Karin's Note: Friday, December 4, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, December 4, 2015
 
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Ward 3 Roll-Offs Available to Neighborhoods
Thursday, December 3rd – Monday, December 7th
Clean out your house, your alley, your neighborhood! Roll-off dumpsters will be available at the following neighborhoods for public use:
                Amphi 3704 N Los Altos Ave in front of empty lot
                Balboa Heights 320 W Alturas St SE corner of public right of way
                Barrio Blue Moon 1681 N Fairview Ave north side along public right of way
Next up for December 10th – 14th: Campus Farm, Coronado Heights, Flowing Wells! Contact the Ward 3 office for more info 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov.
 
First Ave. Raingardens Work Party
Saturday, December 5th 10:00 am
First Ave. just south of Adams St. (east of St. Luke’s)
Be part of the Feldman’s neighborhood green team! This has been a great way to bring long time and newer residents together. Feldman’s neighborhood association and green team won a Conserve2Enhance neighborhood grant to install curb cuts and rain basins along 1st Ave. to restore the historic lush wash-like habitat by capturing storm runoff from where it flows in our street washes! Soon we will have a shaded walking corridor, minimized flooding, and desert friendly vegetation that won't need additional irrigation.
At this event they will continue the good work they’ve done in their first 3 events on First Ave. earlier this fall, placing mulch and planting new shrubs, seeds, and trees with Trees for Tucson, their grant partners who donated 14 trees! After meeting up near First Ave. and Adams St., volunteers will break up into teams across 4 blocks of the avenue from Helen to Adams. All helpers are welcome. No prior training is needed and there are all sorts of ways to help. Please bring wheelbarrows, shovels, hand picks, gloves, reusable water bottles, and your good spirits. It will be lots of fun!
 
Stuff the Amphi Bus!
December 5th – 13th
11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 3:30 – 7:30 pm (Monday – Friday)
NE corner of Oracle and Orange Grove Rd (Ace Hardware Parking Lot)
Stuff the Yellow Bus is a neighborhood holiday donation drop-off site to benefit students and families in need in the Amphi School District! Volunteers are collecting new toys, new youth clothing, non-perishable foods, bikes, hygiene items, and gift cards/monetary donations at the bus location. All donations will be distributed directly to students and families. Sponsored by the Amphi Foundation.
 
Woods Memorial Library Book Club
Saturday, December 5th 1:00 - 2:00pm
Large Meeting Room at Woods Library
A friendly and informal group that reads both fiction and nonfiction titles that are chosen by the group! This month's book title is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. New members are always welcome.
 
Valley of the Moon Free First Saturday!
Saturday, December 5th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Valley of the Moon 2544 E. Allen Rd.
Valley of the Moon will be open and free to visit on Saturday evening! Bring a picnic dinner and a date or the whole family! Historic tours and fairy tales are always available. http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/
 
Coffee with a Cop
Tuesday, December 8th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Dunkin Donuts, 2553 N. Campbell Ave. 
Tucson Police Department Community Service Officer Kara Curtis will be leaving the TPD West Division for the Midtown Division starting December 14th. To celebrate her service on the Westside over the past several years, she will be holding one last Coffee with a Cop in her final days. Come by Tuesday morning to chat with Officer Curtis and wish her well in her new job.
 
Rain Crow Art Gallery and Coffee Roasters presents: Calligraphic Expressions
Saturday, December 19th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Rain Crow Art Gallery and Coffee Roasters 204 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705
Artist Reception featuring Joyce Brodsky, Lea Stickles, and Nadia Hlibka. Join Rain Crow for an evening of art, conversation and munchies. And of course fresh roasted Rain Crow coffee! http://raincrowgallery.com/
 
Fun with Mandalas
Friday, December 11th 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Woods Memorial Library (Large Meeting Room) 3455 N. 1st Ave.
In this all ages workshop presented by DC Unlimited, participants will make a mandala of their own or just have fun coloring the ones provided. Learn about the long history of mandalas across cultures, uses of mandalas for health, meditation and just plain fun!
 
Mingle Jingle
Friday, December 18th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
The Donna Liggins Center will be hosting a Mingle Jingle featuring individuals and groups from the neighborhood singing and performing Christmas carols and holiday music. Festive lights and decorations, plus cookies and hot chocolate will make this the perfect place to bring your family and say hello!
 
