 N. Scottsdale Road, No. 101, Scottsdale. Admission: Free. (480) 596-5628. http://www.sweetbasilgourmet.com" class="content-link" target= "674">www.sweetbasilgourmet.com.

RV SHOW View motor homes, travel trailers, camping trailers and more, and shop for high-tech recreation vehicles from a variety of dealers during the RV Show and Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 4 at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Admission: Free. (480) 967-8714.

HOME TOUR See a first glimpse of a new high-rise tower in Phoenix, sample the nightlife from one restaurant and nightclub to the next, or join the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts during the The Happening at Copper Square: A Celebration of the Urban Life, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. All events are located or start at Second Street between Jefferson and Washington streets. Home tour, $10; pub crawl, $15. (602) 254-8696. www.coppersquare.com.

TILE BASICS Learn how to install ceramic tile over backboards on floors and walls as well as the basics of tile selection and how to avoid common tiling mistakes during the Tiling Floors and Walls clinic 11 a.m. each Saturday in October at Home Depot. Free. www.homedepot.com.

GREEN COFFEE Enjoy organic Fair Trade-certified coffee and read about eco-friendly building 10 a.m. Saturdays, a.k.a. Green, 8100 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free. (480) 946-9600. www.akagreen.com.

TAMALES 101 Learn the art of making delicate, fluffy masa with tasty fillings that satisfy the craving for the traditional and trendy during the Tamales 101 class 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at AndyFood: A Culinary Studio, 7000 E. Shea Blvd., No. 1740, Scottsdale. $65. Registration required. (480) 951-2400. www.andyfood.com.

GARDEN TOURS Can you drink water from a cactus? Do “century plants” really

live 100 years? Get your questions answered on this docent-led tour as you discover how plants survive, and even thrive, under the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert during Garden Tours daily through May 11 at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for students, $4 for children. (480) 941-1225. http://www.dbg.org" class="content-link" target= "898">www.dbg.org.

LANDSCAPES Visitors will explore contemporary and traditional approaches to landscape images, including printmaking, drawings and photography during the “Landscapes” exhibition daily through Oct. 28, Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St. Free. (480) 350-5287. www.tempe.go.

FARMERS MARKETS More than a dozen farmers markets are going on in the East

Valley. Mesa’s Community Farmers Market is held 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Mesa Community Center, 263 N. Center St. The Chandler Farmers Market is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, A.J. Chandler Park, southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. (623) 848-1234. www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.

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