Karin's Note: Friday, January 27, 2017

Karin's Note:  Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Ward 3 Events: 
VITA Tax Preparation
Tuesdays Noon-5pm & Saturdays 9am-2pm, January 31st-April 15th
Ward 3 City Council Office Community Room, 1510 E Grant Rd
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program offers free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Tucson and Arizona. VITA ensures that families and individuals receive all tax benefits for which they are eligible, most importantly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which has been recognized as the single most powerful tool to lift children out of poverty.
 The VITA Program is a community initiative led by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, in collaboration with Catholic Community Services, United Way of Yuma County, United Way of Pinal County, and United Way of Northern Arizona. Together, the collaborative is the largest tax preparer in the state of Arizona, serving eleven of Arizona’s fifteen counties.
What to Bring:
  • Both spouses, if filing jointly
  • Picture ID for taxpayer (& spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Social security card (or acceptable alternative) for each person listed on the return
  • Proof of income, like W2s and 1099s
  • Documentation of expenses
  • If anyone in the household is insured through the Marketplace, Form 1095-A & dependents’       proof of income
  • Account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds
  • Prior Year tax return
For more information and other locations visit: http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/vita
Fifth Annual Campfire Singalong
Saturday February 4th, 6-8pm
Valley of the Moon, 2544 E Allen Rd
Start February off on the right note at Valley of the Moon. We all sound better together so raise your voice in song!  Bring the whole family to grow with Valley of the Moon through the magic of music.  Admission is free; bring a blanket to sit on or your own lawn chairs if you prefer. Acoustic instruments of all shapes and sizes are welcome; bring yours and join the jam!
Tucson Meet Your Birds
Saturday February 18th 7am-1pm
Sweetwater Wetlands, 2617 W Sweetwater Drive
The Tucson Audubon Society invites you to come and meet your birds at Sweetwater Wetlands.  Stroll 20 acres of tree-lined paths and ponds with experts pointing out the birds for you. No binoculars needed to participate.  Birding experts will be on hand to show you wild birds.  There will be child and family birding activities as well as food trucks.  Come see live birds and reptiles. •
for more information visit http://bit.ly/1ZOmiCX
Read to a Dog at Woods Memorial Library
Thursdays, 3-4:30pm
3455 N 1st Ave, in the Children’s Area
The Woods Memorial library welcomes kids to come and read to one of our volunteer therapy dogs and have fun while improving their reading skills! Therapy dogs love to have books read to them, they never criticize reading skills and will often give kisses to show appreciation.
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
The Oracle Project (TOPS) Tuesday February 7th 5:30pm, Westside Police Station 1310 W Miracle Mile
Campus Community Relations Committee Tuesday February 14th 6pm, UA Student Union
Alvernon Grant Initiative Tuesday February 14th 6pm, Church of the Brethren 2200 N Dodge
Country Glenn Wednesday February 15th 6pm, the Drawing Studio 2760 N Tucson Blvd
Samos Tuesday February 21st 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St
Jefferson Park Wednesday February 22nd 6pm, Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E Grant Rd
Mountain View Thursday February 23rd 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Flowing Wells Thursday February 23rd 6pm, Ellie Towne Center 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Grant Road Coalition Tuesday February 28th 6pm, Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E Grant Rd
City-Wide Events: 
Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase
Saturday January 28th- Sunday February 12th
Various Locations
For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground to the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, and bargains. This international marketplace of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, and jewelry-making supplies as well as museum exhibits and other treasures includes 45 different sites at hotels, special venues, and tents located across town.
For more information: http://bit.ly/2hcVADf
Family SciFest
Saturday February 4th, 10am-2pm
Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave
As part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the free Family SciFest at Children's Museum Tucson highlights several local science organizations. Families can experience 100 activities and demonstrations focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Some of the activities involve the science behind gum and its flavors, making slime, and plenty of hands-on demonstrations, activities and experiments. All events (including admission) are free and open to the public.
Department of Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan Meeting
Wednesday February 8th, 9am-11am
City of Tucson Sentinel Building, 320 Commerce Park Loop
The Annual Action Plan outlines the needs, priorities and strategies for housing, supportive services, and community development programs.  The Plan also establishes policies and goals for the City.  This is the first of two public meetings that will be held.  Please contact Ann Vargas at 837-5424 five business days in advance of the meeting if accommodation is needed.
Living History Days
2nd Saturdays February 11th- April 8th
Presidio San Augustin Museum, 196 N Court Ave
The Presidio Museum's Living History Day will include soldiers practicing their drills and the firing of a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of the cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton, play children's games and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets. Examples of old and new world foods will be on display and samples of fresh baked bread and handmade tortillas may be enjoyed. 
Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-14 and Free for members and children 5 and under.
