Karin's Note: Friday, April 17, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, April 17, 2015
- Ward 3 Events
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
 Dear Tucsonans,
I appreciated the chance to offer the annual “State of the Ward Address” at the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance (W3NA) Wednesday evening. A group of 24 experienced neighborhood leaders who partner with us year-round attended to talk with City Manager Martha Durkin, me and my staff about our shared work to improve the quality of life in Ward 3 over the past year. We also touched on key issues facing the City this year, including the City budget, proposed changes to the City Charter, annexations and economic development projects, water stewardship, and more.
Here are links to the handout compiled by Ward 3 staff and a map that highlights on-the-ground investment happening throughout Ward 3:
 I thank the W3NA, my staff and Martha for all of their dedication and hard work year-round. There’s no doubt that effort has paid off and benefitted residents here and across the City.
April 21 Mayor and Council Meeting
The City Manager will be presenting her proposed budget to us next Tuesday. We will also be reviewing the Charter Review Committee recommendations in Study session, and considering several rezoning cases during our Regular Session.
The link to the agenda and available materials can be found at the following link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs.
Neighborhood Highlights
The picnic hosted by the Campbell Grant Neighborhood last weekend in Conner Park was, as always, well-attended and upbeat. Thanks to Jana Guymon, Bill Halverson, and other neighbors who organized the gathering. The Neighborhood Association takes wonderful care of one of Tucson’s iconic and beautiful neighborhoods located just NE of the Campbell Grant intersection.
Last night I joined the Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association and Community Coalition, where I was honored to receive their Annual Award for Outstanding Public Servant. Matt Kopec on my staff really earned that acknowledgement, working hard alongside colleague honoree Teresa Peña and Westwood Village to turn away from blight and crime and into a clean and peaceful area that residents can truly enjoy. Thanks to Kevin Daily and the entire Coalition for the honor. Most importantly thanks to Teresa and the many stand-out, devoted Ward 3 residents who continually improve the quality of life for everyone!
This coming weekend I’ll be joining the Jefferson Park Neighborhood as they celebrate the end of their spending (both money and energy) to have achieved Historic Neighborhood status. I’ll also join volunteers from the Desert Sharks Parrot Head Club who regularly clean the Rillito River Park from Country Club to Alvernon for all to enjoy. That celebration will take place at Brandi Fenton Park, one of the beautiful spots in our area of town that is preserved through the good work of area residents.
I would also like to invite you to stop-by Mother Hubbard’s restaurant (14 W. Grant) on Wednesday morning to join me in dining-out to support of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (now a program of CODAC). Mother Hubbard’s is graciously donating a portion of the proceeds from breakfast and lunch on the 22nd to SACASA. I’ll be there co-hosting at breakfast to provide more info to diners. Find out more about Dine Out for Safety and all of the amazing venues participating in support of this vital cause at http://www.sacasa.org/home/dine-out-for-safety/
Have a great weekend,
Ward 3 Events: 
- Doolen/Fruitvale Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting - Saturday, April 18th 9:00 – 10:00 am at the Sparkman Butterfly Garden. Puppy meet-and-greet after. Includes breakfast potluck, juice/coffee/water will be provided. First item on the agenda is crime with TPD Officer attending to answer questions.
- Jefferson Park History Hunt – Sunday, April 19th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm starting at the International School of Tucson at Seneca & Martin. The street signs are up and the debt is paid! Celebrate with a scavenger history hunt, historic photos of vanished times, music and food. For more info, visit http://www.jeffersonpark.info/ or check out the Jefferson Park Facebook page.  
- Gathering to Benefit Lend A Hand - Sunday, April 19th 4:00 - 6:00 pm at 2624 E Clays Alley. Enjoy savory light fare with music by John and Jeanne Ronstadt to benefit Lend A Hand Senior Assistance, a wonderful non-profit in Ward 3 which is dedicated to providing free services to seniors 55 and older. Tickets are $35 per person and with this gathering, LAH hopes to work toward raising the funds needed to meet the majority of their yearly expenses. RSVP at 360-7613 or jhos7@cox.net.
- Amphi Movie Night! – Friday, April 24th 5:30 pm at Amphi Park. Bring your friends and family for this annual free event put on by the Amphi Community Action Group and TPD! The movie will start at sundown but before that you can get a free booster seat, Diabetic testing, and bicycle helmets. The Amphi High band will also be joining at 6:00 pm to kick off the event. Enjoy free popcorn and Eegee’s – just remember to bring a blaket or chair for yourself! For more info, please call 595-5445.
- Slam Into Spring: Slam Poetry Workshop with Logan Phillips - Saturday, April 25th 3:00 – 4:30 pm at Woods Memorial Library. Want to write daring poems and learn to perform them in front of a cheering crowd? Come explore the dynamic art of spoken word poetry with internationally-recognized performance poet Logan Phillips, author of Sonoran Strange and co-founder of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. Poets of all ages and experience levels are welcome to this safe space––writing and slamming a poem is easier than you might think. Come give it a try!  
