Karin's Note: Friday, January 15, 2016

Karin's Note: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City Spotlight
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Ward 3 Events: 
Door-Knocking 101
Saturday, January 16th 10:00  am – noon
The chapel at St. Luke’s Home 1523 N. 1st Avenue
What’s the best way to get to know a neighborhood? Talk to the neighbors! This workshop will give you the tools to organize small teams of volunteers to either provide information or gather information from residents in a given area. Whether identifying assets in the community, supporting crime prevention programs, or encouraging voter turnout, the same guidelines apply! This training is free and open to all, but space is limited. Contact the Ward 3 office to RSVP: 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov
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.
Acquisition 101 Meetings
Thursday, January 21st 8:00 am
Thursday, January 28th 5:30 pm
Ward 3 City Council Office 1510 E. Grant Road
The City of Tucson and Tierra Right of Way Services will be conducting an Acquisition 101 Presentation that will explain the general processes of the Real Estate activities property owners may be experiencing on Grant Road over the next year as the Phase 3 & 4 Project progresses. Property owners that received a relocation letter from Tierra Right of Way have been invited to attend these meetings. A third presentation will be offered on February 4th  5:30 pm at the Ward 6 Office.
If you plan on attending, please let us know at ward3@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4711. We hope to hear from you!
Young at Heart 10 Year Anniversary Party
January 23rd 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Mountain Ave. Church of Christ 2848 N. Mountain Ave.
Join Lend a Hand Senior Assistance for food, music, and fun! Early reservations are accepted. Call Janet at 203-6878 or Michele at 248-6882.
Collaborative Training Workshop
Saturday, January 23rd 9:00 am
Ward 3 Office 1510 East Grant.
Driven by the imperatives of an increasingly interdependent global community, people are more aware of the importance of collaborative processes than ever before. But intellectual knowledge is not enough; you need practical tools and skills for handling collaborative processes. Since 1978, Cultural Exchange Service has applied this practical seminar to help you understand what happens when people with different backgrounds try to collaborate with one another, providing a practical base foundation for your work within a collaborative community environment. You will learn the personal benefits of sensitivity to collaborative work, practical tools to work more comfortably with others, the power of personal perceptions in cross-cultural interactions, and much more. Seating is limited to 18 participants. Participants will be provided seminar materials and an extensive annotated bibliography by email. There is a $20 registration fee, to be made out to W3NA, Inc. and mailed to Carlos Nagel at 765 W. Limberlost #32 Tucson, AZ 85705. For inquiries email closfree@gmail.com.
Transportation 101
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00 - 7:30
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N 6th Ave
Hear from representatives from TDOT and PAG about the transportation planning process, current projects in Ward 3, and future considerations. For more information, contact Matt Kopec at the Ward 3 Council Office: 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov
Not Necessarily Safe Stories With Carl
Thursday, January 28th  6:30pm
Woods Memorial Library Small Meeting Room.
Who says Storytime is just for children?
It can be hard for grown-ups to find ways to slow down and indulge in simple pleasures, and being read to is a rare pleasure indeed. Come listen to Carl read short stories by popular and literary authors like Junot Díaz, Maile Meloy, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Join the library for the first Not Necessarily Safe Stories with Carl! This month's feature: Monstro by Junot Díaz. Not Necessarily Safe Stories will meet the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Improv for Writers
Saturday, January 30th 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Woods Memorial Library Large Meeting Room
This is a unique workshop for any stuck-at-the-desk writer who needs a nudge toward play. Improv games shake us free of our containers, connect us through honesty and silliness, and offer us insights that enhance our writing and our lives. In this class we jump up, exercise our improv muscles, then delve into our writing. Bring a current writing project or start one from scratch. For adult and teen writers of all experience levels. Presented by writer, writing coach, and improvisational actor Traci Moore.
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
W3NA Annual Meeting
Saturday, January 16th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Metro Center 3255 N. Campbell Ave.
Samos NA
Tuesday, January 19th 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Salpointe Trophy Room 1545 E. Copper St.
Mountain View NA
Thursday, January 21st 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave.
City Spotlight:
Beat Back Buffelgrass Day
Saturday, January 23rd
Buffelgrass is a growing problem. This invasive grass is not only an eyesore, it is a wildfire waiting to happen. Buffelgrass threatens not only our beautiful natural areas but our homes and businesses as well.  Join your neighbors to remove buffelgrass from our parks and public lands! There are 22 sites located throughout Southern Arizona. To find a site near you or to volunteer, visit http://buffelgrass.org/.
Be a 2016 Pima County Street Count Volunteer!
The Tucson and Pima Coalition to End Homelessness (TPCH) is tasked by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to count those who are currently experiencing homelessness in our community. In addition, the street count allows us to better assess the needs of our community and continue to provide services and program to help alleviate the issues surrounding homelessness.  United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is looking for community members to help assess the homelessness in Pima County through a variety of volunteer opportunities: both before, during and after the Street Count date of January 27, 2016. Sign-up today here to volunteer to help build a strong community !
