Karin's Note: Friday, May 10, 2013

Karin's Note: Friday, May 10, 2013

-Karin’s Note

-Ward 3 Events

-Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s)

-Citywide Events

-Did You Know?


Dear Tucsonans,

On behalf of all of us at the Ward 3 office, I want to wish you all a safe and celebratory Mother’s Day and Graduation weekend.  For me both occasions provide the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, and to be grateful for the support, encouragement, and guidance that helps us reach our goals. 

Have a great weekend,



Ward 3 Events:

- Neon Mile - 6th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House and Tour  - May 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café at 505 W. Miracle Mile.  In its 6th year, the event will highlight the historic significance of the area with particular attention to the contribution of neon.  Tour the historic gardens of the Ghost Ranch Lodge, listen to presentations, take a flashlight tour of the Evergreen Mortuary, and celebrate the 1st anniversary of one of Miracle Mile’s newest gems—Monterey Courts.  For more information contact the Ward 3 office at 791-4711 or go to https://preservetucson.org/ and click on News & Events.

-Navajo Wash Clean Up - Saturday May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Join your neighbors for the monthly care of the Hedrick Acres public space.  Meet at the northwest corner of Hedrick and Mountain.  For more information contact Loraine at 327-7587.

- Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance Meeting – Wednesday, May 15 at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 North 1st Avenue. Networking begins at 6:00 p.m. Meeting at 6:15 p.m. This month’s meeting focuses on Public Safety. Officers from Tucson Police and Tucson Fire Departments will address community-based policing and individual neighborhood concerns. In addition, Amelia Cramer, Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney, will discuss Community Justice Boards, the Citizen’s Prosecution Academy, and other ways for neighbors to get involved. More info: Marc 881-4582

-Chess Basics, Part 1 -  May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woods Library, 3544 N. 1st Ave in the small meeting room. Interested in learning how to play chess but think it looks too complicated?  If so, this is the class for you!

-Two Public Hearings Scheduled for “Plan Tucson” – Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m., at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda, and Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m.,  at Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. These are the final public hearings for citizens to express their opinions before the Plan goes to Mayor and Council. 



Upcoming Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s):

TOPS, The Oracle Project – Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. Westside Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.

Campus Community Relations Committee – Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. Ventana Room, UA Student Union.  Last meeting until August.

Alvernon/Grant Initiative / Tucson Neighbors Building Community – Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Emerge, 2425 N Haskell.

Richland Heights East NA – Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. 3301 N Wilson.

Mountain View NA – Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Water of Life Church, 3269 N Mountain Avenue.

Miracle Manor NA Annual Meeting – Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. Jacinto Park.


Citywide Events:

-Tucson Water Town Halls – Tucson Water staff is hosting town halls to present three options for proposed fiscal year 2014 water rates and fees that have been recommended by the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC).  Town halls begin at 5:30 p.m., with the presentations on rates, fees and options starting at 5:45 p.m. City staff and CWAC members will be available for questions following the presentations.

  • Thursday, May 9 - Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
  • Tuesday, May 14 - Randolph Regional Center Mesquite Room, 200 S. Alvernon Way
  • Wednesday, May 15 - William M. Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr.

For more information, follow this link:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/water/docs/Town_Hall_Rate_Information_for...


- National Train Day Event – Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Historic Tucson Train Depot, 414 N. Toole. “Stop, Look and Listen” is the theme for this free open house. Climb into the cab of steam engine #1673, watch operating model trains and check out Union Pacific’s diesel simulator for Operation Lifesaver. Amtrak exhibits, museum, gift store. More info: 623-2223 or tucsonhistoricdepot.org

- The Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT) 6th Annual Construction Expo – Wednesday, May 15 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Hotel Tucson, 475 N. Granada. The Expo features over 100 exhibitors and is open to all residential and business owners with construction needs. More info: 624-3002.

- Stories That Soar – Sunday, May 19 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue. There will be two different shows boasting the “2012-13 Best of Stories That Soar,” a program of Literacy Connects.  First show is at 4:00 p.m., second show is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/adults, $5 for children under 12. For tickets and information: http://literacyconnects.org/2013/05/get-your-tickets-now-for-the-2013-best-of-stories-that-soar/ or call 520-975-9970.


 -Did you know…?

…that Iskashitaa Refugee Network will redistribute garden herbs, veggies and greens bolting, flowering, or other things going to waste in your garden plot?   Many gardens around the County are screaming to be picked or cut back, with much produce going to waste every year. Iskashitaa helps to solve this by redistributing excess produce to families through a volunteer network.  If you have excess in your garden, please call and arrange to drop off local food at 1406 E. Grant between Highland and Vine from 9-5p.m. Volunteers are also available to come and harvest your garden plot.  Iskashitaa Refugee Network is an organization that empowers African, Asian and Middle Eastern refugees by creating opportunities to use their native knowledge and skills to help their families integrate with the larger Tucson community, while also gaining new life skills that serve them in America.  If you would like to donate or pick up fruit, or you would like to volunteer, feel free to contact us at http://www.iskashitaa.org/ or information@iskashitaa.org or by calling at (520) 440-0100.


….that everyone can contribute to the collaborative soccer field project at Doolen Middle School?

“With seed money from the Shootout, we have been able to create a community effort,” said Curt Cannon, who serves as the volunteer Director of Operations with Fort Lowell Soccer Club.   “While the Soccer Club did the ground work and will fund the majority of the project with proceeds from the Tucson Association of REALTORS™ Shootout,” he said, “Pima County Junior Soccer League, Tucson Mountain Soccer Football Club, TUSD, the City of Tucson, and private donors have all contributed to make this project a reality.”

Council Member Uhlich agrees.  “Our scarce resources must be better managed, and this kind of collaboration demonstrates how we can succeed by working together as a community."      

If you would like to participate, you may make a donation to the Fort Lowell Soccer Club and mail it to Curt Cannon, 8074 E 7th street, Tucson 85710. The Club is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that will send you a donor acknowledgment letter to submit with your taxes.

The fields are expected to be ready for play in time for the 2014 Tucson Association of REALTORS Shootout next January.  The tournament kicks off Tucson’s busy tourist season and generates over $3 million for local businesses each year.