Karin's Note: Friday July 28, 2017

Karin's Note:  Friday, July 28th, 2017
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
Please remember to register to vote by Monday July 31st in order to participate in the upcoming primary elections (August 29th, early ballots mailed August 9th). The link with more info is below.
As the transition to a new Council Member for Ward 3 occurs, change will be happening here at the Ward 3 office over the coming months. Hard to find words to share this particular change—Tamara Prime will be leaving soon. She has been with the Ward 3 team for a decade, most of that serving as our Chief of Staff. Those of you who have worked with Tamara know her to be a skilled negotiator, fair-minded advisor, forward-thinking planner and strategic partner. She’s served as an invaluable asset for the City of Tucson. Fortunately Tamara will leave City service to join the dynamic team at the Pima Association of Governments.  In that way Tamara’s extraordinary gifts will continue to benefit not only our City, but the entire metro region.
Thank you, Tamara, for your steadfast, smart, hard work. Your leadership leaves a meaningful legacy of progress for all of us as Tucsonans—from the notable advances all along the Oracle Corridor, to the many investments leveraged for our poorest neighborhoods; from the preservation of unique cultural and historic treasures, to our now nationally acclaimed Water Service Plan and Policy. You’ve played a vital role on so many fronts, and I could not have asked for a better partner in public service.
Have a wonderful weekend Tucson!
Ward 3 Events: 
Learning Lab
Sunday July 30th, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave
A Library Program Instructor is available with assistance on resume creation, online job search, and basic job preparation, homework help in basic math, basic science, and writing, as well as help in locating resources to assist learning, E-readers and e-book downloads, creating and e-mail account and using library resources.
Food Stamp Application Assistance (SNAP)
Monday July 31st, 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave
Let an employee from the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona help you apply for SNAP ("food stamps" or the government nutrition assistance program), AHCCCS (health care) and TANF (cash assistance). To find out what documents you will need, please call the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314. This is a first come-first served event; sign-up sheet will be available at 12 noon. This is not a library-sponsored event, dates and time subject to change without notice.
Equity Forum
Saturday August 5th, 10:30am-12pm
Donna R. Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, YWCA Southern Arizona, Living Streets Alliance and the Southwest Fair Housing Council invite you to meet the Ward 3 Democratic Primary candidates for the first-ever candidate forum to focus specifically on equity. All the primary candidates are confirmed to attend: Felicia Chew, Paul Durham and Tom Tronsdal. There is no primary on the Republican ticket.
The convergence of these sponsoring organizations will offer each of the three candidates a platform to present their perspectives and ideas for how they plan to address growing concerns that Tucson voters have regarding equity. The focus will be on the impacts of access to healthy food, transportation investment, rapid development and housing affordability on: quality of life, racism, discrimination, access to economic opportunities, and balancing public safety with the need to protect vulnerable communities.   Simultaneous Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided. The Donna R. Liggins Center is ADA accessible. Childcare will be provided by City of Tucson Parks and Recreation staff onsite.
Space is limited to 150 people. Please RSVP at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ward-3-candidate-equity-forum-tickets-35985279941
For more information, contact: info@livingstreetsalliance.org, or call 520-261-8777. To view a map of Tucson Wards, visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/gov/ward-maps
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Campus Community Relations Committee Tuesday August 8th 6pm, UA Student Union
Tucson Oracle Project Tuesday August 8th 5:30pm, Westside Police Station 1310 W Miracle Mile
Mountain First Ave Saturday August 12th 8am, Mitchell Park 1100 E Mitchell
Samos Tuesday August 15th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St.
Mountain View Thursday August 17th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Jefferson Park Wednesday August 23rd 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
City-Wide Events: 
Back to School Bash at Oury Center
Sunday July 30th, 11am-4pm
Oury Recreation center, 600 W St. Mary’s Rd
The 5th annual Back to School Bash will feature giveaways for kids to start their school year. Free backpacks with school supplies and books will be distributed to the first 1,000 children in attendance with their parents or guardians. There also will be games, a jumping castle, and other entertainment. Staff from Tucson Water and Environmental Services will take applications for appointments to meet with the Pima County Community Action Agency to qualify for limited income assistance on their utility services statements.
