Karin's Note: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karin's Note: Thursday, July 17, 2014
 
-Ward 3 Events
-Community Support Needed!
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
In recent weeks we’ve taken steps to start two important processes: 1) the recruitment/hiring of a new City Manager and 2) the work of the new Citizen’s Charter Review Committee. I’ll offer periodic updates and invitations for your participation in each of these processes. Selecting the leader of our City organization and pursuing Charter changes (via ballot proposition) offer the Mayor/Council and our community critical opportunities to influence the future of Tucson. I hope you will take an interest and offer your input along the way.
 
In the meantime my staff and I continue our daily, “on-the-ground” focus in Ward 3. Our next weekend cleanup project will be in August. And you may have noticed over recent weeks our concerted investment and effort on graffiti abatement along primary corridors.
 
We understand that our best public service combines practical, hands-on solutions that improve the quality of life in the near term, even as we steadily devote ourselves to the big picture, long term betterment of Tucson. I’m most proud of the corner we have turned together since 2007 with regard to regional water stewardship; I will be offering that same level of focus and leadership to improve our transit/multimodal planning and infrastructure during this term in office.
 
To that end, last week I co-sponsored the visit of Jarrett Walker, author of Human Transit.  Nearly 200 people gathered downtown last Friday evening to take a fresh look at our transit system and to begin framing the central questions we must address, ideally before we further expand or alter our transit system, so we can fulfill our established priorities. We can’t avoid tradeoffs or tough decisions. But we can’t make good decisions unless we know what our values and goals are. For example, the answers to what, where, and how investment will be made in the system should be determined by whether we ultimately want uniform levels of service city/region-wide, or whether we want varying levels of service that correspond better with population densities, economic/activity “nodes”, and other factors. If we all can better articulate the impacts of transit on specific goals our community supports, budget figures and service maps will make sense. The decades-long, narrow debate on fare levels and route tinkering don’t get us there; a systemic look and dialogue will. I want 2014 to be the year we go there.
 
Stay safe as you enjoy the summer monsoon and the weekend,   
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Food Truck Roundup at La Madera Park – Thursday, July 17th 5:30 – 8:00 pm at La Madera Park  2700 E. La Madera. Tucson Food Truck Roundup helps independent chefs do what they love to do: cook great meals in their motorized, mobile kitchens, or fullsize trailer. Invited mobile kitchens gather several times a week, in one place, at different locations, so that you can sample their innovative menus with your family and friends. Join in on the feast next Thursday when they stop by the La Madera neighborhood! Food Truck Roundup will be at the La Madera Park, on the green grass, under the pine trees with The Zany Beaver, Haus of Brats, DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Jackie's Food Court, Vina Baguette Vietnamese Sandwiches, Pin UP Pastries, and Bella's Gelato. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/690120517733219/
 
- Valley of the Moon Presents Young Frankenstein! – Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th 7:00 and 8:00 pm at Valley of the Moon 2544 E Allen Rd. You've seen the movie, perhaps you've even experimented with reanimation yourself… come see the Valley Players' fantastic adaptation of this film classic.  This weekend is the last for the show so you better cancel your plans and get to Valley of the Moon instead!  The show is FREE to attend for all ages. http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/
 
- Dispose-A-Med – Saturday, July 19th 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Super Target 4040 N. Oracle Rd. Amistades, Pima County Sheriff's and CPC will be hosting another Dispose a Med event. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal! Visit www.dea.gov for more information or contact Melissa Gomez at 520-882-8777.
 
- Christmas in July Art Show – Saturday, July 19th 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Many Hands Courtyard 3054 N. First Ave. It's Christmas in July at the Many Hands Artist Cooperative! Join them for this special themed art show. 20% of all yellow tag items will be donated to the Food Bank. http://manyhandscourtyard.com/index.html
 
- Jefferson Park Ice Cream Social – Wednesday, July 23rd 6:00 pm at the Ward 3 City Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd. Jefferson Park is having its special quarterly meeting.  Quarterly meetings are informational programs and all are encouraged to come. This meeting will be an Ice Cream Social and then a presentation by Iskashitaa, a refugee assistance organization that focuses on local harvesting and sustainable food production. And it is National Ice Cream month so all should come and partake!
 