- CGT Bike Ride from Blue Moon to Keeling – Sunday, April 26th 8:00 – 11:00 am starting at Blue Moon Garden 1501 N Oracle Rd. This ride will start at our Blue Moon Garden (1501 N. Oracle Rd. located behind Tucson House) and continue on to Mansfield Garden followed by Keeling garden and back to Blue Moon. For a full calendar of Bike Fest Events, see this calendar. Contact Jessica Paul at Jessica@communitygardensoftucson.org for more information.
Volunteers Needed!
Community Gardens Work Parties
Earth Day Work Party
April 25 8:00 – 11:00 am
St. Demetrios Garden, 1145 E Fort Lowell Rd.
Contact the volunteer coordinator at mhart92@email.arizona.edu for more information.
Blue Moon Work Party
April 25th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Blue Moon Community Garden, 1501 N Oracle Rd.
Neighborhood Graffiti Cleanups
The Ward 3 Council Office is looking for 20 – 25 volunteers to help with couple of graffiti and neighborhood cleanups in the month of May! We currently have one scheduled for Amphi on May 16th and have a second tentatively scheduled for May 2nd. Please contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov if you can join!
Citywide Events: 
- Arizona International Film Festival – Thursday, April 9th – Thursday, April 23rd Various venues downtown. Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the Arizona International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,400 films representing 90 countries to over 142,000 patrons in southern Arizona. And now, they are honored to select more exciting and innovative films from around the world for Arizona audiences.
- Tucson Poetry Festival – Thursday, April 16th – Saturday, April 18th at Hotel Congress and Fluxx.
Since 1981 the Tucson Poetry Festival has been celebrating verse in the Old Pueblo. Over its 30-year history, the Festival has brought some of the most recognized poets of our time to Tucson: Allen Ginsberg, Sonia Sanchez, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, W.S. Merwin, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sherman Alexie, Diane di Prima, Wanda Coleman, Gary Snyder, Donald Hall among many, many others. This year’s theme, “Poetry at Play,” promises to bring fun, innovation, and laughter to Tucson’s most beloved venue. This year’s lineup features Claudia Rankine, National Book Award Finalist for “Citizen”, a brilliant collection of essay, poetry and image that examine what it means to be a citizen in a “post-racial” society. This high-caliber festival is also known for its cutting-edge programming which includes games, impromptu happenings, and all-day celebrating downtown! http://hotelcongress.com/music/tucson-poetry-fest-2014/
- Shift Your Potty Paradigm From Waste to Resource: CT Build Workshop - Saturday, April 18th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm WMG's Living Lab, 1137 N Dodge Blvd. WMG promotes safe and effective use of your waste by turning it into a resource. Come learn how to properly use and maintain a composting toilet with Brad Lancaster. Then assemble and take home your own kit-based barrel system composting toilet. The kit comes complete and ready to install at your home. Learn more about this 1-day workshop, what is included, and what you may need prior to installing your own system at https://watershedmg.org/civicrm/event/info?id=448&reset=1 . Also consider checking out WMG’s Kickstarter campaign to publish Poo to Peaches a children’s book on composting toilets.
- Open Studio Tours - Saturday and Sunday, April 18th & 19th, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Various locations
Artists will open their studios to the public so you can see the creative process at work. Artists will talk with you about their work, present demonstrations, and offer work for sale. You can visit your favorites, or meet new artists and see studios you haven't visited before. This is the ninth year that the Spring Tucson Artists' Open Studios has been a grassroots, artist-initiated event, produced by artists for artists and the public. http://www.tucsonopenstudios.com
- Cyclovia Tucson - Sunday, April 19st 10:00am - 3:00pm Downtown. Cyclovia Tucson is proud to be returning to the communities of downtown and South Tucson, highlighting the wonderful parks - Armory, Santa Rosa, and Santa Rita - and connecting neighborhoods south and north of 22nd Street. Be sure to check in at https://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for all the latest on routes, activities, plus how to get involved as a volunteer, business and more. This event is Day Two of Tucson Tandem, presented by Banner-University Medical Center. Day One is Heirloom Farmers Market's Viva La Local Food Festival happening on Saturday, April 18th. Continue the spirit of community, sustainability, and fun by joining 30,000 Tucsonans on the streets for Cyclovia.
Did You Know...?
…that you can now enroll your student in  Ballet Folklórico Xóchitl? Ballet Folklorico Xochitl is a talented group of students based in the Balboa Heights neighborhood who love to dance and perform for public and private events. Many of the dances are traditional Mexican Folkloricodances from regions such as Sinaloa, Colima, Vera Cruz, and Oaxaca. Students are taught under the direction of AntoniaMaria Chavez who has danced Folklorico since she was in kindergarten and taught Folklorico dance at two local schools. Students who grow up to be teachers are a perfect example of passing a tradition on to future generations. Practice is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at 244 W. Kelso #3. Contact AntoniaMaria Chavez at 609-4100 or Monica Parker at 444-4033 for more information.