Karin's Note: Friday, December 5, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, December 5, 2014
 
- Note from Staff
- Ward 3 Events
- Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings
- Community Support Spotlight
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Next Tuesday the Mayor and Council agenda includes discussion about our Local Preference Procurement policy (recently challenged in court), several emerging economic/job development projects, and options for addressing the home-based/short-term rental segment of the hospitality marketplace (such as VRBO and Airbnb listings). We’ll also review financials and operational choices for transit and golf. You can access the full agenda and associated materials at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
 
I welcome your input.
 
Have a good weekend,
 
Karin
 
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Note from Staff:
 
Go Cats!
 
It is a great time to be a Wildcat! Congratulations to the coaches and student athletes of the football, men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. Our teams are among the nation’s top programs in their respective sports. We look forward to watching their continued success! As always, please be responsible as we cheer on our teams.
 
Matt Kopec, Council Aide
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- METRO Center Winter Festival – Saturday December 6th 12:00 – 4:00 pm at St. James UMC 3255 N. Campbell Ave. The METRO Center is hosting a holiday fair to celebrate the season! Visit St. James on December 6th to enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn as well as shop for baked goods from the METRO youth program and art from Many Hands Artist Cooperative! There will be Christmas activities for kids and a jumping castle as well. For more information, please contact Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or pastorbobh@comcast.net.
 
- Nonviolence Legacy Project Community Dinner –Sunday, December 14th 5:00 – 6:30 pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall, 2909 N. Geronimo. Members of the community are invited to join the NVLP for this dinner where you can learn more about their Kingian Nonviolence Program and other projects and events promoting peace in our city. Suggested $20 donation.
 
- Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance: Do Happy Today – Wednesday, December 17th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Woods Library 3455 N. First Avenue. Anita Fonte will be sharing a brief history of the International Day of Happiness and the opportunity for Ward III neighbors to become a Do Happy Today partner.  Anita will be providing tips and suggestions for participation in How to Do Happy Today with an emphasis on raising the happiness quotient of your personal, work and community life. For more information see http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
 
- Cabrini NA Annual Meeting – Monday, December 8th 6:00 pm at Vineyard City Church 3150 E Ft Lowell
 
- Alvernon-Grant Initiative (AGI) – Tuesday, December 9th at Emerge! 2425 N. Haskell
 
- Mountain/1st NA – Saturday, December 13th 9:00 am at Mitchell Park 1100 E. Mitchell
 
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Community Support Spotlight:
 
Donations Being Accepted through December 10th for the Emerge! 2014 Holiday House
 
When the families at Emerge! open the gifts from the Holiday House drive, they are unwrapping
more than just tangible items. They are also receiving hope and joy, which is often hard to come by for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
 
In a safe and familiar environment, Emerge! participants who are working to piece their lives back together are given the opportunity to "shop" for gifts for their family members at no cost to them. Join the community in bringing cheer to Emerge! families this season by donating a gift to Emerge!'s 2014 Holiday House. View a list of new, unwrapped items that are needed and other information.
 
Support families at Gospel Rescue Mission during the holiday season!
 
Gospel Rescue Mission typically delivers about 1000 emergency food boxes a month to families in need and that number doubles during the holiday season. Support them as they help families in our ward and city by donating at https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=866054088 or dropping off donations at 707 W. Miracle Mile. Call 520-740-1501 with any questions.
 
You can also bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas by dropping off a toy, game or sporting item at any Discount Tire location through December 15th. The gifts will be given to families in need at Gospel Rescue Mission’s Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Wakefield Middle School (101 W 44th Street, map) in partnership with Higher Ground. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.826959967342242.1073741840.110808712290708&type=1
 
 
Gingerbread Man Run to Benefit Refugee Families
 
Come have fun in the Gingerbread Man 5K and Fun Run! The festivities will kick-off at Crossroads at Silverbell Park.
 
Participation is free but donations are requested to benefit refugee families who have been recently resettled in Tucson. Suggested amount is $2 per person OR donate items such as shoes, coats, jackets, clothes, toys, blankets, backpacks, strollers, and school supplies.
 
There will be prizes for age division winners as well as hot chocolate and cookies at the end! Registration for the 5K starts at 8:30 am and the 1K Fun Run starts at 9:45 am. Visit https://www.facebook.com/gingerbreadman5k
 
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Citywide Events:
 
- Luminaria Nights – Friday through Sunday December 5th – 7th, 12th – 14th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way. Luminaria Nights, now in its 30th year, transforms the Tucson Botanical Gardens into a festive gathering place for thousands of Tucsonans and their out-of-town guests. Expanded to six magical evenings this year Luminaria Nights has thousands of luminarias and twinkling lights, decorated holiday trees, Santa Claus, a variety of live music, food trucks and the magic of the holiday season. Tickets may be purchased at the door during the event, in the Gift Shop and by phone: 520-326-9686 ext: 10, ext 16 or ext 25. Weather permitting. No refunds or exchanges.
 
- Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul – Friday through Saturday December 5th – 6th, December 12th – 13th 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Tohono Chul 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Celebrate the holidays surrounded by a million twinkling lights over three weekends at Tohono Chul; enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Beer, wine and additional snacks will be available for purchase. Five different entertainment venues throughout the gardens will host different acts each weekend. Admission:  $10 for members, $15 for general public. $2 for children under 13.   Call 520-742-6455 for more info.
 
- Reveille Men's Chorus ‘Tis the 20th Season – Friday through Saturday December 5th - 6th at 8:00 pm at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Reveille Men's Chorus presents ‘Tis the Season, celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, as only Reveille can deliver.  The traditional songs of yore, along with some fun favorites are in store!  Along with the songs that Reveille is famous for! Tickets now available to the Holiday and Spring shows!  Reserve your seat as we take you into the 20th Season of changing lives through music. Call Reveille at 520-304-1758 or visit https://reveillemenschorus.org/ for more details!
 
- Poetry in the Gardens - Saturday, December 6th 10:00-11:30 am at Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 North Alvernon Way. At its core, poetry asks of us, “Who am I, and how do I see myself in the larger context of the world?”  Docents from Tucson Botanical Gardens and the University of Arizona Poetry Center invite you to explore connections between art, nature, and humanity through informal monthly poetry discussions. In December, there will be a special poetry discussion around light and change. Free with Gardens admission. 
 
- Advent Holiday Bazaar – Saturday, December 6th 4:00 – 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7th - 7th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at St. Michael & All Angel’s Church, 602. N Wilmot Rd. Get your holiday shopping done by supporting socially-committed nonprofits such as Ten Thousand Villages, Iskashitaa and Owl & Panther at St. Michael’s Annual Bazaar! Enjoy music throughout, including a performance by Yoeme traditional singers at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Information at http://smallangelstucson.org/ or call 623-3063.
 
- A Public Bank for Arizona? – Monday, December 8th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library downstairs meeting room. Come to Sustainable Tucson’s December general meeting to find out more about how public banking can build Arizona’s economy and benefit Arizona’s residents. Doors open at 5:30 pm and Program begins at 6:00 pm.
 
- UA Livable Communities Forum - Monday December 8th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room S202 Auditorium (NE Corner of Mountain and Speedway). Join the University of Arizona Campus Community Relations Committee for this special meeting that will focus on finding ideas and solutions to create livable communities by addressing off-campus student behavior, landlord responsibilities, city code enforcement, safety by design, and more. This is a great opportunity for you to share your ideas and experiences and to make sure your opinion is heard! Don't miss it! For questions, please contact Mary Laughbaum, UA Community Relations, at marylaughbaum@email.arizona.edu or call the UA Neighborhood hotline at (520) 282-3649.
 
- Prison Policy: A Crime Against Our Community – Wednesday, December 10th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the YWCA 525 N. Bonita Avenue. Join YWCA for a panel discussion on the history of prison policy in US and in Arizona. Discussion on how this impacts our community in ways we have not known and what might be done.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
that Buy Local Month is underway? Local First Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group, says that when you shop at locally-owned businesses, your money is recirculated, creating up to 75 percent more tax revenue to our community and state. Buy Local Month began last Friday and runs through December 24th. Many local businesses have special deals for consumers participating in Buy Local Month.
 
that you can join Iskashitaa for fall pumpkin harvests and more! Contact Iskashitaa if you are interested in harvesting seasonal produce or donating your fruit. Harvests generally occur on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:00 am, but the schedule can vary during Autumn. To receive harvest announcements, contact Chloe Sovinee-Dyroff at 440-0100 or harvesting@iskashitaa.org
 
that Food Network wants to know the best places to eat in Tucson? Food Network personality Alton Brown is coming to Tucson in March for his traveling culinary show called "The Edible Inevitable Tour." As part of his travels across the United States, Brown is asking Twitter and Facebook users to share their suggestions about the best places to eat. Post your favorite spots using #ABRoadEatsTucson to get some of our amazing local restaurants on Alton’s map!
 
that registration is now open for the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival? Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 31st Annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Some of the events include: volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more. The festival will take place from January 12th through February 1st throughout the city. Register through December 31st at www.EZEEreg.com. For complete Senior Olympic Festival information visit www.TucsonSeniorGames.org. Contact Mike Davis at Mike.Davis@tucsonaz.gov  or 791-3244 to have a book mailed to you.
 
that downtown Tucson now has 21 new "smart parking meters," which accept coins, credit cards, debit cards, and will soon accept stored value cards? A new smartphone app will be available soon that will allow parking customers to pay through their cell phones. The new meters relay data to Park Tucson to monitor meter operations, revenue, occupancy, and other data to assess future parking needs. The solar-powered meters at Pennington Street and 6th Avenue are the first of more than 850 parking meters expected to be installed downtown this month, with another 200 at Main Gate Square and locations near the University of Arizona campus. Next month, more than 350 meters will be installed in the 4th Avenue business district. More information about how to use the meters is at the Park Tucson website linked below.
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