Karin's Note: Friday, August 14, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Valley of the Moon Volunteer Opportunity: Adobe House Renovation
Saturday, August 15th 6:00 – 11:00 am
Valley of the Moon 2544 E. Allen Rd
Once upon a time when the skies were dark and the stars were bright, before Valley of the Moon opened to the public, an artist couple named Frank and Rose Thibault came to live at Valley of the Moon. They came to help their friend George Legler build, operate, and maintain the park. In return for their work on Valley of the Moon George gave the two space for a little house.
Built out of 100 percent pure grade A dirt, that adobe house was home sweet home for Frank and Rose for many many years. This little adobe house has seen a lot of wear and tear over the years and Valley of the Moon is asking for your help to finally repair it! They have a team of experts working out the technical details, but the manual labor is up to VOM and friends. They would love to have your help.
Workdays will take place periodically over the next few months. The next work day is this Saturday starting at 6:00 am. If you come please note the following:
1. Wear durable clothes, a hat, and closed toe shoes. This is hot, manual work.
2. Bring a water bottle. There is water available at Valley of the Moon but it's a long walk from the adobe house to the drinking fountain.
3. Bring your own work gloves and safety glasses if you have them. We have a number of pairs here if you don't.
4. Feel free to bring tools, but please mark them well so they don't get tossed into the communal tool bin. Contact VOM to find out what tools are needed.
5. Share these work days with a friend.
If you'd like to participate please let VOM know by responding to this email or by sending a message to wizard@tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com.
 
Taking on Water Issues: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, August 19th 6:00 pm
Woods Memorial Library 
Here in the desert, water is our most valuable resource. How much longer will we have enough water for everyone? Be sure to attend this program of the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance to find out how you can make a difference. The program includes presentations by three organizations - Tucson Water, UA Department of Hydrology, and Watershed Management Group. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be provided.
 
Amphi Middle School/Prince Elementary Resource Fair
Thursday, August 20th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Amphi Middle School 315 E. Prince Rd.
Amphi Middle School hosts a resource fair during the AMS and Prince open houses! Families are invited to wander through the fair as they tour campuses and visit classrooms. Last year approximately 250 families visited the fair to learn about community services and connect with community resources. There is no fee to participate and picnic-style tables and benches are provided. Parking can be found in front of both campuses and on the east side of the AMS campus. The cafeteria is located between the two campuses.
 
CGT Garden Work Party at Nottinghill Garden
Saturday August 15th 7:00 – 11:00 am
Nottinghill Apartments 2660 N Alvernon Way
Community Gardens of Tucson has garden work parties scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the each month.
 The next work party will be this Saturday at the Nottinghill Apartments. If you drive east on Flower from Alvernon the garden is on your left just after the apartment complex. This garden needs a lot of TLC. There are many weeds and a lot of Bermuda grass. There is no need to RSVP, but if you would like to RSVP it will give CGT an idea of how many tools needed!
 
Science Spectacular: Spin, Pop, Boom!
Thursday, August 27th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Large Meeting Room, Woods Memorial Library
Be amazed when the Mad Scientist is able to defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce you to a world of exciting chemistry. Presented by Mad Science.
 
The Drawing Studio Day of Discovery
Saturday, September 12th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Drawing Studio 2750 N Tucson Blvd
If you might like to take your first art class, if you might like to pursue a new medium, if you’ve heard a particular artist is a really good teacher, then try it! Join the teaching artists of The Drawing Studio for a day of discovery. Choose up to four mini-classes from a wide variety of offerings. $20/half day, $30/whole day.
 
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Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Samos NA
Tuesday, August 18th 6:30 pm
Salpointe Trophy Room 1545 E. Copper St.
 
Mountain View NA
Thursday, August 20th 6:00 pm
Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave.
 