Workshop – Affordable Care Act and Your Health Insurance Options
Tuesday, January 12th 5:30 pm
Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.
The Affordable Care Act and some facts you might not know:
  • Financial assistance is available to lower monthly costs
  • Free in-person enrollment help is available in your community
  • New plans and prices are available
  • Coverage helps protect both your health and wallet
  • There is a fine for not having insurance ($695 or 2.5% of yearly income whichever is greater)
If you want to know more, the Black Women's Task Force is offering an informative session on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Your Health Insurance Options on Saturday, January 12th at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center. The presentations will be given by experienced Navigator Debra Johnson from United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Debra will be available to schedule free, unbiased one-on-one appointments after the sessions. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to be informed!
 
Valley of the Moon Historic Landmark Celebration
Saturday, January 16th 3:30 – 7:00 pm
Valley of the Moon 2544 E. Allen Rd.
Join as Valley of the Moon celebrates its designation as a Historic Landmark. This event will include guest speakers, live music and light snacks and refreshments. RSVP online at http://www.tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/rsvp.html.
 
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Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Mountain/First NA & Community Action Group
Saturday, December 12th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Mitchell Park 1100 E. Mitchell St.
 
Samos NA
Tuesday, December 15th 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Salpointe Trophy Room 1545 E. Copper St.
 
Mountain View NA
Thursday, December 17th 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Habitat for Humanity 2501 N. Mountain Ave.
 
Flowing Wells NACC
Thursday, December 17th 6:00 - 7:30pm
Ellie Towne Community Center 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
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Community Spotlight:
 
Stuff the Amphi Bus!
December 5th – 13th
11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 3:30 – 7:30 pm (Monday – Friday)
NE corner of Oracle and Orange Grove Rd (Ace Hardware Parking Lot)
Donations and volunteers are needed to help Stuff the Yellow Bus for Amphi children and families in need! Please consider dropping-off new toys, new youth clothing, non-perishable foods, bikes, hygiene items, and gift cards/monetary donations! Sponsored by the Amphi Foundation. Volunteers and volunteer groups are still needed to help run the donation site! Please contact Rose Tederous at 520-445-2481 or email rterderous@amphi.com.
 
Project Period Launch
Wednesday, December 9th 10:00 – 10:30 am
YWCA Frances McClelland Community Center, 525 N. Bonita Ave.
Nobody should miss work or school because they can’t afford to have Aunt Flo visit! Yet thousands of women & girls in Southern Arizona miss work/school each month because they can’t afford the items they need. Help the YWCA to #HelpASisterOut. The YWCA of Southern Arizona, together with partners throughout the community, is launching Project Period, an ongoing drive to collect tampons & sanitary pads for women and girls in need. Community members are invited to donate new boxes of sanitary pads and tampons of all sorts and sizes. The first collection box will be placed at the YWCA Frances McClelland Community Center, with additional collection boxes to be added throughout the City by January 2016.
 
The YWCA will be distributing these supplies through YWCA program “Your Sister’s Closet” and through partner agencies including Emerge Center for Domestic Abuse, Primavera, Our Family Services, Child and Family Resources, Inc., Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, The Haven and Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network. For information about sponsoring Project Period and/or becoming a donation site, please contact Kelly Fryer, YWCA CEO at KFryer@ywcatucson.org.
 
Call for Volunteers for 21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights
The Downtown Parade of Lights, presented by Carondelet St. Mary’s and Cox Communications, has been a holiday tradition for Tucson families and community members, attracting well over 25,000 attendees in 2014. The 21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights will take place on December 19th at 6:30 pm, and is expected to last approximately two hours. Before the parade begins, revelers can enjoy a festival with games, music, food, live entertainment and more, as well as Mayor Rothchild’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at Armory Park, starting at 4:00 pm. The parade is expected to have approximately 75 different entries with 1,500 participants.
 
Volunteers will help spread holiday cheer during both the parade and festival, guiding entries through the parade, and collecting valuable data that will help make the event even better for generations to come. Volunteer training will take place on Thursday, December 10th at 6 pm. A good sense of humor and a smile are highly recommended. If you would like to volunteer or request more information, please email Brandi Haga-Blackman at brandi@downtowntucson.org or visit https://www.downtowntucson.org/visit/parade-of-lights/.
 
