Karin's Note: Friday, March 4, 2016

Karin's Note: Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • Community Spotlight
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
The next Mayor and Council meeting will be on March 8th with the Study session starting at 2:00 p.m.  I am looking forward to our ongoing discussion about the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget, including a Study Session item regarding the Five-year Mass Transit Fund Financial Forecast.  The meeting materials can be found at: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
As always, I welcome any thoughts you have leading up to and following our conversation next week.  
Public Safety
Last night, the Ward 3 office hosted a meeting with residents and TPD Westside Division Captain Eric Kazmierczak to discuss a recent influx of activity impacting a few area neighborhoods. Many thanks to the Captain, CSO Dunn, and Officer Pope for coming out to listen, as well as share a great deal of insight. We're already getting positive feedback from participants who felt that Captain Kazmierczak really heard what they had to say about their concerns, experiences, and priorities when it comes to public safety in Tucson.
The message that my staff and I heard loud and clear from the Captain is that Chief Magnus is truly committed to community-based policies. He is working closely with his department to focus efforts and energy on the ground in concrete ways. We all should start seeing /feeling the shift soon. I am excited about the reinvigoration of patrols at a neighborhood level in what the department envisions will become Community Response Teams. I will be sure to share updates and information about these new strategies with you as I become aware of them.
Thank you also to Assistant Chief Batista who visited the Ward 3 office this week to keep us in the loop on the department’s plans. I wholly support TPD’s analysis of the data and service needs to make the best decisions for our city when it comes to deploying resources. 
Commissioners Needed
I am still looking for qualified, engaged members of our community to represent Ward 3 on the following Commissions:
  • Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission
  • Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Planning Commission
Please contact my office if you are interested in serving or have any recommendations on potential candidates. More info on the City's Boards & Commissions is available at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/boards
This week I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Haven Chrysalis Award luncheon honoring the Stonewall Foundation and Susan Small.  The Stonewall Foundation was established by the Small family in 1966, and is devoted to supporting the area’s cultural, environmental, and health organizations.  In the years since its inception, the Stonewall Foundation has played a critical role in supporting many of Tucson’s treasures including: the Haven, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Casa De Los Niños, Arizona Public Media and Arizona Theatre Company.  During the event, a heartfelt speech by Angelica Sparks shined a light on the generational impact that support from groups like the Stonewall Foundation can make in our community.  Thank you and congratulations, Susan Small!  
Ward 3 Events: 
Free Tax Prep Available  at the Ward 3 Office
Tuesdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Road
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.
The Ward 3 VITA Site in our community room is now open through April 9th.  For more information please call 520-791-4711 or email ward3@tucsonaz.gov
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Saturday, March 5th 8:00 – 11:30 am
West parking lot at St. Luke's Home, 615 E. Adams Street
You and your neighbors are invited to participate in the Feldman's Neighborhood HHW Collection! Bring your unused chemicals, oils, pesticides and more. For safety, leaking waste cannot be accepted - leaking containers, complete with identifying labels, must be placed inside a second, sealed container. Please visit the COT Environmental Services website to learn more about what materials are accepted: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/es/household-hazardous-waste Thanks for caring about our environment!
Pruning Party at Navajo Wash
Saturday, March 12th 9:00 – 11:00 am
Navajo Wash Park @ Mountain & E. Hedrick Ave
Join your neighbors as we work to beautify and spruce up the wash on Saturday! We will focus on pruning the overgrown trees in the Navajo Wash, at the northwest corner of Mountain and Hedrick. Need some tips on how to prune your trees? Get some hands on experience!
Group Meditation
Saturday March 12th and 26th  
3:00-4:00 pm in Woods Memorial Library large meeting room
Bev Paul has been facilitating group meditations for over 25 years. The guided imagery she provides helps people relax, release some of their daily stress, and some even report finding unexpected answers and solutions to their current life situations.
Everyone is welcome to attend. 
Education Conference on Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Wednesday, March 9th  7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Jewish Community Center 3800 E. River Road
Although the demands and dilemmas of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias can be overwhelming, the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter’s Annual Education Conference offers help, hope and support.
Topics include the role of culture and belief systems in dealing with dementia, updates on progress in research and strategies for coping with caregiver burnout, communication challenges and day-to-day living. Interviews with session speakers are available before and at the conference. (See the attached brochure for speakers and topics.)
These and related issues are of particular concern in Arizona, which has the second highest growth rate in the U.S. in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The day’s keynote speaker is Arizona Republic journalist Greg O’Brien, who describes how he and his family are living with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The University of Arizona graduate chronicles his experience in the book On Pluto. He is a member of the Early Stage Advisory Committee at the National Alzheimer’s Association.
A $45 registration fee includes lunch and conference materials. For care professionals seeking continuing education credits, the fee is $75. For more information, to register for the conference or to request interviews with the presenters contact the Alzheimer’s Association Southwest Desert Chapter at (520) 322-6601 or go to http://www.alz.org/dsw/in_my_community_60653.asp
Lend A Hand Yard Sale
Friday, March 18th – Saturday, March 19th 7:00  am – 1:00 pm
1545 E. Water St.
Lend A Hand is a growing coalition of central (especially Ward 3) Tucson neighborhoods, faith-based communities, and business partnerships. LAH volunteers provide FREE services to seniors to allow them to continue to age-in-place as our neighbors. LAH seniors are those 55 years and older who live within the geographic boundaries of LAH collective neighborhoods. No senior is ever charged. FREE services include transportation, errands, friendly visits, friendly phone calls, light yard work and light housekeeping. You do not need to reside in one of our neighborhoods to volunteer.