Flowing Wells NA
Thursday, August 20th 6:00 pm
Ellie Towne Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff
 
Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Saturday, September 19th 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Pima County Housing Center 801 W. Congress St.
Energize your neighborhood organization! Topics include Gen X, Y, and Z: Engaging Community Youth, Succession Planning: Passing Wisdom with the Gavel, Cheers and Jeers: Reports from the Trenches
Reserve your place today! Call 724-6769 or email leslie.nixon@pima.gov. No registration fee for designated representatives of neighborhood groups; $50 for other registrants. Sponsored by the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.  
 
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Community Spotlight:
 
Volunteers Needed for Expressive Arts Program
Owl & Panther, an expressive arts program working with refugee families, is seeking positive, responsible, open-minded, and kid-friendly volunteers! Meetings are held Tuesday evenings during the school year from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and programming includes a trip into nature each semester along with a service project. OP collaborates with local organizations and artists throughout Tucson. There are four hours of training required for each volunteer. The first training session takes place on September 1st from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Learn more about this exciting organization by visiting the website at OwlAndPanther.org, their Facebook page, or check out the exhibition Museum as Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience show at the Tucson Museum of Art (on view now until January 3rd). If you’re interested please contact: OwlandPanther@HopiFoundation.org.

Help Celebrate Community Gardens of Tucson’s Big 25th!
Community Gardens of Tucson is celebrating its 25th year with a big event on October 25th and is looking for a lot of volunteers for different tasks! Volunteers who have skills in videography, photography, event planning or graphic design are needed in preparation for the event and they are also looking for general volunteers who can help at the actual event! If you are interested please follow this link to fill out this Google form.

 
Primavera Summer Water Drive
During these hot summer months, water is crucial to that in need in our community. To help combat this need, Whole Foods Market is holding a water drive to benefit the Primavera Foundation. Stop in to any Tucson Whole Foods locations, now through August 15th, and donate a case of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water and Crystal Geyser will match your water donation, up to 100 cases of water! Contact Kim at 308-3116 or ktalerico@primavera.org
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Chess Fest When You Bishop On A Star
Saturday, August 15th 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St.
Join 9 Queens for their 2015 Chess Fest When You Bishop On A Star Fun-raiser! Chess Fest is not your typical chess tournament; it’s a community celebration designed to promote the benefits of chess! By offering a range of activities designed to appeal to both chess players and newcomers to the game, Chess Fest appeals to a broad cross section of Tucson’s diverse community. That is why we need you! Help 9 Queens reach our Fun-raising goal of $2,500 so that the entire community can come together and celebrate chess and all that it has to offer. This year they are thrilled to have Tucson’s Mayor Rothschild present our special guest, Grand Master Irina Krush with the 9 Queens Player of the Year Award! Only on our Kickstarter can 5 donors have the opportunity to play Irina Krush in a 25 player simultaneous exhibition game! Check out their video featuring a few of last years highlights.
Ermanos and Public Brewhouse Present: Two Nights at The Tophoy
Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th 5:00 pm
Tophoy Courtyard 209 N 4th Ave (behind Ermanos)

Come out and enjoy two nights of live music, food trucks, beer, a pop-up cocktail bar, courtyard games, and more in a burgeoning gathering space. Venture off the beaten path of 4th Avenue and check out the hidden Tophoy courtyard for a weekend pop-up event. A quarter of all proceeds from the festivities will benefit the Living Streets Alliance, a moving force for pedestrian and bicycle advocacy in Tucson. There will be featuring a bevy of specialty drinks both inside of Ermanos and Public as well as in the courtyard. With an array of food options and ongoing entertainment, you won't want to miss out! There is no entry cost for this event and the courtyard can be accessed from Hoff Ave., directly between 8th and 9th street by Public Brewhouse.
 
Tucson Plant Swap at La Cocina
Sunday, August 16th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
La Cocina 201 N. Court Ave.
It has been a long time since the last Plant Swap and a great time to make some trades. It's time to swap collective knowledge on seeds, fertilizer, soil and arid plants. Additionally, please bring any seeds, pots, cuttings and soil you feel obliged to trade. As always this is a free event, so please support La Cocina for hosting this event in their space.
 