Oury Recreation Center: http://bit.ly/2uxGhy7
Tucson Parks and Recreation: http://1.usa.gov/1ua6RJt
Movies in the Park
First Fridays, May-September, activities begin at 6pm; movie begins at dusk (approx. 7:45pm)
Demeester Performing Arts Center at Reid Park, 920 S Concert Pl, Tucson, AZ 85716
Cox introduced the Movies in the Park summer series in 2003 with a projector and a repurposed bed sheet. Since that time, Movies in the Park has grown and has now become a community favorite across Pima and Cochise Counties.  Cox invites area residents to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a free movie. Food vendors, live music, jumping castles, and arts and crafts exhibits will be set up for guests to enjoy. Unique activities will be highlighted and will rotate each week including community demonstrations, special guest appearances and fun activities for children.
Art Sprouts
Recurring 8/9 & 8/23 at 9:30am
The University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road
Art Sprouts is a fun story time and art making event for families with children ages 2 to 5 years. Adults and their children will explore works of art, move their bodies, read a book, and investigate objects and art materials. Choice-based studio activities extend the learning and fun.  All of these components are designed to not only inspire, but to also foster cognitive, fine, and gross motor skills, which are essential to child development. It's also a great bonding experience for families!
To RSVP, contact Chelsea Farrar at cjfarrar@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-9504.
Art Sprouts is FREE with Museum admission ($8/general, $6.50/65+) and is always FREE for Museum members, and University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty (with CatCard).
Spaces are limited- RSVP today!
This program is made possible by The Stanley Glickman Outreach Endowment
Did You Know...?
Voter Registration Deadline Approaching 
The voter registration deadline for the City of Tucson's Aug. 29 primary election is next Monday, July 31. Those wishing to register to vote should contact the Pima County Recorder's Office at (520) 724-4330, or follow the link below. The City of Tucson election information publication, “The Choice Is Yours,” will be mailed Aug. 2, and ballots for the mail-in election will be sent to registered voters on Aug. 9. The materials will be sent only to voters in contested wards (3, 5, and 6).
Register to vote via ServiceArizona: http://bit.ly/2pyzIGb
Tucson City Clerk's vote-by-mail calendar: http://bit.ly/2sYqJAJ
Pima County Recorder: http://bit.ly/2bj0xsD
Iskashitaa Refugee Network harvests over 150,000 pounds of edible tree fruit and produce primarily from Tucson resident backyards. If you have tree fruit and/or produce that you'd like to donate and/or can't harvest please fill out a donor fruit form at http://www.iskashitaa.org/donate-your-fruit/.
Volunteer With Lend-A-Hand
Just a few hours a month can bring happiness to the life of a senior neighbor. Services are free to Lend-A-Hand clients. Drivers are needed to take seniors to doctor appointments, shopping, physical therapy, etc. You can receive mileage reimbursement.  Help now, and Lend-A-Hand will be there for you when you need help. Contact LEND-A-HAND, 248-6882, www.lahseniorhelp.org."
Grant Rd Improvement Project Phase 2
The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone. If you have any additional questions or comments, please call the Grant Road Information line at (520) 624-4727 or email information@grantroad.info
For Details on work and restrictions: http://www.grantroad.info/pdf/Traffic_Alert_7_27_17.pdf Information on Grant Rd Improvement Project: http://www.grantroad.info/home
City Selects Provider and Operator for Bike Share Program 
The City of Tucson recently signed a contract with Shift Transit to operate the public bike share system scheduled to launch this fall. Bike share is a transit solution that gives subscribers 24/7 access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community. The bike share equipment and technology will be provided by PBSC Urban Solutions, which has deployed more than 50,000 bikes in numerous cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, and Honolulu. The City secured federal grant funding to launch its system with 36 stations and 330 bicycles. An advisory team made up of representatives from the City of Tucson, Visit Tucson, University of Arizona, Rio Nuevo, Living Streets Alliance, Pima Association of Governments, and others have been guiding the project.
Read the news release: http://bit.ly/2t3b0Uj
New Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat at Sweetwater Wetlands
 A new Sweetwater Wetlands Monarch Butterfly Way Station and Hummingbird Habitat is being created by partnerships and volunteers. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum donated more than 90 native species of milkweed and nectar plants. The Tucson Audubon Society recruited more than 15 volunteers to install plants, stakes, and wire cages in a designated area of the wetlands. Another planting is planned for the fall. The habitat eventually will feature bilingual educational signage for visitors.
Sweetwater Wetlands Facebook page (with photos): http://bit.ly/2tUa7cs
Sweetwater Wetlands website: http://bit.ly/2e6uVcK