Clean Out Your Closets for CENTER
55 N. 6th Ave., Suite #101
This is a time of year that often leads to house cleaning and reorganizing. If you too are in this phase and if you have items you might wish to find a good home for, consider CENTER (Collaborative Engagement to Nurture Talent and Educate Responsively), an organization working towards improved educational programs for K-12 students of refugee, immigrant and other diverse backgrounds. Use their wish list below as a guide for your contributions.  It includes items they always need, items they’d love to have to help design new learning/study/community building spaces, and items needed for crafting projects during the upcoming winter break.
Office & School Supplies:
  • Tape (scotch and packaging)
  • Dry erase markers
  • White board erasers
  • Copier paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Black pens
  • Composition notebooks
  • Looseleaf paper
Crafting Supplies:
  • Scissors
  • White cardstock
  • Multicolored cardstock
  • Crayons (many of them for a big craft project)
  • 8x10 canvases
  • Hot glue guns (2-3) & hot glue gun glue sticks
  • Sharpie markers (black and multicolored sets)
  • Wax paper
  • Origami paper
  • White t-shirts (various sizes for youth ages 10-20)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dye (for tie-dye t-shirts), various colors
  • Squeeze bottles (for dye)
Other Requests:
  • Low profile sofas and lounge chairs (IKEA/Starbucks style)
  • Area rugs (8x10 or larger)
  • Coffee tables (long, lean)
  • End tables (small)
  • Lamps (both table and free-standing)
  • Storage shelves
  • Non-perishable snack foods
  • Bottled water
  • Plastic cups (8-9 oz. size)
  • Cash donations for field trip costs, snacks, and other extracurricular program expenses (make checks payable to Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest with “CENTER” on the for line and send to 55 N. 6th Ave. Suite #101 / Tucson, AZ 85701 or donate online at www.lss-sw.org/center - indicate if designated for CENTER in notes)
You are welcome to bring things by CENTER between 3:00 – 8:00 pm December 4th, December 7th -10th , or December 14th -17th . If those dates/times don’t work for you, just email Julie at jkasper@refugeefocus.org to figure out another time or method of getting items there. [Note: You can email pictures of furniture items to see if they are what is needed before hauling things around.]
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Kick Off the Holiday Season in Downtown Tucson
‘Tis the season to be jolly in Downtown Tucson! Downtown will be transformed into a winter wonderland starting Saturday, December 5th, as the Downtown Tucson Partnership unveils over 80 festive holiday light displays, adding to glittering garland and hand-made ornaments on display throughout the heart of the city. Merchants are getting into the game too, thanks to the 2nd Saturdays/Downtown Tucson Partnership Window Decorating Contest, as business owners seek to top one another in displays of holiday cheer in their windows, with the best decorations receiving two airline tickets anywhere in the United States. Judging for the window display contest will take place the week of December 5th, and the winners will be announced at 2nd Saturday on December 12th.
 
The December 5th lighting kicks off a month full of holiday events in Downtown Tucson, including, but by no means limited to: the BICAS Art Auction, Southwest Soul Circuit End of Year Gala, Christmas with the Rat Pack, 2nd Saturdays, Luminaria Night at Presidio San Agustin de Tucson, Santa at Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market & Hotel Congress, Tucson Girls Chorus Winter Concert, Brian Setzer’s Christmas Rocks! Tour, Leann Rimes: Today is Christmas tour, Merry-Achi Christmas, Christmas with the Celts, 21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights, Mercado San Agustin Holiday Bazaar, and Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Game Party. For a full list of holiday events, please visit https://www.downtowntucson.org/events/.
 
And of course, if you can’t decide what to get that special person in your life, you can always give the gift of giving local with the Downtown Tucson Gift Card, good at over 70 Downtown businesses. The gift card is available at: https://www.downtowntucson.org/live-work/gift-card/.
 
Warrant Day
Saturday, December 5th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tucson City Court 103 E. Alameda St.
The Tucson City Court, City Prosecutor, and City Public Defender will hold a second “Warrant Day” this Saturday, December 5. Individuals with warrants may come to the court starting at 8:00 am and see a judge, on a walk-in basis, regarding their warrant until 4:00 pm. The Court is asking individuals who have outstanding warrants and who are planning to come to the Court on Dec. 5 to address their warrant(s) to notify the Court in advance by email using the link “Contact Us “on the website or by emailing courtweb@tucsonaz.gov. Notifying the Court in advance will allow for the proper files to be pulled and documents to be prepared in advance. This should reduce the need to process a defendant’s cases and allow the Court to see more defendants. There will be no consequences if a defendant fails to show up on Warrant Day after sending an email indicating they would attend. The Court’s goal is to have cases prepared in advance to serve as many defendants as possible. For directions to the courthouse or to check if you have an outstanding warrant, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/courts/tucson-city-court.
 
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, December 5th 8:00 am - noon
Eastside Service Center 7575 E. Speedway Blvd
Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow from 8:00 am - noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.
 
St. Michael's Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 5th 3:00 – 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 6th - 7th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Michael & All Angel’s Church, 602. N Wilmot Rd.
Get your holiday shopping done by supporting socially-committed, non-violent non-profits, groups, and artists at the annual St. Michael's Holiday Bazaar! The bazaar also features a trinket table and a well-stocked recycled gift boutique, including many new-in-box kitchen items. Enjoy music throughout, including music of Ethiopia played by Tilahun Liben on Saturday at 4:30 pm. Information at http://smallangelstucson.org/ or call 623-3063.
 