- Brush & Bulky Pick-up – Monday, July 28th in Area 4 and Monday, August 4th in Area 5 (see schedule and map here). Brush & Bulky pickups have arrived! Crews visit each of Tucson's 26 residential trash service areas twice each year to provide Brush & Bulky collection. This is your opportunity to clean your yard, garage or storage shed and get rid of any debris. Please set out collection items in the area where your trash in usually collected by 6:00 am on the Monday that your collection week starts (note: materials cannot be set out more than two weeks prior to collection). Visit /es/brush-and-bulky for the details on what B&B will and will not collect, as well as access to the address look-up tool to determine which service area you are in.  Next up in our ward will be Areas 7 and 6 on August 18th and 25th, respectively.
 
- CPSA Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Monday, July 28th and Tuesday, July 29th 12:30 – 5:00 pm (both days) at the CPSA Training Center 2502 N. Dodge Blvd. CPSA is dedicated to providing the community with monthly high-quality, research-based and interactive trainings that focus on behavioral health, prevention, recovery, and wellness. Join them for this important 8-hour session where you will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders/crises in youth, as well as risk factors and protective factors for this population. The 5-step Mental Health First Aid action plan is explored and applied to youth mental health disorders and crisis situations through the use of discussions, case examples and videos. This action plan includes approach skills, effective communication of concern and support, and connecting youth and families to professional and community resources. Info and registration at http://www.cpsaarizona.org/training/Pages/Training-Events.aspx
 
- BackPack 2 School - Saturday, August 2nd 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Flowing Wells Jr. High School 4545 N. La Cholla. Bring your students to the Annual BackPack 2 School Event in Flowing Wells hosted by Gap Ministries. Families will be given a backpack for each child going back to school. Supplies are still needed, so if you are able to donate, they are asking for any help they can receive, whether it is school supplies or money to buy school supplies for each backpack.
 
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Community Support Needed!
 
Literacy Connects, a Tucson nonprofit offering learning opportunities for adults and children, is seeking volunteers to meet the following needs:
  • Reading Seed, their children’s literacy program, is looking for 300 new coaches for the 2014-2015 school year
  • The Infusion Project needs 30 volunteers to help with Family Education Night
  • Volunteers with a variety of interests are needed to work with adults giving English language and bilingual Adult Basic Literacy/GED classes
  • Volunteer tutors are needed throughout the year to help adults with reading, writing, math and/or English
  • Volunteers are needed throughout the year to clean gently used books provided free to young learners to encourage independent reading.
The next volunteer orientation is Saturday, July 19th.  More information on all of Literacy Connects’ volunteer opportunities is at literacyconnects.org or call 882-8006.
 
Project Mariposa is in need of volunteers as well as donations of clothes, food and other supplies. There has been a significant increase in the incidence of groups of women and children from Central America being detained at the border, processed by ICE, and then released at the Greyhound station in Tucson to join family in the U.S. while awaiting deportation hearings. Typically groups of about 30-40 arrive at the station daily. There is a huge need for help receiving and providing services for these groups. Catholic Community Services has been leading the effort and is seeking the following items:
  • Food/Drink: bottled water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, Cup of Ramen noodles, granola bars
  • Toiletry Items (travel-size): toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair combs/brushes, deodorant, lotion, hand sanitizer, sanitary pads, chapstick
  • Baby/Child Care Items: diapers (sizes 3 and 4), diaper cream, wipes (travel packs), child-size socks and underwear, coloring books, crayons, pencils
If you can contribute any of these things, please bring them to Catholic Community Services at the north entrance of 140 W. Speedway, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. For information on volunteering, contact 622-2801 ext. 7111.
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Cinema La Placita Harold and Maude Thursday, July 17th 7:30 pm at La Placita Village 110 S. Church Avenue. It’s Cinema La Placita’s 15th season showing classic movies outdoors in downtown Tucson! Showing this week is Harold and Maude, the 1971 dark comedy starring Bud Court and Ruth Gordon. Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. $3 admission includes all the popcorn you can eat and goes directly toward funding the series. More info at http://www.cinemalaplacita.com/
 
