Karin's Note: Friday, March 27, 2015

Karin's Note: Friday, March 27, 2015
 
- Note from Staff
- Ward 3 Events
- Citywide Events
- Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Here are some highlights and updates:
 
Over the Edge
 
OK I coulda swore my staff said it would be a two-story building, but apparently I will be rappelling down a taller building this Saturday during the “Over the Edge” fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. I would truly appreciate it if my public humiliation raised at least the $1000 hoped for from each rappelling participant. If you’d be willing to support me taking this plunge please make a pledge at this link:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/KarinUhlich/over-the-edge

 
Dine Out for Safety
 
I’ll also be dropping by the Dine Out for Safety event in support of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (now a program of CODAC) on the morning of April 22 at Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant. Join me and find out more about all of the amazing venues participating in support of this vital cause:
 
Mother Hubbard’s: http://motherhubbardscafe.com/
 
Voter-Approved Road Work Continues
 
Flowing Wells Road - Beginning Thursday March 26, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving Flowing Wells Road between Roger Road and Miracle Mile. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The paving is scheduled to be finished by next Wednesday, April 1. The project is part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery street bond program.
 
Work on Grant Road will begin April 2, and you can find more info on work proceeding in Ward 3 and throughout the City at these links:
 
 
César Chávez Holiday
There will be events this weekend and on Monday in recognition of the César Chávez holiday. Hope to see you out and about as the community pauses to honor his lasting legacy in defense of hard-working people. You can find more info at https://www.chavezaz.com/.
 
Congratulations to Ghost Ranch Lodge
 
Our very own Ghost Ranch Lodge has been named as one of seven national semi-finalists for a 2015 Project Showcase Housing Development Award from the National Development Council. Ghost Ranch is a historic property on Miracle Mile that was converted into low-income senior housing through an extensive rehabilitation/preservation process which I was proud to support. Ghost Ranch will be showcased at the 2015 NDC Academy in Washington, DC this May. Congratulations to Atlantic Development and all those who collaborated on the Ghost Ranch project for this achievement.
 
Take good care,
 
Karin
 
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Note from Staff:
 
Public input needed on the HUD Five-Year Consolidated Plan and COT 2016 Annual Action Plan
 
Housing and Community Development Services (HCD) is seeking public input on their draft updates to the City of Tucson/Pima County Five-Year HUD Consolidated Plan as well as the City Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2016. The Five-Year Consolidated Plan provides the framework for how the City and County utilize HUD funding – it guides HUD-funded housing, homeless and community development policies and programs. The Annual Plan is a detailed outline of what projects will occur within the first year – Fiscal Year 2016 - of the Consolidated Plan.
 
Public information meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 1st from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the HCD office (320 N Commerce Park Loop – Sentinel Building) and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Pima County Housing Center (805 W. Congress). A Public Hearing on the Annual Plan for Public Housing and Section 8 is scheduled for the April 7th Regular Session of Mayor & Council. The Consolidated Plan is anticipated to be on the Study Session agenda on April 21st.
 
Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/whats-new to review the draft updates and learn more about the public meetings. Public comment is open March 25th through April 23rd and written comments may be submitted via email (HCDAdmin@tucsonaz.gov), fax (520-791-5407), or in-person at the HCD office (310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Santa Rita Building) between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
 
Thank you for participating and providing your input!
 
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Ward 3 Events:
 
- Tax Prep Available at the Ward 3 Office – The United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is an excellent community service which provides free (free!) in-person tax preparation that particularly focuses on getting refunds and credits to low-income households. In 2014, the VITA Task Force of Arizona helped to return $21.7 million in federal refunds and credits to Arizona.
The Ward 3 VITA Site will be open on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm through April 11th. The Ward 3 office is located at 1510 E. Grant Rd. Appointments not necessary – participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For more information, and if you have any questions, please call 520-791-4711.
 
- Miracle Manor Community Cleanup – Saturday, March 28th 7:00 am at Jacinto Park (Tipton & 15th Ave). Bennett and the Miracle Manor neighborhood are organizing an orphan waste cleanup! If you are able to join to help (and especially if you have a truck!), please contact our office for more details at 791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov.
 
- Blue Moon Community Garden Work Day – Saturday, March 28th 9:00 am at Blue Moon Community Garden 1375 N 13th Ave. Help your neighbors at Tucson House and Barrio Blue Moon as they take care of this beautiful little space in our ward that includes CGT garden plots, fruit trees, rainwater harvesting, and a large butterfly garden. Open to the public! Tools and light refreshments provided.
 
We are looking for a group to adopt the garden and help take care of it once a month. If you are interested, please contact the Ward 3 office at ward3@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4711.  
 