Second Chance Job Fair
Wednesday, August 19th 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Tucson Convention Center 260 S. Church Ave.
This a job fair for job seekers with a prior conviction. The employers coming to the event are open to hiring people with a criminal history. Please visit https://www.secondchancetucson.org/ for more information.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm
The Loft Cinema 3233 E. Speedway Blvd
The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection is proud to once again be hosting The Wild and Scenic Film Festival! This event is a collection of films from the annual festival held each January in Nevada City, CA. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.
This event promised to inspire the people of Tucson to go out and make a positive difference in our community. This year, films include Brilliant Darkness: Horatu in the Night (about the impact of light pollution on fireflies), Delta Dawn (about the recent release of water from the Colorado River into Mexico), Common Ground (a moving account of a diverse community coming together to protect wilderness in Montana), and many more!
They will have music, local conservation organizations tabling, and a fabulous raffle with unique items from local sponsors. Join for this memorable and inspiring event! Visit www.sonorandesert.org for more information.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Revised Grant Road Community Character & Vitality Corridor Vision Available for Review
The Community Character & Vitality Corridor Vision, with further revisions from the June 2015 Draft version, is now posted for review on the Office of Integrated Planning (OIP) website at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/integrated-planning/grant-road-land-use-planning. Comments on the draft may be submitted through Friday, August 28th to Rebecca Ruopp at Rebecca.Ruopp@tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-6973.
The Corridor Vision Document is the result of the May 28th meeting of the Grant Road Citizen Task Force. The Task Force recommended that Mayor & Council adopt a modified version of the 2010 Draft Grant Road Community Character & Vitality Plan to provide policy-level guidance for land use planning in the Grant Road Corridor. Following the Task Force's recommendation, staff prepared a modified version of the Corridor Vision, dated June 2015, and made the document available to the Task Force and the public for review and comment.
Staff then shared, at the July 16th meeting of the Task Force, comments received from the public and from members of the Task Force and recommended some additional revisions to the document. The Task Force discussed these recommendations and ultimately requested staff to undertake multiple modifications. This request if the basis for the revisions reflected in the August 2015 Corridor Vision document.
The Corridor Vision document is currently scheduled for Mayor and Council's consideration for adoption at its September 9th meeting. Comments received from the public will be shared with the Mayor and Council prior to the meeting.
 
ES Expands Neighborhood Clean-Up Program
Last fiscal year, the Environmental Services Department (ES) expanded the number of roll-off containers available to registered neighborhood associations and homeowner associations, as well as groups of individuals. ES provided over 600 roll-offs to NAs and HOAs. While they have succeeded in increasing the number of roll-offs used, the Department has announced that they intend to expand the Neighborhood Clean-up Program further by offering Ward Offices the ability to request and sponsor neighborhood clean-up roll-offs! The intended purpose is to empower our citizenry to continue to have opportunities to clean-up their neighborhoods. Often, many areas in the community are not served by either a NA or HOA, and a group individuals are not readily available to request roll-offs, so this is where the Ward office can request to sponsor a roll-off.  The implementation will be similar to a NA or HOA request. ES staff will be meeting with each Ward Office to explain the expanded Program in detail. Look for more info from your local Ward Office soon!
 
Homestay program seeking families to host international students coming to UA
Host families are compensated up to $500 per student every 4 weeks (4-week minimum commitment).
Requirements:
1. You live within 40 min. from UA by public transportation.
2. You are able to greet the student at the Tucson Airport.
3. You must be approved via a home visit.
4. You provide a furnished private room for a student and partial board (2 meals per day)
Please apply online at www.azhomestay.com. Look at the top of page for the words "Becoming A Host."  You will be contacted as soon as your application is received. A referral fee is available ($30 per referral if your referred family becomes an actual host family).
 
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