Karin's Note: Friday, November 4, 2016

Karin's Note:  Friday, November 4, 2016
 
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
After a few weeks off, the Mayor and Council meet again next Wednesday, November 9th.  The Study Session starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by our Regular Session at 5:30 p.m.  The agendas for both meetings and the supporting documentation can be found at:
 
 
We’ll be covering a wide range of topics including: the potential sale of 408 S. 6th Ave;  Pre-Annexation Agreement amendments with Raytheon;  discussion to Ban Use of Hand Held Mobile Devices while Driving; potential City of Tucson Capital Reinvestment and Funding Options; and several Water items on both agendas.   As you look through the materials posted, I always appreciate hearing from you with your thoughts. 
 
On a sad note, the father of Brianda Torres-Traylor--one of my amazing Ward 3 staff people—passed away unexpectedly last week.  Many of you know her and/or have received the fabulous, energetic, dedicated service that she is known for.  In honor of Brianda’s father-- Edwin Ramón Torres-Pagan—the Ward 3 staff will be donating to the St. Francis Winter Shelter at Sacred Heart Church here in Tucson. If you are moved to join us, donations can be made to: 
 
St. Francis Winter Shelter
c/o Sacred Heart Church
601 E. Fort Lowell
Tucson, AZ  95705
**Please note on your donation that it is for the Winter Shelter in Edwin’s honor. **
 
For more information on how to donate contact Carl Zawatski  - czawatski56@gmail.com or Tamara Prime -Tamara.prime@tucsonaz.gov, 520/791-4711. The following link will take you to the lovely tribute for Edwin, as well as more information about how to send condolences to Brianda and her family:
 
 
It has been said that fall is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go, and for acknowledging the impermanence of things.  With our sudden shift in the weather (finally), and the loss of Edwin, that sentiment is certainly poignant today. 
 
Have a safe weekend in our beautiful fall desert,
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Town Hall on Stopping Housing Discrimination against Older LGBTQ Adults
Monday November 14th,1:30-4:30pm
Donna R. Liggins Center, 2160 N 6th Ave
 
Council Member Uhlich, SAGE, and PCOA invite you to learn about what is being done to stop housing discrimination against older LGBTQ adults and how you can help.   Join us for a community discussion presented by a collaboration of organizations committed to ensuring equal treatment for all. Free admission and light refreshments will be served. Contact sdavenport@pcoa.org for more information.
 
PorchFest, Mountain/1st Ave Neighborhood
Saturday November 5th, 3-6pm
Mitchell Park, 1100 E Mitchell
 
PorchFest is coming to Mountain/1st neighborhood! Live music will be performed on the front porches and gardens of 8 homes, all within walking distance of each other. One house will have a kid’s porch with a puppet show and hands-on science; another porch will host a live sketching class and yet another will have an artist’s open-studio and raffle. Food trucks will be available if you get hungry. This is a free, and family-friendly, walking event. Stop by the table in Mitchell Park to grab a map of the event (you can lock your bike there too).
 
Open House - Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan
Wednesday November 16th, 6-7:30pm
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road
 
Join the Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the City of Tucson for a second Open House regarding the Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan. Feedback from a December 2014 Open House, and extensive technical investigation have helped draft proposals for future flood control projects and activities that will be described on November 16th.  This session will allow residents to view displays and speak with representatives from the project team.  Staff will be available to speak with individual residents and business owners one-on-one.
 
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Friends of Marty Birdman Monday Nov. 7th 6pm, 319 E Kelso
 
Alvernon Grant Initiative Tuesday Nov. 8th 6pm, Church of the Brethren 2200 N Dodge
 
Campus Community Relations Committee Tuesday Nov. 8th 6pm, UA Student Union
 
Coronado Heights Wednesday Nov. 9th 5:30pm, Glenstone Village Apartments 2835 N Stone Ave
 
TPD Midtown Advisory Committee Meeting Wednesday Nov. 9th 6pm, Patrick K. Hardesty Multi-Service Center 1100 S Alvernon Way (Open to the Public)
 
Mountain/1st Ave Saturday Nov. 12th 9am, Mitchell Park 1100 E Mitchell
 
RillitoBend Saturday November 12th 9am, Rio Vista Natural Resource Park Ramada #1
 
Campbell Grant NE Sunday November 13th 11am, Conner Park 2200 E Glenn
 
Samos Tuesday Nov. 15th 6:30pm, Salpointe HS Trophy Rm 1545 E Copper St
 
Mountain View Thursday Nov. 17th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
 
Flowing Wells Thursday November 17th 6pm, Ellie Towne Center, 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
 
Keeling Monday Nov. 28th 7pm, Cornerstone Fellowship Church 2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games
Friday November 4th – Sunday November 6th
Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N First Ave
 
This is a celebration of Celtic and Scottish heritage that will feature music, food, contests, performances and activities for children.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $6 for youth, and free for kids 5 and under.
 