- Urban Agriculture Meeting in Spanish/Reunión sobre Agricultura Urbana en ESPAÑOL - Miércoles 23 de Julio, 5:30 – 7:00 pm El Pueblo Regional Center, Senior Center Building 101 West Irvington Road. Está cordialmente invitado a asistir a una reunión que se realizará en ESPAÑOL para discutir las Revisiones Propuestas a los Reglamentos de Agricultura Urbana de la Ciudad de Tucson. Quizás usted ya esté al tanto de estas propuestas: el gobierno de la Ciudad de Tucson está actualizando sus reglamentos de zonificación relacionados a la agricultura urbana, en particular animales de granja pequeños, granjas urbanas, mercados de agricultores sobre ruedas, y huertos comunitarios. La Ciudad de Tucson ya ha sostenido dos reuniones públicas para explicar lo que se está proponiendo y el por qué, y para tomar nota de comentarios. Este mes, la Ciudad de Tucson, en coordinación con el Banco Comunitario de Alimentos del Sur de Arizona (Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, en inglés), llevará a cabo una reunión pública en español, en la que se presentará información sobre las revisiones propuestas, a fin de dar mayor oportunidad de participación a aquellos residentes de Tucson que tienen interés sobre el tema. Después de una presentación, en varias mesas de trabajo con facilitadores que dominan el español, los asistentes podrán compartir sus comentarios y sugerencias, y hacer preguntas. Actividades para los niños estarán disponibles y refrigerios serán proveídos. Los comentarios recibidos por parte del público serán utilizados por personal del gobierno de la Ciudad de Tucson para hacer revisiones a la propuesta. Una vez completadas las revisiones, se presentarán al público en general antes de su revisión formal por parte de la Comisión de Planificación y el Alcalde y Cabildo. Si tiene preguntas sobre esta reunión o necesita mayor información, por favor comuníquese con Becky Flores al (520) 837-5013 ó María Gayosso al (520) 837-6972.
 
- Sunrise on Sun Link Grand Opening Event – Friday, July 25th 9:00 am Fifth Ave. & Congress St. Join your neighbors throughout the city to kick off Sun Link service with a short, 15-minute ribbon cutting at four different district streetcar stops, followed by a grand opening downtown. The public is invited to attend any of these events and free Sun Link rides start as soon as the system is officially dedicated on Friday morning around 10:00 am. Enjoy Sun Link Ride Free Days from July 25th through the 27th. Details about the festivities and ride-free days can be found at http://www.sunlinkstreetcar.com/rsvp. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
- Westside Streetcar Fiesta - Friday, July 25th 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Mercado San Agustin 100 S. Avenida Convento.  Join Council Member Romero’s office and your neighbors in Ward 1 for a Fiesta as the City kicks-off the grand opening of the new streetcar! Enjoy food, drinks, Mariachis and folklorico dancers, plus much more! Free public service will be available to the community through the entire weekend following the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am.
 
- Back to School Bash – Saturday, July 26th 8:00 am – noon at Clements Recreation Center 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. Council Member Scott will be hosting her 14th Annual Back to School Bash at the Clements Center on July 26 at 8am. There will be a free breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, and eggs.  With the help of donations, there will be backpacks and school supply giveaways, raffles for prizes like: bikes, ipod shuffle, and other fun gadgets.  Special this year will be the Specialized Response Division which includes TPD Helicopter, as well as a special appearance from SWAT, Bomb Squad, and the K-9 Unit.  Also scheduled to attend: Sports Clips, Zoo Outreach, and TMC & TFD giving out free bike helmets. There will also be booths offering great information on programs and events happening within the City.  This is a great family event you won’t want to miss!
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- Ward 1 Annual Bilingual Literacy Fair – Saturday, July 26th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at El Pueblo Activity Center 101 W. Irvington Rd. Come celebrate the 6th annual Bilingual Literacy Fair featuring Spot the Dog! The Feria de Lectura is an event organized by the Ward 1 office in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico. Council Member Romero and her staff are excited to continue the tradition of providing 1,000+ books to children before the beginning of the new school year. The Bilingual Literacy Fair is to promote reading literature in Spanish and English. All attendees will receive FREE Spanish Language books, backpacks, and children can enjoy educational activities! If you would like to volunteer please contact the Ward 1 office at 791-4040 and ask for Anakarina Rodriguez.
 