92nd Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade
Monday February 23rd, 9am
See Details for Parade Route
The Parade begins at 9 am.  The Parade route begins on Ajo Highway 1/2 mile west of Park Ave. and heads east to Park Avenue, then south on Park to Irvington Rd., west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the North end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The Judges and Reviewing stands are located on the North side of Irvington close to Sixth Ave. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. Seating in this area requires ticketing which can be purchased at Ticket Booths near the Grandstands or in advance at The Rodeo Parade Office.
Rights Restoration Workshop
Tuesday February 28th, 3-6pm
Pima County Public Defender’s Office, 33 N Stone Ave
Your past doesn’t determine your future, restore your rights and set aside your conviction with a free workshop for people with Arizona and Federal convictions.  This is a workshop of the Lily Shafer Rights Restoration Project and is intended for people who have already completed their sentences.  Please bring all paperwork relating to the conviction; the workshop will take place in the 10th floor conference room of the Pima County Public Defender’s office.
For more information contact Alonzo Morado at (520) 882-5383 or amorado@primavera.org.
Tucson Peace Center Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday January 28th, 6pm
First Christian Church, 740 E Speedway
Join members and supporters of the Tucson Peace Center for an evening of good conversation and good food, including a delicious vegetarian spaghetti dinner.  Suggested donation of $7 supports the Tucson Peace Center.
Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Saturday March 4th, 11am-1:30pm
Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W River Rd
The sixth annual Empty Bowls event will benefit the ICS Food Banks and the 28,000 people they serve every year.  Select a unique and handcrafter pottery bowl to take home as a simple reminder of hunger.  Soups, breads, and desserts from many distinctive area restaurants and food partners will be available to sample.  There will also be a silent auction and raffle drawings
Tickets are $25 each, purchase online at www.icstucson.org
For more information call (520) 297-6049 x209
Did You Know...?
Tucson Parks and Recreation Getting New Registration System
Tucson Parks and Recreation has a new registration system. Account information has been transferred into the new system for those who have taken a class since July 1, 2015. Login names for those accounts will be the email address on file. Parks and Recreation is asking people to update their accounts to be sure the most current email and phone number are in the system. If you do not have an account set up, but plan to register for classes beginning in March, you will need to create an account. Visit ezeereg.com and set up your account starting Feb. 1. If you need help, call Class Registration at 791-4877.
Information on new system: http://bit.ly/2jVr1D9
Ezeereg.com registration website: http://bit.ly/1zZARcY
Parks and Recreation: http://1.usa.gov/1ua6RJt
Tucson Recognized by National Website
Tucson is a top city in the nation for the best food offerings and the best food city in Arizona, according to an article on the food, travel, and entertainment website Thrillist.com. "Several dynamics warrant a closer look at this historic, Old Pueblo-turned-culinary destination, including Tucson’s recent award by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a City of Gastronomy, the first U.S. city to attain the designation," according to the website. Thrillist says "where robust farming and ranching thrive, chefs and hungry diners follow, like honeybees to wildflowers. The fact that this rich culture of farming and ranching continues in an arid, dusty desert is a testament to the will of its people." The website also visits a variety of "rock star chefs" and restaurant owners to get their opinions on what makes Tucson special when it comes to food.
Thrillist.com article: http://bit.ly/2jo2NSU
State Supreme Court Sets Date for Arguments in Tucson Gun Case
The Arizona Supreme Court says it will hold a full hearing on a complaint filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that contends Tucson is illegally destroying seized guns instead of selling them. The order from the high court calls for full arguments to be held Feb. 28. The justices could decide if a new Arizona law withholding state funds from cities if they enact laws conflicting with state laws is constitutional. Tucson says it can destroy seized guns and that the 2016 law unconstitutionally infringes on local rights. Brnovich says the gun policy may violate the law, and he wants the high court to decide. The court also will consider whether it can order state money withheld and whether Tucson must post a bond to continue fighting the case. However, the Court specifically deferred its decision on whether it will accept jurisdiction over this case, meaning that even after the parties provide the briefs and oral arguments, the Court could choose not to issue a decision and let the matter play out in the lower courts.
Reid Park Zoo Breaks Ground on New Animal Health Center
Reid Park Zoo broke ground over the weekend on its new Animal Health Center. Students from the University of Arizona’s new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Education Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting in the health center. Younger students from area schools also will have the chance to observe and learn at an on-site classroom. The approximately 9,000-square-foot facility will include a full surgical suite, ICU units suitable for animals of all sizes, diagnostic devices providing immediate results of blood work and ultrasound testing, holding areas with controlled air circulation to ensure animals are effectively quarantined, and state-of-the-art treatment facilities allowing vet staff to give every animal the best care possible.
Info about groundbreaking: http://bit.ly/2jRaWS3
Reid Park Zoo: http://bit.ly/1dJgCDh