Karin's Note: Friday, January 22, 2016

Karin's Note: Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City Spotlight
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Last night we held a thank you gathering with City and neighborhood leadership at the Ward 3 office. I had the chance to express gratitude to the many staff members, Ward 3 residents and my own staff in attendance. In particular, we were lucky enough to have our two new and integral Tucson leaders in attendance, City Manager Michael Ortega and Police Chief Chris Magnus, both of whom will contribute greatly to the future of our City.
Although my Aide Matt Kopec could not join us, I also offered him thanks last night and want to echo my appreciation here. Matt was appointed to the Arizona Legislature by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. He will serve well, just as he has for two years in the Ward 3 office. Congratulations, Matt, and best wishes as you take on new challenges on behalf of Tucson.
With our staff changes and the changing landscape of the City, I anticipate our office also doing some reorganizing in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted as our plans progress.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Ward 3 Events: 
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.
Great Decisions
Monday, January 25th 10:00 – 11:30 am
Woods Memorial Library Large Meeting Room
This 8-week foreign policy program is designed to encourage thoughtful discussion relating to current global challenges. Great Decisions books are available at the Woods Memorial Branch Library front desk. Please read the corresponding chapter prior to each week's discussion. The topic discussion for this week will be Middle East Alliances. 
Transportation 101
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Donna Liggins Center 2160 N 6th Ave
Planning a quality transportation network, future funding and your role! Vice Mayor Uhlich invites you to hear from City and PAG/RTA the answers to such questions as how many of your tax dollars go toward transportation and how we plan for future roadway improvements, mass transit, and more.  A question and answer section will be included as well, of course! For more information, contact 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.
Recruiting the Right Leaders
Thursday, February 4th 5:30  – 7:00 pm
Ward 3 Community Room, 1510 E Grant Road
Are your officers burning out?  Can't have a meeting because you can't get a quorum? Having trouble with succession planning?  This short workshop will help you figure out who you need to lead your organization and how to get them. Sponsored by the Mountain/1st Neighborhood Association, it's free and open to all. Contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov to RSVP.
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Keeling NA Meeting
Monday, January 25th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship 2902 N. Geronimo Ave.
Hedrick Acres NA Meeting
Tuesday, January 26th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mountain Avenue Church of Christ 2848 N. Mountain Ave.
Jefferson Park Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 27th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ward 3 Community Room 1510 E. Grant Rd.
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!
Community-Wide Events: 
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.
Free Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center
Saturday, February 6th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Rio Neighborhood Center 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.
The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation will host their annual Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center. This health fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing, breathing, vision, and medication reviews. There also will be activities for children, including a jumping castle, face painting and TMC will be giving away booster seats. Moreover, there will be raffle prizes and a yoga class for adults.  This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available. Contact Paul Ponce at Paul.Ponce@tucsonaz.gov or 791-4683 for more information.
Did You Know...?
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.
Adopt a Crosswalk Sign
Perhaps you've seen new signs at some crosswalks that remind motorists to yield to pedestrians. The signs can be placed at marked crosswalks on roadways with speed limits of 25 mph or less. Most of the signs are in the downtown area, but they can be placed on qualifying roadways throughout Tucson by special request. Do you know of a crosswalk that would benefit from a sign? Individuals, businesses, or organizations can "adopt" a crosswalk sign. By adopting the sign, the adopter agrees to pay $272.50 to have the sign built and placed at the crosswalk of their choice. For more information, please contact Diahn.Swartz@tucsonaz.gov or 837-6661. City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle
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.