Volunteer with VITA
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income Arizonans and helps them to leverage their tax refunds to achieve greater financial stability. Make a difference and help people in your community by becoming a tax volunteer.
Top 5 Reasons to Becoming a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA Volunteer:
  • No Experience Needed
  • FREE Tax Law training & materials
  • Flexible Volunteer Hours
  • Make an impact in your neighborhood
  • Continued Education Credits for tax professionals
JOIN the VITA volunteer team today! For more information please visit http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/ or contact Ellen Pott at epott@unitedwaytucson.org/.
Community-Wide Events: 
Sun Tran “Stuff-The-Bus” to Benefit Community Food Bank
Friday, January 15th 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
River Oaks Apartments 7730 E. Broadway Blvd.
Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News and HSL Properties are partnering again this year to sponsor a “Stuff-the-Bus” food drive, benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. A Sun Tran bus will be located at River Oaks Apartments at Broadway and Pantano and accepting donations all day. Individuals are asked to bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations to the event. Items such as canned soups, boxed cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and canned meats such as tuna fish, chicken, and corned beef are often in short supply. Please refrain from donating items in glass jars, frozen turkeys, or items that have expired. “Sun Tran’s “Stuff-the-Bus” events have made a large impact on our community. Since 2001, more than 180,000 pounds of food and more than $141,000 in cash donations have been collected for local families.
PCICEO Leaders’ Assembly
Sunday, January 17th 1:30 – 4:00 pm
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church 3809 E. 3rd St.
The Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization (PCICEO) has a challenging year ahead!  They’ll be discussing their plans for the year and building power through relationships. They will be introducing new leaders and institutions and will craft the PCICEO Issues Agenda for 2016. “We can care about education, poverty, preventing gun violence and the environment, but with PCICEO we learn to speak truth to power!”
Jazz Festival Free Concert: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 18th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
MLK Apartments and Courtyard 55 N. 5th Avenue
Tucson Jazz Festival hosts concerts on two stages and several indoor clubs downtown featuring more than a dozen local bands from Dixieland! There will be 6 bands on each stage, including jazz ensembles, R&B, blues and soul.  The Community Food Bank will have a donation tent. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Earned Sick & Safe Time Stakeholder Meetings
Thursday, January 21st & Thursday, January 28th 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Two more meetings will be held this month to discuss earned sick and safe time. Key organizations and businesses from throughout the city have been invited to participate. The meetings are open to the public. The meeting on January 21st will be held at the Ward 6 Council Office at 3202 E. 1st St. and the meeting the following Thursday on January 28th will be at the Ward 2 Council Office at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Both meetings will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Health Fair Extravaganza
Saturday, January 23rd  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wakefield Family Resource Center 101 W. 44th St.
Free health screenings, free flu shots by Walgreens, vendors and food trucks, student performances, raffle prizes. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Pima County Enrollment Coalition and TUSD.
Beat Back Buffelgrass After Party
Saturday, January 23rd 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Borderlands Brewing Co. 119 E. Toole Ave.                  
Whether you pulled buffelgrass or not, come meet fellow Buffel Busters and celebrate our successes. We have an evening of fun planned with live music, a food truck, a great raffle, and we'll be honoring the Buffel Buster of the Year. Volunteers, be sure to wear your “I helped” sticker for a special deal.
Did You Know...?
City of Tucson Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that means all City of Tucson offices will be closed, except for emergency services. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, so all customers will have their collections delayed by one day next week. However, the Los Reales Landfill will be open on Monday.
Sun Tran and Sun Link will operate on a regular weekday schedule on MLK Day.
Earth Transformed Lecture Series: Exploring Our World and Ourselves
Mondays, January 25th – March 7th 7:00 – 8:00 pm
UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd.
Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, changes in the oceans, ice sheets and atmosphere provide clear fingerprints of the human causes, but also important lessons for society to learn as we seek solutions. Scholars and the public alike need to brainstorm and work to ensure a resilient and vibrant future for the Southwest and the planet. Parking is available on a pay-per-use basis in the Tyndall Avenue Garage. All lectures begin at 7:00 pm and are free to the public. Doors open at 6:00 pm. You’re encouraged to arrive at Centennial Hall before 6:30 pm as seating is limited. Visit https://uascience.org/ or call 621-4090 for more information.
Trees for Tucson – Cool shade delivered to your door!
This January and February, order three trees for just $15 and be eligible for home delivery! Visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson/ to place your order. Limit three trees per household. Trees are five gallon size and must be planted within 15 feet of the west, east, or south side of the home. Planting instructions are provided at time of delivery. Questions? Call 837-6835.
Free Parenting Classes
Tuesdays, January 12th through February 9th  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Woods Memorial Library - Large Meeting Room
Got kids? Do you ever wish they came with an instruction booklet? Attend our 5 session parenting young children class. Learn skills that will lead to less parental stress: Helping young children learn to cooperate, understanding young children's behaviors, child development and temperament, encouraging your child and yourself, discipline that makes sense, and building self-esteem.  Presented by The Parent Connection.
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://w3na.weebly.com/ for more information or to contact the Board of Directors.