Karin's Note: Friday, November 21, 2014

Karin's Note: Friday, November 21, 2014
-Ward 3 Events
- Community Support Needed
- Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings
-Citywide Events
-Did You Know?
Ward 3 Events:
- Blue Moon Community Garden Clean-up – Saturday, November 22nd 8:00 – 10:00 am at 1375 N. 13th Avenue. Join your neighbors at Barrio Blue Moon to help maintain the beautiful community garden!
- Lend A Hand Holiday Yard Sale – Saturday, November 22nd 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at 4231 N. Ornee Ct. Lend A Hand has been bequeathed a large assortment of Christmas decorations by a former client, a senior who received services for LAH over the years. Rather than sell them at their yard sale in April, they thought it made more sense to make them available before the holidays! Please come, browse, and maybe buy. If you have old holiday decorations that are looking for a good home, you can donate them to the sale and ultimately to LAH.
- Produce On Wheels - Saturday, November 22nd 8:00 – 11:00 am in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Parish, 601 E. Fort Lowell. Visit Sacred Heart to get 60 pounds of produce for $10.00!
- WMG Mesquite Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, November 23rd 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 1137 N. Dodge Boulevard. “Have Your Shade and Eat It Too” at Watershed Management Group’s 1st Annual Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast! Watershed Management Group (WMG) invites you to celebrate the bountiful food and shade of our region’s native and desert-adapted edible trees. Come enjoy local mesquite pancakes and more as you explore sustainability practices in action at WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center. Admission is free, with pancakes available for $2 each or three for $5. All proceeds will benefit Watershed Management Group’s educational programs. For more information, visit watershedmg.org/edible-shade and “join” the event on the WMG Facebook page at www.facebook.com/watershedmg.
- Refugee Thanksgiving -  Thursday, November 27th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Come join your refugee friends for an unforgettable, cross-cultural Thanksgiving meal at Desert Courtyard Apartments, 1411 N. Alvernon. Please bring a dish to pass and email Fran Donnellan at fdonnellan@msn.com to RSVP. If you would like to volunteer to help coordinate, please call Fran at 780-2002.
- 2014 Day-after-Thanksgiving Grease Collection & Recycling Event - Friday, November 28, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ward 3 City Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd. Do your part to wipe out grease and save our sewers! Just a little bit of cooking grease, if poured down the drain, can clog your pipes, force costly repair bills, and even cause raw sewage to backup into your home.  There’s an easy solution for your Thanksgiving cooking: pour your grease into a container and take it to the Ward 3 office. The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel than regular diesel. If you are unable to make it out on the Day-After-Thanksgiving, you can always recycle your grease at one of the year-round at locations that the County provides. Many thanks to Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and their community partners for providing this service!
- Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan Open House - Thursday, December 4th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd. Please join the Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the City of Tucson for an open house for the Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan. This project will identify flood areas and drainage problems as well as develop a plan for cost-effective solutions to reduce or manage flooding in the project area. For more information about the project, visit http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=158694.
- METRO Center Winter Festival – Saturday December 6th 12:00 – 4:00 pm at St. James UMC 3255 N. Campbell Ave. The METRO Center is hosting a holiday fair to celebrate the season! Visit St. James on December 6th to enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn as well as shop for baked goods, art and gifts! There will be Christmas activities for kids and a jumping castle as well. If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, please contact Pastor Bob Holliday at 403-4758 or pastorbobh@comcast.net.
Community Support Needed
Donations Now Being Accepted for the Emerge! 2014 Holiday House
When the families at Emerge! open the gifts from the Holiday House drive, they are unwrapping more than just tangible items. They are also receiving hope and joy, which is often hard to come by for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
In a safe and familiar environment, Emerge! participants who are working to piece their lives back together are given the opportunity to "shop" for gifts for their family members at no cost to them. Join the community in bringing cheer to Emerge! families this season by donating a gift to Emerge!'s 2014 Holiday House.
