Karin's Note: Friday, January 8, 2016

Karin's Note: Friday, January 8, 2016
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City Spotlight
  • Community-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Happy New Year Tucson,
Community Note: Beyond
I just returned from the bell-ringing ceremony at Banner/UMC, held in remembrance of our community’s tragedy and losses five years ago today. I struggle to find words adequate to convey the profound grief, and compassion, and change brought on by that day’s horrific violence; that week’s rallying of love.
Please take the time to read the words of Patricia Maisch in today’s newspaper:
Many of the survivors have led our City and our Nation toward common sense gun safety laws; greater investments in mental health; training and education so we might build greater security and understanding for future generations.
Tomorrow across our valley Beyond events will be happening to honor the victims and survivors or January 8, 2011; and to celebrate how Tucson came together in the face of tragedy. I hope to see you out there!
Charter Review Committee Resumes Meeting
Our Charter Review Committee will start meeting once again this Monday, January 11th, at 4:30 pm to review and recommend changes to the Tucson City Charter. As a piece of this critical work, they will also be examining City finances and revenue options. I encourage you to tune in to their discussions if you are able and will keep you updated on their work as the year progresses. Information about the Committee, agendas, and minutes are available at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/boards?board=120.
Mayor and Council Note
On Tuesday we reviewed and presentation by the City Manager and Staff outlining budget and revenue scenarios that we’ll consider in order to remedy the structural imbalance in our City Budget. We’ve balanced it annually, but had to turn to one-time fixes until the economy showed signs of improvement. Now we’re taking a longer view. You can review the presentation at this link:
Our priority now is to hear from you and the broader community. What are your priorities for City services? Which services would you support cutting? Which revenue sources do you think would be most fair to consider?
Thank you, as always, for sharing your input with me and my colleagues.
Ward 3 Events: 
Coffee with the Cactus (formerly Navajo Wash Clean-Up)
Saturday, January 9th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Navajo Wash Park (NE corner of Mountain Ave. and E. Hedrick St)
Join your neighbors for Coffee with the Cactus. Bring a cup and your neighbors will supply the coffee (or tea, juice, and water.) Come by and see what is going on--and growing--in the little park. They've got some great ideas for this space and would love your input!
Did you know this is the perfect time to be spreading seeds for wild flowers like California Poppy and Penstemon?  Seed from last year's blooms will be available for you to take home.
11th Annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling Event
Saturday, January 9th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd
The Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event has been held on the Day-After-Thanksgiving throughout the past ten years. Since this event started in November 2005, over 28,000 pounds of grease have been collected! Beginning this year, the grease collection and recycling event date has been moved to the second Saturday in January to give you an opportunity to start the New Year off right by dropping off your used cooking oil and grease from all of your holiday cooking and baking.
For more details and a complete list of the sites, visit http://webcms.pima.gov/government/wastewaterreclamation/community_relations/grease/
Pima County Library Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap and Shred-It Service
Saturday, January 9th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Woods Memorial Library 3455 N. 1st Avenue
What should you do with that unused item or gift that's just gathering dust in your home? Swap it! This is your chance to swap out things that are in good condition and trade with your neighbors. Please, no large items like refrigerators or motorcycles.
Shredding services will be provided by Vice Mayor Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal! Clean out your house of old documents and have them securely destroyed on-site for free.
Workshop – Affordable Care Act and Your Health Insurance Options
Saturday, 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!
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.
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.
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.
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Mountain/1st NA & CAG
Saturday, January 9th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Mitchell Park 1100 E. Mitchell St.
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:
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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfizZ7IDHPErSjXgF8-SS6yl6EyH2gw...) !
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: 
BEYOND Kick-Off Event
Saturday, January 8th 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Armory Park 220 S. 6th Ave
Join BEYOND downtown at Armory Park and get your body moving for the New Year! The Children’s Museum – Tucson and Armory Park Senior Center have teamed up with a wide range of community health and fitness groups to host an event that promises to be the largest number of body moving options available in a single location!
12:00 pm -  Living Streets Alliance will host a family-friendly bicycle ride around downtown neighborhoods.
12:00 pm Try out Jazzercise free in Armory Park.
1:00 pm Free Zumba class, led from the stage in Armory Park.
2:00 pm Watch Capoeira Malandragem show off some sweet moves, on the stage in Armory Park.
3:00 pm Meet Me Concepts will host a special Saturday edition of their Meet Me at Maynards Walk/Run around its usual route, but with a new twist – start/end from Armory Park — call it Meet Me at Armory Park!
And the options don’t end there! Visit http://www.beyond-tucson.org/event/beyond-main-event-together-move/ for more details and links to the myriad BEYOND events happening in Tucson. Get your friends and family together and join us downtown to start the year off right! Let’s get outside and move Tucson!
Cinema La Placita Presents Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue
Saturday, January 8th 4:30 pm
Historic Train Depot at the Southern AZ Transportation Museum 414 N. Toole Ave
Join for a free kids movie as part of Second Saturdays Downtown! Kid activities start at 4:30 pm. http://www.cinemalaplacita.com/
Did You Know...?
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 from 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.
Thryve ScaleUp Applications Open
Thryve ScaleUp is a growth accelerator program focusing on high-potential, growth-oriented companies with annual revenues between $150,000 and $500,000, approximately two years old and in the early growth business cycle. Startup Tucson received a $1.44 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program to fund Thryve ScaleUp. Thryve ScaleUp is accepting applications from companies who are looking to grow rapidly, are you ready? To apply visit http://startuptucson.org/thryvescaleup. Have more questions? Come to one of our informational sessions at CoLab Workspace (17 E. Pennington) either Wednesday December 16th at 5:30 pm , Wednesday, January 6th at 9:00 am or Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 am. The applications deadline is January 17th
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.
32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival
Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration of fitness to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle among seniors. This is Tucson’s largest organized, annual senior activity and is open to anyone 50 years of age or older.
What: The 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival, featuring nearly 100 events and activities at more than 30 venues throughout the City of Tucson.
When: January  9th – 31st, 2016
Where: Various venues
Contact: For complete Senior Olympic Festival information, visit www.TucsonSeniorGames.org or contact 791-3244.
Registration: Late registrations will be accepted through Jan. 9, 2016 at www.EZEEreg.com or by calling 791-4877. Note: Registration received will be subject to a $3 per event late fee. No registrations will be accepted after Jan. 9, 2015 (or postmarked by Jan. 9).