Support this amazing organization and learn more when you stop-by their weekend yard sale!
17th Annual EGGstravaganza!
Saturday, March 26th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mansfield Park 2000 N. 4th Ave.
Join the Department of Parks & Recreation, Vice Mayor Uhlich, neighbors and friends for this wonderful annual event! Enjoy free family fun with carnival games, egg hunts, prizes and the Easter bunny! Food available for purchase. Egg hunt times will be posted on the Parks & Recreation website soon!
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
Alvernon-Grant Initiative (AGI) Tuesday, March 8th 6:30 pm Emerge!
Vista del Monte Annual Meeting Thursday, March 10th 6:30 pm Lighthouse YMCA
Mountain-1stSaturday, March 12th 9:00 am Mitchell Park
Community Spotlight:
Tucson Homeless Connect
Friday, March 18th 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Need help? Seeking services? Come to this 1-day, 1-stop event to get connected to the following services:
  • info on obtaining ID’s    
  • help with benefits          
  • health/dental screening              
  • shelter/housing
  • homeless court -legal assistance              
  • clothing/haircuts             
  • animal care & grooming
Services from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with lunch provided from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Transportation available at the following sites beginning at 6:30 am:
  • Primavera Day Site and Primavera Men’s Shelters
  • Salvation Army Hospitality House
  • Santa Rita Park
  • Casa Maria
  • Gospel Rescue Mission
Nearest bus routes are 1, 3 and 6
City-Wide Events: 
Borderlands Theater: Barrio Stories
Saturday – Sunday, March 5th - 6th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tucson Convention Center
Borderlands breaks new ground with a site-specific theatrical event full of spectacle: the Barrio Stories Project by award winning playwrights, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman. Involving communal memory, food sharing, and reclaiming of space, this cutting-edge event brings to life the oral histories of former residents of the neighborhood demolished with the building of the Tucson Convention Center in the 1960s. Borderlands plans to stage the play outdoors, on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center. Performances accessible to all. $10.00 suggested donation. http://www.barriostories.org
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016
March 4th and 5th 7:00 pm
Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.
Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places – all brought to life through film. The world’s best mountain films take the spotlight for the weekend, bringing one part of the world-renowned Banff Film Festival to the Fox Tucson Theatre. Be inspired. Be energized. Come together to celebrate the spirit of adventure! http://foxtucson.com/    
Family Day at The Poetry Center
Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 am
The Poetry Center 1508 East Helen Street (At Vine Avenue)
Youth and their parents are encouraged to attend this hour-long workshop together and stay for breakfast concerts. The March 5th concert feature will be a Stories that Soar performance! http://poetry.arizona.edu/family-days
Did You Know...?
Texas A&M Study at Grant Road Phase II Intersections
TDOT was approached by Texas A&M about studying the effects of the indirect left-turns. As such, researchers from Texas A&M will be evaluating the 1st & Grant and Grant & Stone intersections prior to Grant Road Improvement Project Phase II construction and again after construction.
As part of the data collection, cameras will be temporarily installed in the vicinity of the two intersections around March 8th. The cameras will be in place for approximately 3 days.
In the event of inclement weather, the cameras will be installed March 30th for approximately 3 days. Cameras may be placed on traffic signals or utility poles.
KIDCO Hiring for Summer
The Parks and Recreation department is recruiting recreation workers to assist with summer KIDCO programs for children. A recreation worker provides service to the patrons of the City's Parks and Recreation facilities. The seasonal position assists in planning activities for children ages 5 to 12, prepares facilities for scheduled functions, and supervises youth activity participants. Applicants must be available to be scheduled for the entire summer. The typical number of work hours for this position will not exceed 32 hours per week. The application deadline is this Sunday. For more information, please follow the job description link below.
Tucson Parks and Recreation: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parks
Read the job description: [expired/outdated link removed]
The Monsoon Squad Needs Your Help!
Realize your ‘deluge’-ions of grandeur and become a real-life rain-garden superhero today!
Public rain gardens demonstrate the promise and potential of water harvesting systems in public spaces and have unique maintenance needs not met by traditional landscaping crews. Equipped with specialized training, tools, and staff support, Monsoon Squad members make regular visits to these sites to garden, monitor, and troubleshoot site needs. monsoon@watershedmg.org 520-396-3266 https://watershedmg.org/advocacy/monsoon-squad
FY 2017 Special Event Grant and Economic & Workforce Development Grant Deadlines Extended
The deadlines for both the COT Special Event Grant RFP and Economic & Workforce Development Grant RFP have been extended to April 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm!  A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at 9:00 am at City Hall. Please see brief descriptions below and visit https://www.tucsonaz.gov/business/projects to view the full RFPs.
Special Event Grant RFP
Tucson has a variety of arts, cultural heritage, and sports-related special events that attract local and non-local participants/audiences.  Special events also add to Tucson’s distinctiveness and character, which makes the City better able to attract and retain skilled, creative and knowledgeable workers.  The purpose of Special Events Grant is to increase the capacity of emerging and established special events that build community, develop the local economy and tourism industry, and enrich the quality of life of all residents and visitors.
Economic & Workforce Development RFP
The City of Tucson is soliciting competitive proposals for the following service areas:
  • Small Business Support and Development
  • Economic & Workforce Development - Job Training and Educational Programs for At-risk Youths
  • Economic & Workforce Development - Job Training and Educational Programs for At-risk Adults
  • Economic & Workforce Development - Long-Term Job Training for Adults
Completed applications must be sent to CMOApplications@tucsonaz.gov (PDF format) or hand delivered to the City of Tucson Economic Initiatives Office.