View a list of new, unwrapped items that are needed and other information.
Emerge! is also looking for energetic and compassionate volunteers to help us with Holiday House! Download an application.
If you're interested or have any questions, Contact Maggie at 520.512.5227 or maggiem@emergecenter.org.
Ward 3 Neighborhood/Coalition Meetings:
- Keeling NA – Monday, November 24th 7:00 pm Cornerstone Fellowship 2902 N Geronimo
- Jefferson Park NA - Wednesday, November 26th 6:00 pm Ward 3 Council Office 1510 E. Grant Rd
Citywide Events:
- TMA Artisan Market – Friday – Sunday, November 21st – 23rd 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave. Tucson Museum of Art is holding its Holiday Artisans Market this weekend!   Come find unique gifts for friends and family (and yourself!) from among the more than 100 artisans who will have set up shop on the grounds of the museum. While you shop, enjoy great food, craft brews, live music, children’s activities, free admission to the museum, and more!
- Jane Jacobs Walk - Sunday, November 23rd from 10:00 - 11:30 am starting at 45 N. 5th Ave. (near Congress & 5th Ave in downtown). A Jane Jacobs Walk is a FREE neighborhood walking tour that celebrates and investigates the people and places that make a city great.  This event will be an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about downtown streetscapes that promote walkability, meet new people, and celebrate urban life on a lovely autumn morning.  Join Living Streets Alliance for the first-ever Jane Jacobs Walk here in Tucson.  Details at https://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/jane-jacobs-walk-in-tucson/
- Parks & Rec Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair – Saturday – Sunday November 29th – 30th, in Reid Park, 22nd and Country Club. Come get a jump on your holiday shopping! The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair. This free event will draw in more than 100 vendors from all over the Southwest ranging from artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers and more. Stroll through the park and visit artists with their original designs, from delicate beading to handmade teddy bears, quilts, scarves, colorful mosaics, sun catchers, and one-of-a-kind ceramics. While enjoying the fair, be sure to stop for food and refreshments from local vendors. Visitors are encouraged to use the Concert Place entrance from Country Club Road for ample free parking.  For more information call 791-4877.
Did You Know...?
that you can register for 2015 Crime Free Multi-Housing training? Neighbors are welcome to attend this important program! The next session will be held on Thursday, January 22nd.
When destructive tenants operate out of rental property, neighborhoods suffer. We all know that. Crime Free Multi-Housing is a solution-oriented program that partners property owners, residents, and law enforcement to eliminate crime in multi-housing properties.  In some complexes it has cut neighborhood crime by 70%.
Even if you don’t have many multi-unit housing complexes in your community, you can learn a lot about landlord accountability from this free, 8-hour seminar presented by the police and fire departments. All classes take place from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Patrick J. Hardesty Multi-Service Center, 1100 S. Alvernon. To register for the next class, contact Becky Noel at Rebecca.Noel@tucsonaz.gov. To learn more about the full program, go to https://www.tucsonaz.gov/police/crime-free-multi-housing. Trainings are also scheduled for April, July and October.
…that the City is seeking input on a possible public bike share system? The City of Tucson is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system and needs your input!
Bike share is a public transportation system where subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community. More than 30 cities in the United States have existing bike share systems. The City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is working with the national bicycle planning firm Toole Design Group to develop a system that would work best for Tucson. A funding and implementation plan is also being developed as a part of the current study.
Give your feedback and get more info at  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/bicycle/tucson-bike-share.
that residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day?  All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers with regular Thursday or Friday collection will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. Holiday collection schedules are available online at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/environmental-services or if you have a smartphone, download the free ‘my waste’™ App to have access to all collection schedules.
City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27th; however, customers may leave a message for Environmental Services Customer Service at 791-3171 or by submitting a service request at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/environmental-services and they will be contacted no later than the next business day. Customer Service will be available on Saturday, November 29th from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.