All Souls Procession Weekend 2016
Saturday November 5th – Sunday November 6th
Downtown Tucson
 
The Procession of Little Angels, Children’s Altar, and Personal Altars Vigil will be held from 3-7pm on Saturday November 5th at Armory Park.  The All Souls Procession & Finale Ceremony will take place on Sunday November 6th.  Participants will gather at the 6th Avenue underpass at 4pm to start lining up. The Procession will begin at 6:30 PM. The Finale Ceremony will take place at the lot east of the Mercado San Agustin after the bulk of the Procession arrives at the Finale site—usually at approximately 8:30.
 
Cops & Rodders Car Show
Saturday November 5th 8am-4pm
Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E Ajo Way
 
The Tucson Police Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the Cops & Rodders Car Show. The community event displays the history of the automobile from past to present.  The Cops & Rodders Car Show benefits the Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Police Department. Admission is free, but funds generated through raffle tickets and registration fees for vehicles help purchase critical lifesaving
equipment and provide essential officer safety and tactical training.
 
Information Session on Homeownership
Wednesday November 9th, 6pm 
Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress
 
Come find out how you can buy an affordable single family home with no down payment and low out of pocket costs, as well as how you can increase your purchasing power and save money on monthly payments.  Program eligibility requirements and continued supportive services to PCCLT homeowners will also be discussed.
 
Loft Film Fest
Wednesday November 9th – Sunday November 13th
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd
 
40 Films in 5 days, the Loft Film Fest will show a mix of independent films, documentaries, classic films, foreign films, local films and shorts from Tucson and around the world.
 
97th Annual Veterans Day Parade Downtown
Friday November 11th, 11am
Starting at West Alameda & Granada
 
The parade's theme this year is “Remembering Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later.” Participants will start assembling downtown around 8 a.m., and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day. The parade begins at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue, travels through parts of the downtown area, and returns to the staging point on Alameda. Downtown businesses, parking garages, and parking lots will be open and accessible. Parking will be free at meters and in the City/State Garage at 498 W. Congress St.
 
National Parks Free Day
Friday November 11th
All National Parks
 
The National Park service is 100 years old, in celebration admission to all National Parks will be free.  This includes Tucson’s Saguaro National Park and others in Arizona, such as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park.
 
Hats Off to Heroes: Tucson’s Salute to Veterans
Saturday November 12th, 9am
DeMeester Bandshell at Reid Park, 830 S Country Club Rd
 
Free and family friendly event will include military displays, a 5k run, and a welcome from the Mayor.  Food will be available from food trucks and the Tucson Pops Orchestra will perform.  The day will be finished off with evening fireworks.
 
Pima Council on Aging Community Needs Assessment Survey
Through November 18th
Citywide
 
This is a Community Survey of adults 60 years of age or older; the survey is available in both paper & electronic formats.  Community Survey can be found in the October and November issues of PCOA’s Never Too Late newspaper.  The paper version of the survey will be made available at various locations in the community, including City Council Ward offices and Public Libraries. Please check the PCOA website at https://www.pcoa.org for locations.  You may also choose to complete the survey online in English or Spanish by going to pcoaneedsurvey.org.   English and Spanish versions of the survey will be available through November 18, 2016.  Be sure to complete your Community Survey and submit to PCOA by November 18, 2016!
 
PCOA Community Needs Assessment Public Listening Sessions
November & December, various days and times
Various Locations
 
These meetings will be set up at various locations within Pima County to give older adults and their caregivers a chance to identify concerns, issues and needs.  PCOA also appreciates hearing what services are working.   For a public listening session location near you, please check the PCOA website at https://www.pcoa.org or call PCOA at (520) 790-0504.  Be sure to look in the November edition of PCOA’s Never Too Late newspaper for the posting of listening sessions.
 