- Electronic Collection and Shredding Event - Saturday, August 9th 8:00 – 11:00 am at the Ward 4 City Council Office 8123 E. Poinciana. Council Member Shirley Scott will be hosting another shredding and electronic recycling event.  This time Ward 4 is teaming up with Shred-It & Desert Metals Recycling.  Your 1st box of paper, computers, laptops, printers, network cards, routers, hard drives, floppy and CD-ROM drives, copiers, fax machines, telephones, cell phones, test equipment, wire and cable, power supplies, circuit boards, video game equipment, stereo equipment, etc.   Large appliances will also be accepted, except dishwashers. If you have any additional boxes of paper, or monitors, there will be a $5.00 (cash only) donation benefitting Tucson Clean and Beautiful and DM 50. If you have any questions call Tucson Clean & Beautiful at 791-5000, Desert Metals Recycling at 741-0608, or Shred It at 882-9939.
 
- Tucson Parks & Rec Leisure Class Summer Music Recital - Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Randolph Center Performing Arts Building #2 Auditorium at 200 South Alvernon Way. Students age four to adults enrolled in Piano, Guitar, and Drum classes will perform, as well as the Kid’s Broadway Musical Troop. Cameo performances will showcase the outstanding music instructors as well as a few of their local celebrities. If you would like to find out more about the music classes Tucson Parks and Recreation has to offer please view the Program Guide and Class Catalog online or pick up a copy at one of our facilities. For information contact Jeanne Jerousek-McAninch, Leisure Class Coordinator, at 791-4063 ext. 130.
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Did You Know...?
 
…that El Rio Health Center will be offering free back to school immunizations and health services at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Tucson? The 2014-15 school year will be coming up at the end of July - take advantage of this great opportunity to get needed health services for your child before their first day! Children ages 5- 18 are welcome. If you have AHCCCS, KidsCare or insurance, please bring your card. If not, the services will still be provided at no cost. Immunizations are offered (please bring current immunization record), as well as dental and eye screenings, booster seats, information on mental health services, and free Boys & Girls Clubs Memberships. For dates, locations and more detail, visit http://www.elrio.org/patient-services/health-services/pediatrics-2/.
 
…that the Parks & Recreation Fall Catalog is now available? The Fall Program Guide and Class Catalog is now available in print form at the Ward 3 office as well as Parks and Recreation facilities across Tucson. You can also view it online (link below). The guide has information on leisure classes, KIDCO, pools, and sports programs. You also will find information on recreation centers, senior centers, fitness and special needs centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and year-round pool locations. Online catalog and registration: http://1.usa.gov/1waYf03
 
…that over 100 merchants along the new streetcar route have come together to create the Connect in the City Saver Pass? For $5.00, you can purchase a pass that delivers discounts at some of your favorite local shops, restaurants and more in Main Gate Square, Downtown, along 4th Avenue, and at Mercado San Agustin. The card is good for the entire summer and has no limits on the number of times you use it! http://tucsonsummer.com/
 
…that Ward 3 has a cool new spot for a hot shave and a haircut or shoe shine? Razorsharp, located at the entrance to Monterey Court, 505 West Miracle Mile, offers discounts for active duty military, law enforcement and firefighters, and children.  Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call proprietors Louie and Maria Davila for an appointment: 777-7468.
 
that hiring is underway for the new shelter in our ward that will house migrant children? Southwest Key currently has 272 job openings at its new shelter on Oracle Road. The company is looking to hire for numerous positions, including cooks, case managers, teachers, and more. Many of the positions available require that the employee be bilingual in Spanish and English and have previous childcare or case management experience. The shelter will house unaccompanied minor children, mostly from Central American countries, who crossed into the United States and are in the custody of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit https://jobs-swkey.icims.com/jobs/intro to learn about the opportunities available and apply.
 
that the City of Tucson is offering workshops on License and Privilege Tax Reporting?  Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department.
 
Questions will be answered and written materials will be available.  Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained.  Sample returns can be completed.  It is recommended that you bring a calculator and a pencil.
 
The workshops are free and open to the public.  Email Taxpayer-Education@tucsonaz.gov or call (520) 791-4681 for reservations or more information about either of the City of Tucson workshops.  When you make your reservation, please specify the activities and subjects that you are interested in reviewing.
                                            
CONTRACTING
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road
 
RETAIL
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road