- Buy Into Tucson, Cabrini! - Saturday, March 28th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Winterhaven Center 2921 E Fort Lowell. Join Good Neighbor Ventures and the Cabrini CAG to find new products and services close to your neighborhood. Includes free raffles, face painting, pizza for sale, and discounts.
 
- Blue Moon Community Garden Open House – Sunday, March 29th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Blue Moon Community Garden 1375 N 13th Ave. Community Gardens of Tucson will be having an open house with a few educators, light refreshments, and garden information. It’s a beautiful time to tour the garden and a great chance for anyone who has considered gardening at a community garden to learn how they work. Everyone is welcome to attend!
 
- Financial Literacy Classes – Saturdays, starting March 28th at the Ward 3 Community Room 1510 E Grant Road. The Mountain/1st Community Action Group and Tucson Federal Credit Union are partnering to offer free financial literacy classes covering banking, budgeting and understanding credit. The series of three classes will be held in the Ward 3 Community Room from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on consecutive Saturdays: March 28th, April 4th and April 11th. Participants who attend all three classes and attend an appointment with a budget counselor, either by phone or in-person, will be entered to win a $500 Visa card.  Seating is limited. To register or for more information, contact Ashley: ashley@mygoodneighbor.org
 
- 16th Annual EGGstravaganza at Mansfield Park - Saturday, April 4th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mansfield Park 2000 N. Fourth Ave. Council Member Uhlich and Tucson Parks and Recreation Department present the 16th annual EGGstravaganza! This free community-wide event is about having family fun and is expected to attract more than 2,000 Tucson youth. Family activities include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny!
Egg Hunt Times:
Ages 2 and under: 10:30 – 11:00 am
Ages 3-4: 11:00 - 11:30 am
Ages 5-7: 11:30 am – noon
Ages 8-12: Noon - 12:30 pm
(Bring your empty basket for the hunt)

Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks/announcement/eggstravaganza-2015 for more info and join the FB event at https://www.facebook.com/events/958154650876203/. If you are interested in volunteering from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, contact Brianda Torres-Traylor at brianda.torres@tucsonaz.gov or 520-791-4711.

 
- State of the Ward - Wednesday, April 15th 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Woods Library. Bring yourself and your neighbors for an update on the state of our ward! Council Member Uhlich will discuss highlights from the past year, upcoming events and projects, and welcome your questions and feedback on what you see happening in your neighborhoods and the city. Contact the Ward 3 office at 520-791-4711 or ward3@tucsonaz.gov for more info.
 
- Doolen/Fruitvale Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting - Saturday, April 18th 9:00 – 10:00 am at the Sparkman Butterfly Garden. Puppy meet-and-greet after. Includes breakfast potluck, juice/coffee/water will be provided. First item on the agenda is crime with TPD Officer attending to answer questions.
 
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Citywide Events: 
 
- 15th Annual Chávez March – Saturday, March 28th 9:00 am starting at Pueblo High School. Join the community in this annual march and rally in honor of César E. Chávez! The march starts at Pueblo High School and will proceed to Rudy Garcia Park with a rally, music, speakers and more.  For more info, visit https://www.chavezaz.com/.
 
- NAMI Walks – Saturday, March 29th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Kino Sports Complex, North Stadium 2500 E Ajo Way. Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona’s mental health walk to raise awareness and to help change perceptions about mental illness. Check in at 7:00 am, walk at 9:00 am, entertainment 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register today at https://securewalks.nami.org/registrant/LocationHome.aspx?eventid=157231&langpref=en-CA&locationID=160406&Referrer=http%3a%2f%2fnamiwalks.org%2fcontent%2fhome . For more info, call 622-5582 or email namiwalks@namisa.org
 
- Grocery Bags into Sleeping Mats! – Sunday, March 29th 2:00 pm at the Hilton East Tucson 7600 E Broadway. Join the Tribe-Tucson for this free workshop to transform grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Learn how to re-purpose plastic bags by crocheting them into water-resistant sleeping mats. The goal is to have a generous amount of mats to distribute to the homeless in the last weekend in June in anticipation of monsoon season. No crochet experience is necessary – instructors will be on site. Please bring scissors and an N, O, or P (large) crochet needle as well as a few plastic bags if you can. The drop off date for those willing to make a donated mat for the homeless is June 15th at the Hilton (donating space for the project). Join the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/980960641916696/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&feed_story_type=17   
 
- César Chávez Day of Service – Monday, March 30th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Rudy Garcia Park and Las Milpitas Community Garden. Celebrate the César Chávez holiday by serving in our Tucson community! On Monday morning, groups will be working on community clean-ups at Rudy Garcia Park (5001 S Nogales Hwy) and Las Milpitas Community Garden (2405 S Cotton Lane). Over fifty volunteers are needed for the clean-ups. Visit https://www.chavezaz.com/ for more information and to discover even more opportunities to participate and serve that day.
 
