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Regina's Update 3.11.11

Please join me for a full month of action-packed free events! Getting out of our cars and walking and biking and exercising is the theme this month.
- Regina Romero

In this update:

-Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 2nd Saturdays Event Downtown
-Tuesday, March 15, Open House for Cyclovia Bike Event, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
-Saturday, March 26, Cesar M. Chavez March and Rally -
-Bike Fest 2011! - March 11 through April 30 featuring a bike ride with Portland cycling star Mia Berk
Saturday, March 12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and 2nd Saturdays Event Downtown
The City of Tucson invites you to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this Saturday, March 12 at the City's Armory Park Center Downtown at 3 p.m., 220 South 5th Avenue. It’s a free event, so bring the whole family! It’s part of the monthly 2nd Saturdays activities downtown - featuring free live music, food and fun along Congress Street.
The theme for the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is, “Everyday Heroes,” and will focus on and honor the local, national and international personalities who have made a positive difference in Tucson.  The one-hour parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on 14th Street and Stone Avenue, wind through Downtown - Congress Street, Broadway and 6th Street - ending at Armory Park.

Tucson elected officials and representatives from Tucson Police Department, Tucson Fire Department, several local hospitals, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), first responders, social workers, care workers, as well as scores of Tucson teachers
will be represented at the Festival and Parade.

This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Dr. Peter Rhee, Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona Department of Surgery, and medical director of Tucson’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center (UMC). Dr. Rhee is recognized as an “Everyday Hero”, most recently for providing calm and measured care for
some of the victims of the January 8th tragedy.

The Honorary Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. This year marks the 300th anniversary of his passing.

Tuesday, March 15, Open House for Cyclovia Bike Event, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Learn about BikeFest 2011 and the 2nd annual Cyclovia car-free event which will be held Downtown through South Tucson on Sunday, March 27 starting at 10 a.m. This pre-meeting talks about how to get your bike ready and gives you information about the new route. Open House will be at  the City of Tucson Santa Rosa Recreation Center, 1080 S. 10th Ave., on Tuesday, March 15th at 5:30 to 7 p.m. Get more information at

Saturday, March 26, Cesar M. Chavez March and Rally
The 11th Annual César Chávez march and rally begins at 9 a.m. at Pueblo HS, 3500 S. 12th Avenue, with students from Tucson, Sunnyside, and Cholla High Sschools and Luz Academy. There will be motivational speakers with the theme of celebrating our history and culture and saving ethnic studies. We will walk to Rudy Garcia Park, located on S. 6th Avenue, south of the Rodeo grounds. See attached flyer for information on having a booth at Rudy Garcia Park. The information tables are FREE.

Bike Fest 2011! - March 11 through April 30
Let the fun begin as Bike Fest 2011 kicks off over 20 different events designed to inspire us to park the car and hop on the bike to experience the many benefits bicycling brings to our community. From March 11th through April 30th, enjoy a variety of bike rides, inspirational transportation-related discussions, bike to work and school events, free admission to the Zoo, Cyclovia’s car-free streets, cleaner air, healthier communities, and a chance to win great prizes. The City of Tucson, Pima County, and Pima Association of Governments are partnering with Living Streets Alliance to coordinate Bike Fest and promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

Visit the link above or visit Living Streets Alliance for more information. More information is also attached.


Visit the April Arts Fair for April 2, 9 AM to 12 PM at the El Pueblo Farmers' Market.  (Detailed flyer to come!)

The event will feature family art workshops, led by El Pueblo art instructor Marcos Cardenas and other local artists, an art display, arts and craft sale and raffle of art supplies.  We're seeking local artists who would be interested in setting up their own display.  The El Pueblo Market will offer a limited number of 10x10 spaces for artists to set up their sales display or share with another artist.  In order to apply, artists can fill out the attached application and return in to me via email or snail mail.  Space is limited, and artists will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Please fill out an application or pass it along to someone who might be interested!

For more information please contact Sara Rickard, Farmers' Market Manager, Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ  85713, (520) 622-0525 x 242,

Scholarships A-Z is a great resource for students.  Please forward and promote to students who need help with scholarships.  For more information contact Matt Matera, M.A., Co-Founder & Co-Director, ScholarshipsA-Z, (520) 305-9342, ,  .

Imagine Greater Tucson: Shaping our future together
Save the Date! April 7: Our Shared Values and Our Future

"Our Shared Values and the Future of the Greater Tucson Region"
Join us to see how closely they align!

Thursday, April 7, 3 P.M.
University Marriott
880 E. Second St., Tucson

Program starts promptly at 3:30 P.M. Free and open to the Public.

For more information visit: