Karin's Note: Friday, April 3, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, April 3, 2015
 
- Ward 3 Events
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
It’s been a few weeks since our last Mayor and Council meeting, so we will be starting our study session at 12:30 next Tuesday (April 7) to thoroughly discuss the items on our schedule.  Both the Regular and Study session agendas can be found here:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs   
 
Historic Landmarks
 
One of the items on our Study session agenda next Tuesday is the Historic Landmark Ordinance.  As mentioned in a previous note, I have been concerned that the Ordinance we adopted last March to encourage the designation and preservation of Historic Landmarks will not be successful. I have asked staff to research the model adopted in Flagstaff (an opt-in overlay) and other options we can consider as an alternative to our standard rezoning process. I’m looking forward to the conversation.  
 
Transit and Parking
 
Also on our agenda next week is a review of the financial forecasts for both the Transit System and Park Tucson.  In anticipation of spending a good share of time over the coming year on community and regional transportation planning, I have asked staff to bring both of these forecasts to the Mayor and Council at the same time.  Getting a good handle on our investment plans for both parking and transit will allow us to consider places for integration in what are currently fairly distinct systems.   
 
An integrated regional network which considers both transit and parking will no doubt be a focus of the Transit Planning Stakeholder Workshop with Jarrett Walker at the end of this month. As a transit planning professional who has done work around the world and is based in Portland, Jarrett is returning to Tucson on April 25th to guide our community in visioning our transit future. The goal of the process is to realize a vision for the kind of transit service that most effectively serves our city and region. The results will be incorporated into the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan that is produced by PAG. With sincere gratitude to our broad community partners including Pima Association of Governments, the Tucson Department of Transportation, the Drachman Institute, Cox Communications, AT&T, Tucson Electric Power, the Bus Riders Union, Bus Friends Forever, and the Living Streets Alliance, I am looking really forward to the event. Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks.
 
I hope you will have time and space to celebrate the season with family and friends this weekend.  If you are looking for something to do on Saturday morning, please stop by and say hello at the Eggstravaganza  event at Donna Liggins Center. The details about this and many other upcoming community events are included in the calendar below. 
 
Take Care,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- 16th Annual EGGstravaganza at Mansfield Park - Saturday, April 4th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mansfield Park 2000 N. Fourth Ave. Council Member Uhlich and Tucson Parks and Recreation Department present the 16th annual EGGstravaganza! This free community-wide event is about having family fun and is expected to attract more than 2,000 Tucson youth. Family activities include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny!
 
Egg Hunt Times:
Ages 2 and under: 10:30 – 11:00 am
Ages 3-4: 11:00 - 11:30 am
Ages 5-7: 11:30 am – noon
Ages 8-12: Noon - 12:30 pm
(Bring your empty basket for the hunt)
 
 
- Last week for Tax Prep at the Ward 3 Office!The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is an excellent community service which provides free (free!) in-person tax preparation that particularly focuses on getting refunds and credits to low-income households. In 2014, the VITA Task Force of Arizona helped to return $21.7 million in federal refunds and credits to Arizona.
The Ward 3 VITA Site will be open on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm through April 11th. The Ward 3 office is located at 1510 E. Grant Rd. Appointments not necessary – participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, and if you have any questions, please call 520-791-4711.
 
- Basic Computer Classes – Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 – 11:00 am at Woods Library. Need an introduction to computers, e-mail, and Microsoft Word? You can drop in to weekly classes at Woods. Every Tuesday and Friday, from 10:00-11:00am, a computer instructor is here to help you! These classes are free and open to all.  No sign-up is required. For more information, please call 594-5445.
 
- Public Health Nurse Drop-in Service – Tuesdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm at Woods Library. A Public Health Nurse from the Pima County Health Department is available to assist library customers with their health-related questions such as their current blood pressure and where to find low-cost health care resources in Pima County.
 
- Financial Literacy Classes – Saturdays, starting March 28th at the Ward 3 Community Room 1510 E Grant Road. The Mountain/1st Community Action Group and Tucson Federal Credit Union are partnering to offer free financial literacy classes covering banking, budgeting and understanding credit. The series of three classes will be held in the Ward 3 Community Room from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on consecutive Saturdays: March 28th, April 4th and April 11th. Participants who attend all three classes and attend an appointment with a budget counselor, either by phone or in-person, will be entered to win a $500 Visa card.  Seating is limited. To register or for more information, contact Ashley: ashley@mygoodneighbor.org
  
- State of the Ward - Wednesday, April 15th 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Woods Library. Bring yourself and your neighbors for an update on the state of our ward! Council Member Uhlich will discuss highlights from the past year, upcoming events and projects, and welcome your questions and feedback on what you see happening in your neighborhoods and the city. Contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info.
 
- 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. 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.  
 
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Citywide Events: 
   
- Flavors of the World: Iskashitaa’s United Culinarians - Saturday, April 4th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th St. Learn how to make lemon pickle relish with Beda from Bhutan! This fantastic food demo is an opportunity to learn a new recipe, learn a new way to use local produce, and to learn more about the global community living in Tucson. Registration is required; contact Stephanie at 440-0100 or iskashitaafoodworkshops@gmail.com to register. A $15 donation is suggested to cover costs of ingredients.
 