- HUD Consolidated and Annual Plans Public Information Sessions – Wednesday, April 1st 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Housing and Community Development Services (320 Commerce Park Loop) and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Pima County Housing Center (805 W Congress). Learn more about the draft update to the City of Tucson/Pima County Five-year Consolidated Plan, the draft update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Plan (AI), and the City and County Annual Action Plans for fiscal year 2016. Visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/whats-new for more info!
 
- Second Chance Tucson Community Forum – Thursday, April 9th 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Tucson Convention Center, Apache Ballroom. Second Chance Tucson will host a community forum focused on strategies to overcome the challenges faced by people with prior convictions. Discussion will focus on why successful reentry matters to our entire community. Working for the re-integration of people who have done their time and want to move forward in a positive direction is vital to Tucson and will help to create a strong and safe community. This is a free event. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-chance-tucson-community-forum-registration-16113113757    
 
- Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour - Sunday, April 12 from noon until 5:00 pm. This self-guided walking tour of the one square mile neighborhood bounded by Campbell Ave./Country Club Rd. and Speedway Blvd./Broadway consists of private residences and gardens as well as several venues that represent the diversity of this historically-designated midtown neighborhood. Tickets are $20 and will be on sale day-of-the-tour in front of Rincon Market (2513 E. 6th St.) beginning at 10:00 am. Pre-tour ticket purchase will be available at Arte de la Vida 37 N. Tucson Blvd. beginning April 1. For more information, call 520-323-7891 or see samhughes.org.
 
- Shift Your Potty Paradigm From Waste to Resource: CT Build Workshop - Saturday, April 18th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm WMG's Living Lab, 1137 N Dodge Blvd. WMG promotes safe and effective use of your waste by turning it into a resource. Come learn how to properly use and maintain a composting toilet with Brad Lancaster. Then assemble and take home your own kit-based barrel system composting toilet. The kit comes complete and ready to install at your home. Learn more about this 1-day workshop, what is included, and what you may need prior to installing your own system at https://watershedmg.org/civicrm/event/info?id=448&reset=1 . Also consider checking out WMG’s Kickstarter campaign to publish Poo to Peaches a children’s book on composting toilets.
 
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Did You Know...?
 
…that PACC is waiving adoption fees for the entire month of March? Adoption fees for all animals at the Pima Animal Care Center are being waived for the remainder of March due to an unusually high number of animals being brought to the shelter. On March 5th alone, the shelter took in 106 animals. In an effort to save more lives, they are waiving the adoption fee and hope the community can help by opening their homes to a new pet. The shelter is open from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Licensing fees of $15 per adult dog will still be applicable.
 
…that the Tucson Pima Arts Council, in partnership with TDOT, City Council, and PAG, is seeking a teaching artist to work with youth to design and produce artwork in a public transportation setting? The primary goal of the project is to provide youth with an opportunity to be employed and participate in all phases of the design and installation of a public artwork under the guidance of a professional artist. Get more information and view the application. Application due Monday April 6th.
 
...that the Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comments on their five-year plan? The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) tentative five-year plan is online for residents to read and submit comments (link below). Comments are due by May 26th at 5:00 pm. The plan outlines all of ADOT’s proposed projects proposed for fiscal years 2016 through 2020. The package includes more than $5.4 billion worth of improvements, expansions and new construction projects. More than $430 million of those projects are in Pima County.
From the Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/blogs/road_runner/adot-five-year-plan-available-for-comments-online/article_d0a18eb4-d313-11e4-abab-93a3431934e2.html
ADOT's proposed five-year plan: https://azdot.gov/planning/transportation-programming/current-program
Submit comments on ADOT plan: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBTRWZH
 
...that you can get a rebate for replacing that old, inefficient toilet in your home? Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low-to-moderate-income households. The rebate program offers free replacement of older toilets that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. Toilets qualifying for replacement typically are manufactured before 1991. The date of manufacture is generally stamped inside the tank or lid of the toilet. You must be a Tucson Water customer to receive the offer. Rental properties are not eligible. The program provides a high-efficiency toilet and hardware, as well as the installation. For more information, call Tucson Water at (520) 791-4331 or follow the link below.
Tucson Water toilet replacement program: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/low-income-high-efficiency-toilet-rebate
 
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