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Karin's Note: April 22, 2011

Karin's Note: April 22, 2011

In today’s message from Council Member Karin Uhlich:

-Karin’s Note: April 22, 2011
-Eggstravaganza at Northwest Center
–Neon Miracle Mile: 4th Annual Historic Open House & Tour
-Plan Tucson Public Meeting
-Historic Home Tour in Jefferson Park
-Free Retail Workshop for Businesses
-Tucson International Mariachi Conference
-League of Women Voters Moderator Training
-Free Social Media Bootcamp
–Apprenticeship Opportunities


Karin’s Note: April 22, 2011

Dear Tucsonans,

On Thursday I was proud to join Mayor Walkup, Councilmember Scott, Tucson Water, Trico Electric and SunPower Corp. for the initiation of a new 1-Megawatt Solar Array tied to our Central Avra Valley Recharge facility. Large installations like this help position Tucson to compete for an ever-growing share of the solar industry, bringing good jobs and clean alternative energy solutions to the region. Mayor and Council launched this specific effort in 2006. It's great to celebrate success and move toward realizing even greater potential at the same site, which ultimately could accommodate 5 Megawatts of capacity.

At the ceremony Mayor Walkup and Councilmember Scott highlighted Tucson's reputation as a leading community on alternative energy and clean-cities programs. In fact, the Mayor represented Tucson this week along with the Mayors of Denver and St Paul in a Clean Cities phone conference convened by the White House. We're gaining recognition for a number of reasons:

  • our harnessing of methane gas from landfills to help generate electricity;
  • our partnership with Davis Monthan to shift their waste-to-energy plan into a large-scale solar array on base;
  • our exceptional system of dedicated bike paths and bike lanes (we hope to achieve status as a Platinum Bike Community soon);
  • our expanding solar sector;
  • our national pilot status for electric hybrid automobiles and the associated charging grid installation;
  • our expanded commitment to mass transit, including the modern street car.

Along with the stewardship over water resources, which I highlighted earlier this month, we've made great strides to protect Tucson's environment for generations to come. That will remain a key focus of mine over the coming years.



Ward 3 Events

-Eggstravaganza!- Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. 6th Avenue. Egg hunt, prizes, food, games and entertainment. Free to the Public. For more info: 791-3247.

-Celebrate Earth Day with a Keeling Neighborhood Cleanup! - Saturday, April 23, 9am - Noon. Come celebrate with Keeling Neighborhood Association to make their neighborhood clean, green, and special.  Gather at the NW corner of Keeling Elementary School. All ages are welcome -- come for as long as you are able, even if it's only a short time.   Afterward, there will be food, music, and fun activities for kids. For more information contact

-Neon Miracle Mile: 4th Annual Historic Open House & Tour – Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 2:00 p.m. College Place, 1601 N. Oracle Road. Speakers, tours of historic motels including the newly renovated Ghost Ranch Lodge. Free to the public. More info: or call Linda Mehall at the Ward 3 office: 791-4711. Volunteers needed for this fun, interesting event!!

-Plan Tucson General Public Introductory Meeting – Wednesday, April 27 from 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. Come and give your ideas on how our community should look and function in the future.

- Jefferson Park Historic Home Tour and Festival – Saturday, May 7th from noon to 6:00 p.m. Tour the Annie Lester House at 1225 E. Lester. Tickets available at the gate: $10 adults, children under 12 free with adult. Live music, raffles, refreshments. Ticket proceeds benefit the historic nomination of Jefferson Park. More info:


Events City-Wide
-Free Workshop Outlines City Business License Requirements – Tuesday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Woods Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue. This free open house will teach businesses about Tucson’s privilege and use tax licensing and reporting requirements. Staff from the City’s Tax Audit Section will host the class. More info: 791-4681.

-40th Anniversary of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference – Tuesday, April 26 through the 30th. Open air free concert from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at the Civic Center Plaza. Concerts. Other activities include a Student Showcase on Thursday, the Espectacular Concert at TCC on Friday, and both Mass at St. Augustine’s and the Fiesta Garibaldi at Kino Stadium on the 30th. For tickets and info:

-League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson (LWVGT) Offers Free Moderator Training – Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue (at 26th Street). This is good training for all interested parties in this election year. If you plan to attend, please leave a message at so enough materials will be available. The LWVGT is a non-partisan organization.

-Free Social Media Bootcamp – Monday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Sentinel Building. In conjunction with the Office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, presented by MAC—Micro-business Advancement Center. For more info and to register:


Did you know….

The Parks Department Summer Programs Guide became available Monday, April 18, 2011. There is online registration at (or through phone system at 573-3933) for City of Tucson residents beginning on Friday, April 29 at 6 am for the following programs: InBetweeners, Sports Camps, Jr. Leadership and Therapeutic Recreation. KIDCO registration begins Saturday, April 30 at 6 am either online or via phone also. Non-city Residents begins on
Wednesday, May 4 at 6 am.  Contact Registration Services at 791-4877 or go to for more information.

The IBEW and NECA are offering quality training/apprenticeship opportunities? Throughout the program, apprentices are trained in the various areas of electrical work and provided with skills needed to have a successful career as an electrical worker. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma (or GED), possess an Arizona driver’s license and social security card and pass a drug test. For more information, call 790-4690