Poet’s Corner Art Sale
Saturday, December 5th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
4221 E. Burns St
Join for the 10th annual Poet’s Corner Art Sale! 33 local artists featured – look for fine arts, recycled arts, mixed media, pottery and more! http://www.poetscornerartsale.com/
 
Tucson Pastel Society's Holiday Art Show to Benefit the Tucson Arts Brigade
Sunday, December 6th 12:00 – 2:30 pm
St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church Murphey Gallery 4440 N. Campbell Ave.
This year, you can give the perfect gift of art from your heart and benefit local community arts at the same time. More than 60 member artists from the Tucson Pastel Society will be showcasing their work at this annual Holiday Show. An entire wall of small original paintings has been donated by the artists and priced at $100 each, and 80% of all sales from these small gift paintings will be donated to Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) – a local community arts and education non-profit dedicated to celebrating, innovating and inspiring Community Arts, Education and Civic Engagement since 1996 . Many larger paintings also will be on display and for sale, and a portion of those sales also will be donated to TAB. This show is free admission and open to the public, and runs through January 7, 2016. View the beautiful original fine art pastel paintings, and meet the artists at the Opening Reception this Sunday, December 6th. For more information about programs or membership, call (520) 247-6386 or visit http://www.tucsonpastelsociety.org/.
 
Remembering the Victims of Gun Violence
Wednesday, December 9th 6:00 – 7:30 pm
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church 3809 E. 3rd St.
Join other concerned citizens and clergy as we honor the 90,000 people who have lost lives to gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December of 2012. Help us shine a light on this tragic toll. There will be a worship service in the St. Mark’s Sanctuary, followed by a brief candlelight vigil. This is part of the 2015 National Vigil to #EndGunViolence. Together, we can make a difference.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
W3NA needs YOU!
With the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program having been voted down along with the County bond propositions, it’s quite clear that we, as neighbors, need to assume the initiative to build and enhance our neighborhoods and community. That being said, the Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance needs your help, especially if you have business, financial and/or legal experience and are willing to offer input, expertise and a little time to participate in their fiscal action team. The task is to help analyze, prioritize and determine those projects and ideas presented to W3NA for which the Alliance can be an effective partner or participant to help bring them to fruition. If you’d like to contribute to this W3NA undertaking, visit http://w3natest.doodlekit.com/ for more information or to contact the Board of Directors.
 
Protect your Pipes
With freezing overnight temperatures in the weather forecast again, Tucson Water is urging its customers to protect their outdoor pipes. Tips include using foam or wrap insulation from hardware stores (blankets or towels also will work) and letting cold water drip from a faucet. If a pipe freezes, blow warm air from a hair dryer or vacuum cleaner canister on the frozen section to begin warming. Do not pour hot water over a frozen pipe or do anything to cause a rapid rise in temperature. For more tips and to watch a video on freeze prevention, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/winter-prep and https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/winter-prep-2.
 
Banner – University Medical Center Construction Update
Ring Road is scheduled to be temporarily closed to traffic on December 15th and 16th (between E. Adams St. to the South and the Employee Parking structure C to the North) for the delivery and installation of a large piece of equipment at the AHSC Central Heating & Refrigeration Plant. The closure will not affect garage access. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Dryden, Planning, Design & Construction mdryden@email.arizona.edu or 621-9251.
 
Scam Warning!
Something for our community to be aware of is a new kind of scam about which law enforcement is getting complaints recently. An Explorer and Marana News article from November 11th reported a scam wherein "someone falsely claiming to represent [a Pima County] court phones a county resident advising that they are being contacted for 'failure to appear' for jury duty and demands payment of a 'retainer bond' to the caller." The newspaper also says, "the caller can be quite forceful and threatening." The article asks any person so contacted to hang up and call the Jury Commissioner's Office at 724-4222 to verify whether he/she has a jury summons in effect, and then to call law enforcement to make a report. It is also possible to go on the Federal Trade Commission's website to file a consumer complaint."
 
View Status of Road Bond Projects
The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community. You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search. Due to favorable bids and lower gas prices, the bond program came in $40 million under budget. The excess bonding capacity will add 101 miles of roadway rehabilitation, which are included in the map.
View the map: https://maps2.tucsonaz.gov/prop409/
Road Recovery: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/street-bonds
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/transportation/2015AnnualReportFinal042015.pdf
 
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