- Take Back the Night – Wednesday, April 8th. Take Back the Night Tucson is an annual march to call for an end to sexual violence, support survivors, and demand that perpetrators be held accountable. The march will begin at Sam Lena Library, located at 1607 South 6th Avenue and end at Hotel Congress. Marchers will gather at 4:00pm.
 
- Second Chance Tucson Community Forum – Thursday, April 9th 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Tucson Convention Center, Apache Ballroom. Second Chance Tucson will host a community forum focused on strategies to overcome the challenges faced by people with prior convictions. Discussion will focus on why successful reentry matters to our entire community. Working for the re-integration of people who have done their time and want to move forward in a positive direction is vital to Tucson and will help to create a strong and safe community. This is a free event. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-chance-tucson-community-forum-registration-16113113757    
 
- Refugee 101 Info Night - Thurs, April 9th, 6-8pm in Room E23 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. Learn more about refugees and their journey to resettlement on a global, national and local level. Discover what Iskashitaa does in the community and how to volunteer! This is a great informational event with no necessary volunteer commitment. Contact Iskashitaa for a presentation at your location! RSVP to Emily Oshinskie at volunteer@iskashitaa.org. Join for this interactive workshop the 2nd Thursday of the month at the same time and place!
 
- Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Friday, April 10th 5:00 pm at Fluxx Studio & Gallery 414 E. 9th St. Join SAAF for the National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, featuring free food, music, arts and crafts and open mic. Come be part of the celebration, and remembrance of those who have been and are impacted by HIV/AIDS. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/831753286899530/ for updates and info.
 
- Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour - Sunday, April 12 from noon until 5:00 pm. This self-guided walking tour of the one square mile neighborhood bounded by Campbell Ave./Country Club Rd. and Speedway Blvd./Broadway consists of private residences and gardens as well as several venues that represent the diversity of this historically-designated midtown neighborhood. Tickets are $20 and will be on sale day-of-the-tour in front of Rincon Market (2513 E. 6th St.) beginning at 10:00 am. Pre-tour ticket purchase will be available at Arte de la Vida 37 N. Tucson Blvd. beginning April 1. For more information, call 520-323-7891 or see samhughes.org.
 
- 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.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
…that the Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter surgery for dogs in the 85705 area? Parvo, distemper and rabies vaccines are included at no extra cost! Proof of residency is required. Please call 881-0321 to schedule an appointment.
 
…that Tucson Water is holding three town halls to provide information about water rates, service fees, and water reliability? The meetings will be held on April 8th, 14th and 16th at different locations (the same information will be presented at each). For more information on the meetings and the FY 2016 rates schedules and options, check out https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/FY2016proposedrates.   
 
…that April is National Poetry Month! Here are 5 ways you can participate at Woods Memorial Library:
 
1. Choose a book of poems from our display area.
2. Check out the poetry display in the Teen area.
3. Wander through the shelves in the 811's (the poetry section).
4. Take a Slam Poetry Workshop with Logan Phillips on April 25th, from 3:00-4:30pm.
5. Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day at Woods Memorial Library on April 30th from 3:00-4:30pm.
 
…that the 4th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is underway?  Pledge for Tucson and pledge for water online at www.mywaterpledge.com. The Challenge is a friendly online competition between cities and mayors. Pledges can be made through April 30th. One does not have to be a resident of Tucson to pledge for Tucson.

Participants in cities with the highest number of pledges are eligible for prizes. The grand prize is a new Toyota Prius. In addition, one winning city will be chosen at random to receive a pocket park landscape makeover, including state-of-the-art water efficient irrigation

 
Tucson Water’s web page at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/challenge will be updated throughout April and linked to Wyland’s national page which tracks cities’ rankings in real time.
 
that Public input needed on the HUD Five-Year Consolidated Plan?  Housing and Community Development Services (HCD) is seeking public input on their draft updates to the City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year HUD Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments, and the City Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The Five-Year Consolidated Plan provides the framework for how the City and County utilize HUD funding – it guides HUD-funded housing, homeless and community development policies and programs. Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/whats-new to review the draft updates. Public comment is open March 25th through April 23rd and written comments may be submitted via email (HCDAdmin@tucsonaz.gov), fax (520-791-5407), or in-person at the HCD office (310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Santa Rita Building) between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Consolidated Plan is anticipated to go before Mayor & Council on May 5th.
 
…that 60 events are planned throughout the month of April planned to get you out on two wheels and celebrate Bike Fest?  April is the perfect month to be outside in the Old Pueblo. Bike Fest, a program of the Living Streets Alliance, is the region’s month-long celebration of “life on two wheels” and provides dozens of diverse opportunities to enjoy riding a bike for utility, for fun, to socialize and to enjoy springtime here in the Sonoran desert.
 
This year, Bike Fest includes events such as the ever-popular Cyclovia Tucson, El Grupo Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, and a Bike-In Movie Series, as well as brand new events (a full list can be found at https://www.bikefesttucson.com/). Numerous local businesses will also provide rewards and incentives for patrons that arrive by bicycle and Bike Fest will also include the popular 2-Mile Commuter Challenge. Businesses and organizations, as well as individuals, can sign up to participate in the 2-Mile Commuter Challenge at https://www.bikefesttucson.com/lovetoride/.
 
For more information and a complete list of Bike Fest events, visit https://www.bikefesttucson.com/.
 
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