Family Festival in the Park
Saturday November 19th, 10am-2pm
Reid Park, 22nd St and Country Club Rd
 
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department and Cigna present the 11th annual Family Festival in the Park.  Parks and Recreation will showcase the programs and activities it offers, and there also will be games, prizes, face painting, inflatables, crafts, and disc golf. Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center is hosting an afternoon of free swimming from noon-4pm. Tucson City Golf will offer free 10-minute golf instruction at the Randolph Driving Range, adjacent to the park, from 10am-2pm Entertainment will be presented throughout the day, and a variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors.  This is a free event.  Please bring donations of canned goods to the festival to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Pima County Has Opened a Mosquito-Borne Virus Call Center 
 
The Pima County Health Department is teaming up with the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center on a new hotline for the public and healthcare providers who have questions about mosquito-borne viruses, such as Zika and West Nile. The hotline is available 24 hours a day at (877) 518-4633 and is staffed by a Pima County healthcare provider. Information received via the hotline will be sent to the Pima County Health Department’s Epidemiology program for review and follow-up.
 
Animal Health Center at Reid Park Zoo to be Expanded
 
The University of Arizona is providing $350,000 in support of Reid Park Zoo and the new $3.85 million expansion to the Animal Health Center. The UA and Reid Park Zoological Society are partnering in building a new teaching and research facility at the Zoo.   Students from the UA's new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Education Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care at the Animal Health Center.
 
You Can View the Status of Road Bond Projects
 
The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community. You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.
View the map: https://maps2.tucsonaz.gov/prop409/
Road Recovery: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/street-bonds
Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/transportation/files/BOC_Report_0316_sm_3.pdf
 
Speed Limit Reduced on Bicycle Boulevards 
 
In an effort to  increase safety for bicyclists, the Mayor and Tucson City Council last week approved a one-year pilot plan to drop the speed limit on bike boulevards to 20 mph, down from 25 mph. There currently are two established bike boulevards in Tucson that will have the new speed limit. Those routes are the Third Street/University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue/Fontana Avenue bike boulevards.  Bicycle boulevards are residential roadways where traffic-calming measures like speed humps, signage, and pavement markings are used to make the roads safer and more inviting for cyclists and pedestrians.
 
Updated Tucson Bikeways Map Available Online
 
The Pima Association of Governments' (PAG) Tucson Bikeways map features enhanced bike routes, bike boulevards, shared-use paths, and information on where to cross busy streets. The wallet-size map also is part of a phone app (link below) and is available in print at local bike shops and libraries. Many of the facility enhancements shown on the map were funded through PAG regional funds and the voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
Tucson Bikeways map (PDF):  http://www.pagnet.org/documents/bicycle/TucsonBikewaysMap.pdf
 
Roadrunners' Mascot Gets a Name
 
The Tucson Roadrunners' mascot was unveiled at Tully Elementary School.  Just ahead of the first home game, the Roadrunners brought out "Dusty" to meet the students and make his official debut alongside "Howler," the mascot of the Arizona Coyotes parent club. The Tucson Roadrunners started their inaugural American Hockey League (AHL) season Oct. 14 and currently have two wins and one loss. Tucson 12 has a video preview (link below) of some of the action, as well as interviews with the players and coaches.
Tucson Roadrunners: http://tucsonroadrunners.com/home/
Tucson 12 video: https://vimeopro.com/cityoftucson/tv/video/186293388
 
Committee Members Needed for Environmental Services Advisory Panel
 
The City of Tucson is accepting applications from city residents interested in volunteering to serve on the Environmental Services Advisory Committee (ESAC). The committee was established to serve in an advisory role to the Mayor and City Council regarding the planning, design, and implementation of services and programs administered through Environmental Services. Those services include refuse collection and disposal, environmental cleanup, code enforcement, and environmental protection. If you're interested in serving on the committee, please submit a letter that includes a statement of interest and applicable professional experience, special skills, or expertise. Letters should be received by Nov. 18. Send them to City of Tucson, Environmental Services, Attn: Cristina Polsgrove, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. You also can email applications to cristina.polsgrove@tucsonaz.gov.
 
Cyclovia Sets Attendance Record
 
Approximately 33,000 people took part in Cyclovia last Sunday, setting a new attendance record. The fall bicycling and outdoors celebration debuted a new route that connected the Miramonte, Palo Verde, and Garden District neighborhoods along roads that temporarily were closed to vehicular traffic, but open for people biking, walking, rolling, and playing on more than 2 miles of streets. Held twice a year, Cyclovia is sponsored by Living Streets Alliance, the City of Tucson, and other partners. The next event is scheduled for April 2, 2017.
 
 
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